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Party Cadre swap with Shenzhen

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced a new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen to attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen. The Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program is the first education outcome of the historic MOU signed between […]

Andrew Barr does away with the EPIC board

ANDREW Barr has announced he’s legislating to abolish the showground board. “Legislation introduced in the Legislative Assembly today will pave the way for the integration of Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) with the management of other Territory venues,” Andrew said. The Exhibition Park Corporation Repeal Bill 2014 will repeal the Exhibition Park Corporation Act 1976 […]

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Zed promises better days for Constitution Avenue

LIBERAL Senator Zed Seselja says construction is about to commence on the $42 million upgrade of Constitution Avenue. Zed says the upgrade is a major Australian Government infrastructure project that will revitalise the road corridor, improve accessibility and create jobs. Funded in celebration of Canberra’s centenary, the project will give Constitution Avenue a new lease […]

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What Brisbane’s ferries can teach us about funding public transport

By Barbara T.H. Yen, Griffith University Traditional funding sources are becoming inadequate to meet public transport demands in Australian cities, despite the broad economic and social benefits public transport brings, such as cost savings associated with reduced traffic congestion, productivity through improved job creation, competitiveness and livability. In 2013 around two-thirds of Australia’s population resided […]

Katy wonders where all the extra Emergency Department patients are coming from

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has expressed some satisfaction at improved statistics from Canberra’s emergency departments while expressing some concern at rising numbers of patients turning up seeking help. “The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report shows that ACT emergency departments saw the highest percentage increase in presentation numbers with a 5.8% when […]

And the survey says… Late night bus users want to be dropped off close to home

SHANE Rattenbury has the unsurprising news that very few people fancy a late night hike from Belconnen to West Macgregor. “ACTION asked the community whether they would prefer a higher frequency service consisting of three rapid bus routes dropping passengers at major town centres or bus stations to the current model which drops passengers at […]

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Idiotic Niqab ban in Parliament revoked

A sheepish Department of Parliamentary Services has sent out a circular backing down from the lunatic sideshow of how to deal with the non-existent issue of women with face coverings wanting to watch question time. All visitors entering Parliament House will be required to temporarily remove any coverings that prevent the recognition of facial features. […]

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Liberation Day comes for the sausage sizzlers

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced new laws to reduce red-tape for food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising. “The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members of the community about some of the requirements that were placed on local community […]

Canberra is Open for Business! Chief Minister tells Shenzhen!

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher at 3am this morning announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the sprawling industrial metropolis of Shenzhen. The MoU was signed with the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xǔ Qín, in China. Katy says it marks a new era of collaboration between the two cities. “This memorandum of understanding opens […]

Floriade was particularly fab in 2014 says Andrew Barr

ACTING Chief Minister Andrew Barr is celebrating a record breaking Floriade after enjoying the best possible weather. “I am pleased to announce that Floriade 2014 has had a hugely successful year, recording the largest ever attendance figure in the event’s 27-year history,” Andrew said. “The capital’s 30-day spring festival was blessed with good weather and […]