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Car collides with pedestrian, 15, on Isabella Drive

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A 15-year-old pedestrian was taken to hospital in a stable condition after a car collided with him on Isabella Drive at around 10.30am this morning. The boy was stabilised at the scene by intensive care paramedics and transported to The Canberra Hospital. ACT Policing received a call at 10.37am and the ACT Ambulance Service attended […]

Rio 2016: The best Olympics ever!

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I reckon that Rio 2016 has been ‘the best Olympics ever’! Former IOC boss Juan Antonio Samaranch used this line at the end of every Olympiad (except Atlanta 1996). He was forever building up expectations about the Games. For me, however, Rio stands out as a triumph of lowered expectations. This does not apply to […]

NSW population study of medicinal cannabis challenges the official program

Further to my previous post, which questioned the approach to medicinal cannabis research being taken by the Mike Baird government, the ABC reported today on a Sydney University study in which parents of epileptic children who are being...Show More Summary

NSW Premier’s History Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for the NSW Premier’s History Awards have been announced. Australian History Prize (on Australian history, addressing subjects of national significance) The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia – Frank Bongiorno. (see my review here) Just Relations: The Story … Continue reading ?

Canberra students at 5 schools target of porn ring

Girls at five Canberra schools – Canberra College, Gungahlin College, Radford, St Clare’s and St Mary Mackillop’s College – are reportedly among those who have appeared on an online porn sharing site where men and teenaged boys swap graphic sexual images of young women who live in particular geographic areas or attend specific schools. According […]

Queensland Places – Torres Strait – Wreck of the Conqueror

The vessel Conqueror was a wooden, three masted barque weighing around 340 tons, which was mainly engaged in the transport of cargoes of various kinds between Australian ports and various locations to the north and elsewhere, becoming well known along these shipping routes.  In July 1866, the Conqueror sailed from Adelaide, calling at Newcastle for... Read more

Canberra does have a soul, Mr Katter

Earlier this week maverick Federal politician Bob Katter gave Canberra a serve, describing it as “unfriendly” and “soulless”, just as a couple of dozen brand new MPs were about to arrive for the first time in the city they’ll now call home for a third of the year. Mr Katter told a Fairfax journalist that he finds […]

Ask RiotACT: Looking for banksia

Hi, I am a teacher in the ACT and am putting together a small display on May Gibbs. I am looking for a couple of banksia flowers to make banksia men. Does anyone know where I might be able to find some locally? Thanking you in anticipation.

Cooleman Court, Dickson & planning

There’s been a lot said, and still to be said, about the future of the Dickson shopping centre – or as it is officially called, the Dickson Group Centre. Many of Canberra’s group centres have been going through a similar process whereby the Government undertakes a master plan for the centre and surrounding areas – usually […]

Not trash but treasure! Giving voice to political ephemera

Guest blogger, Lorann Downer, John Oxley Library Fellow for 2016. A hot pink t shirt from Anna Bligh’s successful 2009 bid to be the first woman elected as Premier and a slightly worn poster from Peter Beattie’s emphatic election win in 2001 – these are the favourites from my personal collection of Queensland political ephemera.... Read more

Double standard on business bail-outs

I was saddened by the closure of Canberra’s Smoque restaurant which saw 25 staff and numerous suppliers probably out-of-pocket – rarely do such people receive anything like dollar for dollar owed. Then I read of a Federal government financial bailout of South Australia’s Arrium steelworks to save the jobs of several thousand workers and suppliers. […]

NSW is legalising medical cannabis - so why is it devolving into a Big Pharma spinfest?

Something very strange is happening in NSW. To the surprise of many, Liberal Premier Mike Baird last year announced he would legalise medical cannabis. He cited the plight of Lucy Haslam from Tamworth whose son had an incurable fatal condition and who received palliation from cannabis oil where normal treatments had failed. Show More Summary

‘Massive’ welcome signs to sell our city

Coffs Harbour has the Big Banana, Goulburn has the Big Merino, and now Canberra has the Whopping Great Big Welcome Signs. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was on site on Pialligo Avenue in his capacity as Minister for Tourism this afternoon to officially launch the first pair of eight major new gateway signs coming online […]

Three men fined over Namadgi pig hunt

Three men who were caught in late June pig-hunting with dogs in a four-wheel-drive and escorted from Namadgi National Park by rangers have been fined more than $5400. A joint investigation byy ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol and the ACT Parks & Conservation Service into the actions of the three men has led to the identification […]

Ask RiotACT: Auction sites for vintage/excess items – not Auction Barn

Can anyone suggest auction sites/local businesses or other methods to sell numerous household/collector items in excess as we are moving? Give to charity and use Gumtree, E-Bay etc are options but as we have lots and we wish to get a reasonable return, without the hassle and costs. We’d prefer not to use the “Auction […]

Enjoy an evening of edu-tainment

The University of Canberra 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Final An 80,000 word research project would take nine hours to present. Their time limit... three minutes! Come along to UC and see a snapshot of the amazing research projects that are being conducted on the campus by higher degree research students. They […]

Cheap trick on Tuggeranong

I received a flyer in Thursday’s mail ‘Our Canberra (Tuggeranong Edition)’ from the ACT Government. I was interested in the article titled ‘Design for a Revitalised Tuggeranong Town Centre’, as the failed Tuggeranong retail/commercial precinct continues to weigh our region down. The flyer says “People will have the opportunity to provide feedback on walking and […]

Census debacle – drastic consequence

A cursory look at the fallout from last Tuesday’s #censusfail and at the issues confronting the ABS will point to some pretty scary consequences for this country. We all know that the conservative governments have this commitment to privatisation in their DNA even though many will tell them that they should tread carefully. Privatisation is […]

Railside Estate, Fairfield, 1914 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1914 advertises 28 allotments of land for sale at the Railside Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Fairfield. The allotments for sale were situated along Sunbeam... Read more

White Taro, Surry Hills

Angie Hong is in the kitchen. The food is coming out thick and fast. If you've always lusted over the Instagram pics that are #mondayhongdinners, this is a dream come true. It's all part of the new dinner service at White Taro commencing quietly last week. Show More Summary

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