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.

 
 

ACT Seniors urged to stay warm despite power price hikes - Talking Aged Care

Last week, the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission announced that households could expect a nearly 20 percent increase in electricity prices after July 1, pushing average electricity bills up by $333 a year and natural gas bills up by $247 a year.

This came only one day after it was revealed in the 2017 ACT budget that rates would be increasing by up to 33 percent in some cases, with the average increase sitting at 7 percent.

National Senior’s ACT Policy Advisory Group member Dr Bill Donovan says the soaring prices will hit the elderly the hardest, as many are pensioners or on a fixed income.

“These power increases, which come at the coldest time of the year when older people rely on heating to keep their homes liveable, will make it hard for many of them to make ends meet,” says Dr Donovan.

“Even the main energy supplier, ActewAGL, has acknowledged that looming...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: ACT Seniors urged to stay warm despite power price hikes - Talking Aged Care

National murder rate falls to record low - The West Australian

Australia's murder rate has dropped to an all time low with one victim per 100,000 people.Australia's murder rate has dropped to an all time low with one victim per 100,000 people.

Australia's murder rate has hit an all-time record low.

The latest report of the National Homicide Monitoring Program reveals there were 238 homicide incidents in Australia in 2013-14 compared to 307 deaths in 1989-90.

That findings brings the national rate down to one victim per 100,000 people - the lowest since the program started in 1989.

The report, by the Australian Institute of Criminology, shows knives were the most common murder weapons, responsible for 86 deaths while beatings accounting for 37 deaths.

Guns killed 32 people, marking a 63 per cent decline since 1989-90.

The Northern Territory has the highest homicide incident rate in Australia, with 6.5 incidents per 100,000 persons while the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest rate at 0.3 incidents per 100,000 persons in...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: National murder rate falls to record low - The West Australian

Electricity hikes spark $8bn boom in renewables - The Australian

Wholesale prices had been hit by a lack of energy and greenhouse certainty

Soaring electricity prices and a settled renewable energy target have attracted a record investment of $7.8 billion in new solar and wind projects as local and international firms rush to cash in and overcome years of under­investment.

But the spending boom has ­arrived too late for business and household electricity users on the east coast, with prices in NSW, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia set to rise as much as 20 per cent a year from July.

Ahead of federal cabinet considering the recommendations of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel to guide new investment, companies have committed to, or are in the process of, developing new generation capacity able to take advantage of the high prices and increased market share that will come with the closure of coal-fired power.

Clean Energy Council...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Electricity hikes spark $8bn boom in renewables - The Australian

Senate Votes To Keep The GST On Tampons And Sanitary Pads - Huffington Post Australia

CANBERRA -- The federal Senate has voted down a proposal to remove the GST from female sanitary products, a tax which does not apply to condoms or lubricant.

The Liberals and Labor just voted down a Greens amendment to axe the tampon tax. What a bloody disgrace. pic.twitter.com/FZRVo6Uy8X

— Larissa Waters (@larissawaters) June 19, 2017

The Greens had put up an amendment to the government's Treasury Laws Amendment (GST Low Value Goods) Bill 2017, which set out to add the 10 percent Goods and Services Tax to imported items below $1000 in value. Currently, if a consumer purchases goods from overseas -- for instance, clothing from an online retailed like Asos -- GST does not apply, with the government's bill looking to close that loophole.

Greens senator Larissa Waters proposed an amendment to the bill, which would have also removed the GST from items like tampons, sanitary pads and...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Senate Votes To Keep The GST On Tampons And Sanitary Pads - Huffington Post Australia

Iceberg twice the size of ACT about to break off Antarctica - Gatton Star

IN the coming weeks, a lump of ice more than twice the size of the Australian Capital Territory is expected to break off from Antarctica.

At around 5000sq km, it will be the third-largest iceberg ever recorded and could accelerate the demise of a massive ice shelf that, if it were to also disintegrate in years to come, could lift sea levels around the world by up to 10cm.

A fissure in the Larsen C ice shelf in west Antarctica, the sliver of the continent which points toward South America, has been developing since 2010.

It is now 200km long and up to 5km wide in some parts. It has crept west, in fits and spurts, over the past seven years, but in the past few weeks, events have taken a dramatic turn.

In late May, the cleaving suddenly accelerated with 17km of ice cracking apart in just six days.

According to reports from 31 May 2017, a 2,000-square-miles piece from the Larsen C section could soon break off as the crack has significantly grown in the last week of May 2017.According to reports from 31 May 2017, a 2,000-square-miles piece from the Larsen C...

Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Iceberg twice the size of ACT about to break off Antarctica - Gatton Star

Flight Centre Turner Report 2017: Australians who travel the most ... - Traveller

Indonesia is one of the most popular destinations for Australians. Indonesia is one of the most popular destinations for Australians. Photo: Getty Images

The Australian suburb with the most well-travelled residents has been revealed in a new report.

