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Brace yourselves, next year’s audits announced

THE ACT Auditor-General has announced her planned programme of audits. These audits are still in progress: Capital works reporting (Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate and selected directorates): Areas of focus: minimising waste in government / improving services and programs Management of debtors (Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate, Commerce and Works Directorate and other selected directorates): […]

Villers-Bretonneux artwork on loan to Assembly

LAST week as I was attending a meeting of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s art acquisitions committee, I turned a corner near the Speaker’s hospitality room and was astonished to find myself face to face with Will Longstaff’s brilliant painting “Villers-Bretonneux, ruins of the church.” On loan from the Australian War Memorial, the 1918-19 oil on […]


Memo to the IMF: there is no housing bubble

By Ross Guest, Griffith University AUSTRALIA’S house prices are grossly overinflated – if you believe the International Monetary Fund’s recent analysis. It says radical policies are required to deflate this emerging housing bubble, such as a stamp duty on house purchases by foreign residents and government imposed controls on bank lending for housing. The IMF’s […]

Brendan rails against the LVC

THE Liberals’ Brendan Smyth has taken umbrage with the idea that developers making huge windfalls from rezoning should pay something back to the community. “As part of the 2012 ACT Election, the government promised that its LVC [Lease Variation Charge] scheme would raise $100 million for ‘urban development’. Since then, LVC revenue collected has fallen […]

Call Joy Burch for all your solar panel needs?

“CITYNEWS” has been a little surprised to discover that the local Labor Minister’s former website domain of appears to have departed from the promotion of a local politician and has instead embraced the dizzy future of solar panel sales. Fortunately for all your ill-advised comment in her name by junior staff needs, a Twitter […]

Lower speed limits recommended to protect vulnerable road users

SHANE Rattenbury has welcomed the release of an Assembly Committee Report on ‘vulnerable road users’, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycle riders. Mr Rattenbury moved an Assembly resolution in May 2013 to establish the Committee, which has spent the last year inquiring into the matter. “The Committee has made several useful recommendations, covering issues like […]

Barr promises red tape reductions for the Community Sector

ANDREW Barr has announced efforts to make life easier for government funded community groups. “From 1 July 2014 the Community Services Directorate (CSD) will simplify relationship arrangements for organisations that have funding agreements with the Government by instituting a single point of contact for each organisation, regardless of the number of agreements,” Andrew said. “Additionally, […]

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Hanson budget response: “pet projects that Canberrans do not want and cannot afford”

LIBERAL Leader Jeremy Hanson is giving his budget reply at 3pm today but has sent forth his thoughts already. “Tuesday’s budget was a continuation of the failures dished out over the past 13 long years. The extensive debt and deficit that Andrew Barr uses as throwaway lines are signs the government cannot show restraint in […]

A subtle backflip on childcare workers

HAVING progressively raised the requirements of childcare workers Joy Burch has now had to create a backdoor into the industry. “These changes will help services to meet the requirements under the National Quality Framework,” Joy said. “While many of these amendments are relatively minor, they respond directly to feedback from the education and care sector […]

Wall wants to know what’s going on with Early Intervention Services

THE Liberals’ Andrew Wall wants to know what is going to happen to early intervention services in the transition to the NDIS. “There is a rising level of anxiety amongst parents, carers, teachers and advocates about what services will be in place and operational to provide the services that are slated to be discontinued as […]