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Elections – a look at the numbers

By 11 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Election Day

I’ve had a look at some numbers from the Australian Electoral Commission since 1996 and it is very revealing to see how our democratic process played out.
Here’s some of the numbers for your consideration.
John Howard won the 1996 election for the Liberal Party in his own right. The Libs got 75 seats and when he [...]

Ask RiotACT: off the plan contracts

By 9 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hi Rioters.
Does anyone have experience with rescission of contract when purchasing off the plan?

Medicare: our nation’s greatest gift

By 8 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
medicare

There is probably no policy that better defines modern Australia than Medicare. First legislated by the Whitlam government in 1974 as Medibank, Medicare guarantees free hospital services for public patients in public hospitals, and provides benefits for out-of-hospital medical services and most notably consultations with GPs or specialists.
Medicare was and is a positive transformational force [...]

Male feminists: do they really exist?

By 7 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
malcolm turnbull

Male feminism is arguably on the rise.
During the federal election campaign Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed that he’s a feminist even though Julie Bishop thinks the label is “not useful”. The ultra-cool Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has promised to talk about his commitment to feminism until it’s regarded as normal and “there is no more reaction [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for solicitor for wills

By 7 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hello,
I am seeking recommendations for local ACT Solicitors proficient in preparing Wills and Living Wills. I have searched RiotACT and not found an answer to this specific request.
Nothing too complex required – wills and living wills prepared for a married couple. I would also appreciate an idea of what this service costs.
Thank you [...]

Is planning an issue for the ACT elections?

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACTPLA-P1130148

When the ACT Government made its announcement that the DA for the supermarket complex in Dickson had been approved, it set off a curious chain of events.
The manner in which the announcement was handled by the government has increased the evidence of the growing gap between our elected politicians and the issues and aspirations of the voters.
I first became aware of [...]

Sharing your space

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Lake-Burley-Griffin-P1170280

There’s a 1989 song by Pere Ubu, Flat, that has the following lyrics, “In the early part of the 20th Century, Deep inside the American wilderness, In the state of Kansas – 82,000 square miles of flat – There were two automobile cars. On July 5th 1904 they ran into each other”.
Then there’s the story [...]

Ask RiotACT: TV reception since the big swap

By 5 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Is anyone else having problems since WIN and TEN did their swap? I am only picking up ABC (phew) SBS (also phew) and the new NINE which is channel 5 and its subsidiaries.

The good, the bad, and the hilarious – election wrap-up

By 5 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Leaders of the world

So, it’s been a crazy 72 hours. I’d like to start with a quote from a friend of a friend on social media, which sums up the current situation quite well.

Before we get into the heavy analysis of the results themselves, lets take a look at the lighter side of the past 3 days first.
First [...]

Will the City Loop bus be a hit or miss?

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
City loop bus side view

Will the new free City Loop bus, which commenced operations today, attract sufficient users to make it worth running?
The smart-looking loop bus will be whizzing around town till October at least, reminding us all of the benefits of convenient public transport (like trams) ahead of the ACT Legislative Assembly election that month. But will it [...]

OPH, Lyneham our #democracysausage picks

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The sausage sizzle at Old Parliament House. Photo: Siobhan Heanue/ABC

Demand was so high for democracy sausages on election day that some Canberra supermarkets ran out of snags altogether, leaving sizzle organisers scouring shopping centres to replenish their stocks and meet the relentless election day demand.

According to Twitter, Australians published one tweet per second featuring the hashtag #sausagedemocracy on Saturday. The #snagvotes and #sausagedemocracy phenomenon [...]

Brexit – Broke-it

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brexit

I saw it coming but went into denial. I didn’t think a smidgen over 50% of a country like Britain could be so reckless, so isolationist, so insecure in a global environment.
I didn’t think the leave-like-lemmings herd mentality would have such consequences. I didn’t believe that wiser heads would not prevail and a tsunami of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Dentist that does orthodontics (braces)

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am after reasonably priced orthodontics in the Belconnen area. I have heard that there are some dentists that also do braces? I don’t want anyone who keeps the braces on for years and years unnecessarily. Happy to consider a straight orthodontist also. Suggestions/reviews/approximate prices? Thanks.

Ask RiotACT: Insulation and double glazing

By 3 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I moved into Canberra recently. It is very cold here. Can you recommend a company to install insulation and double glazing?

Ask RiotACT: Looking for a lockup garage

By 2 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello Everyone,
I am looking for a lockup garage to do some woodwork over the next 4 or so months. I would preferably like somewhere that has lights and close to Lyneham.
Happy to pay rent to a reasonable offer.
Any recommendations?
Cheers
Elle

Hobbs positive on Greens’ chances of taking ACT Senate seat

By 2 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
christina hobbs

The Greens are currently poised to steal the ACT Senate seat out from under the feet of the Liberals Zed Seselja. Zed has been virtually absent from his electorate for the past three years, yet has flown in and under taken one of the most expensive campaigns for a Senate seat in recent history. All [...]

