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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Alert Level 3: The Canberra Hospital in crisis mode

For three consecutive months the Canberra Hospital was in crisis mode where internal incidents threatened to disrupt the flow of critical services to patients, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said today. In an answer to a Question on Notice, Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris confirmed that The Canberra Hospital was at…

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Business confidence in ACT government policies hits lowest point

Small to medium businesses in the ACT are steadily losing confidence in the Labor-Greens government, with some believing government policies are working against them, according to a SENSIS Business Index survey, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall said today. The data released today shows support for government policies…

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Sweeping powers for trade unions in government’s local jobs package

Instead of supporting local jobs and business, the ACT government’s Secure Local Jobs Package, which is now open for consultation, proposes legislating sweeping new powers for trade unions, Shadow Minister for Local Business Andrew Wall said today. “The package outlines the government’s intent to legislate its preferential treatment of trade…

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