Canberrans Pay More To Prop Up ACTEW

Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth, has today expressed his disappointment that ACT tax payers are being forced to pay more for water, purely to keep ACTEW from becoming insolvent. “It is completely unacceptable that water prices in the ACT are increasing by 5 per cent for this reason,” Mr Smyth said…

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Hanson Congratulates New Liberal Member

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has congratulated Nicole Lawder on being elected as the new Brindabella representative for the Canberra Liberals. “The Canberra Liberals were extremely fortunate to have such a high calibre of candidates for the 2012 Election,” Mr Hanson said. “Ms Lawder has been a Canberra resident since…

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Minister Corbell Should Back-up Claims About Light Rail

After questioning from Deputy Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, Simon Corbell has again refused to provide documents relating to the massive light rail project. “Today in Estimates, Simon Corbell refused to release documents he claims to have about light rail, even though he uses the documents to justify the project,” Mr…

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ESA Number In Phone Book Goes to Fax Machine

Shadow Emergency Services Minister, Brendan Smyth, has revealed that the Emergency Services Agency telephone number in the White Pages phone directory goes to a fax machine. “Yesterday’s Estimates hearing identified Government delays in upgrading the ACT’s communications and mobile data systems as a problem. Today’s revelation confirms the Government can’t…

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Tribute To Professor Paul Mees

Statement by Alistair Coe, ACT Shadow Minister for Transport: “On the passing of Professor Paul Mees, the Opposition would like to state our respect for the contribution he made to transport policy across Australia. Prof Mees was a well known contributor to the public debate on transport infrastructure and public…

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Hanson Back Into Sleeping Bag For Vinnies

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson will join other Canberra leaders and business people taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout this Thursday the 20th of June. Mr Hanson said he is honoured to have the opportunity to help raise funds and awareness for a charity that assists hundreds of Canberrans…

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Hanson Announces New Liberal Shadow Cabinet

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has announced his new Shadow Cabinet today, following the departure of Zed Seselja. The major portfolios remain in place, with Health staying with Mr Hanson, Education with Steve Doszpot, Brendan Smyth retaining Shadow Treasury while TAMS, Planning and Transport stay with Deputy Leader Alistair Coe.…

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Smyth Tables Bill To Deliver Fairer Payroll Tax

ACT Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth today tabled a Bill to fix the ACT’s Payroll Tax scheme—bringing its operation into greater harmony with other jurisdictions. “This was something that the Government had promised as far back as 2008 through legislative changes. However, over 4 years later, we are still out of…

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Budget Predicts Triple Rates

“There is no plan to triple rates – that’s a lie,” Katy Gallagher, CityNews.com.au, 12 September 2012 During the election campaign, the Canberra Liberals used a graph from the Quinlan Tax Review that showed rates would triple in 10 years throughout campaign brochures, flyers, letters and television advertisements. “Throughout the…

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