As news of doom and gloom around Canberra go a nice round 900 job losses from Tax is probably worth a mention:
In Senate Estimates the ATO’s Geoff Leeper said the cuts will be made through natural attrition or voluntary redundancies.
“Unless there are particular functions that cease where it’s impossible for us to redeploy people and [...]
The SMH has the very exciting news that the Canberra Cavalry have won the Asia Series:
“We started at the bottom now we’re here.” And here means champions of Asia.
That saying has been the mantra of the Canberra Cavalry, who stunned the baseball world to beat the Uni-President Lions 14-4 in the Asia Series final in [...]
The Elections ACT return of gifts has come up with some money for the Canberra Liberals from one Steven Gavagna.
The ABC is taking a hard look at the costs associated with bring entitled tory lordlings to Canberra from Perth using the local 34 Squadron’s VIP flight.
Chris Pyne has been claiming the VIP jets are cheaper than flying their lordships and retainers business class.
Sadly it doesn’t stack up:
Comparable commercial fares would have cost a [...]
Dr Carol Hayes is a senior lecturer from the ANU College of Asia and Pacific, and she just won an award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian Awards for University Teaching, which is all sorts of great.
The citation for the award praised Dr Hayes’ leadership in Japanese studies across Asia and the Pacific.
Hayes has been [...]
Congrats to Wellington Sludge and BimboGeek for winning last weeks round, you both get a free double pass out of the deal.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and home email address by lunchtime tomorrow and we’ll pass them on so you can get your tickets.
That was last weeks round, now [...]
Today’s pre-made attention grabbing headline is courtesy of Dr Charles Lineweaver, an Associate Professor with the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences who tonight will be giving a lecture about the “linkages between the origins of multi-cellularity, sex and death” and “where we’ve come from and how the evolution of gender differences has shaped [...]
Simon Corbell announced today that Canberra’s road safety camera program is to be evaluated in order to assess what its impact exactly has been on crash and speeding rates in the ACT.
Proposals will be sought by the end of the year with evaluatin taking place over the first half of 2014.
“The ACT’s Road Safety Camera [...]
ACT Policing, with the support of NSW Police, have recovered a Bobcat and an Isuzu truck,
collectively valued at around $140,000, which had been stolen from Canberra on Monday night (November 18).
Police received a report that a Bobcat skid steer loader and an Isuzu truck had been stolen from a carpark in Mitchell between 5pm [...]
Further to the media release below [linked], please see the following update from an ACT Policing spokesperson.
ACT Policing would like to thank the community for their assistance in this matter. Three males have made themselves known to police and are currently assisting police with their enquiries.
One male (pictured below) is yet to be identified. [...]
There’s an ABC story up about the inquest into the death of Suki Thurairajah who went to Canberra Hospital for dialysis and didn’t make it out alive.
First year registrar Clare Thomsett put an air tube down the wrong hole while working unassisted:
Today the doctor who incorrectly inserted the tube, first-year anaesthetics registrar Clare Thomsett, [...]
ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on scene at the Mezzalira Ristorante, Melbourne Building, London Circuit, City following a fire on a stove.
Fire was extinguished by staff.
No injuries have been reported and minimal damage.
ACT Fire & Rescue are currently clearing the smoke from the area.
Fire caused by cloth material on a hot stove.
Two fire pumpers, [...]
ACT Fire & Rescue are currently responding to a kitchen fire in a house at Giralang.
Update to follow.
Crews have extinguished the stove top fire which was containted to the kitchen.
ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics have assessed one female patient for smoke inhalation.
Two fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van are on scene.
The specialist Hazardous [...]
Labor Senator Kate Lundy is improbably willy waving with the Liberals’ Zed Seselja over the size, depth and breadth of their cuts to the public service.
Apparently in Kate’s eyes Zed’s previous promises of job reductions by “Natural Attrition are broken and that’s just the worst.
I’m not sure all the folk currently in exit lounges or [...]
The Canberra Times has the make you cry news that the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions, having failed to apply within time, is seeking an extension so they can kibosh the inquiry into the Eastman conviction for the murder of Colin Winchester.
It gets better though because the Full Bench of the Supreme Court needs to [...]
ANU students Shanae King, Matt Shadwell and Jessica Evers, along with their as yet unnamed robot (I suggest “The Subjugator 5000″) hope to compete in a tournament of robots.
Sadly this tournament is some sort of obstacle course instead of a frenzy of robots tearing into each other with hammers and saws like a real robot [...]
