Tag Archives: Simon Corbell

Centenary Heritage Festival has launched

By 9 April, 2013

Simon Corbell launched the Centenary Heritage Festival today.
“Canberra is an important part of the festival but this year the Capital Region will also feature heavily in the program of events to mark Goulburn’s 150th Birthday and Queanbeyan’s 175th birthday as well as the contribution that other towns like Yass, Bungendore and Braidwood make to the [...]

Simon approves the Brumbies real estate deal

By 5 April, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced that he bypassing the approvals process to let the Brumbies big Griffith real estate deal roll on through:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced the approval of a development proposal to build multi-unit housing on the site of the current Brumbies training facility in Griffith.
“My decision to [...]

Time to nominate your environmentally conscientious friends

By 2 April, 2013

Do you know a group or individual who does a lot for the environment? Give them a nomination then.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell called today for nominations for the 2013 ACT Landcare Awards.
“Landcare is a strong and lasting community movement and the Landcare awards are an important event that recognise and [...]

Simon has money for your crime prevention ideas

By 28 March, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s got pots of proceeds of crime cash sitting around waiting for your good ideas on how to spend it to reduce crime:
Applications are now open for not-for-profit organisations and ACT Government agencies to receive a grant of up to $10,000 for crime prevention projects, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“This is [...]

More options for idiots

By 21 March, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s going to make traffic penalties less punitive:
Disadvantaged and financially vulnerable drivers in the ACT will have additional options for dealing with their traffic and parking penalties under a new payment scheme, Attorney General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“The scheme will include options to pay penalties in instalments, or undertake community work [...]

Belconnen to City Transitway launching today

By 15 March, 2013

$10.5 million in the making, the Belconnen to City Transitway was launched today by Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
Or at least that’s what the press release says. In reality it has not yet been launched, but what can we expect from the Time Travelling bus-way.
“The Belconnen to City corridor on Barry Drive [...]

Dorte Ekelund named new Director General

By 8 March, 2013

Today Simon Corbell, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, announced Dorte Ekelund as the new Director-General of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate.
That was a mouthful.
“It is a pleasure to announce Dorte Ekelund as the new Director-General of the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate and I welcome her to the position,” Mr [...]

Simon says crime on the way down

By 28 February, 2013

Attorney-General Simon Corbell is breaking out the bubbly over the latest crime statistics:
New figures showing a continued decrease across a range of crimes in the ACT, including public order offences such as drunk and disorderly behaviour being down 22% were welcomed today by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell.
The December 2012 Criminal Justice Statistical Profile, tabled in [...]

Getting Home Safely recommendations accepted by Government

By 27 February, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced today that all of the 28 recommendations made by the Getting Home Safely report have been accepted by the ACT government.
“Work has already started within Government. We will introduce a package of measures to ensure the implementation of the recommendations and will ensure the improvements we make are sustainable.”
Mr Corbell said [...]

Doctoring performance data Simon style

By 4 February, 2013

As every true Canberran knows, the best way to improve one’s KPIs is to doctor them. Katy’s approach is to fudge the raw data, however Simon has got a new technique.
If you’ve got concerns about the proportion of clients that think the advocacy services provided by the Public Advocate of the ACT are of [...]

Simon says we all love the plastic bag ban

By 24 January, 2013

If we really all were enamoured of Simon Corbell’s plastic bag laws one would imagine he wouldn’t need to tell us about it.
A new survey of the use of plastic shopping bags in the ACT has shown that 70% of Canberrans want to see the ban of lightweight plastic bags continue while 66% of people [...]

The new walking and cycling map released

By 23 January, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the latest “Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map”:
“Canberrans love to get out and about and enjoy all of the walking and cycling paths our city has to offer and now the latest update to the walking and cycling map will give greater certainty during journey planning and [...]

Simon back on his gift card hobby horse

By 17 January, 2013

Perhaps my social circles are too narrow, but I’m yet to meet anyone who gives a damn about gift cards.
Simon Corbell on the other hand appears to care about them deeply and has again taken up cudgels on the issue.
“It is important that consumers know their rights and get maximum use from their gift-cards which [...]

Flynn Primary called in

By 21 December, 2012

Simon Corbell has announced he’s called in the development of Flynn Primary:
“I have called in the development so work can commence as soon as possible on the second stage of this important community facility for the Flynn community,” Mr Corbell said.
“The community hub in Flynn will be a great benefit to Flynn and Belconnen residents. [...]

Open letter to Simon Corbell re: the ACT judiciary

By 11 December, 2012

Mr Simon Corbell MLA
Attorney-General for the Australian Capital Territory
GPO Box 1020, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Dear Mr Corbell
I am writing as a resident of the Australian Capital Territory, and as a constituent of the Electorate of Molonglo, to express my concern and anxiety regarding the willingness of the ACT judiciary – in particular the Justices of the [...]

Simon moves on judicial complaints

By 10 December, 2012

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced the release of a discussion paper “Judicial Complaints and Arrangement of Court business”:
“The scope of the current Judicial Commissions Act 1994 in the ACT is too narrow to allow the executive due consideration of a matter based on its level of severity,” Mr Corbell said.
“Currently, when a serious complaint is [...]

