ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

To those who equate the ACT and federal governments as one and the same, it will come as a shock that, short of location-location, the two could not be further apart.

The ACT government achieved two national firsts this week with the opening of a fixed pill-testing site and an impending shutdown of all fossil-fuel-powered car and truck sales from 2035. It has, once again, scored itself the title of most progressive government to grace the nation.

So how does a territory bogged by the cement shoes of federal politics manage to be on the front foot of social policy innovation?