According to new data from Flight Centre, residents from the affluent suburb of North Sydney – postcode 2060 – are the most travelled Australians in the country – they have the highest number of bookings and spend the most money while they're travelling.

The most popular destination for North Sydney residents is Britain, followed by stopover favourite Singapore and then Italy.

Other well-travelled postcodes include Werribee (3030) in Victoria, Brisbane City (4000), Caloundra in Queensland (4551), Rouse Hill in NSW (2155) and Wangara in WA (6065).

When it comes to states and territories, Northern Territorians are the most travelled residents of Australia.

According to the Flight Centre report, Northern...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Flight Centre Turner Report 2017: Australians who travel the most ... - Traveller

State of ACT Women - The RiotACT

Woman in the ACT

When we look at what is happening within the health of women in Canberra, it would be easy to take a quick look at the statistics for Canberra and misunderstand the complexity of what is really happening for individual women. The averages for Canberra, relative to the rest of Australia, are generally good – higher income and education levels, lower unemployment. But those averages can hide the diversity within our community. And if we treat the whole of our community on the assumption that they are “average”, we may be doing a disservice to the most vulnerable people.

It is well understood that socioeconomic factors impact on health. When you are on a low income, paying for healthcare, good food, participating in sports or exercise, and taking care of your mental wellbeing are harder. There may also be biological factors that cause differences in the health of men and women at a...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: State of ACT Women - The RiotACT

Canberra greyhound club livid with government's ban announcement - Australian Racing Greyhound.com

ACT greyhound racing

A CANBERRA greyhounds’ spokesperson has slammed the ACT government’s announcement that it will be passing legislation to ban the sport from June 30, 2018.

Kel Watts has labelled the announcement, made by Attorney General Gordon Ramsay, as “an absolute stitch up” and a “back room deal” between the ACT’s Chief Minister Andrew Barr and the Greens in order to stay in power.

Ramsay made the announcement on Friday morning which was accompanied by the release of the Greyhound Racing Industry Transition Options Analysis by Mary Durkin.

Watt said the industry had been totally blindsided on Friday morning.

“We did not know the report was being released and we had no idea about his announcement,” Watt said.

“The lack of respect the government has shown to people whose livelihoods rely on this industry is disgraceful.

“We have been ambushed.”

Friday’s announcement is the latest in a series of...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Canberra greyhound club livid with government's ban announcement - Australian Racing Greyhound.com

School starting age changes in Tasmania versus Australia - Tasmania Examiner

Find out how the proposed school starting age changes will affect your child.

Tasmanian children could be the youngest children in the nation to participate in school-based Kindergarten pre-school programs if the state government passes school starting age changes.

A comparison of early learning and school starting ages has been commissioned by the Australian Childcare Alliance, who oppose the changes, shows Tasmanian children could start in-school pre-school at 3.5 years old.

The proposed changes by the government hinge on the definition of pre-school, or Kindergarten, and the first year of formal school, also known as Prep. 

The current procedure for Tasmanian children is they start their first formal year of school, or Prep, at five years old. They have access to pre-school, or Kindergarten, the year before, at four years old.

Proposed changes by the state government would...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: School starting age changes in Tasmania versus Australia - Tasmania Examiner

Media Watch Dog: Waleed Aly declares mosque attack no 'perpetual irritant' - The Australian

What a stunning piece in today’s Sydney Morning Herald by Monash University academic and The Project presenter Waleed Aly. Oh yes, Dr Aly (for a doctor he has become – as MWD prophesised years ago) also presents some low-rating program on ABC Radio National.

Today’s Fairfax Media piece is headed “Don’t mince words on Finsbury Park”. The reference is to what appears to have been a terrorist attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque – this will be determined when authorities reach a conclusion on the mental health of the attacker. In his column, Waleed Aly rejects the idea that this was a “revenge” attack following recent Islamist attacks in London and Manchester. The central point of the column is this:

It’s true the far right doesn’t resemble anything quite like IS: a globally dispersed terrorist movement with a relatively slick propaganda machine. And it’s also true that Islamist...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: Media Watch Dog: Waleed Aly declares mosque attack no 'perpetual irritant' - The Australian

Tourism Research Australia reveals record interstate visitation to ACT - The Canberra Times

Canberra attracted more than two million visitors from interstate in a record-busting year that saw more than $1.5 billion injected into the ACT economy.

Tourism Research Australia's National Visitor Survey, released on Wednesday, revealed 2,501,000 people visited Canberra in the 12 months to March - an increase of 3 per cent on the previous year.

