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. I grew up in Canberra and I love high country light, its ancient I love the place. I love its

hills at streets, its clear air, winters and it's not a

place. CC Hello and welcome to Garrett. Coming up - a Stateline. I'm Catherine

al tale of fruit Garrett. Coming up - a fiction

and murder set right al tale of fruit preservation

Canberra. And Minister Simon

Corbell takes us on a tour the new Corbell takes us on a tour of

you want one. We've ul said it, we've all been frustrated and even angry of taxis in Canberra especially at the airport. A summit of cab company, Government and to try to resolve the problem. business and tourism met today business and tourism met

An advisory problem has been established but the answer may be more complex than simply issuing 50 more licences. I joined the queue at the earlier in the week. I joined the queue at the airport

a police officer and said, something happened here waiting for a cab and look at in Canberra, because we're

the line. I've seen anything like it in my life." And he said, "Oh, this is just a

normal day." Welcome to Canberra - what must be one of the Welcome to Canberra - and

cab queues in the country, simply to get out of our airport on a weekday morning. I'm absolutely shattered because morning. I'm absolutely just resident of Canberra shattered because I'm a

years and to think that people resident of Canberra for 28

come to our city and have to put up with this recently been to it's better in Bag dand than it is in Canberra. People down end will probably be waiting for two hours. Anywhere world you wouldn't like this. It took our Stateline cameraman more than two minutes to walk the length of this line this as bad as you've ever say this is not unusual. Is

have you seen waiting of a this? Yeah. How many people

morning? Probably 300. Better go. Holding things up. It's pretty awful, it. How does - give you as a of Canberra? Not a very one. I've come from Melbourne. of Canberra? Not a very good

So get up early, all the anxiety of will I wake up, will I catch the plane, I do, I caught the plane, I get and there's this very, queue and it's the longest I've ever seen. I am going to certain sessions of meetings ever seen. I am going to miss that I wanted to be at, so, yes, it's The lack of taxis here is clear ly costing the city goodwill and valuable clients waiting for us and now and business dollars. Our

it look s bad on us but really it looks bad on Canberra. already phoned our agency and said we are not coming back here next week. We will go Newcastle here next week. We will go to get on an Newcastle for work. Starting to

so I can be on time for a get on an even earlier flight

o'clock appointment at 10 so I can be on time for a 10

o'clock. The cars are available but we can't get in to service the rank. And consequently it's busy so driver also stay outside and consequently it's busy outside

do the work rather than coming is because I got a fare to here. The only reason I'm here

airport. Getting in here getting out - we've got cars everywhere, getting bottom there and trying to get back out, it's just a nightmare. Why would you come here come here empty because here empty, the taxis won't

two other waiting in the two other jobs while you're

roads a and the airport duplicating, we know that, they roads a and the airport need

were scheduled to be duplicated seven years ago and at last they're starting now and getting on and being part they're starting now and we're

that solution. Do you horse has already bolted? We've already had these office s built and the road hasn't already had these office space

caught up? The road will catch up this year and on Federal Government and the Government will be extending the Monaro Highway as a duplicated road north up the Madura Valley going up roads to Civic. A large Madura Valley going up over the

of our fleet are choosing all. Overall for the taxi op 07 to go there during peak hour at

operator, time is money for them. If they have that's less trips for them and getting to the passenger,

that's less viable and if less viable, people exit that's less viable and if it's

don't come into less viable, people exit or

industry. As a taxi don't come into the

there is not much benefit for industry. As a taxi driver,

them. They're not the best paying jobs in Canberra. They deal with a lot lot of risk s. One have a fine they lose tell me there are whole day's income. Driver s whole day's income. Driver

parked in front of homes tell me there are a lot of cars because industry. Without the constant drivers to service the

supply of drivers, you have the have the taxi industry. That warning has prompted a meet ing today of industry, government and business representives hoping to find a way out Canberra's cab hoping to find a way out of

