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The O’Farrell 2014 vintage

By 16 April, 2014

Sorry, can’t help myself… got to have a bit of a p$ss take with what is happening across the border!

Chief Minister heading to China

By 7 April, 2014

Katy Gallagher is set to join Tony Abbott’s trade mission to China this week with a vision of attracting more investment into Canberra.
The delegation arrive in Shanghai on Thursday and will be joined by the ANU and UC vice-chancellors (Prof. Ian Young and Prof. Stephen Parker), to promote our local universities.
The main focus of the [...]

How do Canberra Libs get out of the wilderness?

By 28 March, 2014

In his opinion piece in today’s Canberra Times, former Liberal Senator for the ACT Gary Humphries has said that the Canberra Liberals face a continued stretch in the wilderness unless they change their conservative ways.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/long-march-in-the-wilderness-ahead-for-local-liberals-20140327-zqni1.html
I vote Liberal because I don’t think the Labor Government has been doing a good job, but I know many readers [...]

When turning, do you have to give way to a pedestrian?

By 25 March, 2014

You’re driving south along Allara Street past the Civic Pool, and making a 45 degree left turn into Dive Lane which leads to the pool car park. If you proceed, there is a danger that you will collide with a person who is walking parallel to Allara Street, across the end of Dive lane.
According to [...]

ACT Assembly going to 25

By 25 March, 2014

Ben Raue at the Tally Room has a post up estimating the electoral impact of the change to 5×5 electorates in the ACT.

Speed Camera Slam

By 21 March, 2014

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-speed-cameras-slammed-in-report-20140320-355a7.html
In the biggest surprise od the century turns out our speed cameras are rather defective, useless at reducing speed, unplanned and only designed around the budget and not safety.
Its the hospital waiting times on wheels.

“There is no strategic basis for making decisions for integrating the use of the ACT’s four speed camera systems as the [...]

Reporting Suspected Corruption/Fraud in the ACT Government

By 17 March, 2014

In  a previous post, I have questioned why there is not the equivalent of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that exists in NSW, does not have a similar agency in the ACT for those who wish to report  suspected corruption or fraud committed by or against the ACT Government.
Given the recent allegations made against [...]

Post Election Analysis: Coalition Govt to destroy Communist Canberra

By 17 March, 2014

Unless the South Australian Labor Party can conjure a minority government from the ashes of last night’s state elections, the ACT will be the only Labor government left in the country.
Will this go unnoticed in Cabinet (or more specifically, the powerful Expenditure Review Committee who run the country)? Will the likes of Abbott, Hockey, Truss, [...]

Belconnen Community Council Public Meeting: Does every suburb need a local centre? Why/why not?

By 17 March, 2014

[ 18 March, 2014; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] This months public meeting will be in the form of a community discussion about the future of local centres.

Belconnen is unique amongst the Canberra town districts in having so many local centres in a state of decline. Three no longer exist and six have lost their supermarket. Come along and tell us what [...]

Public Forum: Labor and Refugees – Pathways to Change

By 16 March, 2014

[ 18 March, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Yvette Berry invites you to this Refugee Action Committee event.

6:30PM on Tuesday, 18 March
Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 4, Australian National University

Federal Labor supports mandatory detention for asylum seekers, offshore detention on Manus Is. and Nauru and the rejection of all coming by boat. But many Labor members and supporters do not. This forum features [...]

Do we really want more ACT politicians?

By 13 March, 2014

You’ll probably have heard about the idea to increase the size of the ACT Assembly from 17 to 25 MLAs (in five electorates), with an outside chance of 35 MLAs (from seven electorates) somewhere in the distant future. There’s also a proposal to increase all their salaries now.
The snouts are well and truly in the [...]

The Arboretum – a housing estate?

By 7 March, 2014

Apparently there are to be houses among the trees in the Arboretum? (I just caught a quote on ABC 7.30). The reporter said “among” the trees – did he mean “an estate next to” the Arboretum? Surely the Arboretum isn’t going to have houses actually within its treed area? If so, well, was that Jon [...]

Light Rail in the ACT, subject of next TCC meeting – 1 April 2014.

Hi,
Another interesting TCC meeting this month. Members and visitors were given an update on the Federal Government funding announcement to clean up Lake Tuggeranong and the results of the Clean Up effort around the Lake by an army of volunteers.  Wayne King spoke on the advice he received from the ACT Government the park on the [...]

Refugee Candlelight Vigil in Garema Place this Saturday 7:30PM

By 21 February, 2014

[ 22 February, 2014; 7:30 pm; 7:30 pm; 7:30 pm; ]

The Refugee Action Committee is organising a candlelight vigil this Saturday to mourn the death of an Iranian asylum seeker during recent protests at the Australian detention centre on Manus Island.

Reports are conflicted at this time as to how one person was killed and 77 others injured but sources suggest police and armed thugs went [...]

WHY the Farmers Market at EPIC IS NOT ON AGAIN THIS WEEKEND…

By 21 February, 2014

The Capital Region Farmers Market  that has been going for 10 years now, is again not running this weekend.Why? Because the Agricultural Show is on.
Come again? The best of what rural producers have is on show but we don’t have any actual produce to buy? Something that we have every week otherwise?
The EPIC showgrounds, facility [...]