Canberra’s water secured under the Murray Darling Basin Plan

By 23 November, 2012

Simon Corbell is celebrating what he sees as a big win for Canberra’s water security under yesterday’s Murray Darling Basin Plan:
“The final plan shows that Sustainable Diversion Limits (SDL’s) will not be reduced from 40.5GL to 29GL as was proposed in an earlier draft plan, and this means that Canberrans will continue to enjoy water [...]

Simon promises more community gardens

By 4 October, 2012

There seems to be a lot of furious agreement around the traps that community gardens are great.
To that end Simon Corbell has announced what he’d do for them if re-elected:
If re-elected in 2012, ACT Labor will fund 10 more community gardens across Canberra in existing suburbs to make our community places and spaces even better.
We [...]

Barack Obama v. Simon Corbell

By 26 September, 2012

Last month Labor’s Simon Corbell decided to legislate against religious villification.
Last night the US President Barack Obama spoke to the UN General Assembly about why Simon Corbell is wrong:
Here in the United States, countless publications provoke offense. Like me, the majority of Americans are Christian, and yet we do not ban blasphemy against our [...]

Greens arc up on Simon’s care free care taker mode

By 19 September, 2012

The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is taking up a point we’ve been making here for the last few days:
The ACT Greens leader Meredith Hunter has called for ACT Labor to explain how it has not breached caretaker conventions by releasing policy documents during the pre-election period that have been prepared by the public service.
Since caretaker period [...]

Large scale wind to join the solar under Simon’s plan

By 19 September, 2012

Simon Corbell, nevermind being in caretaker moder, nevermind that a parliament cannot bind its successors, is laying out his energy plan for the ACT to the year 2020.
“The ACT Labor Government is committed to delivering significant reductions in our carbon emissions with a 40% reduction on 1990 levels, by 2020, and carbon neutrality by 2060, [...]

Simon turns the sod for Charnwood emergency services

By 13 September, 2012

Christmas in Democracy goes on as the clock ticks down to the caretaker period.
Today Simon Corbell has turned the sod on Charnwoods combined ambulance and fire station of the world to come.
“Residents in West Belconnen will have increased emergency service coverage with this $21.3million investment by the ACT Labor Government with a combined state-of-the-art ambulance [...]

Simon hoses out the wages of sin

By 11 September, 2012

Simon Corbell has been busy distributing the proceeds of crime:
– $45,000 for Relationships Australia to develop a pilot program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are serious repeat offenders in detention to get their lives back on track with targeted individual and family counselling by Aboriginal counsellors.
– $20,000 for the non-government organisation [...]

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) to build Royalla 1, a 20MW solar power facility

By 5 September, 2012

Gosh! Royalla 1 has a ring to it eh? Simon Corbell has unveiled the winner of the big solar power facility auction:
Mr Corbell announced the outcome of the ACT Government’s fast-track stream of the ACT large-scale solar reverse auction by confirming that Royalla 1 will become the largest solar power facility built in Australia to [...]

Simon turns to the hivemind for disaster resilience

By 1 September, 2012

Simon Corbell has announced he has $2.7 million to spend on disaster resilience in the ACT and wants your ideas on how to spend it:
New projects and initiatives that aim to protect Canberra against the threat of a natural disaster or emergencies could boost their budget with $2.7 million in grant funding now available, Minister [...]

Simon promises more infill as he releases the planning strategy

By 30 August, 2012

Simon Corbell has announced the release of the ACT Planning Strategy, a roadmap for the next 20 years of development in the ACT assuming pesky things like democracy don’t get in the way.
The ACT Government will focus on more development in and around group and town centres so more Canberrans can live close to transport [...]

But won’t anyone think of the trash pak operators cries Simon!

By 26 August, 2012

Last night the Liberals announced they were going to try providing basic municipal services, in the form of a green waste bin, if they’re elected.
This afternoon Simon Corbell has taken the time to explain why this is a bad idea.
You see in the long term absence of the ACT Government doing what councils all [...]

Simon capping supermarket sizes

By 24 August, 2012

Into a complex supermarket debate in which the operators are politically active strides Simon Corbell to announce big is bad when it comes to local centre supermarkets:
The ACT Labor Government will cap the size of any future proposals for supermarkets in local centres to a maximum of 1000m2 to support local businesses and local jobs, [...]

Finally we can play GTA as god and nature intended. R18+ computer games come to the ACT

By 23 August, 2012

Simon Corbell has found his way into the hearts of Australia’s nerds today with the national first introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games:
New laws to allow for the introduction of an R18+ classification for computer games in the ACT have been passed by the Legislative Assembly, Attorney General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“This new [...]

From civil unions Simon cracks on to gay marriage

By 23 August, 2012

After getting his Civil Unions legislation through the Assembly last night Simon Corbell has announced a more ambitious push just so we’re all clear where he’s coming from:
“Marriage equality is an issue that deserves a collaborative approach and I am pleased that my Tasmanian counter-part, Attorney General, Hon. Brian Wightman MP, has agreed to proceed [...]

Simon doles out the environment grants

By 21 August, 2012

Environment Minister Simon Corbell has let it be known that he’s handing $166,000 to worthy sorts:
Mr Corbell announced the final list of 14 projects totalling $166,412 including:
– Catchment Wide Pest Species Mapping and Coordinated Control Program – Ginninderra Catchment Group. To provide quality data to the ACT Government to map weed and pest species. $5,875;
– [...]


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