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New Business Levy to clean up Civic

By atnas 26 April 2005 47

The Electronic version of Channel Ray (NineMSN), is reporting here that Pirate Quinlan is planning to introduce a new levy on businesses to help pay for increasing clean-up costs of Civic.

Apparently, there was a levy imposed on civic parking spaces, but the clever darlings have decided that did not work, so they have decided to gouge ACT businesses to fund the clean up.

One hopes that this levy is only applied to businesses in the Civic area, or things may get ugly. Another option would be to stop outsourcing essential government functions (such as gargabe collection, and say THINKING) and get back to the good old days of actually thinking through policies before launching on a rape a pillage mission of ACT businesses.

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ans 2:42 pm 29 Apr 05

Just to go back to the original message for a sec, is it any surprise the parking levy didn’t work when they then removed all the parking? And as businesses are complaining that they are losing revenue because the there are less people coming to civic because of the parking situation, it does seem a bit rude to then levy them further.

johnboy 11:24 pm 28 Apr 05

Guru, in 97 the howard government was hacking back at that public service remember?

GuruJ 2:34 pm 28 Apr 05

Sorry to comment so far back, but johnboy said:

In ‘97 when I came back to Canberra after being away for a few years it was a city transformed. Ihere was energy, There was fun, there was a cultural richness bubbling along.

Australia had also just been through a severe recession. As my partner always says, people always come to Canberra when there’s a recession because the Public Service provides a stable base of employment.

Since we’ve been in a period of growth for so long, people are more inclined to work in the private sector and so don’t come to Canberra.

Come the next recession we should be sitting pretty 😉

bonfire 1:11 pm 28 Apr 05

Lets look at the startling stanhope achievement list in making canberra vibrant and less staid:

Legalised abortion
When the electors put two bible thumpers in with the balance of power, dont think its easy to legalise abortion. the liberals managed to put realistic legislation in place, which did not make it illegal.

Brought in industrial manslaughter as a crime
well this is hardly an achievement. its four legs good, two legs better type stuff.

Raised the rate of pay for public servants to a competitive level
Really ? This makes canberra vibrant in what way ?

Started construction on the GDE
Thank the STR loony tunes NIMBYS for this. BTW its still dragging through the courts well into second term stanhope. Lets wait until im driving the stanley steamer along the GDE before we celebrate the socialist worker spirit.

Rebuilt from the bushfires
any half competent administration would have done the same thing. the bushfires prbably saved the act from a housing slump cycle though.

Introduced like the Celebrate Canberra concert,

after shit canning and merging several others.

the around town events and the NYE fireworks
ahh the fireworks – the ones they forgot all about ?

Increased the use of ACTION buses
The sustainable transport plan is a disgrace. all the research leads to TADA – more buses on busways!!! How avant garde, how revolutionary! Lets ignore efficient longhaul lightrail, no lets just buyt more and more buses and continue to offer an unappealing public transport solution that less than 10% will ever use.

So – where are the real achievements ?

Wheres the dragway ? Public Housing waiting lists ? Hospital beds ?

LurkerGal 12:07 pm 28 Apr 05

It doesn’t mean people have selective memories for fucks sake. I don’t have a selective memory, I remember all the issues. You can remember the issues and still think someone was ok!!!! Don’t assume that people have forgotten. It’s implying they are idiots. We don’t like that.

johnboy 8:32 pm 27 Apr 05

She never chose to go for a cup of coffee when the emergency services were screaming for a signature to let them start evacuating people.

Ralph 8:29 pm 27 Apr 05

Just noting there seems to be a bit of selective memory syndrome going around.

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