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Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT politicians spend up on printing, signs and Christmas cards

Tom McIlroy ACT politicians have been busy ordering printing, signs and official Christmas cards ahead of changes to spending allowance rules.

David Eastman to receive assistance on release on bail: Simon Corbell

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell would not say on Friday if freed prisoner David Eastman was receiving assistance from the government while on bail. 

ACT government has spent more than $750,000 on surveys

More than a dozen surveys were commissioned in the 2012-13 financial year.

Tom McIlroy The ACT government has spent at least $500,000 on surveys of Canberrans in the past three years, asking questions on everything from parks to cemeteries to horse agistment.

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Alexander Maconochie Centre prisoners wait for decision on smoking ban

Consultation: A model to stop smoking at the centre is yet to be determined.

Tom McIlroy The ACT government is continuing work on stopping smoking by prisoners in the Alexander Maconochie Centre but no ban is imminent.

Conservation Council expresses concern over shift in approval powers

Environment minister Greg Hunt

Tom McIlroy The Conservation Council has rejected moves by the Abbott government to foist environmental approval responsibilities on to the states and territories, and slammed an agreement reached last week with...

Government moves to include staff on public gift registers

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Tom McIlroy and Ben Westcott ACT government staffers will be required to disclose gifts and hospitality they receive as part of their work as Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has moves to strengthen declaration requirements. 

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Wine, mangoes and pearls - a look inside Chief Minister Katy Gallagher's gift cupboard

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher

Ben Westcott and Tom McIlroy Expensive wine, free flight upgrades and boxes of mangoes from the Pakistani ambassador - it's not a bad life being the chief minister of the ACT.

Community programs reap $1m from confiscated criminal assets

Tom McIlroy Almost $2 million has been delivered from a trust fund for confiscated criminal assets in the last decade. 

MLAs' slings and arrows fall short, say Assembly veterans

Opposition frontbencher Brendan Smyth, a long-serving member and former opposition leader, is close behind Jon Stanhope with 71 rulings.

Duncan Murray, Ben Westcott and Tom McIlroy Veterans of the ACT Legislative Assembly have dismissed this week's bout of parliamentary name-calling as anodyne.

Minister Joy Burch moves to tear up Multicultural Festival contract

Ms Burch has drawn sustained criticism from the Liberal opposition over her management of the festival's fringe program and the appointment of controversial arts identity Jorian Gardner as creative director.

Tom McIlroy An investigation ordered by Multicultural Affairs Minister Joy Burch has seen a $250,000 contract for Canberra's National Multicultural Festival torn up by the government. 

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ACT major events bill provides for searches, bans on street trading and arrest powers

Major events include those that generate tourism revenue, attract large crowds and raise the territory's international profile.

Tom McIlroy New legislation proposed by the ACT government would allow a magistrate to issue 12 month orders banning individuals from attending major events, as well as giving strong search powers to police and...

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No moos is good news in ACT Assembly

Yvette Berry is in hot water after calling fellow MLA Nicole Lawder a 'cow' during a heated debate in the Assembly on Wednesday.

Tom McIlroy While it might be a relatively mild insult by Canberra's political standards, "cow" has now been added to a long list of words considered to be unparliamentary in the ACT Assembly.

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Budget debate breaks down as Liberal MLA called 'a cow'

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Tom McIlroy Labor backbencher Yvette Berry labelled an opposition member “a cow” in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, sparking heated debate about parliamentary standards. 

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Liberals vote against light rail spending

Liberal MLA Alistair Coe warned the 12-kilometre tram line was at risk of cost blowouts and delays.

Tom McIlroy If the ACT government eventually abandons plans for a light rail line from the city to Gungahlin, taxpayers will still foot a bill of about $60 million, opposition transport spokesman Alistair Coe...

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Claims feud holding up nature conservation agency merger

Opposition environment spokeswoman Nicole Lawder.

Tom McIlroy The creation of a single ACT government nature conservation agency is being held up by a political and environmental turf war, opposition environment spokeswoman Nicole Lawder said on Tuesday. 

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Win for contractors as ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr pushes payroll tax change back to January 1

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr's payroll tax measure in the June budget was an unpopular move among contractors.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Treasurer's back down could leave $5 million hole in the ACT budget.

Major events laws to crack down on logos and advertising

Cricket at Manuka Oval.

Tom McIlroy New ACT laws for security management and commercial protections at major events. 

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Tribunal criticises planning minister's 'formulaic' approval of lease changes for clubs

An artist's impression of the new Raiders building in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Government accused of not properly considering the public interest in clubs development.

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Ticket traders fear scalping law will push sales to the black market

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Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson ACT government plans to ban ticket "scalping" for sporting games and major events have attracted concerns.

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Government moves to strengthen rules at major sporting events

The GWS Giants  play in at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Anzac Day.

Tom McIlroy New protections against ticket scalping, banning pitch invasions at sporting events and restricting patrons from re-entering venues after being evicted will form part of new major events legislation...

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