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Has the tax office gone mad?

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Life was simple once. The tax office sent me a bill in the mail. I then paid the bill.
Now the tax office sends an email to MyGov, MyGov sends an email to me. I go to MyGov, log in, read the email and then click to go to the un-navigable tax office site.
This is lunacy.
I [...]

Has Joe Republic put a banana in Tony’s tailpipe?

By 27 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There is little doubt our Federal Government is lost somewhere in the wilderness, flitting from issue to issue with what appears to be no real purpose. Or is it?
Commentators were left aghast yesterday by what appears to be on the surface yet another own goal – this time by the treasurer.
At a time when the government is [...]

Canberra tales: Planners bend their own rules

By 26 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is a city where residents are continually at odds with planning and development agencies. It is also accepted that planning bureaucrats are skilled at bending the rules to suit themselves and other players.
It seems that it has always been so. The very building they occupy today in Dickson is a testament to their aptitude to [...]

#QandOffensive?

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I haven’t checked the calendar yet, but I’m reading about Q&A, so I think it must be a Tuesday.
Everyone is talking about ‘that’ tweet. You know, the one from a Twitter user with the handle @AbbottLovesAnal, which slipped past ABC moderators on last night’s show.
Was it crude? Certainly. Offensive? Probably. Is the outrage warranted? No [...]

Canberra gets another public holiday – number 14

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced at the ACT Labor conference over the weekend that as of next year, Easter Sunday will be a public holiday – the 14th public holiday in the ACT.
The Chief Minister referenced the need for a clear work/life balance to protect time with our family and friends, as well as having [...]

Best of Canberra – Chinese

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chinese food is an old favourite of mine – I grew up going to Chinese restaurants and slurping down chicken and corn soup by the bucket. Needless to say, I’m a little more adventurous these days.
It’s been a little while since we’ve looked at international cuisines and this week I’m on the hunt for Canberra’s [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Delicatessen

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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You know those people that walk into a shop and spend most of their time repeating phrases like, “Oh wow, look at this!”
That’s me when I find myself inside a good delicatessen. And when I do, I could spend hours deliberating over whether to get this feta or that feta, stuffed green olives or [...]

The case for smarter public school planning in the ACT

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT’s public school system is one we can be rightly proud of. However, as Canberra’s housing density increases, many of our city’s public schools are struggling to meet demand.
In the last few years, Belconnen and Bruce‘s populations have increased by a quarter. The number of 0-4 year olds in the area has increased by over [...]

Written off car – advice wanted

By 22 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I had a truly minor hit on the side of my old car (1994 model), just a scratch on one side of the back door occurred during a parking manoeuvre.
The person responsible for the damage was kind enough to inform his insurance company (AAMI) to go through the repairing process.
It seems that the repair is [...]

What happened to Carpet Cleaning by Rex?

By 21 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Carpet Cleaning by Rex did excellent work for me over 30 years. Now uncontactable.
Does anyone know what happened to the business?

Sewing machine lessons in Canberra?

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A reader asks:
My daughter has recently inherited an old Janome sewing machine. Can anyone suggest somewhere she can learn to use the sewing machine? There used to be a place a Phillip where you could take your machine and learn the basics. Does this still exist?

How government propaganda may kill light rail (and the rest of Canberra)

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I support the introduction of light rail networks across Canberra.
We should not be having this debate in 2015. The first tracks should have been laid down in the late 1950s or at least by the mid 1960s.
I blame the former NCDC for this oversight. This lack of light rail transport infrastructure most likely came about [...]

Best of Canberra – Delicatessen

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Growing up with Italian heritage, I have a certain appreciation for a good delicatessen. How hot is that salami? Do you slice it fresh? What are those olives marinated in? How fresh is that ricotta cheese? These are all questions I have learned to ask whenever I walk into my local deli.
What makes a good [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Hole-in-the-wall cafe

By 18 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best hole-in-the-wall cafe and votes came in for a few places around town.
An honourable mention should go out to Kindle Cafe, which got the most votes but, in my opinion, doesn’t qualify as a hole-in-the-wall. As such it wasn’t included in this week’s taste off, but [...]

Good accountants in Canberra?

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking for an accountant in Canberra who is good with Xero and patient with very small business owners. Any suggestions?
My tax returns aren’t super complicated, but in addition to a full-time job I run my own business (as a sole trader) on the side. I will also be looking to rent out an investment [...]

The skinny on fat – we’re the biggest losers

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In Canberra, just over 50 per cent of us are overweight and 20 per cent of us are obese. The prevalence of obesity is now so high that the ACT Government has set up an obesity management service for very obese people.
We all know the potential consequences of being obese, including diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and heart [...]

