The power of language

February 16, 2016
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Canberra schools and community groups will be celebrating International Mother Tongue Language Day next week. The United Nations-sponsored event has promoted “linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism” …

Which school model works best?

February 3, 2016
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With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our …

What women want – when returning to work

January 22, 2016
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I have found that there is no more personally or professionally challenging period than the switch to becoming a mother. Almost all women I know …

Play it cool this summer

January 7, 2016
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Heat stress and heat stroke are no joke. A 2014 study found that since 1900, they have been responsible for more natural, non-disease related deaths than any …

Spare a thought for those working this Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Christmas is more commercial than ever. It seems that shops are more and more desperate to get us to spend big on presents, but there …

Sign o’ the Times

December 17, 2015
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Every day we are surrounded by symbols. Some symbols are nearly universally recognised, like the marriage ring, the Jewish star and the peace sign. The …

Mix it up: Why mixed-use developments are key to Canberra’s future

November 23, 2015
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The draft Kippax Town Centre master plan continues the ACT government’s work in modernising our group and town centres in line with contemporary planning principles. …

Time to strengthen ACT Assembly governance over Canberra

November 9, 2015
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The CSIRO recently announced its intention to redevelop its 701 hectare Ginninderra Field Station site into a residential estate containing up to 10,000 houses. The …

The NDIS will transform lives – here’s why

October 26, 2015
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to be in full operation in the ACT by July 2016. All children are now eligible to join the …

What will the next 25 years bring for the ACT Assembly?

October 12, 2015
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The first sitting day of the ACT Assembly in May 1989 was not smooth. Accusations flew about backstabbing Opposition deals being done for thirty pieces of …