The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury has announced moves to get important checks on the Government out from under the thumb of the executive:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury, today presented a bill to recognise the auditor-general, the ombudsman and the three Electoral Commission members as officers of the Assembly.
The legislation fulfils an item in the [...]
Cycling enthusiasts Pedal Power ACT are throwing their support behind the Vote4Cycling election campaign, which was launched today.
Pedal Power ACT is one of 22 national, state and community cycling organisations from around the country that have joined forces to advocate for cyclists interests in the upcoming election.John Armstrong, Executive Officer of Pedal Power ACT, encouraged [...]
Retirement incomes policy is not normally an area for the ACT Government but things like that don’t stop Steve Doszpot taking up the wrinkly cause.
ACT Shadow Minister for Ageing Steve Doszpot has moved to protect the superannuation of Canberra’s seniors, especially self-funded retirees, from serious changes in tax laws that threaten thousands of Canberrans’ superannuation.
Brendan Smyth is throwing the toys out of the pram over not getting the budget documents he wants.
Because losing is a habit he’s threatening to move a no-confidence motion he can’t possibly carry to try and draw some attention to his impotent rage.
Rudd is looking to make gifts to the National Arboretum tax-deductible.
Is the arboretum a charity? Should it be?
In a win for one of Canberra’s most important national institutions, a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would make gifts to the National Arboretum tax-deductible.
ACT representatives Senator Kate Lundy, Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh and Member for Canberra Gai [...]
Last election 30,500 votes decided the winner, and as of this morning there are roughly half a million people between 18 and 24 who are not yet enrolled, including 40% of all 18 and 19 year olds.
So make them fill in the damn form.
It takes about 5 minutes, and they can use a smartphone. They [...]
Canberra Times has problems spelling ‘fIRETRuck’
[ 21 August, 2013; 6:50 pm to 8:30 pm. 6:50 pm to 8:30 pm. ]
Rioters may remember when we launched the Our Hungry Future discussion paper in May.
The next event in our year long campaign on food security will be at 7.00 pm on Wednesday the 21st of August at the Gungahlin College Lecture Theatre, featuring local senate candidates and food security experts. More information via the [...]
We get peppered constantly with the mantra that ACT voters are so different from the rest of the nation, that eventually we start to believe it ourselves.
But the first release of data from the ABC’s mammoth Vote Compass project seems to indicate otherwise. For all of the key topics, the ACT results are pretty much [...]
[ 15 August, 2013; 8:00 am; ] The ABC is running a People’s Parliament from the floor of the Old House of Representatives next Thursday.
The Mornings program is convening the People’s Parliament, a chance for you to voice your opinions on what will get your vote on September 7th.
On Thursday 15th August, Genevieve Jacobs will host the People’s Parliament in the House [...]
Our election boffins have announced they did a pretty good job last year:
The report on the conduct of the ACT Legislative Assembly election held on 20 October 2012 was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday.
“The report examines the conduct of the 2012 election and the operation of the Electoral Act, and recommends areas [...]
Explainer: what are the caretaker government conventions?
By Anne Twomey
The Coalition has raised concerns that the Memorandum of Understanding with Papua New Guinea over the Manus Island asylum seeker processing deal was entered into after the caretaker conventions commenced.
But what are these conventions and what are the consequences of breaching them?
What are the caretaker conventions?
The caretaker [...]
Overnight Elections ACT’s returns of gifts register had a big heap of updating.
Here’s what we picked up:
Abraham Van Arkel:
Jeremy Hanson has collected what he obviously believes is a large enough pile of mud pies and has started throwing them, asking for a performance audit into Emergency Department waiting times in an effort to get Katy back for not sharing her sooper dooper
“A review of the Nurse-led Walk-in Centre at the Canberra Hospital found [...]
The Government have announced that National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) will be receiving a further $42 million in funding over 2015 to 2016, according to governmentnews.com.au.
Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy, is pushing the financial top-up for the research house as an essential element to boost the so-called digital economy [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’s going to review his planned hike on fireworks permit fees:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that the ACT Government has responded to stakeholder concerns and revised the proposed new fees for fireworks display permits.
On 6 June 2013, fireworks display permit application fees were increased for the current financial year to achieve [...]
Andrew Wall is looking to get the Government to stop asking for “cash on delivery” from small Canberra businesses, and claims that the Government is making life more difficult for these businesses.
Mr Wall said today a number of small businesses have raised concerns that the government is no longer approving monthly accounts for use at [...]
Political wildcard Steven Bailey is now taking on the ANU, planning to camp out at the ANU and single handedly re-establish the School of Humanities.
Senate Candidate Steven Bailey will be re-establishing a School of Humanities in at the ANU in front of the School of Art, Thursday 8th of August. A tent will be erected [...]
Every election RiotACT takes your suggestions for questions, finds the best 10, and then sends those questions to everyone running in the upcoming election.
Quite a few of them answer too!
It’s fun and informative and we want your questions!
Let us know what you want to know in the comments below.
[Image courtesy of Derek Bridges (CC BY [...]
[ 13 August, 2013; 6:30 pm; ]
ACT Senate Candidate Steven Bailey is putting on a Q&A/party/hootenanny at Smith’s Alternative.
The always charming Chris Endrey will be emcee, there will be music by Sanjiva De Silva, drinks and… well a Q&A with Steven, a member of Katter’s Australian Party.
Also Steven’s dog Bruce will be there, which is a good thing.
While ever other politician [...]
Labor MLA Chris Bourke is explaining that he really thinks the ACT Budget is OK, despite the findings of the estimates committee (of which he is a member). Also Jeremy Hanson is a meanie:
Tabling the Labor member’s 233 page dissenting report today Dr Chris Bourke MLA Deputy Chair of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Budget Estimates [...]
The Liberals have sent through the maiden speech of their Zed replacing Tuggers MLA Nicole Lawder (elected by just an 8 vote margin).
Interestingly she’s going very hard on homelessness and the obscene cost of housing in the ACT.
According to the Australians for Affordable Housing campaign, child care workers, electricians, accountants, hospitality workers, school teachers, and [...]
Territory and Municipal Services are making clear what parties can and can’t do with their electoral signage here in Canberra:
The ACT Government has reminded the Australian Electoral Commission, Elections ACT and major political parties about the rules which govern the placement of election signage. The updated Public Unleased Land (Moveable Signs) Code of Practice came [...]
The Liberals are splashing around the bubbles after managing to get the Estimates Committee to recommend the budget not be passed:
The final Estimates Report tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today, recommends that the ‘Budget not be passed because of its lack of delivery, high levels of deficit and deceitful plan to massively increase commercials [...]
The Canberra Times has the interesting news that Chief Minister Gallagher is seeking to shield herself from her party room in the spirit of the Red Handed Rudd:
Katy Gallagher wants ACT Labor Party members to have a say in who leads the party in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Ms Gallagher is proposing changes to how the [...]
Government News has an interesting take on Tony Abbott’s demands for carbon-tax scrapping legislation to be prepared for him:
Opposition leader Tony Abbott very publicly told the head of the public service, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Dr Ian Watt AO, that he expects to have legislation to scrap the price on carbon [...]
Parliament House has tweeted on the exact timing of its dissolution:
The Official Secretary to the Governor General will read out a proclamation dissolving the HOR at the front of APH at 5:29 pm. (1/3)
— About the House (@AboutTheHouse) August 5, 2013
So if the minister’s office are being arses you:
a) have to do what they say [...]
The world keeps turning, summer continues to follow spring, and politicians keep calling for each to resign over trivial issues instead of actually doing or saying anything useful.
I think the poor dears are just over excited.
Nothing to see here folks, just a continuation on Friday’s top non-story.
Senator Abetz said GetUp! must further explain why – [...]
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.