"Albanese has the chance to cut those union financial ties as a quid pro quo while cracking down on the chief Coalition source to distorting – not to say corrupting – our electoral system, writes columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.
"Two thirds of the Assembly, 15 of the 25 members, apparently believe that it is okay to screen calls with an answering machine. In a representative democracy, I think this is simply not good enough," says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
"The real and very serious housing problem in Canberra is undeniably one of the ACT government’s making. The problem is undersupply and an ever-widening gap between supply and demand," writes JON STANHOPE & KHALID AHMED.
"The downgrading of the AAA+ was the most significant financial issue of the year. It demonstrated poor financial management on the part of the government," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE in his review of the year in ACT politics.
"The chief minister and the planning minister insist that a 120sqm house, in someone else’s backyard, is more than adequate for Canberra families." JON STANHOPE & KHALID AHMED focus on the ACT government's failure on housing.