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Light rail advocate new chair of the ACT Heritage Council

David Flannery.

Tom McIlroy 10:22 PM   Light rail advocate David Flannery has been named as the government's choice to lead the ACT Heritage Council, two weeks after the body stymied plans for demolition of the Northbourne Housing precinct as part of the development.

Canberra business calls for wider Comcare changes

Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Chris Faulks says private and community sector employers face "spiralling" premium costs.

Tom McIlroy 10:22 PM   Canberra's business leaders have called for a review of workers compensation schemes after the ACT Government said it would withdraw from the troubled federal insurer Comcare. 

Canberra property values on the rise

Going: Home prices in Canberra have bounced back.

Primrose Riordan 10:21 PM   Home prices rose 1.6 per cent in the past quarter, bouncing back after falling sharply last year.

Call for ACT government to help disadvantaged Canberrans quit smoking

A large proportion of smokers in the ACT are disadvantaged people.

Henry Belot 10:19 PM   ANU research finds two-thirds of Australian smokers will be killed by their habit unless they are able to quit in coming years.

ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne's Samoa trip with husband costs $9000

ACT Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne's week-long trip with her husband to Samoa last year cost the taxpayer $9000.

Kirsten Lawson 10:17 PM   Vicki Dunne took husband Lyle Dunne on a week-long trip to Samoa in June and July last year, three months after the ban on spouse travel, the trip cost $9000, of which $4100 was for Mr Dunne's travel

Public servants face fast-track to the sack

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Canberra.

Noel Towell 10:17 PM   More than 8000 Immigration Department public servants are to be stripped of some of their rights to unfair dismissal appeals as part of the formation of the Australian Border Force.

Manuka Childcare Centre can't afford Canberra Services Club land swap

Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre pre-schoolers, from left, James Smiles, Julia Armstrong and Hugo Peat, all 4.

Emma Kelly 10:15 PM   It's the perfect piece of land just around the corner but there's one big problem: the centre can't afford to move there.

Canberra Grammar gets federal funding to beef up security

A large campus and 1750 student body has prompted Canberra Grammar School to seek Commonwealth funding to install security cameras

Emma Macdonald 10:14 PM   Canberra Grammar School is believed to have been included in an $18 million Commonwealth-funded national security upgrade for schools who face "attack, harassment, or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance".

Monaro Greens candidate launches vision for a secure energy future

Clean power for the people.

8:53 PM   NSW Greens candidate for Monaro Peter Marshall is calling for a secure energy future that stabilises household bills power bills and tackles the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.

Half a million for today's baby to pay for tomorrow's degree

High cost of university.

Emma Macdonald 12:01 AM   Living at home is the most effective way to keep university costs down, but not everybody can do that.

'Only the luck of the Irish will save them': Tough talk before World Cup showdown at Manuka Oval

Latief Mazema (left),of Jerrabomberra, and Shay Livingstone, of Ireland, will be at Manuka Oval in Canberra to see Ireland take on South Africa in the ICC World Cup cricket match.

Henry Belot 11:45 PM   Canberra’s Irish community will be hoping for the luck of their compatriots when their cricket team takes on the South Africans at Manuka Oval on Tuesday afternoon.

Inmate attacked with razor in prison gang bashing, court hears


Michael Inman 11:45 PM   A Canberra jail inmate called other prisoners "dogs" and dared them to enter his cell. Four then beat him up and cut him with a razor, a court has heard,

Defence public servants to go on the attack

Senator Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell 8:33 PM   Thousands of public servants at the Department of Defence are preparing to walk off the job as the wage dispute between the federal government and its workforce escalates further.

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Calwell murder victim had sought protection from ex-partner

Tara Costigan, who was allegedly murdered by Marcus Rappel in Calwell, with her dog Honey.

Christopher Knaus 8:20 PM   Mother of week-old baby sought court protection from her ex-partner the day before he allegedly murdered her.

