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Tag Archives: Brendan Smyth

Renters to be slugged $900 with land tax changes

By 1 July 2014

From today struggling Canberra renters will be forced to bear the brunt of ACT Labor’s land tax hikes with a $900 fixed charge as well as a percentage of the land value which will raise the government an additional $10 million this financial year. It will particularly affect units and is yet another attack by [...]

Payroll tax changes hit Canberra families and businesses

By 27 June 2014

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 [...]

Smyth on the economy

By 20 January 2014

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is taking Andrew Barr to task over the latest economic numbers:
The latest State of the States report released today by CommSec has highlighted the slipping state of the ACT economy and demonstrates ACT Labor’s irresponsible economic management over the past 11 years, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today.
“Today’s report shows [...]

“What?”, “Pay for Skywhale appearances?”. Liberals aghast

By 2 December 2013

The Canberra Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is working himself to high dudgeon that people’s time costs money, even when it comes to the magical mystical Skywhale:
“Having paid for the Skywhale through their hard earned tax dollars, Canberrans and their community groups are now being slugged again to have the Skywhale appear at their functions during the [...]

Liberals gunning for Andrew Barr’s tax plans

By 26 November 2013

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, [...]

Liberals say “I told you so” on Leave Variation Charges

By 18 November 2013

It seems simple enough. If someone is getting a windfall from the public kindly letting them build apartments on a chunk of land that was not zoned for it when they bought it then they owe the public back a slice of the action.
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth, however, is still raging against this imposition on [...]

Are we all dead yet? (Libs on tripling rates)

By 1 November 2013

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 [...]

Brendan’s open for business

By 30 October 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth can’t help parroting the grown up Liberals’ lines (themselves mindlessly repeating the utterly detached from reality American Republicans).
To that end he’s calling for more of your money to be spent telling the world “this city is open for business” by doing the work for an investor to build a new [...]

Brendan still stamping his feet over defibrillators

By 17 October 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is scenting blood over how dodgy defibrillators came to be fitted in the ACT’s ambulances:
Millions of dollars of public funds have been allowed to be spent on cardiac monitors with alleged faults, including, batteries which lost power, monitor leads which couldn’t be cleaned and required disposal after use, faulty blood pressure [...]

Dodgy defibrillators in ACT Ambulances

By 16 October 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is stamping his feet and releasing quite alarming clinical notices on the ACT’s new defibrillators not playing the way they’re supposed to:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers from Simon Corbell after at least two Clinical Safety Notices, and one Clinical Safety Alert were issued following problems with lifesaving defibrillators rolled [...]

Are the rates tripling?

By 24 September 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is triumphantly pointing to rising rates as proof rates will triple (as of course they will over sufficiently long time frames, just as all of us will die).
Mr Barr can end this argument today. Surely, before he embarked on his tax changes, he calculated what the effect on the rates of [...]

What’s Simon hiding on bushfire preparedness?

By 18 September 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is asking when we’ll be old enough to handle the truth on bushfires:
The Auditor General’s Bushfire Preparedness report has found ACT Labor to be in direct contravention of the Emergencies Act 2003 for not disclosing its resource requirements to meet the objectives of its Bushfire Management Plan.
Today, Shadow Emergency Services [...]

Brendan bravely seeks to blame Katy for future economic woes

By 11 September 2013

The Liberals Brendan Smyth is attempting a heroic piece of misdirection:
Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has criticised the Chief Minister for starting the ‘blame game’ on public sector cuts following the election of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.
“12 years of ACT Labor and they have done nothing more for job creation in the ACT than [...]

Liberals stamping their tiny feet over the ACT Budget

By 13 August 2013

Brendan Smyth is throwing the toys out of the pram over not getting the budget documents he wants.
Because losing is a habit he’s threatening to move a no-confidence motion he can’t possibly carry to try and draw some attention to his impotent rage.

Prudishness at the Canberra Times

By 12 August 2013

Canberra Times has problems spelling ‘fIRETRuck’

We’ll all be rooned says Smyth

By 4 July 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is piping up about the deep freeze Canberra business is going into while we find out which gang of hooligans will be getting their portraits painted:
ACT Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth, has expressed his concerns in light of the release of the latest SENSIS Business Index findings on the ACT. [...]

Where did all ACTEW’s money go?

By 1 July 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is wanting to know how things have gone so horribly wrong for the very well remunerated executives at ACTEW?
“Last week, Canberrans learnt that they will be paying 5 per cent more for their water to keep ACTEW afloat, as opposed to enjoying a 16.9 per cent decrease in their water bills [...]

ESA phone number leads to a Fax machine UPDATE: LIES!

