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 [...]
As seen on Bunda Street this afternoon.
A real shame the world’s #1 can’t spring for advertising that isn’t at the expense of the rest of the city.
The Canberra Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is working himself to high dudgeon that people’s time costs money, even when it comes to the magical mystical Skywhale:
“Having paid for the Skywhale through their hard earned tax dollars, Canberrans and their community groups are now being slugged again to have the Skywhale appear at their functions during the [...]
It should come as no surprise that, in a body politic in which lawyers largely write the laws, access to justice is for the best part a pastime of the wealthy.
So it has come to pass that Simon Corbell has for us a handy figleaf for this raging erection of injustice:
Canberrans will have easier access [...]
Elections ACT has made a move on the shambolic Canberra Liberals for their failures to disclose donations on time:
An infringement notice has been issued to the Canberra Liberals for the party’s late submission of electoral financial disclosure returns, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Phillip Green, said today.
“Since the start of this financial year, the Canberra Liberals [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after an ACTION bus driver was assaulted last month (November) in Griffith.
Around 10pm on Wednesday, 13 November an ACTION bus driver was assaulted by a man as he boarded the bus on Captain Cook Crescent.
As a result of the assault, the bus driver sustained a broken nose.
The man can be [...]
By Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
This week, the High Court will begin hearing the Commonwealth’s challenge to the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013. But don’t expect lofty rhetoric about equality; the case is really about the inconsistency of laws, not human rights.
In addition to the Commonwealth and the ACT, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) [...]
This just in from RFS:
I noticed that when I alerted the RiotACT masses to the imminent arrival off The Imperial Cupping Room there was some discontent. Some of your readers were of the opinion that this part of Civic was still deficient in regards to cafes. Said individuals will be pleased to learn that [...]
A 19-year-old Queanbeyan man is today facing drug charges after he was arrested after an incident in a Canberra night club yesterday morning (December 1).
Around 3.30am yesterday police attended a City night club in response to a call from security.
The man allegedly had been speaking to a woman he knew and forced a capsule believed [...]
Chief Minister Gallagher is telling us everything is awesome:
The Centenary celebrations have inspired increased local pride in Canberra with nine out of ten respondents to a new survey saying they had promoted positive feelings about the national capital and had an increased knowledge of its history, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher revealed today.
The centenary has [...]
TAMS are celebrating their newest addition at Tidbinbilla:
Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has welcomed a very special addition to its Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population.
“Since 2010, 53 Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies have been bred at Tidbinbilla’s Animal Breeding Centre, but none quite like the little joey recently [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven Service Station in Melba last night (Sunday, December 1).
Around 9.30pm, a man entered the service station on Chinner Street, armed with a knife and threatened an employee making demands for cash and cigarettes.
The employee complied with the demands, handing over a sum of [...]