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The Canberra Times Editorials

SHOUT funding pledge a welcome development

The big challenge is to come up with an ongoing funding model that is palatable to both SHOUT and the bureaucracy that doesn't involve destroying the organisation in the name of saving it.

Power price pain for ACT consumers

Having the lowest electricity prices in Australia is little comfort to ACT residents when it's likely these prices will increase by 10.9 per cent from July 1.

MLAs must show integrity on anti-corruption body

‚ÄčLike a virus it spreads, often slowly and unnoticed at first, but before long it can infect the entire system, overcoming the often weak immune system that is democratic government.

SHOUT deserves ACT government support

The ACT bureaucracy, pushed outside its comfort zone by an administrative change it has only seen coming for more than five years, appears to have put the needs of thousands of ill and disabled Canberrans into the too hard basket rather than risk coming up with an innovative solution.

Housing and superannuation are not a prudent mix

The Turnbull Government would be well advised to heed Paul Keating's advice that allowing people to draw against their superannuation to boost their housing deposits is a terrible idea. But that's just not going to happen.

No silver bullet to addressing housing affordability

The ACT gets the raw end of the prawn a fair bit. Roundly sneered at for its round-a-bouts and public service, it seems the rest of the nation could well look to their smallest counterpart on one issue: stamp duty.

Gas 'crisis' needs real action, not a media stunt

When all else fails, a distraction will do the trick. Such it is that this week, after years of reports and solid indications that some long-term planning was needed around Australia's energy market, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared it a "crisis".

National Capital Authority cracks the whip on Manuka Oval plan

Supporters of the "let's enhance Canberra, not destroy it" school of urban planning are expected to take heart from the National Capital Authority's decision to set its own benchmarks for the redevelopment of Manuka and other significant precincts across the city.

ACT cannot shy away from alcohol debate

There is a darker reality that underlies the jovial, uninhibited greetings at bars and clubs around Canberra and the nation. A reality manifest in reports and statistics detailing emergency department presentation, physical and sexual assault figures.