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ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/09/14

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Brianna Heseltine and the ALP
It has been revealed that Brianna Heseltine from the Fluffy Owner’s and Residents’ Action Group has joined the ALP. In an interview with Marcus Paul, Heseltine broke down arguing that as a private citizen she has the right to privacy on the issue. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has responded [...]

On Water or On Land Operations

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We have been engaged in a post on the involvement of the military forces in Iraq and Syria in recent days.
Be that as it may, has anyone spotted the rank hypocrisy of the detail of information we have on that conflict?
We know the names of the towns that are strafed, we know how [...]

New measures for ESA to tackle emergencies

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety.
“I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land owners and managers to plan and prepare for the risks associated with [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the Legislative Assembly, Shadow Education Minister Steve Deszpot has attacked the Government with claims that ACT teachers are overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Deszpot put it to Minister for Education Joy Burch that teachers want to spend more time teaching and less time penpushing bureaucratic bulldust. Burch responded by delivering an enthralling, prepared, statement that [...]

ISIS – Why, oh Why?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was going to post a comment on the lack of advocacy for aged people in nursing homes but I will do that later this week. I have a bit of checking to do.
In the meantime, I was enraged to see and read the fatwa from ISIS. It is the scariest threat we have [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Energy efficiency scheme delivers significant savings to households

By 18 September 2014

A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]

$6.3m to support the disability sector under NDIS

By 18 September 2014

Canberra’s disability sector is set to receive a further injection of $6.3 million in funding to continue to help the ACT adapt to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the funding would go to initiatives and activities that help organisations to support families and carers to prepare for the NDIS, [...]

Nature Conservation Bill 2014 is a commitment to a sustainable future

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Facing the flaws in our democratic model

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winston Churchill’s “finest hour” came in the 1940s, as he stood defiantly for the democratic order in opposition to Hitler’s totalitarianism, but Churchill later described democracy as “the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…”
Democracy is indeed a flawed and imperfect device for running complex [...]

Back to the Future – Frightening

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the 1960s was a perceived threat to Australia from the “Yellow Peril” coming down the Indo-China peninsula.
We had seen the Korean War, the communist insurgents in Malaysia on the border with Thailand and the Vietnam War had just kicked off.
My father, the Air Force officer, was a strident anti-communist and whilst he didn’t talk [...]

Cannabis in Canberra

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I hate marijuana. I first smoked it when I was seventeen. My face went green and I had a panic attack… because I thought my nose was going to fall off. Since then, I haven’t really enjoyed it and I doubt that I ever will.
There are many things in life that people simply should not [...]

Calwell Swimming Pool- Car Parking or Lack Off.

By 11 September 2014

Great to see the Liberal Member for Brindabella doing what all politicians seem good at and self praising himself in a local flyer for his part in ensuring that the construction of a new swimming pool at Calwell went ahead, despite “numerous hurdles” placed in the way.
One of those hurdles no doubt was the lack [...]

Political dilemmas

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As a person who likes to be involved in my community, and indeed am, politics has become quite a frustration for me lately.
I feel really compelled to join a particular political party on a federal level – happy to disclose, the ALP – because I am completely unimpressed with the various agendas of the other [...]

Commencement of Information Privacy Act

By 1 September 2014

The Information Privacy Act 2014 commenced today, bringing into place a new system for protecting privacy in the ACT.
The Act promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.
“It requires agencies to protect personal information and manage it in a responsible, transparent and balanced [...]

Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers

By 29 August 2014

It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept.  Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?
Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2 September 2014

By 27 August 2014

Hi,
Just a short note to let you know the Tuggeranong Community Council will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 2 September. TCC President, Eric Traise is back in the chair after an extended break to due illness and has announced he will be seeking a second term as our President. He will be joined by [...]

The State of Fear

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I read a book recently by Michael Crichton called the State of Fear in which the theory of that state of fear was described. It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a monster that only they can protect against. The Australian example in the [...]

Review of guardianship laws

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced a review of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991.
The review will be undertaken by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council, headed up by Professor Simon Rice.
“The Guardianship and Management of Property Act provides an important framework for the support of people who have limited decision-making capacity, for example [...]

Late fees for parking fines not justfied

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It is interesting that we are attacking the banks and now the telcos over late payment fees when our own local government can be included.
I deservedly incurred a parking fine of $91 and forgot to pay it on time. For my troubles I am hit by an administrative charge of $34. This is over 33% [...]

Quick to condemn Palmer after the fact but not during the rant

By 20 August 2014

I found Clive Palmer’s outburst on Q&A on Monday night pretty awful and something we shouldn’t see from a Member of Parliament.
I do however wonder why Tony Jones or Penny Wong didn’t step in to disagree?
I find it a very ‘Australian’ thing to do. To stand by and smile while someone spews vile statements that [...]

Tony McAbbott – Meddler In Chief

By 20 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I can’t think for the life of me why our PM would want to suggest that the world as we know it will cease to be if the Scots get independence. But then, perhaps the world as he knows it may just end.
Perhaps the flag may need to be revisited with the withdrawal of the [...]

Payroll Tax changes, or is it a new Recuitment Agency Tax?

By 18 August 2014

On Thursday evening the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the ACT Payroll Tax Reform Bill. This Bill prevents “genuine employers” from being exempt from payroll tax if they pick up contract work through a recruitment agency. Unfortunately, yet again, the ACT Government has done a poor job in formulating policy.
This new policy has the following effect [...]

The opaque Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Variation

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

You might have missed it. There’s a slew of changes coming under an ‘omnibus’ draft variation to the Territory Plan.
So what? I hear you say. It’s just looking at rezoning four public housing sites:

Stuart Flats, Griffith
Gowrie Court, Narrabundah
Red Hill Flats, Red Hill
Strathgordon Court, Lyons.

And there’s some unspecified vacant land in Narrabundah, Fyshwick, Symonston and Jerrabomberra [...]

North Canberra Community Council August meeting

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 20 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The August meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will consider Dickson intersection improvements, an ‘omnibus’ Territory Plan Variation that will affect several sites including the former Downer School and the Cape Street Centre, and a proposal to build a car park on the wooded area adjacent to the Dickson swimming pool.

All interested north Canberra [...]

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