With friends like the Feds, life becomes even harder for Napthine government

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra ON the ropes already and facing the polls on November 29, the Victorian Liberals have yet again been knocked by their federal colleagues. Tuesday’s move to reintroduce fuel indexation by the tariff route, with the gamble that validating legislation will get through later, is a clever tactic from a […]

Arson suspected in Yarralumla

ACT Policing Criminal Investigation detectives are investigating a suspicious house fire that occurred in Yarralumla yesterday (October 28). Around 5:30am yesterday, police responded to a report of a fire at the Yarralumla property. The fire was quickly extinguished and deemed suspicious by ACT Fire and Rescue. Preliminary investigations by AFP Forensic Services suggest the fire […]

Fire at Florey Primary

INVESTIGATIONS are underway following a small fire in the Florey Primary School library. The fire is not believed to be suspicious, with firefighters saying it was caused by a suspected electrical fault. ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Automatic Fire Alarm at about 2:30am. On arrival crews found a lounge suite alight. The fire […]

Samantha wins top business award

SAMANTHA Kourtis, managing partner at Capital Chemist Charnwood, has been named ACT Business Woman of the Year. She also won the Private and Corporate Sector Award and the Business Innovation Award at the 20th Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards. A long-held interest in wound management and her identification of local healthcare service needs led Ms […]

Digging into the numbers. What the crime statistics say about Canberra’s neighbourhoods

WITH the third quarter crime statistics available to play with we dug in a little bit to see which parts of Canberra skew towards which crimes. In alphabetical order here they are. Belconnen Belco scored highly for traffic offences, sexual assault, “other offences”, and robbery. Gungahlin Gungahlin is a somewhat surprising outlier for “Offences against […]

It’s official. Mr Fluffy houses to be bought back and demolished

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher says more than one thousand Canberra houses affected by ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose fill asbestos insulation will be bought and demolished by the ACT Government following an in principle agreement with the Commonwealth Government. The Commonwealth will provide the ACT with a $1 billion concessional loan towards the cost of the program. […]

Recognise this person of interest?

ACT Policing is seeking a person of interest in relation to a serious assault in Greenway on Saturday 11 October. About 3am, police were called to PJ O’Reilly’s, Greenway after receiving a report of a serious assault. One male was transported to the Canberra Hospital for treatment of his injuries. The person of interest is […]

Arts / Artists dabbling in daydreams

THE Tin Shed Art Group’s 19th annual show, “Daydreams”, is at the Watson Art Centre, 10am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday, until November 9. The 10 exhibiting artists, Mort Schipp, Alan Pomeroy, Ian Sharpe, Ken Miller, Peggy Spratt, Jacquie Rogers, Tricia Wheatstone, Clare Hughes, Jenny Adams and Joan Costanzo, tell us they’re “daydreaming about dust dragons”. IN “Body and […]


Simon’s worried about that ethanol burner you bought at Bunnings

SIMON Corbell says consumers need to be aware of the risks associated with ethanol burners following a concerning trend of serious burns incidents across Australia. “Although most suppliers provide some warning about the safe use of ethanol burners, the warnings are not always clear or consistent and many people are unaware of the risks,” Simon […]


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