National corruption watchdog on election agenda

Labor has pledged to legislate for a “powerful, transparent and independent” National Anti-Corruption Commission with the powers of a standing Royal Commission by the end of the year if elected.

Could Kurnell be second Sydney Airport site?

Opinion and Analysis By Simon Sharwood Debate over whether Sydney needs a new airport has run for thirty years and will probably run for another thirty. Along the way it has become a symbol for policy cowardice, the power of NIMBYism and Australia's sclerotic decision-making process. It's therefore time for a combination of callousness, vision […]

Community opportunity to shape regional rail link

  Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, said community representatives would play an important role in delivering the first major new rail line for metropolitan Melbourne in 80 years. “The Regional Rail Link Community Reference Group will be a key channel for community involvement in this vital infrastructure project,” Mr Albanese said. “We […]

Newcastle, Carpentaria win local government awards

By Rob O’Brien A groundbreaking initiative by Newcastle City Council to address climate change and a domestic violence campaign in Carpentaria have won the 2009 National Awards for Local Government. The two winners were announced by Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Anthony Albanese at the second meeting of the Australian Council […]

Historic meeting of Federal and Local Government

By Angela Dorizas The inaugural meeting of the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG) held today in Canberra marked a significant milestone in the history of local and federal government relations. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd flew in this morning from the G-20 Summit in Washington to launch the ACLG, one of the biggest gatherings of […]

Infrastructure Australia denies reports of $600 million for councils

Infrastructure Australia has denied reports in the national media that the Federal Government planned to fast-track “up to $600 million in spending on small infrastructure projects such as local roads and bridges”. The Australian newspaper recently reported that the $600 million could be announced at the Australian Council of Local Governments (ACLG) meeting next month. […]


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