The public housing revolution starts
Andrew Barr has been pretty busy on the subject of public housing since taking the top job. His main task is to refresh the entire ACT public housing stock of more than 1,200 homes.
The aim is to improve the lives of those in public housing, which sounds like a reasonable outcome. It [...]
There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands
There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]
Following the flurry after it was announced that the Northern Territory may achieve statehood by 2018, politicians, pundits, and the media alike were quick to quell the cries that the Australian Capital Territory too could become a state.
Local media pointed out that the ACT would not be left as Australia’s lone territory, as we’d still be [...]
Regardless of whether you think that using clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar is the “right” thing to do for our environment, within a few years it’s going to be the smart thing to do financially.
Renewable energy has become a hot topic for both Federal and ACT politicians. The Federal Government has directed [...]
The question circulating among many political junkies at the moment is simple: How long can the Speaker survive?
The headlines don’t look good, with calls to permanently ground the high-flying Bronwyn Bishop. There’s the ‘turbulence’ of that $5000 helicopter flight, plus further revelations of additional chopper trips, thousand-dollar-a-day limo rides and an additional $80,000 expense claim.
I very [...]
Since I seem to be destined for Hades for my support for same sex marriages and asylum seekers, I may as well prepare for the inevitable. Part of my preparation is what happens to my mortal remains after I kark it.
I have some knowledge of the post-death system in Canberra and I have been agitating [...]
[ 21 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on 21 July, at the Majura Function Room, Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson.
Our guest presenters will be Labor MLA for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris, and the Asbestos Response Task Force.
We have asked Ms Fitzharris to respond to the following questions:
In relation to the governments publication Engaging Canberrans – [...]
That awkward moment when…
There’s quite often a moment in the workplace when your boss corrects you, asserting their position as top dog. This could even undermine your position on a certain topic.
That’s where Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson is with his federal boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It’s now twice that Abbott has completely undermined [...]
Just thought it was worth highlighting this little issue.
The ACT Labor party’s approach to political donations is now at odds with a proposal to be put forward to the Federal Labor Council which will limit political donations to $1,000.
My own feeling? I think developers have had over ACT Governments for decades – both sides of politics [...]
What is it about the conservative right wing zealots in this country that they have to have vendettas about unions, Labor Party people and the disadvantaged?
Is it in their DNA?
The number of royal commissions which have come and gone targeting unions and the Labor Party are too numerous to mention, have cost tens of millions [...]
Anyone for tennis?
A few humble tennis courts are proving to be more of a problem for Chief Minister Andrew Barr than he thought.
Earlier this year, Barr said the ACT Government would take the tennis courts from the public Telopea Park School so it could build a childcare centre. The current Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre nearby [...]
Last August I wrote about the application of the political paradigm known as the state of fear. It has been employed by bodies politics and dictators since Persian times, reaching a perfection in the days of the Inquisition.
It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a [...]
I would like to acknowledge and pay my respect to the traditional owners, the Ngunnawal people, upon whose ancestral lands this chamber is built. I pay my respect to elders both past and present and acknowledge their enduring connection to these ancient lands.
I thank the people of the ACT for the support they have [...]
The ACT Government will make a capital contribution of $375 million towards Canberra’s light rail project, Capital Metro, ACT budget papers have revealed.
The budget papers explain that the contribution, which is half of the project’s estimated $750 million cost and mostly funded by the sale of ACTTAB and old government office blocks, will be set aside [...]
With a predicted deficit of $407 million, Andrew Barr’s first budget as both Chief Minister and Treasurer is a modest one.
In light of what Minister Barr has described as “savage” cuts from the Commonwealth, the 2015-16 ACT budget handed down today focuses on infrastructure, creating jobs and maintaining Canberra’s title as world’s most liveable [...]
ACT residents will pay higher rates, spend more money on vehicle registration and see pay parking extended after hours in many of Civic’s car parks under the 2015-16 ACT budget handed down this afternoon.
In good news, the ACT Government has allocated more money for health and education than ever before. It also plans to increase [...]
The Yarralumla Residents Association supports the views of senior heritage experts and the Inner South Canberra Community Council, who are urging the Commonwealth to push ahead with recognition of Canberra on the National Heritage List.
As pointed out by the immediate past chairman of the ACT Heritage Council, Duncan Marshall, Canberra has played such a central [...]
Sometimes, for this old Laborite, this government just keeps on giving. If my amusement is part of my age of entitlement, then go you good thing!
Was it Hockey and Cormann who said there are lifters and leaners? Was it these ministers and their assistant ministers who said we should all pay our way, share in [...]
There have been recent reports that the controversial Dickson supermarket proposal continues to be debated behind closed doors within the government planning bureaucracy.
Residents have devoted hours (days!) attempting to convince this government that residents are not opposed to changes within the shopping centre. It is just that this particular proposal is so wrong for Dickson. [...]
Anyone see John Warhurst’s article in last week’s Crimes? It was on voting reform. He made a number of good points.
One was that the report from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) was just released and it would be probably only of interest to “the smallish number of people who find electoral matters riveting.” [...]
[ 23 April 2015 at 12:00 pm; ] Minister for the Arts Joy Burch has called on Canberra’s arts community to register for tomorrow’s public forum on the review of the ACT Arts Policy Framework.
Minister Burch’s office has released the following information:
“artsACT is looking for feedback from the community on the current ACT Arts Policy Framework, and the forum on Thursday provides those with [...]
In 1952, when I was three, my parents emigrated from England to Australia and we went to a migrant hostel in Bonegilla in Victoria; later we went to other hostels at Bradfield Park and East Hills in Sydney.
My memories are varied of this time but I’ll share with you some of them.
I remember living in [...]
While I do not have access to statistics on how Canberrans feel about the recently passed mandatory data retention laws, I can honestly say that I have spoken to no one who agrees with them.
The Australian Capital Territory’s Human Rights Act was the first charter of human rights enacted in Australia. After coming into force [...]
The ACT Redistribution Committee has today announced its proposed redistribution of the ACT into five electorates.
Currently the ACT has three electorates:
The electorate of Molonglo elects seven members of the Legislative Assembly and encompasses the town centres of North Canberra, South Canberra, Weston Creek, and parts of the ACT to the north and east of Canberra.
The ACT Government has shelved plans to build a solar farm near Uriarra. Following opposition from residents, the 26,000-panel solar farm will instead be built in Williamsdale.
Here’s the media release from Simon Corbell’s office:
The ACT Government has agreed to license parts of blocks 1470 and 1471 District of Tuggeranong (Williamsdale) to Elementus Energy as an alternative [...]
A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy (pictured) was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes.
Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced [...]
The political landscape of the ACT is changing at lightning speed. Here are some of the most significant changes:
1) From 2016, the size of the Legislative Assembly will swell from 17 members to 25 members.
2) The ACT will be split-up from three electorates (two with five seats and one with seven seats) to five electorates [...]
Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]
I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]
The sacking of Phillip Ruddock caused me to contemplate a number of issues.
Firstly, I have served with Phillip Ruddock on a couple of ministerial councils and found him to be a warm and honest man. A little dry perhaps, sometimes appearing to lack humour and very semantic, he was nonetheless a man of conviction and [...]