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More Australians than ever are completing tertiary education - The New Daily

Australians are “upskilling like never before” as they gain post-school qualifications in record numbers, census data shows.

More than half the population aged 15 and over now holds a post-school qualification, up from 46 per cent in 2006.

The 2016 Census of Population and Housing, released on Monday, shows close to a quarter of youth and adults have completed a bachelor degree or above.

Census Program Manager Bindi Kindermann says Australians are upskilling like never before.

“Those who go on to study at university aren’t necessarily stopping with just a bachelor degree, with more people than ever achieving postgraduate qualifications,” she said.

In just five years there has been a 46 per cent jump in the number of people with postgraduate degrees (now at 921,000).

The data also showed the gender education gap has narrowed over the past 10 years.

In 2006, 51 per cent of men and 42...


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Read more: More Australians than ever are completing tertiary education - The New Daily

Census 2016: Canberra leads the nation for riding to work - The Canberra Times

Not many people choose the long way home from work.

But as one of a growing number of Canberrans riding a bike everyday, Bella Molloy regularly opts for the scenic route home around Lake Burley Griffin.

Bella Molloy of Barton is one of the many Canberrans using alternatives to cars to get to work. Bella Molloy of Barton is one of the many Canberrans using alternatives to cars to get to work.  Photo: karleen minney

"I had been riding since I was a kid and like most Australians I stopped when I was a teenager and started driving a car," she said.

"In my early 20s I took it up again, originally mountain biking, but then found a passion I forgot I'd had."

Heavy traffic on Canberra's Northbourne Avenue. Heavy traffic on Canberra's Northbourne Avenue.  Photo: Melissa Adams

Monday's release of new 2016 census data showed Canberra leads the nation on riding and walking to work, along with a 5 percentage point increase in the number of people who report driving or being a car passenger.

In 2016, 74.9 per cent of ACT residents...


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Read more: Census 2016: Canberra leads the nation for riding to work - The Canberra Times

Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra Times

A Canberra woman felt she was being watched before she noticed a phone pointed at her from underneath a neighbouring cubicle while she undressed, a court heard on Monday.

It was October 26 last year, in the Kmart change rooms at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

The woman, 23, told the ACT Magistrates Court she had entered a cubicle to try on some clothes.

She said she saw from the corner of her eye a man walk into the cubicle next to her.

She undressed before she noticed the back of a black phone pointed at her from underneath the next cubicle, she said.

She said the phone appeared and disappeared six to seven times, appearing for roughly five seconds each time. She told the court she pulled out her own phone and started filming.

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That footage was played to the court, and showed the partially dressed woman in the mirror and a black phone in the gap between the wall of the...


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Read more: Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra...

Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra Times

A Canberra woman felt she was being watched before she noticed a phone pointed at her from underneath a neighbouring cubicle while she undressed, a court heard on Monday.

It was October 26 last year, in the Kmart change rooms at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

The woman, 23, told the ACT Magistrates Court she had entered a cubicle to try on some clothes.

She said she saw from the corner of her eye a man walk into the cubicle next to her.

She undressed before she noticed the back of a black phone pointed at her from underneath the next cubicle, she said.

She said the phone appeared and disappeared six to seven times, appearing for roughly five seconds each time. She told the court she pulled out her own phone and started filming.

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That footage was played to the court, and showed the partially dressed woman in the mirror and a black phone in the gap between the wall of the...


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Read more: Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra...

Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra Times

A Canberra woman felt she was being watched before she noticed a phone pointed at her from underneath a neighbouring cubicle while she undressed, a court heard on Monday.

It was October 26 last year, in the Kmart change rooms at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

The woman, 23, told the ACT Magistrates Court she had entered a cubicle to try on some clothes.

She said she saw from the corner of her eye a man walk into the cubicle next to her.

She undressed before she noticed the back of a black phone pointed at her from underneath the next cubicle, she said.

