Politics (3617 Stories)

Belconnen Community Council Public Meeting: Does every suburb need a local centre? Why/why not?

By 17 March 2014

[ 18 March 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] This months public meeting will be in the form of a community discussion about the future of local centres.

Belconnen is unique amongst the Canberra town districts in having so many local centres in a state of decline. Three no longer exist and six have lost their supermarket. Come along and tell us what [...]

Public Forum: Labor and Refugees – Pathways to Change

By 16 March 2014

[ 18 March 2014 at 6:30 pm; ] Yvette Berry invites you to this Refugee Action Committee event.

6:30PM on Tuesday, 18 March
Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 4, Australian National University

Federal Labor supports mandatory detention for asylum seekers, offshore detention on Manus Is. and Nauru and the rejection of all coming by boat. But many Labor members and supporters do not. This forum features [...]

Do we really want more ACT politicians?


You’ll probably have heard about the idea to increase the size of the ACT Assembly from 17 to 25 MLAs (in five electorates), with an outside chance of 35 MLAs (from seven electorates) somewhere in the distant future. There’s also a proposal to increase all their salaries now.
The snouts are well and truly in the [...]

The Arboretum – a housing estate?

By 7 March 2014

Apparently there are to be houses among the trees in the Arboretum? (I just caught a quote on ABC 7.30). The reporter said “among” the trees – did he mean “an estate next to” the Arboretum? Surely the Arboretum isn’t going to have houses actually within its treed area? If so, well, was that Jon [...]

Light Rail in the ACT, subject of next TCC meeting – 1 April 2014.

By 6 March 2014

Another interesting TCC meeting this month. Members and visitors were given an update on the Federal Government funding announcement to clean up Lake Tuggeranong and the results of the Clean Up effort around the Lake by an army of volunteers.  Wayne King spoke on the advice he received from the ACT Government the park on the [...]

Refugee Candlelight Vigil in Garema Place this Saturday 7:30PM

By 21 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 22 February 2014 at 7:30 pm; 22 February 2014 at 7:30 pm; 22 February 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

The Refugee Action Committee is organising a candlelight vigil this Saturday to mourn the death of an Iranian asylum seeker during recent protests at the Australian detention centre on Manus Island.

Reports are conflicted at this time as to how one person was killed and 77 others injured but sources suggest police and armed thugs went [...]


By 21 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Capital Region Farmers Market  that has been going for 10 years now, is again not running this weekend.Why? Because the Agricultural Show is on.
Come again? The best of what rural producers have is on show but we don’t have any actual produce to buy? Something that we have every week otherwise?
The EPIC showgrounds, facility [...]

A moment on hitler parody

By 11 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

With Giulia Jones and Jeremy Hanson appointing themselves the last arbiters of taste for performances they haven’t seen and calling for drastic sanction against people only remotely involved I thought in my capacity as a private citizen I’d like to throw my own 2c in via the great Charlie Chaplin.

Scrapping the valuation office

By 24 January 2014

Andrew Leigh is weeping for the Australian Valuation Office which is being scrapped so Liberal spivs can bid to rip off the Commonwealth while pretending to do the work (that’s how outsourcing work).
The 104 year-old AVO, located in the Australian Taxation Office, has been doing an effective job. While the government refers to a projected [...]

Zed Seselja and Shia LaBeouf

By 23 January 2014

Those folk leading worthwhile lives may not have realised Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf has been in some trouble lately for plagiarism.
Somehow this has lead to Grantland’s Hollywood Prospectus dragging Canberra’s Liberal Senator Zed Seselja into the mix.
Zed is pleased enough to have retweeted it:

Good to see the erudite @ZedSeselja's maiden speech getting worldwide attention through [...]

Chic Henry transitions from Liberal Stooge to Liberal

By 22 January 2014

The Canberra Times has the interesting news that Mr Summernats Chic Henry is now a paid up member of the Liberal Party:
Summernats legend Chic Henry has joined the ACT Liberal Party and has his sights set on a seat in the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016.
The former Australian Motorist Party candidate has signed up to [...]

ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

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