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Light rail business case and the light of day

It’s all hosannas and hallelujahs for the glories of light rail today. The long awaited business case has been released. And the ACT Government has pushed out a video on how great it will be. Tweets have been tweeted. Business case released today, @KatyGMLA addressing the media pic.twitter.com/Pq6weOfd5j — Capital Metro ACT (@CapitalMetroACT) October 31, […]

Stanhope rides forth to savage Labor over refugee policy

FORMER ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope has strongly criticised Labor’s recent hard line on asylum seekers and refugees, saying the party’s policies on mandatory detention and offshore processing are inconsistent with Labor values. Mr Stanhope, who has just finished a two-year stint as Administrator of the Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) […]

Finally Canberra gets Forensic Mental Health Orders

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the passage of new laws surrounding mental health. “These laws are culmination of seven years of work which involved close consultation with mental health organisations, medical professionals and most importantly those who are living with mental illnesses and their families,” Katy said. “The Government believes that mental health patients […]

It’s official. Mr Fluffy houses to be bought back and demolished

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher says more than one thousand Canberra houses affected by ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose fill asbestos insulation will be bought and demolished by the ACT Government following an in principle agreement with the Commonwealth Government. The Commonwealth will provide the ACT with a $1 billion concessional loan towards the cost of the program. […]

Mr Fluffy announcements coming on Thursday. Just routine say the Chief’s office.

THE program for the Legislative Assembly has been announced for the week and it certainly looks like the Mr Fluffy issue is going to come to a head. Not only is the Chief Minister scheduled to make a Ministerial Statement on the ACT Asbestos Taskforce, she’s also introducing the “Dangerous Substances (Asbestos Safety Reform) Legislation […]

Elections ACT starts pondering new electorates

THE exact shape of the new five electorates, each with five seats will determine the future of politics in the Australian Capital Territory. ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green says public consultation on those new electorates will kick off next week. “The public consultation process for the redistribution of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s electoral boundaries will […]

Katy on Gough

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has blogged her speech to the Assembly’s Gough Whitlam condolence motion. Here’s what she had to say: Madam Speaker, the entire Australian nation has been moved this week by the news of Gough Whitlam’s passing. It has brought grief from Gough’s home in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, to Indigenous Australians in […]

Party Cadre swap with Shenzhen

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced a new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen to attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen. The Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program is the first education outcome of the historic MOU signed between […]

Andrew Barr does away with the EPIC board

ANDREW Barr has announced he’s legislating to abolish the showground board. “Legislation introduced in the Legislative Assembly today will pave the way for the integration of Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) with the management of other Territory venues,” Andrew said. The Exhibition Park Corporation Repeal Bill 2014 will repeal the Exhibition Park Corporation Act 1976 […]

Katy wonders where all the extra Emergency Department patients are coming from

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has expressed some satisfaction at improved statistics from Canberra’s emergency departments while expressing some concern at rising numbers of patients turning up seeking help. “The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report shows that ACT emergency departments saw the highest percentage increase in presentation numbers with a 5.8% when […]

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Liberation Day comes for the sausage sizzlers

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced new laws to reduce red-tape for food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising. “The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members of the community about some of the requirements that were placed on local community […]

Canberra is Open for Business! Chief Minister tells Shenzhen!

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher at 3am this morning announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the sprawling industrial metropolis of Shenzhen. The MoU was signed with the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xǔ Qín, in China. Katy says it marks a new era of collaboration between the two cities. “This memorandum of understanding opens […]

Floriade was particularly fab in 2014 says Andrew Barr

ACTING Chief Minister Andrew Barr is celebrating a record breaking Floriade after enjoying the best possible weather. “I am pleased to announce that Floriade 2014 has had a hugely successful year, recording the largest ever attendance figure in the event’s 27-year history,” Andrew said. “The capital’s 30-day spring festival was blessed with good weather and […]