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Grattan / Interrogation of Gillard produces nothing new

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra During Julia Gillard’s evidence to the Royal Commission on union corruption, even Commissioner Dyson Heydon became impatient with the traversing of old ground. Trying to curb questions that had already been asked during the morning he pointed out that Gillard had been in the witness box a very long […]

Mrs Fluffy in her own words, explaining new Labor membership and action group operations

YESTERDAY afternoon the founder of the Fluffy Owners and Residents’ Action Group, Brianna Heseltine, gave an extraordinary performance on local Radio 2CC with Marcus Paul. They have kindly shared the audio with us so that those who missed it can reach an understanding of Brianna’s thinking. [Photo via facebook]

Brendan asks why our Tourism numbers are going backwards

BRENDAN Smyth is asking difficult questions about why the numbers for Canberra’s tourism industry are suffering a post-centenary hangover. “The ACT has recorded a decline on key indicators while most of the rest of the country improved,” Brendan said. “This is particularly concerning given the fact we’re coming off the Centenary Year. The government should […]

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Contradictions fly as Mrs Fluffy gears up to run for Labor

THE “Canberra Times” has the bombshell news that the convenor of the Fluffy Owners and Residents’ Action Group, Brianna Heseltine, has joined the Labor Party and is trailing her coat for a run at the Legislative Assembly or possibly for Kate Lundy’s Senate seat. Apparently she had announced her ambitions to friends on Facebook on […]

Natural disaster grants for Canberra organisations

Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, have announced 20 projects that will share in $5.2 million to help communities withstand the effects of disasters and emergencies in the ACT. Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government strengthens the territory’s […]

Are conditions at Canberra Hospital increasing mortality?

JEREMY Hanson is calling on Chief Minister Gallagher to respond to statements made to the ABC by Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department Clinical Director, Dr Michael Hall. In an interview with the ABC Dr Hall stated: In relation to the Hospital’s 95 percent occupancy rate – “Ninety-five per cent is unsafe…once you reach above 90 the […]

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Vale Kurt Steel

KATY Gallagher and Andrew Barr have made a joint statement following the death of Andrew’s media advisor. We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister. Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT […]

Canberra’s School Welfare Officers under the axe in chaplaincy row

LABOR Senator Kate Lundy says new Government documents show that the welfare officers of 25 schools across Canberra are facing unemployment as a result of the Abbott Government’s decision to only fund religious chaplains. In June this year the High Court ruled that it was constitutionally invalid for payments to be made directly to schools […]


Free public Wi-Fi for health care facilities

KATY Gallagher’s love of free wifi marches on with news she’s rolling it out across Canberra’s hospitals and health centres. The Chief Minister has announced that free public internet access is now available at the Canberra Hospital campus and at Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres. “Public wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) was switched on […]