November, 2012

ACT Health Policy Costings

, Nov 23, 2012

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. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbRvDqB-iyo[/youtube] Before being re-elected […]

Labor Promises to Deliver Health Services

, Nov 23, 2012

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

, Nov 23, 2012

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 […]

Investing in Sport

, Nov 22, 2012

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

, Nov 22, 2012

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

, Nov 22, 2012

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?

, Nov 21, 2012

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?

How Shane Rattenbury made his decision

, Nov 21, 2012

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 […]

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

, Nov 21, 2012

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 […]

Women in ACT politics

, Nov 21, 2012

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 […]

Costs of Greener Government?

, Nov 21, 2012

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury is the party’s sole representative to join Katy Gallagher and the Labor Party. Mr. Rattenbury’s position is one from which he can aid in the enactment of many of the more eco-friendly policies, reports student journalist Aimee Mazzarolo. “I took on the Ministry because after 17 years on the cross […]

Junk food still has green light

, Nov 21, 2012

Experts claim figures are still higher than ever after more than two years since the food industry introduced codes of practice in relation to junk food advertising aimed at children, with some calling for an overhaul of the advertising system reports student journalist Samuel Noller. During the lead up to the election, ACT Greens Meredith […]
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Negative Campaigning

, Nov 20, 2012

It seems politicians these days have a lot to say about each other, specifically the downfalls and failures of their opposing party, argues student journalist Lucia Coleman. The recent ACT election witnessed the Canberra Liberals’ campaign that spread idea of that our rates will triple when Labor and the Greens took government. Professor Ian McAllister, […]

ACT Election has not yet inspired Cuban insult

, Nov 20, 2012

José Antonio Gonzalez wrote the worst insult a Spanish speaker can make on his Cuban ballot paper. Student journalist Conor Hickey takes on the dry topic of electoral analysis and wonders whether ACT voters could be bothered to write insults on their ballot papers.
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Canberra Liberals, Almost

, Nov 20, 2012

The Canberra Liberals achieved a record result this election and the leader’s popularity continues to grow but they have not been able to turn a record number of seats and more votes than the ACT Labor Party in to power, reports student journalist Jacqui Garrity. The Liberals’ strong showing has a number of possible explanations, […]

Electoral Future of ALP and Greens

, Nov 20, 2012

How will the Labor-Green relationship play out? Student journalist Matt Mitchell asks political observers to get their thoughts.

Did Twitter win the ACT election?

, Nov 20, 2012

Student journalist Aggie Bradshaw questions whether social media campaigning directly affect the outcome though or does suggesting this just make us all feel better about being addicted to the fast-paced world of Twitter? When looking over election results and campaigning efforts in the lead up to the ACT election in October, it became obvious the impact that social […]

How about the minor parties?

, Nov 13, 2012

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At the ACT's October poll, the three largest parties picked up almost 90% votes of total votes between them. However, the election was not all doom and gloom for minor parties, with some exceeding expectations and picking up a substantial number of votes. NextACT student journalists Corey Hammond, Matt Mitchell and Sarah Bannerman followed some of the smaller parties throughout the election campaign and put together an election wrap analysing their performances. In this piece they speak with Australian Motorist Party Candidate Chic Henry, and Bullet Train for Canberra candidate Tim Bohm.