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Libs slam wait times

THE Liberals have slammed the first ACT surgery report card, saying the Territory's elective surgery wait times remain the worst in the country. The Government's...

Rail needs a ‘champion’

The Greens are pushing the ACT Government to embrace the "strong opportunities" of light rail, high-speed rail and improved rail freight. Greens transport spokeswoman, Amanda...

Hanson wants dose probe

ACT Liberal Corrections spokesman Jeremy Hanson is calling for an investigation into the Alexander Machonochie Centre's medication procedures following the revelation of a methadone overdose in the jail. “In...

New sculpture attracts PM

“A HUMANE and humble tribute to two great men,” is how Prime Minister Julia Gillard described a new sculpture of former Prime Ministers John...

No needles, no drugs in prison

Removing syringes is crucial to preventing disease, says JEREMY HANSON, in reply to last week’s article ‘The need for prison needles’ IN the best interests...

Turkeys or the right stuff?

Are all public servants turkeys? Or is it just the ones that Bob Brown disagrees with, asks political columnist MICHAEL MOORE? GREENS leader Senator Bob...

How did we lose our compassion?

A FEW hundred boat people have us all in a lather. It might even grow to a couple of thousand. And supposedly our country, our...

The need for prison needles

Has Chief Minister Katy Gallagher lost her nerve under pressure from the prison union to abandon a needle-and-syringe program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre?...

Kevin’s sitting loosely in the saddle

Former PM Kevin Rudd has no chance of a comeback. Or has he? It’s all a matter of who you’re listening to, says ROBERT...

Power prices stay regulated

ELECTRICITY price regulation will remain in the ACT for another two years despite the Australian Energy Market Commission's recommendation to remove it. The AEMC concluded...

Bike titles for Stromlo

THE Playground, a two-kilometre test track at Stromlo Forest Park, was officially opened today coinciding with the announcement that two rounds of the Mountain...

Vision for Kambah’s future

THE Kambah group centre's draft master plan has been released, showing a projection of what's to come in the next 20 to 30 years. According...

New blood system flows

BLOODNET, the first national online system for ordering blood, was launched in Canberra today. Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital, Capital Pathology and Healthscope Pathology will begin...

Queries, tweets, principles

It is time the Federal Parliament looked down the hill rather than down their noses, says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE WITHIN a day of the...

Teachers to stop work

ACT school teachers are expected to stop work next month to support the Independent Education Union's push to close the pay gap between ACT...

Protecting kids from smoke

A BILL will be introduced to the Legislative Assembly today that will see smoking in cars with children under 16 years illegal. The Bill will...

Watch this (parking) space

NEWS that some Canberra developers are looking at options to offer lower-priced residential units and less traffic congestion in return for fewer car parking...

Libs push again for inquiry

THE ACT Liberals have again called for an inquiry into the dismissal of former Alexander Maconochie Centre superintendent Doug Buchanan. The calls come after Mr...

Hanson calls for inquiry

OPPOSITION corrections spokesman Jeremy Hanson has called for an inquiry into the May termination of former Alexander Maconochie Centre superintendent Doug Buchanan. The AFP is reported to...

No regrets, says Shane

SPEAKER Shane Rattenbury says he was “immensely disappointed” by the ACT Liberals’ attempt to have him removed as speaker today. Opposition Leader Zed Seselja today...

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