Senator Seselja is engaging in the dubious strategy of trying to convince a public service mid-mutilation that Labor was going to do the same anyway:
“Whilst running an entire campaign focussed on supposedly saving jobs, Labor was cutting jobs behind Canberrans’ backs,” stated Senator Seselja. “Labor members blatantly lied to the people of Canberra.”
Labor’s cuts [...]
This just in from TAMS:
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Corin Road is now reopen. The road had been closed at Woods Reserve since late-September due to a rock slide.
ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated robbery which occurred in Belconnen last night (Monday, November 18).
Around 10.10pm a man was walking along Hennessy Street when he was confronted by a man holding a knife.
The man threatened the victim with the knife and the victim dropped his backpack, causing his wallet to fall to the ground.
Rugby Heaven has the astonishing news of mass sackings of the Wallabies for breaking team rules in Dublin.
Considering how well they played against Ireland it’s a hell of a turnaround.
Most pleasing for Brumbies fans only two of our players have received so much as a verbal reprimand as the stand downs and written warnings have [...]
SBS has an intriguing story of the $3,000 a week house DPMC are renting for the Prime Minister while he goes all monastic in the AFP College:
Senior DPMC official Elizabeth Kelly said the department signed a 12-month lease on August 31, a week before the September 7 federal election.
It signed even though neither Mr [...]
ACT Fire & Rescue crews have responded to a smoke logged cottage in Duffy this afternoon.
Firefighters arrived to discover plastic kitchen utensils smouldering on a stove top that was left unattended.
No occupants were in the cottage and crews are now conducting ventilation operations.
A smoke alarm in the cottage alerted neighbours and the Emergency Triple Zero [...]
Alan Traves announced today that four threatened special will be receiving some much needed help due to the finalisation of the Government’s action plans.
Four threatened species will get extra protection from today with the finalisation of action plans for their continued conservation, Conservator of Flora and Fauna, Alan Traves, announced today.
“Action plans for the Glossy [...]
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh has fittingly blogged his speech to Parliament on the upcoming 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
There is much fruit here. Certainly my own childhood experience, in which the only half-hour of TV I had each day was Dr Who, has made me a lifelong lover of this series and one [...]
A new Government shopfront is opening up in Gungahlin, which should be interesting news for anyone who lives near the area and occasionally needs to get things done.
The press release also discusses the “new style” of the shopfront and its open floor plan which should be interesting news for anyone who cares about the floor [...]
ACT Policing is seeking to identify four males in relation to a series of assaults which occurred in Civic last Thursday night (November 14).
Police believe the assaults started around 11.50pm at the intersection of West Row and London Circuit and continued onto the median strip of Northbourne Avenue between the Sydney and Melbourne buildings. Offenders [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after an assault occurred in Petrie Plaza in the City in the early hours of Friday morning (15 November, 2013.
Around 3.30am, ACT Policing’s City Patrol responded to a report that a man was unconscious following an assault.
The man was with a friend when he approached a group of five males [...]
The Australian Baseball League has the rather exciting news that despite a loss to the Japanese Champions (!) Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles our own Canberra Cavalry are through to the semi finals of the 2013 Asia Series:
The Cavalry now advance to the semi-finals of the 2013 Asia Series. They are the first ABL team [...]
Shane Rattenbury has mixed news from Molonglo Reach where after a pathetically drawn out process the bike path along Morshead Drive is finally getting replaced using the old Red Bridge from the Belconnen Mall.
Sadly though “blending into the landscape” has been more important than the Bridge’s own historic values.
“The new bridge, which previously connected Westfield [...]
UC is celebrating the work of Alexandria Garlan and Mitchell Harmer:
Creating an app for construction workers to sign on or off site using just their smart phone has won University of Canberra students over $35,000 in prize money at the Innovation ACT awards.
Mitchell Harmer and Alexandria Garlan were part of a team of four ACT [...]
In a big day of news out of the ANU science department we’ve got a great leap forward in quantum computing:
ANU PhD student Seiji Armstrong has made a quantum leap towards next-generation computing.
Working with a team in Tokyo, Seiji has created the largest cluster of quantum systems ever – a milestone on the way to [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an aggravated robbery in Belconnen last night (Sunday, November 17).
Around 11pm a man was walking along Hennessy Street when he was approached by three men.
One of the men stood in the victim’s path and asked him for a cigarette before taking his mobile phone. The men then surrounded the [...]