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Fluffy dual occupancy passes Assembly, freeing the way for the government to begin auctioning the first 50 blocks

Kirsten Lawson 6:07 PM   Fluffy dual occupancy passes Assembly, freeing the way for the government to begin auctioning the first 50 blocks

ACT Assembly launches youth suicide inquiry

Inquiry launched: Opposition mental health spokeswoman Giulia Jones.

Tom McIlroy 5:54 PM   A Legislative Assembly committee will conduct an inquiry on the rising rate of youth suicide in the ACT.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for the ACT region

The State Emergency Service has advised Canberra residents to keep their cars under cover and to keep clear of creeks ...

Henry Belot 5:53 PM   A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the ACT

University of Canberra starts company to develop new cancer treatment

Professor Sudha Rao.

Alexandra Back 5:35 PM   University of Canberra researchers hope to develop a new treatment aimed at preventing the spread of cancer within the body with the launch of a new company.

ACT sport minister Yvette Berry working on Canberra Hall of Fame status

News. ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, announces new minister, Yvette
Berry, (pictured), at the Higgins shopping centre. ...

Chris Dutton 5:10 PM   New ACT Sport and Recreation minister Yvette Berry will engage Canberra's grass-root organisations to determine the future of the Hall of Fame and sport star of the year awards.

Failed bidders raise eyebrows at high price for Currong and Allawah flats

Representatives of SHL Development, the winning bidder for the Currong and Allawah flats sites in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson 4:54 PM   Winning bidder has five years to develop inner-city site

More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar

More than 1.5 million Australian homes now have rooftop solar panels.

4:53 PM   More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar systems, new figures from the Clean Energy Regulator show.

Australian National Botanic Gardens opens new bee hotel

Dr Remko Leijs, Aidan Bavinton, 8, of Maribyrnong Primary School, and ABC TV character Dirt Girl at the launch of the ...

Clare Colley 4:53 PM   Canberra already has more than its fair share of buzzing hotels, but the latest offering is for much smaller guests – bees.

Fifty years of decimal currency - we could have had the Dingo or the Merino instead of the Dollar

Canberra author Peter Rees at the Royal Australian Mint with a $1 note he received in his first pay packet in the same ...

Megan Doherty 4:41 PM   A cup of coffee? That'll be four dingoes thanks. A carton of milk? Two merinos please. Our decimal currency could have been very different to the dollars and cents we have now.

Barnaby accused of pork barrelling

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Phillip Thomson 2:50 PM   But the minister is on the front foot - 'As marvellous as Lake Burley Griffin is, there are not many fishing grounds in it'.

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Schools evacuated after bomb threat

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

1:32 PM   Hundreds of school students have been evacuated across the wider Canberra region after another wave of threatening phone calls.

Ex-soldier pleads not guilty to breaking into RSPCA

Shane Van Duren and his dog, which he is accused of breaking out of the RSPCA.

Christopher Knaus 12:14 PM   Ongoing mental health concerns over man who allegedly freed dog from RSPCA, attacked police and inspector.

ASIC executive on child sex charges

Peter Cuzner (middle) leaves the ACT Magistrates Court.

Christopher Knaus 10:24 AM   Current ASIC regional commissioner charged with historical child sex abuse from his time as a Canberra teacher.

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ADF officials defend mefloquine

Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

Henry Belot 7:51 AM   Senior ADF official tells senate hearing he is keeping himself in the dark about progress of Inspector-General's investigation.

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Jenny Orchard collage and watercolour.

9:34 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Millions to be spent on APS offices nobody wants

Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan says there is no intention to move large numbers of public servants away from ...

Noel Towell 9:08 PM    It's going to cost $72 million, but the ATO still doesn't know what to do with it.

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Watching cat videos while the world burns

Pierce Wilcox and Harriet Gillies bring optimism and resignation to They've Already Won.

Ron Cerabona 8:47 PM   A new two-person show is about how young people deal with the problems facing humanity.

Developer pays $47m for city sites

The 25,630 square-metre site in Braddon is expected to house about 515 new homes.

