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Grattan / Turnbacks remain an irritant in Australia-Indonesia relations: former foreign minister Natalegawa

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra FORMER Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has called out the Abbott government over its attempt to shrug off any cost to the bilateral relationship caused by the unilateral manner of its boat turnbacks. But equally, Natalegawa has complicated Labor’s looming policy decision on whether to embrace turnbacks to limit its […]


Clenched fists earn a pepper spraying at the Greenway Centrelink

ACT Policing arrested a 31-year-old woman of no fixed abode after a disturbance at Centrelink in Greenway yesterday (Monday 29 June). About 12.45pm, police attended Centrelink on Anketell Street and Reed Street, Greenway, after a report of a disturbance. On attendance, police identified a woman behaving in an aggressive manner. The woman approached police with […]

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147 animals seized from the one Banks home

LAST week RSPCA ACT Inspectors conducting a routine follow up visit on an existing client in Banks found a large number of animals living in single family home. A total of 147 animals including birds, quails, cats, dogs and poultry were removed from the premises. Thirteen of these animals required immediate euthanasia due to disease […]

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Plans unveiled for The Australia Forum

THE Canberra Business Chamber has unveiled the reference design for the the new convention centre, to be known as “The Australia Forum” which they hope will draw visitors to the ACT. “The design unveiled today by internationally-renowned architects Fuksas and Guida Moseley Brown is futuristic and classic at the same time,” Canberra Business Chamber CEO […]


Theodore man goes DUI twice in the same night

A 56-year-old Theodore man has been arrested after being apprehended twice within 60 minutes for drink driving offences on Saturday night (27 June). Around 6:45pm, police were patrolling along Yamba Drive, Isaacs when they saw a blue Ford utility driving without its headlights on. The officers conducted a traffic stop and the driver underwent a […]


Queanbeyan Council welcomes NSW Government Mr Fluffy scheme

QUEANBEYAN Mayor Tim Overall has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of a voluntary buy back scheme for properties containing the dangerous Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos. The NSW Government has announced a $250 million voluntary buy back scheme for NSW properties affected by Mr Fluffy insulation. “This is a very pleasing outcome for not only Queanbeyan […]


A chance for the inner child to run amok as the ‘Big Boys Toys Expo’ comes to Canberra

CANBERRA is set to host the first ever Big Boys Toys Expo on August 22-23. “Big Boys Toys Expo is a two day highly interactive event which will be the ultimate playground for big boys (and girls of course) to see, touch, experience and buy all the toys, tools, gizmos, gadgets, sports and hobbies they’ve […]

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Canberra Convention Bureau hooks Michael Matthews to be new CEO

THE Canberra Convention Bureau says Michael Matthews will be its new Chief Executive Officer, from 1 October 2015. Mr Matthews is currently the Executive Director of Meetings and Conventions PEI, which is responsible for marketing, sales and product development for the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada. “After a comprehensive recruitment process, the Canberra […]

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Grattan / Broad coalition formed to seek common ground on tackling climate change

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Major business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups have formed the Australian Climate Roundtable in an effort to “put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward”. The group’s formation comes just weeks before the Abbott government announces Australia’s emission reduction target for post-2020, in […]

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Simon says light rail is ace for cities like Canberra

SIMON Corbell says the Canberra Urban Regional Futures (CURF) paper released by UC shows light rail increases public transport patronage, delivers benefits to landowners and creates flow-on effects in diversifying the economy, improving liveability and increasing sustainability in cities of similar size and density to Canberra. “Findings in the CURF paper show that the introduction […]


Shooting in Wanniassa

ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations is investigating a shooting incident in Wanniassa last night (Friday, June 26). Police were called to a house in Wanniassa after residents reported hearing the sound of a single gunshot. A man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and underwent treatment in The Canberra Hospital. His injuries are not considered […]


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