Opinion (841 Stories)

Why diet food won’t do

By 31 July 2014
Why diet food won't do

Diets don’t work. We’ve heard that before, often from someone trying to flog a new healthy eating regime (ie a diet). But I recently read a startling article in the Australian Women’s Weekly (almost as startling as the fact that I’m now old enough to be reading said magazine) that concluded that some diet food [...]

Seeking a good reasonably priced range-hood installer

By 30 July 2014

I need someone who can remove a gas oven and replace it with an electric oven. I would also like to install a range-hood (where there hasn’t been one before – it will also need ducting through the roof).  Does anyone have any good experiences preferably on the south side of town?

Best of Canberra – Laksa Taste Off

By 30 July 2014
Best of Canberra - Laksa Taste Off

This week, the Best of Canberra quest took me in search of a good Laksa. I love a Laksa, but don’t eat them that often for fear of spattering all that noodle and curry goodness down my front. So, dressed in dark colours, I relished the excuse for a couple of tasty lunches.
When [...]

Is there a place for billboards in Canberra?

By 30 July 2014
Is there a place for billboards in Canberra?

As I navigate through the winding streets of Canberra, taking in the beautiful mountains and cityscape, I can’t help but be amused by the very rare billboard seeking my attention.
It’s usually the amusing ‘on-premise’ Canturf puns, pitched along the Monaro Highway coming past Fyshwick, which we’ve all grown to love, or the giant billboard on [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 29 July 2014
Best of Canberra - Vegetarian

After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]

Disrespect and impudence at one of Australia’s most sacred sites

By 29 July 2014
Disrespect and impudence at one of Australia's most sacred sites

The Australian War Memorial would not be unfamiliar to most Australians, especially Canberrans. We have all been there on at least one occasion, some of us who aren’t Canberra natives most likely would have visited on our Year 6 excursion to Canberra. Perhaps some of us visited with elderly grandparents or other family members who [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014
Gender Agenda

Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

By 28 July 2014
The good and the bad of restaurant service in one weekend

I went along to a restaurant for my husband’s annual work dinner on Friday night and was quite wowed by the service.  Sure, the food was excellent, but that is certainly not uncommon around Canberra.  
The thing that really shone was the service.  There were 16 of us, which is never an easy number to [...]

Tuggeranong – The dormitory of the ACT

By 28 July 2014
Tuggeranong - The dormitory of the ACT

I’ve lived and loved Tuggers for decades and started asking why we were treated less than other parts of Canberra way back when. I still haven’t had a satisfactory answer.
Before anyone bags me and other Tuggeranongites for whingeing consider the following.
Belco has the same (roughly) population as Tuggers. Yet it has a large well [...]

Stop Short Term Accommodation in Residential Apartments

By 28 July 2014

I am seeking your support to draw to the attention of the ACT Legislative Assembly the Social and community problems associated with allowing short-term accommodation in residential apartment complexes. These include the behavioural impact of short-term guests on residents, compromised security and inability of residents to enjoy their own home due to crowd sourced noise [...]

Need a builder for a small job

By 25 July 2014

I need someone to tell me if we can knock down an internal wall without making the house fall over and then, if it is ok to do so, knock down said wall.  Any recommendations for someone professional who could do this small job?  This is the first step in doing up our place and [...]

Lost Chook

By 24 July 2014

While walking the dog today near the pond on Bugden Avenue, Fadden, I encountered a lost chook. She is an orange/brown Orpington, very tame and when called (here, chook chook chook) she immediately walks briskly to your feet and doesn’t mind be handled. I have her in my backyard now but there are lots of foxes [...]

Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

By 24 July 2014
Why I Joined The Australian Sex Party

To understand modern politics through the Left/Right divide is to misunderstand the great challenges of our generation.
The battlelines of modern Australian politics are certainly not as clear as those of my parent’s generation. They knew it was finally time to force white man to withdraw his gun from the throats of black citizens throughout the [...]

Wanted: pic of Mouse house at Weston park and other old Canberra pics

By 24 July 2014

Hi All
I run a little website called Capital Yarns where I invite readers to submit 3 items and I write them a short work of fiction featuring all 3 set in Canberra. It’s at
I would love to get some requests from RiotACT readers and contributors!
I like to feature a photo of each item with [...]

Canberra dog exercise areas – what do you think?

By 24 July 2014
Canberra dog exercise areas - what do you think?

The ACT Government is consulting on changes to dog exercise areas in Canberra. It’s really important that everyone has their say.
The proposals offer some new off leash areas, for example, Yarramundi Reach on Lake Burley Griffin. But overall the changes will reduce off leash access to Canberra’s urban open spaces for dogs and their owners.

Curtin [...]

Legalise Pot

By 24 July 2014
Legalise Pot

I’m connected with a agency supporting people who are dealing with significant drug issues in their lives. But one of the the hidden issues around the use of so called illegal drugs is the application of some drugs for positive therapeutic use.
I speak of the application of marijuana for pain control in the terminal patients.
I [...]

