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Canberra sizzles as mercury climbs

Natasha Boddy 3:08 PM   Canberrans spent much of Valentine's Day looking for ways to cool off and beat the heat as the capital sizzled.

Change gets a new face at the Royal Australian Mint

Open day at the Royal Australian Mint with chief executive  Ross McDiarmid and coins that will be released for ...

Georgina Connery 9:51 PM   The first of the new-look Australian coins will be in people's pockets on Monday.

Aldi on the way to Majura Park

Aldi is coming to Majura Park  this year.

Matthew Raggatt 9:48 PM   Discount supermarket giant Aldi will open a store at  Majura Park this year.

Canberra family warn of animal baiting

The Downes family's dog Bailey just scraped through after toxic poisoning. 
from left, Dean, Jessica 19, Leah, Kristen ...

Georgina Connery 9:48 PM   A localised spate of pet poisonings in Lanyon Valley has Canberrans concerned about animal baiting.

Hopes 2016 is year of suburban shopping centres

Little Oink cafe's Alice Fisher. The cafe's owner will be opening a bar next door in winter.

Matthew Raggatt 9:45 PM   Local shops could be the consumers' choice this year in the territory due to upgrades.

National Multicultural Festival parades costume, customs and cuisine

An Indonesian Batik Carnival performer in procession on London Circuit.

Georgina Connery 9:34 PM   It had everything from bagpipes to belly dancers and despite top temperatures reaching 32 degrees Canberrans came out in force on Saturday to enjoy costume, cuisine and customs from all over the world.

Self-defence argument likely for man charged with stabbing

The defendant told police he feared he would be killed.

Matthew Raggatt 9:33 PM   A Macgregor man who allegedly stabbed an unknown man more than 10 times and told police he feared he would be murdered has been refused bail.

Couple's special plans for Valentine's Day

The giraffes at the National Zoo will, unlock many of the zoo's couples, have the chance to be together on Valentine's Day.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Who needs roses and chocolates when you have giraffes and lions?

Canberra couple celebrate joint centenary milestone

George and Iris Barlin are turning 100 in quick succession and will celebrate the occasion with family at a party on Sunday.

Richard Begbie 11:30 PM   George and Iris Barlin will celebrate their joint 100th birthdays at a celebration on Valentine's Day.

ACT teachers back #LetThemStay campaign

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ACT School teachers take part in national #LetThemStay campaign calling for 267 refugees at risk of being ...

Georgina Connery 11:30 PM   ACT Teachers have added their voice to the growing political push back surrounding refugees at risk of being returned to detention in Nauru.

Bail granted after public mischief charge for repeat 000 calls

The defendant allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times within 13 days.

Matthew Raggatt   A woman who allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times this month requesting an ambulance despite no physical symptoms has been charged with causing public mischief.

How diversity goes with our territory

Mohammed Ali is a champion of the campaign by the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commission's, 'Diversity Goes with ...

Diverse Canberrans are urging others to get behind The ACT Human Rights Commission's online campaign, Diversity goes with our Territory, and spread messages of inclusion, acceptance and multiculturalism.

Little Canberra boy's brave battle against the odds

Three-month-old Charlie Clode has a complex heart condition. Each 300 bead represents a medical incident, but the ...

Clare Sibthorpe   Three hundred beads represent the medical incidents Charlie has endured in his three-month-life, including open heart surgery.

Woman hospitalised after southside fire

The fire in Fisher caused significant damage to the unit, includnig the roof collapsing.

The fire in Fisher caused significant damage to the unit, including the roof collapsing.

Direct international flights could unlock Canberra for freight: Barr

Freight opportunities unlocked: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy   Canberra's new direct international flights will unlock freight opportunities for the Canberra region.

Heritage Strategy launched at ACT's newest heritage site Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station

Former Honeysuckle Creek tracking station employee Hamish Lindsay at the recently heritage-listed site.

Clare Colley   Almost 49 years since its antenna beamed the first TV images of the moon landing, and 24 years after the site was levelled, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station has been added to the ACT's heritage register.

How a group of Canberra scientists helped to prove what Einstein couldn't

Professor David McClelland and Professor Susan Scott at the ANU Centre for Gravitational Physics.

Katie Burgess   How a group of Canberra scientists helped to prove Einstein wrong.

Eastman faces the accountability mirage

Jack Waterford.

Jack Waterford   Colin Winchester, one of Australia's most powerful police officers, was killed in Canberra 27 years ago. Yet new details keep surfacing.

National Multicultural Festival begins with Malaysian ceremonies

Tourism Malaysia officially opened the Malaysia Village in Ainslie Avenue, Civic, as part of the National Multicultural ...

Henry Belot   The multicultural festival kicks off for another year in Canberra.

Jackson deserves to leave on her terms

Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton   Saturday Serve: Lauren Jackson deserves a chance to go out on her terms.

Directions gets $1.4m to tackle Goulburn ice problem

Bronwyn Hendry said the $1.4 million NSW contract gave Directions a third funding stream together with its ACT and ...

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Canberra drug rehabilitation provider Directions has been granted $1.4 million to help address the growing ice problem in Goulburn. 

ACT open to adjusting laws to prevent 'gay cure' operators

ACT Health says it is not aware of any active "gay conversion therapists" operating in the territory.

Stephen Jeffery 11:30 PM   The territory government says it will watch Victoria's push to crack down on 'gay conversion therapy', but believes the practice is prevented in existing human rights and health laws.

Canberra's lonely hearts lose more than half a million dollars in 2015

Lonely heart scams snagged more than $500,000 from Canberrans in 2015.

Katie Burgess   Canberrans lost more than half a million dollars to love scammers last year,the Australian consumer watchdog has revealed.

