"The temptation for legislators is to seek convenient solutions. However, when a Commissioner for Human Rights can challenge legislators to rethink bills it ensures appropriate consideration," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
"The response of the ACT government to the allegations concerning a member of the Assembly, including strident demands he resign, lacked any semblance of a commitment to his right to the presumption of innocence," writes JON STANHOPE.
"Expenditure forecasts in the 2023-24 Budget are illusory and certain to be exceeded by hundreds of millions of dollars," say JON STANHOPE & KHALID AHMED. Treasurer Barr has few choices – cut spending, raise taxes or both. But will he?
Infrastructure is always a vexed issue. The program is full of pork barrelling, whoever is in power. Even when that’s not involved, what to build and when it should be built is often contested, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers is pumping up his role in energy transition, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN. "This is probably a good thing for the government, because the transition to renewables isn’t going as well as it needs to."
"A criminal record for possession of small amounts of drugs can have an impact on employment prospects, on being able to obtain a visa and on the rest of an individual’s life. It is disproportionate," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
"The support we Canberrans have shown for a national Voice suggests a collective concern about the egregious failure of the ACT government to any meaningful response to the needs of the local Aboriginal community," writes JON STANHOPE.