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Pirate policies. Are government funded artists willing to give up their rights to the work? [With poll]

By 19 September, 2012

While the pirate campaign launch is still to happen down at Lake Burley Griffin the pirates have released a slew of policies.
Most of it is unlikely to get much argument but my god check this out:
The Pirate Party will seek to ensure that a proportion of Arts ACT grants are awarded
to artists who adopt creative [...]

Enclosed carport installation?

By 19 September, 2012

I converted my existing garage to living space 5 years ago, and am finally getting around to putting up a new garage.  I want something affordable which can be made to look in keeping with the style of my house.  After much research, I think the way to go for me is a steel carport kit, enclosed with blueboard and [...]

Renting out an investment property

By 18 September, 2012

I realise this has been touched on in the past, however I didn’t find a lot of the answers I was looking for, so here we are again.
For reasons inconsequential, Mrs Bendross and I will be leaving our house and sticking it on the rental market. For more reasons inconsequential, we will be going [...]

Land value question in Page

By 18 September, 2012

I just got my rates, and the unimproved value of the land has not budged a dollar in twelve months. (It shows me the ULV from January to January)
We bought it in August 2010. That year the ULV went up $60,000!
So my question is, who got the benefit of that increase? Me or the [...]

Dodgy hairdressing apprenticeships?

By 17 September, 2012

My cousin recently started on probation with a hairdressing chain in Canberra, with a view of obtaining a 1st year apprenticeship after 3 months.
My wife went to her hairdresser who told her that the chain had a reputation of hiring probationers for 3 months then not offering an apprenticeship.
The probationers clean the shop [...]

Canberran graffiti artist on Flickr

By 17 September, 2012

I coincidentally came across some guy’s flickr account documenting his tagging outings in our city. Being an “artistic creature” and risking to sound rather moronic, I find these expressions of public art visually offensive. Graffiti-artists with half a brain don’t repeat the same name, style, etc over and over. This person (or rather group of [...]

Was Steven Hillier Guilty of murder?

By 16 September, 2012

Recently the name Steven Hillier came up in conversation which prompted me look into the case in order to understand the reasoning as to why he was acquitted of the murder of Ana Louise Hardwick and whether it was justified. The only sources reasonably available to me were the following judgements and I therefore offer [...]

Is Canberra a Strict Class Stratified or Caste Society?

By 16 September, 2012

Whilst watching the Raiders Vs Canberra and listening to the ABC radio there was an interesting comment from Warren Ryan. He stated that during the warm up that the forwards and backs did it separately as it reflected the class society of Canberra. Wozza is a very astute RL commentator and this I found [...]

Built in wardrobe pricing in Canberra?

By 15 September, 2012

We recently got 4 quotes from various Canberra companies (varying from stegbar to husband/wife combo) and the cheapest quote came in at $2400 installed. This is for a 3m 3 door (mirror sliding) with nothing fancy inside just hanging/4 drawers and some shelves.
In Sydney the same wardrobe can be installed for $800 – $1150. Why [...]

Where to find a hotdog?

By 15 September, 2012

Its a silly question I know but Im stumped.  I have a little man who wants to go out for a hotdog for his birthday.  I cant think of where to take him.  Other than a bowling alley or an ice cream/frozen yogurt shop (I know, weird huh!) I cant think of anywhere that serves [...]

Rally for West Papua at Parliament House

By 13 September, 2012

I fear West Papua is as lost a cause as they get. But if you’re more into the justice of the thing we have word of a rally at Parliament House on 18 September at 11.30am.
The West Papua community in Australia wishes to highlight the nearby and ongoing state violence in Indonesia’s troubled province of [...]

Topic of your choice. Get creative hivemind!

By 13 September, 2012

Comedy ACT and Impro ACT are going head to head in The Great Debate, all they need now is a debate topic.
Captain for the improvisers: Nick Byrne, Artistic Director of Impro ACT and Improvention, Australia’s largest gaggle of improvisers and Australia’s second tallest improviser.
Captain for the comedians: Kale Bogdanovs, a Melbourne Comedy Festival veteran who’s [...]

Wi-fi and business class on the buses to Sydney?

By 13 September, 2012

Greyhound are offering wi-fi and a business class service on buses to and from Sydney

Lifeline Canberra backs political call to action on suicide prevention

By 13 September, 2012

Lifeline Canberra CEO Mike Zissler has welcomed today’s piece in the Australian newspaper by politicians Chris Bowen and Julie Bishop, highlighting the need for an increase in the awareness for suicide prevention (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/bring-suicide-to-the-light/story-e6frgd0x-1226471372440).
The article resonates particularly loudly for the ACT office with heightened media awareness this week and a number of recent deaths in our [...]

Shared Zones – Give Way!

By 13 September, 2012

It’s very clear Canberra drivers don’t know what Shared Zones are. I’ve witnessed more than a few close calls, including very often between the National Library and Questacon where drivers barrel through at speed, failing to give way.  Today one driver slammed on the brakes and proceeded to gesture frustration at those crossing the road.
So [...]

In defence of trolls. Because someone has to

By 12 September, 2012

This is a fight I’d largely have preferred to stay out of, but having been dragged onto Mark Parton’s show to answer for my crimes this morning it seems I’m in it, so I may as well lay out my thinking.
The Daily Telegraph is rolling out a bandwagon, in their words to “Stop the trolls”, [...]

