In an explosive account of how some Alexander Maconochie Centre staff behave after hours, a story confirmed by serving and former prison officers, reporter BELINDA STRAHORN reveals claims of drug parties and cover ups.
KATE Carnell, new chair of The Violet Initiative, wants everyone – old, young, sick or healthy – to talk about death and make plans for end-of-life care before it’s too late. For her, it's personal as she tells BELINDA STRAHORN.
"WHEN you die, that’s it. Do I fear it? No, not really," wrote DON AITKIN in a moving essay in June. The former UC vice-chancellor died suddenly last week. His essay – "On Death and Dying" – is published on Page 18.
"The image of Shane Rattenbury holding up the tram to Woden as being 21st century public transport for Canberra is akin to Scott Morrison holding a lump of coal to represent future energy for Australia," says columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"The worth of a house is how much someone is prepared to pay for it, and that is not within the ACT government’s control.” JON STANHOPE and DR KHALID AHMED beg to differ with the Chief Minister's market views.
"The idea the London Portrait Gallery's Shakespeare is a portrait of the Bard would be laughable were it not so obviously an attempt by the British Shakespeare industry to foist a fib on the colonials," says ROBERT MACKLIN.
"NEITHER the opposition nor independents dare to oppose the white elephant responsible for Third World conditions in this wealthy city." Letter writer ROBIN UNDERWOOD is talking about the community cost of the tram.
"The tram is a public-financed benefit for the city’s developers – thank you, ACT Greens, for the idea. The naivety of this once-credible political group is stunning." PAUL COSTIGAN is in full flight this week.
"THERE remain questions with regard to the $18 million Campbell Primary Modernisation Project. Was it corruption? Was it incompetence?" MICHAEL MOORE explains why the procurement buck has to stop with the Chief Minister.
PAUL COSTIGAN reckons the NCA is easily fooled by ACT government spin and that the tram to Commonwealth Avenue will be used to justify massive developments, not just on the West Basin foreshore, but on all the nearby land.
MICHAEL MOORE caused a storm on our website this week with his column explaining how the anti-mandate protesters picked the wrong city. It's well worth a read, either here (Page 10) or on citynews.com.au
A NORFOLK Islander told JON STANHOPE he recently rose from bed and on the way to the toilet stopped in mild panic unable to recall if he first needed to ring someone in Canberra for permission! Such is life on the disenfranchised island.
"IT'S this pathetic attachment to 'growth' as the economic miracle-maker that Barr is using to destroy the quality of life that made living here such a pleasure." Why columnist ROBERT MACKLIN is over the ACT government.
"AS our population continues to expand, change and become more urbanised, fewer Canberrans are as familiar with the bush and its pre-Cook delights," writes conservationist PROF PETER BRIDGEWATER this week.
ASTROLOGER JOANNE MADELINE MOORE predicts a year of good news and exciting advances in virus fighting. For this Gemini, her predictions were pretty good last year. Joanne's latest year in the stars is on Pages 20-21.