How Shane fudged around an inconvenient truth

"An Aboriginal person in the ACT is 18.9 times more likely to go to prison than a non-Aboriginal person. Surely, the minister should have commented on that," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Government neglect makes the hospitals sick

"If you are one of the 40 per cent or so of Canberrans who don't have private health insurance and given the government's clear disdain for you and your healthcare needs, do you wonder why you would ever vote for the Labor or Greens parties ever again?" writes JON STANHOPE.

How the minister kicked problem down the road

"This minister, who happens to be a local member, has tried to look as if he is doing something. Agreed, he has done something. Just that it is very stupid," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Tax-take up, but where’s the money going to?

"Why does this government spend so reluctantly on community and cultural facilities, green infrastructure, heritage management, park and open-space management and a host of basics?" wonders "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Why this ACT government should terrify you

“The working poor, pensioners or people in lower-income households have been abandoned by the Labor Party, ignored by the unions and are invisible to the Greens. Ironically, they now have nowhere left to turn but to Alistair Coe – and who could blame them,” writes JON STANHOPE.

First steps, but no plan for a healthy Canberra 

"Preventive health planning puts the lie to all politics being simply focused on the next election," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

‘Gormless’ Rattenbury should start the sackings

"If I was the Corrections Minister, I would sack every single one of the senior officers who thought it appropriate and reasonable to leave me swinging, in blissful ignorance, in the breeze," writes columnist JON STANHOPE. 

Developers bridle at restrictions of regulation

"Minister Gordon Ramsay says developers who do the right thing have nothing to fear. However, some prominent developers in Canberra would like to have no external checks and balances," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

‘Dad’s Army’ diversion belies prison incompetence

"The fevered announcement about the prospect of firearms in the prison diverted attention from the breath-taking incompetence of authorities in not having systems to prevent people casually breaking into the prison. Surely, a head or two should roll," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

ACT government moribund on cladding fears

"Inaction has been the hallmark of the ACT government on flammable cladding. They have known about the problem for the best part of a decade," says MICHAEL MOORE.

Library fines gone, but is that fair?

"Labor will attempt to present a fresh approach to counter the incumbency doldrums of nearly two decades. What are the chances that the next amnesty will be parking fines?" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Utopia lost, we ‘desperately’ need change, says Coe

Utopia lost – after 19 years of Labor, the ACT 'desperately' needs change of government, says Liberal Opposition Leader Alistair Coe.

Why teens should get the chance to vote

"If young people wish to take part in our democracy, the Greens think they should have that option. That’s why we’re advocating for young Canberrans aged 16 and 17 to be given a chance to vote," writes MLA CAROLINE LE COUTEUR

Health figures reveal an uncaring ACT government

"Chief Minister Andrew Barr and his neo-liberal Labor and Greens colleagues have, in real terms, pumped huge amounts of money out of acute health care since 2012," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Election 2020: We’re the underdogs, says stay-put Barr 

Almost two decades of a Labor government in Canberra has done little for the confidence of the party, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr saying they’ll be the “underdogs” coming into next year’s election, writes DANIELLE NOHRA.

Country folk targeted as hospital ‘consults’

Shafting people who live in the national capital region simply makes Canberrans bad neighbours, says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Housing crisis brought to you by Andrew Barr

"The housing affordability crisis in Canberra is in large measure a direct consequence of decisions deliberately taken by Andrew Barr and his Labor and Greens colleagues to abandon Community Housing Canberra," writes former chief minister JON STANHOPE.

Empty chair looms in fog of leadership despair  

"Surely voters for the 2020 ACT election should not have to be eyeing off the vacant chair as the best alternative to the present political parties," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Man bites dog… with policy implementation

Man bites dog... with policy implementation, writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Greens call for optional voting for teens

The ACT Greens are calling for the introduction of optional voting for 16 and 17-year-olds in next year's territory election.

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