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James March was out on a suspended sentence when he committed a horrendous buglary and rape

THE Supreme Court has published the sentencing of one James March for a late night burglary and prolonged sexual assault. Chief Justice Murrell has sentenced him to 7 years and 9 months’ imprisonment starting from the 10 November 2013. He will be eligible for parole on 9 January 2019. Particularly disturbing is the 27 year […]

Abbott has given his ministers straight ‘A’s – do they deserve it?

By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra Tony Abbott has given his ministers their report cards for the year. Apparently they are all receiving As and A+s. That might mean they are very, very clever compared to all other ministers who have done the job the past. This is what we call norm-referenced assessment. We start […]

Griffiths / Clubs on frontline as drug war looms

“In recent months we have seen a rise in incidents in Civic, in particular, in relation to ‘turf wars’. We have recently spoken with the AFP about our concerns and asked for their assistance in supporting venues and security officers in order to make licensed venues a safer place.”

–Leader Security’s Peta-Lee Henare in an email to Canberra publicans on August 6.

Letters / Say ‘No’ to light rail

WHY won’t our politicians listen to the community who pays their wages when we say “No” to light rail. This one-sided project that the community has written so many letters about to the daily paper for months should not go ahead. How many millions have been wasted already on consultants just to reach “Rattenbury’s Dream”. […]

Opinion / The Mr Fluffy lessons not learnt

“I am fearful that the Government, as it pushes through this major asbestos program, is failing its community obligations. More particularly, I am fearful for the health of our children in the local community,” writes Yarralumla resident PAUL FLANAGAN, concerned at the way the government plans to remove asbestos waste from the Canberra Brickworks.