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Pine Island grass fire

THE ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue is working to extinguish a grass fire burning at Pine Island, Tuggeranong. The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE. The ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue has three units en-route, with one officer and one […]

Fadden shed fire

FIREFIGHTERS have extinguished a fire in a garden shed on Maughan Crescent, Fadden. ACT Fire & Rescue has two fire pumpers on scene as well as the Breathing Apparatus Van. ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics have treated two patients for smoke inhalation and will take them to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition. […]

Bunda Street, a real mess and it won’t look like the design drawing

CANBERRA CBD Limited are warning business of unholy disruptions to Bunda Street as it is converted into a shared space. The entry from Akuna Street will close from Thursday 8 October 2014. Therefore both ends of the last part of the City Cycle Loop are temporarily closed at Akuna Street (adjacent SAP building) and Mort […]

Chief Minister disheartened that rising sexism is deterring young women from politics

KATY Gallagher has blogged her disappointment in a new survey showing sexism is keeping young women from entering politics. “It is disheartening today to see the results of a new survey of girls and women that shows only 1% of girls aspire to a career in public office,” Katy wrote. “While the results are unfortunately […]

Elections ACT finds 20 problems with the Electoral Act

THE ACT Electoral Commission has issued a special report making a swag of recommendations to the Legislative Assembly which the Commission views are needed for the Electoral Act to be legal, constitutional and fair. “The report contains a response to the Voting Matters report released earlier this year by the Legislative Assembly Select Committee on […]

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Global climate denial industry turns its sights on Joy Burch

THE Liberal’s Brendan Smyth is joining an astonishing global rush to take offence at Joy Burch’s arts grant funding of the Aspen Island Theatre Company’s play “Kill Climate Deniers” “Embattled Arts Minister Joy Burch has presided over yet another example of bad judgment and appalling taste by granting over $18,000 to a theatre group to […]

Commonwealth dollars for local roads

SENATOR Zed Seselja has welcomed delivery of the Australian Government’s $2.1 billion Roads to Recovery programme, announcing that the ACT will receive $67.2m for local road construction and street repairs. “These funds will make a real difference in building roads, repairing streets and creating better access across our community,” Zed said. “As announced in the […]

GRATTAN / How far can Palmer’s Newman government inquiry probe?

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE Senate has set up an extraordinarily broad inquiry into the Queensland government, in another demonstration of Clive Palmer’s power and his determination to pursue state premier Campbell Newman. It is a bad road for the federal parliament to travel but how far it will get down it is […]

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Fairfax case shows dangers of Facebook journalism: social media users beware

By Nigel Phair, University of Canberra AUSTRALIANS’ love of social media, which includes 11.3 million Facebook users, has been a haven for social networking companies, advertisers, and increasingly journalists. But Fairfax’s recent publication of a photo of a young man misidentified as Numan Haider shows how important it is to protect the way your data […]

Canberra Confidential / Young Josh rides on

IN December last year Canberra teenager Josh Goyne took off from Lake Ginninderra and pedalled 277 kilometres in a bike ride to Sydney to raise money and awareness for stroke victims. “It’s all in honour of my grandfather, who’s just suffered his fifth stroke and he’s paralysed from the waist down now,” Josh said at […]

Video / Biffo in the Monkey Bar

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21. About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been […]

Government House open to the public this Sunday

CANBERRA’S grandest residence, Government House, is letting the public see what the corridors of power look like with an open day this Sunday at the Governor-General’s residence. The iconic property, which dates back to 1828, will hold a free Open House from 10:00am – 4:00pm, with visitors able to explore public areas of the house […]