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Gary Humphries stripped of Liberals Award

By 29 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

$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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 HEADLINE ARTICLE
$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 FEATURED ARTICLE
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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

New penalties for dangerous driving

By 15 May 2014

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today introduced legislation into the Legislative Assembly to target high-risk dangerous driving and offer further protection to vulnerable road users.
“The Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 was created in response to concerns raised by the Director of Public Prosecutions about the need for an aggravated version of the offence of furious, reckless [...]

Secure mental health facility to be given top priority

By 15 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A proposed new secure mental health facility in Canberra’s south will be given priority in the planning process through a new bill introduced today.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, introduced the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Bill 2014 into the Legislative Assembly today.
“There is an immediate need [...]

Hockey’s budget: the bucket list of a Young Liberal

By 14 May 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Hockey's budget: the bucket list of a Young Liberal

Budgets are about choices and the Commonwealth budget delivered last night reflects an economic and social strategy driven purely by ideology – the bucket list of a Young Liberal.
Aptly labeled ‘Black Tuesday’ by my Federal colleague Gai Brodtmann, the budget will cause one of the biggest economic shocks in Canberra’s history – with little additional [...]

End of entitlement is like the ‘recession we had to have’

By 14 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Joe Hockey is seeking to stamp out what he sees as a floodtide of entitlement that he argues is contributing to public debt and paralysing investment and innovation. Hockey wants to put brakes on welfare and unemployment payments and redirect new revenue streams into nation-building projects, like roads and airports. His budget seeks to reduce [...]

How did the Budget measure up to our fears?

By 13 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
How did the Budget measure up to our fears?

At the end of April many of you shared your thoughts on the upcoming budget – what you feared and predictions of what might take place.
Tonight Joe Hockey handed down his first budget.  It was expected to be harsh and speculation had been rife for weeks.  In some ways, having something set in stone to [...]

Liberal MLA pushing for prostitution exit programs

By 13 May 2014

Liberal MLA Giulia Jones will use information gathered during a controversial study tour to push for prostitution exit programs and new co-operation with federal agencies to stop the trafficking of women in Australia, according to The Canberra Times.
Following their recent tour of France, Sweden and Germany where they studied laws that make it illegal to [...]

Fast-track planning bill withdrawn

By 9 May 2014

The ACT Government has bowed to local pressure and withdrawn a fast track bill for development, according to the ABC.
The Project Facilitation Bill was due to allow major projects to gain rapid development approval, bypassing many planning laws.
As discussed on The RiotACT, the plan was proving controversial.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher decided to withdraw the bill, [...]

Acting Judges appointed

By 8 May 2014

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of acting judges Stephen Walmsley, Linda Ashford, Dennis Cowdroy and David Robinson, to the ACT Supreme Court.
“The appointments are for 12 months and the acting judges will assist the Supreme Court with its civil matters during this time,” Mr Corbell said.
“All four appointees have enjoyed highly distinguished legal [...]

Weekend workers to receive fair public holiday entitlements

By 8 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Workers in the ACT’s ever increasing seven-day workforce will be assured of their fair share of public holiday entitlements thanks to legislation introduced today by the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell.
The changes to the ACT’s Holidays Act 1958 provide that 25 December, 26 December and 1 January will all be official [...]

Sentencing and Justice Reform Program

By 8 May 2014

The ACT Government will pursue a new justice reform strategy focussed on enhancing the legal framework for sentencing and restorative justice. The reforms will give the ACT a state of the art approach to dealing with criminal behaviour and reducing recidivism.
The review, confirmed on Friday by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, will examine fundamental questions relating [...]

Student revolt on Q&A

By 5 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Anyone else watching the debacle on Q&A tonight?
I’m not a big fan of Christopher Pyne but wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d walked out, along with the rest of the panel.
I don’t feel like the behaviour does anything to benefit the cause of students, if anything would it perhaps be driving viewers to [...]

Increase in local ALP membership

By 5 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Labor Party ACT branch has attracted 200 new members since the polls disaster 7 months ago, according to the Canberra Times.
This comes amidst ongoing debate over the requirement to be a Union member in order to join the party.
Unions ACT secretary, Kim Sattler, has understandably been critical of the talks, keen to keep Union [...]

MLA payrise

By 3 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Local MLAs will receive a 6% boost to their salaries come July. The Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, was clever to keep her opinions down key whilst being interviewed on 666 radio yesterday morning – saying she had given her input to the remuneration tribunal and believed in the process. She was careful not [...]

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