The latest missive from the Chiefly procession through the middle kingdom informs us that everyone is having a lovely time in Canberra’s latest Sister City (Versailles and Nara are somewhere in there).
You’ll all be relieved to hear that our friends in Beijing (after a rather good banquet one presumes from the typos in the release) [...]
The Chiefly Caravan through China reports that such a lovely time was had in Tianjin Mayor Huang Xingguo is going to lead a delegation from that city of 12 million people to Canberra.
Apparently we have much to learn from each other.
Our brave delegates are now moving on to Shanghai.
Chief Minister Stanhope has announced an agreement on ACT Public Service Pay.
The in-principle agreement is based upon the Government’s final wage offer, providing for a 2.5% salary increase from 1 July 2010 and a common nominal expiry date of 30 June 2011 for the agreements. The Government has also offered a sign-on bonus of [...]
With the police arguing amongst themselves on drug driving our Chief Minister has gone rapid fire with his thoughts.
Late yesterday saw the first media release saying Liberals and Greens can’t handle the truth.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said it was remarkable that both the Liberals and Greens had today criticised the Government for releasing the [...]
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has announced that he’s been able to combine his two great loves, Timor-Leste and his Arboretum:
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has today [yesterday] joined His Excellency Dr José Ramos-Horta, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, to plant a Melia azedarach, commonly known as a White cedar, in the Central Valley [...]
The Chiefly Stanhope has announced that the ACT Government has acquired for itself an architect, one Alastair Swayn:
“In a city with a global reputation for its strength and quality of design, there has been a growing conversation about the need for a dedicated ACT Government Architect,” Mr Stanhope said. “Someone with vision and expertise, [...]
It’s a busy week in the Legislative Assembly.
Today Mr Stanhope has bravely announced a 3.25% pay ride for Members of the Legislative Assembly by the Remuneration Tribunal.
This is, handily enough, in line with what’s been offered to the ACT Public Servce:
“The 3.25% increase is in line with the wage offer being negotiated for other [...]
Jon Stanhope’s continuing efforts to stave off roadside drug testing have seen him bring in the police and the human rights commission:
The ACT Government has referred the Liberals’ random roadside drug driving Bill to the Chief Police Officer and the ACT Human Rights Commissioner following revelations that Mr Hanson failed to consult the very [...]
The fighting over supermarket policy is really intensifying.
The Liberals’ Zed Seselja is especially happy to note that the Commonwealth Labor Minister for Competition, Craig Emerson, has lashed the crony capitalist “picking winners” masquerading as competition in the ACT:
On radio this morning, Minister Emerson was asked what the Federal Government’s view was on ACT Labor’s supermarket [...]
Earlier in the day we noted admirable efforts to commemorate Sir Mark Oliphant.
Only keen eyed readers noticed a strange style miss in the media release:
11:27, 16 Jun 10
oh dear, how standards have slipped. Is there no hope????????
At 12:20 Skidbladnir took the above screenshot where an early remedial effort is under way.
Keep trying kids.
Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that he’s started the ball rolling to name a bridge after Sir Mark Oliphant:
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has written to the ACT Place Names Committee requesting that a bridge over Sullivan’s Creek on Parkes Way be named after Australian nuclear physicist and founder of the ANU Research School of [...]
Free market think tank, The Institute of Public Affairs, has looked into the ACT’s brave new statist experiment into supermarket competition which seems to have pleased no one except Supabarn.
The key consequences of the government’s implementation of its supermarkets policy at Kingston, Dickson, Casey and Amaroo will be to:
• Require the price of groceries [...]
With the good government of the Australian Capital Territory completely under control the Chiefly Jon Stanhope’s thoughts turn to distant Palestine.
Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly have been invited to a special briefing by the head of the Palestinian delegation to Australia, as the first step towards the possible establishment of a local branch of [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope has this day opened a shiny new intensive care unit at Calvary Hospital.
The new 16 bed unit replaces the outdated ICU and embraces contemporary thinking and best practice from the ACT Intensive Care Network and similar facilities across Australia.
The $13.5 million facility has been designed with the input of nurses and [...]
As RiotACT readers no doubt no well there are two great instincts at the heart of any bureaucrat.
1) To cover their arses against potential future criticisms of their actions
2) To expand their empire
The “Community sector” is what happens when the Government decides services are important but instinct 1 overpowers instinct 2.
While there are some [...]
Dear Chief Minister,
I think we can all agree that Public Holidays in the ACT have been a matter of some vexation these past few years. It seems to me that the decision of when to place them throughout the year is one of those issues you’d rather not deal with: someone is always bound [...]
Zed Seselja seems to think he’s onto a winner on the matter of street trees for everyone vs street trees for the Chief Minister’s special tree park on the edge of nowhere.
