Our occasional Face-off series is back to look at one of the most-debated issues around town right now. Plenty of RiotACT readers already have a view on this question, but we decided to give Simon Corbell and Alistair Coe the opportunity to set out their opposing views on what has become a key issue leading [...]
The ACT Liberal Opposition has today proposed three alternatives to light rail on the Northbourne Avenue corridor based on ideas provided by the community.
Canberrans can read the 19-page paper outlining the alternatives on Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe’s website here.
Until today, the Liberals’ anti-light rail campaign had focused on criticizing the transport plan without [...]
In the Legislative Assembly, Shadow Education Minister Steve Deszpot has attacked the Government with claims that ACT teachers are overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Deszpot put it to Minister for Education Joy Burch that teachers want to spend more time teaching and less time penpushing bureaucratic bulldust. Burch responded by delivering an enthralling, prepared, statement that [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is vigorously waving his rules of order over the tendering processes for Capital Metro:
The Capital Metro light rail agency has awarded more than $600,000 to a consulting company without testing the market according to freedom of information documents, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.
“In addition to the poor [...]
Come celebrate Christmas at the Philippine Embassy while helping to raise funds to assist victimes of typhoon Haiyan.
Canberra’s local Filipino community will be hosting its annual Christmas celebration tomorrow in the grounds of the Philippine Embassy while there’ll also be a fundraising drive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alistair [...]
Liberal Senator Seselja and Liberal MLA Coe have joined forces to tell us what Zed’s going to do for ACT roads with Alistair’s help.
Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for the ACT, has been appointed Chair of the ACT Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs. Deputy [...]
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 [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is expressing concern (with attachment at the general deterioration of ACTION and the one in three buses not running on time:
Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe has highlighted that ACTION’s performance has deteriorated under Shane Rattenbury’s first year in charge, with not one performance indicator showing improvement.
“ACT Government annual reports show [...]
It’s almost comforting to see how quickly politicians have slunk back into their usual day to day roles post election.
Oh look, it’s one politician claiming to be doing the community a service by pointing at another and “calling on” them to do better.
This time it’s Shadow Minister for Urban Services Alistair Coe, and the [...]
In astonishing news the Liberals’ Alistair Coe has announced that the lack of coordination in roadworks has rendered him immobile!
ACT Shadow Minister for Urban Services Alistair Coe is today calling on the Government to ensure that roadworks are undertaken in a coordinated manner to stop traffic problems that are foreseeable and avoidable. Mr Coe said [...]
Alistair Coe is playing the outer suburban spite card quite nicely as he keeps up his fusilade on the light rail plans:
ACT Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe has revealed that every household in Canberra will pay $4,419 for the construction of the Green/Labor light rail project.
Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics census data [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is having a fine time nitpicking the Capital Metro light rail proposal:
The ACT Government is spending $433,333 per additional commuter to ride the service, ACT Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.
“The Government has stated that light rail patronage will be 4,500 people in the morning peak. However, currently 3,000 [...]
Alistair Coe is asking pointed questions of just where Simon Corbell’s grand light rail visions are coming to and from:
After questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, Simon Corbell has again refused to provide documents relating to the massive light rail project.
“Today in Estimates, Simon Corbell refused to release documents he claims to have about [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has announced a doomed run at de-railing Draft Variation 306 because he wants poor people to live in darkness.
Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will today try to block Draft Variation 306 which has been widely condemned by the building industry. The Government’s changes to the planning rules will [...]
The Liberals Alistair Coe is asking why the Government won’t answer basic questions about the Capital Metro light rail plan:
The information on light rail the Liberals sought answers to were:
– the timeline for the decision making and construction progress;
– the expected cost to taxpayers of pre-construction and construction;
– the predicted patronage, running costs and staffing [...]
There are two problems with the Canberra Times’ ongoing efforts to pre-empt democractic processes in their attempts to get around the moribund business of printing news on dead trees:
1) They get it wrong, all the time.
2) Their narrative robs the participants of democratic franchise
They should be judged very harshly for this.
But they’ll keep getting the [...]
The Canberra Times is reporting that a deal has been done to install Alistair Coe as leader of the opposition in return for his Young Liberal army of darkness backing Zed’s Senate tilt.
Zed of course has a vote in the party room today.
In 8 months time when Zed leaves the Assembly the numbers will change.
