During questions from the opposition during yesterday’s estimates hearing, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr revealed the government is reconsidering its proposed payroll tax amendments to remove the genuine employer exemption, due to their affect on ACT small businesses and contractors. Only after an outcry from small business and the Canberra Liberals has Mr Barr acted, Shadow [...]
From tomorrow, drivers convicted of certain drink driving offences will be subject to a mandatory interlock condition after serving a period of driver licence disqualification, Attorney General, Simon Corbell said today at the launch of the ACT’s alcohol interlock program.
An alcohol interlock is an electronic breath testing device wired into the ignition of a vehicle [...]
We hear almost daily the complaint from the chattering classes that the business of parliamentary debate has descended into puerile high farce seen usually in the sandpits of child care centres. Unfortunately this is all too true and I don’t see any parliament in which this is not the case.
I speak from the position of [...]
The paper on light rail commissioned by the Canberra Liberals chooses the most expensive construction method for the project and its use discredits the entire report, according to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
The report is inaccurate, based on incorrect assumptions and does not stack up to rigorous assessment. It does [...]
New members have been appointed to the Heritage Council following the expiry of tenure for five of the nine current members.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Simon Corbell, said the new members would bring a range of expertise and interests to the Council, including archaeology, and conservation of objects.
“The council has an important [...]
Weed management in the ACT and regional communities will be easier with the launch of the ACT and Southern Tablelands Weed Spotter website and smartphone app, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Combating noxious weeds is problematic all around Australia, but we now have another way to help weed them out,” [...]
Managing water resources in the face of increasing pressure from the impacts of climate change and urbanisation is a key to the liveability and sustainability of our cities and communities, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today as he launched the Australian Water Association’s Water Matters conference in Canberra.
Organised by the [...]
On Saturday June 28, in a Canberra-first ‘live petition’ citizens’ initiative, a mass gathering of Canberra groups and individuals will vote on a motion to be presented to Parliament, demanding humane treatment for refugees.
The event will take place at ANU’s Llewellyn Hall at 6pm and is hosted by Canberra’s Refugee Action Committee. Addressing [...]
Applications have now opened for a StudyCanberra scholarship that seeks to find one of Canberra’s best
advocates to promote Canberra as a world-class destination for education and business, Chief Minister Katy
Gallagher announced today.
The ACT Government has partnered with local corporate and government training and education provider
Yellow Edge to establish the scholarship which is open to ACT [...]
Katy Gallagher will join the other ACT Government ministers at 7pm tonight for the seventh annual ACT Virtual Community Cabinet.
Otherwise known as ‘Twitter Cabinet’, the ministers will gather in the cabinet room to answer real time questions from members of the community about what issues are important to them.
Use #actvcc to join or follow [...]
I was reading that excellent and representational journal, The Canberra Times last Monday (2 June) and saw the implosion of the Young Liberals in the items for discussion at their conference. The article showed some insights into the minds of the next generation of Liberals. Mind you, Gary Humphries was a significant leader in [...]
Community service providers planning to operate in the ACT under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it officially begins on 1 July can now register online.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the registration process would help providers deliver services to NDIS participants who elect to have their funds managed by the National Disability Insurance [...]
This week I delivered a budget that invests in Canberra; it invests in our economy, invests in our people and invests in jobs.
This Budget has been framed by substantial Commonwealth cuts and the ACT Government has had to respond to the impacts on our economy and on our own finances. We have made the choice [...]
Canberrans will be forced to pay for $4.5 billion in debt and nearly a billion dollars in interest all so Shane Rattenbury can build light rail and Simon Corbell can build solar farms, Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Tuesday’s budget was a continuation of the failures dished out over the past 13 long years. The [...]
The ACT Government has shown strong leadership in environmental conservation by responding to climate change through a range of programs, initiatives and nation-leading legislative reforms, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said on World Environment Day today.
“Both the government and the people of the ACT can be proud of their achievements [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has urged Canberrans to be patient and drive safely this Queen’s birthday long weekend as double demerit points will be in force.
