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Overseas students to fight for more hours of legal work

Ross Peake 6:00 PM   The body representing international students says granting them more work hours will help avoid exploitation by employers.

Andrew Barr brushes off leaked unions polling on light rail

Andrew Barr’s Labor government can “absolutely” win next year’s ACT election

Tom McIlroy 5:59 PM   Andrew Barr says he will focus on improving transport infrastructure rather than get distracted by polls.

Very woolly sheep seeking shearer

Woolly: The RSPCA says the sheep desperately needs a shear.

Alexandra Back 5:51 PM   The RSPCA desperately sought a shearer after a sheep with a mammoth coat appeared near Canberra.

Major upgrade to get Captain Cook jet pumping

The Captain Cook Jet on Lake Burley Griffin was turned off because of a failure in its pumping system.

Emma Kelly 5:49 PM   Lake Burley Griffin's Captain Cook memorial jet will undergo its biggest upgrade in two decades.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra September 4-6

<i>Ghosts in the Scheme</i> at Canberra Theatre.

Jil Hogan 5:16 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Burglar used stolen van to smash through club's outdoor smoking area

The scene of a burglary at the Sports Club Kaleen, where two men in a stolen van rammed through an outdoor smoking area in a failed attempt to gain entry.

Christopher Knaus 4:06 PM   Twenty-year-old rammed through an outdoor smoking area in failed burglary attempt.

CFMEU knew of allegations ex-organiser Halafihi Kivalu was corrupt before his arrest

ACT CFMEU organiser, Zac Smith, at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

David Ellery 3:31 PM   Secret recordings show organisors discussing whether Kivalu had been "leaning on" a contractor.

Tuned in: Feel-good factor in 1980s pop revival

The Air Force Band takes a Mystery Flight.

Dan Bigna 2:44 PM   The revival touring circuit rolls on with 1980s Australian pop music the focus of a forthcoming Mix 106.3 sponsored show at the Royal Theatre in November featuring such notables as The Eurogliders, GANGgajang and Pseudo Echo. 

'It's like a house party, but no one knows where it's happening'

'It's just a beautiful area, it should be treasured': King O'Malley's Managing Director, Peter Barclay.

Alexandra Back, Katie Burgess 2:33 PM   Urban renewal on multiple fronts throughout Canberra has been at the expense of the older parts of Civic.

See your old furniture on stage at The Street Theatre

Set

Natasha Rudra 1:53 PM   Do you have an old tape player and a sturdy chair? If so, the Street Theatre would love to borrow it.

Rich textures conjure ominous images

Mandy Martin has a spiritual connection with the landscape.

Clare Colley 1:30 PM   Mining, fire and climate change weigh heavily on artist Mandy Martin's mind in Beaver Galleries' exhibition.

Demolition of Fluffy fire house considered

The house at Neumayer St has been fenced off.

Emma Macdonald 1:10 PM   The future of a fire-damaged Mr Fluffy home in Page is in flux with authorities seeking to make contact with the owner, described by neighbours as a hoarder.

AFP presidential bodyguard denied compo

Australian Federal Police

Michael Inman 12:20 PM   Former AFP officer who claimed he suffered depression from acting as a bodyguard to the East Timorese president loses compensation bid.

Suspicious Kambah fire destroys garage, damages home

Fire brigade

11:53 AM   Police are treating a fire that gutted a Kambah garage and damaged a home Wednesday morning as suspicious.

Capital life

Capital Life: What's on in Canberra's arts scene

Nicola Dickson's Bauer Brocade King Parrots.

Clare Colley 11:46 AM   A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning September 5.

Mr Fluffy home goes up in flames

ACT Emergency Services investigate a house fire on Neumayer Street in Page.

Katie Burgess and Emma Kelly 10:40 AM   The case of a fire which tore through a Mr Fluffy house on Tuesday night has been referred to police.

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Emergency department staff working overtime to meet demand, prompting recruitment drive

Canberra Hospital emergency department  staff are working overtime as they await new recruits.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Staff at Canberra Hospital's emergency department have been working overtime to treat an increasing number of patients, prompting management to launch a recruitment drive.

Tuggeranong 'losing its soul' while Gungahlin prospers

Emmy Yager of Isabella Plains with her daughter Phoebe at Lake Tuggeranong.

Clare Sibthorpe and Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   Canberra is witnessing the death of its original "nappy valley" as mums and dads pack up their strollers to abandon Tuggeranong, but Gungahlin's population is soaring.

Metered response to new parking fees

Veronica Trow, 21 of Curtin said every extra dollar paid in parking adds up.

Katie Burgess 10:13 PM   As foodies and families lined up at the meter on Tuesday night, reactions to the new evening parking charges were mixed.

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Blossoms putting a spring in their steps

Maureen and Phil Adam, of Curtin, are enjoying spring and its cherry blossoms.

Katie Burgess and Megan Gorrey 10:09 PM   Canberra's wettest winter in a decade has made for a spectacular start to spring.

Union polling shows Labor vote 'soft' as light rail causes rethink

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 9:50 PM   The union movement believes the Liberals are "winning the referendum" on light rail.

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Mum and kids hit the books after Smith Family leg-up

anayah Howe of Ngunnawal with her children who attend Ngunnawal Primary School from left, Demitrio aged 8 and Tyson aged 6.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   As a foster child growing up in Goulburn, Tanayah Howe tries not to remember her unhappy and disrupted school days. Now she is determined her sons will have a much better education.

Shrine sought to honour Diggers' families

Major-General Stephen Day.

Michael Inman 9:45 PM   Returned servicemen are well recognised for their wartime efforts but their families have been rather overlooked, says Major-General Stephen Day. And he wants to see this rectified.

Shane Rattenbury questions gas fire subsidies

Crichton Fireside Shop. Pictured - Cannon Canterbury Freestanding Gas Heater. 130603RG16 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

8:51 PM   Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury has questioned increases in government subsidies for Canberrans switching from wood fires to gas heating, breaking ranks with Labor cabinet colleagues.

Overhaul for management of National Arboretum after board disbanded in February

John Mackay at the arboretum, former chairman of the board: Wants an arm's length board in its place.

Kirsten Lawson 8:01 PM   'I'm going to be involved in the arboretum till the day I die whether they want me to or not'

Make changes to double jeopardy laws retrospective, says commissioner

ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey says proposed law changes defeat the original purpose for reform of double jeopardy.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT Government's conservative approach to double jeopardy laws has rendered the reforms meaningless, says ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey.

GP patient databases in poor health

Databases at GP clinics across Australia often lack health data on weight, height, body mass index and risk factors.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Dr Paresh Dawda has been awarded a research grant to develop a pilot project for better patient data retention.

Recommended cut to penalty rates unfair, says hospitality worker

Steve Mitchell says his son Joseph's time is as valuable as anyone else's.

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   Joseph Mitchell, who works weekends in hospitality to finance his university studies, says his time is as valuable as anyone else's, including his paramedic father's.