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Watson Medical Centre re-opening today

By 31 July, 2013

Katy Gallagher today re-opened the new and improved Watson Medical Centre.
“I am pleased to be able to open this updated medical centre which will provide members of the Watson and surrounding communities with an improved health service which can deal with a range of issues close to their homes and workplaces,” the Chief Minister said.
“The [...]

MyHospital data is today’s political battleground

By 25 July, 2013

A new report on the performance of ACT Hospitals is currently being used by both Katy Gallagher to shoiw she’s doing a good job, and by Jeremy Hanson to show that’s Katy is doing a bad job.
Every now and then I like to have a rant here about how stupid “the game” of politics is, [...]

Competition sends students to Gallipoli

By 24 July, 2013

Katy Gallagher is calling on students to enter the 2014 ANZAC Spirit Prize, the winners of which will revieved two fully-fuinded trips to trips to Gallipoli where they will be able to research the ANZAC story firsthand.
“The 2014 ANZAC Spirit Prize is a special opportunity for two students in the ACT to experience a tour [...]

Hanson gloats about walk in centre problems

By 24 July, 2013

A report from the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute has highlighted several flaws in the design, and day to day operations of the nurse-led walk-in centre.
The goal, as stated by the ACT Government was to reduce pressure on the emergency department at Canberra hospital.
Sadly, the research indicates it may have made things worse for [...]

Jeremy Hanson addresses Tuggeranong Community Council Meeting

ACT Opposition Leader, Jeremy Hanson, is expected to be grilled on Liberal party policies towards Canberra and Tuggeranong when he addresses the next meeting of the Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC).
The TCC will meet at 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 August 2013 in the upstairs formal dining room at the Southern Cross Club in Greenway.
Members [...]

Skyfire might have to tighten its belt

By 17 July, 2013

That’s silly. Skyfire doesn’t wear a belt.
The ACT Government has raised the cost of dangerous substances licenses which covers, amongst other things, fireworks.
This will cause Skyfire’s costs to skyrocket.
Sorry about that, I couldn’t resist.
Andrew Blyth from the ACT Chamber of Commerce says fee increases vary from 250 per cent to 5,000 per cent.
“This is [...]

ACT coat of arms in Canberran hands

By 1 July, 2013

In a ceremony at Canberra Theatre today, the ACT coat of arms was handed over from the federal government to the ACT. The handover was a culmination of many years work, and is somewhat of a fitting birthday present to our Capital.
Representatives from both sides of the Government as well as several of Canberra’s cultural [...]

Should the Merry-go-round go? [WITH POLL]

By 28 June, 2013

Katy Gallagher is tossing around the idea of moving the iconic 100 year old merry-go-round from civic to somewhere else, reports ABC News.
“It gets a bit of an uptake of passengers on the weekends but I walked past it the other day during the week and there was no one on it,” she said.
“I thought [...]

Atlas of ACT health launched

By 25 June, 2013

Today Katy Gallagher launched the ACT Population Health Commissioning Atlas.
The Atlas aims to be a snapshot of the ACT’s health, showing us how people are doing in different areas and at different ages. The ultimate goal of course being an improvement to ACT Health’s ability to meet the needs of the ACT.
“This local population health [...]

In Canberra Tonight series by Martin Ollman

By 21 June, 2013

MartyO has sent us a fantastic collection of shots from last night’s In Canberra Tonight featuring all the ridiculously photogenic guests from the evening, including our esteemed editor.
It was a super fun night of entertainment, so scope out the slideshow below and try to imagine a night that looks like all of these pictures, except [...]

ACT Health gets top marks

By 20 June, 2013

The independent Australian Council on Healthcare Standards have given the thumbs up to the ACT’s health system today, says Katy Gallagher.
The team of surveyors evaluated all aspects of the ACT Health system and assessed them against 47 criteria. ACT Health met all criteria to achieve accreditation with 28 marked as achievements, 18 extensive achievements and [...]

Wifi for the Hospital

By 10 June, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced a trial of free wifi in Canberra hospital:
A new trial of free public wifi at The Canberra Hospital has started which aims to make the stay of patients and their families a little bit easier, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today.
The trial will include free public [...]

Ever greater restrictions on where you can suck down a coffin nail

By 31 May, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s turning the screw even tighter on smoking:
Playgrounds, public swimming pools, sporting fields and bus interchanges are among the next locations that the ACT Government will seek to restrict smoking, potentially extending the list of places where smoking is banned in the ACT, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy [...]

2013 Twitter Cabinet this evening

By 29 May, 2013

Tonight Katy Gallagher will be hosting a twitter cabinet, in celebration of the fact we live in the future and can do things like this.
A twitter cabinet is a very handy thing. It allows the public direct access to our most high profile public servants, so we can directly ask them questions and they can, [...]

Unvaccinated kids may be banned from schools during outbreaks

By 21 May, 2013

ABC News are reporting that the ACT may follow NSW’s lead in considering to allow childcare centres and preschools to excuse children who have not been immunised during outbreaks.
Katy Gallagher is against the idea.
Ms Gallagher says ACT’s chief health officer is looking at better ways to keep non-immunised children at home when cases of whooping [...]

