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Video / The week in Politics with Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon

UNIVERSITY of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the new the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015. Andrew Forrest and the inquiry into iron ore prices and the conditions at the detention centre on Nauru.

The Government wants your ideas for a replacement to periodic detention

SIMON Corbell and Shane Rattenbury are scratching their heads and hoping someone in the community has some ideas for replacing periodic detention. The pair have announced a “first progress report of the Justice Reform Strategy”. They say the report focused on work and consultation undertaken to find a suitable replacement to periodic detention, which ends […]

Grattan / Iron ore inquiry off but row continues

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced late Thursday that “after discussing the issue with regulatory bodies and stakeholders across the resources sector, the government will not be […]

Majura Parkway southbound to Fairbairn Avenue opens up

ANOTHER section of Majura Parkway has opened this afternoon, the southbound section of road to Fairbairn Avenue. “The southbound section of the Majura Parkway opened to traffic between the Federal Highway and Fairbairn Avenue this afternoon,” Tony Gill, Director, Roads ACT says. “This follows the opening of the northbound section of road last week which […]

New CIT campus for Tuggeranong

ANDREW Barr and Joy Burch have announced a new $10.7 million Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) training centre in the heart of Tuggeranong as a measure in the upcoming ACT Budget. “CIT Tuggeranong campus will significantly expand CIT’s course offerings, support services and facilities in Tuggeranong, with the first new courses available for study in […]

Grattan / Coalition backbenchers concerned balance shifts too far to dual income families

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra WITH the budget squarely targeted at getting more mothers into work or working extra hours, a group of Coalition backbenchers is forming to fight for the interests of stay-at-home parents. Its organisers are Queensland Nationals senator Matt Canavan and ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja. It is likely to number about […]

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New ACT electoral boundaries approved

THE final make-up of the ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries for the 2016 election has been announced today by the ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green. “The Augmented ACT Electoral Commission has decided to accept the electoral boundaries proposed by the ACT Redistribution Committee,” Phillip said. “The Augmented Commission decided that it would not uphold any […]

Grattan / Polls show budget well received but mixed voting results

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra LAST week’s giveaway budget has received the thumbs up from voters and boosted Tony Abbott’s personal rating in the Fairfax/Ipsos poll and Newspoll. But the polls diverge in their two-party voting results. The Ipsos poll has the government lifting substantially to 50-50% with Labor while Newspoll, published in The Australian, […]

New bus timetable from Monday

SHANE Rattenbury is reminding bus users ACTION’s new weekday timetable starts on Monday 18 May. ”The timetable adjustments will improve on-time running and provide better spacing of services, as well as later morning Xpresso services, more frequent morning Blue and Red Rapid services and better options from local town centres such as Erindale Centre and […]

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Malcolm Turnbull’s staffer charged with drug and indecency offences after Canberra Airport incident

The New Daily has a bizarre story on charges laid today against Malcolm Turnbull’s staff member Stephen Ellis. The Australian Federal Police has confirmed Stephen John Ellis, 48, was wearing a bondage mask and allegedly engaged in an obscene act in a public area of the airport shortly before his arrest. The ACT Magistrates Court […]

Greens claim a win on call-in powers

SHANE Rattenbury says Greens legislation to improve community consultation on developments that may utilise Ministerial call-in powers has passed with unanimous support. “I have worked closely with the Minister for Planning through this process and I am pleased that we have achieved a result that will improve the process around the use of call-in powers,” […]

More mobile speed cameras on the way

SHANE Rattenbury says the Budget will provide additional funding for mobile speed camera operations. “An evaluation of the ACT road safety camera program undertaken by the University of New South Wales showed a significant reduction in speed and casualty crashes following the introduction of mobile cameras in 1999,” Shane said. “Mean percentile speeds reduced by […]