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Federal agency for Gungahlin if we win: Seselja

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gungahlin

A yet-to-be named Federal Government agency will move to the Gungahlin Town Centre if the Turnbull Coalition Government is re-elected, ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has announced.
The agency chosen to be the first to operate from Gungahlin was likely to be one currently based in the Parliamentary area to avoid impacting on other town [...]

Greens snub Christian Lobby election forum

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACL election document

Greens ACT Senate candidate Christina Hobbs told the RiotACT this afternoon that neither she nor any Federal Greens candidate would attend an Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Meet the Candidates forum tonight, and confirmed the Greens had not replied to the organisation’s questionnaire for political parties on moral and social justice issues.
“Absolutely not. While I’m happy [...]

One number still valid on Senate ballot paper

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Senate ballot paper sample

Given the advertising starting this weekend on the new rules for voting for the Senate, the Australian Electoral Commission is keeping very quiet on the fact you can still just number one box above the line and your vote is still valid and will get counted.  It’s called the Savings Provision and in a nutshell [...]

ACT Electoral Commission updates rules on social media post attribution

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

After formally warning the ACT Liberals over their use of campaign material on social media last week, the Electoral Commission has issued an update to the rules that reverses their previous instructions to the Liberals over their usage.
A number of Liberals had posted anti-Light Rail material on their social media feeds that didn’t include any [...]

Fitzharris hires ex-Political ACT blogger

By 17 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Political ACT

Former RiotACT regular and blogger at The Political ACT Richard Fox has this week joined the staff of ACT Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
While The Political ACT blog was still live this morning and remained active on Twitter until ten days ago, the site disappeared from public view this afternoon.
Fox started as [...]

Barr, Andrews to push for cheap CBR-MEL flights; collaborate on family violence, safe schools

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Daniel Andrews and Andrew Barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says he and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have agreed to work together on the Safe Schools program, information sharing to help prevent family violence and progressing low cost flights between Canberra and Melbourne, following a meeting in the Victorian capital yesterday.
The Safe Schools program is designed to prevent and manage [...]

ACT Budget – the Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly

By 13 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Budget

I’m going out on a limb when I say that I reckon this is the best ACT Budget I can think of, including those with which I had a part in creating.
You would say that, say my detractors. Well not always so. I have been critical of past Budgets because of the lack of attention [...]

Greens demand Seselja oppose Joyce

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Christina Hobbs

ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs has slammed Barnaby Joyce’s plan to force Canberra-based public servants to leave Canberra.
“This is blatant pork-barrelling on the part of the deputy prime minister. Only the most rabidly partisan would deny it,” said Hobbs (pictured).
She was referring to Joyce’s latest comments about forcing the 170 workers at the Australian Pesticides and [...]

Hanson announces $85m schools package

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

ACT opposition leader Jeremy Hanson on Thursday announced an $85 million package to provide more support for Canberra’s schools.
The package would allow for new infrastructure, capital upgrades and maintenance, support for specialised schools and support for children with disabilities in non-government schools, he said.
Hanson, in his budget reply speech to the Legislative Assembly, said the Canberra Liberals [...]

Chamber lauds budget focus on business

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Robyn Hendry, Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber has commended the ACT government’s focus on business in the  2016–17 budget and believes the private sector can play a larger role in getting the ACT back in the black.
Chamber chief executive officer Robyn Hendry said the increase in the payroll tax threshold from $1.85 million to $2 million was good for [...]

Smyth accuses Barr of hypocrisy over culture cuts

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
brendan-smyth

Shadow arts minister Brendan Smyth says it is hypocritical of chief minister Andrew Barr to slam federal government cuts to national institutions while making his own to ACT cultural institutions.
But arts minister Chris Bourke vehemently rejected the charge, describing it as inept at best, and at worst, “a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts”.
Smyth said: “It should be a [...]

Residential rates up only 4.5pc but levies on rise

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Homes

ACT home owners will be relieved to learn that residential rates will rise by 4.5 per cent rather than 8.75 per cent as flagged in the last Budget, however unit owners are set to contend with larger increases and all rate payers will face some unexpected hits to their hip pockets in the form of [...]

Economy, prudent management boost ACT Budget

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
MLAs

Canberra’s strengthening economy, prudent fiscal management and a bit of good luck have enabled the ACT Government to improve the expected budget deficit by $246 million this year.

ACT Budget at a glance

A combination of waning fiscal restraint by the Commonwealth, a broader revenue base due to more diversified economy and some strategic pre-election budget management [...]

Budget allocates $5m for Eastman retrial

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
david-eastman

The ACT Government will spend more than $5 million on the retrial of David Eastman for the murder of Colin Winchester and related proceedings in 2016-17 according to the ACT Budget papers.

ACT Budget at a glance

The Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s expenses in relation to the retrial will total $3,371,000, divided between ACT Courts costs [...]

Expanded Legislative Assembly to cost $3.3m

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
legislative-assembly

The ACT Government will spend an additional $3,306,000 on the Office of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016-17, reflecting the expansion of the Assembly from 17 to 25 members from 2016-17.

ACT Budget at a glance

The funding will cover Members, members’ staff salaries and on-costs as well as additional resources for Assembly Hansard production, security and [...]

Seniors card eligibility age to rise

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
seniors card

The ACT Government will increase the eligibility age for the Seniors Card from 60 to 65 over by 2025.

ACT Budget at a glance

The card is currently available to ACT residents aged 60 years or over who are retired or work less than 20 hours a week.
From July 1, 2017, the eligibility age will increase to [...]

