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Government no show in Dickson


The question on the minds of residents within the inner north at the moment is how to deal with the latest shenanigans by the ACT Government around decisions for the Dickson Group Centre.
Local residents have been organizing a debate and information session about the latest approval for the new supermarket complex in Dickson. When the [...]

The curious case of the Chief Minister and the CSIRO development


Sometimes the words of local politicians are a thing of wonder. Here’s a very curious story.
Last week there were two articles in the Canberra Times about statements by the Chief Minister on the proposals by the CSIRO to develop their Ginninderra Field Station site in northwest Belconnen.

These statements were made in the context of there being a [...]

Your place in community consultations


Here’s another sad tale about the ACT Government’s patronising attitude towards residents. This one ends with the latest evidence of an approach to Canberra’s urban development that makes it difficult for members of the community to have their say.
The ACT Government knows well that residents in and around Dickson have a keen interest in [...]

Smart parking trial begins in Manuka

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 [...]

Reid three-storey proposal ticks the boxes


Canberra residents have noticed that whenever the Chief Minister and his LDA/Directorate bureaucrats want to send in the bulldozers into an established suburb, that they use the same propaganda. They do this despite the fact that no-one believes the spin, which is not based on an honest translation of the residents’ aspirations as expressed time [...]

Statement by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA

By 5 December 2014
Katy Gallagher

Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office [...]

RiotACT Podcast episode 2 – Debts, Mr Fluffy and Euthanasia

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In Part 2 of the RiotACT podcast, Mike Jeffreys chats to Katy Gallagher on making it halfway through the current political term and what her greatest achievements are to date. Nothing is off-limits with discussion on the Territory’s debt, the Mr Fluffy saga which Gallagher describes as being bigger than the bushfires; and youth euthanasia.

(RiotACT [...]

RiotACT Podcast episode 2 – The saga of light rail and how it will shape the days of your lives

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Mike Jeffreys talks to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher about how she sees the direction the ACT must take, with particular emphasis on the Light Rail project and the part it will play in the Green Labor vision for Canberra.

(RiotACT Podcast episode 2, part 1 of 2)

Chief Minister heading to China

By 7 April 2014

Katy Gallagher is set to join Tony Abbott’s trade mission to China this week with a vision of attracting more investment into Canberra.
The delegation arrive in Shanghai on Thursday and will be joined by the ANU and UC vice-chancellors (Prof. Ian Young and Prof. Stephen Parker), to promote our local universities.
The main focus of the [...]

Liberals want to know which face to put on the attack ads

By 19 December 2013

The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is stirring the pot and demanding to know who he’s running against in 2016 (assuming the lean and hungry Coe doesn’t knife him first):
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher must come clean on whether she intends to stay on in the Territory’s top job, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Speculation [...]

Katy moving on?

By 12 December 2013

CityNews is running gossip on possible plans for Chief Minister Gallagher to ride into the sunset before the next election:
A CREDIBLE political snout says the ALP’s biggest electoral asset, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, will hand over the big chair to deputy Andrew Barr some time during the life of the present Assembly, to spend more [...]

How do you rate Katy Gallagher’s first year?

By 16 May 2012

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher’s been in the big chair for a year now.
How do you rate it?

Katy Gallagher’s first year
Exceeded expectations
Went to expectations
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Chief Minister completes email burnoff


For the best part of a decade the Chief Minister website has chugged along emailing Ministerial media releases to any who wanted them.
But today that’s all changed and the Open Government empire has taken it all over.
In the process they’ve decided to dispose of the long standing email list (apparently it’s all too hard).
In its [...]

Closing down the Chief Minister’s media release site?

By 17 February 2012

I’ve had this curious missive out from ACTGOVMedia:
Dear subscriber
The website ( and subscription service will be closing down permanently in the next few weeks.
ACT Government Minister’s media releases and ACT Government Directorate’s media releases will be uploaded to the ACT Open Government website at If you wish to continue to receive ACT Government media [...]

Katy’s on the buses

By 4 January 2012

It must be that time of year. Chief Minister Gallagher appears to be spending the day tweeting about her bus journeys.
Apparently all the bus drivers are lovely.

The Chiefly highlight reel for 2011

By 9 December 2011

Chief Minister Gallagher is blowing the trumpet for the latest year gone past in the Legislative Assembly.
Here’s what she considers to be the highlights:
Health Amendment Bill 2011
The Bill sought to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of health services in the ACT and allowed for the establishment of the Local Hospital Network Council.
Smoking in Cars [...]

The Gallagher Agenda

By 21 June 2011

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced what she wants to get done in the next 12 months:
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today outlined the Government’s priorities in 2011-12 across eight key service delivery areas, with 52 specific projects and 51 measurable targets.
In a Ministerial Statement to the ACT Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister has [...]

Women Out Front leadership forum.

