A+ A A-
AUSTRALIA | ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA


ozaccess Australian Capital Territory News

The latest Australian Capital Territory News articles for residents and businesses of the ACT and Australia from National and International resources.

 
 

Why NSW had most marginal Yes vote of any state - NEWS.com.au

ONE statistic that has surprised many Australians in the same-sex marriage vote is that New South Wales had the most marginal Yes vote of any state.

Just 57.8 per cent (2,374,362 people) voted Yes, with a significant 42.2 per cent (1,736,838 people) voting No.

Every other state was above 60 per cent Yes, with the Australian Capital Territory top at 74 per cent, and Victoria close behind, on 64.9 per cent.

The ACT has a small voting population, with 175,459 ticking Yes and 61,520 No, but you might have expected NSW and Victoria to be comparably progressive.

In fact, NSW’s metropolitan electorates were some of the highest Yes voting seats in the country, with Sydney tying with Melbourne for the nation’s most strongly in favour, at 83.7 per cent.

Even rural seats in western NSW were relatively strongly skewed to Yes.

It was seats in south-west Sydney, many of which have large...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Why NSW had most marginal Yes vote of any state - NEWS.com.au

Greyhound racing ban passes ACT parliament despite last ditch bid ... - The Canberra Times

The ACT will be the first Australian jurisdiction to ban greyhound racing, despite a last minute bid to delay the ban.

As expected, two bills that will both dismantle the local industry and make the sport illegal passed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Unions, greyhound owners and greyhound liberationists all protest in Canberra's Garema Place and outside the Legislative ... Unions, greyhound owners and greyhound liberationists all protest in Canberra's Garema Place and outside the Legislative Assembly on Monday. Photo: Karleen Minney

The Canberra Liberals made a last-ditch attempt to derail debate by referring the ban to a committee for scrutiny next year.

Manager of Opposition business Andrew Wall said Mr Ramsay's "ultra-conservative" approach to sub judice meant he had failed to answer key questions about the legislation.

The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club had launched two streams of court action against the government, leading Mr Ramsay to clam up when asked about the ban in the Assembly and...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Greyhound racing ban passes ACT parliament despite last ditch bid ... - The Canberra Times

'Boiling point': Catholic school teachers strike in NSW and the ACT - 9news.com.au

Thousands of Catholic school teachers and support staff from about 350 schools across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory stopped work for today in the latest round of industrial action.

Staff are at "boiling point" after their Catholic employers put an enterprise agreement to a vote without gaining union endorsement, Independent Education Union NSW & ACT branch secretary John Quessy says.

Rallies wereheld in Sydney, Canberra, Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bathurst, Lismore, Wollongong, Armidale, Newcastle and the Central Coast today with teachers stopping working for four hours from 8.30am.

"This has never been done before in Australian history. Catholic employers are coming for our members' rights and they will not tolerate that. We are urging a 'no' vote," Mr Quessy said.

"It is clear they want absolute power over their employees and the members are standing...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: 'Boiling point': Catholic school teachers strike in NSW and the ACT - 9news.com.au

Australian retail sales rebound | Business Insider - Business Insider Australia

Australian retail sales rose strongly in October, recovering after a soft patch in the September quarter.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), sales rose by 0.5% to $26.05 billion in seasonally adjusted terms, topping expectations for an increase of 0.3%.

September’s retail sales result, originally reported as flat, was also revised higher to show an increase of 0.1%.

The monthly increase was the largest in percentage terms since May and saw annual growth rebound to 1.8% from 1.5% in September.

Still, as seen in the chart below, the trend in annual sales growth remains lower, and well off the highs seen in previous years.

“In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises across all industries led by cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services [which increased by 1.7%],” said Ben James, Director of the Quarterly Economy Wide Survey.

“There were also rises for food...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Australian retail sales rebound | Business Insider - Business Insider Australia

Australian retail sales rebound | Business Insider - Business Insider Australia

Australian retail sales rose strongly in October, recovering after a soft patch in the September quarter.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), sales rose by 0.5% to $26.05 billion in seasonally adjusted terms, topping expectations for an increase of 0.3%.

September’s retail sales result, originally reported as flat, was also revised higher to show an increase of 0.1%.

The monthly increase was the largest in percentage terms since May and saw annual growth rebound to 1.8% from 1.5% in September.

Still, as seen in the chart below, the trend in annual sales growth remains lower, and well off the highs seen in previous years.

“In seasonally adjusted terms, there were rises across all industries led by cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services [which increased by 1.7%],” said Ben James, Director of the Quarterly Economy Wide Survey.

