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Grattan on Friday: Being a “better government” will be a big job

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AFTER getting a serious bollocking from Ray Hadley on Thursday, Tony Abbott told the Sydney shock jock that he’s determined to be “a better prime minister with a better government and a more effective parliament next year than this year”. It’s a fine New Year’s resolution but can he […]

Katy Gallagher nominated to the Senate unopposed

ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee has endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT. “At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said. “Katy will play an important role […]

Stanhope to run Legal Aid

SIMON Corbell has announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years. “As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Simon said. “He has […]

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‘Access Canberra’ aims to make it simpler to get a business or event going in Canberra

ANDREW Barr has announces the establishment of a new ‘one-stop shop’ to cut red tape and connect Canberrans to government services. “Access Canberra” will connect Canberrans to the ACT Government and will include Canberra Connect. Its’ new function will be to bring together the shopfronts and regulatory arms into a single service. The service will […]

NXTBUS data goes live for app makers

SHANE Rattenbury says the live ACTION bus data feed through the NXTBUS system is now publically available allowing developers to produce apps so that passengers can track their bus from their smart phone or android device. “ACTION’s new NXTBUS system, which allows people to track bus departure times, has been proving popular with bus passengers […]

Grattan / Government reveals $40 billion budget deficit, clings to surplus hope

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The budget is projected to return to surplus in 2019-20, according to the budget update which shows this financial year’s deficit has blown out from less than A$30 billion to more than $40 billion. Treasurer Joe Hockey said only the Coalition had “a plan on the table to get […]

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The mighty 6029 steam locomotive to now be known as “The City of Canberra”

SHANE Rattenbury has climbed aboard the mighty historic 6029 steam locomotive, which is now ready to safely take its maiden voyage since being restored. “The Australian Railway Historical Society ACT Division has spent seven years working on the locomotive,” Shane said. “Now fully restored, the 265-tonne 6029 Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive is the largest and most […]

ACT third worst in Australia for homelessness

SHADOW Minister for Housing and Family and Community Services, Nicole Lawder, says the most vulnerable Canberrans are continuing to seek specialist homelessness services at one of the highest rates in Australia. She was referring to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) third annual report into demand for specialist homeless services. “The ACT has […]

Grattan on Friday: Abbott should ask Credlin what to do about Peta

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra JULIE Bishop and Peta Credlin had one significant parallel experience on the way to government. They both survived three Liberal leaders. Bishop was deputy to Brendan Nelson, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott. Credlin was chief of staff or deputy (Turnbull demoted her) in the offices of all three. The […]

Chief Minister Barr shuffles the ministerial responsibilities

CHIEF Minister Andrew Barr (take a second to let that sink in) has announced new Ministerial responsibilities in the wake of Katy Gallagher’s departure from the Legislative Assembly. Andrew Barr Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Housing, and Minister for Tourism and Events. Additionally: responsibility for the Asbestos Response Taskforce. Simon Corbell Deputy Chief […]

Gary Humphries appointed Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

ATTORNEY-GENERAL George Brandis has announced that Canberra’s former Senator and Chief Minister Gary Humphries has landed a very juicy job as Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The most recent Remuneration Tribunal determination puts the total remuneration in the order of $460,000 a year which is nice work if you can get it. Sticking […]