ANDREW MATHIESON meets Labor's new MLA Marisa Paterson.
An "unlivable" social housing complex in Reid, infested with mould, maggots and dead birds, is being "ignored" by the ACT government, the opposition says.
"The government is a partner in the development while also the agency that approves development applications. How can it do the right thing about design, conservation issues or ensuring the highest 21st century standards," wonders "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
“The expected outrage has not occurred. Nor has there been hugely negative media regarding the pill testing and safe-injecting facility," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
The ACT government's recently launched, re-designed "Fix My Street" website is receiving criticism for not working.
"Where, oh where, was Chief Minister Andrew Barr? I have searched the records and can find not a single indication of his support for Bernard Collaery," writes "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.
"An Aboriginal person in Canberra is 19.4 times more likely to be sent to prison than a non-Aboriginal person. The highest rate ratio in Australia. Without argument, this is more than a disgrace – it is obscene," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.
Submissions into a school infrastructure inquiry, conducted by the ACT Legislative Assembly, have highlighted over crowding and poor school maintenance is present in ACT schools.
A Canberran that has been advocating for fair rental tenancy laws has spoken out to decriminalise penalties for committing "simple" drug offences.
ACT Greens MLA Johnathan Davis’ path to politics may not normally lend itself to life in public office and yet, as he describes it: “That’s a good thing”.
A discount voucher scheme aimed to encourage local spending is being rolled out in full next month despite its trial being declared a "dud" earlier this year.
A majority of the recommendations made by an independent review into the workplace culture of Canberra's public health services have been ignored, said shadow health minister Giulia Jones.
Woden town cramming; columnist PAUL COSTIGAN asks, can it get any worse?
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.
"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.
"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.
“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.
"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.
"The need for design leadership in urban matters needs to be treated seriously to allow Canberra to regain some credibility in landscape design – what the place used to be about," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"As a Labor supporter for more than 50 years, I think the policies being pursued by the ACT government in health and housing are contrary to core Labor values," writes former chief minister JON STANHOPE.