Opinion (900 Stories)

Do the buses need to do more?

By 8 March 2013

A friend posted this on Facebook and is OK with me reposting here.
Okay, I’ma get ranty.
So it’s the Canberra Centenary celebration this weekend, with a whole pile of events on during the day and evening on Monday (which of course is Canberra Day).
But Monday is a public holiday. Which means public holiday buses.
But wait, [...]

ACTION’s obsequious toadies fluffing Mayor Rattenbury’s klout

By 8 March 2013
ACTION's obsequious toadies fluffing Mayor Rattenbury's klout

One of the worse thing about living in 2013 is the paid government operatives cluttering social media applauding each other and laughing at their bosses jokes. (That this is one of the worse things is probably a good reflection on how far we’ve come).
Owen has sent the above in with this note:
I take it Mayor [...]

Quadcopter Workshop

Quadcopter Workshop

Canberra UAV team members are sharing the fun of building your own
quadcopter with do-it-yourself workshops at the local Make Hack Void
Over three nights participants are assembling their own unmanned
aerial vehicle and learning how to fly them both manually and in autonomous
While the first workshop booked out early, members hope to organise
more sessions in [...]

Temporary Accommodation

By 7 March 2013

I have finally landed a job in Canberra, and after of years of spending lots of time visiting and wanting to move to the national capital.
I now need to organize some temporary accommodation, whilst I play games with real estate agents in the search for a more long term abode. I have friends in Canberra [...]

Padoof’s ancient tool?

By 7 March 2013
Padoof's ancient tool?

This in from Sandra, any bone dusters who can help?
Walking on the ‘Bogey Hole’ beach at Mollymook, 6 am Tuesday, I found this amazing rock which had washed up during high tide. I’m convinced it’s an ancient artefact, and can just imagine it was a tool shaped from stone thousands of years ago…obviously [...]

Tuggeranong Carpark; Traffic Crossings

By 6 March 2013

It seems there is a crash just about every morning on the parkway at the moment.
They are doing roadworks everywhere so the traffic every morning/afternoon is crazy.  
Also what’s the go with the speed bumps and crossing they have put in on McCullock St in Curtin,
I know people need to cross the road [...]

Lost dachsund in Turner

By 5 March 2013
Lost dachsund in Turner

This in from Mess:
My friends dog went missing yesterday and we are just trying to let as many people as possible know in hope of finding her. If you have seen her, or know where she is, please get in touch. The contact details are on the Tams website under Lost Dogs. Thanks.
From the owner:
Ava [...]

Free things to do in Canberra?

By 5 March 2013

I am hunting around for a number of free things to do in Canberra. Not only do the kids want something to do, but I have a number of unemployed or student friends who have no jobs, and consequently little money. I know there are the old stand bys of the national gallery, the botanic [...]

NSW government wants to slow down Kings Highway [with poll]

By 5 March 2013

The NSW Government have released the findings of a massive safety report into the Kings Highway today, reports ABC News.
The report recommends upgrades worth millions of dollars, which could be funded through the NSW black spots program.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro says road surfaces will be upgraded as well as improvements to signage and [...]

If Sinsations lasts 100 years will we celebrate Canberra girls going to work there? [With poll]

If Sinsations lasts 100 years will we celebrate Canberra girls going to work there? [With poll]

The Canberra Times is very excited the local girl Fuchsia Bullot will be getting her clothes off for tourists in Paris:
Canberra’s Fuchsia Bullot has become a member of an exclusive – and long-legged – club.
She’s the third student of Tuggeranong’s Legs Dance Studio to join the high-kicking cancan line of the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
The [...]

Weird animal genomes, sex and the future of men

By 1 March 2013

[ 2 April 2013; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Renowned geneticist and Academy Secretary for Education and Public Awareness, Professor Graves will describe how the map of the marsupial genome is unlocking genetic secrets with deep implications for human health

A second look at double jeopardy laws [with poll]

By 1 March 2013
A second look at double jeopardy laws [with poll]

ABC News is reporting that the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions has called for reforms to double jeopardy laws.
The idea behind double jeopardy is to stop someone from being prosecuted repeatedly for a single crime, the DPP however feels that he should be allowed to re-prosecute if new evidence comes to light after the trial.
Understandably, [...]

Do light-rail systems help cut down on traffic? Perhaps not.

By 1 March 2013

Thanks to the wonderful wonk blog:
A new study in the Journal of Transport Geography suggests that four light-rail systems built around England during the 1990s and 2000s had virtually no effect on overall car traffic. Instead, the rail systems mainly seemed to attract riders who would otherwise have taken the bus.
Without shifting away from our bush [...]

Polish Club Markets in Canberra?

By 28 February 2013

Hello just wondering if anyone has ever attended the Polish markets that are on at the Polish club every few weeks???  
Opinions on the products that are there?  
Thanks in advance.

Noticeable flaw in the upcoming Royal Commission?

