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ACT Chief Minister blasts NBN rollout - ARNnet

The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Andrew Barr, has pitched in on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), suggesting that, in its current form, it will not meet the future needs of the territory.

In a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, which is carrying out an inquiry aimed at assessing the progress and effectiveness of the NBN rollout, Barr claimed the network’s rollout is not only slow and poorly targeted, but also attacked the government’s multi-technology mix (MTM) approach.

“The experience in the ACT shows that the current NBN rollout schedule is not best suited to meet the needs of our community,” Barr stated in his submission to the inquiry, dated 28 March.

“Significant areas of North Canberra already receiving NBN quality internet on the existing TransACT network are being prioritised and...


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Census reveals the 'typical' Australian Capital Territorian:: - Invest in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today revealed the first insights from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, releasing a preview of the key characteristics that make the ‘typical’ person in the Australian Capital Territory in 2016 and highlighting Australia’s diversity.

Today’s release comes ahead of the first Census data release on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. This will include datasets for all national, state/territory and capital cities, along with datasets for small population groups and small geographic areas such as suburbs and Local Government Areas, showing that there’s nothing ‘typical’ about Australians at all!

In the meantime, the 2016 Census has revealed the ‘typical’ person in the Australian Capital Territory is a 35 year old female who was born in Australia, has English ancestry, and speaks English at home. She is married and is in a couple family with two...


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Australian Capital Territory to lead in renewable energy sourcing - International Business Times AU

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) could achieve the reputation of becoming one of the top renewable energy regions in the world. The news comes as Australia finds itself divided in the debate concerning the dangers of renewable energy.

The ACT government announced last year it would legislate a target of sourcing 100 percent renewable energy by the end of this decade. With this, residents of Canberra will be able to get clean power from wind and solar sources. The development will also create jobs and economic benefits from a local investment of $400 million. However, state and territory renewable energy targets have been met with federal coalition’s claims of being “unrealistic.”

In contrast to the ACT, Victoria has set a target of sourcing 40 percent renewable energy by the end of 2025. While New South Wales hasn’t set a concrete target, it is looking to bring down emissions...


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Easter 2017: Everything you need to know to make the most of the long weekend - 9news.com.au

Our guide to make the most of your Easter long weekend.

The Easter long weekend is just a day away. Here's some last minute need-to-knows that will ensure your refrigerator is stocked, you're safe on the roads and your stomach is kept full of chocolate.

Traffic

Holidaymakers are being urged to take it easy on the roads this Easter long weekend, with traffic delays expected to clog main artillery roads in all major capital cities.

The double demerit point system will be in effect in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia from April 13 to April 17, in a bid to get drivers to slow down.

"After 20 years of double-demerits, it seems that people still don't get it," NSW Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.

"I want road users to remember to take it slow and steady, there is no race."

There will be more than 45 roadside locations across Victoria offering...


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Female bus drivers to drive equality - PS News

International flights not plane sailing

Quarantine busy at airport

The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has reported that almost 1,400 threats to Australia’s plant and animal life have been confiscated in the first six months of


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Ararat wind farms feeding ACT power - The Canberra Times

An Ararat wind farm in Victoria is now generating enough power for 37,000 Canberra homes as the ACT continues towards its target of 100 per cent renewable energy.

The 75 wind turbines will generate 272,000 megawatt-hours, with the farm under contract to provide 40 per cent of generated power to the Australian Capital Territory.

Premier Daniel Andrews at the site of the Ararat wind farm. Premier Daniel Andrews at the site of the Ararat wind farm. Photo: Paul Carracher

Overall, the turbines could power 120,000 homes.

The Ararat Wind Farm, operated by the Canberra-company Windlab, is the sixth large-scale renewable energy generator to be supported by the ACT government.

ACT climate change minister Shane Rattenbury said the capital was showing the federal government how to deliver on clean energy.

"If the generators make more money than the set price for the electricity they sell into the national electricity market, they pay the difference back...


