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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 […]

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What do you think about 40 zones?

SHANE Rattenbury is asking Canberrans to share their thoughts on proposed boundaries for 40 kilometre per hour (40 km/h) speed limit precincts in Canberra’s group centres. “The ACT Government started introducing 40 km/h speed limits in Canberra’s town centres in 2011 after being introduced via the first Greens-Labor Parliamentary Agreement. They have now been successfully […]

Assembly committee looking for your Mr Fluffy feedback

THE Standing Committee on Public Accounts is calling for public submissions as part of an inquiry into the proposed Mr Fluffy bailout package. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (the Committee) invites written submissions, from interested organisations and individuals, to its inquiry into the proposed Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill 2014–15 (the Bill). The […]

Shane wants to know why the ACT Government is investing in the Maules Creek mine

SHANE Rattenbury is calling on the ACT Government to divest its investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the Maules Creek mine proposal. Mr Rattenbury yesterday visited the Leard Forest to lend his support for the Leard Blockade campaign opposing the Maules Creek Coal mine which will destroy over 5,000ha of forest. “Leard Forest is […]

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A week later the hotels respond to boarding house de-regulation

LATE last Friday afternoon Katy Gallagher surprised us with a back door legalisation of Airbnb which lets homeowners with spare rooms monetise those spaces after they clear out the disused gym equipment. Even more surprising was that we could get no comment from the Hotels’ Association on this mortal threat to their business. Today, a […]

Grattan on Friday / government should tone down ideology and turn up common sense

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, usually sharp-witted and articulate, entered an Orwellian zone this week. Trying to explain away Tony Abbott’s pre-election promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS”, Turnbull argued Abbott had said it in one interview the night before the election but he, Turnbull, and Joe […]

An unexpected win for consumers of financial advice comes out of PUP implosion

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AUSTRALIA’S financial services industry has been thrown into turmoil by the spectacular implosion of the Palmer United Party (PUP) and an independent stand by its supposed ally, Motoring Enthusiast Ricky Muir. Wednesday night’s disallowance, by a 32-30 vote, of the government’s regulations that unwound Labor’s Future of Financial Advice […]

The faithful rally to protest cuts to the ABC

THE ABC’s true believers gathered on Northbourne this morning to protest the Abbott Government’s planned $254 million cuts to the national broadcaster. Tony Abbott was there in efigy (sadly not put to the torch while your correspondent was in attendance), passing cars tooted in a desultory fashion (but did not stop and get out to […]

Shane’s special buses now servicing Tuggeranong

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT Government’s free flexible bus service is now available to transport disadvantaged residents in Tuggeranong. “There have been over 819 boardings on the flexible bus service since it commenced on 1 September 2014 and its expansion into Tuggeranong suburbs including, but not limited to, Kambah, Wanniassa, Isabella Plains, Gordon and Banks […]

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Leigh, Lundy and Brodtmann want to know what Zed is doing about the public service

Local MPs Andrew Leigh, Gai Brodtmann and Senator Kate Lundy are jointly pointing out the turmoil in the Public Service locally in the wake of staff at the Department of Human Services (DHS) voting to pursue industrial action in protest against the Government’s below-inflation wage offer. “The Government is trying to force the department’s 35,000 […]

For the Centenary, we get a cancer chair

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research. As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as well as clinicians […]

Grattan / Xi gives reassuring message about China’s benign intentions

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra CHINESE President Xi Jinping has declared that “big guy” China is dedicated to pursuing peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region in a speech urging that China and Australia “jointly meet various security challenges to our region”. Addressing federal parliament, Xi said Australia and China should be “harmonious neighbours […]

A special sitting day laid down for the Assembly to get the Fluffy buyback on track

CHIEF Minister Gallagher says the ACT Legislative Assembly will be asked to return for an extra sitting day to ensure the Mr Fluffy buyback can begin before Christmas. During the November sittings the Legislative Assembly will agree to meet on 4 December to consider a supplementary appropriation bill to allow $750m to be allocated for […]