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Red Hill

Red Hill

Red Hill is a leafy Canberra suburb with just over 3200 people, about 5km south of the city. I rode the bike there today and climbed the hill, which offers fantastic views over Canberra to the north and Woden to the south. It's hard to believe you're so close to Australia's Parliament and the capital city of a nation when you're walking scrubby [...] Read more

Lake Burley Griffin bike ride

Lake Burley Griffin bike ride

Today I rode the full 28km circuit of Lake Burley Griffin for the first time. There is a sealed path most of the way, with just a couple of small road sections and one brief stretch of gravel. I started at Kingston and rode through the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve to reach the Molonglo River and started circling the lake in an [...] Read more

Old Parliament House

Old Parliament House

Canberra's original Parliament House on King George V Terrace was built in the 1920s and served as Australia's legislature from 1927 to 1988. The building was designed by John Smith Murdoch, the first Commonwealth government architect. He was asked to design a provisional building intended to serve as a parliament for 50 years. The modest [...] Read more

Mock outrage mars travel debate

Mock outrage mars travel debate

The controversy over Sussan Ley, Andrew Barr and other politicians taking taxpayer-funded trips underscores why it is so hard to attract high-quality people into politics. A senior manager or chief executive in the private sector has fewer restrictions when it comes to networking or combining business with personal travel. Social media erupts with [...] Read more

Jetstar cancellation policy

Jetstar cancellation policy

I had low expectations when I tried to cancel flights booked with Jetstar from Darwin to Adelaide on January 23. The tickets were for my 13-year-old children, who are now travelling with me on Monday to Canberra. They will fly home from there, not from Darwin. I know that Jetstar is a budget carrier who openly states on their website: "You get [...] Read more

Moving to Canberra

Moving to Canberra

I finished up this week at my temporary job with Territory Generation. In a couple of weeks I'll be starting as Senior Journalist with the Canberra Times. Since I started working in media at the Bairnsdale Advertiser 30 years ago I've always enjoyed writing and reporting. There have been lots of changes. Typewriters made way for computers and [...] Read more

Ti Tree by Sabina Gorey

Ti Tree by Sabina Gorey

This painting by Sabina Gorey is simply titled "Ti Tree". Sabina is an Anmatyerre woman, born 1981. Unfortunately I haven't been able to learn any more about her. The Anmatyerr are an Indigenous language group from roughly 100km north of Alice Springs, around Ti Tree, and just up from Yambah Station, owned by the Gorey family. The language is [...] Read more

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