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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 […]

Budget / Chamber likes the business initiatives

THE Canberra Business Chamber says, despite the size of the territory’s deficit, it’s pleased to see initiatives in this year’s ACT Budget designed to support the business sector. “In particular, we welcome the $11.75 million allocated for a new business development strategy,” the chamber says in a post-Budget statement. “While this strategy will help certain sectors of […]

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A new plan to support entrepreneurs in Canberra

ANDREW Barr has launched a new plan launched to help Canberra build on its strengths to support entrepreneurs and generate more jobs in innovation, research and education. “The 2015-16 ACT Budget will deliver $11.75 million in new funding to support Confident and Business Ready: Building on Our Strengths, the ACT Government’s new business development strategy, […]