Government Must Answer Questions About Cotter Dam Contract

Following the Auditor General’s announcement for a performance audit of the Cotter Dam project, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe said the ACT Government should demonstrate what time penalties are included in the contract to construct the Cotter Dam. “The cost of the Cotter Dam has blown out…

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Independent Review Finds 40 Areas Of Improvement For ACTEW

An independent review released today into the corporate governance of ACTEW has found 40 opportunities for improvement, said ACT Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth. The review follows the under-reporting of managing director Mark Sullivan’s salary by $240,000 earlier this year. “The fact that this review has uncovered 40 opportunities where ACTEW…

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Doszpot Opens Book Week

“Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.” ACT Shadow Minister for Education & Training Steve Doszpot has opened Children’s Book Week today as a special guest of The Children’s Book Council of Australia. “As Shadow Minister for Education, I have visited just about every school in Canberra…

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Barr Maintains Secrecy On Triple Rates

Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth, today moved a motion calling on the Government to table their 20 year modelling of general rates increases instead of keeping them secret. The move was a follow up from an exchange in June during the Estimates process, involving: The Chair: You have modelling, surely? Mr…

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Canberra Liberals Vote Against a Bad Budget

The Canberra Liberals have voted against Andrew Barr’s 2013-14 Budget full of debt, deficit and deceit. ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said ACT Labor and the Greens have today allowed a Budget that is inaccurate, dishonest and all together bad for Canberrans to be passed through the Assembly. “For the…

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Liberals Move To Protect Canberrans’ Super

ACT Shadow Minister for Ageing Steve Doszpot has moved to protect the superannuation of Canberra’s seniors, especially self-funded retirees, from serious changes in tax laws that threaten thousands of Canberrans’ superannuation. “Almost 20,000 Canberrans will be hit by Labor’s changes that would cut deep all across the Territory,” said Mr…

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Giulia Moves to Improve Playgrounds in the Territory

Playgrounds are vital to the life and development of communities across Canberra, according to Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones. Today Mrs Jones said some playgrounds are in urgent need of an upgrade and many need fences so that mums, dads and child carers can have a chance to relax whilst…

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Call For Coordinated Roadworks

ACT Shadow Minister for Urban Services Alistair Coe is today calling on the Government to ensure that roadworks are undertaken in a coordinated manner to stop traffic problems that are foreseeable and avoidable. Mr Coe said the ACT Government has a poor track record for coordinating roadworks throughout Canberra. “It…

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Canberra Liberals To Move No-confidence In Andrew Barr

The Canberra Liberals will today move a no-confidence motion in ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr if he fails to release accurate budget documents. ACT Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said this comes after repeated failures from the Government to provide accurate budget papers, even after the Chief Minister’s pledge for ‘openness in…

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