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Greyhounds could no longer need muzzles in public under draft changes - The Canberra Times

When you see Cindy Daley's greyhounds Sid and Maxi dressed in their matching monkey pyjamas, it's hard to believe people sometimes cross the road to get away from them.

That's because when they are out walking in public, an archaic ACT law forces Ms Daley to muzzle them in a way unbefitting of their sweet nature.

Cindy Daley, co-founder of ACT Greyhound Support Network, with her greyhound Maxi. Cindy Daley, co-founder of ACT Greyhound Support Network, with her greyhound Maxi. Photo: Jamila Toderas

However under draft legislation introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly last month, greyhounds would no longer need to be muzzled in public.

Owners could also walk more than four greyhounds by leash under changes in a red tape slashing omnibus.

Cindy Daley, co-founder of ACT Greyhound Support Network, her greyhounds Maxi and Sid. Cindy Daley, co-founder of ACT Greyhound Support Network, her greyhounds Maxi and Sid. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Regulatory services minister Gordon Ramsay said the bill would remove breed-specific provisions for greyhounds...


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All Australian States and Territories are now Model Law jurisdictions ... - Lexology (registration)

By introducing the new Commercial Arbitration Act 2017 (ACT), the Australian Capital Territory is the last Australian State to adopt the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (the Model Law). At the Federal and State level, the Model Law now applies to both international and domestic arbitrations seated in Australia.

The new Act

On 21 March 2017, the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed the Commercial Arbitration Act 2017 (ACT) (the Act). The Act was notified and came into effect on 4 April 2017. This Act repeals the previous Commercial Arbitration Act 1986 (ACT).

ACT was the last of the Australian States and Territories which had not adopted the Model Law. The Model Law has been a very successful instrument in harmonising arbitration laws across the globe, having been adopted by 74...


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Still reeling from faded boom, WA's economy worst in Australia, report shows - WAtoday

Western Australia has come last again in a quarterly report comparing Australia's state economies, lagging behind on all growth indicators as the end of the mining boom continues to hurt.

CommSec State of the State report arrives at its ranking by analysing key indicators for each state and territory, including unemployment, economic growth, retail spending, business investment, construction, population, housing finance and dwelling commencements.

WA is still suffering from the fading mining boom. WA is still suffering from the fading mining boom. Photo: Peter Braig

It's April 2017 edition shows New South Wales is solidly on top with little to separate ACT and Victoria. Then there is a gap to Tasmania, Queensland, Northern Territory and South Australia then another gap to Western Australia.

Economic activity, a by-proxy-measurement used by CommSec to assess Gross State Product, shows WA has fallen into last spot behind Tasmania,...


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ACT government looking to lock in Canberra as heart of public service in Commonwealth 'city deal' - The Canberra Times

ACT chief minister Andrew Barr will ask the federal government to reaffirm its commitment to Canberra as the heart of the Australian public service as part of a new "city deal" under negotiation.

Both governments have agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding, the details of which are yet to be nutted out.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is hoping to strike a deal with the federal government that will deliver more funding for ... ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is hoping to strike a deal with the federal government that will deliver more funding for Canberra's national institutions.  Photo: Rohan Thomson

However Mr Barr said keeping Canberra as the national public service centre would be a key ask in any future deal.

"I spoke to [Nationals Senator] Fiona Nash this afternoon and we had a productive discussion about how they can fulfil their decentralisation agenda without doing damage to Canberra" Mr Barr said.

"I've had some reassurance from Senator Nash that they'll take a very sensible and...


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Canberra's public servant exodus would hurt ACT small businesses - The Canberra Times

The Canberra business community has rallied to oppose federal government plans to relocate public servants to other regions.

Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry said that as the national capital and seat of parliament, the ACT was the natural home for major Commonwealth departments.

Paperchain bookstore worker Rebecca Worth: Staff are concerned about potential ramifications of parts of the public ... Paperchain bookstore worker Rebecca Worth: Staff are concerned about potential ramifications of parts of the public service leaving Canberra. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Ms Hendry said the chamber demanded an evidence-based approach to decision making and called for assessment criteria to be released.

"Our nation's capital must continue to be Australia's centralised decision-making hub, the heart of policy creation," she said.

