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Bunda Street, a real mess and it won’t look like the design drawing

CANBERRA CBD Limited are warning business of unholy disruptions to Bunda Street as it is converted into a shared space. The entry from Akuna Street will close from Thursday 8 October 2014. Therefore both ends of the last part of the City Cycle Loop are temporarily closed at Akuna Street (adjacent SAP building) and Mort […]

Chief Minister disheartened that rising sexism is deterring young women from politics

KATY Gallagher has blogged her disappointment in a new survey showing sexism is keeping young women from entering politics. “It is disheartening today to see the results of a new survey of girls and women that shows only 1% of girls aspire to a career in public office,” Katy wrote. “While the results are unfortunately […]

Elections ACT finds 20 problems with the Electoral Act

THE ACT Electoral Commission has issued a special report making a swag of recommendations to the Legislative Assembly which the Commission views are needed for the Electoral Act to be legal, constitutional and fair. “The report contains a response to the Voting Matters report released earlier this year by the Legislative Assembly Select Committee on […]

Commonwealth dollars for local roads

SENATOR Zed Seselja has welcomed delivery of the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme, announcing that the ACT will receive $67.2m for local road construction and street repairs. “These funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our community,” Zed said. “As announced in the […]

GRATTAN / How far can Palmer’s Newman government inquiry probe?

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE Senate has set up an extraordinarily broad inquiry into the Queensland government, in another demonstration of Clive Palmer’s power and his determination to pursue state premier Campbell Newman. It is a bad road for the federal parliament to travel but how far it will get down it is […]

Simon would like you to stop tailgating

SIMON Corbell has launched a new road safety campaign highlighting the impact of tailgating. “Not only are rear-end collisions in the top three crashes for injuries, but the costs of these crashes impacts on the whole community through CTP premiums,” Simon said. “This campaign is intended to raise awareness of the impact of tailgating and […]

Try the buses says Shane

WITH pay parking arriving in the Parliamentary Triangle tomorrow Shane Rattenbury is encouraging workers in that zone to try his bus network. “Now is the perfect opportunity for workers in the Parliamentary Triangle to make the switch to buses and enjoy the significant cost savings and convenience they provide,” Shane said. “ACTION’s new Network 14 […]

GRATTAN / A homeland security super ministry? Perhaps not as good an idea as it sounds

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra IT’S difficult to see how Tony Abbott can avoid a summer reshuffle and easy to believe he’s not relishing the prospect. Few around the Coalition believe that Arthur Sinodinos will return to his assistant treasurer post after he performed unimpressively at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings, although ICAC’s […]

Planning tweaks introduced

MICK Gentleman has introduced an omnibus bill that makes a number of minor changes to Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) legislation. “The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (No. 2) is part of EPD’s omnibus legislation amendment bill process which provides an efficient avenue for consideration of minor matters in a consolidated single […]

Shane wants to know what sort of night bus you’d prefer?

SHANE Rattenbury is asking for Canberrans thoughts on two options for the ACT Government’s 2014 Nightrider bus service. “The late night Nightrider service is an important part of the ACT’s public transport, providing a convenient, reliable and low cost way of getting home during the festive period. It’s also an important safety initiative, providing an […]

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Peter Slipper to complete 300 hours of community service here in Canberra

THE ABC brings word that the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Peter Slipper, has been sentenced to repay $954 dollars, a two year good behaviour bond, and 300 hours of community service for fiddling his cabcharge vouchers. “CityNews” inquired of Attorney-General Simon Corbell’s office if community service was transferable interstate and we got […]

Zed wants to know where your $140 is

LIBERAL Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja is asking when the ACT Government will pass on carbon tax repeal savings to Canberra’s rate-payers. “Following the Coalition’s successful repeal of the Carbon Tax, local councils across the country have indicated they will pass on their savings to rate-payers,” Zed said. “The ACT Labor government is yet […]

Simon says guessed at light rail numbers add up, Alistair says they don’t

SIMON Corbell says bus patronage figures reported in today’s “Canberra Times” for “routes in the Northbourne Avenue corridor” do not reflect bus patronage along the entire light rail route from City to Gungahlin and can’t be used as a comparison with predicted patronage for Capital Metro stage one. “A detailed, thorough and conservative analysis by […]

Conservation Council savages the Labor/Green ACT Government

THE ACT’s Conservation Council says legislation passed today by the ALP-Green ACT Government will lead to a net-loss of biodiversity. “The biodiversity offsets legislation passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday does not adequately enforce the ‘avoid, mitigate, offset’ hierarchy through the development assessment process, where proponents must demonstrate how they have avoided and mitigated […]

Alistair Coe wants to know more about where the money goes

ALISTAIR Coe has introduced legislation into the Legislative Assembly to increase transparency and accountability in government’s expenditure of taxpayers’ money. “The Bill will require that the government disclose all payments for invoices over $10,000. Details about the payments would be available online for the public to access,” says Alistair. “The ACT government spends in excess […]