Gallagher’s Budget, our growing city

"The net operating balance for 2010-11 is a deficit of $83.9 million. By the last of the out-years we expect the deficit to have reduced to $50.3 million." This is what Katy did...

ACT Budget 2010: the movie

Okay, so it's actually an audio slideshow with the amusing quips of Political Reporter Eleri Harris and Columnist Michael Moore, plus the engaging images...

Pollies’ sites for sore eyes

In a world where constituents increasingly gather information about candidates online, websites and social networking tools provide a powerful tool for conveying messages and garnering votes... how are the members of the ACT Legislative Assembly faring with two years till the next election?

ACT QT: regaining composure

The last two sitting days have been utterly exhausting, what with all the fuss yesterday over the ALP/Greens Parliamentary Agreement and its implications in Question Time, the old QT itself didn't even start until 4pm - two hours late.

ACT QT: Traffic congestion

Question Time today kicked off with a return to small business - this time over the news ACT Government payments to small businesses for services were late 20% of the time.

ACT QT: budgets, buses, guttersniping

The Katy Gallagher vs Liberal boys battle resumed today over the Canberra Hospital bullying review and the order to freeze non-essential hiring of public servants off the back of the $85 million GST revenue loss.

ACT QT: “I said I didn’t whinge”

The Opposition were on the media moment front foot in the ACT Legislative Assembly Question Time today, pulling out references to the ABC and Canberra Times left, right and centre.

Petunias: Making Civic infrastructure more interesting since 2009*

It is a sad fact of life that infrastructure is no page turner. It is hard to sell stories detailing inevitably forgotten promises about civic renewal projects, largely because they're full of lofty terminology and because they take years of continued investment to go anywhere.

ACT QT: Added insulation

Today was all about the installation of insulation in our nation's capital.

2010 ACT Assembly kicks off

The ACT Legislative Assembly resumed sitting this week with a Gallager healthcare showdown with the Liberal boys on the back seat.

Calvary deal comes unstuck

With the Greens advocating compulsory acquisition of Calvary and the Opposition offering little to no suggestion for Canberra's looming Northern hospital nightmare, the Government is being forced back to the drawing board.

Solariums, Turtles, Fudge

Apparently the planned placement of turtle crossing signs in Gungahlin was inspired by a need to protect local turtles

Measuring healthcare = apples and oranges?

The debate over gaping holes in Canberra's healthcare system expanded today with the Canberra Liberals launch of a health discussion paper entitled, "The State of our Health".

Get on the bus

Four years ago the Government killed a plan to build a $115 million busway between Belconnen and Civic. Yesterday they gave the idea new life - claiming it had always remained on the table - the question is, why?

2010 Report on Government Services = Pleasantville

The Government say the ACT performed really well, the Opposition say the Government was the worst performing in Australia - how did our nation's capital look in the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services?

Government counter-attack to defend Calvary deal

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope whipped out the PR pistols this morning, attacking Liberal MLAs Alistair Coe and Vicki Dunne and the Greens Parliamentary Convener Meredith Hunter for their criticisms of the Calvary hospital deal.

Does $500 a day give prisoners the right to unleash their inner geek?

If the ACT’s prisoners think they’ve got it rough they should look to their brothers Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin, USA.




Tax cuts should follow proper process, officials tell government

Once again, the public servants are trying to force the politicians to do things by the book. But the government would prefer to cut the inconvenient corner, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.


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