Chief Minister Gallagher and Mayor Rattenbury are letting us know how their grand alliance is going:
“There is obviously still work to be done and there are elements to be ironed out on a few items, but overall the relationship is working well and most items are on track,” Minister Rattenbury concluded.
They’ve listed out their [...]
Australia’s UN Youth Representative is reminding you all to get on the electoral roll in the next week:
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced today that the federal election will be
This gives all Australians until 8pm Monday August 12 to ensure they are correctly enrolled to vote in this year’s Federal election.
The Australian Electoral Commission [...]
Rejoice oh public servants languishing in the thrawl of Kevin The Pretender’s reign of terror.
The SMH reports he’s flown into town possibly to pay an visit to Yarralumla and ask the Governor General to finally let the Australian people have a say in who reigns over us:
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has arrived in Canberra, after [...]
All our Departmental Secretaries (hey maybe even the FAS’s too) will be no doubt thrilled to hear that Member for Canberra Gai Brodtman is offering to help them figure out millions in savings:
Federal Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, is calling on Canberra public servants to suggest non-staff measures to meet the increased efficiency dividend.
As the Rudd Junta charges on, with dubious legitimacy, like a bull in the public policy china shop, today we have the announcement that the gaping holes in the finances are to be plugged in part with an increase in the efficiency dividend.
The public service efficiency dividend will be increased to 2¼ per cent [...]
Simon Sheikh used to be the national director of GetUp!
He no longer is. When he become a candidate he said he no longer had any ties to that company.
GetUp! director Sam McLean however claims that Sheikh is still technically the director of a subsidiary company, however this is only because they forgot to take his [...]
This in from Joe Dempsey:
I thought you might be interested in the some of the outcomes of the candidates Q&A that was held by the ANU Society for Arts & Social Sciences (SASS) at the ANU last night.
The two lead senate candidates for each of the Canberra Liberals (Zed Seselja) and the ACT [...]
The AEC are looking for Gen Y’ers to fill out a survey about their experiences voting and their reactions to election advertising.
Here’s the survey link.
A concerning amount of my same age friends seem to think we’re not Gen Y which is confusing. So just a heads up, are you under 34 years old?
You’re Gen Y, [...]
Andrew Leigh has the slightly odd announcement of pork dollops for local bodies:
Federal Government tourism quality funding of $76,668 for the National Dinosaur Museum in Nicholls and $84,425 for the YMCA of Canberra was announced today by the Federal Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh.
Dr Leigh said the National Dinosaur Museum would benefit from [...]
A collection of people who believe in human rights went for a walk to let Australia know about how they felt about its lack of concern for human rights.
Anna Boydell was kind enough to send us some shot of the event, check them out in the slideshow below.
The Federal Labor Government and the ACT Government are joining forces to crate long term accommodation and support services to Canberrans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Julie Collins and Shane Rattenbury announced the $17 million boost today.
“I’m pleased that the ACT Government has signed up to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness for [...]
The Canberra Times’ overly attached girlfriend has news of the growing power of the young liberals in the grown ups party:
The Canberra Liberals’ youth wing has taken over two of the party’s key branches, forcing out executive members who have criticised senior party officials.
Young Liberals have won ballots to chair the party’s largest branch, the [...]
A new report on the performance of ACT Hospitals is currently being used by both Katy Gallagher to shoiw she’s doing a good job, and by Jeremy Hanson to show that’s Katy is doing a bad job.
Every now and then I like to have a rant here about how stupid “the game” of politics is, [...]
Andrews Leigh and Barr today opened the Eclipse development in Bruce, built under the Labor’s National Rental Affordability Scheme.
“Labor understands that housing affordability is a concern for many Australians and we’re investing heavily to address that concern – including right here in Canberra,” Dr Leigh said.
“The Federal Government is investing close to $5.5 million in [...]
Johnboy just sent me this interesting story by The Conversation about the imagery used in Rudd’s anti-asylum seeker campaign.
Worth a look, even if just to remind yourself to remain skeptical about what images you are shown.
Worth a thousand words: the imagery of asylum seeker politics
By Phillip George
The history of Australian asylum seeker policy is studded [...]
A report from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute has highlighted several flaws in the design, and day to day operations of the nurse-led walk-in centre.
The goal, as stated by the ACT Government was to reduce pressure on the emergency department at Canberra hospital.
Sadly, the research indicates it may have made things worse for [...]
