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ACT Labor returned to power

ACT LABOR has secured another four years in office after Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury announced his decision to support Katy Gallagher and the Party to form Government, ending a week of negotiations.  Rattenbury signed a Parliamentary Agreement with the ALP today, which includes a comprehensive list of policies, initiatives and reforms to be implemented over […]

Final election results announced

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green today announced the candidates to be elected to the Assembly and represent Canberra’s three electorates. Candidates to be elected, in the order in which they were successful in the count, are: Brindabella Zed Seselja Joy Burch Brendan Smyth Mick Gentleman Andrew Wall Ginninderra Alistair Coe Vicki Dunne Mary Porter Chris Bourke Yvette Berry […]

Election ad ban begins

VOTERS will get some relief from election ads tomorrow with a campaign advertising blackout until October 20.  ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green says television and radio election advertising will cease from midnight tomorrow until close of poll on Saturday. As election voting enters the final week, over 38,000 pre-poll and postal votes have already been […]

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Labor unveil $35m transport plan

ACT Labor has pledged 20 additional buses for peak routes, a centenary bus loop, and $500,000 for new bus shelters in a bid to improve Canberra’s public transport network.  The party today released their transport strategy, Transport for Canberra, promising to inject $37m over the next four years to upgrade ACTION’s services if re-elected. Key […]

The real power of your vote

UNDER the Hare-Clark electoral system it is possible for the electorate to maintain a Labor government and dismiss all of the incumbent ministers.  It is possible to punish one minister. Similarly, the whole of the current Liberals or Greens could be removed and replaced. Before the election in 2008, I made some suggestions on how […]

Libs commit to ‘timely’ Tuggeranong audit

THE Canberra Liberals have promised a comprehensive audit of existing community facilities in South East Tuggeranong and to upgrade Calwell oval if elected. Opposition Leader Zed Seselja says the audit of community facilities in Calwell, Theodore, Richardson and Isabella Plains,is “very timely.” “The outcome of this audit will then be fed into a master planning […]

Libs vow to get tough on frontline assaults

THE Canberra Liberals have today made an election promise to toughen penalties for offences against frontline staff such as police, ambulance officers, nurses, prison guards, emergency service workers and care and protection staff. Opposition Leader Zed Seselja says the government should do everything it can to protect people who are forced in harm’s way because […]