Owner of Georgie's Boutique B&B, Georgie Bailey. Owner of Georgie's Boutique B&B, Georgie Bailey. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The growth was driven by a 50.2 per cent increase in holiday-makers staying overnight in the capital. Canberra captured 1,981,000 overnight visitors in the year ending March 2017, compared to 1,319,000 for the year to March 2016.

Key interstate markets included Melbourne, which climbed a massive 73 per cent, regional New South Wales, which saw a a 46.4 per cent increase, and a 21.1 per cent rise in visitors from Sydney.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr welcomed the...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Tourism Research Australia reveals record interstate visitation to ACT - The Canberra Times

Gonski 2.0: Canberra non-government schools receive nearly $60 million transition funds - The Canberra Times

ACT non-government schools will receive a share in $57.9 million over four years to help them transition to the federal government's new education funding model.

The capital's Catholic schools face a funding freeze and almost half of independent schools a cut under the legislation, which passed the senate early Friday morning.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Photo: James Hall

Gonski 2.0 will scrap 27 deals with states, schools and systems in favour of a single needs-based model. Over-funded schools will reach the government's school resourcing standard within 10 years and under-funded schools within six.

The ACT's Catholic schools, which traditionally benefited from being funded to a socio-economic status score of 101 regardless of each school's actual ranking, have been particularly vocal in their opposition.

Current arrangements will continue for that sector for the next 12...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Gonski 2.0: Canberra non-government schools receive nearly $60 million transition funds - The...

ACT government to ban greyhound racing in Canberra by end of June 2018 - The Canberra Times

The ACT will become the first state or territory in Australia to ban greyhound racing despite no evidence of cruelty in the local industry.

Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay vowed to outlaw the sport by the end of June 2018, after an independent report by Mary Durkin found it was "impossible" to separate the ACT industry from the track record of Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW).

Greyhound racing is to be banned in the ACT. Greyhound racing is to be banned in the ACT. Photo: Melissa Adams

This was despite finding no evidence of live-baiting in the ACT and that only a fraction of dogs had been injured or euthanised at the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club's (CGRC) Narrabundah track.

It was also despite no formal research into the community's attitudes on greyhound racing, although the government claimed racing was "out of step" with Canberrans' expectations.

Mr Ramsay said the government had been given a "mandate" to end greyhound...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: ACT government to ban greyhound racing in Canberra by end of June 2018 - The Canberra Times

Canberra man helps police track his stolen car through phone in the vehicle - The Canberra Times

A Canberra man who had his vehicle stolen was able to tell police exactly where it was after tracking his mobile phone, which was still in the car.

The man had left his car keys in a jumper inside the gym about 8.30pm on Friday night. It was noted in police documents he recalled a "heavy set male" enter the gym directly behind him.

Later that evening when he went to return to his car, it was gone. However, he was able to track its location by pinging his mobile phone.

Court documents revealed David Michael Evans, 31, of Palmerston, allegedly followed the man into the gym at Anytime Fitness in Dickson about 8.30pm on Friday night.

Evans is charged with vehicle theft and stealing and possessing stolen goods.

Police were able to locate the stolen green Ford utility driving along College Street in Bruce later that night, but soon lost it again. It was then sighted in...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: Canberra man helps police track his stolen car through phone in the vehicle - The Canberra Times

ACT Brumbies prodigal son Laurie Fisher returns to Canberra as assistant coach - The Canberra Times

 ACT Brumbies prodigal son Laurie Fisher says he's blessed to ink a deal that will see him return to the club and work under his former apprentice Dan McKellar next season.

Fisher said he's thrilled the stars aligned for his return to the Brumbies after signing on as McKellar's forwards coach for next season.

ACT Brumbies prodigal son Laurie Fisher will return to Canberra next season as an assistant coach. ACT Brumbies prodigal son Laurie Fisher will return to Canberra next season as an assistant coach. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The man nicknamed 'the lord' began his career at the Brumbies at the turn of the century and has twice been the club's head coach, but returns as an assistant after a three-year stint in England.

"It's wonderful to be back, I started here professionally in 2000, to be able to get the opportunity to come back in 2017 and be part of an organisation that I've loved being at every time I've been here. I'm just blessed," Fisher said.

"It was always my preferred...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: ACT Brumbies prodigal son Laurie Fisher returns to Canberra as assistant coach - The Canberra Times

ATO makes record number of prosecutions in ACT this financial year - The Canberra Times

More than $600,000 has been reclaimed by the ATO from ACT residents charged with tax-related offences since last July, marking one of the busiest financial years for prosecutions.

Between July 2016 and the end of May this year, the ATO made 47 successful prosecutions, more than double the previous financial year.

The current financial year has had the most prosecutions in the ACT in the past five years. The current financial year has had the most prosecutions in the ACT in the past five years. Photo: Gabriele Charotte

The number of prosecutions against people in the ACT in the past year was the highest in five years.

