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Grattan on Friday: Shorten bombshell puts Labor in uncharted terrority

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra BILL Shorten had little practical alternative but to name himself as the person police had been investigating in relation to an alleged rape in the 1980s. The opposition leader told reporters that the “easy option would have been to say nothing”. But that would not have been a sustainable […]

Six consortia interested in running private courts project

ANDREW Barr and Simon Corbell report that their brave new world of getting the private sector to build public infrastructure (in exchange for near-endless fees into the future) has taken another step closer to reality. Six private sector consortia have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the ACT Law Courts Project. Simon and Andrew […]

ACT Government to be carbon neutral by 2020?

SIMON Corbell has announced a framework for the ACT Government achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2020. “The ACT Government contributes 5% of the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions and we intend to lead by example, reducing our emissions and achieving carbon neutrality across all government operations and services by 2020,” Simon said. “In […]

Simon signs us up with the Privacy Commission

SIMON Corbell has signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner for privacy services in the ACT. Under the MOU, which will operate from 2014 over three years until 2017, the Australian Privacy Commissioner will act as the ACT Information Privacy Commissioner and will be responsible for investigating and […]

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Canberra Avenue bus lane complete

SHANE Rattenbury is celebrating the completion of the dedicated bus lane on Canberra Avenue and new park and ride facility in Fyshwick as part of a range of improvements to public transport. “These two projects will make bus travel much more attractive for workers commuting to and from south Canberra, particularly in line with the […]

ACTION’s new bus timetable revealed

SHANE Rattenbury has unveiled the details of ACTION’s new “Network 14” ahead of its Monday September 1 commencement. “Network 14 will be a significant improvement on the existing bus network. It has been a long time in the making, undergoing considerable planning and community consultation. It is the first network to have been planned using […]

Shane and Katy pleased with their Parliamentary Agreement

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher and the Green Shane Rattenbury have met and issued a joint communique expressing their satisfaction with their parliamentary agreement. “The review of progress has shown substantial progress across all areas of the Agreement including draft legislation, funded initiatives and policy development. The majority of items in the Agreement are either completed, […]

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A miserable Monday enlivened by miserable parking

Today’s omnibus edition of bad parking spotted around Canberra starts with two seen by Andrew. Gerry was displeased by this effort at the University of Canberra. Frank noted this magnificent piece of half-arsed non-effort outside the Canberra Centre. Geoff discovered this member of the diplomatic community, who appears to remain uncertain on which side of […]

Katy courts the ladies

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has blogged of her desire to get more women running as candidates for the expanded Legislative Assembly in 2016. “For the first time since 1989 there is a unique opportunity for new candidates to win eight seats in the local parliament without having to defeat a sitting member. This will hopefully entice […]

Grattan on Friday / In Conversation with ASIO chief David Irvine

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra DAVID Irvine retires next month after five years as Director-General of Security, heading ASIO; before that he was head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, which spies abroad. He’s spent more than a decade in what he describes as the gamekeeper and poacher business. Last week the government had […]

Even on remote rural roads you can get caught

THE ACT Parks and Conservation Service is encouraging residents to report dangerous driving and vandalism on rural roads after a driver was recently issued with an infringement notice for negligent driving on Brindabella Road. ACT Parks and Conservation Service Acting Regional Manager, Tim Chaseling, said a driver was recently issued with the fine for negligent […]

Meanwhile in the ACT, developer donations are legal and common

WHILE the nation watches in horror as a seemingly endless string of NSW politicians file through the political gallows in NSW, it is worth remembering what they are going down for is perfectly legal here in Canberra. Elections ACT’s return of gifts runneth over with contributions from developers. Completely legal here in the ACT we […]

Shane tries to keep the Commonwealth interested in the Canberra environment

SHANE Rattenbury said the ACT Government will not be walking way from a Parliamentary Agreement item to maintain an ongoing approvals role for the Federal Government in environment protection matters. “It is extremely important that the Federal Government maintains a role in approving proposals within the ACT that may affect matters of national environmental significance,” […]