There is a fair amount of debate going on around changes to University fee structures at the moment, including the application of an interest rate to the debt racked up through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). During Senate Question Time last week, the Greens Higher Education spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon posed an interesting question [...]
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, has today welcomed the latest immunisation results which show that ACT community has the highest rates of immunisation amongst one year olds in Australia.
However, these results will be monitored closely in light of the proposed introduction of a GP co- payment to make sure that immunisation rates [...]
Parents and carers of children using therapy services and early intervention programs are invited to attend a community forum next week to discuss the services that will be available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
“With the NDIS rolling out in Canberra in five weeks time, this is an exciting time for people with disability [...]
The Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT Labor government to continue to provide services through Therapy ACT, including early intervention services, for a further 12 months before withdrawing from its role as a service provider. In essence this would see early intervention services continuing as is until the end of the 2015 school year.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today welcomed an Auditor-General’s report examining single dwelling assessments in the ACT.
The report presents the results of a performance audit that examined single dwelling developments that were originally deemed by private building certifiers to be exempt from requiring development approval but were subsequently found to require [...]
Next month’s ACT Budget will contain measures to help businesses employ more people, and strategies to help public servants laid off by the Commonwealth into new businesses and entrepreneurship.
We will be targeting measures at the different demographics leaving the public service – younger people and people near retirement – to encourage them to stay in [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the completion of a $3.325 million project to upgrade public transport facilities around the Gungahlin Town Centre precinct.
“Since July 2013, work has been underway to deliver significant public transport infrastructure improvements around the expanding Gungahlin Town Centre precinct,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The completion of the project [...]
Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson should take up the issue of Tony Abbott’s health and education budget cuts rather than attacking transformative infrastructure projects that will generate jobs and stimulate the ACT economy, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Jeremy Hanson shows a lack of vision and direction with his attack [...]
In delivering the Abbott Government’s first federal budget Mr Hockey said that we are a nation of lifters, not leaners. Sadly though, this budget leans on the poor to lift the rich.
The load has not been evenly spread, with a thin tissue of alleged burden on high-income earners and big business while students, the unemployed, [...]
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is encouraging Canberrans to nominate individuals or organisations who have made a significant contribution to disaster resilience in the ACT.
Nominations for the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards are open until 2 July.
“The Resilience Australia Awards are a perfect opportunity to recognise members and organisations in our community, [...]
Perhaps one of the more popular topics of discussion amongst local political insiders at present is the emergence of a raft of Facebook Fan Pages claiming to support the Canberra Liberals sub-grouping, the Menzies Group.
For those not already familiar with the internal workings of the local Liberal Party, the Menzies Group is a rebel band [...]
The ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is going back to the drawing board with the territory’s budget after substantial funding cuts in the federal budget, according to the ABC.
Due to a $100 million dollar write down, thanks to Federal Government cuts in health and education, Ms Gallagher will be reviewing all revenue and expenditure.
Current projections [...]
There is so much media coverage around the sacking of pilots or car factory workers or pensioners, what about those 16,000 people (many will have to go by Oct this year). These are people with families, people who need to pay for kids’ tuition fees, their medical bills, and morgage.., etc. Look at newspapers, Tvs, [...]
As per an interview with the “Sunrise” show, around the 7:14 time stamp on the interview, our PM made some interesting comments about the “states” taking on more of a role with managing their own economies, saying “We want the states to more grown up adult governments”. If we look at the recent situation with [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today introduced legislation into the Legislative Assembly to target high-risk dangerous driving and offer further protection to vulnerable road users.
“The Road Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 was created in response to concerns raised by the Director of Public Prosecutions about the need for an aggravated version of the offence of furious, reckless [...]
A proposed new secure mental health facility in Canberra’s south will be given priority in the planning process through a new bill introduced today.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, introduced the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Bill 2014 into the Legislative Assembly today.
“There is an immediate need [...]
