• Geoff Adams, Susan Blain and Peter Sarris

    Geoff Adams, Susan Blain and Peter Sarris

  • Chief Minister Katie Gallagher with Michelle Melbourne and Chris Faulks of the CBC

    Chief Minister Katie Gallagher with Michelle Melbourne and Chris Faulks of the CBC

  • Steve Flannery, Catherine Carter, George Katheklakis and Steve Kleevil-Jones

    Steve Flannery, Catherine Carter, George Katheklakis and Steve Kleevil-Jones

  • Jane Easthope and Manny Notaras

    Jane Easthope and Manny Notaras

  • Kathy Leigh, Keith Cantlie, Brand Hoff and Treasurer Andrew Barr.

    Kathy Leigh, Keith Cantlie, Brand Hoff and Treasurer Andrew Barr.

  • Craig Sloanm Rachael Peck and Shane Rattenbury

    Craig Sloanm Rachael Peck and Shane Rattenbury

  • Sharon Sloan and John Runko

    Sharon Sloan and John Runko

  • Garry Watson and Lucile Halloran

    Garry Watson and Lucile Halloran

  • Chris Kimball and David Marshall

    Chris Kimball and David Marshall

Canberra Business Council Budget Breakfast

4 June 2014

The annual Canberra Business Council Budget Breakfast sponsored by Meyer Vandenburg was a tame affair by any standards and perhaps in need of a bit of argy bargy to get us positing some alternatives to the ACT Government and particularly our very nice treasurer who can and does give bad news with a smile.

So as the Federal budget tossed us no joy from Joe, the ACT budget has had to come up with a few more ideas to keep our economy buoyant and bubbling along. So expect the skyline to be full of cranes as we spend on infrastructure, government fees to  go up and a few new levies  implemented – levy being the new word for tax – but please be assured the golden sun moth and the striped legless lizard will be protected. And your streetlights are up for sale. What? I hear you say. Well yes apparently they are a commercial entity waiting to be sold off to the highest bidder, something that was thought about years ago but never acted upon. But, if you like me, wonder if ActewAGL buys them then it’s our money that will seal that deal, then isn’t that just another ‘book entry’ kind of sale.


The thing about budgets is we can’t really do anything about them in our jusrisdiction but judging by the attitude and acceptance by the Canberra Business Council’s mixed business breakfast attendees, they’re prepared to do the hard yards to keep our city’s economy heading back to black. Though Floriade watch out as David Marshall questioned your future. Andrew Barr has some new ideas for your makeover to be released soon as you reach a venerable mid life crises of concern that puts you firmly in middle age at 25. On that reckoning there’s a desperate need for the rest of us to pick up our game. Just what the spin doctors expect.