[ 3 February 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]
The Australia Institute are excited to announce that Senator Sam Dastyari will be kicking off our Politics in the Pub 2016 series, 7pm Wednesday 3rd February.
A Labor senator from New South Wales, Senator Dastyari has risen to become one of the Labor Party’s brightest stars.
As the chair of the Senate’s corporate tax avoidance inquiry Dastyari has been a [...]
The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]
There are political junkies out there who have been relatively starved over Christmas for things to criticise, speculate over or of some carrion feasting.
But this week has given us a glut of issues to rip into.
Starting local, we had Minister Joy Burch stand aside from the new Barr ministry after being belted from one end [...]
The big winner in ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle today is Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, promoted from Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to Minister for Education.
See the full portfolio allocation list here.
Read Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s response to the reshuffle here.
The Greens MLA’s appointment to the plum education role is surprising given [...]
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has described Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s reshuffle today as a “dog’s breakfast”.
See full details on the cabinet shake-up here.
“It’s pretty incoherent. Good luck anyone trying to find out who’s responsible for various portfolios,” he said.
“When you have a ministry where the delineation is not clear, where responsibilities aren’t clear, that [...]
Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days.
The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the [...]
After six years as an ACT Government minister, Labor MLA Joy Burch announced today that she will not seek a portfolio in Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle this week.
See Ms Burch’s media statement here.
Ms Burch made the announcement at an emotional media conference outside the Hyperdome on Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, a symbolic gesture [...]
Embattled ACT Government Minister Joy Burch has this afternoon resigned from the Police and Emergency Services portfolios as ACT Policing investigate Fairfax Media reports that her most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.
ACT Policing are investigating Fairfax Media reports that ACT Police Minister Joy Burch’s most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.
UPDATE: Burch resigns as Police and Emergency Services Minister.
An ACT Policing spokesman told RiotACT [...]
Member for Fraser (soon to be Fenner) Andrew Leigh is becoming something of an expert on creating content that goes viral, as his very cute 2015 Christmas card has done this week.
The card, which features a grumpy youngest Leigh son, Zachary, 3, refusing to join in the staged family shot, has zipped around Twitter and [...]
If you happen to be driving past the South African Embassy in Canberra, you may notice a lonely and disused sentry box on the corner near the entrance to the embassy and its residence. Today, this corner of Canberra is very quiet and most people drive by without giving any thought to the place this [...]
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh will have to move offices at a potential cost to taxpayers of $500,000 after the augmented Electoral Commission ignored ACT Labor’s plea that they factor its position into planned electoral boundary changes.
The commission announced this afternoon that its planned changes to electoral boundaries would go ahead as part of a [...]
Jon Stanhope reckons Frank Fenner would be turning in his grave at the news that his name will replace that of longtime member for Canberra Jim Fraser in representing the northern electorate of the ACT.
The augmented Electoral Commission confirmed today that Fraser is to become Fenner despite a number of high profile objections to the [...]
As Labor prepares to finalise its candidates for the 2016 ACT election later today, Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson has defended the fact that his party’s contenders won’t be known until next year.
The Greens announced their candidates for the October 15, 2016 poll last month, and Labor will confirm its list of potential MLAs later [...]
Like the Pontypandy Fire Brigade’s lone female member Penny Morris, ACT firefighter Gina Kikos works for and with a bunch of beefy blokes.
And while Penny’s colleague Sam has inspired young boys to consider a future as a fireman for years through the British television program in which he features, Penny is perhaps too much of [...]
The Canberra Liberals have attacked Chief Minister Andrew Barr over comments he made earlier this month about the territory’s district community councils.
The ACT Government funds seven community councils, in Belconnen, Gungahlin, North Canberra, Inner South Canberra, Woden Valley, Weston Creek and Tuggeranong.
The councils are voluntary, not-for-profit, community-based associations and currently the peak community representative bodies [...]
The ACT Government is seeking up to 15,500 sq m of office space in the Woden town centre for more than 1000 Access Canberra employees and ACT Health Directorate staff.
The ACT public service staff will move next year as part of a plan to streamline government operations and improve health services. The mainly administrative [...]
First came The Whitlams with memorable tunes like No Aphrodisiac and Gough. Now you can own a your own little piece of Whitlam, ACT.
The ACT Place Names Committee has unanimously agreed to name a new suburb in Molonglo after Gough Whitlam, and just over a year after the 21st prime minister’s death, Chief Minister Andrew [...]
Chief Minister Andrew Barr will position Canberra as the future hub of a national space economy at an upcoming meeting of industry ministers.
The Government had already announced $50,000 in funding to help establish a Space Research and Innovation Hub as part of a broader industry cluster at Mount Stromlo.
“I look forward to working with [...]
As Greens MLA rather than with his ACT Government Ministerial cap on, Shane Rattenbury has today called on the Canberra Airport to remove arms industry advertising from its premises.
Mr Rattenbury is seeking support from the ACT Legislative Assembly for a motion on the issue after the No Airport Arms Ads presented a petition with 1500+ [...]
This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]
Shane Rattenbury’s chief of staff, Indra Esguerra, her boss and former MLA Caroline Le Couteur are the Greens’ lead candidates for the 2016 territory elections.
Esguerra was a Greens candidate for the Senate at the last Federal election alongside lead candidate Simon Sheikh and ran for the seat of Fraser in 2010.
The long-time political staffer said [...]
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has called on the ACT Government to begin a board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis immediately so that it can report back before the 2016 election.
Mr Hanson said that as the first anniversary of the Government’s decision to go ahead with a buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy [...]
Liberal Senator Zed Seselja faces a real threat from just-announced Greens candidate Christina Hobbs because Labor Senator Katy Gallagher will attract a higher vote for Labor than was the case at the last election, according to ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.
“Those middle-of-the-road voters who move between the Labor and the Liberal parties will be strongly [...]
The Greens have confirmed that Canberra-born economist and former United Nations humanitarian adviser Christina Hobbs will battle it out with Liberal incumbent Zed Seselja for the non-Labor ACT Senate slot come the next Federal election.
Federal Greens Leader Richard Di Natale announced her candidacy and introduced all four ACT Greens candidates for the next Federal election, [...]
Who said young people are not engaged with politics? Whoever it was clearly hasn’t attended a uni Politics in the Pub night in Canberra.
Clashing events at UC and the ANU last night attracted capacity crowds. The ANU Labor Club pub talk featuring Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten was a completely full house, with [...]
Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today leap-frogged colleagues with more Federal parliamentary experience into shadow cabinet.
Gallagher is the new Shadow Minister assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations, Shadow Minister Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and will take responsibility for women’s policy within the shadow cabinet.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill [...]
Canberra, prepare yourselves for a battle between two universities, two pubs, two uni Labor Clubs and the two most senior members of the Australian Labor Party.
It’s a Politics in the Pub-off and we can’t wait to find out who wins.
Tomorrow night the ANU Labor Club will host Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten at the [...]
More than thirty years ago there was a very vocal community campaign to halt the complete takeover of Glebe Park.
The proposal by a large development company in partnership with the then government (how things change!) was to take out the trees and to change the northern section the park to an event space for a [...]
The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]
Last week I talked about the preselection process of the Labor Party and alluded to similar things happening with the Libs and the Greens.
What I didn’t talk about then is the different vagaries of the electorates themselves.
We now have 5 electorates of 5 members, thus 25 members of the Legislative Assembly to replace the 17 [...]
The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]