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They’re ripping up parking lots

51 minutes agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day). The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives. We might be [...]

Budget 2016 | Fee deregulation scrapped but universities still face big cuts

6 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Turnbull Government has abandoned full university fee deregulation but is still banking $2 billion in savings from higher education. Scott Morrison’s maiden budget ditched the controversial proposal, citing community concerns and...Show More Summary

Budget 2016 | ACT reaction

6 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

At a glance - Chief minister says more than 1000 public service jobs will be lost - Business welcomes tax concessions, intern scheme   ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has slammed budget measures that will make nearly $2 billion in savings after the Coalition reneged on its pledge to scale back public service cuts from next year. Mr Barr said [...]

Budget 2016 | No big splash from Morrison

6 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Turnbull Government resisted an election-eve pork barrel, opting instead for a modest suite of budget measures that seeks to avoid antagonising voters ahead of the July 2 poll. Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget included tax relief for middle-income earners and small business. But he told parliament on Tuesday night it was not the time to be “splashing [...]

Budget 2016 | Little joy for Canberrans

9 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

At a glance - $2 billion cut from departmental budgets over four years - No jobs growth for public sector - No new infrastructure money for ACT   Scott Morrison on Tuesday delivered a cautious pre-election budget that offered Canberrans little to get excited about and further pain for the public service. The ACT public sector will continue to bear a [...]

The Baby Killer – Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup (Patent medicine in Queensland)

Browse through Queensland newspapers from the mid-1880s until the early part of the 20th century, you will discover they are filled with advertisements for elixirs, tonics, ointments and powders curing everything from rheumatism to baldness to cancer. Show More Summary

Inmates are in prison for a reason

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Prison reform has returned to Canberra and we are advised indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre has risen to 27 percent of our prison population – up from an average of about 18 percent. The figures are from a very small base, representing 96 people and most citizens would take the sensible attitude the increase [...]

Movie: 45 Years

I have recently discovered the joys of Miserly Monday or whatever you call the cut-price day at the Nova Cinema in Carlton, along with the many other recently-retired baby boomers I’ve observed there over this past six months.  I certainly … Continue reading ?

Document ‘drafted by the devil’? Hardly.

I noticed recently how Jeremy Hanson, for the time being the Leader of the Opposition in the ACT likes to talk about the Government/Unions Memorandum of Understanding as though it was a document drafted by the devil with the express intention of subjugating the ACT Government to the will of the CFMEU. Mr Hanson was joined [...]

Marc Ulrich, 43, pleads not guilty to accessory to murder charges

A man who shares the same surname as the man accused of murdering Andrew Carville last November has pleaded not guilty in court this morning to charges he was an accessory to the murder after the fact. Marc Ulrich, 43, was charged in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning with assisting Milan Ulrich, 28, between November [...]

Labour Day – History in Pictures

Labour Day returns to May this year after a short lived relocation to October. Labour Day has been an official Queensland public holiday, celebrated on the first Monday in May, since 1912 and before that as Eight Hours Day since 1901. Before its official recognition as a public holiday, parades and celebrations had taken place... Read more

Capital Kitchen: Pumpkin and leek soup with cloves

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With the 13th Collector Village Pumpkin Festival underway, I thought I’d get into the spirit and share a pumpkin soup recipe with you all. It would make the perfect lunch or dinner on this windy autumn day. I really like this velvety Italian version with just a hint of cloves. The recipe was given to me [...]

Second arrest in Carville murder case

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A 43-year-old Victorian man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with accessory to murder. The man was arrested yesterday as an accessory after the fact to the murder of 52-year-old Andrew Carville (pictured), whose remains were located in Majura on 19 November, 2015. This follows Wednesday’s arrest of 28-year-old Kaleen man Milan Urlich [...]

A sinking feeling over unions’ $50b sub deal

THE decision by the Turnbull government to enter exclusive negotiations with the French-government-owned and French trade union-run company DCNS to design Australia’s new submarine fleet…

This Week in Port Phillip 1841: April 23 -30 1841

SUPREME COURT Now that all the excitement of the Supreme Court opening was over, the court settled down into its daily routine.  Well, not quite.  Even though the inconvenience of not having a Supreme Court for civil cases was cited … Continue reading ?

Old Museum Building – 125th anniversary

The Old Museum Building situated in the inner-city suburb of Bowen Hills in Brisbane has enjoyed an eventful history since it was built in 1891. It initially served as the Exhibition Building, replacing the previous structure which was destroyed by fire in 1888. The laying of the foundation stone ceremony took place at the site on... Read more

Police seek witnesses to ram raid in Calwell

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Police are seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary at the Calwell Shopping Centre early on Friday. Officers attended the Calwell Shopping Centre at about 5.45am after reports that two men in a silver Nissan Pulsar hatchback had intentionally...Show More Summary

Smart parking trial begins in Manuka

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka. The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space. Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses [...]

Mariners and Phoenix to clash in Canberra

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra will host an A-League match between Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix later this year. The clash at GIO Stadium is likely to take place in November in the early rounds of the 2016/17 season. Canberrans have demonstrated an appetite for elite sports in recent years, including football. There were strong crowds at Canberra Stadium for the Asian Cup matches [...]

Police welcome 20 new officers to ranks

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing has welcomed 20 new officers to its ranks following an attestation ceremony at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Barton on Friday. In the first attestation for this year, 18 men and two women were officially sworn in as constables in front of family and friends. The new officers range in age from 23 to [...]

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