Shane Rattenbury has made it known that it’s gay marriage a go go in the ACT at least until the High Court weighs in:
Leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne joined ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury at the ACT Legislative Assembly today to celebrate the ACT becoming the first jurisdiction to legislate for [...]
For the past 20 years the Narrabundah Slasher has run amuck on the terrified southern suburb, but he may have made a critical error in repeatedly slashing the tires of Lucia MacFarlane, Giulia’s sister.
Giulia has sworn that she will bring this menace to justice.
”It’s over a decade and the people of Narrabundah seem to have [...]
The ABC reports that Simon Corbell’s legal advice on gay marriage is looking Notso Hotso and the Chief Minister is muttering about amendments:
Ms Gallagher has signalled the bill could be amended during tomorrow’s debate in the Legislative Assembly.
“We’re certainly looking at it and the Attorney-General and I have had some discussions over the weekend, [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a vast laundry list of “achievements” for her first year after winning an election.
A pedant might question some of these “achievements”. If I declare a resolution to lose weight I haven’t achieved much until the pounds come off have I?
Here they all are:
Creating opportunity and a more liveable city
– Increased [...]
Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of Katy, Barr, Corbell, and that court jester Rattenbury. They have surely got to be the most irresponsible, dangerous, and seemingly unaccountable excuse for a government within the Australian Federation.
They appear to have largely abandoned any attempt to effectively deliver the core governmental services for which they [...]
Canberra’s Labor Representatives are voicing concerns about Coalition plans to lose 6,000 public servants by June 2014, or one every single hour.
The APS will be reduced by 6,000 staff in the nine months to June 2014. That’s one public service job lost every single hour until the end of the financial year. A further [...]
The Shadow Ministry has been tweeted.
Member for Canberra Gai Brodtman has made it into the junior Shadow Ministry as Parl Sec for Defence.
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has made it to Shadow Assistant Treasurer, and Shadow Minister for Competition.
Senator Kate Lundy appears to be unloved.
At long last the Parliamentary Sitting Calendar has been updated.
For all those who need to know there’s a week starting 12 November.
18 November is a week of the House and Senate Estimates, then two weeks from 2 December with Chrimbo speeches on 12 December and a godawlmighty boozeup at the Kennedy Room on 11 December [...]
Marriage Equality debate coming up.
ACT Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has today confirmed the ACT will debate the issue of marriage equality during the next sitting period of the ACT Legislative Assembly.
“I am pleased to confirm today that the ACT will debate marriage equality on Tuesday 22 October at 10am,” Mr Corbell said.
“Members of the [...]
Having been invited to opening night of the Wharf Revue at the Canberra Theatre Goosepig and I negotiated the obstacle course of the Spiegletent sprawling across Civic Square and took our seats in the Playhouse.
It’s a one act show running 90 minutes and I have to say it’s superb.
The comedy ranges from broad and childish [...]
[ 20 October, 2013; 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] SPIN Fest is about things that spin, and there’s no spin quite like political spin.
This Sunday Political SPIN will take place from 3 till 4 and may just include more political spin than this writer can actually stomach. If you think you can handle it, the event is “free” although you still have to pay [...]
The Canberra Times has the happy news that knifed ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has found gainful employment selling access to the Abbott Government to whomever can afford his fees:
His appointment to 1st State Government and Corporate Relations will be announced on Wednesday.
Mr Humphries will be able to draw on experience and contacts built up [...]
[ 29 October, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] Event starts 6:30pm. Free refreshments from 6pm. Speakers including Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. All welcome.
Location: Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), Australian National University.
A ‘three-star’ general appointed to use military force to stop asylum seekers. A ‘blackout’ on reporting the numbers of refugees arriving by boat. Sending vulnerable men, women and children seeking our assistance to remote [...]
Well, when the offender is a former politician.
A relatively junior public servant, Michaela Banerji, was sacked from the APS for expressing negative views about current policy on asylum seekers, yet public servant Jon Stanhope appears to be allowed complete freedom to express similar views (the journalist disguised the comments as referring to “ALP” policy, [...]
Just one new entry on the return of gifts roll this time, it’s Annette showing the Greens some love.
The Tennant and District Times has a piece on Senator Seselja’s plans to get his electorate office “out in the suburbs”, which one suspects is code for the bowels of Tuggeranong.
He will, however, see out Gary Humphries’ lease in Civic.
ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on scene at the ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit, City investigating smoke on level two.
No sign of fire.
