Can anyone answer some of these questions in relation to what appears an almost certain increase in the GST from 10% to 15% :
1) If the prices of goods/services rises, will not the law of demand hold true and generally, sales will decrease? How will that affect projected revenue raised?
2) If tax payers/families/fixed income recipients/self [...]
If you happen to be driving past the South African Embassy in Canberra, you may notice a lonely and disused sentry box on the corner near the entrance to the embassy and its residence. Today, this corner of Canberra is very quiet and most people drive by without giving any thought to the place this [...]
A few weeks ago I hunted down the best fresh food markets in Canberra.
Now it’s time to find the best creative markets. Arts and crafts, trashes and treasures – you name it, I want to know about it!
The Handmade Markets and Bus Depot Markets Christmas are a favourite and by now the Christmas markets [...]
Given all the attention IKEA’s tax minimization has received, and because we want to help the local operators stay in business following the Swedish giant’s arrival in town, we put the call out last week for Best of Canberra – non-Ikea furniture stores recommendations.
Our favourite line among all the comments came from Ezy: “Canberra Milk [...]
The ACT has a Planning Minister and he has put out a document titled — Statement of Planning Intent.
Putting aside that the title sounds as if it was the outcome of a long series of bureaucratic focus meetings, it is great to see the minister, Mick Gentleman, put into words something of a vision for [...]
The following is an edited version of a recent discussion I had with students in the Catholic University. Readers may find it interesting.
The psychology of risk is used as a tool in the manipulation of people in either the political, the bureaucratic or the management processes. It is used by leaders and managers, be they politicians, [...]
The draft Kippax Town Centre master plan continues the ACT government’s work in modernising our group and town centres in line with contemporary planning principles.
Canberra’s period of highest growth and construction was during the 1960s, a time when town planning prized neatness and separation of use. By building highly segregated residential suburbs, commercial districts, and [...]
Many, many, many of Canberrans love IKEA and were holding out for their arrival to buy new kitchens, sofas, dining tables and rugs. But others refuse to shop there or have actively campaigned to discourage others from doing do because the Swedish giant pays so little tax on its Australian profits.
Lobby group Fair Go [...]
There are so many stories to be told around the installation of the memorial to the 353 people who drowned while attempting the journey to Christmas Island on 19th October, 2001. I have visited the SIEV X memorial site at Weston Park numerous times and the impact has not reduced.
With each pole representing an individual [...]
Sometimes a visit to the National Gallery of Australia can deliver a very nice surprise.
I was there on Sunday to meet someone and thought that I would take a quick look around to see what was left to be seen given their notices that the whole place was undergoing a major reshuffle.
I was surprised to [...]
First time poster, looked all over this site and can’t find information relating to my situation so I thought I’ll put this post. I’m a first home buyer who just bought an off-the-plan townhouse I want to rent out. My problem is that I want to get both the stamp duty deduction and first home owners [...]
One of the most frustrating things about social media is the sense that we’re trapped inside echo chambers of our own making. It’s true, but one of the reasons we keep repeating what we believe is not because we like hearing our own opinions repeated back to us, but because we hope that by repeating [...]
Canberra was recently found to be one of the most ‘pet friendly’ cities in Australia. Overall the ACT took out the crown for the most dog-friendly place in Australia and the third most friendly for cats.
The survey looked at things like outdoor spaces for pets, such as off-leash dog areas and dog parks, animal welfare [...]
Note: It seems fitting that while we are currently looking for the Best of Canberra cinemas, I was invited by Hoyts Belconnen and Hoyts Woden to try out their new recliner seating with a special viewing of Spectre. Best of Canberra cinemas will go head-to-head on Monday.
In an age when you can watch anything on [...]
When the ACT Government announced in October that they were putting out to tender the development of an arts precinct within the Kingston Foreshore, it did send a quiet ripple through those involved in the arts.
There are many models of precincts that could be classified as being an arts precinct, such as parts of South [...]
For years we shook our heads at human rights abuses in Burma and offered our support to the campaign for democracy there led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Today, she is celebrating as her National League for Democracy Party takes charge after a landslide election win.
Meanwhile, here in Australia, we’ve become the international pariah. [...]
My workplace is losing its canteen, and we’re a bit of a hike from the nearest coffee shop and lunch options. Does anyone know of a food truck or similar that will visit businesses to sell coffees and sandwiches?
We’d like to have someone visit once a day (in the morning) for a few months until [...]
If a cyclist and a driver collide on a pedestrian crossing, who is liable for the repair costs for the car and/or bicycle?
The most recent (January 2014) ACT Road Rules Handbook does not require drivers to give way to cyclists on marked pedestrian crossings. It says, “Motorists must give way to pedestrians on a marked [...]
Tonight, I’m going to a Divali function. This is one of the Indian festivals which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is called the Festival of Lights because this is where when we atone for wrongdoings, the light emerges showing the way forward to a bright future. This is only one of the [...]
(First off, I am aware that there have been ACT red arrow rants posted here before, but the most recent post was several years ago.)
As many of you Northsiders are probably already aware, after months of roadworks, the ACT Government has finally finished the signalization of the intersection of Antill St. and Badham St. [...]
We are just about to start renovations on our new home. We need advice for the tradesmen who can do the following. We really want someone who is reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced. I’d even be happy with a handyman who would be able to do the lot.
Removal of a small dividing [...]