British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]
Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]
A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]
Canberra’s disability sector is set to receive a further injection of $6.3 million in funding to continue to help the ACT adapt to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the funding would go to initiatives and activities that help organisations to support families and carers to prepare for the NDIS, [...]
A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]
The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]
Winston Churchill’s “finest hour” came in the 1940s, as he stood defiantly for the democratic order in opposition to Hitler’s totalitarianism, but Churchill later described democracy as “the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…”
Democracy is indeed a flawed and imperfect device for running complex [...]
In the 1960s was a perceived threat to Australia from the “Yellow Peril” coming down the Indo-China peninsula.
We had seen the Korean War, the communist insurgents in Malaysia on the border with Thailand and the Vietnam War had just kicked off.
My father, the Air Force officer, was a strident anti-communist and whilst he didn’t talk [...]
Great to see the Liberal Member for Brindabella doing what all politicians seem good at and self praising himself in a local flyer for his part in ensuring that the construction of a new swimming pool at Calwell went ahead, despite “numerous hurdles” placed in the way.
One of those hurdles no doubt was the lack [...]
As a person who likes to be involved in my community, and indeed am, politics has become quite a frustration for me lately.
I feel really compelled to join a particular political party on a federal level – happy to disclose, the ALP – because I am completely unimpressed with the various agendas of the other [...]
The Information Privacy Act 2014 commenced today, bringing into place a new system for protecting privacy in the ACT.
The Act promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.
“It requires agencies to protect personal information and manage it in a responsible, transparent and balanced [...]
It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept. Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?
Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over [...]
Just a short note to let you know the Tuggeranong Community Council will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 2 September. TCC President, Eric Traise is back in the chair after an extended break to due illness and has announced he will be seeking a second term as our President. He will be joined by [...]
I read a book recently by Michael Crichton called the State of Fear in which the theory of that state of fear was described. It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a monster that only they can protect against. The Australian example in the [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced a review of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991.
The review will be undertaken by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council, headed up by Professor Simon Rice.
“The Guardianship and Management of Property Act provides an important framework for the support of people who have limited decision-making capacity, for example [...]
I found Clive Palmer’s outburst on Q&A on Monday night pretty awful and something we shouldn’t see from a Member of Parliament.
I do however wonder why Tony Jones or Penny Wong didn’t step in to disagree?
I find it a very ‘Australian’ thing to do. To stand by and smile while someone spews vile statements that [...]
On Thursday evening the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the ACT Payroll Tax Reform Bill. This Bill prevents “genuine employers” from being exempt from payroll tax if they pick up contract work through a recruitment agency. Unfortunately, yet again, the ACT Government has done a poor job in formulating policy.
This new policy has the following effect [...]
You might have missed it. There’s a slew of changes coming under an ‘omnibus’ draft variation to the Territory Plan.
So what? I hear you say. It’s just looking at rezoning four public housing sites:
Stuart Flats, Griffith
Gowrie Court, Narrabundah
Red Hill Flats, Red Hill
Strathgordon Court, Lyons.
And there’s some unspecified vacant land in Narrabundah, Fyshwick, Symonston and Jerrabomberra [...]
[ 20 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The August meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will consider Dickson intersection improvements, an ‘omnibus’ Territory Plan Variation that will affect several sites including the former Downer School and the Cape Street Centre, and a proposal to build a car park on the wooded area adjacent to the Dickson swimming pool.
All interested north Canberra [...]
I was thrilled to announce the “ACT Scientist of the Year” award today when I officially opened the Canberra contingent of National Science Week. This is the first award of its kind in the ACT and it will recognise the amazing work of Canberra’s scientists. The “ACT Scientist of the Year” will be awarded annually [...]
Democracy is certainly not perfect, and the ACT is no exception.
In 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly will increase its members from 17 to 25; there is some merit to this proposition. For its population, the ACT currently has the lowest level of democratic representation in Australia (both at the federal and territory levels). An increase [...]
Did anyone notice the oceans of salivation over Eddie Obeid’s, Joe Tripodi’s and Ian MacDonald’s discomfort when sprung by the NSW ICAC? All those Labor haters thought the wrath of God had finally arrived on those scumbags.
I need to say that I love Labor desperately. The Party has been good to me and [...]
A very long time ago when I was starting out in radio one of the old hands told me sadly that even though we had access to a moderately powerful transmitter, there were many important things that needed be said but could never be heard on the home receiver because “they” wouldn’t allow it.
Whether that [...]
The ACT will be better positioned to host major international events with the introduction of a bill later this week by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell.
The Major Events Bill 2014, which will be introduced on Thursday, will establish new legislation for security management and commercial protections for major events.
“This legislation is a critical part of the ACT’s [...]
Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]
Talk of a bullet train between Canberra and Sydney has been bubbling away for some time now. How do these plans compare to light rail and which is more important to Canberra? We asked Damien Haas (Chair of ACT Light Rail) and Tim Bohm (President, Bullet Train for Australia Party) the following question and their [...]
The sale of Canberra’s betting agency ACTTAB for $105.5 million and a 50-year exclusive totalisator licence to Tabcorp Holdings (for $1 million a year) has been met with disbelief and anger in some quarters of the racing industry.
Representatives of the thoroughbred, harness and racing codes feel they were excluded from consultations over the sale and [...]
Attorney-General Simon Corbell today announced amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 confirming a recent Supreme Court decision that the court can receive submissions in considering a report on an inquiry into convictions.
The amendments also reflect the court’s finding that consideration of a report is a judicial process.
The amendments are framed to commence from the day [...]