Variety Cycle 2015 spins into Canberra

News. 2nd March 2015. Day four of the Variety Cycle 2015. (at front) Chris Mapp (right) with his wife Victoria. (behind from left), Wild oats XI Sydney to Hobart Crew, Steve Mothy Jarvin, Bryce Ruthenberg, and Nathan Ellis.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

Georgina Connery 11:45 PM   After some well-earned rest, the pedal-powered philanthropic peloton will continue its epic ride south to Hobart.

The Code unlocks ACT Government funding

Capital idea: The Code is a local political thriller set in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 7:26 PM   Filming of a second season of ABC TV's hit thriller will begin in Canberra this year. 

Gang-gang. Shag On A Mall


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   If it wasn't a little cumbersome to say, in place of the evocative "like a shag on a rock" we could substitute the expression "like a Commencement Column Monument on a Federation Mall".

Canberra to be the backdrop for local murder movie

Joe Cinque with Anu Singh, who was found guilty of his manslaughter.

Sally Pryor 5:54 PM   Canberra will be filled with film crews later this year, as well as some familiar faces, as production is set to begin on the long-awaited film of Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Evita sings again

Tony Falla as Juan Peron and Kelly Turnbull as Evita Peron in "Evita".

Ron Cerabona 11:00 PM   The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical returns in its first Canberra Philharmonic Society production since 1988.

Man escapes conviction for drug-driving after eating hemp seeds

The leaf of a cannabis plant.

Michael Inman 11:45 PM   A Canberra magistrate has urged ACT lawmakers to test hemp seeds to see if they could trigger drug-driving screening tests.

Horsepark Drive now open after motorcycle crash caused closures

ACT Ambulance Service.

Georgina Connery 4:24 PM   A 25 year old male motorcyclist has been transported to Canberra Hospital following a motor vehicle crash on Horse Park Drive and Gundaroo Drive in Forde. 

Sandakan martyr's medals gifted to the Australian War Memorial

The last surviving member of Captain Lionel Matthews' underground movement Russ Ewin.

David Ellery 3:52 PM   The Japanese colonel who presided over Lionel Matthews' execution in Borneo 71 years ago was a good man caught up in a bad situation, an eyewitness says.

Missing ACT tradesman Bobby Briggs found dead

Bobby Briggs has been found dead.

10:31 AM   An ACT tradesman, missing since Friday morning, has been found dead.

Public Health Association backs medical cannabis

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has put forward a proposal to legalise medicinal cannabis.

Tom McIlroy 9:07 AM   Doctors should manage a tightly regulated, compassionate regime for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia, a leading public health organisation has told an ACT inquiry. 

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ACT police chief tight-lipped over porn tweet probe

Chief Police Officer for ACT Policing, Rudi Lammers.

Megan Gorrey   The initial stage of a professional standards investigation into a pornographic photo retweeted by ACT Policing's official Twitter account is complete, but the territory's police chief this week remained tight-lipped on the probe.

Molester opens new chapter in long-running legal saga

Michael Alan Gillard outside the ACT Magistrates Court in 2011

Christopher Knaus   A Canberra man who "cynically and evilly" molested two sisters in his care has opened a new chapter in his long-running criminal case, appealing what he says was a crushing jail sentence imposed on him late last year.

Second Yass home found to contain Mr Fluffy asbestos

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson   The second Yass area house found to be contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos is a rural property near the Canberra border, the Yass Valley Council has been told.

Canberra watch entrepreneurs have time on their side

Erroyl watches.

Natasha Rudra   A small Canberra company is bringing dress watches to the world with a successful Kickstarter campaign.

ACT doctor on the horrors and duty of fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Dr Bernie Towler is the only Canberra doctor who worked in Sierra Leone to treat Ebola in the crisis centre.

Henry Belot   When an Australian doctor boarded a plane from Freetown in Sierra Leone to her home in Canberra's southern suburbs, she allowed herself to quietly break down in tears.