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Survivor encourages Canberrans to detail childhood abuse before royal commission

A woman who was sexually abused as a child while in institutional care has encouraged Canberrans to share their own experiences before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Henry Belot 7:48 PM   A woman who was sexually abused as a child while in institutional care has encouraged Canberrans to share their own experiences before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

'Unconscious bias' against women must be tackled: Gillard

Julia Gillard with David Gonski at the ANZ Women's Initiative lunch in Sydney on Wednesday.

Ruth Liew 7:26 PM   Former prime minister Julia Gillard says we are still driven by cultural stereotypes that must be challenged.

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Royal commission told of alleged Canberra scaffolding price-fixing

Jeremy Stoljar SC, counsel assisting the Royal Commission

Michael Inman 7:19 PM   The construction union allegedly discussed price-fixing in the Canberra scaffolding sector during enterprise bargaining talks, the royal commission has heard.

Misty mornings a picture perfect inspiration for Canberra Times winter photo competition

Jonathan McFeat's photo of sunrise in Kingston.

Eleanor Mackay 6:48 PM   Lake Burley Griffin has featured heavily in photos entered in The Canberra Times winter photo competition.

Police seek help to locate missing man Eero Kivela

Eero Kivela

5:33 PM   Police have located a 79-year-old man from Charnwood who was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon.

EPA respond to unidentified substance spilling from drain

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5:20 PM   The Environmental Protection Authority is responding to an unidentified substance spilling from a drain in Barton.

Government push to pump up exercise


Eleanor Mackay 4:44 PM   Connecting and Building Recreation: a vision for the Territory outlines plans to improve the health and wellbeing of residents by encouraging them to see recreation and incidental exercise as a fun and easy way to get fit.

Police investigate shooting in McKellar

News: ACT Policing investigate a shooting on Burns Circuit in Mckellar.

3:17 PM   Police established a crime scene after a shooting in McKellar on Wednesday morning.

Next Week's highlights

Canberra indie band Slow Turismo will perform songs from their debut self-titled EP at The Polish Club on August 8.

3:14 PM   A guide to the best gigs in Canberra.

Two days of free ice cream

Movenpick ice cream

Natasha Rudra 2:57 PM   Yes, it's really happening.

Live gigs in Canberra this week

Hau will perform at Transit Bar on July 31.

2:22 PM   Plan a musical night out.

On the road with French performance group La Folie Douce

 La Folie Douce, bringing its unique party celebration to Australia for the first time.

2:17 PM   La Folie Douce, a group of DJs, singers and dancers incorporating cabaret mixed with street theatre, will provide a series of free high-energy, high-altitude, show-stopping performances to Australia during Thredbo's 25th Top2Bottom weekend in August.

Win a double pass to Hau Latukefu at Transit Bar

Hau Latukefu will perform at Transit Bar on July 31.

2:01 PM   This week we have only one double pass to see Australian hip-hop artist Hau Latukefu .

ANU nets share of world wide web development

Dr Armin Haller, manager of the W3C Australian office which will be involved in the development of the world wide web, looks into eye-tracking cameras at the ANU.

Emma Kelly 12:56 PM   ANU along with the likes of Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft wants to shape our computer habits.

Man caught trying to break into cars

Police have arrested a man in a Gungahlin underground car park after he was caught trying to break into cars.

12:00 PM   Police have arrested a man in a Gungahlin underground car park after he was caught trying to break into cars.

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7:21 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

'Thoroughly absurd and ridiculous' – woman's rape claims attacked by prosecution

An ACT prison guard who was locked up in Goulburn jail on allegedly false rape claims.

Christopher Knaus 10:02 PM   Claims by a NSW police worker that she was raped by her prison guard ex-boyfriend have been labelled as "thoroughly absurd and ridiculous" by prosecutors.

Don't hit us with light rail taxes or charges, pleads property group

The light rail environmental impact statement attracted 59 public submissions

Tom McIlroy 10:02 PM   Canberra's peak property lobby group has warned the ACT government against increasing rates and charges or introducing new taxes or levies to pay for the $783 million light rail line. 

Economist rejects 3500 jobs claim for tram project

An artist's impression of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson 9:59 PM   A former Treasury official says jobs figures are much lower than commonly quoted and in any case you don't build a tram line because it creates jobs.

Lengthy inquiry into cage for autistic student 'close' to completion


Emma Macdonald 9:57 PM   An inquiry into the decision-making process behind a Canberra school erecting a cage for a student with autism is 'close' to being released, ACT Education Minister Joy Burch says.

Grieving family pays tribute to their brilliant daughter who dared to dream

Acacia Ward busking at the National Folk Festival in Canberra in March 2013.

Henry Belot 9:53 PM   Acacia Ward, a seven-year-old girl who died in a car crash in Canberra's north last week, has been remembered as a brilliant musician who dared to become the Prime Minister of Australia.

Parent had to ask childcare centre to call ambulance after kids took sleeping pills

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Emma Macdonald 8:49 PM   Conder Early Learning Centre is under two separate investigations.

Gang-gang. Amadeus twinkles at the ANU


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Hurrying across the duck-infested campus of the Australian National University on Tuesday there was a spring in our step because we were on our way to a free lunchtime concert of the music of Mozart.

National Zoo and Aquarium holds annual art exhibition to fund wildlife protection

Meerkats from the National Zoo and Aquarium working on some paw paintings which will go on sale to raise money for the zoo's conservation partners.

Lin Yin 8:30 PM   It might not be Monet, but the National Zoo and Aquarium's budding meerkat artists are sure to give the Canberra art community paws for thought.

Road rage sparks crash on highway

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Road rage has resulted in a two-car crash in Canberra's north over the weekend.

Canberra politicians split on boat turnbacks

Assembly Member Yvette Berry opposes Labor's position on turning back asylum seeker boats.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Labor Members of the ACT Assembly split on boat turnbacks at the party's national conference on the weekend, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Joy Burch backing Bill Shorten's position on turnbacks, but Yvette Berry and Chris Bourke opposing the move. 

Canberra households better off after carbon tax repeal

Canberra households have saved $269 from the end of the carbon tax

Tom McIlroy and Peter Hannam 11:30 PM   Canberra households have emerged as some of the biggest winners from the scrapping of the carbon tax, with a new report findings savings of $269 for gas and electricity. 

Canberra students dive into water safety

James Gao (left) and Yvun Ulia have fun as they get with the program.

Eleanor Mackay 11:30 PM   Winter isn't stopping year 2 students across Canberra from getting in the pool and learning essential safety skills as part of the Aqua Safe program.

Man jailed for molesting step-daughters


Michael Inman   A Canberra man who molested two of his step-daughters has been jailed.

South Tralee stage one development application submitted

Village Building Company chief executive Bob Winnel looks over South Tralee.

Kimberley Le Lievre 11:30 PM   Development is to start at South Tralee, more than 12 years after it was first slated.