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Eastman prosecutor denies 'playing games' with jury on forensics

Christopher Knaus 2:44 PM   Former Eastman prosecutor strongly denies "playing games" with jury over now discredited forensics.

Joyce moves public servants from Canberra

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says decentralisation is "a real priority for this government".

Phillip Thomson 12:48 PM   Agriculture minister moves ahead with controversial decentralisation plan for three organisations.

'Belco bandits' captured on CCTV

An image of the boot loaded with allegedly stolen alcohol.

11:08 AM   The moment thieves smashed their way into a bar and loaded a trolley with stolen liquor has been captured on CCTV.

An exciting place to eat, and share with family and friends

Morks: Egg in Hay - Coconut icecream, pashmak, roti.

Catriona Jackson 11:02 AM   Restaurant review: The boys at Morks are still turning out high quality, exciting modern Thai food.

New laws to allow police to breath test without permission on private property

New laws mean ACT drivers suspected of driving over the limit can be breath-tested on private property.

9:22 AM   The ACT government has closed a loophole which may have allowed some drink drivers to evade prosecution.

Man stabbed, scalded at Goulburn jail

A Goulburn jail inmate was airlifted to hospital in the SnowyHydro SouthCare helicopter after he was stabbed and had hot ...

7:50 AM   An inmate was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital after he was stabbed and scalded at Goulburn Correctional Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

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Virtual reality gamers scale the mountain

Lightning Rock programmers Stephen Shorrock and Ben Doobov, artist Chris Hahn and producer Shannon Pickles in their ...

Alexandra Back 11:26 PM   An exciting new virtual-reality game due out in stores soon is the brainchild of four whiz-kids working out of a loungeroom in Canberra.

Car fire leads to unit evacuation in Canberra's north

A car fire inside a Hawker unit complex led to the evacuation of around 40 residents on Tuesday night.

11:06 PM   A car fire inside a Hawker unit complex led to the evacuation of around 40 residents on Tuesday night.

Eastman prosecutor said his team knew to give defence all relevant information

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

Christopher Knaus 9:34 PM   Michael Adams, now a NSW Supreme Court judge, says his team understood they had to give Eastman all relevant information before trial.

Lodge renovations audit to consider political interventions in contracts

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy at the newly renovated Lodge.

Tom McIlroy 9:34 PM    The government won't say if it will make public an audit into massive cost blow outs in renovation works at The Lodge.

Teenagers in child protection more likely to enter justice system in same year


Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   Teenagers under child protection are far more likely than the general population to enter the youth justice system that the same year, Australian researchers report.

National Museum acquires Peter Norman Olympic singlet

Peter Norman's Australian running uniform from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Meghan Corcoran 8:58 PM   ​The world could not ignore the gloved salute of Black Power on the Podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

Education department suggests satellite school for Murrumbateman

Murrumbateman residents say more than 1000 pupils are travelling to and from Canberra and Yass for their schooling.

John Thistleton 8:37 PM   The chairman of the campaign for a new primary school at Murrumbateman says the NSW government's education bureaucrats are ignoring a compelling case for the school.

Islamic School of Canberra distances itself from Sydney school funding cut

Islamic Council of Canberra chairman Mohammed Berjaoui.

Emma Macdonald 8:36 PM   Islamic School of Canberra distances itself from the financial problems plaguing Sydney's largest Islamic school Malek Fahd.

Teenager accused of Canberra school bomb threat appears in court

ACT police outside Canberra's Lanyon High School last Tuesday, following a bomb threat.

Christopher Knaus 8:26 PM   A teenager accused of calling in fake bomb threat to a Canberra high school last week has appeared in court.

Government accepts critical audit report on bushfire preparedness

A helicopter water bombs a pine plantation near the Brindabellas during the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

8:24 PM   The ACT government has accepted all recommendations of a 2013 auditor-general report that found numerous shortcomings in the territory's preparedness for bushfires.

Gang-gang. Medieval English, modern Canberran graffiti shown respect

Late medieval ship graffiti, Norwich Cathedral, England.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Power of the press! Only days after our passionate defence of street art and graffiti via discussion of a new book Medieval Graffiti, the ACT government has appointed a "street art coordinator" for Canberra.

Corbell defies Liberals over guardian merger

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says concerns about the merger are overstated.

Kirsten Lawson 8:07 PM   Attorney-General Simon Corbell pushed through the merger of the public trustee and public guardian offices on Tuesday in the face of widespread opposition from the guardian and human rights community.

Andrew Barr defends police investigation into Joy Burch affair

Former minister Joy Burch on the government backbench during Question Time.

Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy and Markus Mannheim 8:04 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr had defended a police investigation into Joy Burch's ministerial office.

APS bosses to try, try again on wages

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood predicts the vote will end in defeat for the wage proposal..

Noel Towell 7:54 PM    APS departments hope persistence will pay off in wage offers.

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Gentleman to lead tram delegation to the US and Canada

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman hopes to gather ideas to bring back to Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson 6:00 AM   Planning Minister will gather ideas for Canberra's urban renewal.

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A right royal Clique in The Famous Spiegeltent

Gerry Connolly dressed and performing as the Queen.

Jil Hogan 6:25 PM   Gerry Connolly brings his impression of Queen Elizabeth II to the proceedings but there's much more besides.

Porn and royalty among film subjects funded

Billie Dean directing her rescued cows for the web series "Wisdom from the Paddock".

Ron Cerabona 5:25 PM   There's a lot of variety in the 2016 ACT Screen Fund's successful applicants.

Two ex-Marist brothers could attempt to avoid trial on child sex abuse charges

Gregory Sutton outside the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

Christopher Knaus and Megan Gorrey 4:34 PM   Lawyers for two former Canberra Marist brothers say their clients are unfit to face child sexual abuse charges.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. German 'bounders' deranged by wartime diet

Beewildered World War I German honey bees.

Synthetic eggs, honey, sausages! Melbourne weekly Table Talk had cruel fun 100 years ago today with press reports that Germans (starving and obviously losing the war), were reduced to eating synthetic foods.

Canberra father to fight charges linked to crash that claimed daughter's life

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

Megan Gorrey 3:32 PM   A north Canberra father has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a car crash that claimed the life of his young daughter.

Lake Jerrabomberra closed after blue-green algae outbreak

Lake Jerrabomberra has been closed due to an algae infestation. File photo.

3:12 PM   An outbreak of blue-green algae outbreak has forced the temporary closure of Lake Jerrabomberra. 

Litbits February 13 2016

Join a social occasion with award-winning Australian author Anna Funder at ANU on February 18.

 Literary news in Canberra.

Overturned cheese truck blocks Princes Highway

The cheese truck rollover closed the Princes Highway for 12 hours.

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

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The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Police investigate inner south car fires

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

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   "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   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   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    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 charges related to animals in his care 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   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   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.