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ACTTAB sold to Tabcorp

KATY Gallagher and Andrew Barr in their roles as the ACTTAB shareholders have announced that Victoria’s Tabcorp has been chosen as the successful purchaser of ACTTAB. The sale of ACTTAB and associated issue of licences has achieved a sale price of $105.5 million. Tabcorp has an extensive history operating as a successful wagering operator. Tabcorp […]

Grattan / Slipper found guilty over trips to wineries

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Former Speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty of dishonestly misusing his parliamentary entitlements in charging the taxpayer his travel to various wineries around Canberra. Slipper took three trips between January and June 2010 using Cabcharges worth about $950. ACT Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker said today she was satisfied […]

A major review of renting and public housing in Canberra

SIMON Corbell has announced a review into the Residential Tenancy Act to ensure the Act operates effectively and fairly. “This is an important review that will ensure we have an appropriate balance between the rights of tenants and landlords,” Mr Corbell said. “It gives everyone an opportunity to have their say about whether the law […]

Ambulance service numbers much improved

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Ambulance service now has the best priority one response times at the 90th percentile of any Australian capital city, according to an independent review. Simon says the report showed significant financial investment from the ACT Government had led to major improvements in the structure, governance and performance of the ACT […]

19 Canberra companies to cash in on the tram

SIMON Corbell says Canberra businesses will benefit from the Capital Metro light rail project with 40% of companies selected for the recently finalised Specialist Advisor Panel locally based. Simon said the result was great news for a large number of local businesses. “We put out requests for public tender some months ago. After careful consideration, […]

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Mick Gentleman proposes a slew of zoning changes

NEW Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has announced two new Draft Variations to the Territory Plan. “Draft variation 297 is an omnibus variation that primarily includes planning changes recommended for identified areas of high ecological value,” Mick said. “The ACT Government made the decision to consolidate changes to a number of sites into a single variation […]

Ratepayers feeling the heat

The Ratepayers’ Association of the ACT is warning home owners to brace themselves for sticker shock as the rates notices arrive in the mail. “One third of ACT ratepayers will receive their rates bills in the mail today and tomorrow, many will suffer bill shock with this year’s increases averaging 10% with the total increases […]

Zed’s dream of Greater Tuggeranong marches on

LIBERAL Senator Zed Seselja has let it be known that his plan of concreting down to and over the Murrumbidgee has been referred to the National Capital Authority for consideration. “After a series of discussions with Senator Zed Seselja who is passionate about Canberra’s future, I have asked the NCA to commence work to consider […]

How we can reinvigorate the Australian Federation

By Vince FitzGerald, Australian National University WHEN our two major levels of government work in partnership, our Federation can function well. The standout period for cooperative federalism was the Hawke/Keating term of government, producing the National Competition Policy, the east coast power grid, a national rail agreement, harmonised regulation and consumer standards, and mutual recognition […]

The return of the pleasure dome? Andrew Barr calling for industry interest

TREASURER Andrew Barr is calling for registrations of interest in new office accommodation in Civic for the chosen ones of the ACT Public Service. “This project represents a great opportunity for developers and property owners to participate in a new phase of the city’s development,” Andrew said. “The main criteria for eligibility to participate in […]