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 [...]
Simon Corbell has announced that he’s taken up the dubious tool of legislation to combat Canberra’s legion of dodgy builders:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced that new laws will protect the public from substandard construction practices in the ACT.
The Construction and Energy Efficiency Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 was passed by [...]
Simon Corbell has joined the supposed caretaker Mark Butler in announcing approval to make even more Gungahlin for better or worse:
The Australian Government today announced it has approved further development in the Gungahlin district in the ACT, following a comprehensive strategic assessment of the region under national environment law.
The Gungahlin Plan has been prepared [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’s going to review his planned hike on fireworks permit fees:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that the ACT Government has responded to stakeholder concerns and revised the proposed new fees for fireworks display permits.
On 6 June 2013, fireworks display permit application fees were increased for the current financial year to achieve [...]
So leave your water meter alone, ok?
Simon Corbell is claiming that the new The Water Resources Amendment Bill 2013 being debated today will help the government protect our water resources though the use of new laws and harsher penalties.
“Tampering with a water meter will become a criminal offence and will apply to licensed water [...]
Simon Corbell got all excited today as Canberra was ranked favourably in the Australian Government’s 2013 State of Australian Cities Report.
The report rates Canberra highly in liveability, active travel, and sustainable measures which are all good things.
“We’re proud the nation’s capital is being seen in a favourable light in these areas, as states and territories [...]
Simon Corbell has taken the time to explain the virtues of Capital Metro, aka light rail:
Light rail is the best choice for responding to projected population growth rates in the Gungahlin to City corridor, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
The increase in population in the Gungahlin to City corridor [...]
Just in case you haven’t already been bored completely to death by hearing about light rail, here’s some more talk about it.
The ACT Government’s Capital Metro light rail project delivers a benefit cost outcome similar to, or better than, other light rail projects that are going ahead around Australia, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable [...]
Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:
“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said. [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’s appointing the AFP’s Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers to the the ACT Chief Police Officer:
“Assistant Commissioner Lammers is an ideal person for the role of the ACT’s top police officer having spent two decades working in a range of community policing roles across the Territory,” Mr Corbell said.
“Assistant Commissioner Lammers worked [...]
Simon Corbell was today presented with a certificate acknowledging the ACT’s efforts in disaster resilience.
“Canberra is one of more than 1000 cities across the globe taking part in the Making Cities Resilient Program, under the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),” Mr Corbell said.
“I am proud that the United Nations has selected the Australian [...]
According to Simon Corbell, Canberra’s wheelchair accessible taxis have become easier to access and are being used more frequently since the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Centralised Booking Service (WCBS) was brought into effect in December last year.
“The first six months of operation indicates the WCBS has met key performance measures and is providing an excellent service [...]
The Government’s decision to use call-in powers to allow the Brumbies’ development in Griffith to proceed, when it does not comply with the Government’s own planning regulations, has set a dangerous precedent. As the current legislation stands, when the Planning Minister uses his/her call-in powers to approve a development, an appeal to the ACT Civil [...]
Alistair Coe is asking pointed questions of just where Simon Corbell’s grand light rail visions are coming to and from:
After questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, Simon Corbell has again refused to provide documents relating to the massive light rail project.
“Today in Estimates, Simon Corbell refused to release documents he claims to have about [...]
Simon Corbell is celebrating the hiring of a project director (actually just kicking off the recruitment process FFS) which apparently justifies announcing Canberra’s light rail is now “FIRMLY ON TRACK”.
At which point the inner pedant in me comes stomping out with his big boots on to point out that a railway is “on track” (let [...]
Simon Corbell is worried about you Rioters, he wan’t you not to be scammed.
He offers some advice to avoid online scams.
The theme of this year’s awareness week is Outsmart the Scammers, which is aimed at people who buy or sell goods online.
“If consumers arm themselves with the right knowledge, they can identify scams before they [...]
This little story is somewhat amusing and also a bit terrifying*, the phone number listed in the White Pages for the Emergency Services Agency sends you to a fax machine, and a fax machine can’t help anybody.
Shadow Emergency Services Minister, Brendan Smyth, has revealed that the Emergency Services Agency telephone number in the White Pages [...]
Catherine King, Gai Brodtmann, and Mike Kelly today all combined forces to announce a $500,000 federal grant to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare facility to aid them in providing emergency services.
Federal Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann said the funding will provide for the construction of a training and administration centre next to the organisation’s current helicopter [...]
Canberra’s Emergency Services went on a torch lit march around Manuka on Friday night to celebrate 100 years of servicing Canberra’s community.
Some bagpipers joined them as well, because this is the kind of event where it just wouldn’t be right without some bagpipes.
Canberra’s professional and volunteer Firies will be marching through the Manuka shopping precinct to celebrate their 100th year of service to the community. Simon Corbell will march with them.
The torchlight parade will travel through the Manuka shopping precinct and will involve ACT Fire & Rescue fire fighters, Community Fire Unit volunteers as well as colleagues [...]
Today Simon Corbell said some very nice things about businesses that are making an effort to reduce waste at the 2013 ACTSmart Sustainable Business Awards breakfast.
“The quality of entries this year has been outstanding, with some accredited sites reducing waste to landfill by up to 90% over the past year,” Mr Corbell said.
“The number of [...]