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Andrew Leigh’s electoral office opening bonanza

This afternoon in the alcohol-free sunshine of Braddon the ACT's freshly annointed Fraser MP Dr Andrew Leigh officially opened his electoral office with the assistance of Senator Penny Wong and a varitable who's who of Canberra Labor.

Don’t let memorial fall silent

Liberal Senator for the ACT Gary Humphries writes:

Back in October this year, it was revealed in Senate estimates that, due to funding cuts, the Australian War Memorial Council considered closing the Memorial one day a week as well as cutting the very popular Christmas Carols event.

Since then, we've seen the release of the Department of Veterans Affairs' "Red Book" which tells us of a bleak outlook for this iconic national institution.

Lundy inducted WIC patron

In the sunny summer afternoon yesterday a crowd of 60 odd ladies of ICT and a couple of gents gathered for high tea at the Lobby in the Parliamentary Triangle to see Senator Kate Lundy inducted as a patron for the non-profit group Women in Information and Communications.

Education cuts short-sighted

AEU ACT branch assistant to the secretary (industrial) and schools organiser Glenn Fowler writes:

In 2010, under the guise of the oxymoronic “efficiency dividend”, the ACT Government has again demonstrated that it is incapable of providing for the complex needs of the public education system.

Urban Policy Wars Episode IV

Expert rebels striking from a hidden base have won their first victory in the urban policy wars against the system, hitting the great challenges of the 21st century: Climate change, peak oil and health burden.

John Hargreaves: If you can’t run it, wreck it

The last three sitting days of the Legislative Assembly for 2010 have seen the Opposition behaving as they have all year – Opposition for opposition sake.

As it stands, there have been 19 divisions in the Assembly over the last two and a half days, and the Opposition have lost all of them.

This belligerent approach from the Opposition is for no apparent reason and serves no purpose other than to waste the time of the hardworking assembly staff, and is an attempt at political points scoring.

ACT QT: kittens and balloons

Those in the know may have speculated this afternoon would bring fireworks, suspense, intrigue and perhaps a little biffo. But sadly, it was not to be.

ACT QT: streamlined jailbirds

In #ACTQT toady it was again all about our capital prisons - the Alexander Machonochie Centre and the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

ACT QT: squibbing asbestos ponds

"You can't have a sitting week without a censure motion," Labor and Greens MLAs rolled their eyes post Question Time.

Suicide, we can do better

At age 22, I gave the eulogy at the funeral of my friend Andrew McIntosh, who had taken his own life. It was one of the hardest things I had ever had to do.

Men neither violent nor silent

ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly and White Ribbon Day Ambassador Shane Rattenbury takes a look at violence against women on White Ribbon Day.

ACT Greens at the crossroads

Andrew Hughes, lecturer at the School of Management, Marketing and International Business at the ANU, writes:

To be a viable alternative government, the ACT Greens need to start pulling their socks up and get to work on the areas where the major parties have the market to themselves.

Does Canberra need more taxis?

ACT Greens spokesperson on transport Amanda Bresnan hangs out with Dickson taxi driver Peter to find out more about driving this town around.

Charge of the Cavalry

Sport Minister Andrew Barr will tonight deliver the first pitch at the home debut of Canberra’s national baseball side, the Canberra Cavalry. The Minister will...

Greg Mews: places we need

Urban planner Greg Mews writes: What connects people in a city and what determines liveability in a city that needs to respond to the challenges of...

Changing ACT education #2

ACT Minister for Education Andrew Barr writes: The successful reforms of 2006 and since were hard, but they were necessary to achieve the strong education...

Changing ACT education #1

ACT Minister for Education and Training Andrew Barr writes: The most important job for any government is making sure young people get the best possible...

ACT QT: cheap slogan cat calls

The double sitting week has clearly got to Canberra's political representatives in the Legislative Assembly, with some mid-sitting snot and slogans failing to get the pace rolling today in Question Time.

ACT QT: energizing youth vote

After hours of debate on the Climate Change Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill 2010 this morning, the members of the ACT Legislative Assembly were not ready to let the carbon go, kicking off Question Time with a round robbin of energy asks.

ACT QT: Goodbye jellyback

Question Time in the ACT Legislative Assembly was an odd affair this afternoon. The mixed tape of old and new songs from the floor rehashed ancient disputes and addressed some fresh ones - but all slightly out of synch with the Chief Minister's absence.

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