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School board head calls for ACT-wide bullying audit

By 4 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Primrose Riordan’s article in the CT this week is unfortunately more of the same – kids bullying kids and schools who are unwilling or unable to stop it.  In the article School Chair Mr Villafor’s suggests an ACT-wide bullying audit which seems like something that could be very useful. An audit with the intention of [...]

ACT Government – new way to pay bills online

By 2 July 2014

New options to streamline government bill payments have come online today which make it more convenient for businesses and the community to make payments online rather than over the phone or in person, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher announced today.
“We live in a society that is increasingly moving towards online interaction and these changes are designed [...]

Do We Really Need a 6th Beatle?

By 30 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you ask the chattering classes whether we need a 6th minister, a lot of them will say that we don’t. This is because they don’t know what ministers actually do in the Legislative Assembly and they don’t like politicians anyway.
A lot of people don’t know why the ACT actually needs a parliament at all. [...]

Asbestos guidance for Real Estate sector

By 27 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Real estate agents, landlords and homeowners of Mr Fluffy houses will have a better understanding of their obligations in regards to asbestos management, duty of disclosure, documentation with the release of new asbestos guidance material for the ACT real estate sector.
Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, today announced release of the new [...]

Payroll tax changes hit Canberra families and businesses

By 27 June 2014
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Even with the government’s announcement on the 24th of June that it will extend the commencement date of the Payroll Tax Amendment Bill to the 1st of October 2014, there is still widespread confusion in the ACT market. Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has called on the government to give greater certainty to affected businesses and [...]

Damning legacy from self-government and six ACT chief ministers

By 26 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It is 25 years since self-government was imposed on Canberra by the Hawke Labor Government in May 1989, a hybrid concept that blended state and local government. There have been just six chief ministers and Labor has governed for 17 of 25 years (and for the past 13 years).
Almost all governments have been hamstrung by [...]

95% satisfaction for municipal services

By 25 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A telephone survey of 1000 Canberrans has revealed that satisfaction with Canberra’s municipal services has increased from 90% last year to 95%, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Canberrans justifiably place much importance on municipal services such as their roads, paths, public transport, parks and garbage collection. Whilst there are always ways we [...]

New Park and Ride permit process

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury today encouraged Canberra commuters to take advantage of the convenient park and ride permit sites and bike and ride facilities.
“Park and ride makes it easier for Canberrans to get to commute each day. We’ve made the service easier to use by introducing three month permits to replace [...]

New dog exercise maps open for consultation

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released new dog exercise area maps for community consultation. The maps clearly define where people can take their dogs, showing on and off-leash areas as well as dog prohibited areas.
“The new dog exercise maps aim to provide a balance between providing spaces for dogs to exercise [...]

Possible new slow speed precincts following community support for 40 km/h speed limit zones

By 25 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury, today announced the results of an evaluation of 40 km/h speed limit precincts in the Belconnen, City and Tuggeranong town centres. The precincts have been operating for one year.
Minister Rattenbury also announced the start of an investigation into additional slow speed precincts in Canberra.
“Forty kilometre speed limit [...]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities prepare for NDIS

By 24 June 2014

Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]

Taylor Primary School recognised at architecture awards

By 24 June 2014

The redeveloped Taylor Primary School has been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects Awards (ACT Chapter).
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated the team at Small Quinton Coleman Architects who took out the Education Prize for their work on the school’s redesign.
The Australian Institute of Architects Awards recognise outstanding achievements and excellence [...]

Change to Territory Plan gives Tuggeranong scope for change

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Plans to encourage development and revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre will consolidate the existing centre by reducing car dependency and locating more people closer to existing businesses.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today approved Territory Plan draft variation 318, which will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
“The strong message we’ve received from the [...]

Strategy to reduce vehicle emissions released for comment

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT government is seeking community views on lowering vehicle emissions with the release today of a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
“A key element of the government’s commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and do business is to make [...]

Capital Metro to boost local industry

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]

New Policing Purchase Agreement targets alcohol related crime

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will place special emphasis on a number of key operational issues, including the reduction of alcohol related crime and improving road safety, under a new purchase agreement.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today signed the 2014-15 purchase agreement together with the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Tony Negus, and Chief Police Officer [...]

Disposal fees waived for loose-fill asbestos home owners

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT government will waive disposal fees where houses containing loose-fill asbestos are renovated or demolished, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, announced on Saturday.
“The government has made the decision to waive these fees following recommendations from the Asbestos Regulators Forum, and is part of a suite of measures to address [...]

