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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 […]

Shane tries to keep the Commonwealth interested in the Canberra environment

SHANE Rattenbury said the ACT Government will not be walking way from a Parliamentary Agreement item to maintain an ongoing approvals role for the Federal Government in environment protection matters. “It is extremely important that the Federal Government maintains a role in approving proposals within the ACT that may affect matters of national environmental significance,” […]

Joy Burch’s hope of securing pre-school funding

THE Assembly has voted unanimously in favour of a motion calling on the Abbott Government to commit to continuing funding for preschools in the ACT next year. “The ACT Government has been providing 15 hours of free preschool a week under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education,” Joy Burch said. […]

Mr Fluffy CERG members named

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the composition of her new unhandily named ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce’s Community and Expert Reference Group (CERG). Paediatrician and former Canberran of the Year, Dr Sue Packer AM FRACP will chair the group which will consist of: Ms Brianna Heseltine (Convenor of the Fluffy Owners Residents Action Group and […]

Simon moves to protect event organisers and corporate sponsors

SIMON Corbell says he is going to introduce the Major Events Bill 2014 to establish new legislation for security management and commercial protections for major events. “This legislation is a critical part of the ACT’s preparations for hosting games as part of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup and the International Cricket Council (ICC) […]