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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 […]

Dr Maxine Cooper

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 […]

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Hanson unhappy with latest health statistics

JEREMY Hanson says the Barr government’s obsession with light rail means Canberra’s public hospital emergency departments are still not getting the focus they need from Simon Corbell and are still the worst performing in the country. “Only 50 percent of patients in the ACT were seen on time in the urgent category according to the […]

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When is 100% renewable energy actually 100% renewable when it comes to light rail?

ON Saturday Simon Corbell’s office put out a media release (to avoid claims I’ve taken it out of context you can view the entire thing here) which to my eye appeared to invent its own form of mathematics. Particularly startling was the intro: Stage one of Canberra’s light rail network will operate on 100% renewable […]

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Simon signs us up to international climate change agreements

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Government is signing up to two important international agreements on climate change. The ACT Government has signed up to the Compact of States and Regions and the Compact of Mayors and will report annually to an international audience through the Carbon Disclosure Project. “Leading up to the UN conference in […]

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Your thoughts wanted on light rail’s draft environmental impact statement

SIMON Corbell says the public has been invited engage in consultation on the draft environmental impact statement for light rail. “The draft EIS has been submitted to the Environment and Planning Directorate as part of the project’s planning process and in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2007,” Simon said. “EPD will be accepting […]


Joy Burch says no to means testing public education

JOY Burch has strongly rejected any plans to make parents pay for public education in Australia. A leaked discussion paper has lead to reports that some families could be required to pay for their children to attend public schools. The paper was developed within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. “Universal free public education […]

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Joy Burch claims vindication against allegations she acted improperly on her son’s behalf

JOY Burch says the findings of the independent Commissioner for Standards, Ken Crispin, has cleared her of any wrongdoing and recommended that Jeremy Hanson’s complaint be dismissed. The report is available online and makes but one recommendation: RECOMMENDATION 1 That no further action be taken in relation to this matter. “I thank Dr Crispin for […]


ACT to write off the Boundless Playground’s debt

ANDREW Barr says the ACT Government will waive the $2.5 million loan provided to Boundless Canberra to build the popular, all-abilities playground on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. “With this financial liability now removed, I hope that Boundless Canberra’s fundraising efforts can go towards improving the playground, including the provision of shade facilities and […]