"The temptation for legislators is to seek convenient solutions. However, when a Commissioner for Human Rights can challenge legislators to rethink bills it ensures appropriate consideration," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
"A criminal record for possession of small amounts of drugs can have an impact on employment prospects, on being able to obtain a visa and on the rest of an individual’s life. It is disproportionate," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"A reduction, rather an increase, in the number of complaints from Canberrans would indicate an improvement in respect for each other across the community. In my mind, this would be a genuine step forward," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"In my view, we have an opportunity to look after the health of our fellow citizens. It is akin to the story of the Good Samaritan. I am going to use my vote in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"The question of integrity applies not just to the Commonwealth, but also to the ACT public service. In some ways, the structure of the ACT with its directorates instead of ministries exacerbates the problem," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"The loss of the AAA credit rating is not to be taken lightly. There's now an increased understanding that the priorities of the Labor-Greens government are set to deliver less services or greater taxation – or both," says MICHAEL MOORE.