Where was the leadership, Chief Minister? 

"The Chief Minister has handed the poisoned chalice to Rachel Stephen-Smith. It would have been appropriate for Andrew Barr to show leadership and take responsibility for the Health portfolio himself," writes JON STANHOPE.

Can this tired government win an election?

"How long before we say goodbye to the 'bush capital'? Melbourne seems to be the model for the plethora of apartments that spill on to the footpaths, dominate the skyline and create the slums of the future," writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Do our politicians keep the right company?

"Residents are well aware that the real outcomes are set through the regular meetings between the politicians and the development and property industries," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Can tweet-happy Shane deliver on prison reform?

"Shane Rattenbury is a Minister. He has the wherewithal and the responsibility to put his own words into action. Failure to do so reflects complacency and incompetence as a minister," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE. 

Sorry record of a government that’s stopped caring

"It had not escaped the notice of the Aboriginal community that the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, was not present at the Sorry Day commemoration and had not issued a statement about its significance," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.

Pollies take a new look at babies

“Members of the Standing Committee will need the wisdom of Solomon to sort out the issues and bring improvements for expectant mothers,” writes MICHAEL MOORE.

Greens fail to protect the local greenery

"There’s a climate emergency happening right here under the auspices of this ACT Labor/Greens coalition government," writes JON STANHOPE.

Health goes short as the tram mandate is met

"The ACT Budget is at its weakest – weaker even than at the time of the Global Financial Crisis. Net debt is increasing at an unsustainable rate of 23 per cent a year... or by more than $1 million a day for four years," writes JON STANHOPE

Failings reveal Labor government under strain

"While it's reasonable to expect any minister to take the occasional blow for the team, Meegan Fitzharris, as Minister for Health, is seeing her reputation being slowly but surely trashed," writes JON STANHOPE

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.

Moore / Teens bring hope to the climate horizon

"The ACT has provided serious leadership in setting goals and targets to address climate change," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Moore / What’s Labor got to hide from an integrity commission?

"Emasculating an integrity commission says more about the approach of the Barr government than any mismanagement or bullying of the past. It is unconscionable.

Rattenbury has fingers crossed for integrity commission start

Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN reports the an ACT integrity commission is almost a reality.

Moore / Why Health doesn’t need an expensive check up

"The impression created by the ACT opposition and reported in the media is that the whole hospital is 'rooned'," writes MICHAEL MOORE

Arts / Musos play in protest to save music course

CANBERRA’s fondness for turning on a music demo was once again on show today (September 5) outside the ACT Legislative Assembly as concerned staff...

Moore / It’s time to let the cops loose on the bikies

"Jeremy Hanson and the Liberals have it right. Labor are still sitting on their hands. Increasing police powers must always be done reluctantly – but the time has come," writes MICHAEL MOORE

Stanhope / Labor strikes at the ‘heart’ of the community

"The government appears to believe that it knows best and that only it can be trusted to disburse funds raised by clubs for community support," writes JON STANHOPE

Stanhope / Oh, Shane, the price the poor will pay for this

"Analysis of the ACT Budget uncovers some quite startling detail. Most remarkable perhaps is the revelation that the claimed surplus is an illusion," writes JON STANHOPE

Moore / Union takes big stick to ‘complacent’ minister

"If the CFMEU can't get action without taking extreme steps, what can ordinary citizens expect?" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Moore / Needles still hard for Labor

“It is entirely inappropriate that the prison officers should be the ones making decisions about the spread of disease,” writes MICHAEL MOORE

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