A Bad Budget For Canberra

Attacks on public service job cuts, superannuation, reductions on family tax payments, scrapping the baby bonus, introducing paid parking in the parliamentary zone, ongoing efficiency dividends, potential wage squeezes, reductions in office space, and university cuts are all going to affect the lives of Canberrans and damage our economy, according…

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ED Waiting Times Flat Line

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today that the emergency department waiting times over the past three months have declined, which again demonstrates that nothing has improved in emergency department waiting times since the data altering scandal last year. “Overall, only 50 per cent of patients were seen on time.…

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True Cost Of Skywhale $300,000

In a Public Accounts Committee hearing today, it was revealed the true costs to the ACT for the Skywhale for the Centenary of Canberra will be $300,000. ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson asked today why again it is only after questioning by the opposition and the media that the full…

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Wall Wants Solutions for Burnouts in Tuggeranong

Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall has questioned whether the ACT Green/Labor Government has any clear strategies to stop dangerous driving in suburban areas across the ACT, particularly in the electorate of Brindabella. Many residents have raised their concerns about the lack of solutions the Government has for curbing burnouts and…

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Coe Stands Up Against Draconian New Laws

Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will today try to block Draft Variation 306 which has been widely condemned by the building industry. The Government’s changes to the planning rules will result in additional costs and sub-standard building outcomes as a result of heavy-handed, ideologically driven rules that…

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Petrol Stations Still On Jones’ Agenda

Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones will again put to the Assembly this Wednesday the concerns of the community regarding the derelict petrol station sites in 13 suburbs across Canberra. “The Government spent so much time in the last sitting week talking about how wonderful they are, that there was no…

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Hanson Introduces Motion To Honour Canberra’s Fallen

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson will tomorrow move a motion that will propose enhancements to the ACT Memorial. Mr Hanson said today the memorial, which is located opposite Civic Square on London Circuit, should be more clearly recognised as a place for commemorating the sacrifice made by local Canberrans. “Unfortunately…

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Twice as Many Politicians not a Priority

ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has questioned the outcomes of Katy Gallagher’s reference group report into the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly. Mr Hanson said today that the recommendation to more than double the number of members was not a priority for the community. “I think that 35 MLAs…

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Smyth Launches New Children’s Book

Member for Brindabella Brendan Smyth is encouraging all Canberrans to come along to Manuka’s Paperchain Bookstore this Saturday to be part of the launch of local author Mr Chris Perkin’s book ‘The Adventures of Loren and Lightning.’ “Mr Perkins has written a gripping fantasy adventure story that is sure to…

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Barr’s LVC Tax a Triple Failure

ACT Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today Andrew Barr’s Lease Variation Charge has done nothing more than stifle the development sector and short-change Canberrans, while not delivering the revenue expected, revenue promised to fund the Urban Improvement Fund. “The massive unit tax introduced by ACT Labor and the Greens has…

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