She said the phone appeared and disappeared six to seven times, appearing for roughly five seconds each time. She told the court she pulled out her own phone and started filming.

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That footage was played to the court, and showed the partially dressed woman in the mirror and a black phone in the gap between the wall of the...


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Read more: Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra...

Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra Times

A Canberra woman felt she was being watched before she noticed a phone pointed at her from underneath a neighbouring cubicle while she undressed, a court heard on Monday.

It was October 26 last year, in the Kmart change rooms at the Tuggeranong Hyperdome.

The woman, 23, told the ACT Magistrates Court she had entered a cubicle to try on some clothes.

She said she saw from the corner of her eye a man walk into the cubicle next to her.

She undressed before she noticed the back of a black phone pointed at her from underneath the next cubicle, she said.

She said the phone appeared and disappeared six to seven times, appearing for roughly five seconds each time. She told the court she pulled out her own phone and started filming.

Advertisement

That footage was played to the court, and showed the partially dressed woman in the mirror and a black phone in the gap between the wall of the...


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Read more: Canberra man pointed phone at woman in Kmart under change room wall, court hears - The Canberra...

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday October 23, 2017 - The Canberra Times

4229189 canberra-now-news-in-90-seconds-for-monday-october-23-2017-the-canberra-times

Good morning Canberra.

Welcome to another week! We're in for a partly cloudy day with patchy fog in the early morning. Bring a cardigan as there will be some light winds. Top of 23.

Here are your Monday headlines.

Plans to expand 'overflowing' Canberra prison

Two Indigenous inmates were bashed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre this month.

The ACT government is considering further expansion to Canberra's prison. Photo: Jay Cronan

A near-doubling of Canberra's prison population since 2010 has prompted the ACT government to plan another prison expansion.

Government officials predict further increases as the territory's population grows, and recently contracted an engineering consultancy to investigate options for tackling prison overcrowding.

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Overcrowding has dogged the Alexander Maconochie Centre in recent years.

Read more on the latest plans in Steven Trask's story.

Injured AFP employee faces $550,000 repayment to Comcare

Comcare client Danielle Small. - former AFP employee who was injured at work and is being required to pay back more than $500,000 to Comcare. Her case is being argued in the administrative appeals tribunal. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Danielle Small was...


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4229191 canberra-now-news-in-90-seconds-for-monday-october-23-2017-the-canberra-times

Good morning Canberra.

Welcome to another week! We're in for a partly cloudy day with patchy fog in the early morning. Bring a cardigan as there will be some light winds. Top of 23.

Here are your Monday headlines.

Plans to expand 'overflowing' Canberra prison

Two Indigenous inmates were bashed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre this month.

The ACT government is considering further expansion to Canberra's prison. Photo: Jay Cronan

A near-doubling of Canberra's prison population since 2010 has prompted the ACT government to plan another prison expansion.

Government officials predict further increases as the territory's population grows, and recently contracted an engineering consultancy to investigate options for tackling prison overcrowding.

Advertisement

Overcrowding has dogged the Alexander Maconochie Centre in recent years.

Read more on the latest plans in Steven Trask's story.

Injured AFP employee faces $550,000 repayment to Comcare

Comcare client Danielle Small. - former AFP employee who was injured at work and is being required to pay back more than $500,000 to Comcare. Her case is being argued in the administrative appeals tribunal. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Danielle Small was...


Read full article...


4229193 canberra-now-news-in-90-seconds-for-monday-october-23-2017-the-canberra-times

Good morning Canberra.

Welcome to another week! We're in for a partly cloudy day with patchy fog in the early morning. Bring a cardigan as there will be some light winds. Top of 23.

Here are your Monday headlines.

Plans to expand 'overflowing' Canberra prison

Two Indigenous inmates were bashed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre this month.

The ACT government is considering further expansion to Canberra's prison. Photo: Jay Cronan

A near-doubling of Canberra's prison population since 2010 has prompted the ACT government to plan another prison expansion.

