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Woman blows 0.312 on Kings Hwy

Police believe a woman caught behind the wheel with a 0.312 blood alcohol reading had not restrained her one-year-old ...

8:40 AM   Woman allegedly drove with more than six times the legal limit of alcohol in her system with her one-year-old child in the car.

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National Multicultural Festival wraps up with big crowds

A Chinese lion weaves its way through the crowd at the multicultural festival.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The success of the National Multicultural Festival proves Canberrans do want to go out in Civic and could be used as a model to help bring more life to the city centre, Multicultural Affairs Minister Yvette Berry says.

Greyhound racing lobbyist denies ambushing RSPCA with meeting

The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, including secretary Debbie Collier pictured with trainer and breeder Jason Platts ...

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   A lobbyist working for the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club has denied trying to ambush the RSPCA into meeting with representatives from the embattled sports body after calls for a ban in the ACT.

Public servant injured psychologically by performance appraisal

The Australian Customs Service was reorganised in 2015.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Customs official says she "feared reprisals" if she didn't click the "agree" button.

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About Town: Faces in the crowd at the Kids TRYathlon

From right, Linda Jakob of Kaleen with her daughter, Annie, 8.

6:22 PM   The AIS came alive with hundreds of Canberra children swimming, cycling and running at the weekend.

Canberra sizzles as mercury climbs

Leigh Baguley of Lyneham, cools off on Sunday, enjoying a run on his wakeboard, in the Molonglo River.

Natasha Boddy 4:51 PM   Canberrans spent much of Valentine's Day looking for ways to cool off and beat the heat as the capital sizzled.

South Coast psychologist barred after sex with vulnerable patient

A psychologist who had an improper sexual relationship with a vulnerable, complex patient has been barred from practice ...

Christopher Knaus 12:00 AM   'The more he became committed to the treatment, the more deluded he became about what he was trying to accomplish.'

Whooping cough cases more than double in Canberra

Whooping cough cases in Canberra surged last year, but authorities say the rise is consistent with historical patterns.

Natasha Boddy 12:00 AM   The ACT struggled through a dramatic rise in whooping cough last year, as figures reveal cases more than doubled in 2015.

WHO told to sanction outbreak dissenters

China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation, left, and David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on ...

Ross Peake 12:00 AM   An Australian infectious diseases expert is calling on the World Health Organisation not to remain "a toothless tiger".

The fix: public servants vote for one pay rise, get another

Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women.

Noel Towell 12:00 AM   They said 1.5 per cent a year was all public servants would get. But that wasn't quite true.

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Lifeline bookfair raises $500,000

Bookfair

Ross Peake 4:14 PM   It costs Lifeline $26 to answer a life-saving call, and the average spend on Saturday was $31 per person.

New child sexual abuse statutory authority proposed for the ACT

New reporting requirements for child abuse proposed: Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   A new independent authority to oversee legal reporting requirements for child abuse could be established in the ACT.

No compensation for unsuccessful tram consortium bid

Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   The ACT government won't pay compensation to the losing consortium bidding to build the city to Gungahlin light rail line.

Private schools charge more to go back to school

The final year at Canberra Grammar will now cost $21,860, in tuition fees and charges.

Emma Macdonald 12:00 AM   Canberra's two most expensive private schools charge more than $20,000 in annual fees for Year 12.

Little school making a big investment

Preschoolers enjoying the new purpose built building at Covenant Christian School.

Emma Macdonald 12:00 AM   Covenant Christian School is a small, non-government school that keeps its fees among the most affordable.

Responsibility for ACT election comment

3:23 PM   Responsibility for ACT election comment is taken by The Canberra Times editor Grant Newton, of 9 Pirie Street, Fyshwick.

Change gets a new face at the Royal Australian Mint

Open day at the Royal Australian Mint with chief executive  Ross McDiarmid and coins that will be released for ...

Georgina Connery   The first of the new-look Australian coins will be in people's pockets on Monday.

Aldi on the way to Majura Park

Aldi is coming to Majura Park  this year.

Matthew Raggatt   Discount supermarket giant Aldi will open a store at  Majura Park this year.

Canberra family warn of animal baiting

The Downes family's dog Bailey just scraped through after toxic poisoning. 
from left, Dean, Jessica 19, Leah, Kristen ...

Georgina Connery   A localised spate of pet poisonings in Lanyon Valley has Canberrans concerned about animal baiting.

Hopes 2016 is year of suburban shopping centres

Little Oink cafe's Alice Fisher. The cafe's owner will be opening a bar next door in winter.

Matthew Raggatt   Local shops could be the consumers' choice this year in the territory due to upgrades.

National Multicultural Festival parades costume, customs and cuisine

An Indonesian Batik Carnival performer in procession on London Circuit.

Georgina Connery   It had everything from bagpipes to belly dancers and despite top temperatures reaching 32 degrees Canberrans came out in force on Saturday to enjoy costume, cuisine and customs from all over the world.

Self-defence argument likely for man charged with stabbing

The defendant told police he feared he would be killed.

Matthew Raggatt   A Macgregor man who allegedly stabbed an unknown man more than 10 times and told police he feared he would be murdered has been refused bail.

Couple's special plans for Valentine's Day

The giraffes at the National Zoo will, unlock many of the zoo's couples, have the chance to be together on Valentine's Day.

