Chief Minister Gallagher has published her apology to people affected by past practices of forced adoption in the ACT:
Today the Government moves to apologise, on behalf of the Assembly and the community, to ACT residents, past and present, who have been affected by practices of forced adoption.
We acknowledge, with deep regret, that past practices of [...]
The Greens are talking themselves out of my vote with their shocking (yes I have been shocked) complacency in the health statistics scandal.
But the Liberals’ Zed Seselja has at least not given up yet and has announced he’s moving a no confidence motion.
“Tomorrow, I will move a motion of no confidence in the Chief [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher and Greens Leader (when did she stop just being the convenor?) Meredith Hunter have issued a policy light joint communique on the end of the Parliamentary Agreement which has kept Labor in power:
Today the ACT Labor Government and the ACT Greens Party met to discuss and formally report on the implementation of [...]
A bit late to the party, the Canberra Liberals are kicking the can along the road following yesterday’s frankly shocking admissions that the Chief Minister had neglected to mention before that she’d holidayed in the South of France with Kate Jackson (the only named member of what the Auditor-General suspects was a group who doctored [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced her launch of a fleet of 20 new “accessible, articulated, large-capacity and environmentally friendly buses for the ACTION fleet.”
“It is great to see the first new articulated bus in Canberra in nearly 20 years now entering service and I have no doubt it will be a valuable addition to the [...]
The Canberra Times is all over Chief Minister Gallagher’s late admission that she’s been on hols in 2010 with the only identified member of the Canberra Hospital health statistics scandal.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher spent time during a 2010 overseas holiday with the Canberra Hospital executive who later confessed to tampering with emergency department data.
Ms Gallagher [...]
Katy Gallagher has come out with a few election promises of her own at an ACT Labor conference, and one of them’s looking suspiciously familiar. She’s promising to spend $1.6 million on a mobile dental clinic, and going full out on $3 million over four years to get free Wi-Fi on all ACTION buses, bus [...]
Katy Gallagher, ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, has credited Canberra Hospital’s two new food management systems with improving patient experience.
Canberra Hospital’s MyMeal system, which can create custom patient menus, was launched earlier this year. The DIETpas system, which accesses patient information to generate orders suited to the patient’s specific requirements, was introduced to accompany it [...]
For those coming in late the health statistics scandal can be roughly summarised like this:
– To meet political imperatives a group of senior people, of which only one has been identified, in the health directorate engaged in massive widespread forgery of emergency department data (12,700 records altered).
– The health directorate has announced they feel no [...]
The Legislative Assembly has posted a recall hearing of the Estimates Committee (Bresnan, Hargreaves, Coe, Hunter, Smyth) for Thursday (today) in which the Chief Minister will be fronting to talk about her health directorate.
The hearing is from 2-5pm and one images Health Statistics will be the name of the game.
UPDATE 05/07/12 11:47: Apologies, today is [...]
The ABC is reporting that Katy Gallagher is interested in why ACT petrol prices are as high as they are.
Averaging $1.39 per litre, Canberran petrol is more than 10 cents more expensive than that of Sydney.
Ms Gallagher has written into the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) asking them to look into anything [...]
Today Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced that $50,000 will be allocated to the construction of a Boundless National Children’s Playground as part of next year’s centenary celebrations.
The playground has been planned to be constructed in the National Triangle, near the Carillion, with the first stage hopefully being opened to the public in Children’s Week, [...]
Today the ACT Government announced a plan for an off-road cycle path allowing for a more environmentally friendly transit from Gungahlin to Campbell. With the plan in motion the ACT Government hopes for more people to ride to work and use the path for recreational purposes. With the increase of recreational use it thought to [...]
Jeremy Hanson has the sidesplitting news on just what is being delivered in the new Women and Children’s Hospital:
“Katy Gallagher was today forced to admit that she’ll deliver half a hospital – a Women and Children’s Hospital without a permanent birthing suite, or paediatric outpatient facilities,” Mr Hanson said today.
“This is effectively a Women and [...]
Despite having a great many speed cameras around the ACT; Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s started working on a strategy for them.
“The development of the ACT Road Safety Camera Strategy will include the consideration of the role and use of cameras in speed enforcement, site selection criteria, the process for considering expansion of the [...]
The Liberals opened the election campaign tonight with a 2 minute attack ad on WIN News which we hear sells for around $2,000.
