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Libs would spend $395m on new hospital building

If elected in October, the Canberra Liberals would spend $395 million on a new building at the Canberra Hospital and provide an extra $8 million for nurses, doctors and other staff who would work there. Opposition Leader and Health spokesman Jeremy Hanson told the Legislative Assembly today that the Liberals would revive Labor’s pre-2012 election promise [...]

Hackers to blame for Census chaos, ABS says

A malicious attack by foreign hackers is to blame for the Census chaos overnight, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ chief statistician. David Kalisch told ABC radio this morning that the ABS believe the attack came from overseas and was clearly malicious. He said the site was struck down by four DOS (denial of service) attacks [...]

2016 ACT Election votes on offer

There has been a recurring conversation of late around how to vote. It was very evident during the Federal elections and has continued here in Canberra as we head towards the 15th October elections for the next ACT Government. So many voters who have traditionally voted in a certain way now are having second thoughts on what [...]

WANTED: Mixed netball players

We are a social netball team that plays the Wednesday night mixed netball comp at Kaleen Indoor Sports Club. We are looking for more players (girls or boys) to join our team. If you like getting fit, having fun, or just want to meet new people then this is the team for you Please [...]

Ask Riotact: Can you wear headphones while driving in the ACT?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Tried to research this online but it isn’t clear if it’s directly not allowed or down to an officers discretion whether it is causing a distraction. Can anyone point to something definitive on this for the ACT specifically?

Author furious about Libs’ anti-tram ‘scare site’

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra author Jack Heath has taken to Facebook to warn fellow light rail supporters after registering with a website,, which features pictures of trams and invites visitors to have their say on light rail but turns out to be part of the Canberra Liberals’ anti-light rail campaign. “I am FURIOUS,” Mr Heath wrote on Facebook [...]

Queensland Places – Thursday Island – Federal Hotel Visitors’ Book

The Federal Hotel, as with Thursday Island’s other hotels, was a well-known and popular destination for both residents and visitors alike.  The State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Library holds an early Federal Hotel visitors’ book which records the hotel’s visitors as well as their thoughts about the hotel as well as Thursday Island and... Read more

Can larger Assembly achieve ‘what might have been’?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The comments of our newest MLA, Val Jeffery, took me back to my 2004 valedictory speech of ‘what might have been’. Like Val, I believe self-government, for which I was a passionate advocate, has been a disappointment.  It is not often a new democratic parliament is created.  Too often the expectations of a country or state’s [...]

Bundah Blues Band hosts August Jam

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 21 August 2016 at 2:00 pm; 21 August 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Once again long time CBS member & music teacher, John Black has ably pulled together a group of fine young year 11 & 12 music students from Narrabundah College to show us their skills as they host our August Youth jam with some great blues tunes. The line-up is Phoebe (vocals), Layla (vocals) Hope (vocals), Riley [...]

Manuka Oval, they like you just the way you are

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Do you remember that scene in Bridget Jones’ Diary when Mark Darcy told Bridget he liked her just the way she was? Isn’t it possible, highly likely even, that Cricket Australia feels exactly the same way about Manuka Oval? One of the strongest arguments for redeveloping the Oval precinct was that its sporting facilities need [...]

Woman dies after tree falls on tractor near Batemans Bay

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A 60-year-old woman died at a rural property near Batemans Bay yesterday after a tree fell on the tractor she was operating. Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the woman’s death. Emergency services were called to the scene near Benandarah, north of Bateman’s Bay, at about 11.45am yesterday after receiving reports a woman was [...]

Driver allegedly clocked at 215km/h near Mittagong

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A man has been arrested after a vehicle was allegedly detected travelling at 215km/hour in the Mittagong area. About 6am today, police were conducting traffic enforcement duties on the Hume Highway when it’s alleged they detected a vehicle travelling speeds reaching 215km/h in a 110km/h zone. The vehicle was pulled over and police spoke with the 30-year-old [...]

FASHFEST puts filmmakers up in lights

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

FASHFEST organisers have selected six emerging filmmakers from the Canberra region to create an original short film each for this year’s catwalk extravaganza. The filmmakers will create films across a range of genres—sci-fi, thriller...Show More Summary

Geoscience Australia 2016 Open Day – Sunday 21 August

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 21 August 2016 at 10:00 am; ] Geoscience Australia’s 2016 annual Open Day offers diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays, talks and fun for all ages! Come along and learn about the exciting and important workShow More Summary

FASHFEST takes Canberra’s musicians to new heights

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s favourite fashion event, FASHFEST, is drawing ever closer, with opening night less than 60 sleeps away. But it’s not just our fashion talent that will be on show; the capital’s best musical maestros are also gearing up for a stellar performance. The 2016 musical lineup will boast: • More musicians than ever — 25 in total, [...]

Sport, drugs and rock and roll

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

How about those Russians thinking they can hoodwink the anti-doping authorities in the lead-up to the Olympic Games? How many undetected athletes are there who are ingesting performance enhancing drugs? Hey, wait a minute! What about all the other performance enhancing aids that are there at the Games? Or in sports generally? As I have been led to [...]

This Month in Port Phillip: July 1841

Oh dear, all my good intentions of writing a weekly report have all turned to dust! I think I’ll just do a quick skate through July 1841 and then take up again in August 1841. So what did happen in … Continue reading ?

Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake, Sydney

There's no shopping bag more de rigeur right now than the red and white carry bag from Uncle Tetsu's. Forget your fancy designer labels. The hottest accessory in Sydney will set you back just $18. This Japanese cheesecake shop has been inundated with queues as soon as it opened. Show More Summary

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for cavity wall insulation in Canberra?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We are looking into cavity wall insulation and also improving the ceiling insulation in our home. Our place was built in 1979, and we have loose fill insulation. Do you know anyone who does cavity wall insulation and also replace the loose fill insulation? Anyone have any recommendations? Does anyone know what R value we should use? Thanks in [...]

Kev a perfect captain for this ship of fools

IN hindsight, Kevin Rudd would have made the perfect gift to the UN, the global monument to slothful bureaucracy, political correctness and special interests.

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