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Doszpot calls for cooler classrooms

STEVE Doszpot says the Government needs to get back to core business and ensure Canberra’s school students and teachers aren’t forced to work under extreme temperatures in the classroom. “This can be a particularly difficult time of the year in classrooms which aren’t adequately cooled,” Steve said. “In 2014 the ACT branch of the Australian […]

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Barr moves to wedge Hanson on knighthoods

ANDREW Barr says he will move that the ACT Legislative Assembly recognise that Tony Abbott’s ‘captain’s call’ to bring back Knights and Dames doesn’t reflect a modern, confident and diverse Australia and devalues the awards delivered to notable Canberrans under the pre-existing honours system. “Like many Australians, I have found the decision to bring back […]

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Shellshock corner on the move

ANDREW Barr has announced a real estate shuffle in Manuka with the burned out Canberra Services Club (aka The Shellshock Inn) finding a new location (they’ll need to move their tank), a new child care facility, and an upgrade to Telopea Park School’s sporting facilities. “Members of the Services Club have been without a home […]

Government planning over-rides get a tick

SIMON Corbell has welcomed a report that supports the ACT Government’s proposal to limit appeal rights on infrastructure and development projects of benefit to the ACT community. “The Latimer House Principles and the ACT Legislative Assembly” was prepared by the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis and tabled by the Speaker of […]

So what went wrong for the Northbourne trees?

THE Liberals’ Alistair Coe is asking unkind questions about the Government justifications for clear felling the urban forest of Northbourne Avenue to make way for light rail. “Simon Corbell and his assistant Shane Rattenbury need to explain why the health of trees on Northbourne Avenue seems to have deteriorated so rapidly since a report in […]

After Monday’s leadership binge came Tuesday’s hangover

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AT Tuesday’s Coalition parties meeting, Julie Bishop declared, apparently rather theatrically: “That’s it! Leadership spills are so yesterday!” “People move on so quickly,” the Liberal deputy said. Well, not so much, as the foreign minister well knows. The past few days have left further strains in her relationship with […]

Last call for submissions on medical marijuana

SHANE Rattenbury says submissions close this Friday (13 February) for the ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Shane introduced draft legislation into the Assembly last year which would give those suffering from certain chronic and terminal illnesses access to cannabis as a treatment. The draft legislation and discussion paper […]

Liberals want more transparency on the fate of playgrounds

GIULIA Jones says the government needs to treat the community with more respect and conduct genuine consultation on playgrounds “The recently announced closure of the Rocky Knob playground in Narrabundah was done without any community consultation. Mums and kids discovered a sign on the equipment one day saying it was to close, and that was […]

A government advocate for local business

ANDREW Barr has announced a new position of Local Industry Advocate to give local businesses a fair go in government procurement. “The Advocate’s first job will be to work with local industry to identify improvements to government procurement processes. I am particularly concerned to ensure our rules and regulations are not designed around the compliance […]

Barr distributes whizzy concept drawings of the Australia Forum

ANDREW Barr has announced the selection of architects to create a reference design for a new and expanded Canberra Convention Centre. “Local firm Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) and Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas have been appointed to develop a reference design for the centre. A nine-member judging panel unanimously chose the ‘poetic and sculptural treatment of […]

Liberals saying no to light rail and anything that helps light rail

ALISTAIR Coe says the Canberra Liberals will show their commitment to stopping light rail by voting against a bill on Tuesday designed to expedite the construction of Capital Metro. The Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly last year and will be voted on by the Assembly on […]

Costly tram heads off in a new direction

CANBERRA taxpayers won’t die wondering as the Minister for Capital Metro calls for costs to extend the controversial light rail project from Civic to Russell. “The ACT government will ask consortia to include the extension as an option in their proposals following strong support from the ACT community and the local business industry,” says Simon […]

Distant wind farms to power a third of Canberra

SIMON Corbell says the ACT’s first wind energy reverse auction has resulted in a $50million direct investment into the local economy and broader economic benefits in excess of $240 million. “The auction has also delivered low renewable energy prices and enough renewable energy to provide for approximately 33% of Canberra’s electricity needs,” Simon said. “The […]