Government officials predict further increases as the territory's population grows, and recently contracted an engineering consultancy to investigate options for tackling prison overcrowding.

Advertisement

Overcrowding has dogged the Alexander Maconochie Centre in recent years.

Read more on the latest plans in Steven Trask's story.

Injured AFP employee faces $550,000 repayment to Comcare

Comcare client Danielle Small. - former AFP employee who was injured at work and is being required to pay back more than $500,000 to Comcare. Her case is being argued in the administrative appeals tribunal. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Danielle Small was...


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Read more: Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday October 23, 2017 - The Canberra Times

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday October 23, 2017 - The Canberra Times

4229191 canberra-now-news-in-90-seconds-for-monday-october-23-2017-the-canberra-times

Good morning Canberra.

Welcome to another week! We're in for a partly cloudy day with patchy fog in the early morning. Bring a cardigan as there will be some light winds. Top of 23.

Here are your Monday headlines.

Plans to expand 'overflowing' Canberra prison

Two Indigenous inmates were bashed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre this month.

The ACT government is considering further expansion to Canberra's prison. Photo: Jay Cronan

A near-doubling of Canberra's prison population since 2010 has prompted the ACT government to plan another prison expansion.

Government officials predict further increases as the territory's population grows, and recently contracted an engineering consultancy to investigate options for tackling prison overcrowding.

Advertisement

Overcrowding has dogged the Alexander Maconochie Centre in recent years.

Read more on the latest plans in Steven Trask's story.

Injured AFP employee faces $550,000 repayment to Comcare

Comcare client Danielle Small. - former AFP employee who was injured at work and is being required to pay back more than $500,000 to Comcare. Her case is being argued in the administrative appeals tribunal. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Danielle Small was...


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Read more: Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday October 23, 2017 - The Canberra Times

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday October 23, 2017 - The Canberra Times

4229193 canberra-now-news-in-90-seconds-for-monday-october-23-2017-the-canberra-times

Good morning Canberra.

Welcome to another week! We're in for a partly cloudy day with patchy fog in the early morning. Bring a cardigan as there will be some light winds. Top of 23.

Here are your Monday headlines.

Plans to expand 'overflowing' Canberra prison

Two Indigenous inmates were bashed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre this month.

The ACT government is considering further expansion to Canberra's prison. Photo: Jay Cronan

A near-doubling of Canberra's prison population since 2010 has prompted the ACT government to plan another prison expansion.

Government officials predict further increases as the territory's population grows, and recently contracted an engineering consultancy to investigate options for tackling prison overcrowding.

Advertisement

Overcrowding has dogged the Alexander Maconochie Centre in recent years.

Read more on the latest plans in Steven Trask's story.

Injured AFP employee faces $550,000 repayment to Comcare

Comcare client Danielle Small. - former AFP employee who was injured at work and is being required to pay back more than $500,000 to Comcare. Her case is being argued in the administrative appeals tribunal. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Danielle Small was...


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Read more: Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday October 23, 2017 - The Canberra Times

ACT mortgage belt escapes inflation risk, but unemployment growth drags economy - The Canberra Times

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Canberra's mortgagees are keeping their wallets open and buoying economic growth as low inflation delays interest rate rises.

While the ACT is enduring a softening job market, economic analysts say the worst of its public service cuts have passed and underperforming global inflation has kept rate rises at bay, encouraging Canberrans to spend up at retailers.

The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

The latest economic report from Deloitte Access Economics, published on Monday, says the ACT economy will continue to benefit from dysfunction in the Senate, as the disarray prevents further public service cuts.

Deloitte analyst Chris Richardson said while job cuts at the public service had dragged down the ACT's economy between 2012 and 2015, they would not continue.

"Not in big picture terms, in that we get big nasty cutbacks from the feds,"...


