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; 12:00 pm to 1:00 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 [...]
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 [...]