“There were also rises for food...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Australian retail sales rebound | Business Insider - Business Insider Australia

ACT's property market records stellar November turnout - YourMortgage.com.au

By Gerv Tacadena

Canberra has seen strong auction turnout in the month of November.

November has been the biggest real estate month for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)'s property market, as it recorded the highest monthly auction volume of the year.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that there were 509 auctions in the Canberra region in November, 62% higher than the 314 held in October.

While the November clearance rate was lower than the preceding month's 65.9%, data scientist Nicola Powell said this was due to the higher volume of auctions.

Also Read: Sydney has become the bane of Australia's property market

"We had such a high level of scheduled auctions that it impacted the overall clearance rate, but even though they have been lower than previous months they are still tracking rather robustly," Powell noted, stressing that the high auction turnout was the result of the capital city's strong market – a notion underscored...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: ACT's property market records stellar November turnout - YourMortgage.com.au

ACT's property market records stellar November turnout - YourMortgage.com.au

By Gerv Tacadena

Canberra has seen strong auction turnout in the month of November.

November has been the biggest real estate month for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)'s property market, as it recorded the highest monthly auction volume of the year.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that there were 509 auctions in the Canberra region in November, 62% higher than the 314 held in October.

While the November clearance rate was lower than the preceding month's 65.9%, data scientist Nicola Powell said this was due to the higher volume of auctions.

Also Read: Sydney has become the bane of Australia's property market

"We had such a high level of scheduled auctions that it impacted the overall clearance rate, but even though they have been lower than previous months they are still tracking rather robustly," Powell noted, stressing that the high auction turnout was the result of the capital city's strong market – a notion underscored...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: ACT's property market records stellar November turnout - YourMortgage.com.au

International study shows many Australian children are still struggling with reading - The Conversation AU

The results of an international study into the reading skills of Year 4 students offer reason for optimism for Australian children.

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) shows that, on average, reading achievement among the Australian children surveyed improved significantly between 2011 and 2016. This is excellent news.

However, there is still cause for concern about Australia’s literacy standards, with the PIRLS study showing that a substantial minority of Year 4 children continue to struggle with reading.

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study

The study has been running internationally every five years since 2001. In 2016, it encompassed 50 countries. Australia has participated twice – in 2011 and 2016.

In 2016, 6,341 Year 4 students from 286 Australian primary schools took part.

The study focuses on two reading abilities – reading for...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: International study shows many Australian children are still struggling with reading - The...

International study shows many Australian children are still struggling with reading - The Conversation AU

The results of an international study into the reading skills of Year 4 students offer reason for optimism for Australian children.

The latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) shows that, on average, reading achievement among the Australian children surveyed improved significantly between 2011 and 2016. This is excellent news.

However, there is still cause for concern about Australia’s literacy standards, with the PIRLS study showing that a substantial minority of Year 4 children continue to struggle with reading.

The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study

The study has been running internationally every five years since 2001. In 2016, it encompassed 50 countries. Australia has participated twice – in 2011 and 2016.

In 2016, 6,341 Year 4 students from 286 Australian primary schools took part.

The study focuses on two reading abilities – reading for...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: International study shows many Australian children are still struggling with reading - The...

Webber inducted into Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame - Speedcafe

Mark Webber with his Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame medallion

Mark Webber will be inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame presented by Speedcafe.com during next year’s Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Webber is the first of two ‘advance’ inductees for 2018 and will be the 52nd person to be honoured in total.

He will join fellow Formula 1 legends Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, and stars of other disciplines such as Mick Doohan and Peter Brock, in the Hall of Fame.

“For me to join the list of other inductees is very, very special,” said Webber.

“Obviously the list includes a lot of heroes of mine.

“I got lucky. I managed to get myself over there (Europe) and got a pretty good go at it.

“I had some pretty good people around me and everyone that has success has that story.

“It is great to be recognised for your efforts, clearly.

“99 percent of my racing was done...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Webber inducted into Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame - Speedcafe

Webber inducted into Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame - Speedcafe

Mark Webber with his Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame medallion

Mark Webber will be inducted into the Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame presented by Speedcafe.com during next year’s Australian Grand Prix weekend.

Webber is the first of two ‘advance’ inductees for 2018 and will be the 52nd person to be honoured in total.

He will join fellow Formula 1 legends Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, and stars of other disciplines such as Mick Doohan and Peter Brock, in the Hall of Fame.

“For me to join the list of other inductees is very, very special,” said Webber.

“Obviously the list includes a lot of heroes of mine.

“I got lucky. I managed to get myself over there (Europe) and got a pretty good go at it.

“I had some pretty good people around me and everyone that has success has that story.

“It is great to be recognised for your efforts, clearly.