By 10 June 2011

[ 16 June 2011; ] Mrs Mrshmellow sent me through this – Her Chiefyness Gloriana Gallagher will be expounding on life, love and happiness.

Women Out Front Leadership Forum.

At the 2011 Leadership Forum we are excited and honoured to welcome recently elected ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher as key note speaker.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will share her journey through leadership with members and friends, [...]

We belong dead! The Frankenagher takes new form


The ghost in the shell that is the memory of Chief Minister Stanhope continues to haunt the CM’s website.
Sometimes he returns in full. Sometimes it is in part.
But today, strangest and eeriest of all, we have a segment of Jon Stanhope sticking out of Katy Gallagher’s forehead. (Happy to sign a stat dec that these [...]

Katynstein or Frankenagher?


The ghost of Jon Stanhope still haunts the Chief Minister’s website.
Sometimes Jon Stanhope is the Chief Minister, sometimes Katy Gallagher.
Today we’ve seen a strange and frankly disturbing amalagam. (I swear I didn’t ‘shop this)

The King is Dead. Long Live The Queen!

By 20 May 2011

After a harrowing week the Chief Minister’s Website has returned!
A smiling Katy now beams down upon her subjects from every page.
Ah, bliss.
Now, if only she’d had something to say in the last week…

It’s all gone horribly wrong


Efforts to change the Chief Minister’s website over to a smiling Katy Gallagher are not going well.
Yesterday the site was assuring us that it would be complete by 5pm.
In fact it was looking pretty good around 3pm on the back pages.
But now the whole thing is down and there’s no projected return date.
So here’s [...]

Down comes the sneer of cold command


We had wondered how long the Chief Minister’s website (The Government’s primary mode of communication with the Governed) would continue to feature Jon Stanhope’s head on every single page.
Right now it has this message:
The Chief Minister’s website is currently unavailable due to site maintenance. It will be back online from 5.00pm 18 May 2011. [...]

The Gallagher Cabinet

By 17 May 2011

Katy Gallagher’s office appears to have neither improved through elevation to the top job, nor to have figured out how to put stuff on the website.
So we’re relying on the ABC for news of the new cabinet arrangements under which we will be governed.
Here’s how it reads:
– Galagher, Chief Minister: Treasury (until June), health, industrial [...]

Call for a Commemoration for Stanhope…?

By 17 May 2011

I heard on the ABC tonight that there are considerations ‘at the appropriate time’ for some type of commemoration to Stanhope and his contribution to the ACT for the past 10 years.
Ideas have included a ‘statue’, a suburb being named after him, renaming the forrest that he built, etc, etc.
I have some issues over a [...]

Katy officially gets the nod

By 16 May 2011

The Beast has reported that, as expected, Katy Gallagher has been voted in to the position of Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory by the Legislative Assembly this morning.
Widely expected, but now official.
Let’s see what she can do.

Labor Caucus annoints Katy Gallagher as Labor Leader


As we work through the transition to a new Chief Minister, Andrew Barr has tweeted his congratulations to Katy Gallagher on her election as ACT Labor Leader.
Monday the Assembly is expected to vote to make her the Chief.
Andrew Barr will be the deputy as expected.
UPDATE: Simon Corbell has tweeted this picture from Kat Gallagher’s first [...]

Katy’s in charge

By 13 May 2011

The Beast has been explaining that Jon Stanhope has resigned as Chief Minister as of midnight, a few days earlier than expected.
Katy Gallagher is now acting Chief Minister pending a vote of the Legislative Assembly.

Greens to back Gallagher

By 12 May 2011

The ABC has the unsurprising news that the Greens have met and decided they will back Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister if the Labor Caucus puts her up as expected tomorrow.
The Greens say the party will not demand drastic changes to the parliamentary agreement with Labor.
But a spokesman says the agreement will need to be [...]

What happens when a Chief Minister departs?

By 10 May 2011

The Legislative Assembly has published a handy guide to what’s involved in the replacement of a Chief Minister.
What happens when a Chief Minister resigns?
From the Companion to the Standing Orders:
The Chief Minister vacates the office:
– when he or she resigns the office;
– when the person ceases to be a Member of the Assembly, other than [...]

Thoughts on the end of the Stanhope era

By 10 May 2011

Canberra media today is awash with pole smokers and spite filled turds all trying to paint Jon Stanhope as either the reincarnation of John Curtin or Ethelred the Unready.
As 95% of the Canberra population doesn’t actually buy into local politics these perspectives aren’t much help.
So let’s try something more measured.
I met a traveller from an [...]

Chief Minister Stanhope to depart.


There are rumours circulating that Jon Stanhope is about to resign.
He’s holding a press conference at 11. We’ll let you know.
UPDATE: The Canberra Times is saying it’s over.
FURTHER UPDATE: ABC Radio is reporting the Chief Minister’s office has confirmed the rumours. Katy Gallagher to take over.
[Photo from September 2008]

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