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4229197 act-mortgage-belt-escapes-inflation-risk-but-unemployment-growth-drags-economy-the-canberra-times

Canberra's mortgagees are keeping their wallets open and buoying economic growth as low inflation delays interest rate rises.

While the ACT is enduring a softening job market, economic analysts say the worst of its public service cuts have passed and underperforming global inflation has kept rate rises at bay, encouraging Canberrans to spend up at retailers.

The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

The latest economic report from Deloitte Access Economics, published on Monday, says the ACT economy will continue to benefit from dysfunction in the Senate, as the disarray prevents further public service cuts.

Deloitte analyst Chris Richardson said while job cuts at the public service had dragged down the ACT's economy between 2012 and 2015, they would not continue.

"Not in big picture terms, in that we get big nasty cutbacks from the feds,"...


Read full article...


4229199 act-mortgage-belt-escapes-inflation-risk-but-unemployment-growth-drags-economy-the-canberra-times

Canberra's mortgagees are keeping their wallets open and buoying economic growth as low inflation delays interest rate rises.

While the ACT is enduring a softening job market, economic analysts say the worst of its public service cuts have passed and underperforming global inflation has kept rate rises at bay, encouraging Canberrans to spend up at retailers.

The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

The latest economic report from Deloitte Access Economics, published on Monday, says the ACT economy will continue to benefit from dysfunction in the Senate, as the disarray prevents further public service cuts.

Deloitte analyst Chris Richardson said while job cuts at the public service had dragged down the ACT's economy between 2012 and 2015, they would not continue.

"Not in big picture terms, in that we get big nasty cutbacks from the feds,"...


Read full article...


Read more: ACT mortgage belt escapes inflation risk, but unemployment growth drags economy - The Canberra Times

ACT mortgage belt escapes inflation risk, but unemployment growth drags economy - The Canberra Times

4229197 act-mortgage-belt-escapes-inflation-risk-but-unemployment-growth-drags-economy-the-canberra-times

Canberra's mortgagees are keeping their wallets open and buoying economic growth as low inflation delays interest rate rises.

While the ACT is enduring a softening job market, economic analysts say the worst of its public service cuts have passed and underperforming global inflation has kept rate rises at bay, encouraging Canberrans to spend up at retailers.

The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

The latest economic report from Deloitte Access Economics, published on Monday, says the ACT economy will continue to benefit from dysfunction in the Senate, as the disarray prevents further public service cuts.

Deloitte analyst Chris Richardson said while job cuts at the public service had dragged down the ACT's economy between 2012 and 2015, they would not continue.

"Not in big picture terms, in that we get big nasty cutbacks from the feds,"...


Read full article...


Read more: ACT mortgage belt escapes inflation risk, but unemployment growth drags economy - The Canberra Times

ACT mortgage belt escapes inflation risk, but unemployment growth drags economy - The Canberra Times

4229199 act-mortgage-belt-escapes-inflation-risk-but-unemployment-growth-drags-economy-the-canberra-times

Canberra's mortgagees are keeping their wallets open and buoying economic growth as low inflation delays interest rate rises.

While the ACT is enduring a softening job market, economic analysts say the worst of its public service cuts have passed and underperforming global inflation has kept rate rises at bay, encouraging Canberrans to spend up at retailers.

The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. The ACT economy remains buoyant despite a softening job market. Photo: Jessica Shapiro

The latest economic report from Deloitte Access Economics, published on Monday, says the ACT economy will continue to benefit from dysfunction in the Senate, as the disarray prevents further public service cuts.

Deloitte analyst Chris Richardson said while job cuts at the public service had dragged down the ACT's economy between 2012 and 2015, they would not continue.

"Not in big picture terms, in that we get big nasty cutbacks from the feds,"...


Read full article...