“99 percent of my racing was done...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Webber inducted into Australian Motor Sport Hall of Fame - Speedcafe

Australian Prime Minister rushes gay marriage into law - The Hindu

Australia’s Prime Minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled to Government House where Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed the bill into law on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia’s constitutional head of state.

Mr. Cosgrove’s signature makes gay marriage legal in Australia from Saturday, when same-sex couples who wed overseas will be recognized as married under Australian law. Couples who intend to marry must give a calendar-month notice, making gay weddings legal on January 9, Mr. Turnbull said.

Neville Wills, 98, plans to marry his partner of 39 years, Ian Fenwicke, 74, next month.

Some practical reasons to marry become pressing with age. Relatives have...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Australian Prime Minister rushes gay marriage into law - The Hindu

Sushi chain accused of underpaying Canberra migrant workers by $18k - The Canberra Times

Legal action has been launched against the owner of a chain of Australian sushi outlets for allegedly exploiting overseas workers in Canberra.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says Sushi Bay Belconnen, owned by Rebecca Yi Jeong Shin, underpaid 22 workers a total of $18,671 over five months between November 2015 and March 2016.

Sushi Bay Belconnen has been accused of underpaying staff more than $18,000 over one year. Sushi Bay Belconnen has been accused of underpaying staff more than $18,000 over one year. Photo: Facebook//sushibayBL

Most of the allegedly underpaid staff were Korean nationals in Australia on working holiday or student visas, and four were still teens, aged between 17 and 19.

Ms Shin also owns and operates sushi outlets across NSW, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.

Inspectors auditing the chain last year visited more than 40 Australian restaurants to check workers were being paid correctly, and allegedly found pay rates at Sushi Bay Belconnen did not comply...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Sushi chain accused of underpaying Canberra migrant workers by $18k - The Canberra Times

Australian Prime Minister rushes gay marriage into law - The Hindu

Australia’s Prime Minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull travelled to Government House where Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed the bill into law on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia’s constitutional head of state.

Mr. Cosgrove’s signature makes gay marriage legal in Australia from Saturday, when same-sex couples who wed overseas will be recognized as married under Australian law. Couples who intend to marry must give a calendar-month notice, making gay weddings legal on January 9, Mr. Turnbull said.

Neville Wills, 98, plans to marry his partner of 39 years, Ian Fenwicke, 74, next month.

Some practical reasons to marry become pressing with age. Relatives have...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Australian Prime Minister rushes gay marriage into law - The Hindu

Canberra is getting rainbow number plates to celebrate marriage equality - The Canberra Times

Canberrans who want to show their support for marriage equality can now do so in a novel way - rainbow number plates.

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the ACT government has announced it will bring into circulation number plates with a rainbow band instead of the traditional slogan.

Gordan Ramsay annoucing the new rainbow number plates. Gordan Ramsay annoucing the new rainbow number plates.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

The colourful plates will cost a one-off fee of $60 and regulatory services minster Gordon Ramsay said he expected demand for them to be high.

The fee covers the cost of production of the plate, and unlike the rainbow buses and roundabout, Mr Ramsay said there would be no extra cost to the ACT taxpayer.

"The government has been supportive all the way through of people's rights," Mr Ramsay said.

"We're the most welcoming and inclusive city and I want to make sure we continue to be able affirm that and...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Canberra is getting rainbow number plates to celebrate marriage equality - The Canberra Times

Sushi chain accused of underpaying Canberra migrant workers by $18k - The Canberra Times

Legal action has been launched against the owner of a chain of Australian sushi outlets for allegedly exploiting overseas workers in Canberra.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says Sushi Bay Belconnen, owned by Rebecca Yi Jeong Shin, underpaid 22 workers a total of $18,671 over five months between November 2015 and March 2016.

Sushi Bay Belconnen has been accused of underpaying staff more than $18,000 over one year. Sushi Bay Belconnen has been accused of underpaying staff more than $18,000 over one year. Photo: Facebook//sushibayBL

Most of the allegedly underpaid staff were Korean nationals in Australia on working holiday or student visas, and four were still teens, aged between 17 and 19.

Ms Shin also owns and operates sushi outlets across NSW, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.

Inspectors auditing the chain last year visited more than 40 Australian restaurants to check workers were being paid correctly, and allegedly found pay rates at Sushi Bay Belconnen did not comply...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Sushi chain accused of underpaying Canberra migrant workers by $18k - The Canberra Times

Sushi chain accused of underpaying Canberra migrant workers by $18k - The Canberra Times

Legal action has been launched against the owner of a chain of Australian sushi outlets for allegedly exploiting overseas workers in Canberra.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says Sushi Bay Belconnen, owned by Rebecca Yi Jeong Shin, underpaid 22 workers a total of $18,671 over five months between November 2015 and March 2016.

