Canberra Now: Violence against teachers; relief for farmers
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Canberra Now: Violence against teachers; relief for farmers

Good morning, Canberra.

Welcome to Thursday, where the rain is over but that doesn't mean the heat has returned - we're heading for a top temperature of 21 degrees.

Let's have a look at what's making news.

'I couldn't protect the other kids'

Canberra teachers are speaking out about school violence, saying their safety concerns often went unheeded.

Canberra teachers are speaking out about school violence, saying their safety concerns often went unheeded.Credit:Jamila Toderas

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This is a disturbing story - on average, more than six Canberra teachers a day reported violence at school last financial year, government data shows, but some say their pleas for action are still going unheeded.

The revelation comes as the union puts on extra workers to cope with a flood of teachers seeking help and WorkSafe takes action against the ACT Education Directorate for failing to keep staff safe.

Educators who spoke to The Canberra Times under the condition of anonymity have painted a concerning picture of poor management around violence in ACT schools, in some cases more than a year after the roll-out of the Education Directorate's new occupational violence policy.

Sherryn Groch has the story here.

ACT fails to act on most building reforms, two years after pledge

Labor frontbencher Gordon Ramsay recently inherited building regulation from Mick Gentleman, who oversaw little action in more than two years.

Labor frontbencher Gordon Ramsay recently inherited building regulation from Mick Gentleman, who oversaw little action in more than two years.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Yes, it's another headline about problems with building quality in the ACT - it's past a joke.

This one is that the ACT government is yet to act on the vast majority of recommendations for building regulatory reform, more than two years after then-minister Mick Gentleman pledged to act on systemic problems.

In Assembly annual report hearings on Wednesday, senior government officials revealed the government was yet to act on 30 recommendations from a report on building quality and regulation published in June 2016.

Daniel Burdon has the story here.

Rain, funds bring ACT drought relief

It was weather for ducks - and farmers - on Wednesday with 15.2 millimetres of rain in Canberra.

It was weather for ducks - and farmers - on Wednesday with 15.2 millimetres of rain in Canberra.Credit:Elesa Kurtz

How good was the rain yesterday? After it was so dry for so long I was happy to get out my raincoat.

We had 15.2 millimetres of rain yesterday, and today the ACT government is announcing $150,000 in grants for farmers to help make their farms more drought resilient.

Dan Jervis-Bardy and I have the story here.

How hives at Canberra Airport are our biosecurity frontline

ACT government biosecurity vet Kyeelee Driver at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands

ACT government biosecurity vet Kyeelee Driver at the Jerrabomberra WetlandsCredit:Lawrence Atkins

There's a real buzz about this story ... sorry!

There are a few unwitting souls on the frontline of the bush capital's biosecurity at Canberra Airport that you might not have met.

Canberra's biosecurity teams have bee hives that act similar to canaries in a mine for the capital's European honey bee population.

These "sentinel hives" will be the first to catch any pests from the airport, giving biosecurity experts time to control them before they spread.

Finbar O'Mallon has the story here.

ACT to re-open visa stream with new assessment system

Chandan Paul is once again hoping to be able to settle in Canberra after changes to the ACT's visa nomination system.

Chandan Paul is once again hoping to be able to settle in Canberra after changes to the ACT's visa nomination system.Credit:Jamila Toderas

I've been working on this story for a few months, and it's good to see progress.

Applications for the ACT-sponsored skilled migration program are set to re-open later this month, months after the program was closed to give the ACT government time to deal with an influx of international students to the territory.

Even though bureaucrats knew in April the program was set to face a significant demand that it could not meet in that year or future years, they did not act until June, closing applications for those who weren't in "in demand" occupations, even if they were close to meeting other criteria.

I have the story here.

Today's cartoon:

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon for Thursday, November 8, 2018.

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon for Thursday, November 8, 2018.Credit:David Pope

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Sally Whyte is a reporter for The Canberra Times covering the public service.