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Zane to star in Canberra

IT’S official. Hollywood star  Billy Zane, known for his starring roles in ‘The Phantom’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Zoolander’, and ‘Back to the Future’ will be here this month to star in the sci-fi action feature, ‘Blue World Order’. Directed by Canberra locals Ché Baker and Dallas Bland, the film is a rollicking adventure story with nods to the […]

Toot toot! Railways Association thinks a railway is the answer for Canberra!

SIMON Corbell has welcomed an independent report by the Australian Railway Association (ARA) that shows light rail is a perfect fit for Canberra, is appropriate for a city of our population size and density, will increase active transport use and will benefit the entire ACT economy. “The report, released today at the Light Rail 2015 […]

Grattan / No pressure Joe, but you are back in the spotlight

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government wants the public to take several political messages out of the Intergenerational Report (IGR) Joe Hockey is releasing on Thursday. Stated crudely, these are: first, that Labor’s policy settings would have taken us to hell in a hand basket; second, that but for the pesky Senate, the […]


Rock Swap!

IF you love gems and jewellery, collect rocks and minerals, facet or fossick, you’ll be sure to find something of interest at the Canberra Lapidary Club’s Annual Rock Swap. Dealers and non-commercial rock enthusiasts will be selling a range of wares including jewellery, crystals, minerals, gemstones, opals, fossils and lapidary supplies. It will be a […]

Did you see an altercation on Cotter Road?

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after a report of a disturbance involving four men on Monday afternoon (March 2). Around 3:30pm, two men driving a white utility were stationary at the intersection of Cotter Road and McCulloch Street, Curtin, when a white van, containing two unknown men pulled up beside them in the bicycle lane. […]

Dim the lights! Finalists in film competition announced

“AFTER a few sleepless nights and hours of scrutiny”, as they say in showbiz, the judges of the annual Lights! Canberra! Action! short film competition have narrowed down the  30 entries down to 12 finalists.   Canberra filmmakers were given 10 days to produce a seven-minute film that included 10 themed items related to the  theme, […]

Canberra Confidential / Music to get your teeth into

NEW artistic director of Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman, is opening his first festival with a “Chefs of Canberra” night of fine music and top nosh at the National Arboretum on Thursday, April 30. It’s to be co-hosted by Mildura chef, restaurateur and telly star Stefano di Pieri. The four-course degustation will come from […]

Lead feet prominent in school zones

ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit. “Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic […]

Another pitchsider turfed out of the cricket

ACT Policing were pleased with the generally well behaved crowd at yesterday’s ICC Cricket World Cup match between Ireland and South Africa at Manuka Oval (Tuesday, March 3), with only a small number of spectators ejected. ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent Rob Wilson, said that only a small number of the crowd […]

Grattan / Medicare co-payment: a case study in policy implosion

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott was in full confessional mode after Tuesday’s formal interment of the Medicare co-payment. As a former health minister, “I should have known better than to attempt health reform without the strong co-operation and support of the medical profession”, Abbott told parliament. “I accept chastisement,” Abbott said. “But […]


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