"The average number of sitting days in the first and second Assemblies, when Rosemary Follett was Chief Minister, was around 50 days. The most recent 'Annual Report of the ACT Legislative Assembly' provides evidence of a constant decline," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
"I was not really surprised by the Labor and the Greens so shamelessly putting politics before principle... I found the puerile rationale conjured up by them for opposing the twin inquiries an insult to the intelligence." writes columnist JON STANHOPE.
"What of the animal terrorists we’ve imported, bred in their millions and set loose upon the native wildlife? What of the feral cats, foxes, cane toads, wild pigs, donkeys, horses and camels that ravage the land and its unique and fascinating inhabitants?" writes "The Gadfly columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.
"For almost a decade the government has strangled the supply of land for standalone housing in favour of units and apartments. It’s all a part of the Labor/Greens' dream that 70 per cent of new dwellings must be urban infill," writes MARK PARTON.
"At the core of the Coolo Park fiasco is how an unresponsive bureaucracy controls the ACT’s politicians at the expense of common sense, community aspirations and the future of this city in a landscape," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"Anything in public hands is seen by 21st century governments as land banks for development… locally such dubious practices are now entrenched as building the new normal within the ACT Labor/Greens coalition," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
The boost to JobSeeker payments announced today (February 23) by the federal government bolsters obligations imposed on its recipients and is not without its critics, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.