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ACT Health Policy Costings

Re-elected Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has settled an agreement with the other Labor Ministers and Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury since the October election, reports student journalist, Jessica Frecklington. During the election Gallagher was proactive in trying to push forward with her promises to improve ACT’s health services. Before being re-elected Gallagher made […]

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Labor Promises to Deliver Health Services

Katy Gallagher has promised to deliver 500 additional nurses into the ACT nursing workforce over the next four years, reports student journalist Madeline Power. In the recent ACT election, Labor narrowly obtained power through a coalition with the Greens by a single seat and it has many promises to deliver. Chief Minister and Minister for […]

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Children Health Focus

The Labor/Greens Government agreement has ramifications for children’s health policy write student journalist, Alyson Vardos. The new Government has agreed to work with other jurisdictions to implement a ban on “junk food” advertising to children during children’s television. It will also allocate $2.1 million for a Health Promotions Grants program, which will focus on achieving positive […]

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Investing in Sport

There’ll be many interested spectators watching ACT Labor kick goals with its pre-election promise to upgrade Canberra’s sporting fields to the tune of $26 million into improving fields and facilities, reports student journalist Molly Baxter. By the end of 2017, over $26 million will be injected into local parks, sporting grounds and facilities such as canteens […]

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Catholics Support ACT Minister for Education and Training

Student journalist Stephanie L. Anderson reports on the endorsement of the Minister for Education and Training by the CEC. Chair of the Catholic Education Commission, Mr Daryl Smeaton has praised the appointment of Joy Burch as the new Minister for Education and Training. “This appointment will help elevate the portfolio as the sector enters a […]

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Future of Same-Sex Marriage

With a Green now holding a seat in the Cabinet and a Chief Minister in support of same-sex marriage, it is a strong indicator the ACT heading down the path of legalising marriage equality, reports student journalist Sarah Bannerman. Chief Minister Katy Gallagher openly supports same-sex marriage, at the recognition of equality for all people. […]

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ACT Greens: Protest party or here to stay?

The Greens have come a long way in their twenty years of being a registered national party. But student journalist Charlotte King asks, with ten Federal MPs and a 3.9% swing in their favour at the last Federal election, what’s with all the prophesising that they’re over?

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How Shane Rattenbury made his decision

After negotiations between the ACT Labor and the Canberra Liberals, each holding eight seats after the election results, student journalist Kate Ottewell speaks with Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury about his decision to make government with ACT Labor. “The key basis for my decision was the policy agenda that can be built over the next four […]

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Greenhouse Gas Reduction

The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT was just one of the issues negotiated upon between Greens and Labor after the election late last month, reports student journalist Ebony Vitucci. After votes were counted it was found ALP and the Liberals stood at equal standing, giving the single Greens MP a particularly influential […]

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Women in ACT politics

During the Queen’s visit last year a symbolic moment occurred in Australian politics when she was greeted by the Governor General, the Prime Minister and the ACT Chief Minister. All three were women. The recent ACT election saw the issue of women in politics highlighted when an unusual phenomenon occurred with the Labor Party having […]

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