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Attorney-General declares alleged rape ‘did not happen’

Attorney-General Christian Porter declares alleged rape 'did not happen' – and he won't stand down, writes political reporter MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Two Canberrans test positive amid hotel quarantine

Two Canberrans arriving in hotel quarantine overnight have returned a "weak positive" test result for COVID-19, according to ACT Health.

Covid changes attitudes towards Chinese-Australians

Nearly one in five Chinese-Australians said they had been physically threatened or attacked in a recent Lowy poll, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

More ministers, but fewer days in the chamber

"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.

Racism, poverty and the politicians who don’t give a stuff 

"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. 

Morrison plays down calls for aged care tax levy

In some areas the Royal Commission leaves questions rather than provides answers – such as how much extra money will be needed, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

So much greed, our continent has had enough

"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.

Infill prices killing the dream of owning a house

"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. 

Green power trounces Steel’s stupid park plan

"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.

MP claims parliament tried to stop his war memorial vote

Accusations have been levelled at parliamentary supporters in favour of a $500 million upgrade to the Australian War Memorial to remove a fair vote.

What will come of historical rape allegation against minister?

Morrison faces an even worse situation following the airing of an historical claim made by a woman who last year took her own life, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Women’s hospital expansion end date pushed to 2023

Originally expected to be completed by mid-2021, the long-awaited expansion to the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children won't be finished until at least September 2023. 

More plans proposed for Woden interchange

Following community feedback, the ACT government will consider the design of a new north/south road connection through Woden by connecting Bradley Street with Bowes Street as part of the CIT project. 

Linda Reynolds’ future is in her own hands

Like any minister embroiled in a serious crisis over how they’ve handled an issue, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has been under immense pressure, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

‘Deadly’ mushrooms on the rise, warns health chief

The growth of poisonous death cap mushrooms is expected to increase heading into autumn, sparking a warning from Canberra's health chief. 

Federal government pours millions into light rail extension

More than $132 million of federal funding has been committed to getting the light rail from Civic to Commonwealth Park. 

Greens debutantes share humour and passion

Political writer MICHAEL MOORE discovers two new Greens members who bring passion, mirth and drive to the Legislative Assembly.

Sydney lessons bode badly for Canberra’s future

"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.

JobSeeker increase comes with tougher requirements

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. 

Nurses won’t be forced to vaccinate against coronavirus

Frontline nurses in the ACT are not at risk of losing their jobs in the pandemic should they oppose being forced to vaccinate against COVID-19.

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