Canberra's cab quagmire. It's a roll up your sleeves roll up your sleeves action program. Part of the problem is we believe there aren't enough taxi licences there but we are very conscious licence owners and the licence owners and the drivers are in business and they to get investment. We're investment. We're very conscious of that conscious of that and we're not suggesting that you flood the market and their licence plates are worthless . We were 100 are worthless . We were 100 to 120 cabs short as a town this time last time last year. We think now we're probably another 30 to 50 cabs short on top of afternoon, Donna speaking. afternoon, Donna speaking. Can I help you? But the sums aren't they simple, these Mark Bramston. There's been 40 put on the road and another 12 is yet to come before we get to the 150 if z & that discussed. That 52-odd cab z has caused has caused a greater shortage of driver er because of driver er because we see it dividing the pool of drivers into cars and that more choice of when they're the road so we have less of the fleet on the road whole 24-hour period. We whole 24-hour period. We need to address where the supply of taxi drivers will the future. Without the the future. Without the supply of taxi drivers there of taxi drivers there won't be a Canberra's taxi issues are complex. There's peak times, constant road workers and often lack workers and often lack of other public transport public transport options that xs beat pressure on our cab service. Our short-term solution would be to ask solution would be to ask if there's ways of putting temporary traffic lites on some of the key paints that give access to the airport. Could we have dedicated bus and have dedicated bus and taxi lanes during peak lanes during peak hour? Is there a way that we can make there a way that we can make it easier and more productive for our people to service the airport the longer term issues of building better roads overpasses are actually put into reality? Most have experienced, you know, 40, 50 minutes in a taxi queue say I will never do that I will never do that again. That's why we're seeing the That's why we're seeing the car park grow so much. We've double the size of the car park because of that put on a bus service put on a bus service to Civic and one to Parliament and one to Parliament House and Woden. We give out s to people in the queue to the situation. While Territory Minister haar John mulls over the matter over the Stateline, Stateline - over the weekend, Stateline offers the last word to will never get a Canberra as long as I live. I where all the Canberra residents come with their cars to save us. We could to save us. We could give up our job s and come here to drive a taxi and make a money. At least in Bali you can get on one of

chooks straight away. The The pain. More on that story next week, but we do today's annoyancement of today's annoyancement of 50 new licences does not please the taxi industry. Now cot colonel has returned. In

dressing, fruit preserving, prostitution and prostitution and murder. Marion

Halligan has reprised her Canberra sleuth. With the action taking place in such as O'Connor, Manuka, the National Library and Tilleys, this is a book in which you can feel at met the author in her home. I grew up I grew up in Canberra, and love the place. That's not outsiders say, blaming the city for the decisions of the politicians they elect. I love its high country light, its high country light, its ancient hills at the end of new streets, its clear air. Its hot, unhumid surmers and frosty win - summers and frosty winner, yet it's not a simple

place. Marion, you seem very committed to Canberra both place to live and also as a back drop for some of your novels. Can you explain to novels. Can you explain to me what it offers you as a writer. It's the kind of place one der the surface there's whole lot going on. I mean, think of the murders we have here, which - this is mystery we're talking about, which are which are particularly difficult kind because difficult kind because they're usually - I say in the the old lover, the ex- er, ex- partner, the children who kill their mothers or their fathers. There's fathers. There's a lot of, I think, kind of think, kind of passions seething seething around underneath and so it's quite interesting place because since I because since I write domestically I'm interested domestically I'm interested in birth, death, marriage, betrayial, how you live your life in an life in an ordinary way. This place where you have a sense of not the sort of gritty belly that you get in, belly that you get in, say, Los Angeles,-type crime this apparently comfortable place where terrible things are happening underneath. Have you taken much creative licence

with Canberra in this book? Not much really. It's picture of Canberra people would say it's not the place I live. In I recognise it as recognise it as being like that. But I think I'm doing that. But I think I'm doing as much as I can to much as I can to be sort of an honest picture of it. honest picture of it. That's what interests what interests me. I am interested in this particular interested in this particular setting. Supposed to be prosperous than most of the rest of the country, not rich. There are hardly people here but people seem to be comfortable be comfortable but mortgages are high and are high and there's a lot of white collar crime. My white collar crime. My father used to remark that Hackett, where I grew up, was where the white collar criminals lived. When you say such a lived. When you say such a picture of a person in the paper, you can be sure, paper, you can be sure, he said, they live in Hackett. rather hold to the idea that nof Els should nof Els should have a very concrete settings and concrete settings and that concrete things shoulds in them. I decided to take a detour and drop into Tilleys, have a coffee and a read have a coffee and a read of the paper. Don't go to Tilleys much anymore. That seems to belong to to my single life. So I thought I'd re visit nobody I knew there and nothing in the paper. Still, in the paper. Still, you can spend a bit of time reading nothing in the paper. I nothing in the paper. I rather enjoyed walking enjoyed walking along the old paths from Tillies to my paths from Tillies to my house. I was thinking about my I was thinking about my next project, how I wouldn't start