A moment on hitler parody

By 11 February, 2014

With Giulia Jones and Jeremy Hanson appointing themselves the last arbiters of taste for performances they haven’t seen and calling for drastic sanction against people only remotely involved I thought in my capacity as a private citizen I’d like to throw my own 2c in via the great Charlie Chaplin.

Scrapping the valuation office

By 24 January, 2014

Andrew Leigh is weeping for the Australian Valuation Office which is being scrapped so Liberal spivs can bid to rip off the Commonwealth while pretending to do the work (that’s how outsourcing work).
The 104 year-old AVO, located in the Australian Taxation Office, has been doing an effective job. While the government refers to a projected [...]

Zed Seselja and Shia LaBeouf

By 23 January, 2014

Those folk leading worthwhile lives may not have realised Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf has been in some trouble lately for plagiarism.
Somehow this has lead to Grantland’s Hollywood Prospectus dragging Canberra’s Liberal Senator Zed Seselja into the mix.
Zed is pleased enough to have retweeted it:

Good to see the erudite @ZedSeselja's maiden speech getting worldwide attention through [...]

Chic Henry transitions from Liberal Stooge to Liberal

By 22 January, 2014

The Canberra Times has the interesting news that Mr Summernats Chic Henry is now a paid up member of the Liberal Party:
Summernats legend Chic Henry has joined the ACT Liberal Party and has his sights set on a seat in the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016.
The former Australian Motorist Party candidate has signed up to [...]

ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

By 20 January, 2014

The good folk over at Macrobusiness have been doing an excellent job over the past week highlighting the ACT Government’s outrageously terrible and damaging policy when it comes to supplying land for new homes (see here, here, and here).
Despite strong population growth, stratospheric house prices, and the ACT Auditor General finding the ACT’s land release [...]

Smyth on the economy

By 20 January, 2014

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is taking Andrew Barr to task over the latest economic numbers:
The latest State of the States report released today by CommSec has highlighted the slipping state of the ACT economy and demonstrates ACT Labor’s irresponsible economic management over the past 11 years, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today.
“Today’s report shows [...]

Are ALL the Liberals on hols?

By 15 January, 2014

The last we heard from the Canberra Liberals was on 19 December surely in the last month they had something to say or do?
Surely?

Cosgrove heading to Yarralumla?

By 26 December, 2013

The Australian has been tipped off that retired General Peter Cosgrove is Tony Abbott’s pick to be the next Governor-General.
While sharing a broad world-view with Tones it’s a slightly dangerous choice as he’ll be his own man.

ACHTUNG PUBES! Tones chrimbo message for you needs some eyeballs

By 24 December, 2013

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s message to the public service is listed on YouTube as being published on 22 December.
But we can’t help feeling the 339 views currently credited to it is a bit low.
Your Prime Minister needs you people!

Christmas Eve Government Pay Rises all around!

By 24 December, 2013

Last Friday the Chief Minister put out a slate of 8 media releases embargoed into the new year and Shane Rattenbury followed suit.
But today when no-one but our all-seeing eye is looking the Remuneration Tribunal has published a slate of determinations made in November but held back until now.
Determinations 6 through 13 are Christmas Eve [...]

Asking for a bailout? Who us?

By 22 December, 2013

The ABC has a story on claims the ACT is looking for some sort of Commonwealth assistance.
The ACT Government says reports that it has asked the Commonwealth for a bailout package for the territory’s economy are untrue.
Plans by the Commonwealth government to slash spending and cut public service jobs has the ACT Government worried.
But the [...]

Auditor-General gives a tick to grant management.

By 20 December, 2013

The Auditor-General has announced a pretty clean bill of health in the Performance Audit Report – Management of Funding for Community Services:
There was, however, some concern about Economic Development:
Dr Cooper said, ‘the Economic Development Directorate needs to ensure compliance with procurement regulations to support open and effective competition in tendering. The Directorate also needs to [...]

Barr to use PPPs to shovel debt off the balance sheet

By 19 December, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to use Public Private Partnerships to fund his grand plans:
The Government has released a new procurement framework to help engage the private sector to help deliver major infrastructure projects. These performance driven contracts will help ensure major projects are completed on time and on budget.
PPPs typically include a capital [...]

Liberals want to know which face to put on the attack ads

By 19 December, 2013

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is stirring the pot and demanding to know who he’s running against in 2016 (assuming the lean and hungry Coe doesn’t knife him first):
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher must come clean on whether she intends to stay on in the Territory’s top job, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Speculation [...]

Where to now for the public service?

By 18 December, 2013

As some one in the public service, I’m half expecting a tap on the shoulder any day and to be told my position is redundant.
I’m looking at options, do I stay in or do I leave now?
The way I see it is that with a recruitment freeze on and a reduction in staff [...]

Zed’s office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

By 17 December, 2013

I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]

Martyo’s Skywhale makes for the Chief Minister’s Christmas Card

By 17 December, 2013

It seems we still warrant an e-card from the Chief Minister.
Even more delightfully Martin Ollman (aka MartyO in these parts) is credited with the image, which is a nice way to round out the year.

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