Chief Minister Gallagher has weighed in on the bus lane v T2 debate (bearing in mind that the “one nation on wheels” courting Liberals are mad keen for T2′s).
Katy is citing research purportedly hidden somewhere on the TAMS website, showing T2′s are kind of useless, but bus lanes are grand!
“Surveys undertaken during the morning peak [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has outlined her plans for the new year:
“Our legislative program this year reflects our continued investment in the things that matter most to Canberrans and reflects our determination to keep delivering an even better Canberra,” the Chief Minister concluded.
“The full legislative program demonstrates just how hard we are working to maintain a [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has gone nuclear on Liberal Leader Zed Seselja and his office administration:
Documents released under Freedom of Information to the Canberra Times today appear to reveal systematic abuse of Federal and ACT laws.
“These documents reveal a leader who appears to not only be an incompetent administrator but also one whose moral and ethical [...]
Katy Gallagher has provided one set of empty platitudes on the eve of Australia Day.
Zed Seselja has another.
Which is better?
Australia Day motherhood statements
Chief Minister Gallagher was in full blown pollyanna mode this morning announcing the Adult Mental Health Unit will be finished in “about a month”.
As announcements go “we’ll be done soon” don’t really rate.
“We’re going to build it”, “We’ve started building it”, and “We’ve opened it” are things you can sink your teeth into whereas [...]
Yesterday’s blazing row between the ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr and the Canberra Times has entered a second day.
Noel Towell has been put on the case and has had a chat to the Chief Minister on the issues.
Oddly enough no mention is made of the fireworks on facebook or Twitter.
But Barr is not content with the [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is asking for your thoughts on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2003 fires in the centenary year:
“I visited the Bushfire Memorial in Weston Creek this morning to pay my respects to those who lost their lives and the thousands more among us who were affected in some way,” Ms [...]
A problem known for years gets some media traction in the silly season and Chief Minister Gallagher is all over it like a rash:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Katy Gallagher will convene a roundtable next Wednesday to try to find a solution to illegal dumping at charity bins, and [...]
It must be that time of year. Chief Minister Gallagher appears to be spending the day tweeting about her bus journeys.
Apparently all the bus drivers are lovely.
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the first $200k of the million dollar Community Centenary Initiative Fund:
– National Trust (ACT), Centenary of Canberra Rally from Jervis Bay to Canberra, $70,000
– Tuggeranong Community Arts Incorporated, Lakeside community sculpture project, $10,000
– Artsound FM Inc, Heritage Preservation Project to archive Artsound FMs recordings, $9,900
– Cake Decorators Association of the [...]
Katy Gallagher has unveiled the ACT Primary Health Care Strategy 2011–2014.
“The strategy details the key principles and priorities that will guide primary health care policy, planning and practice in the ACT into the future.”
The Chief Minister said the strategy builds on the previous plan and identifies seven priority areas for action including:
– improving access and [...]
Following yesterday’s campaign announcement from Chief Minister Gallagher, that she’ll roll out more nurse-led Walk-In Centres for Belconnen and Tuggeranong if we re-elect her in October, the Australian Nursing Federation is cheering.
The Australian Nursing Federation – ACT Branch (ACT ANF) welcomed ACT Labor’s commitment to expand the highly successful Nurse led Walk-in Centre to Belconnen [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is blowing the trumpet for the latest year gone past in the Legislative Assembly.
Here’s what she considers to be the highlights:
Health Amendment Bill 2011
The Bill sought to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of health services in the ACT and allowed for the establishment of the Local Hospital Network Council.
Smoking in Cars [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is reacting to the latest salmonella outbreak with new laws for the naming of troubled eateries.
“Over the past year the Health Directorate has seen an increase in the number of businesses failing to comply with the required food standards. Action has been taken against these businesses, including referring matters to the Director [...]
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is letting you know she’s reached a deal with the Little Company of Mary for the health services they provide, particularly Calvary Hospital which the ACT Government keeps paying for works at, despite not owning it.
“These new agreements update the current agreements some of which have been in place for nearly [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is stamping her tiny feet after the Liberals and Greens joined forces to slow down her new Freedom Of Information laws:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Attorney General, Simon Corbell, have today expressed disappointment at the refusal of the Liberal Party and the Greens to debate FOI laws that would further open up [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NSW.
