The ACT Budget And Corona Virus - The Implications
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4y ago
The COVID-19 (Corona Virus) pandemic has had a major impact on economies around the world. Even countries that sought to reduce the economic impact by implementing less restrictive public health measures have not only paid a heavy price in human ..read more
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Does COVID-19 Change the Debate about Democracy?
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4y ago
There was already a debate about how to save democracy before the onset of COVID-19 (see: https://www.democracy2025.gov.au/documents/Democracy2025-report2.pdf). Democracy was seen to be at risk in various ways. Declining public trust in politics, a ..read more
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Why the EPBC Act Does Not Need a Review, it Needs Replacing.
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4y ago
The Government announced last year a year-long review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act of 2000, under the chair of Prof Graeme Samuels AC. The EPBC Act has mandatory 10-year reviews, so this was on time - or was ..read more
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Auditor-General Should Audit Annual Budget
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4y ago
In February 2020, the ACT Government released its 2019-20 Budget Review[i]. The Review is a requirement of the Financial Management Act 1996, and updates the financial and economic forecasts. It takes into account events and policy decisions since ..read more
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Are We becoming Digital Slaves? Why Online 'Privacy' is a Misnomer.
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4y ago
Reframing the forced alienation of our information as ‘digital slavery’ makes clear the push to ‘own’ us and to subvert our behavioural autonomy, writes Mick Chisnall. There is something odd about calling the misuse of ..read more
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Deteriorating Finances of the ACT
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4y ago
The annual budget is a significant event in the calendar. Public servants preparing the budget finally get some relief. Ministers and government backbenchers have almost unlimited opportunities to appear in the media and attempt to talk up their ..read more
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ACT Public Hospitals Hit by Predicted Health Tsunami
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4y ago
Following the release of the latest report of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)[i] that showed the ACT’s hospital performance dipping to yet another record low, the Minister for Health Ms Rachel Stephen-Smith is reported to ..read more
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Signs of an Unsafe ACT Hospital System for Patients as well as Practitioners
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4y ago
The Chair of the ACT branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Jeffrey Looi is reported to be “deeply concerned about the state of mental healthcare in the territory” and that “we are moving closer and ..read more
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Le Brexit? Bof! French attitudes to the UK's departure
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4y ago
“Donnez-moi un break…” That was Boris Johnson’s typically self-satisfied response to the accusation that it was anti-democratic to prorogue Parliament for five weeks right before the Brexit deadline. One can understand why ..read more
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Lessons from the 2018-19 Suburban Land Agency annual report.
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5y ago
The 2018-19 Suburban Land Agency (SLA) annual report reveals that the agency failed to meet its targets for land revenue, operating profit, dividend and total returns to the Territory, for the year. Revenue from “contracts with ..read more
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