Canberra’s Best Burger – Taste Off

By 23 July 2014
Canberra's Best Burger - Taste Off

Calling for Canberra’s Best Burger drew the expected range in opinion, including an unexpected debate on the difference between a hamburger and a burger (apparently one is the posh type, the other a more grungy experience – who knew?).
The two most popular burgers according to you guys are Brodburger (Kingston) and London Burger [...]

Is there a PUP Canberra branch?

By 23 July 2014

With yesterdays news that the Sex Party is running in the next ACT Election.  It got me thinking is PUP registered in the ACT as a party? Surely the ACT has a wanna be Jacqui Lambie ready to run, win and be Chief Minister. Any suggestions?

Dickson Shopping Centre: Start with a proper car park!

By 23 July 2014
Dickson Shopping Centre: Start with a proper car park!

The development of Dickson reminds us how important it is to plan new developments around the needs of motorists now and into the future.
Science fiction writers and the concept car division at Toyota have exhausted themselves looking for alternative transport solutions. Robert Heinlein even proposed a network of rolling treadmill-like roadways moving at graduated speeds. [...]

Has Shane Rattenbury thought the medical marijuana question through?

By 22 July 2014

I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]

Best of Canberra: Steak (straight up)

By 21 July 2014
Best of Canberra: Steak (straight up)

I still pine for days gone by, when I lived around the corner from an Argentinean steak house in London. The menu was limited to steak (big or small) and corn on the cob, with a local form of crème caramel for after’s. It was good food cooked perfectly.
Is there [...]

BCC July Forum: Higgns primary School redevelopment and Dog exercise areas

By 21 July 2014

[ 22 July 2014; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] The July 2014 Belconnen Community Council Public Forum will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 22 July 2014
Community Room above the Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen

Representatives from the Economic Development Directorate will present a summary of the community engagement activities and resultant community feedback about proposed redevelopment of the former Higgins primary school site and the adjacent decommissioned [...]

How to handle Social Media from what I’ve learned doing Talk Radio

By 21 July 2014
How to handle Social Media from what I've learned doing Talk Radio

There is something to be said for the catcalls of the rude mob. Of course they’re more easily enjoyed if they’re directed at someone else. But they can possess a certain crude candor… which brings me to social media now and how I can compare it to talk radio in the early days.
I kicked off [...]

RiotACT Face off: Yarralumla Development

By 21 July 2014
RiotACT Face off:  Yarralumla Development

For our second RiotACT Face Off, we invited The Yarralumla Residents Association and John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders, ACT) to answer the following question:
Is the proposed development of the area surrounding the Yarralumla Brickworks simply inevitable change in progress, aligned with society needs, or does it represent the end of a community [...]

Fridge repairer

By 20 July 2014

I recently purchased a fridge off gumtree which turned out not to be working. I didn’t try it out as soon as I purchased it as I was still using my old one and now the seller has moved overseas so there is no recourse there. I did try calling him and he insisted that [...]

University of Canberra the rich kid on the block?

By 19 July 2014

Is it just me or do others get the impression UC is the rich kid on the block?
For example this week was one of the few weeks they didn’t buy a Canberra sporting team but instead they opened a $16 million sports field. I’m sure next week we will read about their new UC Canberra [...]

Have you lost a Beagle?

By 17 July 2014

I have custody of a faded Tri Colour Beagle which has escaped from its regular digs. She was found somewhere around Eggleston Cres in Woden, goes by the name of Bridgette, (or at least she used to) and is approx 7 years of age. I believe she may reside in the Bonython area normally.
I know [...]

A taste off for Canberra’s Best Pizza

By 15 July 2014
A taste off for Canberra's Best Pizza

We had a broad range of nominations for Best pizza in Canberra, from the local Crust options (reliable, reasonably priced, easy etc.) through to the more gourmet options, with some inclusions of local takeaways.
The two that proved the most consistently popular were Zucchini Brothers in Chisholm and Pizza Gusto in Braddon.
We went with a standard [...]

Private Car Purchase – Reliance on Verbal Advertisements

By 15 July 2014

Recently I’ve bought a used car from a lady in Jerrabomberra. It’s a BMW 320i 2009. The car was registered under her company name.
When I inspected the car, she said the car was equipped with a CD stacker. I believed her and did not test that. After I bought the car, I tried to load [...]

Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? – A look at Canberra Folklore

By 15 July 2014
Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? - A look at Canberra Folklore

If you’ve lived in Canberra for any amount of time, you would have a ghost story or two up your sleeve. It seems that Canberra may well be the most haunted city in Australia.
Since taking up residence in the Capital, I’ve heard several rumours about supposed secret tunnels. I’ve heard just about everything: Old Parliament [...]

Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

By 15 July 2014
Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

I’m very fortunate in the fact that I have always naturally dealt with pre competition nerves well. I always enjoy lightening the very stressful atmosphere in the change room before a fight with sometimes awful attempts at levity and schoolyard humour.
Everybody deals with stress in different ways, I’ve seen multiple people look like world champions [...]

Professional Pomposity

By 15 July 2014
Professional Pomposity

I reckon I can count the times I have agreed with Jack Waterford on one of my toes. Imagine my surprise when I found I agreed with what he was saying about the magistrates and their wanting to be addressed by the title Your Honour!
What errant pomposity and arrogance!
We see them appointed (not [...]

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