Katy Gallagher does the right thing

By 21 May, 2013

Katy Gallagher is supporting a Coalition moves to review the GST as part of a wider tax assessment, despite not actually being a part of the Coalition reports ABC News.
This is brilliant. This is fantastic. I make fun of politicians a lot on this site, but here is one doing the right thing.
I’m not saying [...]

What’s to become of the ACT’s middle class schools under needs based funding

By 15 May, 2013

While everyone who supports public education chants the mantra of Gonski there are questions about what it means for schools that have been going well to date.
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is starting to ask difficult questions about just what the ACT has signed up to:
n question time today Katy Gallagher refused to outline how much [...]

Expanding the Assembly?

By 9 May, 2013

Chief MInister Gallagher is making compelling arguments for expanding the Legislative Assembly.
The ABC however reports that the Liberals Jeremy Hanson wants more public consultation.
But what if the public is wrong?

When two tribes go to war

By 7 May, 2013

For those following the fall from grace of former Canberra heavy John Mackay the recently FOI’d correspondence with the Chief Minister is a must read.
One wonders who else will fall out as things shake down?

Gallagher and Burch stand behind the NDIS levy

By 1 May, 2013

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and ACT Minister for Disability Services Joy Burch have declared their support for the Medicare Levy to pay for National Disability Insurance Scheme.
“Having signed up to be one of the first jurisdictions to see full implementation of the NDIS, the ACT is set to benefit from the funds made available [...]

Construction begins Boundless Canberra Inclusive Playground

By 23 April, 2013

Construction started on the Boundless Canberra Inclusive Playground. A playground that is designed to be accessible for all children.
Katy Gallagher today turned the first sod in one of those odd ceremonies that I don’t understand.
Nevertheless, building an inclusive playground is a very cool thing.
“Boundless Canberra is a fantastic statement of how this city provides for [...]

Katy Gallagher launches Find a Health Service website

By 10 April, 2013

Katy Gallagher launched an “app” (it’s not an app it’s a website with a mobile interface dagnammit) today called Find a Health Service. You can download an “app” which is just a link to the site off the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, but why would you when it’s just a website [...]

Chiefly fury directed at Actew Water

By 27 March, 2013

The ABC has some strong language directed at Actew Water after they lost $235,000 in pay to Managing Director Mark Sullivan (a pretty hefty salary in its own right to most people).
Ms Gallagher learned early in March that the water provider understated Mr Sullivan’s salary by almost $235,000 in its 2010-11 annual report.
When the [...]

Diversity Hub opens doors

By 26 March, 2013

Katy Gallagher opened the new Diversity ACT Hub today, a new support centre for the LGBTIQ community.
“These new premises in Kambah will promote and advance the social rights and reduce discrimination against LGBTI persons,” the Chief Minister said.
The facility will provide a service hub, a support network and a community resource that will support the [...]

City Plan, designing a new face for Canberra

By 26 March, 2013

The ACT Government and the National Capital Authority have made a new website. Soon they will make a new Canberra City. Hopefully it looks nicer than the website.
Katy Gallagher had this to say about the plan:
We’re about to start work on a City plan. That plan will help us decide the overall direction of [...]

Hospital planning? Who the hell knows?

By 15 March, 2013

The ABC has the strange news from Assembly committee hearings that Chief Minister Gallagher is wrestling with where to build health infrastructure costing nigh on a billion dollars as she tries to decide whether Canberra Hospital needs a new tower block:
She says she will make a final decision before the budget in June on [...]

CAPITheticAL winners announced [Now with pictures]

By 15 March, 2013

Urban designers were tasked with creating a design for a 21st Century capital, in a competition rather similar to that one Walter Burley Griffin won. The winners of the competition were announced today.
UPDATE: They sent us photos! Stop using your imagination!
Winners of CAPITheticAL were announced tonight by Senator for the ACT, Hon Kate Lundy, and [...]

ACT Government hunting for centenary babies

By 13 March, 2013

Are you a baby? Were you born yesterday? Do you like medals? The Government would like to give you one. A medal? Oh they’re like pretty round things that look nice. I don’t know what they taste like. Just get one, trust me.
Babies born on 12 March 2013, we’d like to hear about you. It [...]

The Assembly and religious faith

By 14 February, 2013

OK, here’s where this has come from for those coming in late.
New speaker Liberal Vicki Dunne decided she wanted a church service to start the Assembly sitting year. This happens for the big kids on the Hill.
Instead of lightly canvassing her colleagues for support she sent out official invitations first and then when Chief [...]

Gallagher attending TCC Meeting

By 4 February, 2013

I have just received the agenda for the next Tuggeranong Community Council meeting. The guest speaker will be the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher. Perhaps she will take the time to explain why Tuggeranong is treated as the poor cousins of Canberra.
I also note that eyesore they call the Namadgi Bridge is getting a new coat [...]

Dunne v. Gallagher church spat goes international

By 23 January, 2013

Just before Christmas we took notice of a strange little spat being fought out by proxy between Speaker Dunne, who wants a little church service to start the Assembly sitting year, and Chief Minister Gallagher who doesn’t want a bar of it.
The row is now running on the UK’s National Secular Society.
Ms Gallagher said on [...]

Majura Park gets a medical practice

By 22 January, 2013

After a long silence since November the Chief Minister’s media release site has lurched into frenzied activity.
Amongst the announcements is the news that you can now see a doctor at Majura Park:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened the new Airport General Practice, located at the Majura Park Medical Centre. [...]

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