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The Government gets an architect

By 24 June 2010

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, [...]

Pay rise for MLA’s

By 23 June 2010

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 [...]

Drug testing deflected to police and the Human Rights Commission

By 23 June 2010

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 [...]

Stanhope stands alone and shrill on Supabarn Supermarket Policy

By 17 June 2010

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 [...]

Sir Oliphant, SirMark, Sir Mark?

By 16 June 2010

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:
grump
(Rioter)
11:27, 16 Jun 10
“Sir Oliphant”???????????
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.

The Oliphant Bridge

By 16 June 2010

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 [...]

IPA lashes the ACT’s fascist supermarket policy

By 15 June 2010

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 [...]

Ambassador Stanhope tackles Palestine

By 15 June 2010

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 [...]

Calvary ICU opened

By 11 June 2010

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 [...]

Community sector wants equal pay

By 10 June 2010

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 [...]

An Open Letter to the Chief Minister on Public Holidays

By 31 May 2010

Dear Chief Minister,
cc: the-riotact.com
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 [...]

Street trees v. Arboretum – round two

By 28 May 2010

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 [...]

The Arboretum takes your trees

By 21 May 2010

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 [...]

Potent Seselja derails Australia’s World Cup Bid!

By 17 May 2010

[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 [...]

Wanted: ACT Government DeathStar

By 14 May 2010

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 [...]

Refurb for West Row Park

By 13 May 2010

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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 [...]

Gungahlin road upgrades

By 11 May 2010

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 [...]

Balloting Bonner Blocks

By 27 April 2010

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 [...]

Expect delays on Majura Road

By 22 April 2010

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 [...]

Stanhope crapping rainbows over health deal

By 21 April 2010

[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 [...]

ACT Government signs the blank cheque

By 18 April 2010

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 [...]

Lanyon Drive upgrade

By 24 February 2010

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 [...]

Any other athletes we want on the Government payroll?

By 28 November 2009

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 [...]

Layon Drive Freeway Coming Soon

By 17 November 2009

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, [...]

Diddly-Squat at Flynn, Stanhope says

By 9 October 2009

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 [...]

Snarky Chairman Stanhope puts the boot into the Libs

By 5 October 2009

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 [...]

Rapid buses doomed before start?

By 29 September 2009

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 [...]

GDE Stage 2 starting soon, completion much later

By 8 September 2009

Chief Minister and Minister for All Things Important, Jon Stanhope announced the imminent commencement of GDE stage 2. It will start in 2 weeks, but don’t hold your breath, as the first part won’t be completed until mid 2011, with the remainder due around 2012. There goes the land and house prices in Gungahlin again!
With [...]

Frustrated (yet frisky) Stanhope pushing again for the trainer wheels to come off

By 4 August 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that the usual Stanhopian approach to negotiation (and doesn’t it work so well?) is underway as the Frisky Leader tries to nag the Home Affairs Minister, Brendan O’Connor, into letting the ACT Legislative Assembly stay out after midnight.
No wait, they’re after an end to Commonwealth veto of our laws.

[...]

Stanhope feeling… frisky?

By 4 August 2009

Comrades, the state media brings us joyous news of our dear leader’s drive to continue his role overseeing our fine territory.  
Jon Stanhope is quoted as saying:

“I do feel remarkably well, actually, and incredibly young and energetic, almost frisky.”

I’m not sure, frisky? Jon has a lot of salt & pepper going, oh well, I guess it works for [...]

Jon Stanhope – Rainmaker?

By 24 September 2008

[First filed: September 23, 2008 @ 11:15]

I’ve been picking up for a while now that there is an unprecedented level of personal animosity to Jon Stanhope out there in voter land. That is to say never has a Chief Minister facing election managed to rile up such large swathes of the electorate.
With Labor matching any [...]

Arboretum water

By 5 September 2008

Yesterday the Chief Minister was joined by no less than the Prime Minister and the Ambassador of Turkey to plant ~$50 worth of lone pine seedlings in the so called “International Arboretum“.
The Liberal’s Vicki Dunne has taken this opportunity to ask about the water supply for the Stanhope memorial gardens.
“Mrs Dunne said that her [...]

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