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe doesn’t like what he’s seeing act ACTION:
According to the Government’s Half Yearly Performance Report, ACTION costs have soared and on-time performance has fallen to the worst in recent history, said the Shadow Minister for Transport, Alistair Coe.
The cost per passenger boarding has risen to $7.05 (up 10 per cent from the [...]
The Liberals’ Zed Seselja has announced his shadow cabinet utilising all seven of his available member with Vicki Dunne in the Speaker’s chair:
“This Shadow Cabinet takes a different approach than we have before, and introduces a range of new portfolios, new ideas and new ways of addressing the needs of the Territory. This new Shadow [...]
The Quinlan Review reveals that the ACT Greens want to create an additional charge for Canberrans to use their cars. ACT Shadow Urban Services Minister Alistair Coe said today this is an out of touch and hypocritical statement from a party who drive taxpayer-funded cars into taxpayer-funded car parks.
“It is ridiculous that the ACT Greens [...]
Member for Cars Alistair Coe has, with his leader, announced a little something for the suffering commuters of Gungahlin.
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe announced today that if elected, the Canberra Liberals will duplicate Horse Park Drive. Mr Seselja said Gungahlin residents deserve a government which understands the [...]
Bear in mind that the Liberal road for electoral success runs through Tuggeranong when you consider their latest policy of improvements to Erindale:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Urban Services Minister Alistair Coe announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will immediately improve the look of Gartside Street in Erindale [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is not letting go of his plan to get flashing lights installed at school 40 zones so that particularly dimwitted drivers who do not know what time it is can be sure whether they can drive at 40kmph or 50 kmph.
ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe will today call on [...]
Speaker Rattenbury has issued a statement on the Liberals’ Alistair Coe trying to sic the Ombudsman onto the Legislative Assembly for being mean to him about his use of taxpayer funding for leaflets.
The Speaker is not at all sure what the process is in the face of this remarkable move:
“In announcing the investigation, the Ombudsman [...]
The ABC brings word that Alistair Coe’s complaints about Greens brochures have been dismissed:
Liberals MLA Alistair Coe had complained to Legislative Assembly Speaker Shane Rattenbury about six Greens flyers which he claimed breached guidelines because they mentioned the party’s parliamentary agreement with ACT Labor.
Mr Coe and fellow frontbencher Vicki Dunne were recently ordered to [...]
In an astonishing move of childish petulance (and a very badly raised child at that in my opinion) Alistair Coe has written to the Ombudsman making grave allegations of misuse of power against the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Shane Rattenbury.
This fit of ill-advised pique was triggered by today’s finding that Coe and Vicki Dunne [...]
Speaker Rattenbury has adjudicated on the childish squabbling about Alistair Coe and Vicki Dunne’s publicly funded newsletters:
In examining the matter I have ascertained that the advice of the Secretariat’s Corporate Services Office was sought on the content of a proposed publication before it was printed but that the published version included additional material that was [...]
Today the ACT Government announced a plan for an off-road cycle path allowing for a more environmentally friendly transit from Gungahlin to Campbell. With the plan in motion the ACT Government hopes for more people to ride to work and use the path for recreational purposes. With the increase of recreational use it thought to [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is wearing his Member for Motorists hat and taking a swing at the safety impacts of fixed speed cameras:
Information obtained by the Canberra Liberals shows the ACT Labor Government’s fixed speed cameras are failing to reduce accidents, with accident rates actually increasing at most of the camera locations. ACT Shadow Urban [...]
As the member for motorists Alistair Coe is going in to bat for the besieged Canberra drivers.
From next month, Canberrans will be slugged another $625 in parking every year. ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe said fees should not rise yet again to make up for ACT Labor’s mismanagement of the Budget.
“The 12 [...]
Amongst the things I never thought I’d see is a media release from the Liberals’ Alistair Coe denouncing the scrapping of the promised Majura Parkway off-road bike path.
“While riding on the road always poses a risk, it is especially dangerous on high volume, high speed roads.
“That’s why these segregated bike paths are so important. They [...]
The Liberals’ Shadow Minister For Motorists Alistair Coe is taking a swing at the ACT Government deploying a speed camera on William Hovell Drive after the botched speed limit lowering.
“In April, the Canberra Liberals raised concerns that a section of William Hovell Drive was decreased to 80km/h without any advance warning to motorists,” Mr Coe [...]