$2 grand isn’t that much in the course of an ad campaign but to blow it in one go, particularly after a lengthy segment and with station promos sending the audience off to [...]
If the Labor Government can announce its good news items pre-budget why not let Zed have a go too?
“Tomorrow’s Budget will very much be a report card on ACT Labor’s 11 years of financial mismanagement,” Mr Seselja said today.
“This is the highest taxing government in Territory history, delivering some of the worst services [...]
Amongst the things I never thought I’d see is a media release from the Liberals’ Alistair Coe denouncing the scrapping of the promised Majura Parkway off-road bike path.
“While riding on the road always poses a risk, it is especially dangerous on high volume, high speed roads.
“That’s why these segregated bike paths are so important. They [...]
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
Went to expectations
Was worse than I expected
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is quite excited by a tacit admission that Katy Gallagher and Meredith Hunter were circling their wagons before the health statistics scandal started to break:
“It is now apparent why, after Katy Gallagher and Meredith Hunter refused to deny a secret meeting between the two of them about the scandal that occurred [...]
In discussions on twitter either the Chief Minister earlier this year she indicated that landscaping work on the GDE would take place outside of peak hours after I indicated to her that I was concerned that Canberrans would again be subject to delays on the GDE so soon after work has been completed on the [...]
This is one of those things that starts of being cutesy but can be infuriating if you start to think about it.
It’s a bit like the way housing has become a lottery where the Government takes care of a lucky few through a variety of media release worthy schemes and leaves the rest to rot.
Chief MInister Gallagher has put her Mayor’s hat on to let it be known what she’s got planned for the roads:
“Local contractor Guideline ACT was recently awarded the $1.3m contract for the upgrade of the Southern Cross Drive and Florey Drive intersection in Belconnen, with works expected to commence this month.
“The project will improve traffic [...]
Following on from this morning’s bombshell admission that numbers from the Canberra Hospital have been fabricated, possibly at considerable cost to Commonwealth performance funding, the Liberals’ Zed Seselja and Jeremy Hanson are scenting blood and demanding an independent investigation:
ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said Katy Gallagher’s dishonesty with Canberrans over the health system must [...]
The FOI process has delivered up a moderately amusing bit of bitchiness after a Legislative Assembly cockup saw Liberal Leader overspending on staff and having to beg Chief Minister Gallagher for extra monies.
It’s not entirely clear why Zed waited three months before moving to fix it.
Chief Minister Gallagher has taken to wondering what she has to do to get an opposition in this town.
With 6 months to go until the next ACT Election the Canberra Liberals have been on an extended holiday, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said today.
“In all my time in the ACT Assembly I have never known [...]
Former Gallagher Chief of Staff Brendan Ryan has written into the Canberra Times to refute her claims of how she handled timesheet manipulation.
In her support for an ethics commissioner, Gallagher made some claims about a staffer wrongfully claiming time off in lieu (appropriately called TOIL).
The staffer is not happy, claiming that Gallagher is wrong.
Any politician [...]
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced her plans for an integrity framework for the ACT Government and Public Service:
A refreshed and modern Ministerial Code of Conduct has been developed, following recent reforms on this front in other jurisdictions, along with a new Code of Conduct for Ministerial Staff which has been released in draft form [...]
Yesterday the Liberals Jeremy Hanson was quoting Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research on medical practitioner numbers declining.
Today Chief Minister Gallagher is letting us know she’s got a good feeling:
“I have been hearing anecdotally, that there has been an improvement in local GPs taking on new clients and an increase in GP numbers,” the [...]
Chief MInister Gallagher’s blogging flirtation has taken a strange new turn as she shows herself off in slick videos locked down on Vimeo, the video buff’s preferred platform over YouTube (particularly when they don’t want something going viral).
Someone’s paid quite a bit of money to make things very few people are going to see, and [...]
Liberal Leader Zed Seselja’s efforts to distract from his timesheet woes have taken a spectacular new turn with Zed getting hold of a scathing audit report on the Chief Minister’s own staff management and timesheet issues:
In a major embarrassment for the Chief Minister, it has been revealed that Katy Gallagher, who has run a malicious [...]
The Heart Foundation’s Cycling Promotion Fund has announced they’re giving Chief Minister Gallagher an Australian Bicycling Achievement Award:
The Chief Minister was presented with the Achievement Award for Contribution by a Politician who has, by their own example or by the support for investments and programs, advanced cycling during 2011.
With support of the ACT Government, Canberra [...]