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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 […]


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 […]

A new home for the rescue helicopter team

ZED Seselja is celebrating the opening today of a new centre for the Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter team. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss says today’s opening of the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Training and Administration Centre will improve the medical support provided by the existing helicopter base. “This Centre will play a vital role in […]


Hotels cry foul as Government does deal with Clubs

THIS morning we noted a cosy deal between the Labor Government and the Clubs sector, which the Labor Party owns a big slice of, over poker machine regulation. This afternoon Canberra’s licensed hotel industry has expressed disappointment and concern about the ACT Government’s new gaming machine regulations. “Under the Gaming Machine Reform Package that will […]

ACCC greenlights sale. “ACTTAB has not been a vigorous competitor”

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the go ahead to Tabcorp buying the ACT’s legacy betting agency ACTTAB. The ACCC’s public review focused on whether, as a result of the proposed acquisition, Tabcorp would be able to offer punters less favorable odds, increase its commission fees or otherwise degrade the quality of its […]