As expected the High Court has ruled against Simon Corbell’s gay marriage laws.
Will he have the decency to resign?
More to come.
Shane Rattenbury says it’s up to the Federales now:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury has called on the Federal Government to now legislate for an end to marriage discrimination after the High Court has [...]
Simon Corbell is having a busy day and is putting out the call for experts to help build Capital Metro:
“The Capital Metro Agency will be seeking experts in transport planning, engineering design and light rail operations to further develop the details of the project so that it can move towards the procurement phase in 2015,” [...]
I’m buggered if I can see why we would have a human rights commissioner and a public advocate if one woman can do both jobs anyway.
But Simon Corbell has announced that’s what we’re doing:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, to act as the ACT Public Advocate for three months [...]
Simon Corbell today asked if Canberrans could try and behave this Summer, and not commit any crimes. Nobody has simply asked everyone to follow the law before, and I hope Simon’s bold strategy pays off. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Simon also informed people that there are these guys called [...]
Simon Corbell is deriving some satisfaction from Canberra’s groundbreaking gay marriages taking place in advance of the High Court’s ruling on his legislation:
Today is a very significant moment in the ACT’s and in the nation’s history as the first legally sanctioned marriages between same sex couples take place in the Territory throughout the weekend,Attorney-General, Simon [...]
Simon Corbell, Chief Justice Helen Murrell, and the Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker today launched the ACT Sentencing Database, a tool to help grant equal if not fair sentences across the board.
It should come as no surprise that, in a body politic in which lawyers largely write the laws, access to justice is for the best part a pastime of the wealthy.
So it has come to pass that Simon Corbell has for us a handy figleaf for this raging erection of injustice:
Canberrans will have easier access [...]
Simon Corbell is all a quiver after an appeal which was stalling plans to provide Giralang with a nice new shopping complex was dismissed by the Court of Appeals today.
Check out our Giralang Shops tag and just look at how long this saga has been going on for.
Giralang’s supermarket closed in 2004, I bet the [...]
Statutory limitations have been removed so that victims of sexual assaults that occurred before 1985 can now seek justice for for offences, announced Simon Corbell today.
Victims of sexual assault can now seek justice for offences that occurred before 1985 with the removal of outdated and unjust legal barriers to prosecuting certain offences, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell [...]
Simon Corbell announced new legislation to strengthen roadside drug and alcohol testing laws today.
The Road Transport (Alcohol and Drugs) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to reduce the incidence of drink and drug driving by strengthening the powers and ability of police to enforce drink and drug driving laws.
“Among the amendments made by the Bill is [...]
New legislation to improve the legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in the ACT will be introduced in the Legislative Assembly today, says Simon Corbell.
The biggest and most important change is that individuals no longer have to undergo surgery to legally change their sex on their birth certificate.
I’ve met people who have saved [...]
Good news everybody!
Simon Corbell announced today that the the ACT Property Crime Reduction Strategy 2012-15 is doing it’s job and rates for both burglary crime and motor vehicle theft have significantly dropped during the strategy’s first year.
“This whole of government strategy has set two key targets – reduce burglary crime by a further 10% and [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the passage of his improved portable long service schemes:
Improved portable long service leave schemes for Territory workers were secured by legislation passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly today, Industrial Relations Minister, Simon Corbell, said.
“The ACT Government has provided workers in the security, contract cleaning, building and construction and community sector [...]
Simon Corbell announced today that Canberra’s road safety camera program is to be evaluated in order to assess what its impact exactly has been on crash and speeding rates in the ACT.
Proposals will be sought by the end of the year with evaluatin taking place over the first half of 2014.
“The ACT’s Road Safety Camera [...]
Simon Corbell has made known his happiness with ACT Policing:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is pleased to report on the strong performance by ACT Policing in their delivery of policing services to the ACT Community.
“ACT Policing’s 2012-13 Annual Purchase Agreement report shows an increase in operational policing numbers, rising from 948.7 in [...]
Simon Corbell today tabled a draft for the Nature Conservation Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly. Submissions will be accepted until the 13th of December.
Simon believes that this new act will be fundamental in allowing the government achieve it’s goal for a sustainable Canberra.
“This legislation follows an extensive review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 [...]
Simon Corbell has welcomed a new Chief Justice to the ACT Supreme Court:
“I am pleased to join members of the ACT legal community to welcome Her Honour Chief Justice Helen Murrell SC to the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory,” Mr Corbell said.
