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ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

The good folk over at Macrobusiness have been doing an excellent job over the past week highlighting the ACT Government’s outrageously terrible and damaging policy when it comes to supplying land for new homes (see here, here, and here).
Despite strong population growth, stratospheric house prices, and the ACT Auditor General finding the ACT’s land release [...]

Smyth on the economy

By 20 January 2014

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is taking Andrew Barr to task over the latest economic numbers:
The latest State of the States report released today by CommSec has highlighted the slipping state of the ACT economy and demonstrates ACT Labor’s irresponsible economic management over the past 11 years, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today.
“Today’s report shows [...]

Are ALL the Liberals on hols?

By 15 January 2014

The last we heard from the Canberra Liberals was on 19 December surely in the last month they had something to say or do?

Cosgrove heading to Yarralumla?

By 26 December 2013

The Australian has been tipped off that retired General Peter Cosgrove is Tony Abbott’s pick to be the next Governor-General.
While sharing a broad world-view with Tones it’s a slightly dangerous choice as he’ll be his own man.

ACHTUNG PUBES! Tones chrimbo message for you needs some eyeballs

By 24 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
ACHTUNG PUBES! Tones chrimbo message for you needs some eyeballs

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s message to the public service is listed on YouTube as being published on 22 December.
But we can’t help feeling the 339 views currently credited to it is a bit low.
Your Prime Minister needs you people!

Christmas Eve Government Pay Rises all around!

By 24 December 2013

Last Friday the Chief Minister put out a slate of 8 media releases embargoed into the new year and Shane Rattenbury followed suit.
But today when no-one but our all-seeing eye is looking the Remuneration Tribunal has published a slate of determinations made in November but held back until now.
Determinations 6 through 13 are Christmas Eve [...]

Asking for a bailout? Who us?

By 22 December 2013

The ABC has a story on claims the ACT is looking for some sort of Commonwealth assistance.
The ACT Government says reports that it has asked the Commonwealth for a bailout package for the territory’s economy are untrue.
Plans by the Commonwealth government to slash spending and cut public service jobs has the ACT Government worried.
But the [...]

Auditor-General gives a tick to grant management.

By 20 December 2013

The Auditor-General has announced a pretty clean bill of health in the Performance Audit Report – Management of Funding for Community Services:
There was, however, some concern about Economic Development:
Dr Cooper said, ‘the Economic Development Directorate needs to ensure compliance with procurement regulations to support open and effective competition in tendering. The Directorate also needs to [...]

Barr to use PPPs to shovel debt off the balance sheet

By 19 December 2013

Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to use Public Private Partnerships to fund his grand plans:
The Government has released a new procurement framework to help engage the private sector to help deliver major infrastructure projects. These performance driven contracts will help ensure major projects are completed on time and on budget.
PPPs typically include a capital [...]

Liberals want to know which face to put on the attack ads

By 19 December 2013

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is stirring the pot and demanding to know who he’s running against in 2016 (assuming the lean and hungry Coe doesn’t knife him first):
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher must come clean on whether she intends to stay on in the Territory’s top job, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Speculation [...]

Where to now for the public service?

By 18 December 2013

As some one in the public service, I’m half expecting a tap on the shoulder any day and to be told my position is redundant.
I’m looking at options, do I stay in or do I leave now?
The way I see it is that with a recruitment freeze on and a reduction in staff [...]

Zed’s office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

By 17 December 2013

I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]

Martyo’s Skywhale makes for the Chief Minister’s Christmas Card

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Martyo's Skywhale makes for the Chief Minister's Christmas Card

It seems we still warrant an e-card from the Chief Minister.
Even more delightfully Martin Ollman (aka MartyO in these parts) is credited with the image, which is a nice way to round out the year.

Helen Razer on Canberra’s protest scene of the 1980s (and Nelson Mandela)

By 13 December 2013

Helen Razer’s written an excellent article on Crikey (the most excellent articles annoy peckerheads and this seems to have hit the spot) about Nelson Mandela and the hoopla surrounding his death.
But for Canberrans there’s a lot on the 1980s protest scene that is worth revisiting.

ACT law delivers neither marriage nor equality: the High Court’s verdict

By 12 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT law delivers neither marriage nor equality: the High Court's verdict

By Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
The ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex Act) 2013 produced neither a marriage nor equality. Instead it produced inconsistency, leaving the law completely inoperative. Those who exchanged marriage vows last weekend were not legally married, as there was no law in operation under which they could wed.
Nonetheless, the High [...]

Katy moving on?

By 12 December 2013

CityNews is running gossip on possible plans for Chief Minister Gallagher to ride into the sunset before the next election:
A CREDIBLE political snout says the ALP’s biggest electoral asset, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, will hand over the big chair to deputy Andrew Barr some time during the life of the present Assembly, to spend more [...]

The new Liberal shadow cabinet

By 10 December 2013

Jeremy Hanson has announced his new front bench:
Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will take on three shadow portfolios to become a Canberra Liberals shadow minister. This comes as part of a wider shadow ministerial reshuffle, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson announced today.
“I’m pleased to confirm several changes to the Canberra Liberals shadow ministry [...]

Can you smell what the Liberals are cooking?