Crews are currently ventilating the area.
A small number of people on level two only have been evacuated as a precaution.
Smoke as a result of a stove top operational, which was left unattended.
The ABC reports that the man who put Napoleon into “Napoleon Complex”, Gary Kent, has quit the Liberal Party because it’s just not fair:
He launched legal action in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal against his own party saying he was denied access to documents about the controversial preselection and the party’s financial situation.
Interesting article on the Drum by Greg Jericho on the realities of the LNP’s job cuts and the Parliamentary Budget Office’s upcoming costings report.
Have a read if you’ve got the time, and the interest.
The contested nature of the policy highlighted the lack of details provided by the Liberal Party to the public. The ALP claimed [...]
With the AEC releasing the full distribution of preferences for the ACT Senate count, Antony Green has an article explaining how the count unfolded. In the end, Zed was elected to the second seat at Count 39 when the Palmer United Party was excluded, Antony explaining:
The Liberal Party had achieved the quota entirely on [...]
This year the Annual Reports were unusually well synchronised.
We’re sure this has nothing to do with overwhelming the limited resources of Canberra newsrooms to investigate them.
Considering us thoroughly overwhelmed here’s the Ministerial media releases from which the mirror image of the greater atrocities can be made out:
1. Community Services Directorate
Joy Burch, Andrew Barr, and Shane [...]
Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Greens’ Simon Sheikh is conceding he’s been beaten for the second Senate seat on the back of Animal Justice Party preferences to the Liberals.
We hope that Senator Seselja will make efforts to broaden his base over the next three years.
UPDATE: The ABC has a report:
While the [...]
At least 920 of you are satisfied with the ACT’s municipal services.
Shane Rattenbury has announced that TAMS randomly called 1000 Canberrans and discovered that 92% of them are satisfied with the ACT’s current state of municipal affairs.
“Canberrans rightly place much importance on municipal services such as their roads, paths, publictransport, parks and garbage collection,” Mr [...]
The Australian has the sad news the nation’s champion restaurant consumer Clive Palmer is planning to commute on his private jet rather then establish a residence in Canberra:
QUEENSLAND businessman Clive Palmer says he might be a fly-in-fly-out MP, commuting by private jet from his Sunshine Coast home on parliamentary sitting days.
Mr Palmer, who is ahead [...]
It’s often said you don’t need to read books if you read book reviews.
In that spirit Canberra’s Member for Fraser has blogged an interesting review on Ian McLean’s “Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth”.
Interesting to see how often we’ve been saved from ourselves.
Simon Corbell announced the recipients of the ACT Heritage Grants.
A total of $329,000 is being divided amongst a number of programs and groups in order to help conserve Canberra’s heritage.
“Canberra has a great story to tell and I am pleased to see the diverse range of projects included in this year’s grants program, as we [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is triumphantly pointing to rising rates as proof rates will triple (as of course they will over sufficiently long time frames, just as all of us will die).
Mr Barr can end this argument today. Surely, before he embarked on his tax changes, he calculated what the effect on the rates of [...]
By Andrew Podger
Prime minister Tony Abbott’s decision to sack three departmental secretaries within hours of his swearing-in earlier this week has not attracted the same shock John Howard’s decision to sack six secretaries caused in 1996.
At that time, Paul Keating’s removal of secretaries’ tenure in 1994 was yet to be exercised. However, 17 years later, [...]
By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra
Tony Abbott had hoped he wouldn’t be confronted with the gay marriage issue for quite a while. Now, just a day after the new government’s swearing in, it’s potentially posing a major challenge for him.
The ACT government introduced legislation today to legalise same sex marriage there. It will be passed [...]
The ABC has a report on changes at the top of the public service:
The ceremony had barely finished when the Prime Minister’s office issued a press release, announcing three departmental secretaries had had their contracts terminated and the Treasury Secretary would stand down next year.
Dr Don Russell lost his job as head of the [...]
Joy Burch announced two new members of the Youth Advisory Council today, who will join their fellow 12 and 25 years old brethren in doing all the things that a youth advisory council does.
“I congratulate Ms Adrianna Clarke and Ms Ashlea Arulanandam for their two-year appointment to the Council,” Ms Burch said.
Ms Clarke, 19, [...]
One day in the not too distant future the Liberals will realise that renewable energy is big business and will fall in love with it.
For now the Liberals’ Andrew Wall is desperately trying to dare Simon Corbell into throwing out his aces in the Uriarra Village solar power poker game:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall will [...]