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Canberra's Mr Fluffy houses: list of asbestos-affected homes

The list of Mr Fluffy houses will be released on Wednesday.

Kirsten Lawson, Meredith Clisby 6:11 AM   Mr Fluffy asbestos reaches into Canberra's most prestigious streets, devastating some areas of the city.

Mr Fluffy cluster: The streets worst hit by Mr Fluffy contamination

News. 18th June 2015. Julius Street at Pearce has 10 Mr Fluffy homes.

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Kirsten Lawson 5:00 AM   Dirk Jansen's business installed asbestos insulation door to door, bringing a big hit to some streets and suburbs.

Tradies fear release of Mr Fluffy list

The list of Mr Fluffy houses will be released on Wednesday.

Meredith Clisby 5:00 AM   Canberra's tradies will be one of the biggest groups affected by the release of the Mr Fluffy list.

Hiring 'freeze' to ease but limits remain in place

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Markus Mannheim 8:55 PM   On Wednesday, the government will relinquish control over recruitment and hand responsibility back to agency heads.

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Economic overview shows value of the arts to ACT economy

Minister for the Arts Joy Burch with the 2015 ACT Arts Policy.

Clare Colley 8:36 PM   The ACT government has released its first economic overview of the arts, to inform its future support of the sector.

Key questions answered about the release of the Mr Fluffy homes list

Asbestos taskforce staff spray painted fixtures to render them worthless.

8:17 PM   These are the answers to some of the key questions about the publication of the affected Mr Fluffy homes' list.

Mr Fluffy: Government outlines security arrangements for vacated homes

Asbestos taskforce staff are spray painting fixtures to render them worthless.

Tom McIlroy 5:00 AM   Access to empty homes is restricted and the incentive for unauthorised entry is minimised, including through destruction of fixtures and any valuable items.

What happened to the 64 original Fluffy homes not part of the buyback?

The private demolition of a Mr Fluffy house last year.

Kirsten Lawson 5:00 AM   As NSW struggles to even locate its Mr Fluffy asbestos properties, the ACT has one big advantage.

The Loboc Children's Choir warming up to wow Canberra audiences

John Thomas Kenshin Ganibe,  12, of the Loboc Central Elementary School Children's Choir, during practice at the Embassy of the Philippines.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   From a classroom in the Philippines a group of smiling children have crooned their way onto stages across Asia, Europe, the United States, and now Canberra.

'Still work to do' on first anniversary of NDIS rollout

Ronnie Lawrence with his assistance dog Sandy, which he received through the NDIS.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   On year into the NDIS, ACT residents who transitioned to the scheme are less satisfied than many of their interstate counterparts.

Physicist prof's much-needed geography lesson

Happy commuters of Bergen admire their  light rail trams.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Devoted readers will know that we have been running stories of how a professorial toff, the ANU's Professor Marcus Oliphant, upset Canberrans with his protests about the Tocumwal houses at O'Connor.

RSPCA takes 147 animals and birds from overcrowded Banks site

Birds and animals have been found in poor conditions at a Banks property.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Thirteen of 147 animals and birds removed from an overcrowded site in Banks have had to be euthanised.

Daughter found topless with ambassador's husband, mother says

Vytautas (Vytas) Kapociunas, left, leaves court with his barrister Bernard Collaery earlier this year.

Christopher Knaus 7:45 PM   Ambassador's maid says she saw envoy's husband piggybacking the girl he is accused of molesting.

Health authorities say Fluffy houses pose low risk for residents

ACT chief Health officer, Dr Paul Kelly: Risks of low exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos for short periods very low.

Kirsten Lawson 5:00 AM   Health authorities reassure visitors to Fluffy houses that there's 'not a lot to worry about'.

Mental health sufferer accused of Centrelink disturbance

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Christopher Knaus 7:42 PM   A young woman with mental health issues has been accused of a disturbance at Centrelink on Monday.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Trumper hit them over the fence for five

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Victor Trumper was such a great batsman that he was always hitting the bowling for five. Yes, five.

Canberrans among the most satisfied Australians

The ABS found Canberrans were more likely to have been to public libraries and art galleries than most Australians.

Megan Gorrey 6:04 PM   Canberra has already been ranked the best place to live in the world and now it has emerged ACT residents are among Australians who are most satisfied with their lives.

Prime Minister's dept offers another $8 million in wages

Public servants from the Prime Minister's department have been offered a higher pay rise.

Noel Towell 11:45 PM   PM&C public servants get "significantly better offer" as bosses try to break deadlock.

Border Force public servants plan first-day no-show

More than 97 per cent of union members at the soon-to-be-merged departments voted to strike in a result announced on Friday.

Noel Towell 5:38 PM   Delays expected at all major airports on Wednesday morning as part of industrial action.

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Just how much renovation blow out at The Lodge is worth

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Tom McIlroy and Meredith Clisby 4:58 PM   Many homeowners start renovation projects with big ideas and ambitious goals, only to find that reality quickly catches up to their budget. Just ask Kevin McCloud or any contestant on The Block, ever. 

Police probe alleged liquor act breaches at Magpies City Club in Civic

Police probe alleged liquor act breaches at Magpies City Club in Civic

4:36 PM   Police kicked 11 teenagers under 18 out of an all-ages event during a liquor licensing crackdown on a city club at the weekend.

Dads' playgroup like House Husbands, without the drama

Nick Collins with his son Charlie, 20 months, at Build and Play in Lyons.

Kimberley Le Lievre 4:04 PM   In the middle of a yard surrounded by a cubby house, sandpit and a handful of scattered children and their toys, a group of men gather.

Brush up on your Gobblefunk for The BFG

Ethan Hart takes to the stage in The BFG by Child Players ACT at the Belconnen Community Centre during the school holidays.

12:11 PM   School holidays are getting underway across Canberra and the children's theatre group Child Players ACT is performing Roald Dahl's The BFG.

Firefighters respond to house fire in Crace

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11:55 AM   Firefighters have been extinguished a fire in the bedroom of a house in Crace. 

$10m couldn't bring in public servants

Still largely empty: 2 to 6 Bowes Street, Phillip (formerly known as Penrhyn House) was refurbished last year to attract new tenants.  Quintessential Equity directors Shane Quinn, left, and Harry Rosenberg and head of property Russell Bullen.

Phillip Thomson 11:16 AM   Owners say Woden "is a pretty challenging leasing environment" because of the outflow of employees to Civic.

Woman capsicum-sprayed by police at Greenway Centrelink

Police said an officer sprayed the woman when she came towards them, before she was arrested.

10:03 AM    Police sprayed a woman with capsicum spray after she allegedly charged at them with clenched fists at a south Canberra Centrelink.

Police catch teens mid-burglary

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9:45 AM   Two teenagers allegedly caught red handed stealing jewellery, phones, car keys and cash from a northside home.

Canberra mornings: Traffic, weather and top news

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9:13 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

ACT government to lower duties for fuel efficient cars

Transport is estimated to produce almost 25 per cent of all the territory's greenhouse gas emissions.

Tom McIlroy   Changes to ACT government duties on new car purchases will see drivers who buy low emission vehicles rewarded and those who choose less fuel efficient cars charged more. 

Participation is key principle of new ACT arts policy

ArtsACT director David Whitney said the policy had participation and access to the arts as a key principle.

Clare Colley   The ACT's art sector needs greater promotion to cement the capital's reputation as an arts hub and a "force to be reckoned with".