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 [...]
The emergence of the enlightened catch up of the Liberal Party (and hopefully their Coalition Party colleagues, the Nationals) to allow MPs a conscience vote on same sex marriage is very welcome.
When I heard about this about-face, I ruminated on the old question about the separation of Church and State. I think it [...]
Canberrans will have a better level of representation after legislation passed yesterday increasing the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 17 to 25 MLAs from the 2016 election.
With bipartisan support, the Assembly passed two bills introduced by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, to increase representation of ACT citizens and improve representative democracy in the territory.
“Following the [...]
On the day news came through that it had been found Peter Slipper had dishonestly used parliamentary taxi vouchers to travel to wineries, callers started ringing in to the radio program I was presenting.
Some said that in the scheme of things, misusing taxpayer funds to the tune of $954 didn’t seem like that big of [...]
The ACT Government’s Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change, released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, builds on the large amount of work already being done in the territory to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.
“Climate projections for the ACT indicate warmer and drier conditions with more frequent drought and bushfires. [...]
I read many stories and opinions from people in the general public about the insidiousness of factions within political parties.
Usually they are from people who are not and have never been a member of a political party and thus are commenting from a position of ignorance or gullibility by believing everything they read [...]
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is inviting Canberra’s business and not-for-profit community to participate in free Digital Business Capacity Building Workshops to accelerate business engagement with the ACT digital economy.
The free workshops are part of the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra initiative, in partnership with Canberra Business Council, and focus on building the Information and Communication Technology [...]
To understand modern politics through the Left/Right divide is to misunderstand the great challenges of our generation.
The battlelines of modern Australian politics are certainly not as clear as those of my parent’s generation. They knew it was finally time to force white man to withdraw his gun from the throats of black citizens throughout the [...]
I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]
In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]
The botched demolition of the Royal Canberra Hospital in 1997 is memorialised by the tragic death of 12-year-old Katie Bender, an innocent bystander who attended the event with her family.
The Bender family was part of an estimated 100,000 people who crammed around the lakeshore to view the hospital implosion, which had been vigorously promoted by [...]
The first Public Private Partnership in the ACT has reached a major milestone with an invitation for expressions of interest released for the ACT Law Courts project by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, and Treasurer, Andrew Barr, today.
It is the first stage in a procurement process that will continue over the coming months.
“As the territory’s first PPP, [...]
More than 3,000 vulnerable Canberrans have been able to keep their drivers licences since the introduction of Infringement Notice Management Plans last year, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“Prior to 24 May last year, there were very limited provisions to assist vulnerable people to manage outstanding motor vehicle infringement notices,” Mr Corbell said.
“If a motorist was [...]
I think most Canberrans would agree that poverty is the anathema to any just society – especially ours. I also believe that most Canberrans understand that poverty is a form of social humiliation that leaves people not only hungry or homeless but unwanted and uncared for.
According to a recent OECD report, entitled OECD Regional Wellbeing, [...]
Plans for Light Rail in Canberra have caused heated debate among our Rioters. A recent poll asking Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra? resulted in 48% voting No, 38% Yes, 11% Not Right Now and 6% On the Fence.
We asked former Chief Minister, Kate Carnell and Ex MLA, John Hargreaves ‘Do [...]
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today announced new portfolios for ministers to allow for the inclusion of a sixth ACT minister into Cabinet.
Last Saturday Mick Gentleman MLA was elected by the ALP Caucus to become the sixth ACT minister. This appointment has prompted new Administrative Arrangements to be implemented.
“Existing ministers have kept their major portfolio [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]