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Canberra Photographic Society judging

From left, Brian Jones of Chapman and David Flannery of Torrens.

9:24 PM   About Town: Scenes from Canberra Photographic Society meeting where the theme for judging was "moving water".

Westpac caps LVRs on investor mortgages at 80pc

Westpac and the other major banks are taking action to curb investor lending.

Clancy Yeates 8:19 PM   Australia's biggest lender to landlords, Westpac, will require new property investors to have a deposit of at least 20 per cent.

Light rail community reference groups to be established

Canberra's light rail line

8:11 PM   The ACT government has put the call out for members of new community and business reference group for the city to Gungahlin light rail project. 

Meet the GWS Giants

All about effort: Giants midfielder Adam Treloar.

8:10 PM   This is a money can't buy experience, where you can personally cheer them on before they take on the Geelong Cats.

Early Morning Centre celebrates a decade of helping the homeless

Celebrating 10 years of the Early Morning Centre. Jody Macdonald who once was homeless and was provided with assistance from Early Morning Centre.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Ten years ago, Jody Macdonald was the first person to walk into the Early Morning Centre on Northbourne Avenue for a healthy breakfast after living rough on the streets

Former ANU Vice-Chancellor Nichol remembered as down-to-earth

Vale Professor Lawrence Nichol will be remembered as a down-to-earth man.

7:17 PM   Former ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawrence Nichol has died at the age of 80.

Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector: survey

An online poll of members of the Master Builders ACT reported verbal and/or physical intimidation by the ACT branch of the CFMEU on Canberra building sites.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector, a survey of stakeholders says.

University's free kick angers property sector

8 March 2011 - Pic Elesa Lee - The Chronicle - Belconnen Mall roof collapse between the 2nd and 3rd floor during upgrades in the north wing SPECIAL 1

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Retailers warn of ''bleeding out'' Belconnen Town Centre to help University of Canberra.

Cull ends early after 1700 kangaroos shot dead

The ACT's kangaroo cull has ended early.

Tom McIlroy 6:43 PM   In a surprise move on Tuesday, the ACT government's controversial kangaroo cull has ended three weeks earlier than expected after 1700 adult kangaroos had beene killed.

Public service strike could kill, warns boss

Leigh Johns defends Australian Ballet School's purchase of a $4.7 million Melbourne mansion, which was part-funded by the Federal Budget.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Senior agency warns of "dire consequences" if staff walk off the job.

Man to stand trial for allegedly forcing vulnerable migrant in sexual servitude

The man maintained not guilty pleas to the charges.

Michael Inman 6:41 PM   A Canberra man will stand trial on allegations he forced a vulnerable migrant into sexual servitude.

Canberra named Australia's fifth most family-friendly destination

Reece and Amy Carroll of Dubbo visit Questacon in Parkes, Canberra on the school holidays with their children, Mia-Grace aged 7 and Chloe aged 3.

Georgina Connery 6:09 PM   Canberra has been named Australia's fifth most family friendly travel spot by Lonely Planet.

Aboriginal art exhibition goes on display in New Acton

Artist Loretta Egan with her work Two Bungarras in the Balargardi Barnagardi exhibition at Hotel Hotel. The exhibition is a selection of works by Wajarri People from WA.

Rebecca Colquhoun 11:30 PM   A pop-up exhibition has been launched in Canberra showcasing artwork from Western Australia's Wajarii people inspired by the stories that best connect them to their remote land.

Catch a rare astronomical threesome in the sky on Tuesday night

The International Space Station will pass close to Venus and Jupiter on Wednesday night.

Georgina Connery 5:28 PM   Looking West North West at 6.25pm on Tuesday night Canberrans can catch the International Space Station transit past brightly-lit Venus and Jupiter.

NAIDOC Week exhibition launch

From left, Artist Marion Dingo with Rod Little.

5:26 PM   About Town: Scenes from official exhibition launch at Hotel Hotel, NewActon Nishi, Canberra. A

Petterd Street in Page closed for police operation

Police blocked off part of Petterd Street, near Earle Place, Page for about three hours.

