Sports ground closures impact footy finals

Football teams are reportedly being prohibited from booking pre-finals training sessions at local sports grounds due to annual maintenance work, Shadow Sports Minister James Milligan said. Every year the ACT government closes all irrigated sports grounds for two weeks for maintenance. The shutdown period is supposed to allow for repairs…

Read More

Labor-Greens government drives Canberra event across the border

Conditions and red tape imposed by the Labor-Greens government has driven a celebrated Canberra festival across the border indefinitely, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall said today. “After a 50 year history as an iconic Canberra event the Harmonie German Club decided last year to move the event…

Read More

Liberals propose new animal welfare laws

Proposed animal welfare laws that will help protect domestic animals and their owners from dog attacks will be presented to the Assembly this week by Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder. On Wednesday September 19, Ms Lawder will table an exposure draft of the Domestic Animals (Dangerous Dogs) Legislation…

Read More

Berry should apologise to parents, teachers and students

Education Minister Yvette Berry should offer an unqualified apology to parents, teachers, staff and students for her poor handling of an asbestos contamination at Harrison School. After the presence of non-friable asbestos in garden beds at Harrison School was confirmed, Ms Berry tried to downplay the contamination with inaccurate comments…

Read More

Labor-Greens government should not dismiss concerns of industry groups

ACT Labor and the Greens should not dismiss genuine concerns about the government’s proposed procurement laws, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall said. In a public committee inquiry today, industry groups including the Master Builders Association and the Canberra Business Chamber expressed concern that the government’s proposed procurement…

Read More

Successive Labor governments have failed Canberra students

An analysis of NAPLAN data broken down into metropolitan areas shows Canberra students have fallen behind NSW and Victoria. When comparing the results of students with university educated parents, the results fell further. In numeracy, ACT students fell from the highest in the country to below average. “According to this…

Read More

Labor’s health split a disaster in the making

Job stability, pay and conditions for ACT Health staff are under threat, while critical decisions remain undetermined as Labor hurriedly moves to split the health directorate, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. A ministerial brief obtained under Freedom of Information laws shows critical decisions surrounding finance, logistics, reporting and staff…

Read More