it yet. If you set a book in O'Connor with somebody who work s at home work as a freelance editor does, I think that you're kind of a bit certain to end of a bit certain to end up going to Tilleys - that going to Tilleys - that just seemed logical. And Tillies seemed logical. And Tillies is an interesting Do these kind of hor ific things like child prostitution actually go on here? Um, I'm not entirely sure, it wouldn't surprise me if they did. The child prostitution is child prostitution is an interesting interesting thing because people people are thinking it 's happening. One of happening. One of the things that does obviously happen here is Internet porn and that kind of thing which often of thing which often leads to the grooming of children and so

people around the place that. Whether they're sex slaves in brothels, I would not like to say. You chose to focus very much on this topic of prostitution, which is an underworld aspect of Canberra that is often that is often left untouched. But is it a natural for a Canberra-based think it's

think it's most interesting world to explore. Particularly the fact that prostitution isn't hidden as it once. And women admit to doing it and become militant sex trying to get better - trying to get better - workers trying to get better conditions. I'm always I'm always amused by the fact that brothels in fact that brothels in Canberra are situated are situated in the light industrial areas. We've got a planned city, where the brothels are. They used not to be legal and there might be one in the house next to yours, Clare's parents live in quite a grand suburb and that's what was going on in house down the street - cars at all hour, taxi, comings and goings. People complained. Now the sex worker are They reckon that brothel They reckon that brothel s don't have don't have any of the usual waste and noise and so waste and noise and so on of industrial sielts so they have to be among them it's at Mitchell, he said, Cabinet Room it's called. You can have girls in-house or take away. At one stage when my son didn't have a job he was Greste interested interested in applying for a job as a driver for job as a driver for one of these places and he had to be kind of a body guard as well. He thought it would be an interesting job driving the girls to the hotels girls to the hotels and so on where they where they plied their trade and driving and driving them back again. But he decided not to do it. But I was just But I was just interested that there's advertisements in the paper, it's open. And something that a lot of something that a lot of young people think is a better job than waitressing. In my time than waitressing. In my time it would have been so would have been so shocking when I was their age it would have been so shocking to such a thing. But now it's a perfect ly viable alternative perfect ly viable alternative - it pays much better and it's easier on your back and much easier on your feet! You talk about the Porritt murder in a way that it gives the impression that that story has had quite an do you do you think that that particular happening in Canberra shows about society? Well, that was - I thought a pretty typical thought a pretty typical crime. I remember when it was just was just before Christmas and here's the woman found with, what, something and nobody did it. It somehow seems to me particularly shocking that in the middle of this quiet, pleasant suburban life there should be a particularly as I'm particularly as I'm very interested in suburbia I think people can lead a good the suburbs but the suburbs but there's no doubt that wrong. And the National Library, what that have? Oh, well, I like the National Library. I think it's a great The launch is at the National Library in the foyer, beautiful space but death to the feet. Marble floors

recliented on couches. It's being launched by professor of who hasn't been chosen for his prefity or wit. I eye one sofa. I wish I were old enough to sink into it without feeling cowed by the staunch ancient ladies who look as if they could stand on their

feet forever. Some people would argue that in fact the very best murder mystery novels have written by think the attraction is? Maybe they've got good brains at working out puzzles. That's working out puzzles. That's the kind I like. Men tend to kind I like. Men tend to write more thriller books, I think. But women are very good at the puzzle plot where, you know, you're never quite sure who's dunnit and what's happening. It isn't just the puzzle. It is the characters the characters and what they're up to and society - it's novel about society and That's very much the case the prostitution and the notion of the murder of the murder s. The murder mysteries but are they fun write? They're fun to write write? They're fun to write and this is the interesting thing that I hadn't realised until I wrote my first murder mystery that in fact they're very benign books, they're very happy books in the end. And certainly in my carried away and, you know, the full force of justice falls upon him or her and upon him or her and everybody else can live happily ever after. After the after. After the crime, you do the time. The the ACT has been the cause of much controversy surrounding its location, design and even its very existence. But it's now a dun deal, almost complete, and due to open later in the year. Recently, Prisons Minister Simon Corbell took Philip Williams on a Philip Williams on a tour of

