THE ACT continues to "significantly" outspend its income, according to the auditor-general Michael Harris.
"It looks as though the politicians and their bureaucracies are taking the ACT election result as an endorsement of barbarous behaviour and outlandish decisions on development," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"The most effective inaugural speeches to a parliament provide insights into personality, background and political motivation," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
ACT Labor stand to benefit close to $1 million towards its party coffers following its electoral win in October.
"The park is important given how little else there was previously. Now it has become a vital piece of greenery to the growing neighbourhood. Extending Margaret Timpson Park is simple logic," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"The common theme of new politicians is to make a better world. Just what they mean by a better world varies considerably. These differences frame what a parliament should be – a place where ideas are contested," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN has put together some early impressions of the ACT’s new Labor/Greens Coalition government and the picture isn't particularly pretty...
"What perplexes me is that over the past nine years Andrew Barr has been personally involved in or responsible for the purchase of up to 4000 hectares of urban-capable land at a cost of at least $60 million," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.
Armed with six seats from the last ACT election, Greens' leader Shane Rattenbury comes emboldened to the coalition government with Labor, but braced and ready for the conflict ahead. Political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN reports…
"Mick Gentleman may be a little crusty and sick of attending community gatherings... however, the fresh and enthusiastic approach of Emma Davidson, in her first Assembly and already a minister, shines through," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
"The Greens use the spurious argument that these further restrictions will help address problem gambling. I've got news for them, they won't. Problem gamblers bet on anything. They are free to bet online and do," writes BILL STEFANIAK.
"There are promises made by the coalition partners before the election that are either not mentioned in the parliamentary agreement or are given no priority," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.
To the casual observer, politics might seem like a game at times, but the outcome of elections can be instant and extreme, not least for those MLAs who lose their seats, writes political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN
"Decades of Labor government have seen Canberra transitioning to a Melbourne-like downtown with leadership from developers rather than planners. Unfortunately, under this agreement, the ability for the Greens to manage this accountability has been severely constrained," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"I commend the Greens for the bold, even courageous, commitment to seek to address a painful fracture in the local Aboriginal community," says columnist JON STANHOPE.
"Those attempting advocacy by contacting local politicians would most likely receive a 'do nothing' letter or email with reasons why, as local, elected politicians, they could do little to assist," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"The Liberal Party across Australia has grown much more conservative and it will be difficult for the Liberal Party in Canberra to accept one of the prime lessons from this election is that a big majority of Canberrans do not want a conservative government," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
The election threw up some surprising results. Along with the defeat of a handful of sitting members, it ushered in some new faces and among them some interesting characters with diverse backgrounds. So, who's in, who’s out?
COUNTING in last weekend's ACT election was finalised tonight (October 23) confirming a Greens win to Johnathan Davis in Brindabella and Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay losing his seat in Ginninderra, where Liberal Peter Cain claimed the electorate's fifth seat for the Liberals.
"If the Liberal Party doesn't find some way to form an alliance with a credible territory-wide minor party or high-profile and electable independents then it's highly likely the Labor/Greens coalition will govern for many years to come," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.