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Repatriation flights from India will resume soon

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.

Asbestos-affected victims finally have their pay day

Victims suffering from asbestos roof insulation inside their Canberra homes may never find closure, but after contracting mesothelioma many of the families have finally earned a degree of justice. 

Organ donation to be recognised on ACT death certificates

Families of organ or tissue donors in Canberra can now have their loved one’s donation acknowledged on the death register and on their death certificate.

New reduced speed limits catches no motorists out

The introduction of urban 40km/h speed limits have failed to fine a single driver for breaking the new local road laws.

Parents fear dangerous, inner-south intersections

Parents are fearful for the safety of their children in several inner South suburbs over the impacts of increased traffic volumes and speed near family homes. 

How the planning directorate is failing Canberra

"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. 

Belco Party plans to keep more bastards honest

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.

ACT Labor MPs call for upgrades to ‘stuffed’ NBN 

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.

Tirade from Canberra MP pushes billionaire to pay JobSeeker back

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.

Transport proposal off track for big and small businesses

Small businesses that serve the retail needs of thousands of daily workers could suffer should transport habits change under a government push.

Can the Libs shake off the conservative tag?

"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.

Hypocrisy trumps rights in territories’ struggle

"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.

Report ‘not intentionally’ delayed to avoid election impact

The ACT government delayed the public release of a report into the review of the family violence act until after Labor and the Greens were returned to power.

Commission holds ‘deep concerns’ on India travel ban

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.

Plans to shift the way workers get to and from work

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. 

Australians in India stranded as Morrison grows cautious

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.

Treasurer aims to get unemployment to pre-covid levels

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.

Flights from India suspended until at least mid-May

All flights from India have been suspended until May 15, to take pressure off the quarantine system especially in Sydney and at the Howard Springs centre in the Northern Territory.

Finally, injecting some sense into drug policy

“We will never know how many lives have been lost through the lack of a supervised injecting facility. However, there is now an opportunity to proceed," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Flawed hospital plan mired in government spin

"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. 

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