[ 21 September 2013 to 13 October 2013. ] Andrew Barr just launched Windows to the World, a Centenary program in which visitors will be permitted to go explore Canberra’s embassies and high commissions.
Over four spring weekends from September 21-22, 33 missions will showcase their nation and culture to visitors.
This unique event could only happen in Canberra, where missions form part of the suburban [...]
In very bad news for some neighbourhood The Age brings word that North Korea is sniffing around for an embassy in Canberra.
Labor MP Michael Danby, who chairs the Australian Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, said the plan to re-establish a mission in Canberra could be ”part of the mysterious small steps by North [...]
The ABC has word that the Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, is kicking off an inquiry by the National Capital and External Territories Committee into Canberra’s diplomatic estates.
Ms Brodtmann says its the first time an inquiry of this nature has been held.
“It’ll particularly focus on the roles of the NCA and the Department of [...]
The Syrian Govt has until 1 October to start work on its land in O’Malley or the National Capital Authority will take it back. It’s a prime piece of land at the top of Culgoa Circuit in O’Malley.
The Syrians acquired the land in 2006 but were granted several extensions of time to start work – [...]
A proposal to build embassies on Stirling Park and near the Old Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla has been met with vocal objections from residents. This proposal was introduced after plans to build in Red Hill were dumped due to high land prices.
Local resident Peter McGhie says the parkland should be preserved.
“It is a piece [...]
News.com have a piece of Canberra joining in a global wave of attacks on Syrian embassies in the wake of the trouble in Homs.
A GROUP of men stormed the Syrian embassy in Canberra following a bloody masccare in Homs that left more than 300 people dead, as a double-veto blocked a crucial UN resolution.
ACT Policing [...]
The National Capital Authority have release the public record of their June meeting.
There’s some interesting juice in there (Kingston harbor not to have a slipway, Westridge House rezoned, more offices on Canberra Avenue, Zoo masterplan approved) but what caught our eye in the Eagle’s Nest was the hunt for more places to park foreign diplomats.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a scary article on peculiar employment practices by Embassies who consider themselves to be above the law, because they pretty much are.
It’s all well and good for government departments to repeat their policy that diplomats are subject to Australian law, but until they’re willing to make some arrests it’s all [...]
The Age is picking up the travails of Zimbabwe’s ambassador in Canberra, Jacqueline Zwambila.
But while the allegations of chastising staff by stripping were racy there’s a darker side:
Mrs Zwambila was posted to Australia as ambassador in February after the Movement for Democratic Change party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last year struck a power-sharing [...]