Apollo 11 is a celebration of human achievement

Just as the world stopped to watch Neil Armstrong take one giant step 50 years ago, this week the world is stopping to commemorate the amazing technological achievement of the first moon landing and the people who made it possible. Deputy Leader of the Opposition Nicole Lawder said Canberrans should…

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Canberrans deserve building quality assurance

Building quality assurance should be high among the ACT Government’s priorities as it moves toward more high-density housing, Shadow Minister for Planning Mark Parton said. “Canberrans deserve building quality assurance and the ACT Government is responsible for providing the regulatory oversight of that process,” Mr Parton said. “I think we…

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Tuggeranong residents forced off bus network

ACT Labor and the Greens have no idea what life is like for Tuggeranong residents who have been forced off Canberra’s bus network. In an ABC radio interview, Transport Minister Chris Steel admitted fewer people in Canberra’s south are using public transport since the upheaval of the bus network. Liberal…

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Cuts to support staff hurts vulnerable victims

Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Yvette Berry cannot guarantee that budgeted job cuts across several services combatting domestic violence will be saved, Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert said. Several frontline services supporting domestic violence victims through the court system will face cruel funding…

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School cleaners from migrant backgrounds may lose jobs

Cleaners from migrant backgrounds might lose their jobs because of a government decision to terminate cleaners engaged through small businesses, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall said. The Labor-Greens Government intends to terminate all existing cleaning contracts to directly employ cleaners as ACT public servants, supposedly to improve…

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Real cost of light rail finally revealed

The real cost of the light rail launch party has finally been revealed, and it is much greater than the $100,000 figure the government originally reported, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said. Under questioning by Miss Burch in Estimates hearings today, government officials confirmed the Labor-Greens Government spent $446,000 to…

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Canberra should be open for business

Canberra needs to be open for business. The Government should be encouraging economic development through a competitive tax system, comprehensible planning and timely decision making. At the moment, the lack of certainty in the planning system and out-of-date noise rules creates uncertainty and a lack of confidence, especially in the…

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Even more heavy lifting for Canberra ratepayers

Chief Minister Andrew Barr today confirmed that Canberra households will pay even more in rates every year under a Labor Government, Canberra Liberals Leader Alistair Coe said. “The heavy lifting is not in the past. The heavy lifting now happens every single year,” Mr Coe said. Under questioning from Canberra…

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More action needed to combat elder abuse in Canberra

We need a Territory specific plan to protect elderly Canberrans who are vulnerable to abuse, Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said. On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Ms Lawder is calling for localised action to combat the abuse of older people in Canberra. While the ACT…

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