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Hanson lashes out at Andrew Barr, throws his hat in the ring to win the Chief Ministership

AFTER a few days of playing nice the Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has lashed out at the new Labor Leader Andrew Barr. “Despite being Deputy Chief Minister at the 2012 ACT Election, only 4 percent of voters chose Andrew Barr as their representative in the Legislative Assembly. His record as education minister in cutting 23 […]

What does a Chief Minister’s resignation letter look like? We have the answer

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has tweeted her letter of resignation as Chief Minister to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Vicki Dunne. This makes it official! All my best wishes to @ABarrMLA & @SimonCorbell #CBR — Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) December 8, 2014 A resignation as a Member of the Legislative Assembly will follow […]

Meegan will run

WITH Katy Gallagher leaving the Legislative Assembly the next cab off the electoral rank is widely tipped to be proud Gungahlinite Meegan Fitzharris (subject to a redistribution of preferences by Elections ACT). The question was, would Andrew Barr’s Chief of Staff want the seat? Well we’ve asked and her answer is: Yes, I’ll be nominating […]

Jon Stanhope endorses Katy Gallagher for her Senate run

WHILE some in the Canberra commentariat were relishing the prospect of a Stanhope / Gallagher preselection contest it seems it is not to be. The former Chief Minister has offered a warm endorsement of his protege to win the pre-selection. I am extremely happy that Katy Gallagher has nominated for the impending vacancy. She will […]

Chief Minister Gallagher resigning

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has just made this statement: Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election. Because […]

Fluffy bill passes the Assembly

KATY GALLAGHER has announced the passage of the Loose Fill Asbestos Appropriation Bill in the ACT Legislative Assembly, which will allow the first houses to be purchased by the ACT Government before Christmas. The Bill will allow the ACT Government to purchase houses through the ACT Government’s Buyback and Demolition Program. The Chief Minister expected […]

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Barr refuses to meet citizens worried about his investments in Whitehaven Coal

CANBERRANS who have been arrested in peaceful actions at the Maules Creek Coal Mine site over the past 12 months have gathered outside the ACT Legislative Assembly to call on the Government to hear their stories and to live up to their responsible investment policy and divest from Whitehaven Coal. Local residents from all walks […]

Nightrider to drop you somewhere near your door

SHANE Rattenbury has climbed onto a Nightrider bus this morning to launch the returning summer service of night buses dropping drunks home without troubling the taxi service. “Following feedback from the community earlier this year, the Nightrider now has more services to the suburbs. The bus will drop people off at the nearest bus stop […]

Expansion works finally come for the hospital’s emergency department

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced major expansion works for Canberra Hospital emergency department to deliver more beds while improving emergency services. “Investment in health infrastructure is one of the ACT Government’s highest priorities and this $23m expansion of the emergency department at the Canberra Hospital is the latest strategy to help deal with increasing presentation […]

Grattan on Friday: In Victoria, Julie Bishop is the popular face of an unpopular government

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra DURING Thursday’s extremely unruly Question Time, when Speaker Bronwyn Bishop ejected a record 18 (all Labor) members, Tony Abbott was asked whether he’d visit Victoria on Friday, the eve of the state election. Abbott avoided the question, just talking about his earlier forays – one of which saw that […]

Toot! Toot! Capital Metro to rumble though planning controls

MICK Gentleman has given the light rail line to Gungahlin a boost by legislating to remove planning controls over Capital Metro. “These changes are needed to ensure the first stage of the Capital Metro project can continue to progress smoothly without any potential lengthy legal delays,” Mick said. The Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation […]

Public asked to pay more to political parties in electoral reforms

SIMON Corbell has tabled two reports into the ACT Electoral Act and introduced legislation making changes to the electoral system. The Attorney-General announced that amendments to the Electoral Act support most of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992, some of which include: Lower electoral expenditure caps for both […]


Ending periodic detention

THE Liberals’ Andrew Wall is in some dudgeon over legislation before the Assembly scrapping the practice of making low level crims check into prison for weekends. “Changes to ACT sentencing legislation will reduce options for the judiciary and increase pressure on Canberra’s prison and the Canberra community,” Andrew said. “The Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill brought […]

Nicole Lawder asks why so many children are dying?

LIBERAL Nicole Lawder says the ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee 2013-14 Annual Report released yesterday highlights ongoing and systemic issues within the ACT’s care and protection services. “This report is particularly disturbing because it shows the ACT is not improving in preventing the deaths of children, particularly those known to authorities. That […]

Hanson calls on Katy Gallagher to resign

LIBERAL LEADER Jeremy Hanson says it’s time for Katy Gallagher to resolve the ongoing issues with the Canberra Hospital Maternity unit or step aside as health minister. “After eight years of Katy Gallagher as health minister and five years since major problems surfaced within the Obstetrics and Gynaecology unit at the Canberra Hospital the Chief […]