If you ask the chattering classes whether we need a 6th minister, a lot of them will say that we don’t. This is because they don’t know what ministers actually do in the Legislative Assembly and they don’t like politicians anyway.
A lot of people don’t know why the ACT actually needs a parliament at all. [...]
Real estate agents, landlords and homeowners of Mr Fluffy houses will have a better understanding of their obligations in regards to asbestos management, duty of disclosure, documentation with the release of new asbestos guidance material for the ACT real estate sector.
Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, today announced release of the new [...]
Even with the government’s announcement on the 24th of June that it will extend the commencement date of the Payroll Tax Amendment Bill to the 1st of October 2014, there is still widespread confusion in the ACT market. Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has called on the government to give greater certainty to affected businesses and [...]
It is 25 years since self-government was imposed on Canberra by the Hawke Labor Government in May 1989, a hybrid concept that blended state and local government. There have been just six chief ministers and Labor has governed for 17 of 25 years (and for the past 13 years).
Almost all governments have been hamstrung by [...]
A telephone survey of 1000 Canberrans has revealed that satisfaction with Canberra’s municipal services has increased from 90% last year to 95%, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Canberrans justifiably place much importance on municipal services such as their roads, paths, public transport, parks and garbage collection. Whilst there are always ways we [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury today encouraged Canberra commuters to take advantage of the convenient park and ride permit sites and bike and ride facilities.
“Park and ride makes it easier for Canberrans to get to commute each day. We’ve made the service easier to use by introducing three month permits to replace [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released new dog exercise area maps for community consultation. The maps clearly define where people can take their dogs, showing on and off-leash areas as well as dog prohibited areas.
“The new dog exercise maps aim to provide a balance between providing spaces for dogs to exercise [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury, today announced the results of an evaluation of 40 km/h speed limit precincts in the Belconnen, City and Tuggeranong town centres. The precincts have been operating for one year.
Minister Rattenbury also announced the start of an investigation into additional slow speed precincts in Canberra.
“Forty kilometre speed limit [...]
Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]
The redeveloped Taylor Primary School has been recognised at the Australian Institute of Architects Awards (ACT Chapter).
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated the team at Small Quinton Coleman Architects who took out the Education Prize for their work on the school’s redesign.
The Australian Institute of Architects Awards recognise outstanding achievements and excellence [...]
Plans to encourage development and revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre will consolidate the existing centre by reducing car dependency and locating more people closer to existing businesses.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today approved Territory Plan draft variation 318, which will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
“The strong message we’ve received from the [...]
The ACT government is seeking community views on lowering vehicle emissions with the release today of a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
“A key element of the government’s commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and do business is to make [...]
A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]
ACT Policing will place special emphasis on a number of key operational issues, including the reduction of alcohol related crime and improving road safety, under a new purchase agreement.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today signed the 2014-15 purchase agreement together with the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Tony Negus, and Chief Police Officer [...]
The ACT government will waive disposal fees where houses containing loose-fill asbestos are renovated or demolished, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, announced on Saturday.
“The government has made the decision to waive these fees following recommendations from the Asbestos Regulators Forum, and is part of a suite of measures to address [...]
Last May, I wrote about chaplaincy services in government schools and many rioters joined in the debate, on both sides of the equation and for the most part it was a healthy discussion.
On 19 June, and for the second time, the High Court has ruled legislation to enable the payments to the Scripture Union Queensland [...]
ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will brave the winter conditions for another year, joining other Canberra leaders for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight.
“In my 22 years in the Army I have spent hundreds of nights outdoors sleeping rough and I have great sympathy for the hardships of the people who are forced [...]
A draft special variation has been prepared to accommodate a secure mental health facility in Symonston for treatment and rehabilitation of vulnerable members of the community, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
DSV S323 follows the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Act 2014 passed by the Legislative [...]
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, yesterday announced the appointment of 11 members to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.
“Members are appointed on the basis of their expertise in matters relating to law and legal policy,” Mr Corbell said.
“They are experts in a wide variety of law related fields, from the judiciary and legal profession, to police, [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced a new ‘community transport’ initiative to better meet the transport needs of the aged, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other transport-disadvantaged Canberrans.
“In conjunction with the introduction of the bus network in the middle of this year, we will also pilot [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the final master plan for Tuggeranong Town Park, which includes ideas for an enlarged picnic and barbecue area, upgraded play spaces and a new toilet block, is now available for public viewing.
“The needs of the community have significantly changed since the Town Park was [...]
An updated plan to keep Canberra at the forefront of bushfire mitigation planning has been released today for public comment by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
Mr Corbell invites the ACT community to comment on the draft of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan Version Three.
“The draft SBMP Version Three is designed to get [...]
The new Holder Early Childhood Centre has been shortlisted for a major building award, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The centre, which has now opened to families in Weston Creek, has been shortlisted in the 2014 Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards in the ‘building less than $5 million’ category.
The Oaks Estate draft master plan balances the need for future development with preservation of the area’s character, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The release of the draft master plan is a culmination of feedback from the local residents, business owners and lessees, the Oaks Estate Progress Association, and the [...]
Canberrans can have their say on the long-term environmental, social and economic security of the Weston group centre with the launch today of consultation on the Weston Group Centre Draft Master Plan.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the master plan will guide the development of the centre to be a more attractive, [...]
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 [...]