Henry Belot 5:21 PM   Police have taken a man into custody and rescued a baby after an incident that lasted more than three hours.

Private equity sees blue sky in Melbourne's development market

Targeted for preservation: The two buildings purchased by Blue Sky may prove controversial.

Simon Johanson 12:15 AM   Listed private equity firm Blue Sky has gained a toehold in Melbourne's development market after purchasing a large La Trobe Street site.

Jury retires to deliberate on fate of ambassador's husband

Vytas Kapociunas outside of court last week

Christopher Knaus 5:11 PM   Jury retires to consider fate of Vytas Kapociunas in child abuse trial.

Canberra universities to spend $17 million on hospital training facilities in NSW


Henry Belot 5:07 PM   The University of Canberra and the Australian National University will spend $17 million building clinical training facilities at hospitals in southeast NSW.

Accused arsonist told 'do-gooder' to mind own business, court hears

Courts generic

Christopher Knaus 5:04 PM   A Canberra man accused of lighting two fires in the middle of summer hid under a bridge and in long grass when police arrived, a court has heard.

Owner of maggot-infested, malnourished dog not restricted from having pets: RSPCA

The RSPCA say they found "Rocky" in a state of severe neglect late last year.

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman 5:00 PM   "Lucky" was put down as a result of severe neglect. His owner was fined less than $500 and avoided restrictions on keeping pets.

Public service sickies: the world gets tough

Methods used by Ireland to get on top of unscheduled absences, slashing entitlements in half, might find few fans in the Australian Public Service.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Getting tough gets results in Ireland while Canada muscles up to PS unions, and business as usual in Australia.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Conscription - Death with his sickle

WW1 anti-conscription button.

Ian Warden 4:00 PM    "The [profession of soldiering] is essentially a horrible one," Melbourne's Woman Voter insisted 100 years ago this week, noticing the ever-loudening calls for conscription.

Gang-gang. Ellen Heath, 105, a semi-super centenarian

Gang-gang/News. 7th July 2015. Ellen Heath had her 105th birthday on Tuesday. She is possibly the oldest person living in Canberra.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   As if it wasn't reward enough on Tuesday to just be visiting and paying respects to Mrs Ellen Heath on her 105th birthday there was an unexpected bonus.

Australian Idol winner Damien Leith shares his passion for cabaret

<i>Australian Idol</i> winner Damien Leith's self-penned one-man cabaret play <i>The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey</i> has received standing ovations.

Arne Sjostedt 1:57 PM   Before music took over, Damien Leith was obsessed with drama, acting and writing plays. It is a passion the Australian Idol winner has turned into one of the most challenging and ambitious projects of his career, Leith on his new cabaret play Parting Glass: An Irish Journey.

Latest album takes Death Cab for Cutie in new direction

Washington band Death Cab for Cutie found a way to embrace its failings with new album <i>Kintsugi</i>.

Greg Chamberlain 1:34 PM   Washington band Death Cab for Cutie has found a way to embrace its failings, writes Greg Chamberlain.

Triennale a key event for Australian ceramics

CJ Jilek uses botanical forms as a metaphor for human sexuality. This work is 'Coccinea'.

Zoya Patel 12:46 PM   Held every three years - this time in Canberra - this exhibition brings together ceramicists from around Australia and overseas, writes Zoya Patel.

ACT's container court would cost $14 million, not $4 million

Converted containers are being used in Christchurch.

Tom McIlroy 11:08 AM   Attorney-General Simon Corbell caught Canberra's legal community by surprise last month when he said a temporary shipping container facility could be used during redevelopment of the ACT Supreme Court. 

Businessman appointed as National Museum of Australia Council chair

Newly appointed: National Museum of Australia council chairman David Jones.

10:41 AM   The National Museum of Australia has welcomed experienced businessman David Jones as the new chair of the Museum’s Council.

The job is not over for firefighters at Pialligo

Crews expected to continue working to isolate waste fire at Pialligo for another 24 hours.

9:38 AM   ACT Emergency services expect to remain on scene of the waste fire in Canberra's south for several more days.