the new facility at Hume. This is the front door to the prison, basically. And the prison, basically. And this is the gate house and is the gate house and the selly port so vehiclies port so vehiclies can come through here, prisoners will move in and out, they move in and out, they might cohave come from the court taskforce police stations they might be going back to court or someone else. So this It has all the security arrangements you would arrangements you would expect to accommodate maximum minimum security prisoners. This is the visit s building for the prison. This will where relatives and friends, lawyers, and other people needing will come. It's a series of spaces, one for spaces, one for contact visits where people can hold hands and so on, kiss and so on, as well as private rooms for meetings with lawyers and also a non-contact s area who are not allowed to who are not allowed to have physical contact

a space for them. I don't a space for them. I don't see any barbed anywhere. No. That - it is a feature of this at all. We are attempting to obtrusiveness of the We have very high security in this facility but the this facility but the intention is for it to be largely

This is the town This is the town square here, this is the centre of prison. And it's really a central gathering place for recreation and activities. So it to be very much a series of buildings that gives us a sense of community interaction. It certainly does feel open. Very open and feel open. Very open and it's designed to designed to do that because that again engages people in more positive way. What these buildings sentence cottages. sentence cottages. They're for low security male They ta take responsibility for their cook ing and cleaning. There's a kitchen, a dining area and communal living and the and the important element about these low security cottages is that it's designed to that it's designed to en courage prisoners to develop those living skills that they will need when to the outside world and to encourage their encourage their communication, interaction skills and, interaction skills and, again, really try and normalise the behaviour inside the prison so rehabilitate, encouraging them to be more effective when they go back when they go back into the real world. I can hear some of our viewers viewers now echoing saying, "This is too nice, is too comfortable, this is rewarding people's bad behaviour." There's no to be locked up behind a very large security perimeter for 10, ssh - - 15, 20 years. You don't get when you come and go, your clothing reason. What about the people who feel that if you've commit add crime you really add crime you really should suffer, you should feel the pain that your pain that your victims felt. The deprivation of your liberty is the punish ment liberty is the punish ment of crimes against society, what this facility for. Phil, this is the sort of accommodation that will be

available for remand and available for remand and tight security prisoners. This security prisoners. This is an outside exercisariand it's very secure and we are providing secure and we are providing for a range of security classifications in the prison. This looks more prison. This looks more hard core. This core. This is what people would more expect in a cells? We need to and this is for and this is for high security. All remand is security because if they're facing trial you don't want them to escape or get away, they're treated as high security while they're security while they're facing trial. This will replace the very antiquated very antiquated Belconnen and siem stone remand centres really are really are rabbit warrience. This is one of the standard cells in the remand cells in the remand block. As you can sees, it 50's you can sees, it 50's double bunch bed much with again - hardened again - hardened glass window and the secure and the secure and well fitted out shower and area. What is different about a cell like this and the the sort of cell you might expect to be in NSW? The human rights focus really has meant we've given greater consideration privacy, when to prisoners in their own cells. Privacy for showering, for example, shower cubicle just over is very private and that's again designed to again designed to reduce observation for that observation for that period of time when the prisoner time when the prisoner is showering. Of course with all of the elements around hanging points and so on so we don't provide opportunities for people to self-harm people to self-harm and toughened glass on the so we're allowing that so we're allowing that natural light in but we're not bars on the window and replacing it with a very hardened security glass so we get the natural light in and for people in remand are more likely to be in their cell for extended periods. Access to natural light is important. What would you say What would you say to Canberrans who argue we have much higher priorities - we need better hospitals, better education facilities, we really don't need a prison here in don't need a prison here in the ACT? We spend over half of ACT Government ACT Government budget on health and education alone. But looking after sentenced Looking after those people who we send to jail is we send to jail is a fundamental responsibility fundamental responsibility of any society. We want sure that when prisoners come back into society they're back into society they're not committing committing crimes, they're not end ing up back in in the courts, back in the criminal justice system and the only way we can do that is to take responsibility for our take responsibility for our own prisoners and provide them with an environment that give us the best chance of breaking the cycle of crime, breaking the cycle of visitism which causes so much pain in our community. Now to finish this week an exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Canberra Museum and gallery by glass artist Stephen who died who died in 2001. This exhibition celebrates his

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