Dickson land scandal: worse than we thought

Confirmed: * Government paid $3.9 million to the Tradies Club for a building housing the CFMEU HQ * Government rented back the building to the Tradies for $1 per year * Auditor-General said the ACT government “relinquished considerable financial value to the Tradies” * Auditor-General said, “there is also a…

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Adult Mental Health Unit maxed out and understaffed

With the mental health unit at The Canberra Hospital maxed out for the better part of 2016-17, some mental health patients may slip through the cracks, unable to get the treatment they need, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said today. Under questioning from the Opposition, Mental Health Minister Shane Rattenbury…

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Rates petition should be referred to committee for inquiry

A petition with thousands of signatures calling on the Labor-Greens government to reverse its method for calculating rates paid by unit owners should be referred to the Public Accounts Committee for inquiry, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said today. Mr Coe will today table a petition in the ACT…

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Stranded commuters want Canberra’s bus route restored

Stranded residents and commuters have voiced their concerns with the government’s recent changes to Canberra’s bus routes, frustrated that the changes were made without warning, Member for Kurrajong Elizabeth Lee said today. In October last year, the Labor-Greens government changed Canberra’s bus routes without consulting residents and commuters, with the…

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Ambulance services below minimum crewing levels

ACT Ambulance Services has been grossly under resourced, with more than 40 per cent of ambulance emergency shifts working below the minimum crewing level in 2016-17, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Giulia Jones said today. There are two ambulance shifts per day, which equates to 730 shifts per year. ACTAS…

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Physics in footy and Indigenous astronomy activities amongst National Science Week Grant recipients

Hospitals, art galleries and sports stadiums are amongst the more unusual locations set to come alive with science during this year’s National Science Week, thanks to over $600,000 in Australian Government grants announced today. The 2018 National Science Week Grants will provide funding for science engagement activities, events, and competitions…

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Working Together for the Future – Science Meets Parliament

Our scientists, researchers and innovators are at the forefront of our changing economy – the relationship between scientists and lawmakers is critical to Australia’s future prosperity. The 20th annual Science meets Parliament brings more than 200 scientists, technologists and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to Parliament House in…

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