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Election tally board finds a home at Old Parliament House

A section of the massive national tally board goes into storage.

Ross Peake 8:27 PM   The iconic tally board from the former national tally room, previously used for federal elections, will become part of history at Old Parliament House. However, the Museum of Australian Democracy will not have space to display the entire board which is 37 metres wide and seven metres high.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen'

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson 8:27 PM   Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Alleged victim of Catholic priest concedes sliding door memory is false

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Christopher Knaus 6:51 PM   Woman acknowledges that her memory was wrong but insists sexual assault occurred.

Singing the spirit of the Anzacs

Lee Kernaghan visiting the Australian War Memorial.

Jil Hogan 6:23 PM   With less than a month to go until the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli on Anzac Day, an album of songs has been released bringing the stories of the diggers to life.

More Fairbairn Avenue road closures as Majura Parkway nears end

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5:37 PM   The Majura Parkway project will close part of Fairbairn Avenue from tonight as support beams are installed on the road's new bridge.

The mPort-ance of the perfect size

The mPort pod, which maps people's bodies and determines their perfect clothing size, is now at Westfield Belconnen.

Jil Hogan 5:16 PM   At first, the mPort pod that’s moved in across from Witchery on level three at Westfield Belconnen looks like a shiny, modern photo booth, but the device could change the way customers shop in the future.

Hazard reduction burn near Tidbinbilla Park to produce smoke in the ACT


5:02 PM   Firefighters will undertake a 958-hectare hazard reduction burn north of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve over the weekend.

Letters to the Editor

Downer local centre rezoning needs reconsideration

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Canberra Roller Derby League rolls back in for the 2015 season

The Red Bellied Black Hearts taking on the Surly Griffins in the 2014 grand final of the Canberra Roller Derby League, with Bohemeth Rhapsody in the centre.

Jil Hogan 3:56 PM   The Canberra Roller Derby League starts again this weekend, with the Red Bellied Black Hearts taking on the Surly Griffins in a rematch of the 2014 grand final.

Canberra Hospital's plan to counter overcrowding lacking intellectual rigour, say nurses

Staff at Canberra Hospital have reported close to 28 people waiting for treatment at one time with some being treated in nursing corridors.

Henry Belot 3:48 PM   A plan to resolve overcrowding at the Canberra Hospital’s emergency department has been slammed as lacking intellectual rigour and being dismissive of contrary opinion.

Whitty works of art

Fashionistas can get an illustration of their outfit done by Erin Whitty as part of Canberra Centre's fashion weekend, like this illustration of Jil Hogan.

Jil Hogan 1:12 PM   As autumn arrives at the Canberra Centre a drop-in beauty lounge offers beauty demonstrations, mini makeovers and new products to trial. Jil Hogan reports

RSPCA nurse convicted of animal neglect


Christopher Knaus 1:01 PM   Sentencing of RSPCA nurse for animal neglect both a 'sad and happy day' for the organisation.

Canberra cook who hurt his back lifting meatloaf has compensation cut

A former Canberra hospital worker's claim for ongoing compensation for a back injury has been dismissed.

Michael Inman 11:49 AM   A former Canberra Hospital cook who injured his back lifting a mixing bowl full of meatloaf has had his compensation cut.

The Canberra Times news quiz for March 27

Stuart Coward shows former Prime Minister John Howard a facebook page claiming to be Mr Howard's facebook page but it was not. Mr Howard claimed he was being misrepresented and was going to have this investigated, during his visit to a leadership forum in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

10:39 AM   How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Weapons, drugs seized in Canberra raids

Some of the firearms seized in North Canberra raids.

10:22 AM   Police seized nine firearms, tear gas and drugs in raids on four homes on Thursday morning.

Concern over slow response to dangerous electric cable recall

Ann Savery and John Barbaric had hazardous Infinity cables installed in their renovated house, prompting them to rewire.

Esther Han 9:57 AM   Electricians are blaming the consumer watchdog for the slow industry and community response to an urgent recall of dodgy electrical cables that could start burning down homes in nine months time.

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Gruesome kangaroo mutilation

A young female kangaroo had to be euthanised after a second case of native animal cruelty near Queanbeyan.

Kimberley Granger 11:44 PM   The mutilation of a young female kangaroo at Captains Flat is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty ever seen by Wildcare volunteers.

Lest we forget about work on Monday

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Noel Towell 10:28 PM   Thousands of federal public servants in have been handed an extra public holiday on Monday, April 27, while other are expected at their desks.

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Priest's alleged abuse victim denies making up evidence

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Christopher Knaus 10:23 PM   A complainant against Father Edward Evans stood by her claims during cross-examination on Thursday.

Katy Gallagher will champion Canberra

Katy Gallagher is congratulated by Senate president Senator Stephen Parry at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

Ross Peake 10:22 PM   New senator Katy Gallagher says she's not going to stand for the second-rate treatment dished out to Canberra by the Abbott government.

Terrence Freebody died of blood loss from multiple wounds, court hears

A home in Canberra's Mugga Way, where an alleged murder took place in 2012, is on the market.

Michael Inman 10:21 PM   Murder victim Terrence Freebody bled to death from multiple knife wounds on the dining room floor of his neighbour's Red Hill home, trial hears.

Inquiry launched into future of clubs

ACT Gaming Minister Joy Burch says she does not want to delay gaming reform, despite the establishment of the new inquiry.

Kirsten Lawson 10:20 PM   ACT Assembly sets up an inquiry into the future of the clubs industry

Canberra hospitals prepare for the unlikely case of an Ebola outbreak

A patient arrives at Canberra Hospital by ambulance from Calvary as part of an Ebola training exercise.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Health specialists in Canberra’s hospitals donned protective gear on Thursday morning to prepare for the unlikely outbreak of Ebola in the ACT.

Assembly passes controversial court changes

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Michael Inman   Backlogs in the courts could become a thing of the past, but the justice system will be undermined after changes to the ACT's trial process, a peak legal body says.

Cafe burgled twice in a week

Little Oink Cafe in Cook was broken into twice in three days last week.

Primrose Riordan   Owners and staff of a Cook cafe has been overwhelmed with support from customers and rivals after they were broken into twice in three days.

NSW residents pack their bags for interstate moves

NSW residents pack their bags: Statistics show interstate migration is peaking with many NSW residents heading to Queensland.

Peter Martin   Australians are leaving NSW in greater numbers than they are arriving.

Union floats mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.

School gardens make students eat their greens

Merici College Year 9 students Maisey Higgisson Guthridge and Zoe Buckley in the school's kitchen garden.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Children involved with school gardens eat more fruit and vegetables, research has found.

Barr awaits Fair Work ruling on doctors' strike

The Canberra Hospital staff who are likely to strike on Monday.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   ACT government won't be "soft target" in industrial negotiations with senior doctors preparing to strike from Canberra Hospital.