The price we sometimes pay for freedom of expression is that people can use language to strip people of their dignity and self-respect and reduce them to lesser mortals. It is no more evident than in politics.
Members of parliament (read: Legislative Assembly here in the ACT) and ministers appear to be the targets of [...]
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has put his foot down on Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch’s plan to scrap the twenty-dollar limit on poker machines, a move that would have allowed gamblers to use $50 notes. Ms Burch made the change on 22 December, the very day before Andrew Barr became the Leader of [...]
Canberra’s politicians have been working hard to expand the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Last year we saw a barrage of announcements leading towards the expansion of the Assembly from three electorates with a total of 17 seats to five electorates with a total of 25 seats which will take effect from the October 2016 election.
The expansion required [...]
Who said the Victorians were a stuffy conservative lot? How things have changed! Canberra’s own Fiona Patten MLC!
So Fiona won a seat in the Upper House in Victoria at the last elections, which saw the Liberal a one term wonder, booted out on their proverbials.
Anyone see the pickie in the papers celebrating this wondrous [...]
I’ve been in good company recently, joining others in banging on about the ill treatment of asylum seekers and trying to draw attention to the fact that the scale of the problem does not justify the degree of power and might being applied to repelling those seeking succour on our shores by coming here in [...]
ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee last night endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT.
“At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said.
“Katy will play an important role in [...]
So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries.
Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our [...]
The inevitability of this team of Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell had its genesis way back when they were both students. They were both leading lights in their paddock of the Young Labor Right and Left.
They were adversaries at the Annual Labor Conference battlefields of the 1990s and both emerged as mature political [...]
Barr, it was time.
Last week this humble columnist wrote a piece titled ‘Barr, it’s time’. Well, the day after Riotact published it, Barr’s time had come. The last week has been an historic and tumultuous week for ACT politics. With Katy Gallagher announcing her resignation as Chief Minister and her candidature for one of the [...]
Yesterday Andrew Barr was elected unopposed as Leader of the Labor Party, and today he will be elected unopposed as Chief Minister. First Ministers have a choice to make: crash or crash through, or to slide along politely with one cheek aloft of each side of an ever encroaching barbed wire fence. Andrew is not [...]
Katy Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in Canberra’s history. Her electoral vote is astronomical, and she is respected for her stoic mind and steady hand. Indeed Katy could blow up a hospital and go on shooting spree of endangered animals with Bob Katter and still enjoy enormous public support.
Understandably, Lundy’s decision [...]
How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History? What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]
Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office [...]
Lame duck Lundy – Stanhope standing by
Loathe him or love him, few would dispute that Stanhope has lived public life as a straight shooter. To some, his candid nature is a constant source of fresh air. To others, especially within senior Labor ranks, he is a moral nuisance. After returning to his heartland only a [...]
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, yesterday tabled two reports into the ACT Electoral Act and introduced legislation to improve our electoral system.
“The amendments to the Electoral Act build on the existing electoral system by strengthening the regulatory framework that supports transparent and accountable electoral expenditure, without diminishing the accountability of parties and electoral candidates.” Mr Corbell [...]
Katy Lundy prepares to leave politics
Generally, politicians are quiet for a reason. Either they are hiding something or they want to rise through the ranks by avoiding a miscalculation… or there are planning to retire. Only one year into her three-year term, our Lundy has decided to hang up her boots. Having spent most of [...]
In June 2014, this years ACT budget was projected to be m$333 in the red without the impact of Mr Fluffy – which could be as high as m$500 over 3 years, according to the ACT Treasurer, Andrew Barr :
On top of the cutbacks in the Federal Public service and associated downturn in other economic [...]
On Paul Murray Live Sunday night we were discussing the imminent departure of Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party.
Janine Perrett was hosting, because the eponymous host was on a study tour in Abu Dhabi where he was examining local hotel architecture and the F 1.
Janine said – voicing the complaint of many – that [...]
I’ve never really understood why the Canberra Liberals don’t change their name. Surely, the Canberra Neoconservatives, the Canberra Monarchists, or just the Canberra Abbott Lovers would be more appropriate. But after briefly perusing The Non-executive members Eighth Assembly Travel Report, recently released by the ACT Legislative Assembly, I suddenly realised: when it comes to spending [...]
Canberrans will be better protected from unlawful voyeuristic behaviour by new legislation to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will strengthen prohibitions on indecent behaviour using cameras or other technology. It was one of a range of changes which will provide greater protection [...]
There has been much discourse in recent times on the relative importance of having a healthy budget position versus having a significantly funded safety net.
The orthodox right wing ideology has it that a healthy budget surplus is the only way in which a county can prosper. If there are plenty of profits to tax [...]
Burch on her literary perch
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced the 2014 ACT Book of the Year shortlist with four of the five shortlisted authors at Civic Library this week. Five books, ranging from a non-fiction exploration of the Al Jazeera English news network to a verse novel covering the Petrov defection, have been [...]
In Part 2 of the RiotACT podcast, Mike Jeffreys chats to Katy Gallagher on making it halfway through the current political term and what her greatest achievements are to date. Nothing is off-limits with discussion on the Territory’s debt, the Mr Fluffy saga which Gallagher describes as being bigger than the bushfires; and youth euthanasia.
I was reminded last sitting week, with the tabling of the first report from the Homelessness Official Visitor, of the importance of Governments having in place mechanisms to hold them to account. The media, the crossbench and the Opposition, and NGO’s all play a part in casting an eye over the operation of Government, but [...]
There has been some opposition to the notion of increasing the number of Assembly members here in the ACT and the writing of the new boundaries will resurrect those opposed to an increase.
We should note that we have a similar population as Tasmania and a more robust economy. But in Tasmania, there are five [...]
Pork barrelling: the Feds hit Canberra again
250 public service jobs will be pork barrelled off to Victoria to help Premier Denis Napthine maintain his first-term government. Within a month of the state election it was announced that, in spite of the Australian Bureau of Statistics already losing 350 staff due to redundancies, the 250 ABS [...]
As Shaun Micallef says in his program title, I’m mad as hell!
Posters will accuse me of being biased and that’s just bad luck. I have nothing to gain from my outrage on this subject so let’s get that out of the way pronto.
As if the Government doesn’t insult the servicemen and women enough by offering [...]
Kate Lundy’s ALIVE!
Lame duck Senator Kate Lundy arose from her year-long slumber this week to defend Australia’s women and men in uniform. The powerful political charge was made in a Facebook message where she wrote, “Tony Abbott is offering Australian Defence personnel an effective pay-cut whilst at the same time his government is shovelling money [...]