By 10 December 2013

Jeremy Hanson’s issued an intriguing media alert:
ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will today be joined by colleagues Nicole Lawder, Andrew Wall and Giulia Jones to make a major announcement concerning the Canberra Liberals parliamentary team.
Hmmm. No Coe, Doszport or Smyth?
We’ll let you know when we hear something out of this.

What Joy Burch should really be apologising for

By 8 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
What Joy Burch should really be apologising for

Anyone who cares what anyone else re-tweets is, inherently, an oxygen thief who would improve the world by their passing from it.
So despite numerous people trying to egg us on about Joy Burch ill advisedly retweeting a crude character assessment of the Peter Pan of Young Liberals, Christopher Pyne, we decided to prove our fitness [...]

Getting our gay marriage on

By 7 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Getting our gay marriage on

Simon Corbell is deriving some satisfaction from Canberra’s groundbreaking gay marriages taking place in advance of the High Court’s ruling on his legislation:
Today is a very significant moment in the ACT’s and in the nation’s history as the first legally sanctioned marriages between same sex couples take place in the Territory throughout the weekend,Attorney-General, Simon [...]

Andrew Barr launches Invest Canberra

By 4 December 2013

Today Andrew Barr launched Invest Canberra, the ACT Governments brand new investment agency.
Promoting investment in Canberra was identified as one of the key aims of the Business Development Strategy, which was launched last year, and Invest Canberra has been established by the ACT Government to provide a dedicated investment facilitation service.
Invest Canberra will provide [...]

Zed’s people sending his post bills hither and yon

By 4 December 2013

There’s a highly curious story in the Canberra Times about a $20,000 post bill rung up by Senator Zed Seselja that some un-named flunkey has been repeatedly trying to offload without success:
But the bill failed to reach the Canberra Liberals’ ACT division headquarters until last month, despite repeated requests by Australia Post and the Legislative [...]

Parliament to sit too long for the good that it does?*

By 3 December 2013

The ABC has a warning to all those Canberrans who feed the beast that Parliament might be made to death march through the holiday period to put some heat into the Coalitions debt ceiling and carbon tax plans:
He [Tony Abbott] raised the prospect of bringing Parliament back on December 16 for an extra week of [...]

“What?”, “Pay for Skywhale appearances?”. Liberals aghast

By 2 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is working himself to high dudgeon that people’s time costs money, even when it comes to the magical mystical Skywhale:
“Having paid for the Skywhale through their hard earned tax dollars, Canberrans and their community groups are now being slugged again to have the Skywhale appear at their functions during the [...]

Broke Liberals now facing a fine for their late disclosures

By 2 December 2013

Elections ACT has made a move on the shambolic Canberra Liberals for their failures to disclose donations on time:
An infringement notice has been issued to the Canberra Liberals for the party’s late submission of electoral financial disclosure returns, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, said today.
“Since the start of this financial year, the Canberra Liberals [...]

Legislative Assembly may have to reach a consensus

By 29 November 2013

Those wascally Liberals won’t be able to get up to their usual tricks for much longer says Chris Bourke.
The Canberra Liberals’ tactics to stymie Legislative Assembly Committee Reports will be harder to carry out, due to a motion passed by the Assembly today.
Dr Chris Bourke MLA said his motion, passed 9-8, in the Assembly today [...]

Greens call on Labor to help stop Uni fund cuts

By 28 November 2013

ACT Universities will apparently lose $79 million in funding due to the Coalitions plans to take $2.3 billion out of the higher education budget.
The Greens want to team up with Labor to block this in the senate.
Despite this being first flagged by Labor… well can’t blame the Greens for trying.
I missed a few episodes, who [...]

Politicians getting cranky, probably need a nap

By 28 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Politicians getting cranky, probably need a nap

It was all business for a while there press-release-wise, it’s good to see the people we elect into positions of power and responsibility have managed to get back to the important task of spending their time attacking each other.
Wait, did I say good? I meant horribly depressing.
“I strongly reject any accusation by the opposition that [...]

New sex and gender diversity legislation introduced today

By 28 November 2013

New legislation to improve the legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in the ACT will be introduced in the Legislative Assembly today, says Simon Corbell.
The biggest and most important change is that individuals no longer have to undergo surgery to legally change their sex on their birth certificate.
I’ve met people who have saved [...]

Liberals gunning for Andrew Barr’s tax plans

By 26 November 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is turning up the heat on Andrew Barr and his tax reform plans:
This morning the Canberra Liberals will call for a privileges committee to be established to investigate whether Treasurer Andrew Barr is in contempt of the Legislative Assembly over refusing to table all documents relating to ACT Labor’s tax reforms, [...]

2014 Parliamentary Sitting Calendar

By 25 November 2013

It’s big news in this Government town.
The 2014 Parliamentary Sitting Calendar has just been released so you can get on with your planning.

(If the embed isn’t working for you here’s a link to the source)

Andrew Barr on why borrowing is good.

By 23 November 2013

Treasurer Andrew Barr is making the case for some borrowing to build the city of tomorrow.
Further, with the Commonwealth continuing its contraction the ACT Government’s contribution to the Territory’s economic growth will take on greater significance. Spending on large-scale infrastructure projects will therefore be a big boost to economic and jobs growth in Canberra.
Canberrans [...]

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