By 28 February 2013

Can somebody please explain how and why the Family Court of Australia and Federal Magistrates Court has been left OFF the listed Instituions undergoing investigation in the upcoming Royal Commission into Child Abuse.
“Justice” system my a$$

Rubbery NDIS figures from Katy Gallagher

By 28 February 2013

So, the term “several thousand” would have to mean “at least 3,000 families, in common parlance. Katy Gallagher has announced that $10 million will be spent on funding “several thousand” families with “$5,000 a year” under the first stage of the NDIS, “from July” with “full rollout by 2014″.
It turns out that the full rollout [...]

Wood heater installation in Canberra?

By 28 February 2013

Can anyone tell me what the ACT regs are regarding installation of a free standing combustion heater? The story I am hearing form the shop doesn’t add up with the info on Canberra connect and from there dedicated installer.
In brief, they say I need, pre installation inspections and post installation inspections totally about $600 [...]

What mushroom is this around Canberra?

By 27 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
What mushroom is this around Canberra?

Anyone know anything about a bright yellow mushroom that resembles Ron Jeremy?

ArtsACT offering up poetry prize

By 27 February 2013

ArtsACT has announced a new prize for Canberran poets.
The new ACT Poetry Prize is open from 1 March to 2 April 2013.
The Prize is valued at $5,000. The winning entry attracts a prize of $3,000 and two short-listed poems will attract a prize of $1,000 each.
For more information about the Prize and for [...]

Get your money’s worth back from Actew

By 27 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Get your money’s worth back from Actew

Actew’s compliance with the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Act 2012 means you can keep a small wad for yourself

HHH Run… and what’s this about Turner Bowls?

By 26 February 2013

[ 27 February 2013; 6:10 pm to 7:45 pm. ] Hi all,

The Hash House Harriers are the biggest running group – and the biggest drinking group – in the world. We are known as “drinkers with a running problem”.

It’s an amazing group, although you don’t need to run (some stay behind to mind the bags) and you don’t need to drink (it seems some [...]

Alcohol related violence in Canberra

By 26 February 2013

After watching the Four corners – Punch drunk episode last night I was thinking that what they pictured was fairly consistent with nightlife in the ACT.
Some information and statistics on the Newcastle study on lockouts and trading restrictions can be found here.
Personally I’ve seen; drunk people passed out in the gutter vomitting on [...]

Design Studio || Canberra Youth Theatre

By 26 February 2013

Applications extended until March 1st!
Visit for more info and to enroll

Have you seen this gorgeous fella?

By 25 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Have you seen this gorgeous fella?

This in via Facebook:
Attention anyone in Oxley, Kambah, Tuggeranong ish region!!! Please please please If you have seen or found a black and tan, Kelpie x Labrador, responds to Indiee, very friendly with people and other dogs, only turned 20weeks old today! :’(

Brian Schmidt Public Lecture: Exploring the last frontier

By 25 February 2013

[ 5 March 2013; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Over the past 60 years Australia has played a leading role in humanity’s exploration of the Cosmos. From the establishment of radio astronomy, to the observations that underpin the standard model of the Universe, Australia has contributed using innovative instruments that incorporate world-leading technology.

Brian will describe Australia’s role in helping establishing our view of the [...]

Chicken Processing near Canberra?

By 24 February 2013

Does anyone know if there is an abattoir near Canberra where I could have my chickens processed so they could legally be sold?

Norths Rugby 75 years strong in 2013. Any plans?

By 24 February 2013

Norths rugby celebrates its 75th birthday this year.
I know the juniors have commemorated this year with a free t-shirt for all registered junior players (while stocks last).  I am unaware of any other commemoration activity planned for this year. I know at least one old boy who is waiting to crack his bottle of the [...]

Has anyone found a camera that was lost at Tropfest in Canberra?

By 23 February 2013

A bunch of us University of Canberra students went to Tropfest in Canberra and a friend of mine lost her camera while we were there. If anyone found a camera or has any information that could help me locate it, I would be very grateful. It really means the world to her. I’m [...]

Hula-Hoop Classes kicking off at Warehouse

By 22 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Hula-Hoop Classes kicking off at Warehouse

Jasmine Leong would like to invite all of you to come and hoop your hoops in a hoops fashion with her at Warehouse Circus.
**Hoop Group**
Hey, Hoop Lovers! Want to learn some skills and drills while rocking out to cheery tunes?
It doesn’t matter if its been 10 years, or 10 minutes since you last picked up [...]

International Womens Day forum

By 22 February 2013
International Womens Day forum

[ 6 March 2013; 6:00 pm; ]

This just in:

To mark International Women’s Day, please join us to celebrate compelling contributions and achievements through the stories and experiences of three Canberra based women, Melissa Clarke, Louise Hamby and Fran Raymond.

Paradigm Shifts provides a unique opportunity to hear from three inspiring females in the ACT, nationally recognised in their own professions and [...]

Buying a car from interstatw

By 22 February 2013

Hello everyone, I want to buy a car from NSW (Sydney to be exact). I was just wondering how different it is than just buying one from the ACT. Do I just transfer the rego?

Zed ‘Push polling’?

By 20 February 2013

I just got an automated call from a company I’ve never heard of. They are doing a poll on people’s intentions for the next federal election.
By the sounds of it (“What is your personal opinion of Zed Seselja”), Zed’s team was paying for it.
Not really ‘Push polling’, but still pretty lame.
Is Zed that desperate? [...]

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