It became clear this week repatriation flights for Australians stranded in India would have to resume ASAP after May 15, whatever the covid situation in that country, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
"The archaic bureaucracy collective that forms the planning directorate is overdue to be broken up for the sake of Canberra’s lifestyle and the city’s contribution to the future of the planet," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
UNDETERRED by the party’s less-than-spectacular result at October's territory election, in which it failed to get a single candidate elected, the Belco Party is heading east and south with new branches.
The ACT's federal Labor members are calling on NBN Co to finish upgrading Canberra's substandard NBN infrastructure after only some of the capital has been included in the federal government's round three upgrades.
Corporations to have bolstered their profits from the Commonwealth's subsidy to fight the pandemic's impact will be forced to pay back taxpayer's money back to the Treasury, according to a Canberra MP.
"Liberal leader Elizabeth Lee has taken action not only to protect people when they are at their most vulnerable, but to also let the community know that the Liberal Party is ready to move on true liberal issues," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"It is not just absurd but wrong that the residents of Australian territories do not have the same democratic right as those of states to decide whether euthanasia should be legally available," writes JON STANHOPE.
In a strong statement, the Human Rights Commission said it held “deep concerns about these extraordinary new restrictions on Australians returning to Australia from India”, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
A transport proposal to ease traffic congestion on the roads around the capital would have the ACT government approach large employers - including the federal government - to stagger work times for workers to increase the use of light rail.
With this week’s decision to suspend flights bringing Australians home from India, Scott Morrison showed himself to be just as reluctant to take a risk as the state premiers he's spent months lambasting, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Delivering his pre-budget address, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg falls short of giving a specific unemployment target but points clearly to wanting to see it at pre-pandemic levels, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
"When asked about ambulances being put on to small suburban streets with the local school being right there, the response was all about how wonderful the ambulance drivers are – and how they are well trained," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.