Ten Canberra businesses were successfully charged in 2016-17, while the other 37 offences were against individuals.

More than $680,000 was reclaimed by the ATO from prosecutions made in the ACT. More than $680,000 was reclaimed by the ATO from prosecutions made in the ACT. Photo: Louie Douvis

Seven of the offences were prosecuted for fraud under the criminal code, with the tax office recouping more than $560,000 in reparations.

A...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: ATO makes record number of prosecutions in ACT this financial year - The Canberra Times

NSW deputy premier John Barilaro slams ACT government decision to ban greyhound racing - The Canberra Times

NSW deputy premier and member for Monaro John Barilaro has slammed the ACT government's decision to ban greyhound racing and would welcome the sport's relocation across the border.

In light of the ACT's announcement on Friday to ban greyhound racing in the territory by July 2018, Mr Barilaro backed it moving just eight kilometres away to Queanbeyan.

Sydney clubgoers treated for drug overdose

null
Video duration
01:49


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: NSW deputy premier John Barilaro slams ACT government decision to ban greyhound racing - The...
Tags: greyhound,ban,racing,times,canberra,decision,government,premier,deputy,john,barilaro,act,slams,nsw

ACT federal MPs charge taxpayers more than $700000 in expenses - The Canberra Times

The ACT's four federal politicians have billed taxpayers more than $700,000 in expenses between July and December last year, new figures show.

The report released by the Department of Finance this week on the expenditure of both current and former MPs revealed $732,327 was spent by ACT politicians in the second half of last year, an increase of almost $80,000 compared to the previous six months.

Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh had the highest expenses bill out of ACT's four federal MPs. Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh had the highest expenses bill out of ACT's four federal MPs. Photo: Rohan Thomson

In the first report to detail the expenses of MPs since last year's federal election, Fenner MP Andrew Leigh was the biggest spender out of ACT MPs, with more than $249,000 in expenses.

Liberal senator Zed Seselja was close behind with a bill to taxpayers of $227,000, while Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann lodged more than $167,000 and Labor senator Katy Gallagher had an expenses bill...


Read full article on News GN ACT Canberra


Read more: ACT federal MPs charge taxpayers more than $700000 in expenses - The Canberra Times
Tags: expenses,canberra,times,$700000,taxpayers,federal,mps,charge,act

ACT Seniors urged to stay warm despite power price hikes - Talking Aged Care

Last week, the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission announced that households could expect a nearly 20 percent increase in electricity prices after July 1, pushing average electricity bills up by $333 a year and natural gas bills up by $247 a year.

This came only one day after it was revealed in the 2017 ACT budget that rates would be increasing by up to 33 percent in some cases, with the average increase sitting at 7 percent.

National Senior’s ACT Policy Advisory Group member Dr Bill Donovan says the soaring prices will hit the elderly the hardest, as many are pensioners or on a fixed income.

“These power increases, which come at the coldest time of the year when older people rely on heating to keep their homes liveable, will make it hard for many of them to make ends meet,” says Dr Donovan.

“Even the main energy supplier, ActewAGL, has acknowledged that looming...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: ACT Seniors urged to stay warm despite power price hikes - Talking Aged Care
Tags: hikes,talking,aged,care,price,power,seniors,urged,stay,warm,act

National murder rate falls to record low - The West Australian

Australia's murder rate has dropped to an all time low with one victim per 100,000 people.Australia's murder rate has dropped to an all time low with one victim per 100,000 people.

Australia's murder rate has hit an all-time record low.

The latest report of the National Homicide Monitoring Program reveals there were 238 homicide incidents in Australia in 2013-14 compared to 307 deaths in 1989-90.

That findings brings the national rate down to one victim per 100,000 people - the lowest since the program started in 1989.

The report, by the Australian Institute of Criminology, shows knives were the most common murder weapons, responsible for 86 deaths while beatings accounting for 37 deaths.

Guns killed 32 people, marking a 63 per cent decline since 1989-90.

The Northern Territory has the highest homicide incident rate in Australia, with 6.5 incidents per 100,000 persons while the Australian Capital Territory recorded the lowest rate at 0.3 incidents per 100,000 persons in...


Read full article on News GN Australian Capital Territory


Read more: National murder rate falls to record low - The West Australian
Tags: west,australian,record,falls,murder,rate,national

WhatsOn Canberra

Weather Canberra

Mostly sunny
Currently rising 10.7° Sunday
- 11°
Wind: NW at 22 km/h, gusting to 26 km/h rising
Relative humidity: 50%
Monday Frost then sunny -2° - 12°

 

domainregistration

Cloud Australian Capital Territory

  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

Grouse
something is great, terrific

Apu

Yes! I am a citizen! Now which way to the welfare office? I'm kidding, I'm kidding, I work, I work.

Groucho Marx

A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.

Shop Online

Sign In or Create Account