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It’s time to make election slogans great again!

Every good election needs a decent catchcry. Every bad one does, too. It’s campaign time in the ACT and the slogans are coming thick and fast as BELINDA STRAHORN discovers.

ACT dishonours land pact with local Aboriginals

Nearly 20 years ago the ACT government signed an agreement to accommodate Aboriginal input into the management of Namadgi National Park, but it never happened, reports DANIELLE NOHRA.

Voters deliberately kept in dark over corruption

"Since the last election the Labor-Greens government has been using every possible tactic they could find to delay the onset of the Integrity Commission," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

What’s brown and sticky? Stay with me here…

PARTIES have begun to roll out their pre-election sweeteners in the countdown to October’s territory election, writes political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN. Her TRAIL MIX column will keep you up to date with all the political tidbits in the race to rule the territory.

What’s hidden behind secret land-swap values?

"I cannot recall the ACT government consulting the Hughes community, of its intention to convert urban open space, in a prominent, elevated position in Hughes, into a housing estate for foreign missions as the price for reclaiming two acres of lake bottom," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Non-essential businesses forced to close in Melbourne

Premier Daniel Andrews estimated 250,000 more workers would be stood down as a result of his government’s measures, which run for six weeks, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Is Barr the only hope for Canberra’s planning future?

"What will it take for Andrew Barr to realise how easy it is to work with residents and through that partnership, have a city that all of us could be proud of?" muses "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Disaster: Victoria moves into a ‘harsher’, longer lockdown

The Victorian lockdown has not just become drastically harsher - it is now due to run through until September 13, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

The government spin that’s going to sink West Basin

"It remains a mystery just how easy it's been for the ACT government and the NCA to deny the facts, the science, the heritage and the potential of West Basin in favour of seeing this foreshore parkland concreted over for apartments," writes PAUL COSTIGAN. 

COVID-19 comes out on top after a bleak week

Scott Morrison says of the war against COVID-19: “On some days the virus wins. On other days we beat it.” This week, the virus was counting its victories most days, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

It’s all parties, parties, parties from here… 

To reduce FOMU during this ACT election campaign (fear of missing updates), our new column TRAIL MIX by "CityNews" political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN will keep you up to date with all the political tidbits in the race to rule the territory.

Aged care crisis reflects a broken system

The aged care system is simply not fit for purpose in normal times and so was inevitably destined to fail when under this sort of extreme pressure, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Crazy times and why this poll is worth watching!

This year’s ACT election won’t look like any other. Parties have a big task ahead 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.

Don’t surrender West Basin to the developers

"Water’s-edge projects, such as that proposed for West Basin, will destroy the current habitat, remove access for ordinary Canberrans and concentrate the benefits in the hands of a few. UnAustralian!" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

ACT cuts deliver longest surgery waits in Australia

"The backlog in elective surgery has very little to do with the COVID-19 pandemic and almost everything to do with savage cuts to the ACT health budget by the ALP and the Greens over the last six years," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

What are the long-term symptoms of COVID-19?

COVID-19 may leave a long-lasting impression on its victims – not just the most severely affected or the elderly and frail, writes respiratory virus infection expert PETER WARK.

Who can resist the promise of ‘signalising’?

"Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN has spotted some odd signs around the town...

Are the dire budget numbers a prelude to something scarier?

Frydenberg describes the numbers, including a projected deficit this financial year of $184.4 billion, as “eye-watering”, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Budget deficit to hit $184.5 billion this financial year

Budget deficit to hit $184.5 billion this financial year, unemployment to peak at 9.25 per cent in December, according to the government's economic statement. Political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN has the story... 

Victorian COVID crisis will hurt national growth

Victorian COVID crisis to deliver $3.3 billion hit to nation's growth in September quarter, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. 





Wielhorski’s enthusiast legacy inspires bold cello playing

Perhaps it’s partly the large gap in time since I’ve heard anything live, but I truly believe this was a concert of the first rank, writes music reviewer TONY MAGEE.


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