I had 30 years in the public sector and 15 years in the parliamentary sector and am occasionally given cause to reflect on some of the characters I met in those days.
With Simon Corbell’s retirement from this aspect of his life and career, he becomes the last Labor member to have experienced life in opposition. [...]
Anyone for tennis?
A few humble tennis courts are proving to be more of a problem for Chief Minister Andrew Barr than he thought.
Earlier this year, Barr said the ACT Government would take the tennis courts from the public Telopea Park School so it could build a childcare centre. The current Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre nearby [...]
[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015.
Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.
The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:
How does the Government plan to meet [...]
The ACT Government will be able to choose from four world-class consortia for the delivery of the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network, Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday.
“Four private sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest for the first stage of Canberra’s light [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope AO as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years.
“As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Mr Corbell said.
Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]
The ACT’s electricity prices remain the lowest in the country according to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2014 Residential Electricity Price Trends report, released yesterday.
Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said the report, which sets out expected price movements from 2014/15 to 2016/17, shows electricity prices in the capital are set to fall a further [...]
The inevitability of this team of Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell had its genesis way back when they were both students. They were both leading lights in their paddock of the Young Labor Right and Left.
They were adversaries at the Annual Labor Conference battlefields of the 1990s and both emerged as mature political [...]
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has congratulated 22 members of the ACT Ambulance Service who will graduate at a special ceremony at the ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre in Hume at 11am today.
“It is wonderful to recognise all of today’s graduates who have worked hard in their respective areas of study, [...]
The first detailed climate change projections for the ACT show the territory can expect hotter summers, warmer winters, drier springs and an increase in the number of days with severe fire weather, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said.
New climate change projections funded by the ACT and NSW governments and produced by the UNSW Climate [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has announced that the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust will be dissolved, but its legacy of its work will continue as the government explores new funding models for key road safety initiatives.
Mr Corbell said the entry of additional compulsory third party insurers to the ACT market meant it was appropriate to terminate the [...]
Three women’s sector organisations will share in $80,000 of funding from the ACT’s Confiscated Assets Trust Fund, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“I have approved over $500,000 in payments from the fund since 2009 for projects that support the elimination of violence against women and advocacy for women’s rights,” Mr Corbell said.
“The successful applicants for this [...]
Christmas shoppers need to be aware of the terms and condition of gift cards and vouchers to make sure they get what they think they’re purchasing, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell today reminded consumers and retailers of their rights and responsibilities.
“Recipients of gift cards and the people who buy them can sometimes be surprised [...]
The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, yesterday tabled two reports into the ACT Electoral Act and introduced legislation to improve our electoral system.
“The amendments to the Electoral Act build on the existing electoral system by strengthening the regulatory framework that supports transparent and accountable electoral expenditure, without diminishing the accountability of parties and electoral candidates.” Mr Corbell [...]
Canberrans will be better protected from unlawful voyeuristic behaviour by new legislation to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will strengthen prohibitions on indecent behaviour using cameras or other technology. It was one of a range of changes which will provide greater protection [...]
A new online resource for the community to record evidence of pest fish in their local area was launched by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, today.
“Anyone with a smart phone or mobile device can use FeralFishScan to record pest fish in their local waterways,” Mr Corbell said.
Information collected will support science-based river and catchment [...]
A new trust, established with the assistance of Greening Australia Capital Region, that will encourage private investment and donations to improve the natural environment of the ACT and region will be launched today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
“It is fantastic to see our local private sector contributing to the continued need to maintain [...]
As Canberra prepares to host several high-profile sporting events, the Government will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise today Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell has announced.
“The ACT Government has recognised the need to be well coordinated and practiced ahead of the major world sporting events that will come to the nation’s capital in [...]
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, wished ACT State Emergency Service members the best of luck ahead of a local rescue competition this weekend.
The ACTSES Rescue Challenge will be conducted today (Saturday, 8 November 2014) at the
ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre in Hume.
“ACTSES volunteer members provide an essential service to the Canberra [...]
Canberrans are being reminded that although we all make noise every day, it’s a fact that our noise can affect our neighbours.
Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said a new noise campaign would urge communities to be considerate of their neighbours by bearing in mind how their noise could affect their neighbours.
“The number of noise [...]
Canberrans will be encouraged to get “Bushfire Ready” for the long hot summer ahead, with the launch of a new, innovative community-based awareness campaign by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today.
“The seasonal outlook indicates a busier than average bushfire risk in the territory,” Mr Corbell said.
“While the government reminds the ACT community [...]
Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
“The single most important thing Canberra households can do to get ready for bushfires this summer is to complete a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Experience from [...]
New laws approved by the ACT Legislative Assembly today will help improve public safety in the territory, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said.
“The Emergencies Amendment Bill 2014 was developed to strengthen the powers of our emergency service personnel to appropriately manage emergency response and recovery operations and improving Canberra’s bushfire prevention [...]
ACTEW: Money down the drain
As money was sucked down the drain from the ACT taxpayer, it fell from the sky for ACTEW’s top brass this year as new Managing Director John Knox flushed away some heavy waste. Including long-service leave, Ex-Managing Director Mark Sullivan left the job this year with a miserly termination package [...]
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, reminds drivers that double demerit points will be applied over the Labour Day long weekend as part of the government’s commitment to improving road safety.
Double demerit points will apply to speeding offences and increased demerit points will apply to a number of other traffic offences from Friday 3 October to Monday 6 [...]
Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]
With bushfire season starting today Canberrans should consider how best to prepare for the months ahead, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell joined representatives of the ACT’s fire services at Wybalena Grove in Cook to officially launch bushfire season in the ACT.
“With the warmer weather returning, it is time for [...]
Canberrans are being encouraged to report illegal activity by outlaw motorcycle gangs to Crimestoppers with a new campaign launched by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, ACT Chief Police Officer, Rudi Lammers, and the ACT Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Bryan Roach
The awareness Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) Awareness Rewards campaign is in support [...]
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety.
“I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land owners and managers to plan and prepare for the risks associated with [...]
The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]
Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, will today launch the annual ACT State Emergency Service StormSafe campaign at Floriade.
The StormSafe campaign reminds all ACT residents to be storm safe during the upcoming storm period.
“With the storm season now here till March next year, it is important for all of us to prepare to [...]