"Moving departments from Canberra will dislocate them from the very machinery of government, which seems to be less productive and effective.

"Policy development and...


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Read more: Canberra's public servant exodus would hurt ACT small businesses - The Canberra Times

Islamic School of Canberra has funding revoked - The Canberra Times

The Islamic School of Canberra will appeal the federal government's decision to revoke its funding after a long-running investigation into its independence, governance and financial management.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced on Friday that the $1 million provided by the federal government each year, covering about 80 per cent of the Weston school's operational costs, would cease on July 1.

Azra Khan, Chair of the Islamic School of Canberra's board. Azra Khan, Chair of the Islamic School of Canberra's board. Photo: Jay Cronan

Senator Birmingham said the school had failed to meet "the standards and expectations placed on them" after first losing its funding last year following an examination of its links with the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils.

"These conditions centred around improvements to governance and financial management and required regular reporting on progress in making the required changes," he...


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ACT porn providers say licence fee threatens to kill already-ailing industry - The Canberra Times

The ACT's four remaining purveyors of porn say a hefty annual licensing fee does not give them bang for their buck and threatens to send the industry underground.

The Justice and Community Services Directorate hits shops selling X-rated films with an annual bill of more than $16,000 - a figure in stark contrast to the $324 it costs to licence a brothel and a bill one body has described as a moral tax in disguise.

Peter Chan, Fantasy Lane owner. Peter Chan, Fantasy Lane owner. Photo: Jamila Toderas

The introduction of the annually-indexed fee in 1996, along with Australia's strict classification laws and the internet, have been blamed for the downfall of Canberra's once-massive porn industry. 

Fantasy Lane in Fyshwick's Molonglo Mall once sold thousands of X-rated videos and DVDs each week. Now, owner Peter Chan said, the figure was closer to 500.

He questioned paying thousands of dollars every year for a licence...


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Canberra skateboarders call for more funds because ACT skateparks in 'disrepair' - The Canberra Times

Canberra skateboarders are calling for better maintenance of skate parks in the capital, saying many are in a state of "disrepair".

Skaters have said conditions at many skate parks in the territory have become dangerous due to to cracks and fractures in the concrete.

Brenden Wood says skaters are at risk of injury because the ACT government is not repairing sections of ACT skate parks. Brenden Wood says skaters are at risk of injury because the ACT government is not repairing sections of ACT skate parks.  Photo: Jamila Toderas

Vice-president of the Canberra Skateboarding Association Brenden Wood said the long delay to simple repairs at skate parks had forced many skaters to make the repairs themselves.

"We're trying to do the right thing and report everything first, but when it takes too long, users are doing repair jobs themselves," he said.

Skateboarder Brenden Wood at the Belconnen skatepark. Skateboarder Brenden Wood at the Belconnen skatepark. Photo: Jamila Toderas

"We had some wins in the past and [the government] responded quickly, but other...


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Anzac Day 2017 in Canberra guide: how to get there, what to do afterwards - The Canberra Times

 General information

Allow plenty of time to travel to the Dawn Service. Large crowds are anticipated. Please use caution and be aware of your surroundings. Attendees are advised to wear warm clothing and bring torches. The temperature for 5.30am on April 25 is expected to be 10 degrees.

Visitors are welcome to lay their own wreaths on the Stone of Remembrance in the periods following the Dawn Service and the National Ceremony. Poppies and Orders of Service will be available for a donation.

The Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial. The Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial.  Photo: Rohan Thomson

Information points, first-aid services and ambulances will be provided onsite.

Weather

It's almost certain to rain on Tuesday, most likely in the morning and afternoon, with a forecast of up to 15mm, and there is the chance of a thunderstorm. According to Weatherzone, there is a 55 per cent chance of rain during the...


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Two new mobile speed cameras hit Canberra roads - The Canberra Times

Peer into the back of a speed camera van in Canberra and you might mistake it for a mobile optometrist's office.

But instead of checking your eyes, the dual cameras are checking speeds on both sides of the road.