Matthew Raggatt   Who needs roses and chocolates when you have giraffes and lions?

Canberra couple celebrate joint centenary milestone

George and Iris Barlin are turning 100 in quick succession and will celebrate the occasion with family at a party on Sunday.

Richard Begbie   George and Iris Barlin will celebrate their joint 100th birthdays at a celebration on Valentine's Day.

ACT teachers back #LetThemStay campaign

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ACT School teachers take part in national #LetThemStay campaign calling for 267 refugees at risk of being ...

Georgina Connery   ACT Teachers have added their voice to the growing political push back surrounding refugees at risk of being returned to detention in Nauru.

Bail granted after public mischief charge for repeat 000 calls

The defendant allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times within 13 days.

Matthew Raggatt   A woman who allegedly called triple-zero about 20 times this month requesting an ambulance despite no physical symptoms has been charged with causing public mischief.

How diversity goes with our territory

Mohammed Ali is a champion of the campaign by the ACT Human Rights and Discrimination Commission's, 'Diversity Goes with ...

Diverse Canberrans are urging others to get behind The ACT Human Rights Commission's online campaign, Diversity goes with our Territory, and spread messages of inclusion, acceptance and multiculturalism.

Little Canberra boy's brave battle against the odds

Three-month-old Charlie Clode has a complex heart condition. Each 300 bead represents a medical incident, but the ...

Clare Sibthorpe   Three hundred beads represent the medical incidents Charlie has endured in his three-month-life, including open heart surgery.

Woman hospitalised after southside fire

The fire in Fisher caused significant damage to the unit, includnig the roof collapsing.

The fire in Fisher caused significant damage to the unit, including the roof collapsing.

Direct international flights could unlock Canberra for freight: Barr

Freight opportunities unlocked: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy   Canberra's new direct international flights will unlock freight opportunities for the Canberra region.

Heritage Strategy launched at ACT's newest heritage site Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station

Former Honeysuckle Creek tracking station employee Hamish Lindsay at the recently heritage-listed site.

Clare Colley   Almost 49 years since its antenna beamed the first TV images of the moon landing, and 24 years after the site was levelled, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station has been added to the ACT's heritage register.

How a group of Canberra scientists helped to prove what Einstein couldn't

Professor David McClelland and Professor Susan Scott at the ANU Centre for Gravitational Physics.

Katie Burgess   How a group of Canberra scientists helped to prove Einstein wrong.

Eastman faces the accountability mirage

Jack Waterford.

Jack Waterford   Colin Winchester, one of Australia's most powerful police officers, was killed in Canberra 27 years ago. Yet new details keep surfacing.

National Multicultural Festival begins with Malaysian ceremonies

Tourism Malaysia officially opened the Malaysia Village in Ainslie Avenue, Civic, as part of the National Multicultural ...

Henry Belot   The multicultural festival kicks off for another year in Canberra.

Jackson deserves to leave on her terms

Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton   Saturday Serve: Lauren Jackson deserves a chance to go out on her terms.

Directions gets $1.4m to tackle Goulburn ice problem

Bronwyn Hendry said the $1.4 million NSW contract gave Directions a third funding stream together with its ACT and ...

Matthew Raggatt   Canberra drug rehabilitation provider Directions has been granted $1.4 million to help address the growing ice problem in Goulburn. 

ACT open to adjusting laws to prevent 'gay cure' operators

ACT Health says it is not aware of any active "gay conversion therapists" operating in the territory.

Stephen Jeffery   The territory government says it will watch Victoria's push to crack down on 'gay conversion therapy', but believes the practice is prevented in existing human rights and health laws.

Canberra's lonely hearts lose more than half a million dollars in 2015

Lonely heart scams snagged more than $500,000 from Canberrans in 2015.

Katie Burgess   Canberrans lost more than half a million dollars to love scammers last year,the Australian consumer watchdog has revealed.

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Acton Tunnel crash leaves $1.2 million insurance bill

An excavator on the back of a truck hit the roof of the westbound Acton tunnel in October.

Matthew Raggatt   The repair bill for the Acton tunnel crash which blocked traffic for two days in October has been revealed as $1.2 million, or an average of $15,000 for each tile damaged.

2016 Bald Archy art exhibition opens in Canberra

The entry by artist Judy Nadin) entitled "May the remorse be with you", depicting Bronwyn Bishop.

Meghan Corcoran   From Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull depicted as the statue David with a naked Queen Elizabeth II clinging to his leg, to Bronwyn Bishop catching a bus, this year's Bald Archy's Prize has again delivered what audiences have come to expect. 

NDIS ACT rollout improves but numbers underestimated

Complaints about the NDIS are slowing down as more Canberrans have their plans approved.

Clare Colley   The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT is on track with complaints slowing down.

It all makes sense now – the early days of dollars and cents in Australia

Retired Canberra bus drivers Reg Walters, 75, of Watson; Dick Redman, 87, of Ainslie, and Pat Torpy, 79, of Dickson. ...

Megan Doherty   Sunday will see the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency to Australia.

Celebrate 50th anniversary of decimal currency at Mint open day

Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid in the circulation room that will be open for public tours on ...

Meghan Corcoran   Five decades ago, Australians braced for a significant change in the way they used money as the country shifted from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents.