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Another APS wage deal crushed in vote

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood  claimed the vote as a significant win for her union.

Noel Towell 10:58 AM   Public Servants at the Department of Industry have rejected a new wage deal in three-to-one workplace ballot drubbing.

ACT government funding boost for Legal Aid ACT

Attorney-General Simon Corbell

Emma Kelly 10:58 AM   Legal Aid ACT will get an additional $867,000 funding boost over the next two years.

Carrot and stick

Tom Reid of Braddon at his garden plot in Pialligo.

Natasha Rudra 10:32 AM   Tom and Molly got more than they bargained for at this photoshoot.

Border Force faces pay mutiny

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood says the anger was palpable among frontline Customs officers in particular.

Noel Towell 9:55 AM    Public servants transferring from Customs are 'going ballistic' over a move they say will leave them thousands of dollars out of pocket.

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Armed man robs northside servo

The man wanted over robbery of Caltex Service Station in Kaleen

8:59 AM   A man armed with a knife robbed a service station in Canberra's north.

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

Canberra mornings.

8:51 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Heartless cuts to special diet kids

Zakariah Adam, 3,  with his sister Nevaeh Siena, 1, mum Jasmine Matthew and grandmother Helga Rosenthal.

Emma Macdonald 11:39 PM   Three-year-old Zakariah looks like any other kid. But a lamb chop could send him into a coma.

Spending on Parliament House security shows "incompetent budgeting"

Paid parking at Parliament House was introduced to discourage public servants from trying to park for free.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   The failure to spend money earmarked for the security upgrade at Parliament House was incompetent budgeting, a Senate estimates hearing was told on Monday.

Canberra's Captain Cook memorial jet back in action after repairs

Asset manager Jason Brown, and chief executive of National Capital Authority  Malcolm Snow give a rare insight into the Captain Cook memorial jet pump house on Monday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The familiar sight of more than three tonnes of water being shot high into the sky above Lake Burley Griffin returned to the capital on Monday.

Man airlifted from Braidwood after snake bite

Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter

9:06 PM   A man in Braidwood was treated for a snake bite on Monday afternoon.

First rats, then bog rolls

Toilet paper.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Department replaces controversial rats icon ... with toilet paper.

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Fish hooks found in dog's stomach

An x-ray showing metallic substances and fish hooks ingested by a dog.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Dog owner whose underweight pet ingested six fish hooks banned from owning animals.

Fresh palette brings life to arts centre

The director of Ainslie and Gorman arts centres Joseph Falsone, left,  marketing co-ordinator Jessica Oliver, and creative producers Mark Henshaw and Adelaide Rief inside Ainslie Arts Centre.

Sally Pryor 11:45 PM   Three years ago they were dilapidated buildings that concealed a hive of creative endeavour, behind peeling paint and antiquated facilities.

St Clare's College website hacked with Islamic messages

St Clare's College is reviewing its internet security after its website was hacked to display Arabic messages over the weekend.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The St Clare's College website was hacked to display white Arabic text on a black background with "scary" music playing in an apparent reference to Islamic State over the weekend.

Chilling start to the week with frost and fog across Canberra

Mist hanging over Scrivener Dam.

Emma Kelly 8:30 PM   Canberrans have woken to sub-zero temperatures this week with the run of cold mornings set to keep early birds struggling to roll out of bed.

ACT Tennis granted waiver of payout for changing its lease

Work on the ACT Tennis sports club at Lyneham late last year.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr waived ACT Tennis's payout for changing its lease - a waiver worth $860,000 to the tennis club.

Answer to housing crisis lies in greater land release: former Treasury official

Former executive director of policy at ACT Treasury, Khalid Ahmed: Housing affordability at its heart simply requires higher land release.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Canberra is in a unique position to deal with housing affordability, but it takes strong political commitment, says Khalid Ahmed

Pressure on car parks at Parliament House escalates

Parking at Parliament House is under pressure.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   Pressure on reserved car parks at Parliament House has risen after paid parking was introduced, including in the public car park, although most don't stay long enough to pay the fee.

Cannabis grow house discovered in Fisher

Medical marijuana is illegal in Australia but Queensland and Victoria have joined New South Wales in a $9 million trial of cannabis oil for patients suffering epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea.

6:26 PM   Police say every room except the laundry, bathroom and toilet housed cannabis plants.

Gang Gang - Governor General - planting project highlighting war vets

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David Ellery 11:00 PM   Sir Peter Cosgrove says his Lone Pine hospice sapling is doomed to die.

Man faces trial over alleged drunken punch

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Christopher Knaus 5:04 PM   A man accused of delivering a drunken punch that left a victim with brain damage has gone on trial.

Norfolk delivers formal grievance motion to federal parliament

Norfolk Island Chief Minister Lisle Snell in Canberra last year, is still pleading for self-government to be retained.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The Norfolk Island Speaker presented a formal "remonstrance" to the Australian parliament on Monday, as part of its ongoing, but so far failed attempts to keep self-government on the island.

Rebels were 'planning revenge' for drive-by shooting, police say

Two Rebels members were allegedly found with two sawn-off shotguns on Saturday.

Christopher Knaus 4:08 PM   Police say Rebels bikies found with sawn-off shotguns were planning revenge for drive-by shooting in March.

$6000 a year pay cut for DFAT cleaners

Cleaning with bleach has been linked with incidences of the flu and tonsillitis.

Phillip Thomson 3:55 PM   Tony Abbott made a 'crystal clear' promise to cleaners last year. Now they've taken at a 15% pay cut.

We won't go: public servants won't relocate to rural towns

Barnaby Joyce wants to move public servants from the Grains Research Development Corporation's Barton office to Wagga.

Phillip Thomson 3:48 PM   $400/sqm in Canberra versus $200/sqm in Wagga, but the bureaucrats want nothing to do with it.

Stop the onesies: department head

A new staff code of conduct at the Department of Immigration says staff can no longer wear onesies or ugg boots to work.

Onesies, ugg boots

Lisa Martin 3:10 PM   Forget stopping the boats: the immigration department is stopping onesies at work.

Furry fury as public servants depicted as rats

Is being depicted as a mouse less offensive than a rat?

Noel Towell 2:20 PM   Departmental bosses say it was a mouse, not a rat.

ACT emergency radio network to undergo $15 million upgrade

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Emma Kelly 2:16 PM   Almost $15 million will fund a major upgrade of the ACT's emergency radio communications network over the next three years.

ANU pulls unauthorised job ad

Peter Tregear, head of the ANU School of Music in Canberra.

Emma Macdonald 12:48 PM   Australian National University management embarrassed by a job ad that appeared to replace the head of the school of music, Peter Tregear.

ANU scientists recognised for research

ANU Professor Carola Vinuesa.

Four ANU scientists are among the Australian Academy of Science's newest fellows.