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NSW stumps up $20,000 for Canberra’s theatre awards

MEMBER for Monaro John Barilaro was joined yesterday by Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant to announce a $20,000 grant to help fund the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards. Following the ACT Government’s decision to withdraw funding support for the CAT Awards, Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government was keen to ensure […]

Light rail business case and the light of day

It’s all hosannas and hallelujahs for the glories of light rail today. The long awaited business case has been released. And the ACT Government has pushed out a video on how great it will be. Tweets have been tweeted. Business case released today, @KatyGMLA addressing the media — Capital Metro ACT (@CapitalMetroACT) October 31, […]

Gun seized in Theodore

About 6.30am this morning (October 31), members of Tuggeranong Patrol executed a search warrant on a residence on Lawrence Wackett Crescent, Theodore, and seized an unregistered firearm. South District Superintendent Justine Gough said the firearm seized was targeted because it was unregistered. “While many firearm owners are responsible about the storage and licensing of all […]

Stanhope rides forth to savage Labor over refugee policy

FORMER ACT chief minister Jon Stanhope has strongly criticised Labor’s recent hard line on asylum seekers and refugees, saying the party’s policies on mandatory detention and offshore processing are inconsistent with Labor values. Mr Stanhope, who has just finished a two-year stint as Administrator of the Indian Ocean territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) […]

Grattan on Friday / Abbott government gets some wins – and gives the odd hostage to the future

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra IN a move that channels John Howard, Tony Abbott has put changing the GST on the political agenda, just over a year after assuring the public it would not be altered, “full stop, end of story”. In the run-up to the 1996 election, Howard said there would “never ever” […]

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24 hour study at the Chifley Library

THE ANU’s Woroni is reporting that students who have left the study late can cram in a library rather than at their own desks until their bloodshot eyeballs drip out of their skulls. Chifley Library will be open 24×7 during the exam period to meet your study needs. The Library will be open from 8am […]


Ian Watt departs Prime Minister and Cabinet. Michael Thawley steps in

THE Public Service has been shocked by the resignation of Dr Ian Watt and the announcement by the Prime Minister of his replacement by Michael Thawley from 1 December. In addition to over three decades of experience in the Australian Public Service, Mr Thawley was the senior adviser on international relations to former Prime Minister, […]

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Queer culture festival this Saturday at Acton

THE Canberra Pride Committee has announced the program for the 15th SpringOUT, Canberra’s Queer Cultural Festival. The 2104 SpringOUT opens on 1 November, with Fairday between 12noon and 5pm, hosted by the AIDS Action Council at Westlund House, Acton. “2014 marks our 15th year as Canberra’s Queer Festival and the first time that SpringOUT has […]

Dust off your Sailor Moon outfit, “OtakuFest” is back for its 10th year

Every year Impact Comics runs “OtakuFest” whereby comic enthusiasts dress up as their favourite character and descend on Garema Place for a grand old time. This year it’s on November 15 from 2 to 4pm, followed by a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpiece “The Wind Rises” at Dendy. From their website: OtakuFest is Canberra’s […]

Finally Canberra gets Forensic Mental Health Orders

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has announced the passage of new laws surrounding mental health. “These laws are culmination of seven years of work which involved close consultation with mental health organisations, medical professionals and most importantly those who are living with mental illnesses and their families,” Katy said. “The Government believes that mental health patients […]

CSIRO’s stolen sculpture dumped in Fyshwick

A sculpture stolen from the CSIRO forecourt on Limestone Avenue, Campbell, was recovered by police yesterday (Wednesday, October 29). Between 9 pm Thursday October 16, and 3pm Friday October 17, the sculpture titled Il grande ascolto (‘the great listening’), was damaged and half of it stolen. The original sculpture consists of two large bronze discs, […]

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The Narrabundah Slasher rides again

WHILE an arrest was made months ago into the Narrabundah tyre slashings it seems the crimes have continued. Questioning by the Liberals Giulia Jones has forced the Government to admit there have been four more such incidents since June. “This just goes to show that we are not done yet and there is a lot […]