Senator Seselja is looking for your input to an issues paper on child care:
Senator Seselja said the Productivity Commission will take a holistic view to reform, including looking at issues facing mothers returning to the workforce, rural, regional and remote communities, shift workers, and disadvantaged and vulnerable children. “The work lives of Australian families are [...]
After a lengthy and detailed investigation by ACT Policing, five people will face court over multiple incidents of property damage which occurred in north Canberra earlier this year.
Between February and April (2013), police received more than 30 reports of property damage to cars in the Belconnen and Gungahlin area.
Police will allege that four men, aged [...]
ACT Policing will summons a 40-year-old Isabella Plains man to face court after police located cannabis plants while executing a search warrant yesterday (December 4) afternoon.
Around 4.30pm, detectives from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations executed a Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant at the Isabella Plains house.
During the search of a shed in the rear yard, [...]
The National Gallery’s new summer show is opening tomorrow and RiotACT was lucky enough to be invited to join the media horde at today’s preview.
This exhibition, really truly is a must see over the coming summer.
It’s full of sex and death and beauty and, of course, gold.
In our mass produced highly machined age you sometimes [...]
ACT Policing has released CCTV imagery and fresh details renewing its call for witnesses to multiple incidents of property damage in Ashkanasy Crescent, Evatt on Saturday morning (November, 30).
Police attended Ashkanasy Crescent following several reports of property damage to residences and vehicles that occurred between about 4am and 5am on Saturday (November 30).
Damage included two [...]
Simon Corbell has announced he’s bringing duplex houses under the Development Application umbrella:
“The unique character of duplexes means their demolition and alteration can have significant impact on the adjoining duplex.
“Anyone wanting to demolish and rebuild a duplex or make major alterations will have to lodge a development application, which gives neighbours the opportunity to [...]
The Roar have the worrying news that the Brumbies, already without a coach (oh yay, two coaches you say?), and with no CEO, are in danger of losing their goal kicker and pivot for next season too:
Wallabies centre Christian Lealiifano will have surgery on his ankle next week with a date for his return [...]
Smoke haze from interstate
The ACT Emergency Services Agency is receiving phone calls from the public concerned about the presence of smoke over Canberra tonight.
The smoke haze is from a fire burning well across the border at Cootamundra NSW.
There are no fires currently burning in the ACT.
8:38pm Wednesday 4 Dec 2013
Chief Minister Gallagher is drawing attention to the ACT Healthcare Patient Satisfaction Survey:
“The latest satisfaction survey shows that the ACT does have a health care system that the Canberra community is generally satisfied with and I am pleased to see that the latest results are showing anincrease with satisfaction when compared to the last survey [...]
Brand Finance have some interesting news on the value of Australian sporting brands.
I’m buggered if I can see how the Penrith Panthers have the most valuable sporting brand in the country but I guess I don’t live in Western Sydney.
I do, however, live in Canberra so I’m a bit surprised to see the Raiders make [...]
Mess and Noise have announced their Tracks Of The Year 2013 and Canberra band TV Colours have taken out the very top spot!
1. TV Colours
(From the album Purple Skies, Toxic River)
As much a dark horse as the album it came from, ‘Beverly’ might seem an unlikely list-topper. But every time it kicks in, it’s all-consuming [...]
Andrew Barr is rather pleased that international visitors are turning towards Canberra:
Growth in the number of international visitors coming to the capital for a holiday and to visit family and friends has contributed to a 6.4 per cent annual increase in international visitation to Canberra.
This figure compares with a 5.2 per cent increase in [...]
A 38-year-old Gordon woman has attempted to drive home from a Christmas party more than four times over the legal limit.
Around 11.30pm last night (Tuesday, 3 December), police were conducting mobile patrols in Phillip when they observed a vehicle stopped in the bus stop and obstructing a lane on Melrose Drive Phillip between Theodore and [...]
The Canberra Raiders have released their fixtures for the coming year.
It’s going to be a tough start for new Supercoach Stuart!
Round 1: Cowboys v Raiders, Saturday March 8, 8.00pm (Qld Time) at 1300Smiles Stadium (FOX)
Round 2: Knights v Raiders, Sunday March 16, 6.30pm at Hunter Stadium (FOX)
Round 3: Raiders v Titans, Sunday March 23, 6.30pm [...]
