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City to sparkle beneath one million Christmas lights

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Canberra might be without a Christmas tree but its festive spirit will still soar beneath more than a million lights.

Labor's Kate Lundy to quit politics

Senator Kate Lundy at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Ross Peake 10:07 PM   Labor's Kate Lundy says it's the right time for her to leave politics after almost two decades in the senate

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Namatjira descendants bring work to Parliament House

Lenie and Kevin Namatjira with part of the Namatjira to Now exhibtion at Parliament House.

Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   Hopes Namatjira to Now exhibition in Canberra will raise awareness of struggling Aboriginal artists.

Canberra South Motor Park could be sold

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Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   A man who identified himself as the park's manager confirmed a sale was "still being worked on". 

ACT Government to consider CPSU compromise on needle exchange at AMC

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   ACT Government considers union compromise on needle exchange at Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Forum to boost women's participation in science

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Clare Colley 11:45 PM   Playing into the competitive nature of academics and researchers could be a game changer in addressing the low numbers and high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Canberra rangers will set fire to the capital this weekend

Kerrin Phillips of Monash cycling around Lake Burley Griffin near Lady Denman Drive where the grass is visibly dry.

Scherry Bloul 11:45 PM   Canberra rangers will set fire to 48.3 hectares of the capital this weekend.

Inmate used fake confession in bid to shift blame

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Jailhouse lawyers helped inmate in attempt to pin blame for crimes on someone else.

Young woman found with cannabis haul in house

The hydroponic cannabis setup found in one room at a home in Macgregor in 2012.

Christopher Knaus 8:10 PM   Woman, 21, accused of involvement in $500K cannabis crop which "consumed" parents' Macgregor home.

Police seek answers to 'serious sexual assault'

Images from CCTV footage of men police want to talk to about a sex assault case in Civic.

Henry Belot 8:07 PM   Police are calling for fresh witnesses and information to a “serious sexual assault” in Civic after four months.

ANU relocates 70,000-piece fossil collection

A skull of the small meat-eating dinosaur Velociraptor.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Ian Jackson director of research School of Earth Sciences

ACT hospital suffers $12 million loss in 12 months

Deficit deepens: Calvary Hospital has had to reissue its 2013-14 financial statement.

Natasha Boddy 11:45 PM   Public hospital in Bruce underestimated its losses by more than $5 million, with a reissued financial report showing the facility lost almost $12 million in just a year.

2014-style bikinis at pools to be OK

Jason Coker, 26, of Redhill, Tasha Cameron, 25, of Redhill, Salome Lines-Morison,18, of Narrabundah and Toby Graham,19, of Hughes at Manuka Pool on Wednesday.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Outdated decency laws are on the government agenda this week.

UC's new Master of High Performance Sport

New level: Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf in the physiology lab with Phd student, Kristy Martin.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The University of Canberra has 17 enrolments for a new Master of High Performance Sport which was announced on Wednesday.

'One of the worst collisions we have seen in the last few years'

NSW Police closed the Monaro Highway at Cooma Road.

Emma Kelly 7:40 PM   A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a truck on the Monaro Highway south of Tuggeranong.

National injury rate drops as WorkSafe focuses on construction industry

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Henry Belot 11:45 PM   ACT WorkSafe Commissioner Mark McCabe has welcomed news the number of people experiencing work-related injuries has fallen nationally despite warning of discrepancies across various industries.

New website to report cybercrime

New approach: ACORN help at hand.

Henry Belot 6:23 PM   A new website to fight cybercrime is set to save police an enormous amount of time and money.

WorkSafe recruits face emergency action

On the job: WorkSafe ACT training exercise with police and ambulance officers at the Majura training facility.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The 12 new WorkSafe recruits have bolstered the team already improving the strength of the agency.

Cyclist hit by car in Dickson taken to hospital

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Emma Kelly 4:41 PM   A cyclist has been taken to hospital after colliding with a car in Dickson on Wednesday morning.

Uncertainty cracked as The Code returns for season two

ABC TV political thriller The Code will return for a second season. 
Dan Spielman as Ned Banks outside Parliament House.

4:23 PM   Uncertainty around a second series of Canberra-based political thriller The Code has been cracked.

New doctors added to maternity unit as Gallagher faces renewed criticism

Under pressure: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Katy Gallagher has defended her handling of ongoing problems in the Canberra Hospital's maternity unit. 

New multi-million dollar shopping centre planned for Gungahlin

Plans for the new development proposed for Hibberson Street in Gungahlin.

Primrose Riordan 3:52 PM   Plans have been released for a multi-million dollar retail expansion at Gungahlin.

Emergency services remove roof to save man from car

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12:53 PM   The ACT Ambulance Service have treated a 67 year old man for minor chest injuries before taking him to Calvary Hospital after firefighters rescued him by removing the roof from the car he was in.

ACT team wins disability award

Winners: Maureen Howe, Fiona McIntosh and Megan Campbell developed a program that aims to change community attitudes towards disability.

Natasha Boddy 11:42 AM   A primary school teaching resource that promotes inclusion of children with a disability has won a national award. 

Hoddle Street killer given addresses of alleged Duntroon attackers

Knight arrives at the Supreme Court in 2004.

Christopher Knaus 11:32 AM   Mass murderer given locations of former alleged attackers, despite concerns he could still hold a grudge.

Canberra Mornings Live: Wednesday November 26

Primrose Riordan 10:06 AM   All the latest news, traffic and weather from The Canberra Times, every morning.

Mr Fluffy causes $600 million ACT budget blowout

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Kirsten Lawson 10:00 AM   The Mr Fluffy hit to the ACT government budget is bigger than anticipated, with the deficit expected to blow out by $600 million over two years.

Parliament House jobs could go in ABC budget cuts

Protesters rally against the planned cuts to the ABC in front of Parliament House.

Tom McIlroy   ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury said the cuts would have a detrimental impact.

Burglary and car theft numbers down in the ACT

A burglar sneaks through a doorway. Burglary figures have dropped in the ACT.

Tom McIlroy   ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says the latest burglary and car theft figures are showing that Canberra is becoming a safer city for all Canberrans.

Another public figure gets the axe in Canberra

The Christmas tree in Civic Square.

Henry Belot   It seems public servants aren't the only ones facing the axe this Christmas.