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 [...]
On 21 Sep 2012, the ALP announced that Capital Metro light rail would form part of the policy platform they would take to the 2012 ACT election.
It was covered by ACT Light Rail here.
The ALP and Greens won that election, and formed Government. Light rail commencing construction formed part of the agreement to govern between the [...]
Advocacy group Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) has passed a no confidence motion in Minister Joy Burch and the ACT Government.
SOfASD advocates for autistic people in the ACT, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
SOfASD members lost confidence in Minister Burch after she claimed that the recent abuse of an autistic student in an [...]
With the ACT election just over a year away, jostling for preselections has started, some more publicly than others.
Most non-party aspirants haven’t actually started thinking about it yet. I would expect that to start in about June or July, just after the ACT budget is brought down.
These aspirants are usually single issue people with a [...]
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has congratulated Malcolm Turnbull on becoming Australia’s next Prime Minister.
In a statement issued today, Minister Barr said:
I would like to congratulate Malcolm Turnbull on his elevation to the leadership of the federal Liberal party and his imminent appointment as the Prime Minister of Australia.
Last night Mr Turnbull rightly pointed out [...]
During the week, I had a look at the ACT Elections website and focussed on the annual returns for the political parties in the ACT. The findings were very interesting indeed.
The prevailing wailing from the Libs is that the Labor Party get its income from the pockets of problem gamblers via the Labor Club.
The Libs bellyache and [...]
The Federal Government’s decision to accept 12,000 additional refugees from Syria this year – albeit after some pressure from its own backbench and the Labor party – is the right one. But our overall refugee policy still needs work.
How many refugees we should permanently settle in Australia every year? Over the last few decades, we [...]
It was while visiting regional towns in Victoria that I was reminded of quite silly events happening back home, or at least close to home.
Today, as we had finished work early for the day, we wandered along the riverfront in Wangaratta. Given the works underway and the notices about future projects, it is very obvious [...]
Canberra residents have the perception, or at least the aspiration, that the elected ACT politician appointed to be the planning minister will oversee the future planning and development of the city on behalf of the residents.
In a recent article the former chief minister, Jon Stanhope, listed one of his disappointments as not being able to deal [...]
ACT Labor membership continues to grow
It might be due to Tony Abbott, it might be due to Andrew Barr or it even might be due to Jeremy Hanson but membership of the ACT Labor Party has reached new heights.
There are now more members of the ACT Labor Party than members of the Canberra Liberals and ACT [...]