On Monday the ACT government released a discussion paper on alcohol-related crime.
Among other things it talks about lockouts like the ones in place in Kings Cross (i.e. no one allowed into clubs after 1am), making drinks more expensive, and possibly forcing Civic venues to close at 3am as opposed to 5am.
There’s evidence for and against [...]
It was a murder that shocked the nation’s capital to its core. A young mother killed in her Canberra home in front of her own children. It is now up to our judicial system to explore how and why such a beautiful caring mother had her life cut so tragically short.
What is certain, is that this incident [...]
I am going to borrow home loan from the bank and have three options: fixed rate, variable rate and half and half.
Would you please advise here what option I should take. You are welcome to comment on ‘owner occupier’ or ‘investment’, and three different options because your comment may benefit others even if it does [...]
Winter in Canberra? Forget about the waistline.
For me, when the weather regularly hits sub-zero overnight, all bets are off when it comes to comfort food, particularly the sweet stuff. In my opinion, there isn’t much that beats a warm decadent dessert to take the chill off a cold winter’s night.
This week I am looking for [...]
I recently took the opportunity to observe the new shareway along Bunda Street.
When I first arrived I watched a large bus make its way at speed along the street. Not surprisingly, pedestrians did not insist on their right of way over the oncoming hulk of metal.
I also saw several cars and small trucks that didn’t realise (or care?) that they [...]
Good quality bread and fresh ingredients are the makings of a great fresh sandwich or roll. This is what I was looking for when I put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls last week.
When it came to the votes, a number of cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops got a nomination. Cafe D’Lish [...]
I recently read an article in which the city of Melbourne gave trees email addresses so citizens could report problems…
“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”…
…”Melbourne’s email-a-tree service is one in a litany of municipal projects aimed at leveraging [...]
The question circulating among many political junkies at the moment is simple: How long can the Speaker survive?
The headlines don’t look good, with calls to permanently ground the high-flying Bronwyn Bishop. There’s the ‘turbulence’ of that $5000 helicopter flight, plus further revelations of additional chopper trips, thousand-dollar-a-day limo rides and an additional $80,000 expense claim.
I very [...]
Do you feel that Canberra is a diverse place to live? At work, is your organisation’s board or executive team as diverse as the people it represents?
Most public service organisations make a point of “celebrating Australia’s diversity,” however, the statistics on who reaches the top tell a different story.
While women now make up 40 per [...]
Since I seem to be destined for Hades for my support for same sex marriages and asylum seekers, I may as well prepare for the inevitable. Part of my preparation is what happens to my mortal remains after I kark it.
I have some knowledge of the post-death system in Canberra and I have been agitating [...]
[ 21 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on 21 July, at the Majura Function Room, Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson.
Our guest presenters will be Labor MLA for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris, and the Asbestos Response Task Force.
We have asked Ms Fitzharris to respond to the following questions:
In relation to the governments publication Engaging Canberrans – [...]
One of the saddest stories (and there are many) to come out of the Mr Fluffy fiasco is the emergence of what I’ve termed the ‘Fluffy factions’.
As the ACT Government has wrestled with how to respond, and negotiated the bum deal it got from the Feds, it has become apparent that no matter the solution, it [...]
I enjoy the drive between Sydney from Canberra. I do it reasonably often. The mood of the country changes according to the weather, the drought, the latest rains and the time of day. Lake George and the surrounding hills have many moods to be enjoyed.
All of this leads back to how the traveller is welcomed [...]
A new childcare facility for up to 122 children is being proposed for a vacant block near Kippax.
This block is located adjacent to Southern Cross Drive and accessible from Hardwick Crescent. Instead of building a facility near busy roads, perhaps the old Higgins school site, next to the Higgins oval, would be more suitable?
The Higgins site [...]
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iPrimus got connected (believe uses Optus network) – took five minutes to load Gmail inbox page (discontinued the service).
iiNet connect a phone line via Telstra tech for ADSL – two days later received a text that the property is too far from exchange/too much loss can not continue to connect ADSL.
Netspeed longreach [...]
It was encouraging to see the charismatic ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey come out in support of community correction sentences (also known as home detention) yesterday.
The idea of low risk offenders remaining within the community – so long as they contribute in a positive way – has always made more sense to me than periodic [...]
Twitter is the social networking service where anything goes. Whether you’re a journalist tweeting the news in real time, a politician communicating with the public, or an everyday Joe Blow tweeting sweet nothings into the digital ether, Twitter is shaped by our politics and culture.
Compared to other cities, I’d say Canberra isn’t too mad about [...]
While driving south along Limestone Avenue, travellers often encounter messages from the local church. These messages are frequently powerful political statements on current issues.
I thought I would share this latest one as it brings it home just how we should ignore messages about ‘whose team are you on’ and instead be more open and inclusive about dealing with our many [...]
After last week’s call out for Canberra’s best fresh produce I did some research to find out which fruit and vegetables are currently in season in the Canberra region. Citrus is particularly big right now with lemons, oranges and mandarins at their best. On the vegetable side of things, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, English spinach, potatoes and [...]
Imagine living through the Canberra winter chill without a roof over your head.
This July, three organisations doing very important work to address homelessness celebrated important milestones. The Early Morning Centre in Civic celebrated 10 years of providing free meals to homeless people and helping them access the support and services they need to get their [...]
What is it about the conservative right wing zealots in this country that they have to have vendettas about unions, Labor Party people and the disadvantaged?
Is it in their DNA?
The number of royal commissions which have come and gone targeting unions and the Labor Party are too numerous to mention, have cost tens of millions [...]
It’s been more than a decade since Canberra’s last decent snowfall. But while experts say there’s a good chance of snow this weekend, Marcus Paul isn’t holding his breath.
May 28 back in the year 2000. This, apparently, was the last time Canberrans got a little snow crazy.
Yeah, we’ve been excited by the prospect of some local natural [...]
I’m rather new to Canberra and have a chronic condition that requires massage and acupuncture when it flares up.
I’ve been looking for someone who does both, but there seem to be a lot of options. I’d like something central to the city if possible, but I could always bus to a great place if it’s [...]
When my wife re-registered her car in the ACT, she selected GIO as the CTPI provider.
Yesterday she had cause to contact the GIO regarding a comprehensive insurance renewal and was advised that her CTPI insurance was not with the GIO and therefore she was not entitled to a discount.
ACT Road Users advised that third party premiums [...]
A study of the ACT’s master planning processes reveals thorough research and consultations to produce a range of comprehensive documents on options for many of Canberra’s established shopping centres.
Despite all this seemingly good work, many Canberra residents feel disenfranchised by the planning system and have little respect for our planning and development bureaucrats. What’s [...]