The ACT budget announcement of $21.4 million to address the territory’s domestic violence can only be welcomed, however there are questions.
I have written earlier about the lack of research into why domestic violence is so prevalent, acknowledging some reasons for its insidious presence across all sections of society – a fact recognised by the Chief [...]
The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]
June 7, 2016 is a date the ACT Government has been anticipating for many years. As ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said himself, today’s Budget was the “culmination of four years of work to keep the ACT economy growing”. Its also the last Budget before the October 15 poll.
Faced with a Commonwealth Government unapologetically zapping [...]
Canberra’s strengthening economy, prudent fiscal management and a bit of good luck have enabled the ACT Government to improve the expected budget deficit by $246 million this year.
ACT Budget at a glance
A combination of waning fiscal restraint by the Commonwealth, a broader revenue base due to more diversified economy and some strategic pre-election budget management [...]
The ACT government and the community must do more to prevent domestic violence, chief minister Andrew Barr said on Friday.
His comments were in response to the release of three reports on the impact of family violence on the community and how the system responds to it.
The reports are:
Report of the inquiry: review into the system level responses to [...]
Economic activity in Canberra increased in the month of March, according to the ANZ Bank’s Stateometer report.
The latest report reveals only New South Wales and Victoria are growing at an above trend pace. All other states and territories, including the ACT, are growing at a below-trend pace.
However, the ACT, along with South Australia and Western [...]
At a glance
- Chief minister says more than 1000 public service jobs will be lost
- Business welcomes tax concessions, intern scheme
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has slammed budget measures that will make nearly $2 billion in savings after the Coalition reneged on its pledge to scale back public service cuts from next year.
Mr Barr said [...]
Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka.
The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space.
Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses [...]
Tamie Fraser fought back tears as she discussed her late husband Malcolm Fraser’s legacy during a speech today to mark the announcement that the Majura Parkway Bridge over the Molonglo River is to be named in the ex-Prime Minister’s honour.
A respected humanitarian in later life, Malcolm Fraser resigned from the Liberal Party soon after Tony [...]
The developer planning to build Gungahlin’s first cinema, Krnc Group, has told a meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council that Hoyts is now the preferred operator for the facility, to be built on the corner of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street from early 2017 if a development application in mid-2016 is successful.
Hoyts currently operates the [...]
ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has described a Memorandum of Understanding between the ACT Government and Unions ACT on procurement as “effectively an MOU between Labor and the unions” and told the Legislative Assembly that the document was never taken to Cabinet.
Related story: Barr denies MoU gives UnionsACT power of veto on procurement
Mr Rattenbury was [...]
The ACT Government has shortlisted three local developers for the Kingston Arts Precinct renewal project: Doma Group, Englobo Group and Geocon (the latter with co-bidders from outside the ACT, Fender Katsalidis and Oculus).
The shortlisted proponents will now develop their concepts into detailed plans to develop the five-hectare site near the Canberra Glassworks into a creative [...]
The Canberra Liberals say a document requiring the ACT Government to consult UnionsACT on all its procurement projects highlights the “extraordinary power and influence” unions have over the Government in the Territory, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr says it rather allows unions to alert the Government to possible wrongdoing by contractors.
A March 2015 Memorandum of [...]
The ACT Government is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations interested in contributing to the future of Boomanulla Oval, which has been closed since December 2014.
The Narrabundah oval was a sporting and cultural centre for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, particularly those of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Wiradjuri [...]
The ACT Government is one of only three state or territory governments to have made a submission to the Federal Government’s inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional areas of Australia.
The inquiry will hold public hearings in Canberra tomorrow and in Sydney on March 7 and 8. Members of the [...]
If you were in the vicinity of the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on Northbourne Avenue yesterday morning, you could’ve stepped into its carpark and watch part of the demolition of the first of the controversially doomed Dickson Flats.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was on site as the demolition got underway shortly before 8am, [...]
The ACT Government has appointed the former Director-General of the NSW Department of Justice, Laurie Glanfield, to conduct its independent review of ACT Government system responses to family violence.
The Government announced the review after the alleged murder last week of an 8-year-old by his father, Graham Dillon, in their Gungahlin home.
Mr Glanfield, who ran [...]
Construction officially began today on the $139 million University of Canberra Public Hospital at Bruce.
The hospital will be the ACT’s first specialist sub-acute hospital, focusing entirely on services such as rehabilitation and mental health care and supporting people who may be managing ongoing health conditions or recovering from surgery. It is expected to be completed [...]
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has joined premiers of Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia in pledging support for refugee children and their families threatened with return to Nauru after last week’s High Court decision.
Mr Barr wrote on Facebook yesterday:
My friend [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews, has written to the Prime Minister about the future of [...]
The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]
The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]
The big winner in ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle today is Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, promoted from Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to Minister for Education.
See the full portfolio allocation list here.
Read Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s response to the reshuffle here.
The Greens MLA’s appointment to the plum education role is surprising given [...]
Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has described Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s reshuffle today as a “dog’s breakfast”.
See full details on the cabinet shake-up here.
“It’s pretty incoherent. Good luck anyone trying to find out who’s responsible for various portfolios,” he said.
“When you have a ministry where the delineation is not clear, where responsibilities aren’t clear, that [...]
Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days.
The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the [...]
Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has this morning confirmed last week’s reports that the Asian carrier will introduce direct flights between Singapore and Canberra and Wellington and Canberra. Flights on the service, dubbed the ‘Capital Express’ will commence September 20, with tickets available from this Monday.
As foreshadowed last week, there will be four [...]
After six years as an ACT Government minister, Labor MLA Joy Burch announced today that she will not seek a portfolio in Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle this week.
See Ms Burch’s media statement here.
Ms Burch made the announcement at an emotional media conference outside the Hyperdome on Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, a symbolic gesture [...]
Singapore Airlines is reportedly set to announce plans next week to operate international flights in and out of Canberra Airport.
The Australian Financial Review has reported that Singapore Airlines will soon offer flights between Canberra and Singapore and Canberra and Wellington.
According to the report, Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong will announce the move during [...]
Embattled ACT Government Minister Joy Burch has this afternoon resigned from the Police and Emergency Services portfolios as ACT Policing investigate Fairfax Media reports that her most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.
As Labor prepares to finalise its candidates for the 2016 ACT election later today, Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson has defended the fact that his party’s contenders won’t be known until next year.
The Greens announced their candidates for the October 15, 2016 poll last month, and Labor will confirm its list of potential MLAs later [...]
The first ever ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards winner to go on to collect a national gong reckons the territory is on the verge of becoming an Australian leader in entrepreneurship.
“Canberra is set to challenge the rest of Australia in the startup ecosystem for originality, research and the perfect storm of the right government and [...]
The Canberra Liberals have attacked Chief Minister Andrew Barr over comments he made earlier this month about the territory’s district community councils.
The ACT Government funds seven community councils, in Belconnen, Gungahlin, North Canberra, Inner South Canberra, Woden Valley, Weston Creek and Tuggeranong.
The councils are voluntary, not-for-profit, community-based associations and currently the peak community representative bodies [...]