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Fluffy blocks going dual occupancy

MICK Gentleman has announced proposed changes to the Territory Plan to allow for development opportunities of Mr Fluffy blocks. “DV343 will facilitate urban renewal throughout the capital, through the redevelopment of decontaminated Mr Fluffy blocks,” Mick said. “Public comments are invited on a draft variation to the Territory Plan that proposes planning changes to residential […]

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Concerns Telopea Park School’s oval is to be redeveloped

PARENTS and carers of children at Telopea Park School are concerned about the ACT Government’s plans to sell part of the school’s historic Montgomery Oval, the title for which has already been transferred from away from the Education Directorate. The Telopea Park School Parents and Citizens Association (Telopea P&C) met on 9 April to discuss […]

Pay rise for our politicians

THE ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released determinations covering: Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly; Head of Service, Directors-General and other ACT Public Service (ACTPS) Executives; Full-time Statutory Office Holders; The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; and The newly established Governing Board of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Members of the Legislative Assembly will receive […]

Child kept in a cage prompts questions from Doszpot

STEVE Doszpot says revelations that a child was held inside a cage-like structure inside a Canberra public school classroom require a broad and independent investigation. “There are many questions that now need answering,” Steve said. “Have these situations occurred before? Are there similar structures in other schools? Why have we only heard about it now […]

Law reform to address family violence

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Government will embark on a major family violence legislative reform program that will address the recommendations from the Australia Law Reform Commission’s “Family Violence – A National Legal Response”. Simon said proposed legislation later this year to introduce strangulation as an offence and also allow prosecutors to use victims’ initial […]

Barr’s plan for business

AS part of ANDREW BARR’s speech to the Canberra Business Chamber 2015 ‘State of the Territory’ Luncheon at the National Press Club he has outlined plans to establish a Small Business Research Partnerships Program which will see a proportion of government procurement funds allocated to working with our innovative local businesses. “The program will allow […]

New electoral boundaries unveiled

THE ACT Redistribution Committee has announced its proposed redistribution of the ACT into 5 electorates. “The Committee has proposed that the ACT be divided into electorates named Brindabella, Ginninderra, Kurrajong, Murrumbidgee and Yerrabi,” ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green said. The ACT Legislative Assembly’s electoral boundaries are being redrawn in preparation for the 15 October 2016 […]

Google to rule Canberra’s schools

JOY Burch has launched Google Apps for Education in ACT public schools at Lake Tuggeranong College. “The ACT is truly leading the nation with learning that is anytime, anywhere,” Joy said. “Google Apps for Education offer online tools for classroom collaboration. They provide students and teachers with unlimited cloud storage in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets […]

Judicial reforms pass the Assembly

SIMON Corbell has announced a raft of changes passed in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, he says they are intended to increase efficiency in the ACT’s judicial system and improve the community’s access to justice. “The Courts Legislation Amendment Bill amends a number of different Acts and supplements other measures recently put in place to streamline […]

Another five years of Phil Green as the ACT Electoral Commissioner

ASSEMBLY Speaker Vicki Dunne says that after a merit-based recruitment process the Electoral Commissioner, Phil Green, has been re-appointed for a term of five years. Vicki made the appointment on behalf of the Assembly. “The Electoral Commissioner is independent of government as an officer of the Assembly under the Electoral Act 1992 after amendments that […]

Further protections for Indigenous Canberrans and Children

SIMON Corbell has introduced reforms to the ACT Legislative Assembly today to recognise the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “The ACT Government is strengthening the Human Rights Act following a review of the operation and scope of the legislation,” Simon said. “It is important that the ACT Government makes sure its […]

Tweaks to witness protections at coronial inquests

SIMON Corbell says he is legislating to provide witnesses who give evidence at a coronial inquest or inquiry with additional legal protections. “The changes to the Coroners Act will protect witnesses against self-incrimination, as is consistent with the Human Rights Act,” Simon says. “Previously witnesses did not have this privilege, and by providing it, we […]

Shane wants anti-abortion protestors moved on

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT should have privacy zones around fertility control and reproductive health clinics to allow women to freely access safe and legal medical procedures without fear of condemnation or interference. “The ACT Greens will be looking into legislation to create a privacy zone to ensure women are able to access the health […]

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Unanimous support for banning puppy farms in the ACT

SHANE Rattenbury says new legislation to prevent puppy and kitten farms and improve animal welfare standards for animals bred in the ACT was passed with unanimous support in the ACT Legislative Assembly today. Stemming from the Labor-Greens Parliamentary agreement, the Domestic Animals (Breeding) Legislation Amendment Bill aims to prevent intensive breeding operations that exploit animals […]

Corbell gives up on Uriarra solar farm, aims for Williamsdale

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Government has agreed to license parts of blocks 1470 and 1471 District of Tuggeranong (Williamsdale) to Elementus Energy as an alternative location for its OneSun Capital solar project, originally proposed for Coree, near Uriarra Village. Simon said under the feed-in-tariff arrangements made through the reverse solar auction process it was […]