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Opinion (1063 Stories)

Big Trouble Ahead for the ACTs Budget ?

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In June 2014, this years ACT budget was projected to be m$333 in the red without the impact of Mr Fluffy – which could be as high as m$500 over 3 years, according to the ACT Treasurer, Andrew Barr :
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/mr-fluffy-750-million-appropriation-bill-tabled-in-legislative-assembly-20141124-11sihz.html
On top of the cutbacks in the Federal Public service and associated downturn in other economic [...]

Lonesome Lambie

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Paul Murray Live Sunday night we were discussing the imminent departure of Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party.
Janine Perrett was hosting, because the eponymous host was on a study tour in Abu Dhabi where he was examining local hotel architecture and the F 1.
Janine said – voicing the complaint of many – that [...]

When a Red Traffic Arrow Needs Explanation

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Are we, as a society, officially doomed when we need a sign to tell us what needs to happen if the traffic arrows are red?
The image was taken turning right onto Gungahlin Drive from Gundaroo Drive.
I’m trying to think of any circumstance that would require the signage in the image.  Maybe someone went through the red arrow [...]

Best of Canberra – Pancakes

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am drooling over the thought of a big stack of fluffy pancakes, smothered in salted caramel syrup, sprinkled with walnuts and topped with fresh banana.
Normally when I east breakfast, I am a bacon and egg kind of gal … savory over sweets. But this week I want to indulge. I’m going to treat myself [...]

Asbestos removal companies?

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The last post I could find about this was from back in 2009, so hoping someone may have some more recent recommendations.
I’m planning to renovate our bathroom and ensuite, and we’ve had confirmed that the wall material is bonded asbestos sheeting.  I want to basically gut the bathrooms, replace the wall material, and start from [...]

The Causeway – the suburb of which we do not speak?

By 25 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Causeway. Have you heard of it? If not, you’re certainly not alone. Shortly after I first relocated to the ACT, I moved to Kingston. I was living about 400 metres from The Causeway, but I had no idea of its existence for about a year. I would occasionally see ‘CAUSEWAY’ pop up online when [...]

Do Canberra’s politicians waste your money?

By 25 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve never really understood why the Canberra Liberals don’t change their name. Surely, the Canberra Neoconservatives, the Canberra Monarchists, or just the Canberra Abbott Lovers would be more appropriate. But after briefly perusing The Non-executive members Eighth Assembly Travel Report, recently released by the ACT Legislative Assembly, I suddenly realised: when it comes to spending [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Butcher

By 24 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sunny and 32 degrees on Saturday, I was ready to host an Aussie Summer BBQ. There were so many recommendations for which butcher I should visit, as far as Gungahlin and Wanniassa.
Meatways Butchery at Kambah Village received many votes for their sausages and customer service. Having previously lived in the Weston Creek area I was [...]

Out of Africa

By 24 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have been criticised for drawing attention to the effort mounted in Iraq and Syria to counter ISIS and its call on the lives of our soldiers.
My critics drew my attention to the knife wielding terrorist in Sydney as justification and also the large number of Australian citizens fighting with IS. There were [...]

Wanniassa school opinions

By 23 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We are moving to Wanniassa next month and would like some opinions on primary schools in the area. Would anyone mind sharing some experiences and advice on Wanniassa school?

Landscaper/Builder

By 22 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all, I need a retaining wall built out the front of my house.  I have been looking for someone to do the work as it’s a little more difficult than my skill level.  I am struggling to even get a quote.  I have had 5 tradies come and inspect and say they would forward [...]

Recent Articles/Opinions For and Against Canberra’s Light Rail

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

These relatively short recent articles/opinions are certainly worth a read – what ever your pre disposition to the Light Rail :
Against – “Fantasy: The case for light rail in Gungahlin”
For – “Public transport report boosts case for Canberra light rail, ACT government says”

A Summer Fling

By 21 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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With these warmer months approaching it’s hard not to want to spend most of my time out doors, taking in all the sunshine and warmth before the next Winter comes.
It’s also a really good time to shake up date night and do something a bit different to your usual routine.
Here are my suggestions to shake [...]

Right wing, left wing… what about the bird in the middle?

By 21 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There has been much discourse in recent times on the relative importance of having a healthy budget position versus having a significantly funded safety net.
The orthodox right wing ideology has it that a healthy budget surplus is the only way in which a county can prosper. If there are plenty of profits to tax [...]

Flowers on Scrivener Dam?

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Did something happen on Scrivener Dam? I noticed flowers there yesterday and this morning?
Col

Group fitness on Wanniassa oval

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all – I drove down Sternberg Cres past the oval opposite the Active Leisure Centre yesterday morning (Wednesday) around 11am. There was some sort of group fitness going on and everyone was wearing black (and maybe red trim) polo shirts.
Does anyone know what group this is? They were using a tyre and pulling ropes and [...]