Emma Kelly 8:33 PM   The developer behind Canberra's Campbell 5 precinct has bought the sites of the run-down Currong and Allawah flats in central Canberra for $47 million at auction.

ACT government rejects call to cut ties with CFMEU

The ACT Liberals' Andrew Wall attacked the influence of the CFMEU in ACT Labor.

Kirsten Lawson 8:28 PM   The ACT government has rejected a call from the Liberals to cut ties with the CFMEU after the royal commission findings of bullying and intimidation on worksites around the country.

Radio station for print-handicapped to lose out under NDIS: president

Radio 1RPH vice-president Robert Altamore listens to his radio.

Katie Burgess 8:27 PM   Canberra's only reading for print handicapped radio station will lose a quarter of its funding in July due to disability funding changes.

Folk festival's 50th birthday party draws big names

Black Mountain String band members Donal Baylor, Pablo Shopen, Jacqueline Bradley and Matt Nightingale.

Henry Belot 8:12 PM   It's been 50 years since the National Folk Festival was first held in Canberra and organisers and artists have a few special treats in store. 

Pioneer of Canberra's wine industry 'a visionary'

Edgar Riek at home in Ainslie in 2010.

Alexandra Back 8:06 PM   Canberra winemakers farewell a man who had a knack for growing grapes and making wine.

Botanic Gardens gets $1.5m private donation for conservatory

Ian Potter Foundation CEO Craig Connelly and Australian National Botanic Gardens general manager Peter Byron at ...

Clare Colley 7:49 PM   Hundreds of species of native tropical plants will soon have a chance to thrive in the cool climate of Canberra.

Protest planned over ACT government foster care changes

ACT Children and Young People Minister Chris Bourke.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   A group of foster carers and families from around Canberra will protest changes to the ACT foster care system on Thursday.

Helping poor 'less important' goal for aid

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Ross Peake 12:00 AM   With further cuts likely in the May budget, a lack of funding predictability is now seen as the biggest weakness of the aid program. Ross Peake says.

ACT "small enough" to make some positive change

Malcolm Turnbull, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt.

Alexandra Back 7:24 PM   The ACT is a small enough jurisdiction that it should be seeing better results in closing the gap, chairwoman of the capital's Indigenous elected body says.

Earthquake reported near Canberra with shocks felt in suburbs

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Henry Belot 6:27 PM   A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded to the north west of Canberra on Wednesday afternoon.

Gang-gang. So little Canberra 'ruin porn' to lust over.

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   If you love this city and love your privileged First World life here it is tempting to think it is a city that has everything (save for light rail, but even that boon will be with us soon).

Gino brings fruit to Jugiong

Gino Polimeni's father Luigi (left) and brother-in-law Charlie Cutri (right) in their Sydney fruit shop.

John Thistleton   Jenny and Gino Polimeni work around the clock in their fruit shop at Jugiong

BMW driver faces court after allegedly reaching 240km/h near Goulburn

The BMW that allegedly hit speeds of 240km/h on the Hume Highway.

A 23-year-old man will face court after allegedly driving at 240km/h in a BWM M5 sedan.

100 years ago: US 'relic-chasers' chasing Aussie relics

A famous Australian suit of armour the American antique hunters didn't snaffle.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Dislike of Americans was part of the suite of strong prejudices of Melbourne Punch columnist "Clio" and 100 years ago this week she was showing that (completely understandable) prejudice yet again.

Living in Canberra a huge barrier, says John Fraser

Treasury head John Fraser.

Phillip Thomson   Treasury secretary outlines plans to attract deputy secretaries and other top staff by making Sydney and Melbourne an option.

Baby et Lulu - divine chanteuses

Baby et Lulu will share the stage with Jay Power and The Black Sorrows on the opening night of the Multicultural Festival.

Baby et Lulu are two Aussie musicians who've brought their French ambitions to life.

Eastman prosecutor denies 'playing games' with jury on forensics

David Eastman was arrested in 1992.

Christopher Knaus   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   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.

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   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.

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 ...

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   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.

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