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Overturned cheese truck blocks Princes Highway

12:21 PM   Emergency services have worked through the night to unload 20 tonnes of cheese from an overturned truck.

A right royal Clique in The Famous Spiegeltent

Gerry Connolly dressed and performing as the Queen.

Jil Hogan 10:10 AM   Gerry Connolly brings his impression of Queen Elizabeth II to the proceedings but there's much more besides.

Pressure on Murrumbateman village as it grows into a town

Murrumbateman Progress Association president Margaret Head near the village's oval. 

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John Thistleton 9:14 AM   Murrumbateman's change from a village to a town is not without growing pains.

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Police investigate inner south car fires

Five cars were set on fire in Canberra's inner south on Tuesday morning.

8:01 AM   Police are investigating a string of car fires in Canberra's inner south in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

'I do wonder what your job is': Wong's spray

Senator Penny Wong grilled John Lloyd in an estimates hearing.

Penny Wong grills John Lloyd over his concern for welfare of public servant in Jamie Briggs saga.

Government set to extend smoking bans, hand more powers to police on domestic violence

The ACT government is set to extend outdoor smoking bans.

​The government will extend smoking bans in Canberra to more public spaces and events, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has foreshadowed.

The public service's 34,000 empty desks

The Commonwealth has 34,000 empty desks in more than 500 buildings around Australia, including Canberra.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   "Operation Tetris" making progress, but taxpayers still pay for vast swathes of empty offices.

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Lodge renovation costs grow to $11.61 million as auditors called in

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his wife, Lucy, at The Lodge.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   The growing price tag for renovations at the prime minister's official Canberra residence has grown again, this time to $11.61 million.

Marist brother among four men to face court on charges of child sex abuse in ACT

Brother John "Kostka" Chute, 83, who worked at Marist College in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.

Four men aged 60 to 83 allegedly molested young boys in ACT schools in the 1980s.

Eastman launches stay application, attempting to stave off second murder trial

David Eastman is arrested in December, 1992, in relation to the murder of Colin Winchester.

Christopher Knaus 8:26 PM   David Eastman has launched his last-ditch bid to stave off a second trial for the 1989 murder of ACT police chief Colin Winchester.

Canberra man who allegedly assaulted woman with medical crutch denied bail

Magistrate Robert Cook said the alleged assault was "a violent episode of concern".

A Canberra man accused of calling a woman a "dirty f---ing slut" as he struck her and kicked her in the face during a prolonged attack has been kept behind bars after he allegedly breached his bail conditions.

It's time for young talents to shine

Australian Talented Youth Project artistic adviser Liz Lea, left, and project director Jolanta Gallagher at a dance class.

Ron Cerabona 7:33 PM    The participants in the Australian Talented Youth Project will be performing at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Dogs found at Canberra house were underfed and suffered hair loss, fly bites


Dogs that belonged to a Canberra man facing dozens of animal mistreatment charges were underweight, underfed and suffered hair loss and fly bites that had scabbed over, a court has heard.

Awful public art named and shamed by annual award

Bert Flugelman on Nerang Pool, 1998.

Who is the famous Australian in our picture setting off in a rowing boat across the yabbie-infested waters of Commonwealth Park's Nerang Pool? What are the strange, inflated, floating, plastic objects that he is rowing out to?

ACT government offers to resettle asylum seekers in Canberra

Samuel is one of 37 babies born in Australia who is now destined to be sent back to Nauru.

Clare Colley 6:36 PM   The ACT government's offer to resettle the asylum seekers bound for deportation to Nauru "sends a signal" but is unlikely to be made a reality unless the federal government allowed the group to apply for temporary protection visas.

Sod turned on new University of Canberra public hospital site

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the hospital was one of the government's most important projects.

Alexandra Back 6:14 PM   The first sod has been turned on the site of the $139 million University of Canberra hospital development.

Police search for alleged booze-boot thieves

An image of the boot loaded with allegedly stolen alcohol.

Police are calling for help to identify five people seen loading the boot of a vehicle with stolen alcohol.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Feminists seethe against inequality

Reported in Genesis: Women's first stand for equality.

The old grievance of married women, that they are not persons, but merely appendages to their husbands, has again been demonstrated.

Paramedics drop into Lake Burley Griffin for specialist wet winch training

Snowy Hydro SouthCare paramedics training on Lake Burley Griffin.

Alexandra Back 4:48 PM   Canberrans have an opportunity this week to see paramedics lower themselves onto moving boats on the surface of Lake Burley Griffin.

Authorities haven't learned from Canberra 2003 bushfires, residents say

Ric Hingee, pictured at the ACT Bushfire Memorial, believes authorities still haven't learned critical lessons in ...

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Firefighters and residents whose homes were destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires have expressed fresh fears the ACT government has grown complacent over the territory's fire risk and would be unprepared in the event of another catastrophic blaze.

Canberra's visitor numbers soar as city rides centenary wave

The Skywhale flying over Canberra during the centenary. It has since floated on to favourable skies in Brazil and Ireland.

Katie Burgess 4:02 PM   A new report shows tourism in the ACT is still riding the wave of the 2013 centenary celebrations.

