Hipster Lane: A place for everyone, not everyone in their place

March 15, 2016
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In this week’s RiotACT article, I muse about the nature and variety of subcultures present in Canberra: A subculture must define its identity somehow in opposition …

Canberra is truly a liveable city

March 2, 2016
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In my latest RiotACT article, I talk about how Canberra now regularly ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities: Despite some knee-jerk scepticism …

The power of language

February 16, 2016
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My latest RiotACT post discusses commemoration of International Mother Tongue Language Day next week. The United Nations-sponsored event has promoted “linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism” since 1999: … …

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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This was quite a personal article for me for the RiotACT, as I discuss the challenges of being a woman transitioning from full-time employment to motherhood: I have found …

Play it cool this summer

January 7, 2016
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Heat stress and heat stroke can be deadly if not managed properly on hot days. From my RiotACT article: A 2014 study found that since 1900, …

Spare a thought for those working this Christmas

December 24, 2015
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Christmas is a wonderful time for many families, but it can also be tricky for some: … spare a thought for those dedicated workers and volunteers who …

Sign o’ the Times

December 17, 2015
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In the latest RiotACT column, I talk about the purpose of having a city brand: City branding is just as much about convincing its residents that …

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

November 23, 2015
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With the release of the draft Kippax Town Centre Master Plan, I discuss the benefits of mixed-use developments and how they make our town centres …

Time to strengthen ACT Assembly governance over Canberra

November 9, 2015
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The CSIRO is looking to redevelop its 701 hectare Ginninderra Field Station site to hold up to 15,000 homes. Due to a quirk of self-government provisions, as …