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‘Access Canberra’ aims to make it simpler to get a business or event going in Canberra

ANDREW Barr has announces the establishment of a new ‘one-stop shop’ to cut red tape and connect Canberrans to government services. “Access Canberra” will connect Canberrans to the ACT Government and will include Canberra Connect. Its’ new function will be to bring together the shopfronts and regulatory arms into a single service. The service will […]

ACT third worst in Australia for homelessness

SHADOW Minister for Housing and Family and Community Services, Nicole Lawder, says the most vulnerable Canberrans are continuing to seek specialist homelessness services at one of the highest rates in Australia. She was referring to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) third annual report into demand for specialist homeless services. “The ACT has […]

Chief Minister Barr shuffles the ministerial responsibilities

CHIEF Minister Andrew Barr (take a second to let that sink in) has announced new Ministerial responsibilities in the wake of Katy Gallagher’s departure from the Legislative Assembly. Andrew Barr Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Housing, and Minister for Tourism and Events. Additionally: responsibility for the Asbestos Response Taskforce. Simon Corbell Deputy Chief […]

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The coronation procession at an end, Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s speech to the Legislative Assembly

Speaker I am deeply honoured by the result of today’s election – and I am deeply grateful for the Assembly’s support. Thank you. Eight and half years ago, I was elected to fill the vacancy left by a great Canberran, Ted Quinlan. So I know a little about having big shoes to fill. But nothing […]

Start me up: Andrew’s ready for the spotlight

ANDREW James Barr, a Rolling Stones “fanatic” with an abiding love for Canberra, has become the Territory’s seventh chief minister. And whatever he says – “You won’t see radical change in terms of policy priorities” – things are going to be different following Katy Gallagher’s sudden ascent to the Senate. Characteristically, the 41-year-old is keeping his […]

To the surprise of no one, Andrew and Shane re-affirm the Labor-Green alliance

ANDREW Barr and Shane Rattenbury have reaffirmed their commitment to the 2012 Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, following the resignation of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister, and the nomination of Andrew Barr as the new Chief Minister. Shane will vote to formally appoint Minister Barr as the ACT Chief Minister in the Legislative Assembly later this morning. […]

Giralang Shops development opponents win right to have appeal heard. Alistair Coe blames Barr and Corbell

“CANBERRA taxpayers are still paying the price of Andrew Barr’s and Simon Corbell’s poorly judged decisions regarding the future of the Giralang shops,” Alistair Coe said today. “Today, the High Court has ruled that nearby traders have the right to appeal the ACT Labor government’s planning decision to allow the development of a large supermarket. […]

Hanson lashes out at Andrew Barr, throws his hat in the ring to win the Chief Ministership

AFTER a few days of playing nice the Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has lashed out at the new Labor Leader Andrew Barr. “Despite being Deputy Chief Minister at the 2012 ACT Election, only 4 percent of voters chose Andrew Barr as their representative in the Legislative Assembly. His record as education minister in cutting 23 […]

What does a Chief Minister’s resignation letter look like? We have the answer

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has tweeted her letter of resignation as Chief Minister to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Vicki Dunne. This makes it official! All my best wishes to @ABarrMLA & @SimonCorbell #CBR — Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) December 8, 2014 A resignation as a Member of the Legislative Assembly will follow […]

Meegan will run

WITH Katy Gallagher leaving the Legislative Assembly the next cab off the electoral rank is widely tipped to be proud Gungahlinite Meegan Fitzharris (subject to a redistribution of preferences by Elections ACT). The question was, would Andrew Barr’s Chief of Staff want the seat? Well we’ve asked and her answer is: Yes, I’ll be nominating […]

Jon Stanhope endorses Katy Gallagher for her Senate run

WHILE some in the Canberra commentariat were relishing the prospect of a Stanhope / Gallagher preselection contest it seems it is not to be. The former Chief Minister has offered a warm endorsement of his protege to win the pre-selection. I am extremely happy that Katy Gallagher has nominated for the impending vacancy. She will […]

Chief Minister Gallagher resigning

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has just made this statement: Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election. Because […]

Fluffy bill passes the Assembly

KATY GALLAGHER has announced the passage of the Loose Fill Asbestos Appropriation Bill in the ACT Legislative Assembly, which will allow the first houses to be purchased by the ACT Government before Christmas. The Bill will allow the ACT Government to purchase houses through the ACT Government’s Buyback and Demolition Program. The Chief Minister expected […]

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Barr refuses to meet citizens worried about his investments in Whitehaven Coal

CANBERRANS who have been arrested in peaceful actions at the Maules Creek Coal Mine site over the past 12 months have gathered outside the ACT Legislative Assembly to call on the Government to hear their stories and to live up to their responsible investment policy and divest from Whitehaven Coal. Local residents from all walks […]