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Introducing Canberra Community Law

SIMON Corbell has launched Canberra Community Law, which was previously known as the Welfare Rights and Legal Centre. “The name change and the associated new website will modernise the image of the centre and better convey the service’s close connection with the community,” Mr Simon said. “It was important to recognise the diversity of services […]

From his back pocket Simon produces a review supporting the light rail business case

IN the wake of yesterday’s scathing assessment of Capital Metro in the Financial Review Simon Corbell has today released a review of the business case, which he’s been sitting on since October 2014. “Prior to the public release of the business case, Capital Metro Agency engaged academic reviewer, Professor Derek Scrafton from University of South […]

Economists line up in the Financial Review to throw rocks at Canberra’s light rail

CANBERRA’S Capital Metro plans are gaining national attention with the Australian Financial Review recruiting a conga line of economists and public policy experts (click the top link) to cast doubt on the merits of the project. ANU Crawford School of Public Policy adjunct associate professor Leo Dobes said there was a “disturbing lack of facts […]

With the economy on the nose, public school enrollments surge

JOY Burch says the latest ACT schools census shows strong growth in public school enrolments. ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today welcomed the February 2015 school census that measures enrolments at both public and non-government schools. “I am pleased to once again see very strong enrolments in our public schools across the […]

Fluffy blocks going dual occupancy

MICK Gentleman has announced proposed changes to the Territory Plan to allow for development opportunities of Mr Fluffy blocks. “DV343 will facilitate urban renewal throughout the capital, through the redevelopment of decontaminated Mr Fluffy blocks,” Mick said. “Public comments are invited on a draft variation to the Territory Plan that proposes planning changes to residential […]

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Concerns Telopea Park School’s oval is to be redeveloped

PARENTS and carers of children at Telopea Park School are concerned about the ACT Government’s plans to sell part of the school’s historic Montgomery Oval, the title for which has already been transferred from away from the Education Directorate. The Telopea Park School Parents and Citizens Association (Telopea P&C) met on 9 April to discuss […]

Pay rise for our politicians

THE ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released determinations covering: Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly; Head of Service, Directors-General and other ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Executives; Full-time Statutory Office Holders; The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; and The newly established Governing Board of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Members of the Legislative Assembly will receive […]

Child kept in a cage prompts questions from Doszpot

STEVE Doszpot says revelations that a child was held inside a cage-like structure inside a Canberra public school classroom require a broad and independent investigation. “There are many questions that now need answering,” Steve said. “Have these situations occurred before? Are there similar structures in other schools? Why have we only heard about it now […]

Law reform to address family violence

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Government will embark on a major family violence legislative reform program that will address the recommendations from the Australia Law Reform Commission’s “Family Violence – A National Legal Response”. Simon said proposed legislation later this year to introduce strangulation as an offence and also allow prosecutors to use victims’ initial […]

Barr’s plan for business

AS part of ANDREW BARR’s speech to the Canberra Business Chamber 2015 ‘State of the Territory’ Luncheon at the National Press Club he has outlined plans to establish a Small Business Research Partnerships Program which will see a proportion of government procurement funds allocated to working with our innovative local businesses. “The program will allow […]

New electoral boundaries unveiled

THE ACT Redistribution Committee has announced its proposed redistribution of the ACT into 5 electorates. “The Committee has proposed that the ACT be divided into electorates named Brindabella, Ginninderra, Kurrajong, Murrumbidgee and Yerrabi,” ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green said. The ACT Legislative Assembly’s electoral boundaries are being redrawn in preparation for the 15 October 2016 […]

Google to rule Canberra’s schools

JOY Burch has launched Google Apps for Education in ACT public schools at Lake Tuggeranong College. “The ACT is truly leading the nation with learning that is anytime, anywhere,” Joy said. “Google Apps for Education offer online tools for classroom collaboration. They provide students and teachers with unlimited cloud storage in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets […]

Judicial reforms pass the Assembly

SIMON Corbell has announced a raft of changes passed in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, he says they are intended to increase efficiency in the ACT’s judicial system and improve the community’s access to justice. “The Courts Legislation Amendment Bill amends a number of different Acts and supplements other measures recently put in place to streamline […]

Another five years of Phil Green as the ACT Electoral Commissioner

ASSEMBLY Speaker Vicki Dunne says that after a merit-based recruitment process the Electoral Commissioner, Phil Green, has been re-appointed for a term of five years. Vicki made the appointment on behalf of the Assembly. “The Electoral Commissioner is independent of government as an officer of the Assembly under the Electoral Act 1992 after amendments that […]