Sushi Bay Belconnen has been accused of underpaying staff more than $18,000 over one year. Sushi Bay Belconnen has been accused of underpaying staff more than $18,000 over one year. Photo: Facebook//sushibayBL

Most of the allegedly underpaid staff were Korean nationals in Australia on working holiday or student visas, and four were still teens, aged between 17 and 19.

Ms Shin also owns and operates sushi outlets across NSW, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.

Inspectors auditing the chain last year visited more than 40 Australian restaurants to check workers were being paid correctly, and allegedly found pay rates at Sushi Bay Belconnen did not comply...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Sushi chain accused of underpaying Canberra migrant workers by $18k - The Canberra Times

Canberra is getting rainbow number plates to celebrate marriage equality - The Canberra Times

Canberrans who want to show their support for marriage equality can now do so in a novel way - rainbow number plates.

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the ACT government has announced it will bring into circulation number plates with a rainbow band instead of the traditional slogan.

Gordan Ramsay annoucing the new rainbow number plates. Gordan Ramsay annoucing the new rainbow number plates.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

The colourful plates will cost a one-off fee of $60 and regulatory services minster Gordon Ramsay said he expected demand for them to be high.

The fee covers the cost of production of the plate, and unlike the rainbow buses and roundabout, Mr Ramsay said there would be no extra cost to the ACT taxpayer.

"The government has been supportive all the way through of people's rights," Mr Ramsay said.

"We're the most welcoming and inclusive city and I want to make sure we continue to be able affirm that and...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Canberra is getting rainbow number plates to celebrate marriage equality - The Canberra Times

Canberra is getting rainbow number plates to celebrate marriage equality - The Canberra Times

Canberrans who want to show their support for marriage equality can now do so in a novel way - rainbow number plates.

Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the ACT government has announced it will bring into circulation number plates with a rainbow band instead of the traditional slogan.

Gordan Ramsay annoucing the new rainbow number plates. Gordan Ramsay annoucing the new rainbow number plates.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

The colourful plates will cost a one-off fee of $60 and regulatory services minster Gordon Ramsay said he expected demand for them to be high.

The fee covers the cost of production of the plate, and unlike the rainbow buses and roundabout, Mr Ramsay said there would be no extra cost to the ACT taxpayer.

"The government has been supportive all the way through of people's rights," Mr Ramsay said.

"We're the most welcoming and inclusive city and I want to make sure we continue to be able affirm that and...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Canberra is getting rainbow number plates to celebrate marriage equality - The Canberra Times

Canberra murder accused pleads not guilty over Eden Waugh shooting death - The Canberra Times

A man who was a sentenced prisoner in NSW has pleaded not guilty to murdering Canberra man Eden Waugh last November. 

Mr Waugh, 37, was found dead with a single gunshot wound to his chest when police were called to his Watson home shortly before 8pm on November 3 in 2016.

Eden Waugh with his parents Elaine and David, who were in court when their son's alleged killer pleaded not guilty. Eden Waugh with his parents Elaine and David, who were in court when their son's alleged killer pleaded not guilty. Photo: Supplied

ACT Policing said in statement on Thursday a man accused of his killing had been arrested in NSW and transported to the territory.

Tavake Lee Pikula, 31, was charged with murder and trespass with an intent to cause harm when he faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday.

The court heard the alleged trespass offence was in the company of another man, Jason Pikula-Carroll, 21. He has not been charged. 

When Magistrate Robert Cook asked if he understood each of the charges, Mr Pikula...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Canberra murder accused pleads not guilty over Eden Waugh shooting death - The Canberra Times

WhatsOn Canberra

Weather Canberra

Currently rising 38.1° Friday
Wind: SE at 22 km/h, gusting to 30 km/h falling
Relative humidity: 10%
Saturday Mostly sunny 16° - 38°

 

domainregistration

  1. Hot Video's
  2. HOT DVD's
Certified Fresh Pick of the Week
FRESH: 84% 84% The Conjuring
Extremely well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up the dread with a series of smartly delivered, terribly effective old-school scares.
Certified Fresh Pick of the Week
FRESH: 77% 77% 42
42 is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, though it might be a little too safe and old-fashioned for some.

Oz Slang

Sandgroper
a person from Western Australia (a very sandy state)

Marge

(drinking a Long Island Iced Tea) I'd like to visit that Long Island Place, if only it were real.

Groucho Marx

I didn't like the play, but then I saw it under adverse conditions - the curtain was up.

Sign In or Create Account