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Leaders debate the GST: what you need to know

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra; Alan Duncan, Curtin University; John Daley, Grattan Institute; Patricia Apps, University of Sydney, and Roger Wilkins, University of Melbourne STATE premiers and chief ministers meet Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Sydney today in a special leader’s retreat prior to Thursday’s COAG meeting, with reform of the GST planted firmly on […]

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A new issues paper on booze and drinking in Canberra

SIMON Corbell has released an issues paper on potential liquor licensing reforms. The issues covered include: changes to opening hours, outlet density, liquor promotion “A six-week consultation on the “Two-year review of liquor: Issues Paper” is the next step in the government’s push to reduce alcohol-related harm in our community,” Simon said. “These potential reforms […]

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Greens moving for privacy zones for abortion clinics

SHANE Rattenbury has released draft legislation to create privacy zones around medical facilities that provide abortion services to allow women to access legal medical services privately and without fear of interference or judgement. “The Greens believe that it is the right of women to have unimpeded access to safe and legal abortions,” Shane said. “This […]


Zed wants to know if the CFMEU is respecting the Do Not Call register in its campaign?

ZED Seselja has condemned what he says is a free trade scare campaign undertaken last night by the CFMEU in the ACT. “Last night we saw thousands of households across Canberra receive a pre-recorded message asking them to call my office to register their concerns regarding the Chinese Free Trade Agreement,” Zed said. “The CFMEU […]

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Tony Abbott holds up Capital Metro as a great example to other states

SPEAKING on the Gold Coast Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used the ACT Government’s Capital Metro as an example of how things should be done. So, we are not in the business of funding urban public transport other than through asset recycling, and if the state Government is so keen to have a federal Government […]


The Australian Motorist Party is no more in the ACT

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green says the Australian Motorist Party has been removed from the ACT’s register of political parties. The registration was cancelled at the request of the party. Six parties remain registered in the ACT: Australian Labor Party (ACT Branch) Liberal Democratic Party Liberal Party of Australia (A.C.T. Division) Marion Le Social Justice […]

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A draft biosecurity strategy awaits Canberrans’ input

SHANE Rattenbury has released a draft “Biosecurity Strategy for the ACT” for public consultation. “A biosecurity outbreak like equine influenza could threaten our local animals and plants – and cost our community millions,” Shane said. “That’s why we need a plan for government, industry, and the community to work together to protect Canberra from these […]

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Whither the arts asks Brendan?

FOLLOWING yesterday’s 2015 Arts Policy launch the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth wants to know what progress has been made. “The release of the government’s Arts policy framework yesterday shows that three years on from the 2012 policy nothing has changed, with the government telling us more needs to be done in the Arts without detailing what,” […]


New tender system for getting work from the ACT Government

THE ACT’s new electronic tendering system, “Tenders ACT” was launched today. A spokesperson Tenders ACT will make doing business with the ACT Government easier, by providing a central point where business opportunities are advertised. “The system offers an online forum to facilitate communication, and secure electronic lodgement of responses. There is no cost to use […]

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Behold the 2015 ACT Arts Policy

JOY Burch has released the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, following extensive consultation with the local arts sector and broader Canberra community. “artsACT received feedback from over 300 individuals and representative organisations as part of the consultation process and as a result we are confident that the final policy document is a strong reflection of the […]

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Auditor-General unveils plans for the coming years

THE ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper has announced the Performance Audit Program 2015-16 and Potential Audits to Commence over 2016-17 to 2017-18. “The Audit Office has developed the Program having regard to the Office’s mandate, its strategic plan, and interests of its primary stakeholders: the Legislative Assembly and the ACT community,” Maxine said. The Audit Office […]

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Simon says light rail is ace for cities like Canberra

SIMON Corbell says the Canberra Urban Regional Futures (CURF) paper released by UC shows light rail increases public transport patronage, delivers benefits to landowners and creates flow-on effects in diversifying the economy, improving liveability and increasing sustainability in cities of similar size and density to Canberra. “Findings in the CURF paper show that the introduction […]