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State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 2/2/15

By 30 January 2015 1
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Life without Katy  Chief Minister Andrew Barr has not enjoyed an entirely perfect kick-off in the top job. After a long and successful innings from the factionally unal...

A Look Around Canberra: Curtin

By 30 January 2015 2
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I was keen to head back to the Woden Valley this week for A Look Around Canberra, as it's been several weeks since I'd done one of the suburbs there. I decided to have a look a...

Once a Knight’s enough

By 30 January 2015 8
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So everyone in the known universe is criticising the PM for making the Duke of Edinburgh a Knight of the Order of Australia. I might have a go too. Much has been written abo...

Whats on this weekend (31st Jan and 1st Feb)

By 30 January 2015
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It’s back to school for Canberra students next week, which means that the city is well and truly out of its quiet January slumber. It also means that there’s plenty to do i...

Two arrested over Uriarra cannabis crop

By 30 January 2015
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A 28-year-old Tuggeranong man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on cannabis cultivation offences and a second may also face charges after they were arrested by police in the Ur...

Body corporate costs for new apartments?

By 30 January 2015 4
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Hi, just wondering whether anyone could advise on what one might expect to pay in body corporate fees for a two bed, two bath, 80m living apartment off the plan in Canberra at ...

Beware of dodgy roof repairers: Corbell

By 30 January 2015
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Canberra households should be on high alert to the activities of a travelling con man who is knocking on doors promising roof painting and roof restoration services, warns Attorn...

Court reforms working: Productivity Commission

By 30 January 2015

Simon Corbell says reforms to the ACT Courts have led to reduced waiting times in the Supreme Court and Coroner's Court, according to the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services. The report showed changes implemented in the ACT’s courts have resulted in the ACT Supreme Court final...

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High Court spits the dummy

By 17 December 2008 19

The ABC brings word that High Court Chief Justice Robert French has let rip over his deteriorating and under-funded court house. The fountains are silent, the building is closed to visitors on the weekend. "In the court's annual report, Chief Justice French complains that the court's fundi...

A merry christmas for the Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

By 17 December 2008 25

The Liberals have resumed their usual torpor, but the Chief Minister shows every sign of still being hard at work. He's announced the opening of a new Animal Breeding Centre at Tidbinbilla. "Tidbinbilla's breeding program for the endangered Southern Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby will be the fi...

The RiotACT Calendar for 2009

By 17 December 2008 25

[First filed: December 15, 2008 @ 18:07] In time to be used as a stocking filler and as a gift to you all I've produced a calendar for 2009, featuring some of my favourite photos from 2008. As I was only in Canberra for half the year it's only half as cool as it could have been, but remain...

The Streeton Dr intersection.

By 17 December 2008 101

One of our Weston Creek spies sent in the following rant. I asked them to paint me a picture so they kindly provided diagrams: The busiest southbound section of Streeton Dr, just north of Weston Creek town centre, has had a vehicle lane removed and replaced with a green bike lane. With two...

ACTION Bus on fire - who knows the story?

By 17 December 2008 32

It's been doing the rounds but we haven't done it yet. Does anyone know the story behind these pictures of a burning ACTION bus? Slideshow below: ...

NCA puts on a show for Christmas eve

By 17 December 2008

The NCA is ringing the bells for a big Christmas Eve concert at the Carilion. Some of you will be assembling complicated toys, I will be showing Notorious BOG all the new bars that have opened since in Canberra in the many years since he departed for Japan. But if you're after something in betwee...

Still short of skills?

By 17 December 2008 37

Times can't yet be that tough here in Canberra. Chief Minister Stanhope has announced a new program to encourage foreign students to stay here when they finish their schooling. This is "to address local skill shortages". It will be interesting to see how this meshes with next year's trip to co...

Christmas trees for 17 December

By 17 December 2008 16

Three trees in today. In the first Bundybear submits an entry from Elizabeth, the South Australian Charnwood and hometown to Jimmy Barnes. In the second is Huwr's tree with dog adding cute factor. The third is gtim108's. To enter the competition email your tree picture in to trees@th...

SE Asia Ho!

By 17 December 2008 4

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope has announced his 2009 trade jamboree will be held in Malaysia and Vietnam. "The mission will be delivered in partnership with Austrade. The ACT Government will support participants by picking up the cost of Austrade's professional services. The Chief Minister will host a...

ACT innovative in legal process world-first

By 17 December 2008 6

[First filed: December 13, 2008 @ 11:41] Perhaps in a move devised to counteract criticism of lax sentencing of our fair Territory's crims, ACT courts are marking new boundaries in the legal court procedures sphere and serving courts documents via Facebook! Today in what appears to be a first ...

It really won't mow itself - Where to get the tools?

By 16 December 2008 50

There's no shortage of emos around here, and both Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama have been elected. Despite all this the lawn stubbornly refuses to mow itself. The landlord is getting antsy and the housemates can offer no guarantees that nasty things do not lurk in the tall grass. So I need...

Water use signs in perfect harmony

By 16 December 2008 34

There's been a rumour going around that the roadside water usage signs are presenting different results at any given time. If true that would do little to enhance community confidence in the water conservation message. Between 11am and midday today I made a study of the signs on the Barton Hi...

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