Read more: ACT mortgage belt escapes inflation risk, but unemployment growth drags economy - The Canberra Times

How serious is the ACT government about worker safety? - Brisbane Times

4229201 how-serious-is-the-act-government-about-worker-safety-brisbane-times

That hasn't happened. A government spokeswoman said last week no prosecutions had been launched and, furthermore, no prosecutions would be launched.

Why? WorkSafe ACT's investigation dragged on for so long the window for taking action had closed.

As a result the ACT government has missed an excellent opportunity to send a very strong message to construction companies operating in Canberra that safety standards on building sites must be strictly adhered to.

Canberra's unions have said the merger of WorkSafe ACT with Access Canberra compromised the safety watchdog's ability to do its job.

The Barton Highway bridge collapse was just one of many safety fails that resulted in deaths and serious injuries across Canberra in recent years.

The Getting Home Safely report, the result of an inquiry into compliance with work health and safety requirements in the ACT's construction industry and...


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4229205 how-serious-is-the-act-government-about-worker-safety-brisbane-times

That hasn't happened. A government spokeswoman said last week no prosecutions had been launched and, furthermore, no prosecutions would be launched.

Why? WorkSafe ACT's investigation dragged on for so long the window for taking action had closed.

As a result the ACT government has missed an excellent opportunity to send a very strong message to construction companies operating in Canberra that safety standards on building sites must be strictly adhered to.

Canberra's unions have said the merger of WorkSafe ACT with Access Canberra compromised the safety watchdog's ability to do its job.

The Barton Highway bridge collapse was just one of many safety fails that resulted in deaths and serious injuries across Canberra in recent years.

The Getting Home Safely report, the result of an inquiry into compliance with work health and safety requirements in the ACT's construction industry and...


Read full article...


4229203 how-serious-is-the-act-government-about-worker-safety-brisbane-times

That hasn't happened. A government spokeswoman said last week no prosecutions had been launched and, furthermore, no prosecutions would be launched.

Why? WorkSafe ACT's investigation dragged on for so long the window for taking action had closed.

As a result the ACT government has missed an excellent opportunity to send a very strong message to construction companies operating in Canberra that safety standards on building sites must be strictly adhered to.

Canberra's unions have said the merger of WorkSafe ACT with Access Canberra compromised the safety watchdog's ability to do its job.

The Barton Highway bridge collapse was just one of many safety fails that resulted in deaths and serious injuries across Canberra in recent years.

The Getting Home Safely report, the result of an inquiry into compliance with work health and safety requirements in the ACT's construction industry and...


Read full article...


Read more: How serious is the ACT government about worker safety? - Brisbane Times

How serious is the ACT government about worker safety? - Brisbane Times

4229205 how-serious-is-the-act-government-about-worker-safety-brisbane-times

That hasn't happened. A government spokeswoman said last week no prosecutions had been launched and, furthermore, no prosecutions would be launched.

Why? WorkSafe ACT's investigation dragged on for so long the window for taking action had closed.

As a result the ACT government has missed an excellent opportunity to send a very strong message to construction companies operating in Canberra that safety standards on building sites must be strictly adhered to.

Canberra's unions have said the merger of WorkSafe ACT with Access Canberra compromised the safety watchdog's ability to do its job.

The Barton Highway bridge collapse was just one of many safety fails that resulted in deaths and serious injuries across Canberra in recent years.

The Getting Home Safely report, the result of an inquiry into compliance with work health and safety requirements in the ACT's construction industry and...


Read full article...


Read more: How serious is the ACT government about worker safety? - Brisbane Times

How serious is the ACT government about worker safety? - Brisbane Times

4229203 how-serious-is-the-act-government-about-worker-safety-brisbane-times

That hasn't happened. A government spokeswoman said last week no prosecutions had been launched and, furthermore, no prosecutions would be launched.

Why? WorkSafe ACT's investigation dragged on for so long the window for taking action had closed.

As a result the ACT government has missed an excellent opportunity to send a very strong message to construction companies operating in Canberra that safety standards on building sites must be strictly adhered to.

