The Price: Resolving Mr Fluffy

  One billion dollars… that is the price. The price upfront of resolving in the ACT at least, the scourge of loose-fill asbestos insulation that has persisted for five decades. The ACT Government has today announced an agreement with the Commonwealth, that will give the territory access to financing of up to $1billion. The concessional loan… Continue reading The Price: Resolving Mr Fluffy

Cause and Effect: The Legacy of Mr Fluffy

  On a winter day, the roar of a motor and rushing air disturbs the cool calm of suburban Canberra. A man on the back of a truck cuts open a hessian sack and plunges his hand in, taking out a clump of loose, grey, fibrous material; dropping it into the beating metal blades of… Continue reading Cause and Effect: The Legacy of Mr Fluffy

The Ghosts of Bush Weeks Past

Bush week is a relatively timid affair nowadays, but there was a time when it was something more. A time when it was an infamous part of Canberra’s cultural calendar, when ANU students could shut down city streets and, for better or worse, their exploits were front page news. For a time, it served as… Continue reading The Ghosts of Bush Weeks Past

The Weakest Link

  On one of the Kings Highway’s sharp, winding bends, you’ll pass a small cave near the top of Clyde Mountain. It’s the now blocked entrance to a tunnel leading into the mountain and under the road. Such was the importance of the road linking Canberra and the coast that during the Second World War,… Continue reading The Weakest Link