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Inner southern suburbs home to ACT's highest earners


Nassim Khadem and Megan Gorrey 12:15 AM   Suburbs in the inner south are home to the ACT's highest earners and Canberrans are the nation's most charitable earners, Tax Office data has revealed.

Outsourcing not like bondage: APS boss

FOI documents reveal one public service department has had employees who used drugs intended for animals, manipulated jury duty, made claims for returned equipment and swapped clearance on biosecurity for VIP tickets.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Working out the power dynamic in the new Commonwealth public sector's Shared Services Centre will take a major cultural shift, says its chief executive.

Japanese investor takes the lead in ACT-funded wind farm

The windier the better.

Kirsten Lawson 10:45 PM   Construction on the Victorian project will start in two months and it will be up and running early in 2016.

Lifeline call for more support to assist domestic violence victims


Henry Belot 10:44 PM   A crisis support group has urged the ACT Government to supply additional funding so volunteers can continue assisting victims of domestic violence.

Canberrans hold vigil outside Indonesian Embassy before executions

NEWS: Rochelle Cooper of Downer is the co-ordinator of the candle light vigil that was held at the Embassy of Indonesia for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Megan Gorrey 10:01 PM   Dozens of Canberrans to hold a vigil outside the Indonesian Embassy in Yarralumla on Tuesday night.

Canberra Repertory tackles the challenges of The Crucible

Mass hysteria: The Crucible cast members (from left)   Yanina Clifton, Katy Larkin,  Zoe Priest, Alysandra Grant, (back) Saffron Dudgeon.
The Canberra Times

Joseph Walker 11:45 PM   Canberra Repertory Society's latest production, Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible, will open on May 1.

More than 100 Canberra playgrounds to be upgraded

playground, child

Hannah Moore 11:45 PM   The $170,000 work will be timed for the end of the school holidays.

Public servants may stop stopping the boats

An asylum seeker boat carrying refugees arrives on Christmas Island on November 20, 2012. The "stop the boats" policy is in the sights of aggrieved public servants.

Noel Towell 8:47 PM   The "stop the boats" policy in the sights of public servants as they move towards a strike over pay and conditions.

Shelter for homeless men reopens in Canberra

 Richard Griffiths.

Joseph Walker 11:30 PM    Safe Shelter can sleep eight men, and takes guests on a first-come basis

One APS, 200 systems, hundreds of millions wasted

Hills expects FY profit to be between $11 million and $14 million.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Consolidation could save $465 million, an outsourcing seminar in Canberra hears.

Cut and fill for Yarralumla 'shameful and irresponsible'

An artist's impression of the Yarralumla suburban development.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Critics says Walter Burley Griffin's vision could be ruined over if the government is too heavy-handed with plans to extend Yarralumla .

Government moves to avoid repeat of Anzac holiday transport chaos


Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Limited buses and confusion over parking costs caused havoc on Monday.

Cafes and restaurants refuse entry to guide dog users

News.  Stephen Fagg of Belconnen with his guide dog Samson at the Cupping Room.  Stephen has had positive experiences and been discriminated against with his guide dog in Canberra cafes and restaurants.

Clare Colley 8:30 PM   Each week at least one blind or vision-impaired guide dog owner in the ACT or NSW is illegally refused entry to a restaurant or cafe.

At-risk inmate moved into isolated cell, left alone before suicide

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Christopher Knaus 8:16 PM   Suitability of ward for at-risk prisoners to come under close scrutiny during prison death inquest.

Whooping cough cases double in ACT as doctors urge parents to vaccinate kids

Eleonor Prichard, who is in her final trimester of pregnancy, has a consultation with Dr Martin Liedvogel following the ACT government announcement of free whooping cough shots for pregnant women.

Henry Belot 8:07 PM   The ACT has recorded more than double the amount of whooping cough cases compared to last the same time last year

Fine and suspension for driver in collision with cyclist


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A Lyneham man who struck a cyclist with his van was himself hospitalised after a similar incident in his youth, a court has heard.

English language centre's new building opens

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch speaks to Annisa Putri, 5, at the newly opened Tuggeranong Introductory English Centre facility at Wanniassa Hills Primary School.

Hannah Moore 11:30 PM   The open, light and colourful learning space is in stark contrast to its more austere previous incarnation.

Betty Churcher remembered for her infectious love of art

News. Celebrating The Life Of Betty Churcher event at the National Gallery of Australia. An attendee looks at the order of service.
April 28th 2015
The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Sally Pryor 7:15 PM   She took us on her journey, and the journey was art.

Medical tests that may harm you

The routine of CT scans was deemed unnecessary because most emergency head injuries do not require immediate neurosurgical intervention.

Harriet Alexander 6:00 AM   Common medical procedures including brain scans, food allergy tests and long-term reflux medication are unnecessary and possibly harmful for many patients and should be radically reduced, doctors have warned.

Gang-gang. In defence of the numbers


Ian Warden 11:45 PM    The Australian War Memorial has responded with courteous indignation to Tuesday's column.

Desperate days in joyless Salem


Ron Cerabona 6:38 PM   The emotionally gripping play "The Crucible" opens in Canberra.

Win The Canberra Times ultimate fashion experience at Fashfest

Haus Models and the faces of Fashfest 2015 Hannah Clare McKenzie and Ken Scruton. Hair by W Friend. Makeup by K Mathias.

5:51 PM   Be the envy of all your friends and get 'up close and personal' with exciting, unique and diverse fashion design. Win The Canberra Times ultimate fashion experience at FASHFEST.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. War, The Tonic

London Transport Museum poster WW1 display

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   In 1915 some influential Britons, always looking on the bright side of life, suggested the war might be a jolly good mental tonic. 

How to leave that public service job you hate

News.  Author and former public servant Matthew Fenwick has written a book Life Without Lanyards- from Public Servant to Entrepreneur, a how to guide for public servants looking for self employment.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   You can leave the lanyard behind, public servants told.

Voluntary club eftpos code leaves gamblers exposed: Rattenbury

Poker machines: ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury is not happy about a decision on eftpos machines in clubs.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The Greens' Shane Rattenbury is not happy at the deal reached with the clubs sector for a voluntary code of practice on eftpos machines in clubs, saying they are clearly designed to get around withdrawal limits from automatic teller machines.

AFP traffic fine scam targets Canberra drivers


Emma Kelly 3:41 PM   Police have warned Canberrans of an email scam asking drivers to cough up money for negligent driving and infecting computers with a virus.

Second fire in 24 hours on Canberra street


Henry Belot 3:10 PM   ACT Police are investigating another suspicious fire on Discovery Street in Red Hill.

Superheroes come in many disguises

Harry Irvine, 7, of Macgregor with Captain Neon clowning around at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.

Kimberley Granger 2:35 PM   Nine weeks ago, seven-year-old Harry received a kidney donated by his father, but it was another superhero bringing a smile to his face when he returned to hospital last week.

Sap sucking insect has a role to play

Pictures of lerp in Canberra.

Brett McNamara 2:09 PM   One of the great features about living in our bush capital is the four distinct seasons we experience.