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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...

Labor promises more money for nurses

ANDREW Barr sayd a re-elected Labor government will attract, retain and support more nurses under a new nursing package. "Healthcare has always been a priority...

Race act changes are what you get when you champion bigotry

By Simon Rice, Australian National University FEDERAL attorney-general George Brandis is serious when he says that under his watch, “people do have a right to...

Uber is advertising for drivers

WHILE Simon Corbell has told a local daily paper that the smartphone based ride sharing service Uber would be illegal in the ACT, that...

Moore / Time to grasp prison needles

“This is a health and human rights issue rather than a moral issue. The issue is not just one for warders, although they are integrally involved in the well-being of prisoners, it is one for the whole community," says columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Opinion / McCormack’s bad handling of Broad scandal

IT took disgraced Nationals MP Andrew Broad 24 hours after the “sugar baby” story broke to announce the inevitable - that he won’t recontest...

Grattan / Sinodinos weighs into leadership crisis with tough critique of Abbott government

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra IN 2001, after a disastrous Queensland election result, then-Liberal federal president Shane Stone wrote his famous memo reporting that...

Getting Abbott off the habit

“KICK the habit, Mr Abbott.” Them’s fighting words! This is the other face of reforming Health Minister, Nicola Roxon. In her monumental stoush with big...

Determined Coe starts the long, hard slog

“NOBODY gets into politics to be in opposition.” So says ACT Liberal Opposition Leader Alistair Coe. It’s an ironic observation given that all of...

Grattan / Political impasse stops protection for LGBT students passing

THE government’s bid to legislate this year to protect LGBT students from discrimination at religious schools has failed because of an impasse over the...

Elections ACT starts pondering new electorates

THE exact shape of the new five electorates, each with five seats will determine the future of politics in the Australian Capital Territory. ACT Electoral...

This is your last warning. The bus timetable will be different on Monday

JAMES Roncon, ACTION's Director of Public Transport is reminding public transport users the network is changing to a new timetable on Monday. “While there are...

No need to panic about Tiddles yet

SOME in the media this week have been talking as if mandatory universal cat containment was an impending new reality. We can thankfully report...

Liberals promise more nurses, police, and paramedics

THE Canberra Liberals have announced further commitments to boost the health system and enhance safety for frontline government staff like nurses, police and paramedics. “If...

Shock Rudd plan to run for the Senate

GREG Rudd, the former Prime Minister Kevin’s elder brother, has announced  that in the next Federal election he’s running for the Senate in Queensland as...

Hanging on to the lucky country

CANOWINDRA has to be the most interesting and delightful country town in Canberra’s hinterland. A visit there last week to give a talk at the...

Grattan / Turnbull isn’t challenging – just inviting the Liberals to make the comparison

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra MALCOLM Turnbull walked the high wire in a masterful Q&A performance on Monday night, as he displayed his credentials...

Road closures on State Circle

THE ACT Government and National Capital Authority are advising motorists and other road users of temporary road closures at the intersection of State Circle...

Law Reform Advisory Council call for major changes to discrimination law

A REVIEW of discrimination laws in the ACT has recommended fundamental changes to help the community fully understand discriminatory conduct. The review of the Discrimination...

Barr says he’s being tough. Casino can only have 200 pokies

ANDREW Barr says an upgraded Canberra Casino cannot have 500 poker machines and will not include the Canberra Convention Centre. "Under a counter proposal that...





Trial labelled a ‘success’ despite all bettongs dying 

The ACT government is defending its decision to commit $600,000 to a trial involving the release of 67 Eastern bettongs into the wild, despite all of them dying.


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