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 [...]
Commentators’ tips that ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja would score a junior ministry in progressive Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s post-election reshuffle – apparently to appease angry conservative elements in the Federal Coalition – have proven correct.
The prime minister this afternoon promoted Senator Seselja to his front bench, appointing him assistant minister for social [...]
Brendan Smyth’s departure has made way for renewal with his fellow Brindabella MLA Andrew Wall and Alistair Coe the principal beneficiaries of Jeremy Hanson’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle today following the news that Mr Smyth will leave the Legislative Assembly to become ACT Commissioner for International Engagement.
Mr Smyth’s Brindabella colleague Mr Wall, a former patio-business manager [...]
After formally warning the ACT Liberals over their use of campaign material on social media last week, the Electoral Commission has issued an update to the rules that reverses their previous instructions to the Liberals over their usage.
A number of Liberals had posted anti-Light Rail material on their social media feeds that didn’t include any [...]
ACT opposition leader Jeremy Hanson on Thursday announced an $85 million package to provide more support for Canberra’s schools.
The package would allow for new infrastructure, capital upgrades and maintenance, support for specialised schools and support for children with disabilities in non-government schools, he said.
Hanson, in his budget reply speech to the Legislative Assembly, said the Canberra Liberals [...]
The Canberra Liberals have renewed their vow to stop light rail, describing yesterday’s announcement that contracts have been signed and work will begin on the project next month as “the most arrogant act in the ACT’s history”.
They have also called on the Government to publish the full contract and any sub-contracts in full.
Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed a media event yesterday to mark the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
The protesters held a large anti-tram banner behind Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell as he made the announcement that paves the way for the start of construction on [...]
ACT Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today that the requirement for alterations this week to ACT Health records including emergency department data was “an utter disgrace”, and that the ACT Government had misled the public in previously publishing the incorrect data.
“It has been revealed that ACT Health ED data was [...]
Former CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Australia Amanda Lynch is set to be among the Canberra Liberals’ 25 candidates for the ACT election in October.
Ms Lynch’s name is on the list of 25 individuals that match the 25 candidacies available, but none aside from the eight sitting MLAs can be officially confirmed until [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
ACT Policing are investigating Fairfax Media reports that ACT Police Minister Joy Burch’s 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.
UPDATE: Burch resigns as Police and Emergency Services Minister.
An ACT Policing spokesman told RiotACT [...]
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 [...]
This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has called on the ACT Government to begin a board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis immediately so that it can report back before the 2016 election.
Mr Hanson said that as the first anniversary of the Government’s decision to go ahead with a buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy [...]
Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]
Barr, it was time.
Last week this humble columnist wrote a piece titled ‘Barr, it’s time’. Well, the day after Riotact published it, Barr’s time had come. The last week has been an historic and tumultuous week for ACT politics. With Katy Gallagher announcing her resignation as Chief Minister and her candidature for one of the [...]
The ACT Labor government needs to be proactive and directly advise owners of Mr Fluffy properties through registered mail that their houses are affected, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“I’m calling on the government to make another effort to contact homeowners who may not yet know that their property is Mr Fluffy [...]
The terrible effects caused by Mr Fluffy insulated properties are taking a major toll on many Canberra families and it’s time for the ACT Labor government to start offering financial assistance for those in the worst circumstances, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Today I’m calling on the Chief Minister and government to [...]
ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will brave the winter conditions for another year, joining other Canberra leaders for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight.
“In my 22 years in the Army I have spent hundreds of nights outdoors sleeping rough and I have great sympathy for the hardships of the people who are forced [...]
During questions from the opposition during yesterday’s estimates hearing, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr revealed the government is reconsidering its proposed payroll tax amendments to remove the genuine employer exemption, due to their affect on ACT small businesses and contractors. Only after an outcry from small business and the Canberra Liberals has Mr Barr acted, Shadow [...]
Canberrans will be forced to pay for $4.5 billion in debt and nearly a billion dollars in interest all so Shane Rattenbury can build light rail and Simon Corbell can build solar farms, Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Tuesday’s budget was a continuation of the failures dished out over the past 13 long years. The [...]
Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson should take up the issue of Tony Abbott’s health and education budget cuts rather than attacking transformative infrastructure projects that will generate jobs and stimulate the ACT economy, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Jeremy Hanson shows a lack of vision and direction with his attack [...]
With Giulia Jones and Jeremy Hanson appointing themselves the last arbiters of taste for performances they haven’t seen and calling for drastic sanction against people only remotely involved I thought in my capacity as a private citizen I’d like to throw my own 2c in via the great Charlie Chaplin.
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.
Jeremy Hanson has announced his new front bench:
Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will take on three shadow portfolios to become a Canberra Liberals shadow minister. This comes as part of a wider shadow ministerial reshuffle, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson announced today.
“I’m pleased to confirm several changes to the Canberra Liberals shadow ministry [...]
Jeremy Hanson’s issued an intriguing media alert:
ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will today be joined by colleagues Nicole Lawder, Andrew Wall and Giulia Jones to make a major announcement concerning the Canberra Liberals parliamentary team.
Hmmm. No Coe, Doszport or Smyth?
We’ll let you know when we hear something out of this.
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 [...]
Jeremy Hanson has collected what he obviously believes is a large enough pile of mud pies and has started throwing them, asking for a performance audit into Emergency Department waiting times in an effort to get Katy back for not sharing her sooper dooper
“A review of the Nurse-led Walk-in Centre at the Canberra Hospital found [...]
Labor MLA Chris Bourke is explaining that he really thinks the ACT Budget is OK, despite the findings of the estimates committee (of which he is a member). Also Jeremy Hanson is a meanie:
Tabling the Labor member’s 233 page dissenting report today Dr Chris Bourke MLA Deputy Chair of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Budget Estimates [...]