Leader of the Opposition, Zed Seselja, has announced the Canberra Liberals will bring a motion forward in the Assembly to call on the [...]
Liberal leader Zed Seselja has raised the interesting point that while this year’s budget has $26 million for trees at the Arboretum, it’s cutting $10 million over three years out of the urban tree program.
When asked about an almost $10 million funding cut to the urban trees program, after much deliberation the Chief Minister finally [...]
[First filed: 16 May 2010 @ 10:30]
One doesn’t normally associate being leader of the opposition in the London Circuit Soviet with great power or responsibility
But Andrew Barr reckons our own Zed Seselja is jeopardising Australia’s bid for the soccer world cup!
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today that the business and sporting communities in Canberra would [...]
In a fascinating move the Chief Minister is asking for ideas on how to build one mega administrative centre to house all of the ACT Public Service.
Presumably this would mean next time there is a horrendous cockup it’s easier to haul the miscreants before the Chief Minister to explain their indolence and incompetence.
Mr Stanhope doesn’t [...]
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His Chiefliness brings the happy news Canberra CBD Limited is shelling out 6/7ths of the $700,000 needed to refurb West Row Park in Civic (note even the Dear Leader has reverted to the traditional name).
The package of works includes new seats, footpaths, bike racks, street lights and drought-tolerant shrubs. There’s also a special [...]
It may seems surprising that barely completed suburbs needs road upgrades, but maybe it’s just-in-time planning at play.
Either way Mr Stanhope has announced Bonner and Forde are getting $10.8 million in works on Mulligans Flat Road.
Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, said the Stage 1 works include the reconstruction of 2.5 kilometres [...]
The Chief Minister is proudly announcing that another 349 residential blocks in Bonner have been put up for ballot in the lottery that is the housing market after all the long years he has been in power.
“The Land Development Agency will be releasing blocks in stages 2B, 3A and 3B by ballot, and registrations are [...]
Mayor Stanhope is warning that 500 metres of Majura Road near the airport is being widened and resealed.
“Work starts this week on safety improvements and other necessary repairs to Majura Road,”Mr Stanhope said. “The work will take about two months to complete and deliver a safer and smoother road for motorists.
“The roadworks are expected to [...]
[UPDATE: The Green's Amanda Bresnan is happy about the new money but disappointed the reform agenda has been squibbed.]
The Chiefly Stanhope is over the moon with yesterday’s health deal and apparently the ACT is going to get everything we ever wanted out of it.
The silence of the Liberals since the deal was announced suggests this [...]
The Chiefly Stanhope has improved his chances of becoming Ambassador Stanhope by signing us all up to Kevin’s back of the envelope health plan.
Canberra’s public hospitals will be better off by around $150 million over the next decade, with Chief Minister Jon Stanhope today announcing he would sign up to the Prime Minister’s health [...]
Word on the Lanyon Drive job site is that both ACT and NSW Govt’s are scurrying to rectify a “mistake” made by ACT Roads on this latest bit of traffic jamming activity.
Apparently work has started without the proper planning approvals being in place. The rumour is that some of the outstanding approvals relate to enviornmental and flooding [...]
The ABC brings word of just why the ACT taxpayers are shelling out $50k to get Lauren Jackson to play a few games for the Capitals:
“It’s about community, it’s about vibrancy, it’s about supporting sport and it’s about supporting women’s sport,” he said.
“I proudly declare and stand by the decision … to support the greatest [...]
Yesterday Chief Minister Jon “Super Highway” Stanhope, and Federal heavy Maxine McKew kicked off the second stage of Layon Drive upgrades. This will see the current pitiful Lanyon Drive between Hume and Jerrabombera upgraded to a dual carriageway. Stanhope says: “”The upgrade is welcome news for the many drivers and cyclists that use Lanyon Drive, [...]
On the front page of today’s Canberra Times there’s a story about squatters residing in the old Flynn Primary School and a dispute between Mr Stanhope and Mr Coe in regards to if they are still there or not. Personally i think this is disgraceful – shouldn’t the arguement be around homeless people and [...]
CityNews are giving a lot of time to the musings of the Chiefly Jon Stanhope.
One intriguing piece features the Chief Minister saying how great it is that he’s finally figured out how to do his job and he doesn’t plan to stop now.
He does seem to be enjoying taunting the Liberals:
Opposition. [Liberal Leader] Mr Seselja [...]
Yesterday, Jon “Eco-Warrior” Stanhope announced the new and improved REDEX (Rapid Express Direct) bus trial – starting one month after the initially planned start date.
Meanwhile, the ABC reports the delay of REDEX bus trial is due to the wait for new ACTION buses to arrive.
The ACT Government has cut the routes, and delayed the [...]