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Natural disaster grants for Canberra organisations

Commonwealth Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, have announced 20 projects that will share in $5.2 million to help communities withstand the effects of disasters and emergencies in the ACT. Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and the ACT Government strengthens the territory’s […]

Are conditions at Canberra Hospital increasing mortality?

JEREMY Hanson is calling on Chief Minister Gallagher to respond to statements made to the ABC by Canberra Hospital’s Emergency Department Clinical Director, Dr Michael Hall. In an interview with the ABC Dr Hall stated: In relation to the Hospital’s 95 percent occupancy rate – “Ninety-five per cent is unsafe…once you reach above 90 the […]

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Vale Kurt Steel

KATY Gallagher and Andrew Barr have made a joint statement following the death of Andrew’s media advisor. We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister. Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT […]

Canberra’s School Welfare Officers under the axe in chaplaincy row

LABOR Senator Kate Lundy says new Government documents show that the welfare officers of 25 schools across Canberra are facing unemployment as a result of the Abbott Government’s decision to only fund religious chaplains. In June this year the High Court ruled that it was constitutionally invalid for payments to be made directly to schools […]


Free public Wi-Fi for health care facilities

KATY Gallagher’s love of free wifi marches on with news she’s rolling it out across Canberra’s hospitals and health centres. The Chief Minister has announced that free public internet access is now available at the Canberra Hospital campus and at Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong Community Health Centres. “Public wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) was switched on […]

Guardianship review kicks off

SIMON Corbell has announced a review of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991. The review will be undertaken by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council, headed up by Professor Simon Rice. “The Guardianship and Management of Property Act provides an important framework for the support of people who have limited decision-making capacity, for […]

Six consortia interested in running private courts project

ANDREW Barr and Simon Corbell report that their brave new world of getting the private sector to build public infrastructure (in exchange for near-endless fees into the future) has taken another step closer to reality. Six private sector consortia have submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the ACT Law Courts Project. Simon and Andrew […]

ACT Government to be carbon neutral by 2020?

SIMON Corbell has announced a framework for the ACT Government achieving carbon neutrality in its own operations by 2020. “The ACT Government contributes 5% of the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions and we intend to lead by example, reducing our emissions and achieving carbon neutrality across all government operations and services by 2020,” Simon said. “In […]

Simon signs us up with the Privacy Commission

SIMON Corbell has signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Australian Privacy Commissioner for privacy services in the ACT. Under the MOU, which will operate from 2014 over three years until 2017, the Australian Privacy Commissioner will act as the ACT Information Privacy Commissioner and will be responsible for investigating and […]

Shane and Katy pleased with their Parliamentary Agreement

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher and the Green Shane Rattenbury have met and issued a joint communique expressing their satisfaction with their parliamentary agreement. “The review of progress has shown substantial progress across all areas of the Agreement including draft legislation, funded initiatives and policy development. The majority of items in the Agreement are either completed, […]

Katy courts the ladies

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has blogged of her desire to get more women running as candidates for the expanded Legislative Assembly in 2016. “For the first time since 1989 there is a unique opportunity for new candidates to win eight seats in the local parliament without having to defeat a sitting member. This will hopefully entice […]

Meanwhile in the ACT, developer donations are legal and common

WHILE the nation watches in horror as a seemingly endless string of NSW politicians file through the political gallows in NSW, it is worth remembering what they are going down for is perfectly legal here in Canberra. Elections ACT’s return of gifts runneth over with contributions from developers. Completely legal here in the ACT we […]