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Opinion (1004 Stories)

Open Letter to John Hargreaves on Aged Care

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi John.
I would like to respond to your recent RiotACT article on the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities. As the founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, I’m a passionate supporter of the aged care, disability and early childhood sectors.
Our beloved industry is in crisis. This will continue [...]

Burquas – the Hidden Threat

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I saw the media recently from that bastion of protectionism, Cory Benardi, that he wants to ban the burquas from Parliament House. His call was echoed by that Pauline Hanson clone, Jacqui Lambie, that the burqua be banned in Oz entirely.
Good one. Not!
There are so many issues at stake here. Firstly, I agree that the [...]

The Handmade Markets

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Handmade Markets were on this long weekend at the National Convention Centre, with everything on offer from clocks fashioned out of bicycle wheels and gears, to a stall full of delicious marinades for meat, to hand-sewed foxes wearing trousers.
I went along on Saturday morning, at around 11.00am. The markets had only been open for [...]

Should the guy pay on the first date?

By 3 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A question like this can change any group conversation to a heated debate, surprisingly. So many different opinions and different reasonings as to why.
Me? I’m not fussed either way. If a guy insists on paying I’ll let him. If I offer to split the bill and he agrees I won’t get offended. It doesn’t faze [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Eggs Benedict

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The call for best Eggs Benedict was a popular one. We had a lot of input for a wealth of Canberra brunch joints. Two gathered multiple nominations. ONA in Fyshwick and Me & Mrs Jones in Kingston. I headed to ONA first with high hopes after their domination of the egg [...]

There’s more to Canberra than Floriade

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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So I’m a Canberra newbie, having just officially survived my first winter. I’m even starting to consider myself a Canberran and find myself fiercely promoting it to all of my friends and family back home. When contemplating the big move from the coast of Western Australia; I asked a few people that I knew that [...]

Dog Boarding in Canberra

By 2 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I know there have been discussions on this topic before however there has been nothing recently.  Can anyone give me some feedback about Tara Dog Boarding in Pialligo?   I am considering using them at Christmas and would appreciate feedback on any recent experiences people may have had?

Mr Fluffy Crisis – Canberra Waits

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Between 1968 and 1979, private ACT contractor Mr Fluffy insulated people’s homes by pumping loose asbestos fibres into the roof cavities of houses in Canberra. In 1989, the Federal Government acknowledged the devastating health risks of loose asbestos and conducted an investigation of homes in the ACT constructed before 1980. It was discovered that 1.5 [...]

Bash someone unconscious – 80 hours community service???

By 1 October 2014

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced today to 80 hours community service work.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/community-service-for-civic-bashing-20140930-10o662.html#ixzz3Eng044bB
The footage is horrifying to watch and the sentence seems woefully inadequate. What interested me is the statement that the magistrate didn’t think jail was appropriate… so when is it appropriate ??

Adult dance lessons Canberra? Recommendations?

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
I’m in my 30′s and looking to get back into exercising, the one exercise I love is dancing but truth be told I’m pretty cr@p at it.
I’m looking for a dance studio that teaches adults and is fun! Perhaps where the occasional overweight 30 year old wouldn’t look completely ridiculous? Wouldn’t mind hip hop [...]

Tasers – alternative to death by cop

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I was in the Assembly, as a minister for these sorts of things, I wanted to do a trial to see if TASERs were an effective alternative to firearms.
The Liberal Opposition was vehemently opposed to the whole idea saying that the TASERs would kill more people from heart attacks than the conventional weapons carried [...]

Anyone know what happened to Scope?

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters.
Went for a drive up Mount Stromlo over the weekend, thinking I would stop and have a coffee at Scope — but it appears to be closed.
Anyone know what happened there?

The sanctity of Sunday surcharges

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend I had Sunday brunch with my partner at a lovely new-ish establishment in Canberra. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, the service lovely and we didn’t have to wait long for a table. Perfect. When it was time to pay the bill, we were hit with a 10 per cent Sunday [...]

