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President of the A-C-T Branch of the Australian Education Union, Angela Burroughs, says there are currently no changes to Covid safety plans in schools.
From next Wednesday, household and close contacts of a person with the virus will no longer need to isolate for seven days.
Ms Burroughs says the Education Directorate will respond on Tuesday, but says any changes must reflect the different needs of schools.
[TAKE TAPE] OUTCUE: Schools are unusual places, they are not a regular workplace and it's not as easy to say 'work from home if you can.' That doesn't necessarily work in all cases. [ITEM TIME: 00.00.12]
A-C-T Liberal Senator, Zed Seselja, says there’s no need to change political advertising laws.
Independent David Pocock lodged a complaint over corflutes from the conservative lobby group Advance Australia showing him with an open shirt and a Greens T-shirt underneath.
The Electoral Commission says there’s nothing illegal about the corflutes.
Senator Seselja says current laws allow an open debate on political issues.
[TAKE TAPE] OUTCUE: Those third party groups can speak for themselves. If they do something that’s incorrect then it’s up to those who disagree with them to have that argument. [ITEM TIME: 0.08]
The Federal Opposition has committed to spend more than 3-million-dollars to support the health of Canberra’s waterways.
The funding, if Labor wins the election, would support a range of projects, including the regeneration of waterways, weed management, and improve water quality.
While the A-C-T Government has made its own commitment. Member for Canberra, Alicia Payne says the Federal program would tackle different needs.
[TAKE TAPE] OUTCUE: This is absolutely working in tandem with what the ACT Government are already doing, but supporting the work of volunteers who are really leading on the ground the tireless work that happens every week in these areas. [ITEM TIME: 00.00.11]
ACT Croquet Club
The A-C-T Government has awarded Canberra's croquet club at Yarralumla funding for a series of upgrades to the heritage listed facilities
The 4 hundred and ten-thousand dollars will go towards a new building with improved disability access, to improve the likelihood of hosting state and national events.
Croquet Club President Greg Diprose, says the funding will help make the club more accessible to more people.
[TAKE TAPE] OUTCUE: It's a sport that can be played by everybody, men and women equally. We have a handicap system, rather parallel with golf handicaps, where beginners and experienced people can play on a relatively equal playing. It's a very good social club, it attracts a lot of people. [ITEM TIME: 00.00.16]
A man will face the A-C- T Magistrates Court today on 19 child abuse charges including incest.
The 35-year- old from Palmerston in Canberra’s north was charged after Police became aware of him via a tip off in February this year.
CBR Floriade Returning
Floriade is returning to Canberra this year with a theme of the Sound of Spring.
The month long event, beginning on September the 17th, will feature a million blooms set to a soundtrack of diverse musical performances.
It will be the 35th Floriade.
Community groups can now apply to host a display in locations that must be visible to large numbers of Canberrans.