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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 […]

andrew barr

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, […]

simon corbell

Extra money for Legal Aid

SIMON Corbell says he will give the Legal Aid Commission an additional $867,000 over the next two years to improve access to justice. “The ACT Government has committed to provide additional funding for legal services available to the most vulnerable in our community,” Simon said. “This extra funding will ensure vulnerable people who cannot afford […]

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The Government wants your ideas for a replacement to periodic detention

SIMON Corbell and Shane Rattenbury are scratching their heads and hoping someone in the community has some ideas for replacing periodic detention. The pair have announced a “first progress report of the Justice Reform Strategy”. They say the report focused on work and consultation undertaken to find a suitable replacement to periodic detention, which ends […]

andrew barr

New CIT campus for Tuggeranong

ANDREW Barr and Joy Burch have announced a new $10.7 million Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) training centre in the heart of Tuggeranong as a measure in the upcoming ACT Budget. “CIT Tuggeranong campus will significantly expand CIT’s course offerings, support services and facilities in Tuggeranong, with the first new courses available for study in […]

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New ACT electoral boundaries approved

THE final make-up of the ACT Legislative Assembly electoral boundaries for the 2016 election has been announced today by the ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green. “The Augmented ACT Electoral Commission has decided to accept the electoral boundaries proposed by the ACT Redistribution Committee,” Phillip said. “The Augmented Commission decided that it would not uphold any […]

Shane Rattenbury

Greens claim a win on call-in powers

SHANE Rattenbury says Greens legislation to improve community consultation on developments that may utilise Ministerial call-in powers has passed with unanimous support. “I have worked closely with the Minister for Planning through this process and I am pleased that we have achieved a result that will improve the process around the use of call-in powers,” […]