An easy solution to the ED ‘crisis’

By 12 September, 2012

I was listening to Ross Solly hammer the Director-General of Health this morning on the radio and some of the feedback from listeners is a clear indication of why the ED in The Canberra Hospital is under such stress. People who cannot be in need of emergency treatment are showing up in droves. The [...]

Spring Adult Coed and Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Leagues Registering Now (Including Canberra Ultimate’s New South League in Curtain)

By 12 September, 2012

Canberra Ultimate just launched a new website: www.canberraultimate.com and is now registering for new leagues, and we welcome new players, and old veterans alike:
Canberra Mens League 1
Canberra Mens League 2
Find Thirty Lunchtime Comp
North Canberra Spring League – Div 1
North Canberra Spring League – Div 2 & 3
South Canberra Ultimate League
Canberra Ultimate is recognised by ACTSPORT as [...]

Anyone driving to Melbourne soon?

By 12 September, 2012

Hi fellow Rioters
I’m currently in Fitzroy, Melbourne, but my cricket bag is still in Canberra, and I’m not going to be able to get back to Canberra for a couple of months to get it.
I was wondering if there were any Rioters who would be able to find space for it in the back of [...]

Palmer Street, Garran

By 11 September, 2012

Can anyone confirm that the paved section of road just after the corner of Palmer Street and Bateson Road in Garran is not a pedestrian crossing? This is just after the turn into the Canberra Hospital up near the Red Cross Centre.
There is no indication whatsoever that this is a crossing but it seems that [...]

Meet the Molonglo Candidates

By 11 September, 2012

The ACT Assembly elections on 20 October 2012 are now only a few weeks away.
The Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC) is holding a Meet the Candidates night to allow you to put the questions on the issues that matter to you.
Come and tell the political parties what you think about the issues [...]

Drawing up a Will

By 11 September, 2012

Hi Rioters,
Has anyone got any recommendations for a legal firm on the Northside that can assist me in drawing up a will? Before you all say “Will Kits”, it’s slightly more complex in this instance and I do need to engage a lawyer. The only law firm I’ve used is for conveyancing and that wasn’t [...]

Actew Water??

By 10 September, 2012

What’s with the renaming?
I mean ACTEW already means ACT Electricity & Water so now we have ACT Electricity & Water Water……..

C100 Greer talk – hit, or miss?

By 10 September, 2012

Wraparound in yesterday’s Crimes announces that Germs is to deliver a keynote speech at Manning Clark House as part of the centenary celebrations.
Now, with Greer pretty much having had NOTHING to say about Canberra, ever, any thoughts about Robyn “doesn’t know the word diaspora” Archer’s strategy on this one?
Is she counting on Greer [...]

Does the Canberra Times have a political bias?

By 10 September, 2012

Hello Rioteers,
I’ve long heard whinging about how the Canberra Times (aka The Crimes) has a bit of a political bias towards the Labor Party. I’ve been reading their website a bit lately and have noticed a strange trend. If the article is a positive Labor Party one, the comments field is open. If it’s negative, [...]

Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) – A review

By 10 September, 2012

The Home Energy Advice Team will, for $30, visit your home (pre-2006 construction, detached or semi-detached), have a look around, and provide advice on the best steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy you use.
I have no association with this program, aside from having used this service today, but thought someone could find [...]

Researchers get the low down on female genital cosmetic surgery.

By 10 September, 2012

This just in:
Female genital cosmetic surgery: what do women think about it?
Two researchers from the University of Melbourne and ANU are about to find out.
The project is called Vulvatalk and the researchers are currently recruiting participants through social network giant, Facebook. This is the first major research project to actively seek out Australian women’s opinions [...]

Transport of goods to Toowoomba/Brisbane

By 10 September, 2012

Hello all.
I am looking to transport some goods to the Toowoomba/Brisbane area and am wondering if anyone knows a company who does regular trips and might have some room to carry a small load?
There is not enough stuff to consider a full removalist and nothing is urgently required up there.
Any advice or suggestions would be [...]

Kings highway wombats doing it tough

By 10 September, 2012

I drove down to the coast on the week end and counted 13 dead wombats in my travels. Poor buggers were laying beside the road, paws pointed to the sky. In some places there were two corpses in less than 100 meters. Most were between Braidwood and Bungendore. All were sprayed with a cross on [...]

Will West Macgregor be Getting a New Name?

By 9 September, 2012

I’ve heard rumours that the ACT suburb currently known as “West Macgregor” will be getting a new name. Is this true or not? And if so, what will the new name be? I could have sworn that I read online somewhere (or heard from a friend) that it was going to be [...]

Protected Tree removal – is it possible ?

By 8 September, 2012

Due to changing family requirements I need to extend the family home, the only direction that I can go is in the path of a protected tree.
Moving isn’t really an option as I couldn’t afford to purchase back into the suburb and I am not about to move the kids away from their school [...]

Car Cameras and Black Boxes in Canberra?

By 7 September, 2012

My wife and experience the daily nerve racking experience of Canberra commuting.  It seems every second day at least we see another accident.  Seven deaths in Canberra roads this year, and I dread to think of how many serious injuries or even insurance nightmares and work interruptions people are suffering every day.  Fatalities are only the tip [...]


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