Opinion (1004 Stories)

Canberra based AILC Trains Indigenous Leaders in Cairns

By 13 May 2013

Another round of Indigenous leaders has graduated from Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC)

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, Sunday May 19

By 13 May 2013

The theme of this years International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is 30 years in solidarity
Join us at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday May 19 from 6pm – 7pm for an evening for a night of music and remembrance.
The evening will be hosted by the ABC’s Genevieve Jacobs, and will include heartfelt contributions from community [...]

Boarding kennels in the Canberra area

By 13 May 2013

Hi all,
I know there was a similar trail here before but it’s over 2 years old so here goes: can anybody recommend a good dog boarding kennel in the Canberra area?

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums

By 12 May 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums and to Our Dear
Lady Mary Mother of Jesus now and for Eternity (for
those who know Mother Mary is there)!
The greatest Joy and Blessings are having been chosen
as a Mother to not only Love and “be there” for our
Children, however also for many other Children and
Teens through our Children in [...]

Do You Support Mandatory Helmet Laws in the ACT [With poll]


When you reflect on the following photo from Holland, what do you see?

What do you see in the photo?
People that are irrationally and recklessly endangering their lives.
People recklessly endangering their lives, and they should have a law and fines imposed upon them to make them stop.
Ordinary people going about their day.
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Found: Kindle in Downer

By 9 May 2013

A Kindle was picked up on the road in Downer today.
If you think it’s yours, please reply here.
If we don’t hear anything within 48 hours, we’ll take it to the police.

Hey RiotACT, what kind of bird is this?

By 9 May 2013

Hey guys, you’re all super clever at answering these sorts of questions, that’s why Roundhead89 wants to ask you guys something:
I was in my backyard and a flock of birds descended. I took this pic and I was wondering if Rioters could positively identify it. I’ve always called them King Parrots. There [...]

Would you like a local council? [With poll]


Prime Minister Gillard has announced a referendum’s coming on constitutional recognition of local government.
We are asking the Australian people to support a small but important change to our Constitution so that the existing practice of Federal Government support for local communities is formally recognised in our Constitution.
This will make it easier for the Federales to [...]

Best hair colourist in Canberra?

By 9 May 2013

Hi all. I’m on the search for a new hair hairdresser.
One that is great with colour.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :))

Looking for super Super in Canberra?

By 9 May 2013

Like many people I have super all over the place. My largest fund is a multi-billion dollar one, with all sorts of investments and regularly advertises on television. Their customer service leaves a lot to be desired though. It is bad. I can’t go visit them in an office because their nearest one is in [...]

Third Party Insurance coming down – But in NSW

By 9 May 2013

The ACT already has the highest TPI in Australia, and it is blindingly obvious that this system has the interests of the NRMA and the local legal fraternity as it’s primary beneficiaries.
The wretched Smyth has ensured that the local ambulance chasing legal creatures have free reign in screwing the absolute maximum premium from unfortunate third [...]

Australia’s helmet law disaster

By 8 May 2013

Helmets make sense in extreme cycling conditions… such as mountain biking or high speed road cycling. On paved paths away from motor traffic, it’s arguable that a casual cyclist pottering along at 15km/h is unlikely to receive much of a benefit from wearing a helmet should they come off. That’s certainly the way [...]

Selling your own house in Canberra?

By 8 May 2013

Has anyone had experience selling their own home?
We have an updated, split level, high ceilinged home close to Coolemon Court. Houses seem to sell reasonably quickly in this area.
Is it worth the hassle? Have sold 4 houses all through agents and had an un-nerving experience with the last one on the North Coast. We left [...]

Dead kangaroos in LBG, just accidental?

By 8 May 2013

Last week I saw a dead kangaroo in Lake Burley Griffin just in front of the National Gallery.
It is a steep shore and it may have drowned accidentally.
Today, kayaking, I noticed a dead kangaroo just off Weston Park East. It is unlikely that it would have drowned there by accident, it is a [...]

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 8 May 2013

The theme for this the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is “30 Years in Solidarity”.
The 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Sunday 19th May.
The event is to honour, support and advocate for those affected by HIV – Friends, Family, Colleagues and the community. Please [...]

Simon Sheikh at Manning Clark House

By 8 May 2013

Simon tells stories of his wins while he was at GetUp and what compelled him to leave the non-profit world and enter politics.

What bug is this?


Dannybear has sent this one in for help from the hivemind:
Hello! wondering if anybody knows what this is?
a yellow thing poked out of it for a second but not long enough to ID, its about 6 inches long, thanks!

