With the hullabaloo over knighthoods and dameships, I was caused to think of another anachronism hanging about in our parliaments. This is the practice of awarding the title of “The Honourable” to MPs. This award is made to ministers and speakers and is awarded for life.
Once upon a time a Prime Minister (and the Deputy PM [...]
Poor results for ACT hospitals
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has lashed out at Health Minister Simon Corbell after new revelations that Canberra’s hospitals are underperforming compared with hospitals in other jurisdictions. A National Health Performance Authority reported that only 60 per cent of Canberrans who visit the ACT’s emergency departments manage to access a doctor [...]
ACT Policing has established Operation Attest to investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse at institutions within the ACT.
On 31 October 2013, the Crimes Legislation Bill 2013 was introduced by the ACT Legislative Assembly. This amendment removed the statute of limitations which now allows prosecution of certain historical sexual offences committed between 1951 and 1985.
Operation Attest [...]
It’s now easier to see a general practitioner and bulk billing rates are on the rise, according to the Productivity Commission’s report on government services, released today.
Key report findings
There are now more general practitioners per capita in the ACT
Availability of GPs increased from 65.5 to 72 per 100,000 people between 2010-11 and 2013-14.
The ACT has the [...]
Local accounting firm Joyce|Dickson Accountants has today announced it has joined one of the world’s largest alliances of independent accounting firms, MGI alliance.
Joyce|Dickson managing partner Lorin Joyce said the firm, which specialises in providing support and advice to family and private business clients, chose to join MGI as it has similar areas of expertise.
“We now operate in [...]
Canberra businesses interested in learning about international expansion could do far worse than take advice from the founder and managing director of Privileges Card Pty Ltd, Robert Leticq.
Since starting the Privileges Card business in Canberra in 1991 (which he says makes it the longest surviving product of its kind), Robert has successfully taken the concept [...]
[ 5 February 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra residents will light candles in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences on Thursday night (5 February).
“Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” ACT community organiser Bede Carmody said.
“We invite Canberra residents to the [...]
ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man involved in a scam on an elderly woman in January and have released a facefit of the offender.
About 11am on Monday 5 January, an 80-year-old Turner woman was approached by two men at her home.
The woman was told that she needed her roof fixed as it was [...]
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has gotten into the spirit by announcing it’s taking bolt cutters to the love locks on Aspen Island’s John Douglas Gordon footbridge.
The NCA says it is taking preventative action now, removing the love locks before any serious damage occurs to the structure of the [...]
ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations is investigating a shooting incident in Gowrie this morning (Monday 2 February).
Police were called around 2.30am this morning to a house in Gowrie after the resident reported a number of shots fired into the home.
Three people were home at the time of the incident however were not struck by any rounds.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the theft of two cars this morning (Monday 2 February) from a car yard in Fyshwick.
About 5.00am a man entered the secure car yard of the Central Wholesale Clearance, on Albany Street, by scaling the fence.
Once inside the man has used a car belonging the car yard to ram [...]
As children return to school in Canberra this week, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch has joined ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers to remind motorists that 40km/h school zones are now in effect.
“It is estimated that more than 42,700 students will be starting in our public schools across Canberra and others [...]
The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
Highest Sale: $2,400,000
Lowest Price: $205,000
Average Sale Price: $609,273 (+ 2.94%)
2273 properties currently for sale
41 sales properties had price reductions
95 properties went under offer
53 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto the market
A 28-year-old Tuggeranong man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on cannabis cultivation offences and a second may also face charges after they were arrested by police in the Uriarra Forest, west of Canberra yesterday (Thursday, January 29).
Suspicious of a potential cannabis crop in the area, ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol team had been patrolling in [...]
Canberra households should be on high alert to the activities of a travelling con man who is knocking on doors promising roof painting and roof restoration services, warns Attorney-General Simon Corbell.
The warning comes after a Canberra man reportedly paid several thousand dollars to have roofing work undertaken. However, only minor work was performed and the [...]
Simon Corbell says reforms to the ACT Courts have led to reduced waiting times in the Supreme Court and Coroner’s Court, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services.