For those of you who enjoy some good cartoonist work, here’s a small video the ANU have put up to help promote Dirt Files: A Decade of Best Australian Political Cartoons.
Russ Radcliffe, editor of Dirt Files:A Decade of Best Political Cartoons, and Professor John Uhr from the School of Politics and International Relations at ANU, [...]
Andrew Barr has taken the eyebrow raising step of announcing a review of institutional arrangements for ACTEW Corporation Limited:
The ACT Government is today announcing that it has commissioned Dr Bruce Cohen to review the Territory’s institutional arrangements for ACTEW Corporation Limited.
Dr Cohen has a strong background in public policy and government administration in relation to [...]
ACT Policing seized a number of cannabis plants and a substance suspected to be steroids during two simultaneous Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 (DODA) search warrants earlier today (Thursday 18 July 2013).
About 6.30am, ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations members executed two simultaneous DODA search warrants at premises located in Isabella Plains and Richardson.
During the search police [...]
Bloomberg have a story on Kevin Rudd taking his Yarralumla mansion back of the market.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has abandoned plans to sell his five-bedroom house in Canberra for A$2.25 million ($2.08 million) following seven weeks on the market.
The house in the suburb of Yarralumla, a five-minute drive from Australia’s Parliament House, was [...]
Some, though not all, would know that Kevin Rudd appointed a senior Treasury official as his chief of staff a couple of weeks ago. Well, an interesting staff notice went out yesterday to all Treasury inboxes, imparting this information:
“Following Jim Murphy’s appointment as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and Jan Harris’s subsequent transfer to [...]
The ABC brings word of former Liberal heavy Gary Kent’s judicial battle to take things back to ye oldie days when people paid attention to him.
A former Canberra Liberals president is taking action against the party in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Gary Kent led a push earlier this year to overturn the party’s federal [...]
Rattenbury has been busy it seems. Today he announced both a new stand-alone office for for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA), as well as the appointment of Robyn Forester as the new director for the office.
“The establishment of the centralised Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs will provide an enhanced coordination [...]
A barrage of donations to the ACT Greens have shown up in the Returns of Gifts Received documents online.
Have a look, first up we have a very generous donation from one Mr Gosta Lynga.
What a nice man.
Next up is a generous donation from one… Mr Gosta Lynga.
Did he forget some? Change his mind maybe. I [...]
Ladies and gentlemen Steven Bailey dot com dot au.
Sometimes, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but sometimes I stop and wonder if Steven Bailey is actually the creation of some brilliant performance artist, and we’re all just along for the ride.
2CC are tweeting about a suspicious package response at the Legislative Assembly:
Police & ESA are responding to reports a suspicious package has been found at the Legislative Assembly #canberra http://t.co/rVCshCWLHp
— 1206 2CC (@2CC) July 8, 2013
ACT Police Media confirm they are in attendance.
ACT Policing are responding to a report of a suspicious package at London [...]
The Canberra Times reports that we’re to be well served with candidates running for crazy queenslanders.
Alongside Steven Bailey improbably being Bob Katter’s man in Canberra we now have a duo running for Clive Palmer!
The Good Samaritans chief executive officer Wayne Slattery will run for the Senate, while Tony Hanley will stand for the seat of [...]
The local Federal member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, has launched his new book this week. It’s called Battlers & Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia, and has received a critique over at Core Economics, which also gives you a decent flavour of what the book’s actually about.
The Electoral Commission has the not entirely surprising news that they’re pulling the plug on running an election tally room seeing as the votes are all online anyway.
The Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn today announced the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) would not be operating a National Tally Room at the 2013 federal election.
Mr Killesteyn said [...]
In the context of the new RU480 legislation, The Project on Channel 10 has just screened the story of a young Canberra woman who was recently refused medical treatment (morning after pill) by publicly funded Calvary Hospital. She was also refused a referral to an alternative doctor.
Katy Gallagher has been playing the “Gillard sisterhood” card [...]
The ministerial rotisserie
By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra
Kevin Rudd’s reshuffle has an air of unreality. The new ministry comes so close to the election that it is an interim government, able to promise much but with limited capacity to deliver, before the voters make their judgement about its future.
It is, first and foremost, a campaigning [...]
One hundred and fifty ways the nanny state is good for us
By Simon Chapman
In Australia, anyone who supports rules and regulations that make products safer or improve public health can expect to come under attack from critics arguing they’re restricting freedom and turning the country into a “nanny state”.
These “nanny state” critics are everywhere and [...]