Simon Corbell – a humble visionary

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I had 30 years in the public sector and 15 years in the parliamentary sector and am occasionally given cause to reflect on some of the characters I met in those days.
With Simon Corbell’s retirement from this aspect of his life and career, he becomes the last Labor member to have experienced life in opposition. [...]

Having a baby in Canberra – is private really better?

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on [...]

I’m sorry Nick, you’ve just lost me

By 14 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A Sydney radio station was this morning forced to pull an interview with Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios’ brother Christos about the Stan Wawrinka sledging controversy. It’s the final straw for Marcus Paul. 
Earlier this week Nick Kyrgios was fined $10,000 USD after on-court microphones caught him telling Stan Wawrinka that “Kokkanakis [Australian Davis Cup teammate] banged your [...]

Best Canberra city hike for a ladies’ picnic

By 14 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m planning a little afternoon picnic for my best friend’s hens (more of a ladies lunch than wild booze and penis straws) in October.
Keen to do an easy hike with great views of Canberra but it must have road access so that we can hopefully utilise My Sweet Alice and have car access in-case [...]

Canberra tales: Keep the home fires burning

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was not that long ago that winter in Canberra meant that the air was filled with smoke.
These grey blankets across the capital were in part made up of the smoke from the very popular wood-fired heaters used within many Canberra homes. Other additions to the annual smoking events were backyard fires lit to burn [...]

Parking fines at hospitals – if only all visitors had someone like Laura

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hearts were warmed around the world on Monday when a post from popular Facebook page Canberra Mums went viral. A mum had been in hospital with her nine-week-old baby and after being discharged she found a parking fine on her car.
She opened the envelope to find a note from ‘Laura’ who had paid the fine [...]

Vicki Dunne must resign

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As the theme of abusing political privilege continues to permeate from side to side and state to state, let us focus the lens on the ACT.
With the departure of Australia’s fair-minded, unprejudiced, and graceful Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop, Australian politicians of all stripes are holding hands, bunkering down, and bracing for a long [...]

Best of Canberra – Hole-in-the-wall cafe

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s a pretty well known fact that Canberra has more than its fair share of cafes. Everyday I join the rest of Canberra’s coffee lovers (and let’s face it, that’s most people) in the line at my local cafe to grab a takeaway caffeine fix before work or at morning tea, or sometimes even both.
This [...]

Inadequate disclosure of Canberra Centre parking credit card processing fee

By 11 August 2015
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With the introduction of the new parking machines and gates the Canberra Centre has also snuck in another change – a processing fee for using a credit card to pay for parking.
I found this out after I saw a medium sized sign in the carpark foyer saying something like “you can now pay at the [...]

Feedback on Mawson Primary?

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are moving to Canberra and trying to decide on a primary school for our son. I know about the in/out of area info for enrolment. I really like the idea of the bilingual program at Mawson Primary. Does anyone have any comments about the school? Other schools we’re considering are Farrer or Torrens.
Thanks!

Best of Canberra taste off – Schnitzel

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I put the call out to find Canberra’s best schnitzel, or schnitty, as it’s often called.
Nominations came in for Schnitzel Haus, the RUC in Barton, Capital Golf Club and Zierholz, but the two most popular candidates were the Dickson Tradies and the Austrian Club. So I took to the streets to taste off one [...]

Residents write to planning minister about the Dickson Parklands

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As reported earlier, the Dickson Parklands (Section 72 Dickson) has been identified as critical to ensuring that Canberra’s growing inner north population can access arts, recreation, cultural and other community facilities.
To assist this process, residents groups from the inner north Canberra have written to the ACT Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman, requesting a public meeting about [...]

Canberra, why so wasteful?

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT has been ahead of the curve when it comes to municipal waste management for almost two decades now. It was the first government in the world to set a zero waste goal all the way back in 1996.
The no waste by 2010 goal may not have been achieved, but we successfully lifted our [...]

No wonder the public thinks pollies are crooks

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last week I wrote about the Brongate saga from the Apple Isle. Well, I’m still here enjoying the fantastic scenery, pleasant people, fabulous eating establishments and the weather!
The snow hit in the middle of the week and to get to our destination, we had to drive through a blizzard with snow coming horizontally at us. [...]

Bought a used car and shocked by bills

By 9 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I bought a used car from a dealer in Fyshwick. Since I am still resolving my complaint with them I will not mention the name for now.
My purchase was based on the information that nothing I needed to know other than the paint problems and that is the reason they offered my price.
However my regular [...]

Evolution of Crace from bushland to suburb (and the devolution of the Garden city).

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times has this week published photos tracing the evolution of Crace from bushland to suburb. 
The gutters are nearly touching! Didn’t anyone who built out there want a garden?
Can the people living in Crace open a window without hearing what the neighbours are watching on TV? Can they hear each other when they flush a [...]

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