She says it heralds “a new era of economic development and service delivery for the people of the ACT and south east NSW”.
What’s it going to do to bring about this “new era”? Hmmmm, there’s this bit:
It reflects the desire to pursue [...]
Katy Gallagher has announced a public submission forum regarding the handling of health complaints.
The forum will be held 14 December from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Riley Hall, Pilgrim House, 69 Nourthbourne Avenue.
“The public forum is aimed at explaining the areas we want to look at and to assist respondents when making a written submission,” the [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is having a good old whack at the increasingly hapless Katy Gallagher with new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on emergency department performance.
According to today’s AIHW report, the ACT now has both the worst elective surgery waiting times and the worst emergency department waiting times in [...]
It seems like only yesterday that we were thrilling to the worst form of communication yet devised, the Twitter Community Cabinet of August.
But it’s something our pollies can just about get their tiny heads around, and it gets them glowing press from journos trying to justify their personal Twitter use on company time!
Therefore Chief Minister [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the news leaked last Friday that Chris Bourke is joining the ministry.
Dr Bourke will become the Minister for Education and Training and take on the portfolios of Corrections and Industrial Relations.
Significantly, he will also become the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, making him both the first [...]
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Greens have got up their legislation to remove executive veto over territory legislation.
As the previous vetos were still disallowable instruments the practical effect of this is almost nil, but lots of people are excited by the symbolism.
A spokeswoman for ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher welcomed the bill.
“After 20 [...]
[ 23 November, 2011; 6:00 pm; ] The Australia Institute is giving notice that Katy Gallagher will be their guest for Politics In The Pub at the Uni Pub on 23 November:
The Australia Institute will host its final Politics in the Pub for the year in Canberra on the evening of Wednesday 23 November. We are pleased to annouce that our guest [...]
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has been swept of her feet by her brush with royalty:
The visit to Canberra by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has generated incredible media exposure around the world, valued conservatively at well over $35 million.
As the Canberra leg of the Royal visit draws [...]
Organ donation is a touchy subject. The great and the good are mad keen on it which from time to time (think Kerry Packer) arouses a suspicion in the wider population that they’re slavering after our organs (as per above Monty Python skit).
Having said that Katy Gallagher’s latest plan to “streamline” the organ donation process [...]
You might think that a Government unable to care for children in crisis might want to stick to its knitting.
But no, Chief Minister Gallagher presumes to lecture you on how to pack your children’s lunch:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, is encouraging Canberrans to support environmental sustainability and good nutrition by [...]
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is pointing out that ACT Health’s annual report is showing increasing wait times at the Emergency Department:
“Only 54 percent of urgent (category 3) patients are being seen within the clinically appropriate timeframe of thirty minutes 5 percent less than last year,” ACT Shadow Health Minister Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Only 49 [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher has announced progress in her long way against smokers wherever they might hide:
“As part of Floriade’s move to become a smoke-free event, signs have been installed in areas frequented by children, such as Kids Corner and Carnival Corner, requesting that patrons not smoke in this area.
“Smoking is also not permitted in enclosed [...]
A couple of days ago the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth put out a media release saying a Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly would be investigating “improper conduct” by Chief Minister Gallagher over the manner of her appointment of the new Auditor-General.
“The appointment of the Auditor General is one of the most important statutory roles in [...]
Chief MInister Gallagher has announced the release of the latest surgery report card.
The graphs look good and as always she reckons it’s fantastic.
We await with interest the Liberals’ interpretation.
UPDATE: Jeremy Hanson has grudgingly admitted that the numbers are better but says they’re still not good:
“Katy Gallagher broke the elective surgery system, has attempted to cobble [...]
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the release of a guide to community engagement.
“This is part of my commitment to the Canberra community to lead an open and transparent Government that encourages participation by citizens in the governing process and public collaboration on a range of issues,” Ms Gallagher said.
“This Guide will help to deliver [...]
Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has leaped upon ABS data he says shows Canberra is more expensive to live in than Perth (or any other city in Australia):
“In 2009-10, Canberra couple families with dependent children spent $760 per week on average on essentials like fuel ($58.40), groceries ($316.17), transport ($275.42) and medical care ($110.02),” ACT Opposition [...]