Tony Abbott has just been on the teev to announce Australia’s leading exponent of no-ball bowling Brett Lee will be leading the Prime Minister’s XI against Perfidious Albion at Manuka next month.
By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]
There’s a highly curious story in the Canberra Times about a $20,000 post bill rung up by Senator Zed Seselja that some un-named flunkey has been repeatedly trying to offload without success:
But the bill failed to reach the Canberra Liberals’ ACT division headquarters until last month, despite repeated requests by Australia Post and the Legislative [...]
If you haven’t been playing along in the aftermath of the weekend’s Marist graduation as reported by an eye witness and a police media release, the response from the students involved has been quite the eye opener.
In the interests of fairness I won’t be summarising but I think you’ll find it worth your time.
TAMS have advised that the Civic Bus Interchange is getting some roadworks this Sunday and they’ll be running the Sunday schedule out of the Northbourne bus stops:
The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement. [...]
This just tweeted by the Brumbies:
Proud to have the ACT logo taking pride of place on the front of our 2014 jersey. #CBR #proudtobeabrumby pic.twitter.com/Rlhvboco4r
— UC Brumbies (@BrumbiesRugby) November 29, 2013
Joy Burch is breaking out the bubbly over the ACT’s international education rankings:
ACT Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch, has welcomed the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which assessed students both internationally and locally in areas of mathematical, scientific and reading literacy in 2012.
Almost 510,000 students from 65 different countries took part [...]
The ABC has word of an ASIO raid here in Canberra:
A lawyer representing East Timor in its spying case against Australia says his office has been raided by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
Bernard Collaery says two agents seized electronic and paper files this afternoon from his law practice in Canberra.
He says the agents [...]
Andrew Barr is celebrating the great success of his Lawson auction:
The popularity of Belconnen’s newest address was demonstrated with buyers for all of the 73 residential blocks auctioned in the suburb of Lawson.
Lawson is certainly a unique offering as it is a greenfield development while at the same time also being an infill site [...]
Andrew Barr is making sure we all know about his capital works expenditure:
In 2012-13, the Government spent $579 million to deliver important infrastructure for the community. This is $16 million more than the outcome estimated in the 2012-13 Budget Review of $563 million.
This report demonstrates the ability of the ACT Government to deliver upon [...]
World+Dog is tweeting that we find out next week what the High Court thinks of the ACT’s gay marriage efforts:
The High Court has reserved its decision on the Federal Govt's challenge of our same sex marriage bill until next week
— PRIME7 Canberra News (@PRIME7CanNews) December 3, 2013
MartyO has produced a veritable magnum opus of portrait photography from this year’s Centenary of Canberra.
It’s quite the journey so enjoy the slideshow:
TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]
The ABC has a warning to all those Canberrans who feed the beast that Parliament might be made to death march through the holiday period to put some heat into the Coalitions debt ceiling and carbon tax plans:
He [Tony Abbott] raised the prospect of bringing Parliament back on December 16 for an extra week of [...]
My quick and dirty mapping of daily AllHomes rental listings has shown another week of properties flooding onto the market (see graph above).
But surely some of those are being taken up?
Well last week when we checked there were 2350 rental listings for the ACT on AllHomes.
This week there are 2959.
At long, long last, it is [...]
[If you're coming in late, start at Part 1]
Judy and Raymond sat on the double bed in what had become ‘their’ room in the house. They sat cross-legged facing each other. Judy at one end and Ray at the other. Holding hands. Eyes closed. Breathing.
“There’s something blocking your base chakra Ray, I can feel it. [...]
TAMS are letting people know that the Gudgenby Reay-Cut Cottage is available for hire:
Canberrans were today encouraged to consider the historical Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park for their community based activities and projects.
“Hudson’s Ready-Cut Homes were at their peak in the first half of the 20th century and Canberrans have the opportunity [...]
Government News brings word of this year’s State of the Service, which is shrinking:
In a sombre assessment of the challenge the APS faces in the years ahead, the public sector’s industrial umpire conspicuously avoided putting a total number on how many jobs are predicted to be lost – but said that “it is clear the [...]