“Her Honour has more than 30 years of extensive experience in [...]
The ABC reports that Simon Corbell’s legal advice on gay marriage is looking Notso Hotso and the Chief Minister is muttering about amendments:
Ms Gallagher has signalled the bill could be amended during tomorrow’s debate in the Legislative Assembly.
“We’re certainly looking at it and the Attorney-General and I have had some discussions over the weekend, [...]
Because sometimes bad things happen there needs to be good people who will help. If you have the time and ability, this may be one of the most important things you could do.
Volunteering ACT is launching the Emergency Volunteering Program at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston, on Sunday 20 October at 10.30am.
The program is [...]
Tomorrow Simon Corbell will officially open the new West Belconnen Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Charnwood.
The station is the first dedicated ambulance facility for West Belconnen and will assist in providing enhanced emergency service coverage for the West Belconnen area as it continues to grow.
“This project was delivered on time and under [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is scenting blood over how dodgy defibrillators came to be fitted in the ACT’s ambulances:
Millions of dollars of public funds have been allowed to be spent on cardiac monitors with alleged faults, including, batteries which lost power, monitor leads which couldn’t be cleaned and required disposal after use, faulty blood pressure [...]
Marriage Equality debate coming up.
ACT Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has today confirmed the ACT will debate the issue of marriage equality during the next sitting period of the ACT Legislative Assembly.
“I am pleased to confirm today that the ACT will debate marriage equality on Tuesday 22 October at 10am,” Mr Corbell said.
“Members of the [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is stamping his feet and releasing quite alarming clinical notices on the ACT’s new defibrillators not playing the way they’re supposed to:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers from Simon Corbell after at least two Clinical Safety Notices, and one Clinical Safety Alert were issued following problems with lifesaving defibrillators rolled [...]
Simon Corbell announced the recipients of the ACT Heritage Grants.
A total of $329,000 is being divided amongst a number of programs and groups in order to help conserve Canberra’s heritage.
“Canberra has a great story to tell and I am pleased to see the diverse range of projects included in this year’s grants program, as we [...]
We have a new season! STORM SEASON!
With winter seemingly having lost its fangs we needed something new.
Simon Corbell has issued a warning:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today launched the ACT State Emergency
Service (SES) StormSafe campaign at Floriade in Commonwealth Park.
Mr Corbell said the theme of this year’s campaign is [...]
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is asking when we’ll be old enough to handle the truth on bushfires:
The Auditor General’s Bushfire Preparedness report has found ACT Labor to be in direct contravention of the Emergencies Act 2003 for not disclosing its resource requirements to meet the objectives of its Bushfire Management Plan.
Today, Shadow Emergency Services [...]
With tories returning to the treasury benches up on the hill ACT Labor can get back to the simple joys of gesture politics.
Thus the first order of business is Simon Corbell trotting out a same-sex marriage bill:
The ACT Labor Government will this week introduce the Marriage Equality Bill 2013 into the Legislative Assembly to allow [...]
This makes me rather happy.
In an Australian first, a custom made fresh water rock reef will be submerged in Cotter Dam to act as a new habitat for the endangered Macquarie perch.
I want to know how one gets into designing fake fish habitats for a living.
Mr Corbell paid a visit to the site of the [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’s making it easier to build “secondary residences”:
A new regulation has been made to cut costs and red tape for owners who wish to build a ‘secondary residence’ on their block, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
The new use of ‘secondary residence’ came into effect [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Robert Cook as a Magistrate:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has today announced the appointment of Mr Robert Cook as a new Magistrate for the ACT.
“I am pleased to announce Mr Cook’s appointment to the position of Magistrate,” Mr Corbell said.
“Mr Cook fills the vacancy created by the appointment of David [...]
Simon Corbell announced the winners of the ACT Solar Auction today, which means Canberra will now be getting two new large solar farms.
“I am pleased to announce two new solar farms will be developed in Canberra as a result of the Solar Auction process, which will now contribute over $100 million worth of capital investment [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the Don’t Let the Team Down campaign, which consists of two commercials that will begin airing tomorrow. These commercials will attempt to change the behaviour of those stupid enough to not already understand the dangers of texting while driving, by demonstrating how the practice could potentially interrupt sports games.
Simon then went [...]