Canberra's unions have said the merger of WorkSafe ACT with Access Canberra compromised the safety watchdog's ability to do its job.

The Barton Highway bridge collapse was just one of many safety fails that resulted in deaths and serious injuries across Canberra in recent years.

The Getting Home Safely report, the result of an inquiry into compliance with work health and safety requirements in the ACT's construction industry and...


Read full article...


Read more: How serious is the ACT government about worker safety? - Brisbane Times

ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino ... - The Canberra Times

4229207 act-greens-float-potential-2-per-spin-bet-limit-for-canberra-casino-the-canberra-times

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino, with talks underway ahead of debate on casino legislation expected in coming weeks.

Neither the government nor the Greens would name a specific figure on which an agreement could be reached, after Cabinet failed to reach agreement on the bet limit issue earlier this year.

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. Photo: AFR

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has previously said he was open to a figure between $1 and the government's proposed $5 limit.

But he is understood to be entertaining a potential $2 a spin limit, in line with the Productivity Commission's finding that such a level would still make "some useful in-roads into reducing harm".

"The Greens support the Productivity Commission's finding that a bet...


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4229209 act-greens-float-potential-2-per-spin-bet-limit-for-canberra-casino-the-canberra-times

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino, with talks underway ahead of debate on casino legislation expected in coming weeks.

Neither the government nor the Greens would name a specific figure on which an agreement could be reached, after Cabinet failed to reach agreement on the bet limit issue earlier this year.

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. Photo: AFR

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has previously said he was open to a figure between $1 and the government's proposed $5 limit.

But he is understood to be entertaining a potential $2 a spin limit, in line with the Productivity Commission's finding that such a level would still make "some useful in-roads into reducing harm".

"The Greens support the Productivity Commission's finding that a bet...


Read full article...


4229211 act-greens-float-potential-2-per-spin-bet-limit-for-canberra-casino-the-canberra-times

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino, with talks underway ahead of debate on casino legislation expected in coming weeks.

Neither the government nor the Greens would name a specific figure on which an agreement could be reached, after Cabinet failed to reach agreement on the bet limit issue earlier this year.

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. Photo: AFR

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has previously said he was open to a figure between $1 and the government's proposed $5 limit.

But he is understood to be entertaining a potential $2 a spin limit, in line with the Productivity Commission's finding that such a level would still make "some useful in-roads into reducing harm".

"The Greens support the Productivity Commission's finding that a bet...


Read full article...


Read more: ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino ... - The Canberra Times

ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino ... - The Canberra Times

4229209 act-greens-float-potential-2-per-spin-bet-limit-for-canberra-casino-the-canberra-times

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino, with talks underway ahead of debate on casino legislation expected in coming weeks.

Neither the government nor the Greens would name a specific figure on which an agreement could be reached, after Cabinet failed to reach agreement on the bet limit issue earlier this year.

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. Photo: AFR

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has previously said he was open to a figure between $1 and the government's proposed $5 limit.

But he is understood to be entertaining a potential $2 a spin limit, in line with the Productivity Commission's finding that such a level would still make "some useful in-roads into reducing harm".

"The Greens support the Productivity Commission's finding that a bet...


Read full article...


Read more: ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino ... - The Canberra Times

ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino ... - The Canberra Times

4229211 act-greens-float-potential-2-per-spin-bet-limit-for-canberra-casino-the-canberra-times

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino, with talks underway ahead of debate on casino legislation expected in coming weeks.

Neither the government nor the Greens would name a specific figure on which an agreement could be reached, after Cabinet failed to reach agreement on the bet limit issue earlier this year.

The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. The ACT Greens may agree to a $2 per-spin maximum bet limit for pokies at the redeveloped Canberra Casino. Photo: AFR

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury has previously said he was open to a figure between $1 and the government's proposed $5 limit.