ACT Budget 2016-17 at a glance

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Budget

• A forecast return to balanced budgets in 2017-18 and 2018-19 with surpluses from 2019-20 onwards
• Budget position improved by $250 million in 2015-16
• Debt consistent with retaining a AAA credit rating
• Residential rates to rise by 4.5 per cent in 2016-17 and 7 per cent per year on average for the following five years
• [...]

New levy to fund family violence package

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

Canberra residential and rural property owners will pay a Safer Families Levy of $30 per year on top of existing rates charges from July to fund a suite of family violence prevention initiatives in the territory.

ACT Budget at a glance

The Government’s $21.42 million Safer Families package forms one of the key components of the 2016/17 [...]

Federal Election public forum at Albert Hall

By 7 June 2016
cccact-june

[ 16 June 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]

Public Forum on 16th June 2016 to meet ACT candidates for the Federal Election.

Hear the Candidates’ views about:

what should be the national responsibilities for planning in the ACT; and
preserving the unique characteristics of Canberra as the nation’s capital.

Questions could cover:

location of Federal departments in relation to impacts on town centres, employment, transport and parking;
impact of [...]

End age of entitlement

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Budget generic

This afternoon the ACT government will deliver the 2016 budget. As there is a local election in October will it be bland, even largely forgettable, like the cautious May federal budget, precursor to the July 2 election?
Or, more likely, will our local effort be directed at appeasing the voters, softening them up for the October [...]

Union says health care and jobs are key fears for voters

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
doorknock

Cuts to health-care funding and public service jobs, the privatisation of Medicare and threats to weekend penalty rates are the key concerns for swinging voters in Eden Monaro, according to UnionsACT.
Union members conducted a weekend doorknock throughout the electorate, where the victory margin at the last federal election was 1085 votes, as part of the national union [...]

Dutton offensive on asylum-seekers

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ss new australia

When I came to Australia in 1952, I couldn’t speak English, I couldn’t count to 10 and I came by boat. If Minister Dutton had been on the wharf, would he have turned my boat back?
I know heaps of people who run restaurants, market stalls, who are builders and taxi drivers. I know many hard-working people [...]

Politicians flying too close to the sun

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
flying-P1110692

There is a now a long list of candidates announced for the 2016 ACT election. These people are about to put themselves through a very complicated and drawn out job application. If they pass this six-month interview process, they will be given a four-year contract to be an ACT politician. Then they have the option [...]

Wall to consult small business on paid parking

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
parking-sign-stock

The Liberal opposition would ditch the Barr government’s plan for paid parking in the Phillip commercial precinct, shadow minister for small business Andrew Wall said on Thursday.
“Unlike the government, the Canberra Liberals will be happy to consult with local businesses and look to accommodate their needs,” he said.
“There should be a fairer mix of short [...]

Recycling excess plastic shopping bags?

By 6 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
plastic-bag-stock

With an election coming up (and the last article on this in 2014 on RA not yielding many decent suggestions) I thought this might be a good time to talk again about plastic bag recycling in the ACT.
A few years ago, we made the move to ban the old style non-decompostable plastic bags and rightly [...]

Budget 2016 | Fee deregulation scrapped but universities still face big cuts

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
university generic

The Turnbull Government has abandoned full university fee deregulation but is still banking $2 billion in savings from higher education.
Scott Morrison’s maiden budget ditched the controversial proposal, citing community concerns and evidence about the financial impact on the FEE-HELP student loan scheme.  The proposal to allow universities to set their own course fees sparked claims [...]

Budget 2016 | ACT reaction

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Budget generic

At a glance
- Chief minister says more than 1000 public service jobs will be lost
- Business welcomes tax concessions, intern scheme
 
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has slammed budget measures that will make nearly $2 billion in savings after the Coalition reneged on its pledge to scale back public service cuts from next year.
Mr Barr said [...]

Budget 2016 | Little joy for Canberrans

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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At a glance
- $2 billion cut from departmental budgets over four years
- No jobs growth for public sector
- No new infrastructure money for ACT
 
Scott Morrison on Tuesday delivered a cautious pre-election budget that offered Canberrans little to get excited about and further pain for the public service.
The ACT public sector will continue to bear a [...]

Budget 2016 | Morrison refuses to splash the cash

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Parliament House

The Turnbull Government resisted an election-eve pork barrel, opting instead for a modest suite of budget measures geared to avoid antagonising voters ahead of the July 2 poll.
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget included tax relief for middle-income earners and small business.
But he told parliament on Tuesday night it was not the time to be “splashing money [...]

#BringThemHere snap protest in Braddon today

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gillian Triggs

An unaffiliated group of Canberra citizens has organized a snap action protest at 12.30pm today outside the Department of Immigration & Border Protection in Braddon to call on the Australian Government bring asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru to be processed in the Australian community.
Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced yesterday that [...]

Chief Minister to earn just shy of $300k from July 1

By 15 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Legislative Assembly

The Chief Minister’s gig in the territory just became a whole lot more attractive, with its designated salary rising to almost $300,000 a year from July 1 after the ACT Remuneration Tribunal increased MLAs’ salaries by 4 per cent.
MLAs on a base salary will now take home $142,200 per year, while the Chief Minister (Andrew [...]

Ex-REIA chief to run with Libs in ACT poll, candidate list announced ahead of preselection formality

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Amanda Lynch

Former CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Australia Amanda Lynch is set to be among the Canberra Liberals’ 25 candidates for the ACT election in October.
Ms Lynch’s name is on the list of 25 individuals that match the 25 candidacies available, but none aside from the eight sitting MLAs can be officially confirmed until [...]

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