Kim Fischer – Page 2

Why Sunday penalty rates should stay

Penalty rates have been a feature of Australian life for over 100 years. In my latest RiotACT article, I look at the case for keeping Sunday penalty rates:

Even though Sunday working participation rates have more than doubled, still only 20% of currently employed working age people work on a Sunday compared with 80% on weekdays … working on Sundays reduces family leisure time by over two hours, inclusive of reduced parents’ time with their children and reduces leisure time in the company of friends by an hour and a half.

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The ancient art of shopping

In this week’s RiotACT article I talk about the different experiences of shopping in a mall versus a local shop:

Local shops [are] important too, encouraging greater physical activity for nearby residents and providing a sense of community and “place” that is simply missing from our globalised and homogenous shopping centres. People may be able to find a recognisable McDonalds store anywhere in the world, but the experience of visiting Little Oink in Cook or the local hairdressers in Florey is both unique and personal.

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UC sub-acute hospital to deliver super service

The new UC hospital opening in 2018 is a sub-acute hospital which will provide responsive, flexible and holistic care for patients with long term, complex care needs:

Sub-acute facilities are a comparatively new innovation but are vital for a well-functioning hospital system since they free up capacity in acute facilities. They are not “second class hospitals”, but facilities that are optimised to deliver long-term rehabilitation and care for conditions that are not life-threatening.

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Lathlain now – For a better Belconnen

I’m excited by the town centre master plan proposal to transform Lathlain St in Belconnen into an eclectic mix of shops in a pedestrian-friendly environment where people can feel safe at all hours of the day:

One of the most audacious features of the proposed Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan is to transform Lathlain Street into a pedestrian friendly promenade. The Master Plan positions “the Lath” as the premier Belconnen destination, host to shops, markets, live music, street festivals, and other entertainment options as well as health, education and community services.

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Canberra is flourishing with free fitness activities

In my latest RiotACT post, I point out some of the great, free exercise options available to people living in Canberra:

We are lucky to have a wide range of sporting options available in Canberra … If you are looking to get fit in Canberra, but don’t want (or can’t afford) to pay membership fees for the local gym or sports club, there are a range of great free and flexible options available …

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

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 to the culture it operates within. The hipster desire to seek out indie, handmade and boutique as a conscious rejection of modern, digital and especially mass-produced goods, is in reality just as much a statement of identity and rejection of the mainstream as the stereotypically dark makeup and clothes of the Goth movement.

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Canberra is truly a liveable city

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 about the results, the statistics don’t lie: Canberra has evolved, particularly when looking at our retiree and family population.

In the 1970s, senior citizens were four times less likely to live in Canberra than the national average. That gap has now virtually disappeared, with many more retirees choosing to stay in Canberra instead of moving to other capital cities or the coast.

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The power of language

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:

… it is important to recognise and respect how language impacts a person’s cultural heritage, identity, and place in society. Speaking in the language and accent of your parents and grandparents is a continuous and powerful reminder of where you come from.

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