More Independent Advice Casting Doubt on Light Rail

The Centre for International Economics (CIE) has cast considerable doubt on the ACT Labor government’s light rail project, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today. “In its Review of the 2014-15 ACT Budget, the CIE highlights many actual and potential problems with the case for light rail. This is…

Read More

Labor’s Plan To Get Rid Of PPL For Public Servants

The Prime Minister in Question Time yesterday called on Labor to come clean about their plans for paid parental leave for public servants. “I can only assume that should the current Opposition ever come back into Government that they would change the public service rules to prevent public servants from…

Read More

Payroll Tax Backflip

During questions from the opposition during today’s estimates hearing, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr revealed the government is reconsidering its proposed payroll tax amendments to remove the genuine employer exemption, due to their affect on ACT small businesses and contractors. Only after an outcry from small business and the Canberra Liberals…

Read More

Labor’s Policies Force Up Electricity Prices

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s (ICRC) final report and direction for electricity prices released today noted that Canberrans will be forced to pay $85 more on their electricity bills from July because of ACT Labor’s large scale solar feed-in scheme, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today. “It is irresponsible…

Read More

Students to benefit from new Dickson Trade Training Centre

Secondary students from the North of Canberra can now gain valuable skills in trades such as automotive electrician, cook, fitter, metal fabricator, motor mechanic, pastry cook, plumber, and welder, with the opening of the Dickson Area Trade Training Centre. Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja will officially open the centre…

Read More

Lease Variation Charge Is Andrew Barr’s Mining Tax

The ACT Labor government’s ill-conceived Lease Variation Charge (LVC) has again failed to draw the revenue Andrew Barr promised it would for his Urban Improvement Program, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today. “As part of the 2012 ACT Election, the government promised that its LVC scheme would raise $100 million…

Read More

More Evidence Emerges of Labor’s Job Cuts

Today’s Senate Estimates hearings with the Department of Human Services shed further light on the extent of Labor’s public service job cuts, Senator Zed Seselja said today. The Department confirmed that between 2009/10 and 2012/13, the number of staff employed in DHS dropped from 36,019 to 31,795, a drop of…

Read More

Auditor-General Scathing of ‘Inadequate’ Hospital Management

The Auditor-General’s report released today, Gastroenterology & Hepatology unit, Canberra Hospital paints a bleak picture of the management of triage practices and outpatient services provided by the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Unit (the GEHU), Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today. “The Audit conclusions are damning and reflect the ACT Labor government’s…

Read More

Opportunity Lost

Canberrans will be forced to pay for $4.5 billion in debt and nearly a billion dollars in interest all so Shane Rattenbury can build light rail and Simon Corbell can build solar farms, Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson said today. “Tuesday’s budget was a continuation of the failures dished out over…

Read More

Early Intervention Needs to Continue

Today Shadow Minister for Disability Andrew Wall will formally request Minister Joy Burch ensure the continuation of early intervention services beyond the end of the 2014 school year. “There is a rising level of anxiety amongst parents, carers, teachers and advocates about what services will be in place and operational…

Read More