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Natural disaster grants for Canberra organisations

Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, have announced 20 projects that will share in $5.2 million to help communities withstand the effects of disasters and emergencies in the ACT. Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government strengthens the territory’s […]

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Monday parking this week focusses on the Dickson playing fields

THIS week’s dose of bad parking has but a single entry, for “CityNews’” own gardening guru Cedric Bryant. Cedric has been incensed with the tree destroying sports parents parking on the Antill Street median strip adjacent to the Dickson playing fields. Firstly the whole length of the median strip every few metres are signs saying […]

Are conditions at Canberra Hospital increasing mortality?

JEREMY Hanson is calling on Chief Minister Gallagher to respond to statements made to the ABC by Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department Clinical Director, Dr Michael Hall. In an interview with the ABC Dr Hall stated: In relation to the Hospital’s 95 percent occupancy rate – “Ninety-five per cent is unsafe…once you reach above 90 the […]

Grattan / Arms runs likely to be step to deeper Australian role against Islamic State

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra WHEN Tony Abbott says he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself on Australia’s Middle East commitment – specifically about joining air strikes – what he means is that he can’t get ahead of Barack Obama. The government announced on Sunday that Australia would help transport stores of military […]

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Vale Kurt Steel

KATY Gallagher and Andrew Barr have made a joint statement following the death of Andrew’s media advisor. We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister. Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT […]

Changes to the Territory Plan clear the way for light rail

NEW Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has issued draft variations to the Territory Plan to introduce the term “light rail” into the Plan and provisions for a possible light rail depot in industrial land. “The proposed changes within Territory Plan No 327 (DV327) outlined today will amend the territory plan ahead of the proposed development of […]

Simon to legalise lane filtering

SIMON Corbell says a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015. “Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. It is not the same as lane splitting which is done at higher speeds and increases the unpredictability […]

Grattan on Friday: Attacking the RET will open another tough battlefront for Abbott

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott has got a heap of unwanted publicity this week as a result of his response to cantankerous Liberal senator Ian Macdonald, who upbraided him for being late to Tuesday’s Coalition parties’ meeting. As a putdown of Macdonald, an impatient Abbott said he’d had a Monday night fundraiser […]

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Menzies, a failure by today’s rules, ran a budget to build the nation

By Richard Denniss, Australian National University ROBERT Menzies left Australia in far worse financial shape then he found it, at least according to current treasurer Joe Hockey’s favourite debt and deficit benchmark. Having inherited budget surpluses from the Chifley Labor government, the Menzies Coalition government ran small budget surpluses from 1949-50 to 1957-58. But then […]

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The John Howard Reading Room opens here in Canberra

BILLIONAIRE Kerry Stokes will today formally open the John Howard Reading Room at UNSW Canberra (known to most Canberrans as ADFA) today with the former Prime Minister John Howard attending. The new Reading Room is named in honour of Australia’s second-longest serving Prime Minister. It will enable scholars, students and the general community to view […]

This is your last warning. The bus timetable will be different on Monday

JAMES Roncon, ACTION’s Director of Public Transport is reminding public transport users the network is changing to a new timetable on Monday. “While there are changes to the existing routes and timetables which passengers will need to adjust to, I’m confident the new network provides a better overall service for our growing city. It’s also […]

ACTION bus timetable information to get a bit weird for a week

ACTION has tweeted that while Network 14 is starting on 1 September they’ve started rolling over the signage already. NXTBUS information can, apparently, be relied on. Some suburban bus stop information will changed today to #Network14 timetables. #NXTBUS information is still correct — ACTION Buses (@ACTIONbuses) August 28, 2014

Canberra’s School Welfare Officers under the axe in chaplaincy row

LABOR Senator Kate Lundy says new Government documents show that the welfare officers of 25 schools across Canberra are facing unemployment as a result of the Abbott Government’s decision to only fund religious chaplains. In June this year the High Court ruled that it was constitutionally invalid for payments to be made directly to schools […]

Queanbeyan rates fracas coming to a head

QUEANBEYAN Council informs “CityNews” that Mayor Tim Overall is heading to Sydney on Friday September 5 to seek relief on the Supplementary Rates issue from the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole. The Mayor and his delegation will request that the Minister give consideration to a regulation permitting the council to write off or waive […]


Free public Wi-Fi for health care facilities

KATY Gallagher’s love of free wifi marches on with news she’s rolling it out across Canberra’s hospitals and health centres. The Chief Minister has announced that free public internet access is now available at the Canberra Hospital campus and at Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres. “Public wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) was switched on […]