The ACT budget announcement of $21.4 million to address the territory’s domestic violence can only be welcomed, however there are questions.
I have written earlier about the lack of research into why domestic violence is so prevalent, acknowledging some reasons for its insidious presence across all sections of society – a fact recognised by the Chief [...]
Another sign of wonder. This one we came upon while walking down a street in Auckland. That hair should be a registered trademark.
FYI – the advertiser, Powershop, is a NZ electricity supplier. There’s also a video online that is worth a look – be ready to wonder and laugh - click here.
If you missed Paul’s earlier post containing curious and [...]
I ask this question, not in search of a vigilante to save our city from ruin, but rather to consider what heroism, villainy and justice might mean in the nation’s capital. One could achieve the same thing by substituting Batman with Wonder Woman, Wolverine or a ninja turtle. But the caped crusader is particularly instructive [...]
With the recent news that a chiropractor has been charged after allegedly leaving racist comments on Senator Nova Peris’ Facebook page, it is fascinating to analyse the mindset of people who feel the need to insult, belittle, and degrade others online.
Clearly many people feel social media is an outlet for expressions and feelings they must [...]
The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]
First a positive note. Full marks to the ACT Government for their efforts to achieve direct flights between Canberra and the cities of Wellington and Singapore. Those flights that are coming our way in September are very welcomed, although having a midnight flight into Singapore is not exactly appealing.
Despite that small discomfort, I am sure [...]
I have recently returned to the take-away coffee market after a number of years sourcing my caffeine through alternative means. I have been paying around $4.50 for my regular double-shot flat white (or ‘large’ flat white), or around $3.50 for a double espresso straight up, at various places around Civic, Belconnen and Woden. But I would love to hear about [...]
June 7, 2016 is a date the ACT Government has been anticipating for many years. As ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said himself, today’s Budget was the “culmination of four years of work to keep the ACT economy growing”. Its also the last Budget before the October 15 poll.
Faced with a Commonwealth Government unapologetically zapping [...]
I was about to sign up to Transact’s switch to VDSL2 with VOIP but apparently that means relinquishing your home phone option AND your Universal Service Obligation telephone rights. I quite like knowing that my home phone will work when the electricity is down. I notice Foxtel’s bundle appears to offer a “copper” home phone [...]
This afternoon the ACT government will deliver the 2016 budget. As there is a local election in October will it be bland, even largely forgettable, like the cautious May federal budget, precursor to the July 2 election?
Or, more likely, will our local effort be directed at appeasing the voters, softening them up for the October [...]
Did you know that Canberra is home to more than 23 small galleries? I certainly didn’t until I started investigating our city’s lesser-known art scene for Best of Canberra. What I discovered was a vibrant, enthusiastic set of organisations and a new list of dynamic spaces to keep my eyes on.
I’m breaking the small galleries [...]
I’ve been looking for property to buy in the ACT and notice that it’s compulsory to get a condition report done for a house, but not for ‘Class A’ properties like units or apartments. When asking around agents or others about this, the answer is usually just ‘look in the body corp minutes’ or ‘I’ll [...]
A Gungahlin to Civic busway offers greater overall economic benefits than Stage 1 of Capital Metro, and will probably cause fewer greenhouse emissions.
This story begins in 2012. Labor needed to win most of the four Greens seats at the October election if it was to avoid another term of minority government. The Greens had promised [...]
Whatever happened to the Canberra’s booners? The same could be asked of Sydney’s westies, Hobart’s chiggas or Brisbane’s bevans.
In the early 1980s booners could be immediately identified by their tight black jeans, flannel shirts and ugg or desert boots. Stereotypically, they struggled to find work and cared little for mores and manners.
Perhaps the most enduring [...]
The ACT Government has released three reports upon domestic and family violence. They are comprehensive complex documents which highlight the need for much greater cooperation between the many agencies addressing this serious social problem.
Please note there is nothing new about this violence. People, mainly women, have been walking into doors for years and [...]
When I came to Australia in 1952, I couldn’t speak English, I couldn’t count to 10 and I came by boat. If Minister Dutton had been on the wharf, would he have turned my boat back?
I know heaps of people who run restaurants, market stalls, who are builders and taxi drivers. I know many hard-working people [...]
Apparently the residents of Gungahlin have had enough of being a lower priority to other areas of Canberra.
According to the road signs off the new Majura Parkway, Gungahlin has gone it alone as a city. It is now separate to the rest of Canberra. Have a look at the sign above; Canberra is to the left and [...]