Letter to the Editor: No need for MPs to go to court

February 10, 2018
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Judy Bamberger asks how we can improve section 44 citizenship tests to avoid the trauma faced by MPs with less orthodox backgrounds. Our politicians can …

Letter to the Editor: We’re not robots

February 10, 2018
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Matt Byrne’s article on the future of ACT Labor is enlightening. Online communities can supplement party activities, however an egalitarian party would ensure that everyone …

Suggested redistribution of Federal electoral divisions in the ACT

December 20, 2017
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This submission provides suggestions on the most suitable boundaries of Federal Electoral Divisions for the Australian Capital Territory. Since the adoption of the Y-plan in …

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.

CT Editorial: Canberra’s wealth is in the eyes of the holders

October 19, 2017
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When more than one in 10 children in Australia’s most affluent city are living in disadvantaged circumstances Canberra has a major problem. Melbourne and Sydney …

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 …

The universal right to shelter

August 1, 2017
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Speech given to ACT Labor Annual Conference (29 July 2017) Delegates Today, we are each taking time out of our weekend to try and make the …

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 up …