Canberra Now: House prices rise; $280k travel bill 'money well spent'

Canberra Now: House prices rise; $280k travel bill 'money well spent'

When Hugo Walker arrived as gay, he quit his teaching job at a Canberra religious school because he didn’t desire to develop a division.

“I felt enjoy it was the honourable move to make, to resign from the educational school. If someone had outed me the educational school could have felt compelled to sack me. Some grouped families from very conservative churches could have demanded I was sacked,” Mr Walker said



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Six years later, the ACT is really a different place, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirming his government shall change discrimination laws to  prevent discrimination against teachers and students based on sexuality, gender identity, race, intersex or pregnancy characteristics.

Katie Burgess has more information on the draft bill, thursday which is tabled next.

Canberra house prices buck national trend

Canberra house prices have defied national trends, increasing by four % in the last 12 months.

Canberra house prices have defied national trends, increasing by four % in the last 12 months.

Home owners in Sydney and Melbourne may be feeling nervous because of all of the talk of a downturn within their property markets. But it is a different story in Canberra.

Canberra has bucked the national trend with a 4 % rise internal prices during the past 12 months. Unit prices fell 4 % in exactly the same period.

“Canberra property owners have reaped some great benefits of six consecutive years of house growth, september proving no different with,” Domain senior research analyst Nicola Powell said.

Lucy Bladen has more here.

Canberra’s cyclist ‘metre matters’ rule to stay

Credit:Karleen Minney

Road rules to safeguard cyclists shall become permanent in Canberra following a three-year trial, despite a scholarly study saying more testing is required to prove they increase safety.

The ACT government has made a decision to keep minimum distances for motorists passing cyclists following a report found they could have reduced the quantity of crashes.

Road Safety Minister Shane Rattenbury will on Thursday announce the territory will adopt the street rules permanently regardless of the report failing woefully to conclude that they had increased safety.

The rules require motorists to remain one metre free from cyclists when overtaking them in speed zones of 60km/h or less, and 1.5m in speed zones higher than 60km/h.

Read Doug Dingwall’s story here.

Public housing taskforce behind budget

The taskforce will now get buyers of blocks like Stuart Flats to demolish the buildings, amid concerns about delays to its work.

The taskforce shall now get buyers of blocks like Stuart Flats to demolish the buildings, amid concerns about delays to its work.Credit:Karleen Minney

The ACT’s public housing taskforce underspent its planned budget by around $120 million in 2017-18, following a group of delays accessing land, while developers will demolish houses on three key blocks rather than the government now.

The underspend includes $79 million worth of construction works or more to $41 million worth of demolitions the taskforce didn’t complete last fiscal year, partly because of delays accessing land at several community greenfield and facility-zoned sites.

The taskforce in addition has canned plans to demolish the buildings on existing public housing sites at Strathgordon Court in Lyons, Stuart Flats in Gowrie and Griffith Court in Narrabundah itself, making developers that choose the blocks clear the land instead.

Read Daniel Burdon’s story here.

$280k travel bill is ‘money well spent’

Director-general of the National Archives, David Fricker.

Director-general of the National Archives, David Fricker.Credit:Colleen Petch

Since starting in the role in 2012, National Archives of Australia boss David Fricker has spent $280,724 on travel. But he insists it’s “money well spent’.

Mr Week over his high travel bill fricker faced questioning at Senate estimates this, which include 26 overseas trips.

“That’s $280,000 well spent in my own view,” Mr Fricker told the committee.

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Sally;reports probably the most expensive trip was in April 2012, when Mr Fricker travelled to France, Switzerland, Germany, the uk and holland. Including flights, accommodation along with other costs, it came in at $28,241.

‘Sport has been going backwards’

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.

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Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on.Credit:AAP

Olympic Games medal targets are out the window and Australian Olympic Committee boss Matt Carroll fears medals will undoubtedly be too unless the federal government pumps a supplementary $60 million into sport every year.

Carroll addressed the Wednesday national Press Club in Canberra on, warning Australia is at risk of seeing that unpredictable manner continue if funds aren’t consistently pumped into Olympic sports.

“If investment continues to decline, i quickly need to say it will be very hard for all of us to win many medals at a Games. It’s likely to be tougher and tougher just,” he said.

Sport reporter Caden Helmers has more.

Today’s cartoon

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon for Thursday, October 25, 2018. 

The Canberra Times’ editorial cartoon for Thursday, October 25, 2018. Credit:David Pope

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Megan Dingwall is really a senior producer at The Canberra Times.

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