Commercial photography charges in Canberra public spaces? (read, the National Arboretum!!)

By 7 May 2013

I was reading this morning the charges up at the National Arboretum and spotted that they want to charge $200 “per image” for any commercial photography done up there and $200 an hour for non-commercial photography!!
Some of the other charges for “hiring” some of the spaces up there seem ridiculous as well including if you [...]

TrAction Buses?

By 7 May 2013

On an otherwise mundane Monday, I witnessed an impressive near-miss on Alinga St, Civic, as my bus approached.
Being wary of the bus’s passenger side extended mirror, I stand back a good metre or so from the kerb until the bus stops. Not so this middle-aged man preoccupied with talking on his mobile. He continued his [...]

Caravan parks around Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Looking for expert opinion on caravan parks.
An acquaintance is planning a visit from Melbourne to Canberra to stay in their own caravan with kids (I think young teens) in July and looking for advice on best caravan parks to stay in. They have mentioned  Creastview in Queanbeyan and Capital Country Holiday Village in Sutton.
As I [...]

Tetun Language Speaking Group in Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Having just returned from East Timor and planning to return before too long, I’d like to be able to practise my Tetun in between visits. The ANU has a six-year-old webpage about starting one, but the contact email address has shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the bleeding choir invisible.
So I’m wondering if any [...]

Short to Medium Term Accomodation in Canberra?

By 4 May 2013

We are contemplating hiring a nanny/au-pair on a part time basis starting next January.
The feedback we have heard from other people is that hiring a good nanny in Canberra is difficult to say the least.
Hence we may consider an au-pair.
I don’t however want the au-pair living with us rather they would live in separate accommodation [...]

Looking for a dentist

By 3 May 2013

Wondering if anyone knows where Pegah from Curtin Dental Care is now practicing? 
I think she left CDC in September 2012.  
Any help appreciated.

Three jets in parallel over Canberra?


Yesterday afternoon around 3:20pm I spotted 3 jets over Canberra, flying side by side, heading more or less North.
They were too high to see exactly what sort of planes they were – but I’m guessing they were quite large from the contrails. 
Slightly random/odd post I suppose – but I’ve never seen anything like it. 
Any [...]

Possible gas leak?? high gas consumption!!

By 3 May 2013

Hi guys,
I’m after some advice in regards to our gas meter readings if anyone can help!???!!
So my partner and I have just recently moved in to a newly built house in the new area of west Macgregor, we are the first people to occupy the house and seeing as we are due to have our [...]

Catching a taxi on the rank in Canberra?

By 3 May 2013

Is there some regulation that mandates you have to take the first cab off the rank in the ACT?
I went to catch one from by the Casino last week, and the first in the rank was a manky van. Since I was going to pick up a couple of colleagues for the journey, rattling around [...]

Preschools in Canberra?

By 2 May 2013

We are fairly new to Oz and Canberra and with a child turning four later this year, we need to select a preschool.  
First, can anyone tell me the difference between a preschool and an early childhood schools?  
They sound the same to me.  
And any opinions regarding South Curtin Preschool, Yarralumla Preschool (the regular, [...]

Airbrushed poster child Jackson still jerking the Capitals around

By 2 May 2013

The Canberra Times has a depressing story of confusion at the Capitals as Lauren Jackson plays a will she or won’t she game over the 2013 season.
Given a choice between investing in young talent or ageing big names a smart team bets on youth every time.
But in the minds of those who fund the Capitals [...]

Roof Restorations in Canberra?

By 2 May 2013

After some recent additions to our home we currently have two different coloured roof tiles and we need the capping re-bedded and pointed.
I have had 2 quotes on having the roof painted. The cheapest being just over $7,000 and the other being $11,000
Our roof is not small so I was prepared to pay more then [...]

Gate manufacturers in Canberra?

By 1 May 2013

Can anyone recommend a garden gate manufacturer?

Lady cyclists: please be killed politely


I very rarely have a rant.  But today, I ventured onto the road in Challis Street Dickson.  There are little bicycles painted on the road.  I was riding right over them on the left hand side of the road, near Dame Pattie Menzies House.
Suddenly a car passed me, pulled in ahead of me (that is, [...]

Gas bill showing no gas consumption in Canberra?

By 30 April 2013

When I moved in to my apartment I connected to ActewAGL for electricity and soon started receiving gas bills that included the normal service charge and some gas consumption. After a while the meter reading stopped increasing and from then on I have been only getting “service charges” as I am registering no gas consumption.
I [...]

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