Budgets are about choices and the Commonwealth budget delivered last night reflects an economic and social strategy driven purely by ideology – the bucket list of a Young Liberal.
Aptly labeled ‘Black Tuesday’ by my Federal colleague Gai Brodtmann, the budget will cause one of the biggest economic shocks in Canberra’s history – with little additional [...]
Joe Hockey is seeking to stamp out what he sees as a floodtide of entitlement that he argues is contributing to public debt and paralysing investment and innovation. Hockey wants to put brakes on welfare and unemployment payments and redirect new revenue streams into nation-building projects, like roads and airports. His budget seeks to reduce [...]
At the end of April many of you shared your thoughts on the upcoming budget – what you feared and predictions of what might take place.
Tonight Joe Hockey handed down his first budget. It was expected to be harsh and speculation had been rife for weeks. In some ways, having something set in stone to [...]
Liberal MLA Giulia Jones will use information gathered during a controversial study tour to push for prostitution exit programs and new co-operation with federal agencies to stop the trafficking of women in Australia, according to The Canberra Times.
Following their recent tour of France, Sweden and Germany where they studied laws that make it illegal to [...]
The ACT Government has bowed to local pressure and withdrawn a fast track bill for development, according to the ABC.
The Project Facilitation Bill was due to allow major projects to gain rapid development approval, bypassing many planning laws.
As discussed on The RiotACT, the plan was proving controversial.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher decided to withdraw the bill, [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of acting judges Stephen Walmsley, Linda Ashford, Dennis Cowdroy and David Robinson, to the ACT Supreme Court.
“The appointments are for 12 months and the acting judges will assist the Supreme Court with its civil matters during this time,” Mr Corbell said.
“All four appointees have enjoyed highly distinguished legal [...]
Workers in the ACT’s ever increasing seven-day workforce will be assured of their fair share of public holiday entitlements thanks to legislation introduced today by the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell.
The changes to the ACT’s Holidays Act 1958 provide that 25 December, 26 December and 1 January will all be official [...]
The ACT Government will pursue a new justice reform strategy focussed on enhancing the legal framework for sentencing and restorative justice. The reforms will give the ACT a state of the art approach to dealing with criminal behaviour and reducing recidivism.
The review, confirmed on Friday by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, will examine fundamental questions relating [...]
Anyone else watching the debacle on Q&A tonight?
I’m not a big fan of Christopher Pyne but wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d walked out, along with the rest of the panel.
I don’t feel like the behaviour does anything to benefit the cause of students, if anything would it perhaps be driving viewers to [...]
The Labor Party ACT branch has attracted 200 new members since the polls disaster 7 months ago, according to the Canberra Times.
This comes amidst ongoing debate over the requirement to be a Union member in order to join the party.
Unions ACT secretary, Kim Sattler, has understandably been critical of the talks, keen to keep Union [...]
Local MLAs will receive a 6% boost to their salaries come July. The Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, was clever to keep her opinions down key whilst being interviewed on 666 radio yesterday morning – saying she had given her input to the remuneration tribunal and believed in the process. She was careful not [...]
An independent review into the ACT’s 2010 liquor law reforms confirms the new laws are starting to tackle alcohol related harm and are improving community safety.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today released the two-year review of the 2010 reforms prepared by ACIL Allen Consulting.
“The report confirms stakeholders believe the ACT Government’s reforms have made a positive contribution [...]
Strong performance in the leisure sector has contributed to a 12.2 per cent increase in the number of international visitors who came to Canberra in its Centenary year, according to a media release by Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA.
Yesterday’s International Visitor Survey (IVS) figures from Tourism Research Australia revealed that 181,686 international visitors came [...]
The Australian Hospital Statistics 2012-13 report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is out, showing some less than envious figures for the ACT.
59.4% of patients presenting to emergency were seen within 4 hours (compared to the national average of 70%), although this is an improvement on the previous year (as Katy Gallagher is [...]