Chaplaincies in Schools – The Game Continues

By 20 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last May, I wrote about chaplaincy services in government schools and many rioters joined in the debate, on both sides of the equation and for the most part it was a healthy discussion.
On 19 June, and for the second time, the High Court has ruled legislation to enable the payments to the Scripture Union Queensland [...]

Hanson in CEO Sleepout

By 19 June 2014

ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will brave the winter conditions for another year, joining other Canberra leaders for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight.
“In my 22 years in the Army I have spent hundreds of nights outdoors sleeping rough and I have great sympathy for the hardships of the people who are forced [...]

Special Territory Plan variation to facilitate Mental Health Facility

By 19 June 2014

A draft special variation has been prepared to accommodate a secure mental health facility in Symonston for treatment and rehabilitation of vulnerable members of the community, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
DSV S323 follows the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Act 2014 passed by the Legislative [...]

Law Reform Advisory Council members appointed

By 19 June 2014

The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, yesterday announced the appointment of 11 members to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.
“Members are appointed on the basis of their expertise in matters relating to law and legal policy,” Mr Corbell said.
“They are experts in a wide variety of law related fields, from the judiciary and legal profession, to police, [...]

New flexible bus system to improve transport for disadvantaged

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced a new ‘community transport’ initiative to better meet the transport needs of the aged, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other transport-disadvantaged Canberrans.
“In conjunction with the introduction of the bus network in the middle of this year, we will also pilot [...]

Tuggeranong Town Park Master Plan available for public viewing

By 18 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the final master plan for Tuggeranong Town Park, which includes ideas for an enlarged picnic and barbecue area, upgraded play spaces and a new toilet block, is now available for public viewing.
“The needs of the community have significantly changed since the Town Park was [...]

Strategic Bushfire Management Plan open to comment

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An updated plan to keep Canberra at the forefront of bushfire mitigation planning has been released today for public comment by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
Mr Corbell invites the ACT community to comment on the draft of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan Version Three.
“The draft SBMP Version Three is designed to get [...]

New childcare centre up for building award

By 18 June 2014

The new Holder Early Childhood Centre has been shortlisted for a major building award, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The centre, which has now opened to families in Weston Creek, has been shortlisted in the 2014 Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards in the ‘building less than $5 million’ category.
“After [...]

Recognition for historic riverside community

By 18 June 2014

The Oaks Estate draft master plan balances the need for future development with preservation of the area’s character, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The release of the draft master plan is a culmination of feedback from the local residents, business owners and lessees, the Oaks Estate Progress Association, and the [...]

Weston Centre Draft Master Plan released for public consultation

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberrans can have their say on the long-term environmental, social and economic security of the Weston group centre with the launch today of consultation on the Weston Group Centre Draft Master Plan.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the master plan will guide the development of the centre to be a more attractive, [...]

Government payroll backflip

By 17 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

During questions from the opposition during yesterday’s estimates hearing, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr revealed the government is reconsidering its proposed payroll tax amendments to remove the genuine employer exemption, due to their affect on ACT small businesses and contractors. Only after an outcry from small business and the Canberra Liberals has Mr Barr acted, Shadow [...]

Launch of alcohol interlock program to tackle drink driving

By 16 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

From tomorrow, drivers convicted of certain drink driving offences will be subject to a mandatory interlock condition after serving a period of driver licence disqualification, Attorney General, Simon Corbell said today at the launch of the ACT’s alcohol interlock program.
An alcohol interlock is an electronic breath testing device wired into the ignition of a vehicle [...]

Exit Honour Among Foes and Enter The Age of Darkness

By 13 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We hear almost daily the complaint from the chattering classes that the business of parliamentary debate has descended into puerile high farce seen usually in the sandpits of child care centres. Unfortunately this is all too true and I don’t see any parliament in which this is not the case.
I speak from the position of [...]

Response to Liberals’ Light Rail Report

By 13 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The paper on light rail commissioned by the Canberra Liberals chooses the most expensive construction method for the project and its use discredits the entire report, according to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
The report is inaccurate, based on incorrect assumptions and does not stack up to rigorous assessment. It does [...]

New Heritage Council members announced

By 12 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New members have been appointed to the Heritage Council following the expiry of tenure for five of the nine current members.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Simon Corbell, said the new members would bring a range of expertise and interests to the Council, including archaeology, and conservation of objects.
“The council has an important [...]

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