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Home ownership declining as percentage of renters increases in latest Census 2016 results - NEWS.com.au

MoneysaverHQ's David Koch on the rent vs mortgage debate.

We’re increasing becoming a nation of renters. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

THE dream of home ownership is slipping away for many Australians as the latest Census results highlight the increasing number of renters.

The results released today show the trend towards renting rather than owning continued, with nationwide figures showing a slight change.

Australians who owned their own home outright declined from 32.1 per cent in 2011 to 31 per cent. In the last 25 years this has declined by more than 10 per cent.

Those still paying off a mortgage also decreased slightly from 34.9 per cent to 34.5 per cent.

In contrast those renting increased slightly from 29.6 per cent to 30.9 per cent in 2016.

In more bad news for renters, they are also forking out more, with the median household weekly rent jumping from $285 to...


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ACT flies high as Census sensation - PS News

ACT flies high as Census sensation

Fastest growing community

The 2016 national Census of Population and Housing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the ACT to be the fasted growing community in Australia.


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64 Zoning Adoptions Across Australia In May To Generate 2686 Jobs - The Urban Developer

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By Craig Falvey

Blockbrief’s Rezoning Adoption Data showed that there was 64 rezoning instrument adoptions across Australia in May 2017 providing additional capacity for up to 7,808 dwelling units and development projects to generate 2,686 jobs nationally.

This capacity can potentially be realised after development applications/planning permits and building applications are approved for the respective land, with an estimated staging average of 2.32 years (Min. 0 years and Max. 20 years).

The capacity of 7,808 dwellings units made available as a result of rezoning adoptions in May 2017 consisted of 6,801 dwellings (87.10%) and 1,727 lots (22.11%).

Looking specifically at the type of rezoning adopted in Australia...


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The sector that didn't exist 10 years ago now employing more than 100000 Aussies - NEWS.com.au

Last year, history of sorts was made in the tech world. In January of 2014, CNN Money reported that for the first time Americans accessed the Internet more through mobile apps than through PCs. While the statistic may not have registered with mainstream news consumers, it was a meaningful milestone for tech denizens, indicating that Americans' computing habits had shifted en masse yet again, this time from laptop to mobile.

The Australian App Economy now employs 113,000 people. Picture: Supplied

MORE than 100,000 Australians are employed in the mobile applications sector, many working in roles that a decade ago hadn’t even been dreamt up.

A new report by the Progressive Policy Institute estimates there are 113,000 Australian workers in the sector — up 11 per cent since 2014.

It places Australia’s app intensity — the number of app jobs as a percentage of total jobs...


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Darwin house prices in free fall, while in Hobart, they steadily rise - NEWS.com.au

Scott Morrison says new house price figures support the govt's approach to tackling housing affordability.

Houses in Hobart’s west, where prices are slowly but steadily rising.

WHILE the march of house prices continues its seemingly relentless upward trajectory in Sydney and Melbourne, in two of the country’s less talked about capitals, very different stories are unfolding.

Just four years ago, Darwin had enjoyed unprecedented price growth fuelled largely by the resources boom and trailed only the Sydney and Melbourne markets, with a median house price of $540,000 at the end of 2013, according to CoreLogic data.

At the opposite end of the continent, Hobart, long the Australian capital city housing market whip, sat at the bottom of the list with a median price of $330,000.

But times, it seems, they are a changin’.

Some high end properties in Hobart’s affluent Sandy Bay are fetching prices into the $700,000 category. PICTURE: MATT THOMPSON

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Queensland remains Australia's biggest greenhouse gas emitter - Brisbane Times

Queensland is still Australia's biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses, according to the latest research released by the federal government.

Those emissions come mainly from coal and gas burned for electricity generation, transport and from land clearing, according to the annual National Greenhouse Accounts.

Coal-fired power remained the biggest source of Queensland's greenhouse gas emissions. Coal-fired power remained the biggest source of Queensland's greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: Robert Rough

The information, released in May, shows Queensland contributes 28.3 per cent of Australia's national greenhouse emissions.

Queensland's carbon emissions increased 0.8 per cent between 2014 and 2015 to 152.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions.

On Tuesday, the Queensland government announced two plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and to a "net zero" by 2050 compared with 2005 levels.

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ACT Policing to target counter-terrorism over next year, despite bikie violence - The Canberra Times

Counter-terrorism, not outlaw motorcycle gangs, will be one of ACT Policing's formal "priorities" over the next year, despite growing bikie violence in the city.

The ACT government signed a $655 million agreement with the Australian Federal Police on Monday to provide police to the territory for the next four years.

ACT's Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders with police and emergency services minister Mick Gentleman. ACT's Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders with police and emergency services minister Mick Gentleman. Photo: Karleen Minney

Police Minister Mick Gentleman outlined five areas of focus for police over the coming year, four of which were also in last year's ministerial direction: domestic and family violence; reducing and preventing alcohol-fuelled violence; restorative justice and crime prevention; and improving road safety. 