By 20 June 2013

This little story is somewhat amusing and also a bit terrifying*, the phone number listed in the White Pages for the Emergency Services Agency sends you to a fax machine, and a fax machine can’t help anybody.
Shadow Emergency Services Minister, Brendan Smyth, has revealed that the Emergency Services Agency telephone number in the White Pages [...]

Majura Parkway planning fail

By 6 June 2013

Brendan Smyth is having some fun with Simon Corbell’s planning efforts with the Majura Parkway:
It was revealed that Simon Corbell as Planning Minister was asked by businesses at the Majura Park Shopping Precinct to provide on and off access from the Majura Parkway to the northern end of the Majura Park Shopping Precinct. He declined, [...]

Canberra Liberals want to play netball for 10 hours

By 31 May 2013

Jeremy Hanson, Brendan Smyth, Zed Seselja, Steve Doszpot, and Vicki Dunne are going to play netball for charity. This new sporty gang will be showing their netball skills in order to raise awareness and funds for Bosom Buddies and Lifeline Canberra.
“We’re very honoured to be participating in the game this weekend as both charities provide [...]

Brendan aghast at coming budget blues

By 29 May 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is stamping his tiny feet at a Government going about the business of governing:
Just months after assuring the electorate that their jobs were safe and that all the election promises were costed without cuts, Canberra has found out that jobs will go, services will be suspended and $142 million will be [...]

Deeper ever deeper into debt

By 14 May 2013

Every year the ACT Government promises us that while this year is a deficit, next year they’ll balance the books.
Maybe if all the good little boys and girls were to clap their hands in unison all will be well.
Meanwhile the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is pointing out just how much money will have to repaid in [...]

One directorate to rule the environment?

By 20 March 2013

It’s a source of constant wonder how, despite many reorgs to rectify it, so many different arms of the ACT Government can keep bits of their tentacles in so many different pies.
Today the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is asking why all the conservation can’t be done by TAMS.
ACT Shadow Minister for Environment, Brendan Smyth, will move [...]

Environment and Sustainable Development’s runaway greenhouse gases

By 5 March 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is having a poke at the ESD’s less than stellar efforts to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions:
During yesterday’s Annual Report hearings, ACT Shadow Minister for the Environment, Brendan Smyth questioned why the Government’s Directorate for the Environment and Sustainable Development’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased by nearly 40%, when the [...]

Canberra to light rail tenderers: Charge whatever you want!

By 27 February 2013

Brendan Smyth has the disturbing news that no price is too high to build the Capital Metro:
Smyth: You said there is more work to do before we go to procurement?
Barr: That’s correct.
Smyth: So whatever the numbers turn up its going ahead?
Barr: Well yes, we are committed to this project.
Later, Mr Barr put it beyond [...]

The Liberal Shadow Ministry

By 26 November 2012

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 [...]

Liberals go again on the lease variation tax

By 15 November 2012

It seems a simple enough premise. If people buy land with one lease purpose, at a value to suit that purpose, they get a windfall if the Government agrees to vary the lease purpose to something more lucrative.
Rather than bank the money from having an amenable government it seems manifestly self evident a part of [...]

Liberals courting the clubs

By 4 October 2012

You’d think with the relationship between the Labor Clubs and Labor Party (throw in the CFMEU and the Tradies group for good measure) the clubs were adequately represented in our political system.
But the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth feels he’s got something to offer the pokie dens:
“The Canberra Liberals understand that the ACT clubs industry is [...]

Liberal joy on rates in Standard and Poor’s report

By 28 September 2012

Yesterday Andrew Barr was celebrating Standard and Poor’s AAA credit rating of the ACT Government.
But the Liberals have found things to like in it too:
In an embarrassing disclosure for ACT Labor today, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s has confirmed that the ACT Labor Government is proposing to phase out duties over a 10 year time [...]

Liberals promise a tourism agency

By 25 September 2012

Today being the day to court favour with the hotel owners of Canberra the Liberals have announced what they’re promising to do for them if elected:
If elected, the Canberra Liberals will:
– Commit $2 million to bring the concept of an international standard convention centre to a position where it can attract Commonwealth and/or private sector [...]

Brendan goes septic mad on taxes

By 30 May 2012

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is apeing the insanity of American Republicans and trying to demand a moratorium on tax rises.
We’re a generally prosperous pollity, unhappy with our government services, yet borrowing money.
Yet he wants to declare current tax rates some magical never to be exceeded point of perfection?
So either we:
a) Cut spending
b) Borrow more money.
We [...]

Wages stagnating, costs rising

By 27 April 2012

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is taking no joy at all from new CommSec data on the dreaded cost of living:
The latest CommSec economic report confirms that the ACT has the lowest wage growth and the highest increase in consumer prices in the country, showing that Canberra is becoming an even more expensive place to [...]

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