Best of Canberra – Pies

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There have been two occasions when I have truly missed the greatness of the Aussie pie. On one of my first dates with my husband, we went along to a Chelsea match and he bought a couple of pies (…and they say romance is dead). It had been microwaved which to my mind [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/09/14

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Brianna Heseltine and the ALP
It has been revealed that Brianna Heseltine from the Fluffy Owner’s and Residents’ Action Group has joined the ALP. In an interview with Marcus Paul, Heseltine broke down arguing that as a private citizen she has the right to privacy on the issue. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has responded [...]

What’s the background video on ABC news?

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It looks like it’s been taken from an impossible vantage point.  Like a crane or a drone.

Drop Bears Sighted on Mt Ainslie

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All

Just letting you know my short story set in Canberra about tourists discovering drop bears on Mt Ainslie is about to be taken off my site due to space constraints:
http://www.capitalyarns.com.au/mtainslie-dropbears-cards/
The premise of my site is that social media users request three items and I write them a story set in Canberra. This particular story [...]

Plans for the Aranda Shops

By 29 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s about time the Aranda shops received a little bit of love.

Aranda residents know all too well that the local shops have failed to live up to their potential in recent years. Well over a decade ago, the family-run supermarket was forced to close due to the competition created by the Coles at Jamison. Since [...]

Tragus piercing in Canberra

By 28 September 2014

Hi,
I am thinking of getting my tragus pierced in Canberra soon and was just wondering if anyone has had this done in Canberra before or knows of a good place to get piercings. At the moment I’m considering Red Path and maybe Off Ya Tree (although their cheap prices are kind of worrying…). Does anyone [...]

Kingston railway yard containing large number of iron ore type wagons

By 28 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I pulled into Fyshwick Jim Murphys this morning to pick up my weekly rations, and was surprised at what was in the adjoining rail yard.
There must have been about 30 brand new looking orange painted iron ore type wagons. Considering we ship nothing out of this joint, couldn’t help but wonder what they were here [...]

Gumtree what happened?

By 28 September 2014

Hi, new here so open to any comments.
Does anyone have any idea what happened to the ads on gumtree or is it just me?
When I view ads I can see one picture. When you click on the ad to view further it shows a slide show option and further details for the ad, however, there [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Open Mic @ the Front

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s Tuesday night in Lyneham and I’m at The Front trying to concentrate on a novelisation of Doctor Who adventure Inferno (it’s part of the permanent library at The Front and I’ve been reading it in installments).  But my mind keeps wandering back to the notes I’ve written for myself: “sky whale, lance armstrong, justin [...]

On Water or On Land Operations

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We have been engaged in a post on the involvement of the military forces in Iraq and Syria in recent days.
Be that as it may, has anyone spotted the rank hypocrisy of the detail of information we have on that conflict?
We know the names of the towns that are strafed, we know how [...]

Feedback on National Patios

By 25 September 2014

I’m looking at having National Patios build me a new deck and would appreciate any experience you may have had with them. Thanks!

Cricket Nets

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello again.
Just wondering if anyone knows of any cricket practise nets close to Gordon?
I know there are some in Chisolm but thats a bit far to travel.

Playground at Eddison Park

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what’s going on with the playground at Eddison Park?  There is little playground which is great for young children (toddlers) at the skate-park end of the park.  I went a few times through the winter and parts of it seemed to be roped off (it looked like the soft flooring was disintegrating) [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pastries

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and generally eaten as breakfast or mid morning with coffee.
The two establishments to obtain the most nominations were Flute in Fyshwick (the winner [...]

Riot Wellbeing Column – send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
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Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise?
Deciphering the variety of therapies and interventions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing in a bid to find what is right for you can be like wading [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

Health and Safety responsibility vs stupidity

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was driving along Hindmarsh Drive yesterday morning and noticed the red light camera at the Parkway intersection being fixed.  A guy in a high vis vest up a high ladder fixing the camera with a spanner (I assume) in one hand, as the other held a cigarette.  If this guy falls off, who is [...]

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