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Toot! Toot! Capital Metro to rumble though planning controls

MICK Gentleman has given the light rail line to Gungahlin a boost by legislating to remove planning controls over Capital Metro. “These changes are needed to ensure the first stage of the Capital Metro project can continue to progress smoothly without any potential lengthy legal delays,” Mick said. The Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation […]

Public asked to pay more to political parties in electoral reforms

SIMON Corbell has tabled two reports into the ACT Electoral Act and introduced legislation making changes to the electoral system. The Attorney-General announced that amendments to the Electoral Act support most of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992, some of which include: Lower electoral expenditure caps for both […]

Grattan / Getting the government shipshape will take a lot more than throwing the co-payment overboard

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott’s reference to removing “barnacles” from his government has become the Canberra chatter. In technical terms, according to senior government sources who’ve had nautical advice since the Prime Minister’s comment, the process involves “careening” – turning a ship on its side for cleaning or repair. In politics, that’s […]

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Ending periodic detention

THE Liberals’ Andrew Wall is in some dudgeon over legislation before the Assembly scrapping the practice of making low level crims check into prison for weekends. “Changes to ACT sentencing legislation will reduce options for the judiciary and increase pressure on Canberra’s prison and the Canberra community,” Andrew said. “The Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill brought […]

Nicole Lawder asks why so many children are dying?

LIBERAL Nicole Lawder says the ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee 2013-14 Annual Report released yesterday highlights ongoing and systemic issues within the ACT’s care and protection services. “This report is particularly disturbing because it shows the ACT is not improving in preventing the deaths of children, particularly those known to authorities. That […]

NCA to be grilled on Parliamentary Zone paid parking

THE National Capital Authority (NCA) will be asked to discuss the effects of changed parking arrangements in the Parliamentary zone at the biannual public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories (NCET) on Thursday. The NCA manages the Commonwealth’s interest in the planning and development of Canberra and the […]

Hanson calls on Katy Gallagher to resign

LIBERAL LEADER Jeremy Hanson says it’s time for Katy Gallagher to resolve the ongoing issues with the Canberra Hospital Maternity unit or step aside as health minister. “After eight years of Katy Gallagher as health minister and five years since major problems surfaced within the Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit at the Canberra Hospital the Chief […]

Is a bar tab worth getting talked into giving Simon Sheikh your super?

FORMER ACT Green candidate for Senate, Simon Sheikh is taking to the Australia Institute’s “Politics in the Pub” tomorrow to promote his new Future Super ethical fund. It kicks off at 6pm this Wednesday and Simon encourages prospective clients to bring their financial details. Even better, in an email obtained by “CityNews”, he’s promising to […]

Government legislation passes as expected

MINISTERS have been announcing the passage of legislation this morning. Andrew Barr has killed off the Exhibition Park board: From 1 January 2015, the functions, staff, assets and liabilities of the Exhibition Park Corporation (EPC) will be integrated into the Territory Venues and Events area of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate (CMTEDD). […]

Grattan / Lambie goes her own way

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra JACQUI Lambie has finally quit the Palmer United Party but vowed to continue her opposition to government proposals for university fee deregulation, a Medicare co-payment and welfare measures that “hit the underdog”. Lambie formalised the bitter break in a statement to the Senate this morning and a media conference […]

Giulia Jones wants more data on domestic violence

THE Liberals’ Giulia Jones has taken the opportunity of White Ribbon Day to call on the ACT government to raise the profile of domestic violence by reporting statistics annually on the issue. “Domestic violence and harassment is a major issue and the government should seize the opportunity to have meaningful statistics to track incidents of […]

Another review into water pricing

ANDREW Barr has announced a review into the ACT’s Water and Sewerage Pricing Framework. There is an Issues Paper to go with the review. “The review, which will examine the current process for setting regulated water and sewerage prices in the ACT, is part of the Government’s response to the ACT Auditor-General’s Performance Audit Report, […]

Zed finds money for Catholic schools

LIBERAL Senator Zed Seselja says three local schools; Mother Theresa School in Harrison, St Thomas Aquinas Primary School in Charnwood and St Monica’s Primary School in Evatt, will share in a $2.3m Australian Government grant to upgrade and build learning facilities. The grants, awarded as part of the Capital Grants Programme (CGP), will go towards […]

Grattan / Someone planted Lambie in PUP, Palmer alleges

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra CLIVE Palmer has suggested renegade Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie was deliberately planted in PUP to disrupt it. He said PUP was currently investigating Lambie, including how she got endorsement and what she put on her endorsement form. “I think she was sent in by someone to disrupt. […]

Ringing the changes to the Crimes Act

SIMON Corbell says his proposed Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will introduce a range of changes to, amongst other things, provide greater protection from invasions of privacy in response to advances in technology. “The offences introduced by the Bill, to protect the privacy of individuals, will ensure that the law can appropriately deal with people […]