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How we can reinvigorate the Australian Federation

By Vince FitzGerald, Australian National University WHEN our two major levels of government work in partnership, our Federation can function well. The standout period for...
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Your thoughts wanted on the ACT Freight Strategy

HOW and where freight should move around Canberra is up for discussion with the launch of a discussion paper on the ACT Freight Strategy...

Canberra’s politicians get a pay rise amid entitlement changes

THE ACT Remuneration Tribunal has determined that the denizens of the Legislative Assembly are in need of a pay rise. The tribunal considered the Wage...

Moore / Democracy’s cancer lingers on

“Multiple parliamentary inquiries have heard of donation iniquities and the solutions… so what’s stopping them?” wonders MICHAE MOORE

Team Zed’s got the message

Zed says you asked for it and the Liberals say they’ve ‘absolutely’ got it: A strong, hard-working, unified team. As they turn into the...

Labor promise more cash to lure airlines to Canberra

ANDREW Barr says a re-elected ACT Labor government will establish a new fund to attract more airline services to Canberra, adding more international destinations...

40 zones are back

ACT Policing is advising motorists that 40km/h speed limits are in effect in school zones as the new school term starts today (Monday 10...

Grattan / 2018, the year of governing badly

LOOKING back on the federal politics of 2018, voters can conclude they’ve been given a rough trot.  What’s been dubbed “the permanent election campaign” to...
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The south is not forgotten! A job found for a Kambah company with Capital...

SIMON Corbell has triumphantly announced some benefit to the southern half of Canberra from his Capital Metro project with a Kambah company getting...

Recycling bin dumpers will need to worry about more CCTV now

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT Government is stepping up monitoring at recycling drop-off centres around the ACT in a bid to reduce costly illegal...

Pay rise for our politicians

THE ACT Remuneration Tribunal has released determinations covering: Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly; Head of Service, Directors-General and other ACT Public Service (ACTPS)...

Macklin / Tax certainty, at least for unicorn farmers

“By May, I suspect, we’ll agree to anything just to end the tax argument. But it does make a nice change that at last there are genuine policy options in the debate," writes Seven Days columnist ROBERT MACKLIN

Grattan / Gonski review attacks Australian schooling quality

THE Gonski review into the quality of Australian schooling has highlighted declining academic performance and recommended school education be radically reformed to tailor teaching...

Ringing the changes to the Crimes Act

SIMON Corbell says his proposed Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will introduce a range of changes to, amongst other things, provide greater protection from...

Stanhope / Strategy signals end of hope for young families

"The strategy ignores almost everything that the community has told the government about its housing choices and will in fact deliver the exact opposite of what the community asked for.
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Tram line to Russell now possibly part of an election commitment

ANDREW Barr and Simon Corbell say the ACT Government will consider an extension of the light rail network to the Russell defence precinct as...
Burch caught without a script

Burch caught naked!

LABOR front bencher Joy Burch has been caught naked – well, naked without a script. In the first Question Time since the Liberal Party’s...

New roads for Gungahlin

MEEGAN Fitzharris says works to ease traffic congestion on some of Gungahlin’s major routes will begin in coming weeks. “I’m so pleased these roadworks...

Budget boost for Gungahlin sport

GUNGAHLIN Enclosed Oval will receive $6.5 million for a new grandstand as part of the 2012-13 ACT Budget. Treasurer and Minister for Tourism, Sport and...

Planning tweaks introduced

MICK Gentleman has introduced an omnibus bill that makes a number of minor changes to Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) legislation. “The Planning, Building and...

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