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Burch lauded as CIT Tuggeranong opens

By 28 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Plaque unveiling

You could be forgiven for thinking the opening of CIT’s new Tuggeranong campus was being held to honour of former ACT Education Minister Joy Burch, such was the praise showered upon her this morning.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Higher Education, Training and Research Minister Meegan Fitzharris and CIT chair Craig Sloan were the speechmakers, but [...]

Keep Canberra Open campaigners remain wary

By 27 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Keep Canberra Open

Keep Canberra Open, a campaign to “save Canberra’s nightlife”, has been successful in its bid to prevent the ACT Government from introducing legislation that would enforce changes to opening hours for nightclubs and bars, but organisers are concerned the reprieve may be a temporary one.
The campaign, which has actively encouraged young Canberrans to enrol to [...]

Smyth appointment ‘a cynical political exercise’

By 25 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brendan Smyth

It’s not the manner of how a man came into this world that matters but it is the way he leaves it. I don’t know who wrote this saying (paraphrased by yours truly) but it is so true and no more so than in the political arena.
Almost all of the pollies I have known (with [...]

Gone to the dogs: Greyhound racing ban necessary

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
greyhound 2

It seems as though the community out there is a bit divided about the banning of greyhound racing in Canberra.
The weird thing is that the ACT Labor Government is taking the lead from the NSW Liberal Government and the NSW Labor Opposition is opposing that ban. I’m still waiting to find out what the local [...]

Smyth appointment a bombshell for Libs

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Brendan Smyth

The ACT Government has struck a significant blow to the Canberra Liberals just weeks before the ACT election by appointing Deputy Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth to a plum public service job that could’ve been designed just for him, he is so well qualified for it: he will be the Canberra’s first commissioner for international engagement [...]

Questions surround domestic violence levy

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

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 [...]

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

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 [...]

A Budget four years in the making

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Artist's impression of Civic Plaza

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 [...]

Economy, prudent management boost ACT Budget

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
MLAs

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 [...]

Barr: We must do more on family violence

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
family violence

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 [...]

Report says economic activity on the rise in ACT

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
economy generic

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 [...]

Budget 2016 | ACT reaction

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Budget generic

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 trial begins in Manuka

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Barr launching smart parking at Manuka.

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 steals show at bridge opening on Majura Parkway

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tamie Fraser on first drive over bridge

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 [...]

Hoyts preferred operator for Gungahlin cinema, with construction due to start early 2017

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gungahlin cinema concept

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 [...]

MOU with unions not taken to Cabinet: Rattenbury

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Shane Rattenbury

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 [...]

Shortlist for Kingston Arts Precinct development named

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Fitters' Workshop

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 [...]

Barr denies MoU gives UnionsACT power of veto on procurement

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

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 [...]

Tenders open for Boomanulla Oval revival

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Boomanulla

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 [...]

Barr lobbies for local media safeguards via inquiry submission

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
local media with Andrew Barr in 2015

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 [...]

Canberra is truly a liveable city

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
iStock_000042702586_635

No matter which way you look at it, Canberra has had a coming of age in the past decade. Shortly before his retirement in 2011, in an interview for Inside Story Jon Stanhope said:
I think [the ACT] is a better place now than when we came into government – judged any way you want on [...]

First of Dickson Flats demolitions underway

By 24 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson demolition

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, [...]

Ex-NSW Justice chief to review family violence response

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Laurie Glanfield

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 [...]

Building underway for new hospital at Bruce

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
University of Canberra Public Hospital

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 [...]

Barr joins with premiers in pledge on asylum seekers

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Barr pledge

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 [...]

Light rail to arrive sooner, cost less and bring more trees to Northbourne

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail model

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, [...]

Plan for site next to Assembly scaled back

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Development site

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 [...]

Rattenbury, Greens score in shake-up

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Shane Rattenbury

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 [...]

Reshuffle a dog’s breakfast: Hanson

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

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 [...]

Fitzharris, Bourke to join expanded cabinet

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
New ministers

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 CBR direct flights are go

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Welcome

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 [...]

Burch quits cabinet to focus on Tuggeranong

By 19 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Joy Burch

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 [...]

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