Canberra Now: Anti-Semitic attacks rise; and new warning for ACT jobs
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Canberra Now: Anti-Semitic attacks rise; and new warning for ACT jobs

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Sit back, relax - here's what's making headlines in Canberra.

New ACT business head warns of jobs and growth risks

Long-serving board member Archie Tsirimokos has been elected chair of the Canberra Business Chamber.

Long-serving board member Archie Tsirimokos has been elected chair of the Canberra Business Chamber.Credit:Karleen Minney

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The new leader of the Canberra Business Chamber has warned the ACT government not to push business over the border into NSW.

Archie Tsirimokos said he knew of businesses that had seen their rates rise five-fold from $10,000 to $50,000 a year. In general, rates rises were "significant" across the ACT, he said.

He said businesses would move across the border to New South Wales if the burden got too great.

Steve Evans has the story.

Canberra gets same-sex street light signals

The lights are located at the intersection of Cooyong Street with Lonsdale and Genge streets.

The lights are located at the intersection of Cooyong Street with Lonsdale and Genge streets.Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

First it was a rainbow roundabout, now Braddon is home to Canberra's very first same-sex couple pedestrian lights.

Eight green pedestrian lights at a Braddon intersection have been changed from a "walking man" to walking same-sex couples.

My story here.

ACT government rejects call for road tolls in Canberra

Public transport users want more investment in light rail and bus lanes, rather than roads for car drivers

Public transport users want more investment in light rail and bus lanes, rather than roads for car driversCredit:Karleen Minney

The ACT government has rejected a call for tolls on future major Canberra highways, but stayed mum on potentially further boosting public transport funding.

The Public Transport Association of Canberra called for road tolls to be considered, one of several measures it believed would boost public transport use in the city.

But a spokeswoman for Roads Minister Chris Steel said the government had no plans to introduce road tolls anywhere in the territory.

Daniel Burdon has the story.

Rise of anti-Semitic attacks prompts call for more police action

Rebbetzin Chasia Feldman and Rabbi Shmueli Feldman.

Rebbetzin Chasia Feldman and Rabbi Shmueli Feldman.Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

Attacks on a Canberra rabbi's home and a series of threatening phone calls to a local synagogue were among a rising number of reports of anti-Semitic crime in the ACT in the past year, according to a new report.

The release of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry's report comes amid claims over the weekend that a local Jewish teenager was sent "heil Hitler" messages via social media, and asked on the phone whether her "family enjoyed being gassed".

ACT Police confirmed it is investigating the allegation.

Read Dan Jervis-Bardy's story here.

The five coaches Canberra's A-League bid should go after

Should the Canberra A-League bid try and sign Socceroos legend Harry Kewell for their inaugural season?

Should the Canberra A-League bid try and sign Socceroos legend Harry Kewell for their inaugural season? Credit:PA

And finally, in sport ...

The seemingly never-ending A-League expansion process is expected to finally come to a resolution when then new Football Federation Australia board meet on December 12.

The FFA whittled bids down to 10 in August and then six last month and in two weeks we should finally know which two teams will be added to the league.

Read Eamonn Tiernan list of five coaches Canberra should go after if they win a licence here.

Today's cartoon

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon Tuesday, November 27.

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon Tuesday, November 27. Credit:Cathy Wilcox

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Han Nguyen reports on property for The Canberra Times. She joined the Times in 2017 after working as a breaking news reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.

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