Traffic camera office shift supervisor Tony Taseski shows road safety minister Shane Rattenbury the kit in the back of a ... Traffic camera office shift supervisor Tony Taseski shows road safety minister Shane Rattenbury the kit in the back of a mobile speed camera. Photo: Karleen Minney

Up to 300 speeding hot spots will be targeted every week, now two extra mobile speed camera vans have hit Canberra roads.

Where you might see a mobile speed camera

The government will spend $2.2 million over four years on the new mobile cameras.

While road safety minister Shane Rattenbury admitted the revenue from mobile speed van fines was "not insignificant", he said their focus was harm minimisation rather than revenue raising.

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community lawyers welcome backflip on cuts to 'under-funded' sector - The Canberra Times

Lawyers have welcomed the federal government's reversal of savage funding cuts to community legal centres but warned the backflip was a "band-aid solution" as services continued to face growing demand for legal help from vulnerable Canberrans.

The community legal sector had braced for a nationwide budget cut of 30 per cent, or about $34 million, to its core funding over three years from July, a move that would have restricted assistance for domestic violence victims and Indigenous Australians.

Canberra Community Law solicitors Anusha Goonetilleke and Genevieve Bolton have welcomed the federal government's ... Canberra Community Law solicitors Anusha Goonetilleke and Genevieve Bolton have welcomed the federal government's backflip on legal funding for the chronically underfunded community legal aid sector. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Under the planned cuts, about $315,000 in federal funding was set to be shaved from Canberra's community legal centres. The proposal was met...


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ACT Health delayed replacing main switchboard until after Canberra Hospital fire that caused evacuations - The Canberra Times

The ACT government delayed replacing the Canberra Hospital's ageing main switchboard for at least two years, signing a contract for the work days after a fire led to 60 people being evacuated from the hospital earlier this month.

The fire that caused chaotic scenes at the ACT's main public hospital on April 5 followed months of warning signs about the switchboard including electrical malfunctions dating back to at least September 2015.

Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris speaking to media after the fire in the Canberra Hospital's main switchboard earlier ... Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris speaking to media after the fire in the Canberra Hospital's main switchboard earlier this month. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Then health minister Simon Corbell told the Assembly at the time that the September 9, 2015 power outage was linked to a malfunction in a switchboard "which was overheating and was causing potential disruption to significant parts of the hospital".

The replacement of the switchboard was also later


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legal fraternity remembers long-serving Canberra QC - The Canberra Times

It was called The Champagne Club; a group of Canberra lawyers who gathered on a Friday afternoon to pick apart the week's cases as they shared a well-earned drink and a laugh.

At its heart was Ben Salmon, QC, who would host the crowd of legal minds in his Legal Aid ACT office - which he dubbed his "chambers" - during a stint as Public Defender more than two decades ago. 

Ben Salmon, QC, pictured at his apartment in Kingston in 2015. Ben Salmon, QC, pictured at his apartment in Kingston in 2015. Photo: Melissa Adams

There were echoes of those weekly meetings as family members, friends and former colleagues gathered in Yarralumla on Friday afternoon to remember and celebrate the life of Mr Salmon, who died this month aged 77.

Mr Salmon retired two years ago after 50 years of legal practice, the bulk of it at the Canberra bar.

Ben Salmon, retiring QC Ben Salmon, retiring QC Photo: supplied

The long-serving silk graduated from the University of Sydney and was admitted as...


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ACT Chief Minister blasts NBN rollout - ARNnet

The Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Andrew Barr, has pitched in on the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN), suggesting that, in its current form, it will not meet the future needs of the territory.

In a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network, which is carrying out an inquiry aimed at assessing the progress and effectiveness of the NBN rollout, Barr claimed the network’s rollout is not only slow and poorly targeted, but also attacked the government’s multi-technology mix (MTM) approach.

“The experience in the ACT shows that the current NBN rollout schedule is not best suited to meet the needs of our community,” Barr stated in his submission to the inquiry, dated 28 March.

“Significant areas of North Canberra already receiving NBN quality internet on the existing TransACT network are being prioritised and...


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