Charities aren’t enough. ACT government should take over homelessness services

October 20, 2017
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The best treatment for homelessness is simple: provide people with a place to stay. There should be a coordinated, government-run service, providing safe, secure, 24/7 emergency accommodation on the same day that people need it.

ACT’s new federal electorates shouldn’t mirror past boundaries, because Canberra has changed

September 12, 2017
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The last time the ACT had three federal electorates, a “sandwich” approach was used to draw the boundaries. The seat of Fraser was placed north …

Belconnen and Gungahlin may soon get their own federal parliamentarian

June 23, 2017
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With strong growth taking Canberra’s population past 400,000, the ACT may be allocated a third federal seat this year. Like in 1996, there is a …

Open up empty government offices to the homeless

May 28, 2017
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The ACT has the second-highest rate of homelessness in Australia, behind the Northern Territory. In 2016 the ACT failed last year to provide accommodation solutions to more than 34 per cent of people seeking accommodation support, the equal highest rate of failure in the country.

National Capital Authority needs to rethink its purpose

February 23, 2017
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  The National Capital Authority is at a crossroads. For it to maintain a legitimate oversight and governance role in Canberra, it needs to step …

Long live ACT self-government

August 19, 2016
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The history of Canberra can largely be described in three eras: pre-NCDC (up to 1958), NCDC(1958-1989), and self-government (1989-present). In the early days of Canberra, the vision of Walter Burley Griffin …

Fairer Federal representation for the ACT

July 19, 2016
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  When the original Constitution of Australia was drafted, States were guaranteed an equal number of Senators and a minimum of five members in the …

Medicare: our nation’s greatest gift

July 8, 2016
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  There is probably no policy that better defines modern Australia than Medicare. First legislated by the Whitlam government in 1974 as Medibank, Medicare guarantees …

More to do on affordable housing

June 24, 2016
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  Housing affordability remains a hot topic with most Australians. And rightly so, given the fundamental human right for safe and secure housing. I have previously …

Understanding bad online behaviour

June 9, 2016
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In my latest RiotACT article, I discuss why some people feel they can say things on the Internet that they wouldn’t say in person: After the …