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Law thesis much more than words
ANU student Joseph Frawley, 25, of Hall, is sleeping in his car for 15 weeks to raise money for St Vincent de Paul.
Photo: Graham Tidy
Every night for 15 weeks, Joseph
Frawley is rugging up and bunking
down in his car, braving the plunging
temperatures to raise funds for the
homeless and disadvantaged.
Mr Frawley, an Australian National
University student, began spending
nights in the car on July 20, and plans
to continue until he submits his law
honours thesis in late October.
He interned with St Vincent de Paul
Society earlier this year and has
decided to make a difference by
sleeping in his car and raising money
for its Clemente Program, an initiative
between St Vincent de Paul and the
Australian Catholic University, which
allows disadvantaged people in the
community to access higher education.
It enables people who have
experienced really rough times of
homelessness, family breakdowns,
things like addiction, mental health
issues, disabilities, to actually access
higher education, Mr Frawley said.
The program is not funded by
government and costs St Vincent de
Paul $2000 a student.
We thought we d raise money for
them because they re in great need and
119 students enrolled in Clemente last
year so there s a big need for us to fund
this, Mr Frawley said.
He has raised nearly $3000 of the
$13,000 he is aiming for. He is hoping
to receive a dollar for every word in his
His blog documents his experiences
of sleeping rough as Canberra
temperatures drop as low as minus
He said it was hard to stay positive
after a terrible night s sleep.
I did wake up at one point when it
was light enough, I saw that there was
actually frost on my blanket where my
breath had been.
Donations can be made on the St
Vincent de Paul Society website.
Follow the links to the ''Joe's Thesis
Forrest has emerged as Canberra s
most expensive suburb in a nationwide
ranking of the country s richest places
to purchase property.
The inner south suburb finished 37
on CoreLogic RP Data s Million
Dollar Club list with a median house
value of $2,118,596.
Forrest was the only ACT suburb to
record a median house value above
Canberra was home to seven
suburbs with a median value of at least
$1 million as of June, making up
1.6 per cent of the territory s property.
Inner south suburbs lead the pack
with Yarralumla Canberra s second-
most expensive suburb on $1,488,514,
followed by Griffith on $1,254,519.
Red Hill, Campbell, Deakin and
Isaacs rounded out the territory s
It s the highest number of million-
dollar suburbs recorded in the capital
in the past five years of data, including
only four suburbs in each of the
previous three years.
Last year Domain Group data
revealed Griffith was the city s most
expensive suburb with a median price
of $1,095,500 and 50 properties sold.
Across Australia a record 437
suburbs topped the $1 million mark in
2015, 23.1 per cent more than the
The result follows a 44.3 per cent
rise in the number of million-dollar
suburbs between 2013 and 2014.
GET SOME ARTISTIC
TIPS FROM A MASTER
Painters of all abilities are invited to
sign up for a master class with Ted
Lewis at Aarwun Gallery in Gold
Creek on October 31 and November 1.
The artist plans to re-create one of
his works step-by-step, allowing
students to learn techniques for a
successful landscape piece as he
deconstructs his composition.
For more information, phone
6230 2055 or email
Uni attempts stargazing world record
Astronomer Brad Tucker will attempt a world stargazing record at The Australian National University later this
Photo: Jay Cronan
The Australian National University is
encouraging Canberrans with stars in
their eyes to gather at the city campus
this week in the hope of breaking the
world record for the most people
stargazing at a single site.
Research School of Astronomy and
Astrophysics academic Brad Tucker
expected thousands of people to attend
a world record attempt at the Canberra
university s city campus on Friday,
August 21, as part of Science Week.
The current record is 640 people at
He said people could use their own
telescopes and binoculars or sign up to
order one of 10,000 mini telescopes,
which would provide a spectacular
view of the moon.
The moon will be the main
attraction of the night, Dr Tucker
With these little telescopes people
will be able to pick out the craters on
the moon and ancient lava flows,
especially along the line between the
dark side of the moon and the bright
side, known as the terminator line.
Through the bigger telescopes you
will be able to see beautiful objects
such as Saturn s rings, the Jewel Box
star cluster and some colourful
The university also hopes to set a
new record for the most people
stargazing at multiple sites around
Australia, including the Torres Strait,
Broken Hill and in Western Australia s
The current record is 3007, however
Dr Tucker hoped up to 15,000
Australians would take part.
An interactive map of the 48 sites
taking part on the night is available
Guinness World Records
representatives will attend the world
record attempt to validate the number
of people simultaneously looking at
the sky through a telescope or
If a new record is set, everyone who
takes part will receive a certificate.
Volunteers from ANU, Questacon
and amateur astronomical societies
will lead stargazing groups, while
larger telescopes will be on hand for
those wanting to see more distant
ANU scientists, including Nobel
Prize winner Brian Schmidt, will also
give talks on astronomy before the
world record attempt at 8.30pm on
Friday, August 21.
To register visit: rsaa.anu.edu.au/
Registration is free for people with
their own binoculars or telescopes.
Mini telescopes can be ordered for
in the suburbs
A large tyrannosaurus replica cut a
crisp silhouette in snow at Canberra s
National Dinosaur Museum last
Wednesday with management
declaring an ice age .
Like many suburbs across Canberra,
the Nicholls theme park was briefly
treated to snowfall in the early
afternoon although it was not heavy
enough to settle.
The Bureau of Meteorology dubbed
Wednesday s snow the best in the
capital since 2006.
Anthony Duke confirmed the dusting
was definitely snow , which he
suspected was lightly falling in areas
at a higher ground.
He said a cold front had brought
cool air to the capital, which had
created the right conditions for a
I ve seen evidence it s settling in
some suburbs of Canberra, Mr Duke
It was forecast to fall at about
1000 metres but I suspect it s falling to
about 800 metres at the very lowest.
It s definitely possible to get snow
maybe down to 700 metres.
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