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Government needs to catch tyre slasher

By 3 June 2014

The ACT Labor government needs to commit to catching the notorious Narrabundah tyre slasher as the Canberra community raises its voice about the ongoing vandalism to residents’ property being inflicted, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in the Legislative Assembly I will table a petition signed by more than 270 Canberrans calling on Simon [...]

Canberra natural home for Public Service

By 3 June 2014

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has raised the future of the public service in Canberra and regional concerns about the federal budget with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, according to the Canberra Times.
Ms Gallagher has explained concerns of public service workers facing redundancies, in her first one-on-one meeting with Mr Abbott since his election win last [...]

Improving offender rehabilitation by extending Throughcare

By 2 June 2014

Minister for Corrections, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the increased investment in the 2014-15 Budget of $2.176m over two years to extend the Throughcare program.
“The Throughcare Unit was established to address the many challenges associated with detainees re-entering the community and is focused on reducing recidivism. The program identifies support needs across the areas of housing, [...]

Bush capital on show for international conservation tour

By 2 June 2014

The ACT Government is pleased to announce it will host a post conference tour in partnership with the Conservation Council ACT and the Australian Alps as part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014.
The World Parks Congress is only held every 10 years, and it is an honour for [...]

ACT Government signs MoU with ACT Equestrian Association

By 2 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, on behalf of the ACT Government, today signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ACT Government and the ACT Equestrian Association (ACTEA).
“The MoU fulfils a commitment made by the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and signifies the government’s commitment to working collaboratively with key stakeholders in [...]

National Reconciliation Week

By 2 June 2014

National Reconciliation Week recognises the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the unique place they hold in Australian society, said Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Shane Rattenbury.
“National Reconciliation Week is celebrated annually between 27 May and 3 June, commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, the anniversaries of [...]

Primary School for Molonglo

By 2 June 2014

Construction is expected to begin on the new Coombs Primary School in August, with nearly $30 million to be allocated to building the school in the 2014-15 ACT budget when it is handed down on Tuesday, according to the Canberra Times.
The amount allocated in this budget will increase the $7 million already committed to the [...]

Capital Metro to support more than 3,500 jobs during construction

By 2 June 2014

The Capital Metro project will support more than 3,500 jobs during construction and many more into the future according to a report by global firm EY released today.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the jobs created by the light rail project that links Gungahlin and the city will provide an immediate [...]

Commonwealth leaves ACT Budget short on fire payments

By 31 May 2014

Minister for Policing and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today announced funding of $4 million for the Emergency Services Agency as part of the 2014-15 Budget to ensure frontline emergency services are not affected by the reduction in payments under the Commonwealth Fire Payments memorandum of understanding.
The decision by the Commonwealth to arbitrarily reduce its level [...]

More government help for businesses to prepare for NDIS

By 30 May 2014

Disability service providers preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can now apply for Business Investment packages worth up to $50,000 each, providing tailored professional assistance to manage the transition to the NDIS from 1 July.
The packages come on top of Governance and Financial Management packages worth $20,000, which have already been offered to [...]

Speakers and Westminster

By 30 May 2014

In the Westminster system of Parliamentary process, after which the parliaments of Australia are supposed to be modelled, the Speaker is independent of the process, being above the cacophony of debate, chairing the debates and providing an unbiased approach to the whole system.
This seemed ok for the young parliament of the ACT until the cracks [...]

Canberra’s free public Wi-Fi one step closer

By 29 May 2014

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today announced that Canberra’s free WiFi is one step closer with the first site
in Garema Place scheduled to go live in October 2014. The free Wi-Fi project is part of the ACT Government’s
commitment to Canberra’s future as a smart and digital city.
The Chief Minister has also announced iiNet as the [...]

ACT Employers recognised at employer support awards

By 29 May 2014

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann MP has congratulated four Canberra employers who were recognised for their exceptional support of Australian Defence Force Reservists at the ACT Employer Support Awards overnight.
The Erindale Pharmacy, Focus ACT, Communities at Work and the Canberra Hospital were the winners of the four categories of awards.
Ms Brodtmann thanked the winners [...]

Gary Humphries stripped of Liberals Award

By 29 May 2014

The Canberra Times has a story today about former ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries being stripped of a distinguished service award because he wrote an opinion piece that publicly said the party needed to change direction to improve its chances of winning government at the next election.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/liberal-party-revokes-award-for-former-act-senator-gary-humphries-20140528-zrqqn.html
It all seems very petty, vindictive and stupid to [...]

$3.25 million for the revitalisation of Woden Town Centre

By 28 May 2014

$3.25 million is to be invested in the 2014-15 ACT Budget to start the revitalisation of Woden Town Centre and to begin the redevelopment of the bus interchange.
The work to be undertaken includes constructing new stairs, ramps and lighting that will greatly improve public safety and access to the Woden Town Square from the interchange [...]

Work to commence on Dickson intersection upgrades

By 28 May 2014

As part of the redevelopment and revitalisation of the Dickson Group Centre, $3.38 million has been allocated over the next three years to upgrade five intersections to ensure the safe management of traffic in and around the precinct.
The work is expected to commence in the latter part of this year and be completed by mid [...]