Chief Police Officer Justine Saunders said the addition of counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism, particularly in crowded places, to the...


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NBN 'all good' – if you're the minister - Government News

The Federal Government has declared the half-way point in the roll-out of the National Broadband Network.

Minister for Communications Senator Hon Mitch Fifield said at a press conference: “The NBN is now available to half of Australia. That’s ahead of schedule and ahead of budget. The NBN is now available to 5.7 million premises nationwide. 2.4 million premises have taken up that opportunity already. By the middle of next year NBN will be three quarters complete and will be done and dusted by 2020.”

There are, however, some questions remaining: why have only half of the eligible households connected to the NBN; what is the data and service quality; and indeed, why has NBN Co. spent $177m on copper wires to the end of the financial year – would it not have been better to replace the old technology with fibre, rather than repairing the old copper?

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Police investigating fraud at ACT agricultural society: Canberra ... - The Canberra Times

ACT Policing are investigating an alleged fraud at the not-for-profit Royal National Capital Agricultural Society.

The society, an entirely volunteer-run agricultural promotion organisation, runs a number of popular Canberra cultural events including the Royal Canberra Show and the National Wine Show of Australia.

The Royal Canberra Show in 2015. The Royal Canberra Show in 2015. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Annual reports show the Canberra Show has made between $3 million and $3.5 million each year from 2010 to 2015.

ACT Policing said a fraud matter had been referred to them on February 8 regarding a society staff member.

"Police are currently evaluating the information to determine if any criminal offences occurred," a police spokesperson said.

No charges have been laid and it is not clear what the fraud investigation involves.

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ACT government to stop developers using land on high speed rail corridor - The Canberra Times

Vast swathes of land in the ACT, earmarked for high speed rail tracks, are to be kept locked down and beyond the reach of housing developers, the ACT government says.

The declaration follows warnings on Friday that the rapid sprawl of housing on the fringes of Sydney and Melbourne threatens to blow the nation's chance of a very fast train network by building over vital corridors for the long-awaited transport project.

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ACT government to review Canberra sex worker laws - The Canberra Times

A sex industry veteran has welcomed the ACT government's decision to revisit recommended changes to decades-old legislation that could see sex work more formally subject to occupational health and safety standards.

Also among the recommendations made after the 2011 inquiry into the Prostitution Act 1992 was that the government provide funding for a culturally and linguistically diverse outreach service and scrap laws preventing HIV-positive people from engaging in sex work.

Sex Worker Outreach Program peer support worker Lexxie Jury. Sex Worker Outreach Program peer support worker Lexxie Jury. Photo: Karleeen Minney

The inquiry was triggered after the 2008 death of a 17-year old working in a Canberra brothel. A government response to the committee's 2012 report stalled until discussions with stakeholders were recently reignited.

"Following directives from the minister, [the Justice and Community Services Directorate] is consulting with...


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Canberra Times sport podcast: ACT Brumbies, Canberra Raiders and Tour de France - The Canberra Times

With four players picking up injuries, should the ACT Brumbies risk more and go all out against the Waikato Chiefs in their final home-and-away game of the Super Rugby?

Or should they rest players to get ready for the first week of finals, when they could be up against the Chiefs again - just this time at Canberra Stadium?

Should the Brumbies go all out against the Chiefs? Or rest players for finals? Should the Brumbies go all out against the Chiefs? Or rest players for finals? Photo: Getty Images

The Brumbies let the Queensland Reds run over the top of them in Brisbane on Friday night, denting their confidence, but also leading to injuries to Rory Arnold, Kyle Godwin, Aidan Toua and Chris Alcock - which could rule them out of this weekend's trip to Hamilton.

In the NRL, the Canberra Raiders have had the weekend off with a bye, but return to action at Canberra Stadium in a crucial clash against St George Illawarra on Friday night.

They need to win at least...


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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - The Canberra Times

It's time to turn up the heater and put on an extra jumper. Today's forecast has been revised downwards to a low of minus 5, while Wednesday will get to minus 4, and Thursday minus 5 again. If you think that's bad, Sunday's expected to reach minus 7. Those scorching summer days don't seem so bad in hindsight.

What's making the top headlines in today's news? Make yourself a hot drink and find out. 



ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay.

ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

It's well-known that ACT chief minister Andrew Barr won't talk to Clubs ACT after they waged an expensive campaign against Labor at the last election.

Now the government's rift with the industry body has spread, as attorney-general Gordon Ramsay confirms that he also will not deal with it. 

Mr Ramsay has not even responded to a letter from Clubs ACT chief executive Gwyn Rees in March, offering to work "in a cooperative and...


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Shots fired at house in Canberra's south overnight - The Canberra Times

Police are investigating a bikie shooting in Canberra's south overnight, the second in a week.

ACT Policing confirmed 27 shots from a high-powered rifle were fired into the Waramanga home of a bikie-related family, which includes a 17-year-old, at about 11:20pm on Tuesday.

