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 [...]
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?
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?
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 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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher’s victory speech in the Legislative Assembly has gone online.
In general it’s one of the better efforts I’ve seen out of the London Circuit Soviet.
The last paragraph on the other hand had bit of a clanger to my ear though:
I can confirm that it takes a village to raise a child or 3 [...]
Two big wins for Katy Gallagher today.
First she finally won the 2012 election and then in turn we have declared her the winner of the prestigious Mully Cup for the month of October.
Our condolences go to Liberal candidate for Ginninderra Matt Watts who took a red hot shot.
In the end the frenzied commentary [...]
As the ACT election draws ever nearer we typically see all sorts of mud slinging back and forth between the major parties. Today, citynews brings us word that ACT Labor have accused The Canberra Liberals of holding “secret, closed door” meetings with Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
Apparently challenger to the throne Zed Seselja had [...]
Team Katy have announced an expanded traffic team in ACT Policing if they are returned to government:
if re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will invest $6.8 million for a road safety operations team, 8 more police and four dedicated vehicles to help prevent fatalities and serious crashes on our roads.
This investment will also see the ACT’s [...]
Chief Minister Gallaher has found some more money to get kids in better shape:
If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will boost our investment to $390,000 over four years to promote healthy eating and exercise in primary schools – so more kids are Active Kids.
The boost in funding will be provided to the Physical Activity Foundation [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has also announced her package to woo the aged:
if re-elected ACT Labor will provide $5.21 million over four years to support older Canberrans to be valued and engaged members of our community and help reduce their cost of living.
Our commitment to older Canberrans includes:
– $620,000 to lower the qualifying age for the [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that if elected she’ll get an adequate number of beds into the women’s hospital she’s only just finished building:
If re-elected ACT Labor will continue our investment in women’s, children’s and babies’ health investing $30 million to add an extra 19 beds to our Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, increase [...]
Words fail me as I try to express my joy when the all-seeing eye turned up Chief Minister Gallagher’s online shop!
As you can see there’s a cycling jersey for Team Katy which will no doubt be the absolute talk of the cafe on Saturday morning.
But I would die and go to heaven if crime scene [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that she’s OK with the existing obese population but doesn’t want to see any more:
if re-elected ACT Labor will set a “zero growth” target by of making the current recorded rates of people
who are overweight and obese as the peak of the obesity epidemic in the ACT.
To achieve this she’s [...]
Showing how to execute a media strategy (unless the strategy is “let’s hope no-one actually reads this stuff“) Chief Minister Gallagher has been dripping out little feel good policies on a daily basis.
Today we have funding for a pre-school program:
If re-elected, ACT Labor will provide $400,000 for a Preschool Matters program to provide more support [...]
ACTEW’s Mark Sullivan has tweeted the big moment where Chief Minister Gallagher turned on the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline.
It’s a big deal because, on top of antagonising nutters along the route of the pipeline, we’re now able to buy water out of the Snowy Mountain scheme to fill our reservoirs should the need arise.
Exciting day [...]
After shutting down the Legislative Assembly for a week the Liberals’ Zed Seselja has had the chance to play the martyr after the Greens, as promised, backed the Chief Minister come hell or high water on the Health Statistics scandal and Zed’s resulting no confidence motion.
Not, it should be noted, before the Chief Minister took [...]
Chasing the Liberals hard into the weeds Katy Gallagher has announced a grand policy statement on the pressing issue of community gardens:
The 14 community gardens already operating in the ACT, provide opportunities for urban and suburban residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables and enjoy gardening activities in a social setting, as well as [...]
[ 28 August 2012 at 12:00 pm; ] If you’re of a charitable disposition Chief Minister Gallagher is throwing a party in Civic Square to welcome home Canberra’s Olympic Athletes.
“Like all Canberrans, I am extremely proud of our Olympians efforts in London, they represented themselves, their teams and their country with great distinction on the world’s stage,” the Chief Minister said.
“I am really [...]
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 [...]