Dickson beyond the latest ACTPLA approval

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson-nr-library-antill

What does it take for the ACT Government to have vision for developments in and around my own suburb of Dickson?  I’ll get back to the question.
On Thursday the planning authority (ACTPLA) announced that it had approved the latest version of the application for the new supermarket complex. Sadly from the information made available, it [...]

Ask RiotACT: Would you pay for this?

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Back in 2014 we had some renovation work done on our house.  They ran out of materials and didn’t return until 9 months later to finish it off. We knew full well we owed them 50% on completion – but they never asked and we considered it a discount for our inconvenience; not to mention [...]

Dog walking around Aranda, Macquarie and Belconnen

By 30 June 2016

My friend and I love walking dogs or puppies, we only cost $10 a hour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays or on a Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We love it a lot so for more details visit this website http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/niangala/other-pet-services/megan-celeste-dog-walking-service/1116572585 thanks

Two-party crescendo in G-minor

By 30 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Roll up, roll up to the one-party circus: it’s politics for dummies, Turnbull-style.
Liberal ringmaster Malcolm Turnbull cracks his whip. Don’t vote for Bill Shorten because you’ll end up with “a hung Parliament, a budget black hole, big Labor taxes, less jobs and more boats”. Resist the “roll of the dice on independents or minor parties”.
Denigration [...]

Ask RiotACT: How to reduce traffic noise pollution?

By 30 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi rioters,
My house is located on a fairly major road, and the traffic noise is unbearable! We can hear every passing car every moment of every day!
I was wondering what measures I could take to reduce/eliminate the noise? I was told it might not just be the windows, but various factors that add to the [...]

Best of Canberra callout: Polling booth sausage sizzles

By 29 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
sausage sizzle

I love election day. Every three years, I collect my mum and head to Telopea Park School so we can engage in some banter with the how-to-vote-card spruikers, pick up a bargain snack at the cake stall or sausage sizzle, then exercise our democratic right, thereby potentially making a difference to the way our city, [...]

The curious case of the Chief Minister and the CSIRO development

By 29 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
CSIRO01

Sometimes the words of local politicians are a thing of wonder. Here’s a very curious story.
Last week there were two articles in the Canberra Times about statements by the Chief Minister on the proposals by the CSIRO to develop their Ginninderra Field Station site in northwest Belconnen.

These statements were made in the context of there being a [...]

Ask RiotACT: Winter heating – oil heaters or central heating?

By 29 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Greetings Rioters.
I’m in a 4 bed house. What do you think is cheaper and by how much:
A) having gas run central heating – set to a lowish temp (like 15 degrees)
or
B) having 4 small oil heaters on LOW (the ones with 4 colums about a metre high)
Ta.
James.

Best of Canberra: Café strips

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Bunda St

This week for Best of Canberra we have explored some of the city’s favourite café/restaurant/bar strips. Our hunt was for the best all-in-one spot to grab a bite to eat, a coffee or maybe have a few drinks with friends.
Some responses from our readers included streets such as Emu Bank in Belconnen, Lonsdale St in [...]

Predictions for July 2 and beyond

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
election vote

Next week it will all be over – temporarily.
The 2016 Federal election has been a mild affair in the ACT and we can confidently predict all four sitting members will be returned despite boundary adjustments due to population which saw the Canberra electorate cross Lake Burley Griffin into the renamed seat of Fenner.
This is in [...]

Ask RiotACT: Trees on Mr Fluffy blocks?

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I live close to a couple of Mr Fluffy blocks which I believe are due for demolition soon. They both have a few beautiful backyard trees a fair distance from the houses which would certainly meet the height requirements to be regulated trees. Does anyone know whether these trees will be felled when the [...]

Bad buffering

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
NBNCo Palmerston 010

I was 11 years old when I bought my first computer. It was 1984, and the machine was a Mattel Aquarius. Rubber keys, cassette tape drive, less than 4 kilobytes of memory, and black and white television as a screen.
Back then, the only way to transfer data was on a cassette tape.
There’s been a trail [...]

Ask RiotACT: Living in Murrumbateman

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Everyone,
My family and I are considering moving out to Murrumbateman because of the price of buying a house in the ACT and because we like the rural lifestyle. However, we would need to commute to Canberra for work, schools and extra curricular activities on the weekends. We would love to hear from others who [...]

Zed Van Winkle

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Zed and Tony 2

I was reflecting on an article or two from Amanda Vanstone in the Crimes recently and since she is an opinion piece writer, not a journalist, she can express her views in any direction she likes. I am going to follow her lead. She is an unabashed Liberal and it is widely known, so why [...]

Ask RiotACT: Loud music reaching Deakin, Yarralumla

By 26 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know the source of the continuous loud techno rock music possibly coming from the direction of Lake Burley Griffin on Saturday night? It lasted until 2am. Also heard it a few weeks ago. Can hear it over much of the Deakin-Yarralumla part of South Canberra. Thanks.

Ask RiotACT: Watering system / irrigation setup

By 25 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters.
I purchased a house about 6 months ago. It has large established gardens. There was an existing watering system and a large underwater tank. I had a plumber come around and put in a new pump (that can switch between tank and mains) and get everything ready for connection into the piping. I [...]

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