CANBERRA LIBERALS COMMIT TO CAT AWARDS FUNDING

The Canberra Liberals will fund the continued success of the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards to the tune of $100,000 over four years if elected later this year, Shadow Minister for Arts Brendan Smyth said today. “The CAT Awards provide invaluable recognition for non-professional performing artists in the ACT who…

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CORBELL LEAVES ACT EXPOSED TO FIRE RISK

The Barr government has fallen short on what it’s been asked to do to protect Canberrans from future bushfire risks, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Brendan Smyth said today. “Simon Corbell has not agreed to key recommendations from an Assembly Committee into bushfire preparedness. It shows the government’s lack of…

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BURCH FAILS ACT CLUBS

Gaming Minister Joy Burch has totally failed ACT clubs in the response that she’s tabled today to the largely tripartisan Public Accounts Committee report into the clubs sector, Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Brendan Smyth said today. “This was the ideal opportunity for the government to turn its rhetoric…

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TAXES BARR PROMISED TO WIPE OUT JUST KEEP GOING UP

The Barr government’s latest Quarterly Consolidated Financial Report shows stamp duty and insurance duties have only increased. Andrew Barr committed to removing these taxes, but the reality is they’re only going up, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today. “The take on duties has increased 13 percent from September Quarter Budget…

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$36 MILLION RATES GOUGE UNDER BARR GOVERNMENT

  The Barr government is continuing to gouge Canberrans as rates continue on their path to tripling. General Rates alone have increased to an average of $1820 since Andrew Barr’s tax changes. It’s a tax regime that is neither fair nor equitable, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today. “The Consolidated…

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CANBERRA BUSINESSES STILL TAKE DIM VIEW OF BARR GOVERNMENT

Canberra’s small and medium businesses still have a negative view of the Barr government’s policies towards them despite a pickup in confidence, according to the latest Sensis Business Index August 2015 – Small and Medium Business Outlook released today, Shadow Minister for Business and Economic Development Brendan Smyth said today.…

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BARR BACKS CFMEU OVER CHINA FREE TRADE BENEFITS FOR CANBERRA

Andrew Barr has caved in to Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) pressure, backing xenophobia over the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and its benefits for Canberra, Shadow Minister for Business and Economic Development Brendan Smyth said today. “Yesterday, in my Assembly motion seeking to re-affirm the Canberra-Beijing Sister…

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