But he is understood to be entertaining a potential $2 a spin limit, in line with the Productivity Commission's finding that such a level would still make "some useful in-roads into reducing harm".

"The Greens support the Productivity Commission's finding that a bet...


Read full article...


Read more: ACT Greens float potential $2 per-spin bet limit for Canberra Casino ... - The Canberra Times

Canberra Olympic Pool to be training ground for Canberra/Broulee ... - The Canberra Times

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When Sarah Hawkins was younger she almost drowned during swimming lessons because she was a "weak swimmer".

It was an incident that stayed with her into adulthood.

Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, ... Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, Audrey Hawkins 7, Alison Moore 7, Charlie Cecere 7, Sophie Femantle 10, and Sophia Hawkins 10.  Photo: Jamila Toderas

It is one of many reasons the now mother of two enrolled her daughters, Sophia, 10, and Audrey, 7, into swimming lessons and the Canberra/Broulee Nippers.

"Our kids are both really strong swimmers, but we've only done the pool lessons and we wanted them to be more comfortable with the coast and swimming in the ocean," Mrs Hawkins said.

Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT." Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT."  Photo: Jamila Toderas

"You can see the difference when you...


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4229215 canberra-olympic-pool-to-be-training-ground-for-canberra-broulee-the-canberra-times

When Sarah Hawkins was younger she almost drowned during swimming lessons because she was a "weak swimmer".

It was an incident that stayed with her into adulthood.

Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, ... Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, Audrey Hawkins 7, Alison Moore 7, Charlie Cecere 7, Sophie Femantle 10, and Sophia Hawkins 10.  Photo: Jamila Toderas

It is one of many reasons the now mother of two enrolled her daughters, Sophia, 10, and Audrey, 7, into swimming lessons and the Canberra/Broulee Nippers.

"Our kids are both really strong swimmers, but we've only done the pool lessons and we wanted them to be more comfortable with the coast and swimming in the ocean," Mrs Hawkins said.

Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT." Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT."  Photo: Jamila Toderas

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When Sarah Hawkins was younger she almost drowned during swimming lessons because she was a "weak swimmer".

It was an incident that stayed with her into adulthood.

Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, ... Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, Audrey Hawkins 7, Alison Moore 7, Charlie Cecere 7, Sophie Femantle 10, and Sophia Hawkins 10.  Photo: Jamila Toderas

It is one of many reasons the now mother of two enrolled her daughters, Sophia, 10, and Audrey, 7, into swimming lessons and the Canberra/Broulee Nippers.

"Our kids are both really strong swimmers, but we've only done the pool lessons and we wanted them to be more comfortable with the coast and swimming in the ocean," Mrs Hawkins said.

Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT." Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT."  Photo: Jamila Toderas

"You can see the difference when you...


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Read more: Canberra Olympic Pool to be training ground for Canberra/Broulee ... - The Canberra Times

Canberra Olympic Pool to be training ground for Canberra/Broulee ... - The Canberra Times

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When Sarah Hawkins was younger she almost drowned during swimming lessons because she was a "weak swimmer".

It was an incident that stayed with her into adulthood.

Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, ... Only 15 per cent of ACT students meet the national benchmark set by the Australian Water Safety Council. From left, Audrey Hawkins 7, Alison Moore 7, Charlie Cecere 7, Sophie Femantle 10, and Sophia Hawkins 10.  Photo: Jamila Toderas

It is one of many reasons the now mother of two enrolled her daughters, Sophia, 10, and Audrey, 7, into swimming lessons and the Canberra/Broulee Nippers.

"Our kids are both really strong swimmers, but we've only done the pool lessons and we wanted them to be more comfortable with the coast and swimming in the ocean," Mrs Hawkins said.

Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT." Bethany Williams: "Last summer, 84 per cent of all recuse on the south coast were from the ACT."  Photo: Jamila Toderas

"You can see the difference when you...


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Read more: Canberra Olympic Pool to be training ground for Canberra/Broulee ... - The Canberra Times

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