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Brendan blames ACT Government for shaken business confidence

BRENDAN Smyth says business confidence in the ACT Labor government has fallen through the floor according to the latest Sensis Business Index. “Confidence in ACT government policies is now in negative territory with attitudes falling from plus 32 points in August 2014 to negative 10 in November 2014,” Brendan said. “The negative 10 result shows […]

The new Andrew Barr Cabinet announced.

CHIEF Minister Andrew Barr has facebooked his new Ministry: Post by Andrew Barr. Housing and Community Services are big starting portfolios for Yvette Berry and probably sensibly brought together. Multicultural Affairs split from arts will require some deep thinking about festivals however. UPDATE: The Chief went on to make this statement: Urban renewal, transport, equality […]

Meegan Fitzharris heads to the Assembly floor

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green says Andrew Barr’s Chief of Staff Meegan Fitzharris is set to replace Katy Gallagher in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch) candidate for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris received a majority of preferences after Ms Gallagher’s votes were distributed by computer count this afternoon. The computer count, which started […]

Jeremy Hanson sides with pregnant women against postcode discrimination

LIBERAL Leader Jeremy Hanson says reports that ACT Health is considering banning expectant mothers from the north of Canberra from having their babies at the Canberra Hospital should be ruled out by Health Minister Simon Corbell. “The reports that ACT Health is considering banning women from the north of Canberra from going to the Canberra […]

Government co-owned ActewAGL wins Government electricity contracts

CHIEF Minister Andrew Barr says ActewAGL Retail has won the competitive tender process to supply all the ACT Government’s electricity needs for the next four years. Three contracts were available: large sites (such as hospitals and offices), small sites (such as preschools) and unmetered (streetlights, traffic lights and parking machines). Three power supply companies, including […]

Katy Gallagher nominated to the Senate unopposed

ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee has endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT. “At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said. “Katy will play an important role […]

Stanhope to run Legal Aid

SIMON Corbell has announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years. “As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Simon said. “He has […]

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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. […]