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Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill

By 30 September 2010

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is taking a traditional Speasker’s role by applauding the introduction into the Senate of legislation to stop the Commonwealth over ruling ACT Legislation by virtue of a disallowance motion.
“The Australian Greens are to be congratulated for showing respect for democracy and acting to uphold the principle of self government which was [...]

Mental illness rising in line with support for the Greens?

By 22 September 2010

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is pointing out that there’s been a rise in the incidence of mental illness in the ACT:
“The ACT Chief Health Officer’s report shows that mental disorders now make up 15% of the burden of disease in the ACT, compared with 13% in the 2008 report.
“Mental disorders also now make up [...]

Fraser The Greenest Of Them All

By 9 September 2010

The Greens are celebrating Canberra’s northern electorate of Fraser recording a 19.84% vote to the Greens.
Today’s official declaration of results from the Australian Electoral Commission confirms that the ACT is the greenest part of Australia.
“This election has seen the ACT Greens achieve their best ever result of 19.84% in Fraser, with an historic swing [...]

Canberra Chronicle – stopping unwanted deliveries

By 7 September 2010

[First filed: Sep 6, 2010 @ 9:35]
[Proof drivers can achieve tight groupings over time]
I do not want the Canberra Chronicle delivered.  The only reason it is delivered free is because it makes enough revenue from advertisers to be economically feasible to publish and deliver.
My reasons are: – the cost to cut the trees down, [...]

Greens call for ACTION cleanout

By 31 August 2010

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter appears to have lost patience with the management of public transport in the ACT as delivered by ACTION.
“I want to see a tri-partisan approach that will allow the Minster to make bold changes to the whole structure of ACTION, including its workforce.
“All parties must agree on the need for:
- Employment arrangements [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Sue Ellerman for Canberra

By 20 August 2010

Sue Ellerman, the Greens candidate for Canberra answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens support self-government [...]

Coalition to increase ‘efficiency dividend’?

By 19 August 2010

According to an article in the Crimes this morning; not only would the coalition in Government cut 12 000 jobs from the Public Service (through natural attrition – yeah right we heard that in 1996…) they are also going to increase the efficiency dividend from 1.25% to 2%.
Now, and this pains me to say it [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Indra Esguerra for Fraser

By 19 August 2010

Indra Esguerra, the Greens candidate for Fraser answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens support self-government [...]

Green plans for housing affordability

By 16 August 2010

In the grim silence of Canberra’s moribund democracy the Greens’ Lin Hatfield Dodds has been alone in giving any sign of bothering with the campaign at all.
Today she’s talking about a Green policy she hopes will help with Canberra’s staggeringly unaffordable housing market:
“The Convert to Rent initiative provides financial assistance to property owners to convert [...]

We will fight them on the bike paths?

By 10 August 2010

As seen by Yarramundi Reach yesterday.
Most other parties poster the arterial roads, but The Greens are a little different.

All publicity is good publicity as the Greens co-opt the Raiders

By 27 July 2010

The ABC has a piece on the Green Senate candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds withdrawing a leaflet featuring the “Green Machine” of the Canberra Raiders and her own party.
Offend, apologise, bask in the attention.
Does it feel as if there’s only one candidate running in this election in the ACT?

Greens for light rail

By 26 July 2010

The Greens have lately been showing a well refined ear for what Canberrans want to hear.
Today they’ve announced that a vote for them federally is a vote for light rail in Canberra:
ACT Greens Senate Candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds has joined Senators Bob Brown and Scott Ludlam in calling for light rail for Canberra.
“Light rail [...]

Hatfield Dodds comes out against the Commonwealth veto of ACT Laws

By 20 July 2010

The Greens energetic senate candidate, Lin Hatfield Dodds, is today banging the drum for an end to Commonwealth powers to override Territory laws:
“The ACT has come of age. It has elected stable governments and its parliament should be able to make laws in the same way as the States.
“Senator Gary Humphries has had eight years [...]

Without complaining about Stanny & Co again….

By 19 July 2010

Is there a point to having self government in the ACT?
I’m really struggling to understand what value there is beyond the obvious garbage, roads and gardening processes. Each time they discuss anything you cringe with embarrassment.
The last straw has been the Greens – they trade on the intellect of Bob Brown but whenever [...]

1300 words on the ABC about Lin Hatfield Dodds?

By 2 July 2010

In recent times the ABC news website has been moving towards longer form reporting.
Even so, the best part of 1300 words dedicated to the Greens Senate Candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds is eyebrow raising.
Lin is talking big about how she’s playing to win in the upcoming Senate election for the ACT in which three serious candidates [...]

Greens ready to pull the plug?

By 12 June 2010

In the Canberra Times the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is having a major dummy spit over, well over everything:
Mr Rattenbury said frustrations included a lack of cooperation between government agencies, time-wasting bureaucracy, ”deliberate obfuscation” by Government officials and difficulties obtaining basic information from Government media staff.
The deal breaker is plans to bulldoze 32 hectares in [...]

Just what are they doing to London Circuit?

By 7 June 2010

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is continuing her trend of asking difficult questions. This time asking why London Circuit is being dug up while the “Greater Civic Plan” is due to be endorsed this month.
“The Government is spending $3.8m just on London Circuit, but not taking the opportunity to improve the design.”
“If you are [...]