“From Friday 6 June till Monday 9 June double demerit points will apply to seatbelt offences and speeding drivers in the ACT and NSW,” Mr Corbell said.
“Speeding and neglecting to wear [...]
Child care centres will find it easier to employ temporary staff during unexpected leave under amendment regulations to be tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.
The Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2014 introduce minor changes which will improve operational processes and cut red tape for child care services.
“These changes will help services [...]
Two bills introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly today will increase the size of the assembly to 25 members representing five electorates.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, introduced two bills that together increase the size of the assembly and allow for five members to be returned from each of five electorates at the 2016 ACT election.
“This is an [...]
Older Canberrans, young children and school leavers will be among the first to transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when it commences in the ACT from 1 July, Minister for Disability Joy Burch said yesterday.
The NDIS trial in the ACT will run for two years, with people gradually transitioning into the Scheme according [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, and Treasurer, Andrew Barr, yesterday announced a range of initiatives in the 2014-15 Budget that will improve urban amenity and public spaces across Canberra.
“Canberra has a high standard of public amenity and it is important that we continue to invest in our growing city and maintain it [...]
Canberra’s economy is about to plunge to new, record breaking depths with the ACT Government forecasting an operating deficit of $332.8 million in 2014-15.
However, the Government will be borrowing more cash, taking out a record program of loans for a $2.5 billion program of infrastructure investment over four years.
In delivering the ACT budget (on 3 [...]
Road users in the ACT will be better protected as legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly today introduced aggravating factors for drivers who put others in danger.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today welcomed the passage of the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2014, which targets high-risk driving behaviours.
“These changes address the risks posed by furious, reckless or [...]
Canberrans’ privacy will be better protected after the passing of new laws in the Legislative Assembly today.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today welcomed the passing of the Information Privacy Act 2014, which promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.
“The Information Privacy Act supports the [...]
The ACT Labor government needs to commit to catching the notorious Narrabundah tyre slasher as the Canberra community raises its voice about the ongoing vandalism to residents’ property being inflicted, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in the Legislative Assembly I will table a petition signed by more than 270 Canberrans calling on Simon [...]
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has raised the future of the public service in Canberra and regional concerns about the federal budget with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, according to the Canberra Times.
Ms Gallagher has explained concerns of public service workers facing redundancies, in her first one-on-one meeting with Mr Abbott since his election win last [...]
Minister for Corrections, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the increased investment in the 2014-15 Budget of $2.176m over two years to extend the Throughcare program.
“The Throughcare Unit was established to address the many challenges associated with detainees re-entering the community and is focused on reducing recidivism. The program identifies support needs across the areas of housing, [...]
The ACT Government is pleased to announce it will host a post conference tour in partnership with the Conservation Council ACT and the Australian Alps as part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014.
The World Parks Congress is only held every 10 years, and it is an honour for [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, on behalf of the ACT Government, today signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the ACT Government and the ACT Equestrian Association (ACTEA).
“The MoU fulfils a commitment made by the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and signifies the government’s commitment to working collaboratively with key stakeholders in [...]
National Reconciliation Week recognises the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the unique place they hold in Australian society, said Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Shane Rattenbury.
“National Reconciliation Week is celebrated annually between 27 May and 3 June, commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, the anniversaries of [...]
Construction is expected to begin on the new Coombs Primary School in August, with nearly $30 million to be allocated to building the school in the 2014-15 ACT budget when it is handed down on Tuesday, according to the Canberra Times.
The amount allocated in this budget will increase the $7 million already committed to the [...]
The Capital Metro project will support more than 3,500 jobs during construction and many more into the future according to a report by global firm EY released today.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the jobs created by the light rail project that links Gungahlin and the city will provide an immediate [...]
Minister for Policing and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today announced funding of $4 million for the Emergency Services Agency as part of the 2014-15 Budget to ensure frontline emergency services are not affected by the reduction in payments under the Commonwealth Fire Payments memorandum of understanding.
The decision by the Commonwealth to arbitrarily reduce its level [...]