Toot! Toot! Capital Metro to rumble though planning controls

MICK Gentleman has given the light rail line to Gungahlin a boost by legislating to remove planning controls over Capital Metro. “These changes are needed to ensure the first stage of the Capital Metro project can continue to progress smoothly without any potential lengthy legal delays,” Mick said. The Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation […]

Public asked to pay more to political parties in electoral reforms

SIMON Corbell has tabled two reports into the ACT Electoral Act and introduced legislation making changes to the electoral system. The Attorney-General announced that amendments to the Electoral Act support most of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Amendments to the Electoral Act 1992, some of which include: Lower electoral expenditure caps for both […]

Grattan / Getting the government shipshape will take a lot more than throwing the co-payment overboard

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott’s reference to removing “barnacles” from his government has become the Canberra chatter. In technical terms, according to senior government sources who’ve had nautical advice since the Prime Minister’s comment, the process involves “careening” – turning a ship on its side for cleaning or repair. In politics, that’s […]


Ending periodic detention

THE Liberals’ Andrew Wall is in some dudgeon over legislation before the Assembly scrapping the practice of making low level crims check into prison for weekends. “Changes to ACT sentencing legislation will reduce options for the judiciary and increase pressure on Canberra’s prison and the Canberra community,” Andrew said. “The Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill brought […]


Finally, the Assembly turns its thoughts to bikinis

SHANE Rattenbury says he is legislating today to modernise operations for the Territory-owned public pools and their commercial operators and update outdated legislation. “The current Public Baths and Public Bathing Act was introduced in 1956 and contains references to the disposal of earthenware (pottery), as well as a clause that stipulates that ‘a person shall […]

Controlled burns today

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that three controlled burns will be conducted today (Thursday 27 November 2014). The controlled burns will be undertaken on Amber Ridge and Cooleman Ridge. The burns won’t impact public access to walking trails however trail use is not recommended.

ActewAGL gets slapped around by the Australian Energy Regulator

OUR local power provider ActewAGL is up in arms following a draft decision by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) reducing and backdating expenditure allowed on the ACT’s electricity distribution network for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2019. “This decision does not make sense. ActewAGL currently has the cheapest and most reliable network […]

Fatal between Royalla and Williamsdale

ACT Policing Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team will prepare a brief for the ACT Coroner after a fatal motor vehicle collision occurred on the Monaro Highway this afternoon. Around 4:50pm, police responded to reports of a collision between a motorcycle and semi-trailer between Royalla and Williamsdale. The male rider of the motorcycle died at the […]

Arts / The ‘Competition’ heats up

PACKED with Canberra talent, the new feel-good, full-length musical, “The Competition”, is to be finally released publicly on December 11. Finally, because for director and screenwriter Simon Weaving the process of getting together a full-length feature film has been tough. Scripted in 2009, “The Competition” was shot in 2010 and has been in post-production since, […]

Nicole Lawder asks why so many children are dying?

LIBERAL Nicole Lawder says the ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee 2013-14 Annual Report released yesterday highlights ongoing and systemic issues within the ACT’s care and protection services. “This report is particularly disturbing because it shows the ACT is not improving in preventing the deaths of children, particularly those known to authorities. That […]


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