"The minister’s response does not evince any concern about the distressing and disproportionate impact of the government’s effective cut to health services on poorer members of our community," says JON STANHOPE in reaffirming the government's long-term neglect of the ACT health budget.
"It’s time to call out all involved with the mess being made of the Woden Valley Hospital, to ignore their spin and to demand things get fixed. The people of Canberra deserve better," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
The prime minister will give details of the government’s major overhaul of the assessment process, saying that until recently Closing the Gap was never a partnership with indigenous people, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
"In an election year it should not be surprising that a government that has been in power for nearly two decades is intent on finding ways to illustrate they care about Canberrans. Delivering on that intent may well be another issue," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
With the minor party deeply split and its rebels out of control, and hard line Nationals and moderate Liberals exchanging shots over coal, the government is distracted and risks being destabilised, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
These few days have highlighted, and worsened, Morrison’s difficulties in managing the always volatile climate debate within his government and making whatever adjustments he might judge necessary before the 2022 election, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
"We cannot delude ourselves into thinking that there remains nothing to be concerned about in our treatment of asylum seekers or that we have not done irredeemable harm to our reputation as a fair and just nation," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.
"If they actually believed in a climate emergency, then this government needs to stop issuing documents, stop having meetings and cease the misleading spin. The urgent and overdue action is planting an enormous number of trees immediately," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"Now there is a fire crisis. A crisis. Time to react. Intense media and social pressure has woken Scott Morrison from his somnambulistic stupor on this issue. He has reacted to the fires scorching Australia," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.