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DFAT boss to reassess overseas postings after shedding 550 jobs

Henry Belot 4:09 PM   The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will reassess the number of diplomats posted overseas after shedding almost 550 jobs to meet budget requirements.

Ring of despair over Centrelink call wait time


Noel Towell 3:27 PM   Greens senator Rachel Siewert has calculated that average wait times across the system are out to more than 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Storm Boy deals with loss and grief

Storm Boy, the classic novel by Colin Thiele is on at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre.

Ron Cerabona 3:23 PM   Director John Sheedy said he felt a lot of pressure in bringing the classic Australian children's book Storm Boy to the stage, beloved as it was by generations.

Ratings agency expects ACT budget position to strengthen over medium to long term

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson 3:18 PM   Sharp jump in debt in ACT budget, but longer-term outlook improves

Armed man robs Braddon store


2:49 PM   A knife-wielding man robbed a Braddon supermarket on Tuesday, the fifth armed robbery in Canberra in three weeks.

ACT sues for $10m over asbestos contamination

The ACT government is taking civil action in the ACT Supreme Court against two companies over abestos contamination at the North Weston Ponds project

Christopher Knaus 2:35 PM   ACT is suing two companies for more than $10 million for failing to detect the scale of an asbestos contamination.

DFAT April Fools prank: 'The man is obviously not Benny Hill'™

The hoax ''announcement'' at the Canberra DFAT office on April 1, 2015 telling public servants their jobs were to be sent interstate.

Henry Belot 2:19 PM   A DFAT staffer was ordered to undergo formal counselling after telling a group of junior public servants they would be sacked in a cruel April Fools joke.

Putting the consumer first with power prices

Illuminating: Electricity infrastructure costs make up about half of the average household electricity bill.

Edward Santow 2:16 PM   If you're reading this in NSW, you pay too much for your electricity. This is the result of over-investment in our electricity infrastructure – the so-called "poles and wires".

From meditation to exhilaration

Eric Harland plays his drums with true finesse.

Tristan Kane 1:41 PM   A jazz drummer who can make the theatre expand and contract with his sound.

Smoke expected across Canberra during Kowen Forest burns

Fire generic

12:53 PM   A series of hazard reduction burns at Kowen Forest in the next week are expected to spark smoke across Canberra.

Former AFP agent pleads guilty to using restricted police system to stalk ex-girlfriend

Court photo

Christopher Knaus 12:39 PM   Former AFP counter-terrorism member pleads guilty to using restricted information to stalk ex-girlfriend.

Cold, frosty mornings to continue before a warm long weekend

Frosty foliage.

Emma Kelly 12:14 PM   Canberrans have spent more time shivering through sub-zero temperatures than enjoying the sunshine recently but the capital is set for a mild reprieve over the long weekend.

Tuggeranong water play park's winning design revealed

The Lakeside Leisure Centre water play park's winning design.

Emma Kelly 12:06 PM   Southside children will have extra space to splash around this summer with the new Tuggeranong water play park's winning design revealed on Wednesday.

'Something happened to me, it was the taxi driver'


Christopher Knaus 12:01 PM   A taxi driver twice sexually assaulted a heavily intoxicated woman who got into his cab in the early hours of the morning after a night out in Civic.

Pay parking hikes leave drivers angry

Ala Eddine of Amaroo is not happy with the increase to paid parking in Canberra

Tom McIlroy 12:00 PM   Increased pay parking hours, rising registrations and licensing costs and inconsistent public transport alternatives have motorists fuming.

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What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings.

9:45 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

ACT provides $486k for Eastman

The ACT government has provided $486,000 in new money to fund David Eastman's bid to stave off a second murder trial.

Christopher Knaus 9:23 AM   ACT government has forked out $486,000 in new money to fund David Eastman's bid to stop his retrial.

What's the Buzz? Superstar shines again

Max Gambale plays Pilate in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed at the AIS Arena.

Ron Cerabona 8:26 AM   Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzon take the arena spotlight in a musical masterpiece.

Barr's budget focuses on urban renewal

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will hand down his latest budget on Tuesday

Emma Macdonald and Meredith Clisby 11:34 PM   Andrew Barr is styling himself as the "Mayor of Canberra" unveiling an infrastructure spend firmly focused on public housing and urban renewal in the suburbs.

Rates rises biggest in Canberra's inner north

Chief Minister and ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr

Kirsten Lawson 11:33 PM   Inner north residents will pay the biggest increases in rates from July, reflecting the fast-rising property values in the area.

Irritating in parts, but Barr avoids the big pitfalls

ACT Budget 2013 ACT ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr
The Canberra Times
04 June 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Kirsten Lawson 11:08 PM   In the big picture, Andrew Barr first budget is measured and unsurprising, careful and relatively conservative. A lid is kept on spending, while sensible spending is outlined in health, especially, and in important projects like bushfire protection.

ACT Budget 2015: More pay parking as fees and charges rise

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

Tom McIlroy 11:08 PM   How fees and charges in the ACT will increase.

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Big spend on public housing while new parking charges arrive

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Kirsten Lawson 11:07 PM   A $160 million public housing rebuild is a centrepiece of an ACT budget that also hits Canberrans with hikes in fees and charges, including the introduction of after-hours parking fees in the city and surrounds.

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Government signals $375 million contribution to light rail

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell at the official launch of the consultation on the government's light rail urban designs.

Tom McIlroy 11:07 PM   The Barr government has signalled for the first time it intends to make a $375 million capital contribution for the light rail line to Gungahlin. 

What's in the ACT Budget

4:49 PM   Here's your quick guide to what's in the 2015-16 ACT budget, just handed down by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Families face cost of living pressures as fees, rates rise

Sarah Lindsay of Forde with her sons Landon, 3, and Zach, 19 months.

Megan Gorrey 11:05 PM   Little price changes can make a big difference to the hip pockets of Sarah Lindsay and her family as they adjust to the cost of living in the nation's capital.

CCTV footage released of Turner club robbery


10:57 PM   ACT Policing has released CCTV footage as it continues to seek witnesses to the aggravated robbery of the Turner Rugby Union Club early Sunday morning. 

ACT senators fight over gay marriage

Facing off again: Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   The ACT's senators are involved in a personal stoush as tension mounts in federal parliament over gay marriage.


Canberra needs these land tax rises


The Canberra Times 9:51 PM   When the ACT government has most needed money, it has been least able to collect it. It's time for change.

Fifth judge appointed to help overburdened courts

legal case

Megan Gorrey 8:26 PM   A long-awaited fifth judge will be appointed to the ACT Supreme Court to help ease continued pressure on the territory's overburdened court system.