Shane Rattenbury’s chief of staff, Indra Esguerra, her boss and former MLA Caroline Le Couteur are the Greens’ lead candidates for the 2016 territory elections.
Esguerra was a Greens candidate for the Senate at the last Federal election alongside lead candidate Simon Sheikh and ran for the seat of Fraser in 2010.
The long-time political staffer said [...]
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We are Christina and Carly and we have a confession to make. We met online. It sounds a bit creepy but trust us, it isn’t. We’ve both been blogging for over 15 years (combined) and the best thing we’ve ever done was take our blogging and business journeys off line.
Question. How are you feeling about your blog or [...]
The army officer with responsibility for the healthcare of 71,000 Australian Defence Force members has been named the 2015 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Businesswoman of the Year.
Georgeina Whelan, Director-General, Garrison Health Operations, Joint Health Command for the Australian Department of Defence, learnt of the honour at a dinner to mark the awards at the National [...]
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has called on the ACT Government to begin a board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis immediately so that it can report back before the 2016 election.
Mr Hanson said that as the first anniversary of the Government’s decision to go ahead with a buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy [...]
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, an Executive MBA is now considered essential, and the QUT [...]
The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded its Great Place Award to the NewActon precinct as part of the ACT 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence.
The institute’s judges praised NewActon’s strong sense of identity in what was once a disconnected development.
Speaking at the awards on Wednesday night, the institute’s ACT President, Michael Jollon said “NewActon is [...]
ACT Policing officers working as part of Operation Phoennix have seized a quantity of methylamphetamine (ice), with an estimated street value of over $550,000.
During the operation, four people were arrested in relation to drug and property offences. Another four persons will be summonsed to appear before court in relation to drug offences at a later [...]
Liberal Senator Zed Seselja faces a real threat from just-announced Greens candidate Christina Hobbs because Labor Senator Katy Gallagher will attract a higher vote for Labor than was the case at the last election, according to ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.
“Those middle-of-the-road voters who move between the Labor and the Liberal parties will be strongly [...]
The Greens have confirmed that Canberra-born economist and former United Nations humanitarian adviser Christina Hobbs will battle it out with Liberal incumbent Zed Seselja for the non-Labor ACT Senate slot come the next Federal election.
Federal Greens Leader Richard Di Natale announced her candidacy and introduced all four ACT Greens candidates for the next Federal election, [...]
ACT regulation of electronic cigarettes will become more restrictive in line with NSW and Queensland next year under planned changes to legislation related to the devices.
The new laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children and place restrictions on their promotion via advertisements, display and marketing. It will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas.
ACT Health [...]
As the world prepares for Marty McFly to come Back to the Future today, an ANU scientist has this morning demonstrated a prototype hoverboard.
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward to October 21, 2015 and experience amazing technologies including a levitating skateboard.
Dr Graham Walker from the [...]
ACT Roads Minister Mick Gentleman says the truck that caused the Acton tunnel collapse yesterday morning did not have the required permit for oversized vehicles/loads.
Mr Gentleman told ABC Radio that ACT Policing were still investigating the incident and it was a matter for them whether to press charges against the driver or his employer and [...]
Surveys into whether we Canberrans are for or against the ACT Government’s planned light rail system have been in the news all week, and many of our readers have questioned the research methods used.
We contacted Piazza Research, the Phillip-based company contracted to undertake surveys on light rail for the ACT Government, to find out how [...]
A 1km exclusion zone has been established around Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way to manage asbestos risk after its collapse this morning. Emergency services are advising Canberrans to expect delays on our roads this afternoon (see below for details of redirections).
The tunnel collapsed after an excavator on the back of a loader ripped 60 metres [...]
ACT Policing has identified three persons of interest in relations to the assault of a detainee at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in April this year and asks members of the community who may have information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers as the investigation continues.
The assault investigation commenced after a man detained at the Alexander Maconochie [...]
Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]
In four weeks, on November 16, IKEA will throw open the doors to its much awaited Canberra store. I personally have been excited for this for quite some time and am in desperate need of a new lounge so I can’t wait.
I wrote about IKEA’s opening in Canberra a little over a year ago and discussed [...]
Two people have died in a collision between a 4WD and a semi-trailer at Berridale near Jindabyne.
The accident happened before 9am this morning but NSW police have urged motorists to avoid the area throughout the day.
The driver and a passenger in the 4WD died at the scene. The driver of the semi-trailer was airlifted to [...]
A majority of older Canberrans are anti-light rail but overall capital residents are for the Capital Metro according to new survey results.
Only 46% of over-65s are pro-light rail compared to 67% of 35-49-year-olds.
ACT Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has released a summary of data from surveys undertaken by Piazza Research for the government showing [...]
A joint operation between ACT Policing, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Crime Operations and the Australian Border Force (ABF) has resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Nigerian national and seizure of approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine imported into Australia from China.
Operational activity commenced on 8 October 2015 when a consignment was examined by ABF officers [...]
The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Canberra’s light rail network is complete, has been lodged with the planning and land authority and is now available to the public at planning.act.gov.au.
A draft version of the EIS was published in June and after four weeks of consultation, the Capital Metro Agency had received 60 responses from the [...]
Who said young people are not engaged with politics? Whoever it was clearly hasn’t attended a uni Politics in the Pub night in Canberra.
Clashing events at UC and the ANU last night attracted capacity crowds. The ANU Labor Club pub talk featuring Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten was a completely full house, with [...]
Recently the ACT Government put out a flyer about road changes coming for the Gungahlin area. Amongst these was the proposal to signalise the large roundabout at the intersection of the Barton Highway, William Slim and Gundaroo Drives.
Does anyone else think that putting traffic lights on the roundabout is a half-baked solution and that the [...]
The ACT Government has sent a strong message to the anti-light rail lobby today by announcing it will lodge a development application for the optional extension to Russell together with that for the initial Civic to Gungahlin line within weeks.
A statement from Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the application would cover works required [...]
Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today leap-frogged colleagues with more Federal parliamentary experience into shadow cabinet.
Gallagher is the new Shadow Minister assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations, Shadow Minister Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and will take responsibility for women’s policy within the shadow cabinet.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill [...]
Canberra, prepare yourselves for a battle between two universities, two pubs, two uni Labor Clubs and the two most senior members of the Australian Labor Party.
It’s a Politics in the Pub-off and we can’t wait to find out who wins.
Tomorrow night the ANU Labor Club will host Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten at the [...]
I’m a bit disappointed in the National Portrait Gallery this morning, having received an email from them with the subject “Gardens and other reasons to celebrate” with second story being about an event there in ten days time called “Oh happy day”.
It arrived less than 24 hours after we learnt of the death of their [...]
Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]
Mark Henshaw is one of four Canberra region writers shortlisted for this year’s ACT Book of the Year award. Photo: Andrew Sikorski/Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres
ArtsACT has published the shortlist for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year and though it’s a strong field of four, I’m tipping Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimono will take out the [...]
Andrew Sayers, 2012 by Mark Mohell. Gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned (53.0 x 36.8 cm). Purchased by the National Portrait Gallery with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013. Accession number: 2013.9.
The visionary founding director of the National Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sayers AM, has died in Melbourne.
The 58-year-old former Canberran, who had in recent [...]
Josh Goyne, 17, sets out from Fyshwick tomorrow on a 2,200 kilometre ride with the aim of raising money for stroke support and assistance.
Seven years ago, Josh’s grandfather, Barry Graham, had his first stroke. Two years ago, Barry’s fifth stroke paralysed him from the chest down.
‘I took time out of my holidays and schooling to [...]