Since March, assistant editor DANIELLE NOHRA has relentlessly been analysing the way the ACT Community Services Directorate manages and awards its multi-million-dollar contract budget. What she discovered shouldn't fill any taxpayer with much confidence.
MICHAEL MOORE writes: "The hospital construction did not start in this term of office. Now Labor is running it again as an election commitment, asking voters to trust them to 'commence in 2021 and be completed in 2024'. Can they really be trusted to deliver in the next term?"
"I JUST want the Barr government gone. All Alistair Coe needs to do to be an effective leader is to listen… and not yield to the grubby, greedy developers systematically stripping away our precious bushland replacing it with concrete and sardine-tin residential development." Letter writer BEC HENSON, of Hughes, pulls no punches.
PARTIES in October's ACT election have a big task persuading undecided voters they have what it takes to lead through a changed environment. Indeed, heading to the ballot box may look entirely different too, says "CityNews" political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN.
HE'S back: "If the first intro I’ve written since COVID-19 blighted our lives is a bit enigmatic, please trust me. I’m glad I saw 'Bellbird', a delightful, sensitive and informative film set on a NZ sheep and dairy cattle farm." DOUGAL MACDONALD is reviewing movies again. On Page 20.
"SINCE becoming Treasurer in 2011, Andrew Barr has turned the level of net debt from a negative of $736 million to $3.1 billion this year, that is, an increase of $3.8 billion. This was before the coronavirus pandemic." Depressing but important writing from JON STANHOPE.
Canberrans need to self-isolate immediately if they were in Ulladulla or Mollymook last weekend (September 12-13) and attended one of the restaurants where there was a confirmed coronavirus case at the venue.
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