Acton Tunnel crash leaves $1.2 million insurance bill

An excavator on the back of a truck hit the roof of the westbound Acton tunnel in October.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   The repair bill for the Acton tunnel crash which blocked traffic for two days in October has been revealed as $1.2 million, or an average of $15,000 for each tile damaged.

2016 Bald Archy art exhibition opens in Canberra

The entry by artist Judy Nadin) entitled "May the remorse be with you", depicting Bronwyn Bishop.

Meghan Corcoran   From Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull depicted as the statue David with a naked Queen Elizabeth II clinging to his leg, to Bronwyn Bishop catching a bus, this year's Bald Archy's Prize has again delivered what audiences have come to expect. 

NDIS ACT rollout improves but numbers underestimated

Complaints about the NDIS are slowing down as more Canberrans have their plans approved.

Clare Colley   The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT is on track with complaints slowing down, but the number of Canberrans deemed eligible remains higher than expected.

It all makes sense now – the early days of dollars and cents in Australia

Retired Canberra bus drivers Reg Walters, 75, of Watson; Dick Redman, 87, of Ainslie, and Pat Torpy, 79, of Dickson. ...

Megan Doherty   Sunday will see the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency to Australia.

Celebrate 50th anniversary of decimal currency at Mint open day

Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid in the circulation room that will be open for public tours on ...

Meghan Corcoran   Five decades ago, Australians braced for a significant change in the way they used money as the country shifted from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents.

Wild hail storm damages car yards with insurance claims set to rise

Kristel Shelley's home in Queanbeyan was significantly damaged by the hail storm on Thursday night.

Henry Belot and Kimberley Le Lievre   Queanbeyan residents spend Friday morning cleaning up after a severe hail storm.

Andrew Barr tells Malcolm Turnbull to leave Canberra alone

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has slammed the federal government's "Canberra bashing".

Tom McIlroy and Katie Burgess   The ACT's Chief Minister has lashed out at the federal government's "pork-barrelling" of public service, while calling for an end to the "Canberra bashing".

DHS wage offer smashed

About 23,000 Department of Human Services workers voted on the pay deal.

Noel Towell   Workers in the government's biggest department have again rejected a wage deal. The electoral commission has voted no too.

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Retiring Mary Porter on change and moving on

Labor MLA Mary Porter says she "will need to ensure I don't lose my identity" as she prepares to leave political life on ...

Megan Doherty   Ginninderra MLA Mary Porter is about to enter her last week in the ACT Assembly after nearly 12 years representing the people of north-western Canberra.

The politics of Medicare

Privatising Medicare's payment system was a less prominent brainchild of the 2014 Commission of Audit.

Jane Lee   The longer the government takes to release its plan for Medicare and aged care payments, the more time the Opposition has to warn voters of the hypothetical dangers it could pose.

Top FBI expert embroiled in misconduct probe after Eastman evidence

David Eastman spent almost 19 years behind bars before having his conviction for the murder of ACT police chief Colin ...

Christopher Knaus and Jack Waterford   Australian authorities may have known of serious concerns about FBI examiner used in Eastman case since 2000.

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Canberra woman calls for inquiry into management of Domestic Animal Services

Midge (left) and Neo, the dogs owned by Renee Dean who were mauled to death in their own backyard.

A Canberra woman whose dogs were mauled to death in her own backyard is calling for an inquiry into the management of Domestic Animal Services, saying it didn't investigate her case, and others, properly.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for the ACT region

The State Emergency Service has advised Canberra residents to keep their cars under cover and to keep clear of creeks ...

Henry Belot   Queanbeyan and southern Canberra have been battered with a severe hail storm.

College student committed to stand trial for sex with minor

Ibrahim Kamara, 20, has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Christopher Knaus   ACT college student who allegedly had sex with a minor is committed to stand trial.

Fuzzy Logic: Getting an earful of yourself

When you hear your recorded voice – as on an answering machine – it sounds higher pitched because it takes a longer ...

Question: Why does our own voice sound different?

Gambler stole $530,000 from ATMs

Salesi Toumo'ua gambled money he stole from Canberra ATMs in a string of transactions over five months.

Megan Gorrey   A former security company employee who stole more than $530,000 from four Canberra ATMs in one night gambled the money through dozens of transactions, including a $52,000 bet on an AFL premiership.

Public servants top the superannuation pile

Commonwealth public servants and military personnel scored the best returns on their retirement savings in the past ...

Noel Towell   Public sector super funds smash the opposition for returns.

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Barnaby accused of pork-barrel politics

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Phillip Thomson   But the minister is on the front foot – 'As marvellous as Lake Burley Griffin is, there are not many fishing grounds in it'.

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ANU pledges to stamp out sexual harrassment

Professor Brian Schmidt.

Emma Macdonald   The ANU is committed to providing opportunity equally to women and men, equally to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, equally to people living with a disability and equally to those who aspire to do great things regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status, Professor Brian Schmidt says.

Canberra's 12-year-old beatboxer

Canberra beatboxer Satvik 'Renagzy' Sharma,12, will perform at Saturday's Multicultural Festival.

Clare Colley   Canberra's Satvik Sharma is making a name for himself in the beatboxing world after his video was showcased on one of its biggest online communities.

Gang-gang. ANU's new year commences with fanfares and pledge

ANU vice chancellor Brian Schmidt poses for selfies at the Commencement Address occasion. Photo Jay Cronan

Ian Warden   Those of us who went to uni in the olden days and often despised our Vice Chancellors to the point of occupying their offices and sometimes even burning effigies of them, rather envy today's ANU students their likeable Vice Chancellor.