Asbestos Taskforce head defends changes to land rent for Fluffy owners

Asbestos Taskforce head Andrew Kefford: Fluffy owners must pay market value to get their land back.

'It's about providing assurance to the government that the land is being sold at market value'

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Win an exclusive Tom Roberts tour plus Wedgwood High Tea at the NGA

Portrait of Florence painted in Sydney, c 1898, oil on canvas on paperboard 66.6 x 38.7 cm. Art Gallery of New South ...

2:57 PM   Tom Roberts curator-lead tour, High Tea for two in the Wedgewood tea room and Tom Roberts gift pack could be all yours.

What to see, do, eat and drink at the National Multicultural Festival

Esther Khakula and Emily Joehnk Escobar dance together at last year's festival.

2:33 PM   A guide to the 2016 National Multicultural Festival in Canberra.

O'Connor nature-strip garden boasts mini-hothouse

Bram van Oosterhout and Judy Bamberger with their nature strip garden in O'Connor, including the hoop house which they ...

Half-metre rule would put paid to tomatoes, corn, even sunflowers

Motorcyclist suffers head injuries in Parkes Way crash

A motorcyclist suffered head and arm injuries in a crash on Parkes Way on Monday morning.

A motorcyclist suffered head and arm injuries in a crash on Parkes Way on Monday morning.

A memorable beginning to the cultural year

ACO Collective artistic director Pekka Kuusisto.

Pekka Kuusisto as inaugural artistic director for the ACO Collective tour has brought things off to a great start.

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Year of the Monkey: The capital celebrates

Admiring the Mai flower, which is said to be lucky, at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre are, from left, Peter Zhao,13, Hong ...

Alexandra Back   Canberrans celebrate the Lunar New Year as a time of renewal.

Shane Rattenbury calls for a ban on greyhound racing in the ACT

Greyhounds compete at the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club in February last year.

ACT Greens parliamentarian is calling for an end to the $1 million in government subsidies to the industry.

Queanbeyan Council given rails run on merger says Goulburn chief

Goulburn mayor Geoff Kettle and general manager Warwick Bennett.

Louise Thrower   Goulburn says Queanbeyan was given the pick of Palerang in councils carve-up.

Top public servants' pay bonanza

Former Treasury head Martin Parkinson warned that Australia could sacrifice as much as 5 per cent of the economy in ...

Noel Towell    Haven't had a pay rise since 2013? Your boss just got 60 grand.

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Charity begins at home for philanthropist Glenn Keys

Glenn Keys is the man behind a new social housing model in the ACT.

Alexandra Back   What does Australian philanthropy look like?

Canberra's bicycle theft hot spots

Braddon resident Sarah Mckenna had her bike stolen last year.

Katie Burgess   Bicycle thefts are on the rise in Canberra, ACT Policing says.

Antiques and art go under the hammer at Stromlo property

John Gale's nephew, David Coulter, at the auction. Furniture, artworks and silverware were some of the items collected ...

David Ellery   More than 700 bidders registered to take part in the auction of the John Gale Collection on Sunday.

Former intensive care doctor warns government against merging public guardian and trustee

Professor Tom Faunce: "You never want to get into a situation where life and death decisions are hanging because of ...

Kirsten Lawson   'You never want to get into a situation where life and death decisions are hanging because of financial considerations'

DFAT destroys one tonne of classified documents each week

The DFAT building in Barton, Canberra.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade shreds one tonne of classified and top secret documents in Canberra each week.

Poetry thrives in its new house

Poet Geoff Page at his home in Narrabundah.

This week, Poetry at the House will be held for the first time with enough space for 150 people.

Principals back schools' responses after week of threats

ACT police outside Canberra's Lanyon High School on Tuesday after a bomb threat.

Matthew Raggatt   Advocates for principals and parents said security measures taken after threats were made last week were satisfactory.

Page incomes the closest to the Australian median

Belconnen Community Men's Shed manager, Gordon Cooper with members as residents in Page earn the closest to the national ...

Stephen Jeffery   The Belconnen suburb's median income is the closest in the ACT to the national figures, newly released ABS data shows.

Reclaim Australia Rally drowns out counter protesters

Reclaim Australia national rally on Parliament House Lawns was the first in a series of globally coordinated Anti-Islam ...

Reclaim Australia protesters held their largest rally yet on Saturday in Canberra kicking of a wave of Anti-Islam demonstrations in cities across the world.

Height limits ends chance of repeat 28-storey plan for Woden 9

Martin Miller, pictured in Woden last year, said quality design of high-rise developments was important.

Matthew Raggatt   A repeat of the Woden 9 plans for towers up to 28 storeys high would be prevented if new height limits in the Woden master plan took effect.

The murders that put Canberra domestic violence on the front page

Ambulance officers carry an unconscious Darren Oliver from the Rivett house in which his parents and sister were shot ...

Stephen Jeffery   The murder of three members of the same family and severe bashing of a fourth 30 years ago this week sparked outrage and hastened the process to introduce tougher domestic violence legislation in the ACT.