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How these scouts are showing the rest of you up (by showing up)

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

“They can come down there and see where their taxes money is going to be spent, how their opinions are mattering, what the laws and bills will be … “So they can have an idea of what’s actually going on with their own parliament, instead of just reading in the news a report on what’s [...]

Social & Co set to shine on Tosolini’s site

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The team behind viral freakshake sensation Patissez are part of a group that will on Thursday open Social & Co, a bright and leafy restaurant/bar on the ex-Tosolini’s site at Baileys Corner … and last night RiotACT was invited in for an exclusive sneak peek. In the works since November 2015, Social & Co will serve [...]

NAPLAN results show room for improvement

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Education Minister Shane Rattenbury says the Government will examine areas in which Territory students’ latest NAPLAN results are weaker than expected to help it direct efforts in schools towards helpings students reach their full...Show More Summary

Blame the Griffins – really?

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

When about 250 citizens venture out on a cold night to hear about plans for the foreshores of West Basin one would expect that they would be taken seriously. At least one would hope so. You would expect anyone presenting to this Canberra gathering of like minds – with a huge range of expertise and experiences – that the [...]

Barcaldine fire, 1909

About 3.30am on August 10, 1909, a train cleaner saw flames coming from Joseph Dias’ store in Oak St in Barcaldine, between Emerald and Longreach in Central Queensland. Within minutes the fire quickly took hold and spread to an adjoining saddler’s shop. The alarm was quickly raised – “the train alarm whistle, scour whistle, and... Read more

the urge to destroy

Is street art over? I think there has been a decline in the diversity and quality of work created in the past couple of years compared to previously. The work of Tenet and Astrotwitch are prominent exceptions to this. In this example...Show More Summary

Jeffery slams rural, bushfire record of ACT Government in maiden speech

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Liberal Member for Brindabella Val Jeffery has used his maiden speech in the ACT Legislative Assembly to criticise it as a “circus” and slam the Government on its record on rural affairs and bushfire management. Mr Jeffery opened by saying that self-government had been “a disappointment” since its introduction 20 years ago. “Twenty odd years ago, we [...]

New MLA’s stint to be even shorter than expected

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The new Liberal Member for Brindabella Val Jeffery will make his maiden speech this morning in the ACT Legislative Assembly but is unlikely to be in attendance for the remaining six sitting days before the ACT election, having arranged for a pair with the Government. The pair arrangement means that one Government MLA will abstain from [...]

Spring 2016 public meeting: AGM and candidates forum

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 6 September 2016 at 4:30 pm; ] The next public meeting for the Ginninderra Falls Association will be at the Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St Cook on Tuesday 6 Sep from 4:30pm, for the AGM, then, from 5:15pm to 7:30pm, for a Candidates Forum. Candidates for the ACT and Yass Valley Council elections will be invited for a Q&A style panel [...]

Baggage check-through change poorly timed

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Interstate media advises Qantas shortly plans to change the way it through-checks baggage for overseas travel: a change which could profoundly affect its Canberra passengers. Hitherto if you were flying on one of the 15 member Oneworld Alliance airlines your heavy non-cabin luggage would be checked through from Canberra to your final destination. Effective September 1, if [...]

Hana Ju-Rin Japanese Restaurant, Crows Nest

The best seat in any Japanese restaurant is always at the counter. It's here that you'll score a complimentary dinner show of all the action in the kitchen. We're talking front row tickets to a performance that includes gleaming knives,...Show More Summary

ANU to seek all-rounders, boost women in leadership

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Nobel-Prize winning astrophysicist and ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt chose the university’s 70th birthday celebrations today to announce two operational changes that will send ripples through the higher education sector here and overseas: In the future half of all senior leadership roles at the university will be filled by women, and its students will be all-rounders, [...]

Gus’ Cafe could lose its name forever

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The owners of the building that Gus’ Cafe – the Canberra cultural icon – sits in, is owned by Certrane Pty Ltd. John Grimble, their principal, has reportedly opened the door to allowing potential new owners to change the name. This could forever assign the iconic name Gus’ (Cafe) to the dustbin of history, after [...]

No consolation for Cinque, but film marks arrival of major talent

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Film writer Andrew Lampe attended the Melbourne premiere of Joe Cinque’s Consolation on Saturday and penned this review exclusively for the RiotACT. The film, which was shot in Canberra in mid-2015, is based on Helen Garner’s award-winning narrative non-fiction book examining the 1997 killing in Dickson of engineer Joe Cinque by his ANU law student [...]

NT brutality fracturing the jigsaw of Australia

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

  Those images of kids being brutalised in the NT on Four Corners reflect the mindset of some of those entrusted with the care of juvenile offenders and those on remand. We closed the Quamby centre in Symonston for one very good reason. Juvenile offenders should not be treated in the same manner as adult offenders. Rehabilitation [...]

Graeme Davison on visions of the future

I mentioned the History of the Future exhibition at the Melbourne Town Hall. In the little booklet that accompanied the exhibition (which I had to email for, as they had run out), there is an essay written by the  curator … Continue reading ?

Ask RiotACT: Someone to install used evap aircon & ducted gas system

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hello. I have a 4 year old ducted gas heater system and an evaporative cooler that I need installing in the floor / roof. The units were removed from the other house due to an addition on the second floor. Has anyone ever had a second hand unit installed in their house? I am happy to do the ducting [...]

And so here we go again….Banyule Homestead

It’s Groundhog Day here in Heidelberg, with changes to Banyule Homestead in the air again.  You can read about it at

Why I quit TV

I know this won’t rate a mention in TV Week but my days on television are over. During the election campaign I received a phone call from a producer at the ABC’s The Drum program. She asked if I was willing to take the long drive into...Show More Summary

Missing heritage – The Canegrower Weekly from Mackay

There is nothing worse when searching through old Queensland newspapers and magazines to discover gaps in our collection; missing issues which for some reason were never acquired by State Library of Queensland. Sadly, in the case of The Canegrower...Show More Summary

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