Is the application of interest to historical HELP debt a breach of contract?

By 27 May 2014

There is a fair amount of debate going on around changes to University fee structures at the moment, including the application of an interest rate to the debt racked up through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). During Senate Question Time last week, the Greens Higher Education spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon posed an interesting question [...]

GP co-payment could see a drop in Canberra’s immunisation rates

By 27 May 2014

Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has today welcomed the latest immunisation results which show that ACT community has the highest rates of immunisation amongst one year olds in Australia.
However, these results will be monitored closely in light of the proposed introduction of a GP co- payment to make sure that immunisation rates [...]

NDIS, therapy and early intervention community forum

By 27 May 2014

Parents and carers of children using therapy services and early intervention programs are invited to attend a community forum next week to discuss the services that will be available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“With the NDIS rolling out in Canberra in five weeks time, this is an exciting time for people with disability [...]

Canberra Liberals support continued Therapy ACT services

By 26 May 2014

The Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT Labor government to continue to provide services through Therapy ACT, including early intervention services, for a further 12 months before withdrawing from its role as a service provider. In essence this would see early intervention services continuing as is until the end of the 2015 school year.
“After [...]

Auditor general report released on single dwelling assessments

By 26 May 2014

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today welcomed an Auditor-General’s report examining single dwelling assessments in the ACT.
The report presents the results of a performance audit that examined single dwelling developments that were originally deemed by private building certifiers to be exempt from requiring development approval but were subsequently found to require [...]

Business investment partnerships the key to growing Canberra’s economy

By 26 May 2014
Business investment partnerships the key to growing Canberra’s economy

Next month’s ACT Budget will contain measures to help businesses employ more people, and strategies to help public servants laid off by the Commonwealth into new businesses and entrepreneurship.
We will be targeting measures at the different demographics leaving the public service – younger people and people near retirement – to encourage them to stay in [...]

Multi-million dollar public transport upgrade for Gungahlin complete

By 23 May 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the completion of a $3.325 million project to upgrade public transport facilities around the Gungahlin Town Centre precinct.
“Since July 2013, work has been underway to deliver significant public transport infrastructure improvements around the expanding Gungahlin Town Centre precinct,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The completion of the project [...]

Corbell calls for Liberals to stand up for ACT Projects

By 22 May 2014

Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson should take up the issue of Tony Abbott’s health and education budget cuts rather than attacking transformative infrastructure projects that will generate jobs and stimulate the ACT economy, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Jeremy Hanson shows a lack of vision and direction with his attack [...]

Hockey’s budget: a clear imbalance

By 22 May 2014
Hockey's budget: a clear imbalance

In delivering the Abbott Government’s first federal budget Mr Hockey said that we are a nation of lifters, not leaners.  Sadly though, this budget leans on the poor to lift the rich.
The load has not been evenly spread, with a thin tissue of alleged burden on high-income earners and big business while students, the unemployed, [...]

Awards recognise innovation in disaster resilience

By 20 May 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is encouraging Canberrans to nominate individuals or organisations who have made a significant contribution to disaster resilience in the ACT.
Nominations for the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards are open until 2 July.
“The Resilience Australia Awards are a perfect opportunity to recognise members and organisations in our community, [...]

$245 million for Chaplains

By 19 May 2014
$245 million for Chaplains

In a Back to the Future Vaticano style, the PM has whispered in a new attempt to force religion into our schools. No-one cares if the private educational systems have chaplains to administer to their flocks. It has been the case since the year dot and will always be the case. But the push [...]

21st Century Factionalism – Canberra Liberals Feuding Goes Digital

By 19 May 2014

Perhaps one of the more popular topics of discussion amongst local political insiders at present is the emergence of a raft of Facebook Fan Pages claiming to support the Canberra Liberals sub-grouping, the Menzies Group.
For those not already familiar with the internal workings of the local Liberal Party, the Menzies Group is a rebel band [...]

Blog Post: A silver lining to a tough budget?

By 18 May 2014
Blog Post: A silver lining to a tough budget?

On Thursday morning I popped out to do a bit of shopping and ran into a friend.  I have known him a long time – more than 30 years and he is a mild mannered and generally fairly quiet man.  We said hello and I asked how he was going, expecting our usual mid shopping [...]

ACT Budget review

By 16 May 2014

The ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is going back to the drawing board with the territory’s budget after substantial funding cuts in the federal budget, according to the ABC.
Due to a $100 million dollar write down, thanks to Federal Government cuts in health and education, Ms Gallagher will be reviewing all revenue and expenditure.
Current projections [...]

Anyone care about the public servants losing their jobs?

By 16 May 2014

There is so much media coverage around the sacking of pilots or car factory workers or pensioners, what about those 16,000 people (many will have to go by Oct this year). These are people with families, people who need to pay for kids’ tuition fees, their medical bills, and morgage.., etc. Look at newspapers, Tvs, [...]

Contradiction in Abbot’s interview

By 15 May 2014

As per an interview with the “Sunrise” show, around the 7:14 time stamp on the interview, our PM made some interesting comments about the “states” taking on more of a role with managing their own economies, saying “We want the states to more grown up adult governments”. If we look at the recent situation with [...]

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