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, [...]
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.
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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.
Many days late and many dollars short the ABC reports Andrew Barr is flogging off ACTTAB while it’s still worth anything at all.
We’ll no doubt have his statement shortly.
UPDATE: Here’s the announcement:
The ACT Government has determined to sell ACTTAB Corporation following careful consideration of the recommendations made in the ACTTAB Future Options Feasibility Study.
Today Shane Rattenbury, Bob Brown, Zed Seselja, and a whole pile of us media types all stood uncomfortably on a gigantic ant hill to celebrate the opening of the Parliament House walk.
These media events are always really interesting to me, there’s a bizarre camaraderie between everyone there. All the journalists know each other, and all [...]
The ABC is taking a hard look at the costs associated with bring entitled tory lordlings to Canberra from Perth using the local 34 Squadron’s VIP flight.
Chris Pyne has been claiming the VIP jets are cheaper than flying their lordships and retainers business class.
Sadly it doesn’t stack up:
Comparable commercial fares would have cost a [...]
The Refugee Action Committee, alongside several interstate groups, are rallying outside Parliament House on Monday 18th November at 1pm to show our opposition to how this and previous governments have treated refugees displaced by war and persecution.
There will also be an encirclement of Parliament House at 11am. Come along and lend your support.
- End detention [...]
The Canberra Times is delving deep into the splintering, imploding, improperly documented world of the Canberra Liberals as Zed’s faction settle into their new digs on Capital Hill leaving the rest of the party to burn.
It seems that at ANU the progressive Liberals (defined as “lefties” no doubt by our more brain damaged commentators) can’t [...]
By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra
With the 44th Parliament opening on Tuesday, the next phase of the Abbott government begins. Already we’re seeing its early modus operandi, including its sometimes losing battle to control and often hide information and to keep discipline, and the first indications of good and bad performers.
There are two narratives currently [...]
Under our Dark Lord Abbott’s present public service jobs freeze, the CSIRO look to lose about a quarter of their staff, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.
Thanks to Tony’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from public servants, the employment of 1,400 non-ongoing CSIRO staff and the research projects they’re working on are threatened. Sadly for these [...]
The Canberra Times is keeping up with local Liberal machinations as Party President Tio Faulkner hands over the reins to Peter Collins.
Mr Faulkner had nominated for re-election but announced at the party’s annual meeting on Wednesday night that he would not recontest. He told meeting it was ”the right time to step aside”.
”It’s been a [...]
Fancy a chat with Andrew Leigh? He’s gonna be leading a discussion/workshop about social capital later this month in New Acton.
A CONVERSATION WITH DR ANDREW LEIGH MP
How connected are we in our communities?
And how has this changed over time in Australia?
Is Canberra the insular, disconnected place it’s made out to be? Or is there more [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that her chief mandarin has hung up his ruby pinned hat and will head off to the glories of the NSW Public Service:
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today congratulated Director-General of Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate Andrew Cappie-Wood on his new appointment as Director General of the NSW Attorney-General and [...]
These are the recent gifts received by Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division), and boy howdy what a fancy bunch of gifts these are!
I am inviting all these people to my birthday party, even all the people who have the same name but only give small amounts each!
Here we have two Mark Blumers, but one [...]
By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra
Clive Palmer has been a vocal cynic about the AEC. AAP/Paul Miller
The Australian Electoral Commission, which should be above controversy, finds itself at the centre of a perfect storm.
In recent weeks Clive Palmer, albeit without evidence, has blackened its name at every opportunity.
Now (on the day Palmer was finally elected [...]
Jeremy Hanson and Brendan Smyth are teaming up to band the drum on rates again.
Andrew Barr has been forced to table documents in the Assembly that show the analysis and models for his tax reform program. Despite vehement claims to the contrary during the election campaign, the documents show there is no possible scenario for [...]
WA Today has the sorry tale of the Australian Electoral Commission’s failures in Western Australia which are threatening to send that state back to the polls for the Senate.
At the centre of the storm is career Canberra mandarin Ed Killesteyn.
Elections are massive undertakings. But when you’ve got just one job…
Simon Corbell today tabled a draft for the Nature Conservation Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly. Submissions will be accepted until the 13th of December.
Simon believes that this new act will be fundamental in allowing the government achieve it’s goal for a sustainable Canberra.
“This legislation follows an extensive review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has sent forth alarming news that she’s expanding the ACT Ministry to 9.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today introduced a bill into the Legislative Assembly that will, if passed, allow for up to nine ministers to be appointed as part of the ACT executive.
“This legislation is designed to meet the needs of [...]
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Those of you with a perchant for politics may well be interested in this little event, or maybe this little book that the event is about.
One of Rudd’s mates, Bruce Hawker has written a book about that period of time when Rudd was not our prime minister. To promote it, he’s having an interview with [...]
The Australian has word of grumblings amongst the Liberal front bench that they can’t just give their mates staffing jobs and holders of said jobs will have to work in Canberra under Peta Credlin’s iron fist:
All senior staffers have to be based in Canberra. It’s causing quite a few grumbles,” said one.
“There is a very [...]
Jane Hiatt is a Canberran taking part in the Bravehearts “777 Challenge”, which is where you run seven marathons in seven days across seven states.
Today was marathon #6 for Jane.
Zed Seselja has decided to support Jane and the Bravehearts by joining Ms. Hiatt as she crosses the finishing line… because why should the best bit [...]
The Christian Lobby is celebrating the swift turning wheels of reactionary justice as the High Court takes a directions hearing three days after the ACT Legislative Assembly passed Gay Marriage laws:
The High Court hearing into the ACT’s Marriage Equality Same-Sex Bill is expected to begin tomorrow after the Commonwealth lodged a writ of summons in [...]
The Canberra Times has the welcome news that the Legislative Assembly code of conduct has been watered down to account for the significant percentage of the citizenry who are best ignored:
A requirement for ACT politicians to treat citizens with courtesy and respect has been stripped from a new code of conduct for the ACT Legislative [...]
The Australian has the word on Business Council of Australia chair Tony Shepherd being appointed to rip the guts out of the public service and sell the furniture to the vultures.
JOE Hockey has unveiled a surprise increase in the debt ceiling to $500 billion as he announced a Commission of Audit into government finances with [...]
Shane Rattenbury has made it known that it’s gay marriage a go go in the ACT at least until the High Court weighs in:
Leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne joined ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury at the ACT Legislative Assembly today to celebrate the ACT becoming the first jurisdiction to legislate for [...]
For the past 20 years the Narrabundah Slasher has run amuck on the terrified southern suburb, but he may have made a critical error in repeatedly slashing the tires of Lucia MacFarlane, Giulia’s sister.
Giulia has sworn that she will bring this menace to justice.
”It’s over a decade and the people of Narrabundah seem to have [...]
The ABC reports that Simon Corbell’s legal advice on gay marriage is looking Notso Hotso and the Chief Minister is muttering about amendments:
Ms Gallagher has signalled the bill could be amended during tomorrow’s debate in the Legislative Assembly.
“We’re certainly looking at it and the Attorney-General and I have had some discussions over the weekend, [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a vast laundry list of “achievements” for her first year after winning an election.
A pedant might question some of these “achievements”. If I declare a resolution to lose weight I haven’t achieved much until the pounds come off have I?
Here they all are:
Creating opportunity and a more liveable city
– Increased [...]
Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of Katy, Barr, Corbell, and that court jester Rattenbury. They have surely got to be the most irresponsible, dangerous, and seemingly unaccountable excuse for a government within the Australian Federation.
They appear to have largely abandoned any attempt to effectively deliver the core governmental services for which they [...]