Recommendations for internet installation?

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I recently had a TPG technician come round to my house and he mentioned that our speeds were not as good as they should be and it is possible that our internet is running off a phone line instead of an internet line, as when he connected outside the house, he had really good speeds, [...]

Trinity Christian School

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My family are moving to Canberra and I’m looking for some advice on a high school for my 11 year old son. So far he’s academic, sporty and arty too. I’d like to find a school that has broad and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities, good anti-bullying policy and is very inclusive and outward-looking in its approach. I [...]

RiotACT Podcast episode 2 – Debts, Mr Fluffy and Euthanasia

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In Part 2 of the RiotACT podcast, Mike Jeffreys chats to Katy Gallagher on making it halfway through the current political term and what her greatest achievements are to date. Nothing is off-limits with discussion on the Territory’s debt, the Mr Fluffy saga which Gallagher describes as being bigger than the bushfires; and youth euthanasia.

(RiotACT [...]

Canberra man builds granny flat in parent’s backyard – hold the presses

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ABC Online reports that “In an effort to live a simpler life and avoid the large debt that comes from buying a home, Andrew Clapham is paring back and joining the tiny house movement”.
“He has begun to build a tiny house in his parent’s backyard in Canberra’s north, which he said would eventually look much [...]

Best of Canberra – Butcher

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The great Aussie barbie is a Summer weekend favourite. Australian’s look forward to barbecues with their friends; the boys bond over taking charge of cooking the meat and the girls gossip over champagne whilst making salad. Now that the warmer weather is here, I’m hosting a BBQ for my friends this weekend. Even though it’s [...]

It’s time to prepare for a post-prohibition world instead of a futile war on drugs

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s time for the proponents of drug prohibition to take responsibility for their simplistic assertions.
Last week local 2CC radio presenter Marcus Paul and I shirt-fronted one another in a heated discussion concerning the failed world-wide war on drugs. It would be fair to say that we encountered some seemingly irreconcilable differences regarding our stances on [...]

Registration for cyclists – how about a smart-helmet?

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We all hear calls from time to time for cyclists to pay vehicle registration, have a numberplate, and generally be held accountable for their behaviour on the road. A Sydney designer reckons he’s found the solution. Toby King has presented his idea of a ‘smart-hat’ or ‘smart-helmet’ to Mosman Council. Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Take Away (suburban)

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was hard to choose which two take away options to try last week, with Canberrans nominating many fast food joints such as, Fisher take away and G Spot Gunghallin, to name a few of the favourites. I decided to review Watson take away and The Mandalay Bus in Braddon.
Being hungover on Friday from one [...]

Community Council to consider Light rail, Mr Fluffy

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 November 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Wednesday’s North Canberra Community Council meeting will feature a Capital Metro presentation on light rail, a COTA presentation on elderly persons accommodation and a discussion of the Mr Fluffy buyback scheme. It will also consider ACT electoral boundaries, the proposal to re-zone the area to the east of the Dickson swimming pool, and the proposed [...]

The quiet and important work of official visitors

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was reminded last sitting week, with the tabling of the first report from the Homelessness Official Visitor, of the importance of Governments having in place mechanisms to hold them to account. The media, the crossbench and the Opposition, and NGO’s all play a part in casting an eye over the operation of Government, but [...]

Remembrance Day – Remember who to blame!

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Each ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, I, like so many others, pay my heartfelt respect to the fallen and to the soldiers who survived. We think of their families and we are sad.
We are sad because the loss of life is usually futile. The lives of our soldiers, naval personnel and air force members [...]

Building in Googong

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My partner an I are looking to build in Googong. Can any one recommend a good builder or list ones I should be staying away from?
Has anyone had any experience with Classic Constructions?

Buying in Gungahlin District

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
We are looking to buy a property in the Gungahlin region to live in for 2 years then it will become an investment property.  We have found a place we like in each Gungahlin, Palmerston and Amaroo, I was wondering if anyone had some advice on these areas from an investors perspective?
Thank you

New Developments : Is this the Look that the Light Rail will Bring ?

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

One of the benefits that the Light Rail is supposed to bring is higher density development along its corridor.  Fair enough.   Some argue that it may be the beginning of the end of “The Bush Capital”.  Personally, I think that newer development is a good thing, but using a Light Rail to generate that is [...]

Ice cream machine hire

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
Does anyone know where to hire a soft serve or ice cream machine from?
Thank you!

What is this plant?

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hoping someone might be able to identify what these are and whether I should leave them alone or rip them out? They’ve been rapidly popping up in the same spot over a week or so.

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