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Victims of sexual assault can now seek justice for offences that occurred before 1985 with the removal of outdated and unjust legal barriers to prosecuting certain offences, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell [...]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 [...]
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. [...]