A car sitting on the property's front lawn had been damaged by gunfire. A car sitting on the property's front lawn had been damaged by gunfire.  Photo: Karleen Minney

Officers found damage to a car and the front of a house in Badimara Street which was consistent with a firearm being discharged.

Detective Superintendent of Criminal Investigations Ben Cartwright said ACT police were coming after the bikies "hook, line and sinker".

Police at the scene of the suspected bikie shooting on Wednesday morning. Police at the scene of the suspected bikie shooting on Wednesday morning. Photo: Karleen Minney

"They're a scourge on our community and I want them gone," Mr Cartwright said.

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Emu shot with an arrow near Cotter Avenue, west of Canberra - The Canberra Times

Rangers are searching for an emu which was reportedly shot with an arrow west of Canberra.

A member of the public spotted the emu near Cotter Avenue on Tuesday afternoon with an arrow protruding from what appeared to be its upper thigh.

An emu was shot with an arrow near Cotter Avenue. An emu was shot with an arrow near Cotter Avenue. Photo: ACT Parks and Conservation

ACT Parks and Conservation Murrumbidgee River Corridor acting manager James Overall said the emu appeared to be in distress.

"It was pretty awkwardly walking and struggling to run according to the member of public," Mr Overall said.

"Obviously Parks and Conservation Service, the ACT government and the public more broadly are pretty outraged by this incident given it's such a gentle and iconic and relatively uncommon animal in the ACT."

Rangers set out on Tuesday afternoon and again on Wednesday to find the injured bird.

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ACT public housing meeting notes to remain secret after Refshauge ruling - The Canberra Times

The ACT government will not have to release a swathe of documents about sites considered for future public housing after a decision by an independent legal arbiter.

Speaker Joy Burch referred a request by the Canberra Liberals to produce almost two years' worth of meeting notes from the Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee to an external reviewer after Opposition MLAs cried foul.

The ACT government will not have to release a swathe of documents about where future public housing will be built after ... The ACT government will not have to release a swathe of documents about where future public housing will be built after a decision by an independent legal arbiter. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The Liberals had asked for the documents under freedom of information laws, after an outcry over plans to build new public housing on land zoned for community use, but the notes that were released were heavily redacted. 

The documents contained information about alternative sites considered for public housing the...


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New Netball ACT boss Benita Bittner hopes GWS Giants return to Canberra - The Canberra Times

New Netball ACT general manager Benita Bittner wants to work with the GWS Giants to forge a long-term partnership in a bid to lure more elite matches Canberra.

Bittner was unveiled as the Netball ACT boss on Wednesday and will step into the job of growing the sport in the capital.

Netball ACT hopes the GWS Giants play at the AIS Arena again. Netball ACT hopes the GWS Giants play at the AIS Arena again. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The Giants partnered with Netball ACT earlier this year to play two home games at the AIS Arena in the inaugural Super Netball competition.

The game will get another boost when the Australian Diamonds play against South Africa on August 30.

The Australian Sports Commission was considering a proposal to transform the AIS Arena into a 'Volleydome', which would have hindered Netball ACT's hopes of hosting the Giants again.

However, the commission says the AIS Arena will continue to be a multi-purpose venue, paving the way for...


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ACT Brumbies wrap players in cotton wool for last game of Super Rugby season - The Canberra Times

Ireland-bound back-rower Jarrad Butler has urged new ACT Brumbies faces to launch their bid for finals selection this weekend as they call on 12 starting reinforcements this weekend.

The Brumbies are set for a major game-day overhaul with more than 12 fresh players expect to be picked for a last-round battle against the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

Jarrad Butler is set to return to the Brumbies' starting XV. Jarrad Butler is set to return to the Brumbies' starting XV. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Coach Stephen Larkham has one eye on the finals and has been weighing up how to approach the fixture given the Brumbies have secured a home quarter-final.

They will play either the Chiefs or the Wellington Hurricane in the first final but are wary of being hit by injuries after losing Kyle Godwin and Aidan Toua for the rest of the season.

Godwin and Toua's injuries prompted Larkham to wrap players in cotton wool, leaving just three players...


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Home ownership declining as percentage of renters increases in latest Census 2016 results - NEWS.com.au

MoneysaverHQ's David Koch on the rent vs mortgage debate.

We’re increasing becoming a nation of renters. Picture: Dave Hunt/AAP

THE dream of home ownership is slipping away for many Australians as the latest Census results highlight the increasing number of renters.

The results released today show the trend towards renting rather than owning continued, with nationwide figures showing a slight change.

Australians who owned their own home outright declined from 32.1 per cent in 2011 to 31 per cent. In the last 25 years this has declined by more than 10 per cent.

Those still paying off a mortgage also decreased slightly from 34.9 per cent to 34.5 per cent.

In contrast those renting increased slightly from 29.6 per cent to 30.9 per cent in 2016.

In more bad news for renters, they are also forking out more, with the median household weekly rent jumping from $285 to...


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Iceberg twice the size of ACT about to break off Antarctica - NEWS.com.au

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.

That has left just a 13km sliver of ice keeping the 500m-thick chunk of ice attached to...


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