Free quality legal advice? The ACT Government wants naught of this!

By 26 May 2010

[First filed: May 25, 2010 @ 14:39]
The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is pointing out that it’s a crying shame lawyers offering to volunteer their time for community work at the Community Legal Centres are being turned away because the ACT Government will not (and has no plans to) provide enough cheap office space to make use [...]

The Greens’ Active Transport Forum

By 10 May 2010

[ 12 May 2010 at 12:15 pm; ] The Greens are hoping to get some of the transport policy tragics down to the Assembly on Wednesday lunchtime for a bit of a chinwag.

Two speakers with expertise in local and international transport and planning issues will present on ‘active transport’ issues in Canberra:

– Karen Wright is a Canberra urban planning consultant and currently the [...]

Assembly Committed to Active Transport

By 6 May 2010

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is thrilled that she’s got a motion through the Legislative Assembly “calling on the Government to prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport in planning, traffic, and urban design policies in Canberra.”
A motion without legislation is only slightly more significant than the Canberra College SRC moving to make the ACT a [...]

Celebrate World Environment Day

By 5 May 2010

[ 4 June 2010 at 11:00 am; ] The ACT Government is holding a World Environment Day celebration in Garema Place on Friday 4 June from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

The interactive event will include displays from local organisations and government agencies to celebrate our environment as well as showcase environmental inititatives and programs that can help our community.

Come and visit us in Garema Place [...]

2010 ACT Budget reactions

By 5 May 2010

Yesterday’s ACT Budget appears to be a pretty reasonable thing, with some good ideas in it. Of course nothing can please all the rent seekers.
But here’s the reactions we can find so far:
One media release is all the Liberals can manage in reply. The first part appears to have been written by the Property Council, [...]

“National Parks – Can They Take The Heat?”

By 4 May 2010

For anyone interested in the science behind the protection of our wonderful National Parks and in particular Namadgi NP, there is a terrific Symposium being run this Friday/Saturday by the National Parks Association of the ACT Inc in the CSIRO Discovery Centre.
Nineteen speakers/presenters from all over Australia will be giving short, sharp and entertaining [...]

Greens in chaos

By 13 March 2010

[ED - The contents of this piece should be taken as no more than rumour]
The ACT Greens continue to be in disarray this week following the shock departure last Friday of their most senior and competent staffer, Meredith Hunter’s Chief of Staff, Louise O’Donnell.
It is understood that Ms O’Donnell was forced to resign with 12 [...]

Are Meredith and Amanda worth anpther $50,000?

By 13 January 2010

Greens MLA Meredith Hunter says that her request for a $50,000 pay rise three months after being elected was an attempt to address the ”inequity” of the ACT’s two-party system.
continues: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/pay-rise-bid-about-equity-mla-says/1723960.aspx
If I knew how to add a poll I would…

Monash Drive to be dropped

By 27 October 2009

Monash Drive has been part of the National Capital Plan for many years now, threatening to cut off the suburbs of Ainslie & Hackett from their bushland backyard. The ABC reports that the National Capital Authority (NCA) is going to drop Monash Drive from the National Capital Plan, and as expected the Greens are jumping [...]

Brendan and John being mean to Amanda Bresnan?

By 21 September 2009

So, I’m hearing snippets, did John Hargreaves and Brendan Smyth say something horrible about a Green (Amanda Bresnan?) over the weekend and are now trying to apologise in the wake of a torrent of tears?
If you’ve got more on this, send it in…
UPDATED: The ABC now have the story online:
Mr Hargreaves and deputy Liberal [...]

Legislative Assembly in hot water

By 18 August 2009

Today the ACT Legislative Assembly will be debating a bill for mandatory energy efficient hot water systems for new homes, which is being spearheaded by the Greens.
ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur says:
“The Liberal Party, in their 2008 Climate Change policy release, said they would require ‘Solar or other low energy hot water systems on [...]

Budget in the black after all

By 15 August 2009

It seems Katy Gallagher only announces the bad budget new.
The Chiefly Jon Stanhope has announced that the ACT Treasury has found another $60 million under the couch and in 2008-09 the Government was in surplus to the tune of $14.3 million.
A hot real estate market and strong employment appears to have made all the difference. [...]

Snouts in the trough as ACT staffers cash in

By 7 August 2009

Oh to be a staffer in the ACT Government. Aside from scheming for their own political ambitions and fielding daily calls from eccentrics it seems they been doing a healthy trade in paying each other out on entitlements.
The Auditor-General has announced the release of her report into the “Administration of employment issues for staff of [...]

Greens call for buggering up Canberra Avenue

By 5 August 2009

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is taking a swing at the residents of Queanbeyan and their filthy motorised personal transit into our fair city every day:
The ACT Greens have called for the Chief Minister and Queanbeyan Mayor to agree on the need for bus/taxi priority signals along Canberra Avenue.
“Over 60 percent of Queanbeyan City workers [...]

Land tax debacle costs $200,000 in lost interest alone

By 5 August 2009

In the the Canberra Times even Treasurer Katy Gallagher is admitting she presides over incompetent muppets.
At issue is the ongoing debacle of land tax whereby whatever overpriced and rubber band powered computer system purchased from latter day carnival folk that calculates and levies the land tax in this town ran out of electrons with which [...]

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