The report showed changes implemented in the ACT’s courts have resulted in the ACT Supreme Court finalising more matters than are being lodged, resulting in a [...]
Life without Katy
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has not enjoyed an entirely perfect kick-off in the top job.
After a long and successful innings from the factionally unaligned Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher was rigorously groomed for a smooth transition. Although Barr is an experienced minister and possibly the best performer in responding to questions in the [...]
Due to machinery of government changes I’m now facing a potential work move from the City to Tuggeranong. As I live in Belconnen and we are a one car family I’m now considering transport options.
I’m considering riding from Belconnen Town Centre to Tuggeranong Office Park each morning and bussing it home in the afternoons with my [...]
ACT Policing responded to a serious collision in Deakin involving one cyclist this morning (29 January).
About 7.45am, police received a report that a male cyclist had fallen off his blue and silver road bicycle on Kent Street, Deakin, and the man was receiving treatment from the ACT Ambulance Service.
Police attended and closed Kent Street, between [...]
In response to the use of new technologies by taxi operators, the ACT Government has today announced an innovation review of the Canberra’s taxi industry.
Minister Shane Rattenbury said the review will help to inform the way forward for Canberra’s transport network.
“Canberrans want to be able to access a range of convenient transport options, and we [...]
[ 1 February 2015; ] COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Learning Groups 2015
The next semester-long COZYMO Learning Group programs start on Sunday 1 February 2015 . Whether you’re young in experience or in age, you are most welcome!
These programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to continue to learn a plucked stringed instrument: mandolin, mandola, mandocello and guitar.
Did you catch [...]
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today advised that 15 houses have been purchased and more than 200 homeowners have accepted the offer made by the ACT Government to purchase their home through the Mr Fluffy Buyback Program.
The announcement comes after news last night that the ACT Government has offered a Forrest family $3 million to buy [...]
When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]
ACT Policing is seeking to locate the rider of a motorcycle which appears to have crashed earlier this morning in Palmerston (Tuesday 27 January).
About 4.30am police received information of a motorcycle in the middle of the road on Kosciusko Avenue, near the intersection with Grampians Street.
Police attended the scene where they observed a motorcycle, a [...]
Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today claimed that Labor will restore its carbon and mining tax slugs on Australians at the first opportunity.
In a press release issued following Andrew Leigh’s comments on government spending and revenue in The Australian, Seselja said:
“The confirmation from Andrew Leigh that the carbon tax would be imposed on Australians under a [...]
2014 brought us many ups and downs within the sales market, an uncharacteristic rental market and generally unsteady consumer confidence.
The year ended on a resilient note with December’s sales activity showing a particularly strong performance and encouraging signs of recovery for the rental market.
Consumer sentiment has been pessimistic for the majority of 2014 and continued [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Chisholm yesterday (Monday 26 January).
Between 3.30am and 4.10am, an autistic man attended the Chisholm shops car park, after receiving a phone call from an unknown person asking him to meet them there. On arrival, the man was approach by two men and two women who [...]
To have a tram or not to have a tram? To have well-behaved dogs on public transport or not? $50 or $20 notes for poker machines? Bikes or cars? These are not questions.
I appreciate that it is important that we as Canberrans discuss these issues, and I respect the principle that that the public has [...]
Several Canberrans are receiving Australia Day Honours in 2015 for the exceptional contribution they all make to the community in a variety of fields.
Canberra is a community made up of so many passionate, talented and giving individuals, and I am proud to call this city home. To all of the Canberrans who have received accolades [...]
The change to the ACT electoral system, now with five electorates of five members, is fertile ground for the ACT Greens.
Over the past couple of years we have seen letters from Caroline LeCouteur both in social and print media. Caroline has been true to her beliefs and constantly pushed the environmentalist line. Good on her too, [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 38-year-old Kambah woman after allegedly robbing a BWS liquor store yesterday, (Saturday 24 January).
At about 1.30pm a woman entered the liquor store on Marconi Crescent, Kambah with a green Woolworths bag containing two kitchen knives and pushing a half size shopping trolley.
After walking around the store for a short time [...]