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Narrabundah house gutted by fire


Henry Belot 1:57 PM   Police treating fire that destroyed a refuge house in Narrabundah as suspicious.

Kaleen High School evacuated after fire

The ACT is being shortchanged millions of dollars for protecting Commonwealth buildings, a review has found.

1:32 PM   About 230 students have been evacuated from Kaleen High School after a fire started in a toilet block.

Canberra royal commission witness arrested

Royal Commission witness Tuungafasi Manase.

Michael Inman 1:13 PM   Another witness at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions was arrested in Canberra on Wednesday.

Damien Leith - The Street Theatre on July 18

Mandy Wade and Steve Carter attend Damien Leith's cabaret show at The Street Theatre.

1:11 PM   Damien Leith performed his self-penned, one-man cabaret play called The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey at The Street Theatre on July 18.

On the road with French performance group La Folie Douce

 La Folie Douce, bringing its unique party celebration to Australia for the first time.

12:11 PM   La Folie Douce, a group of DJs, singers and dancers incorporating cabaret mixed with street theatre, will provide a series of free high-energy, high-altitude, show-stopping performances to Australia during Thredbo's 25th Top2Bottom weekend in August.

Catch up with the latest music gossip with Flybys

The Paper Kites will be performing at ANU Bar on November 7.

12:10 PM   Drag competition is coming to Canberra. So You Think You Can Drag is an amateur drag competition designed to give stage space to aspiring kings and queens. August 15 at the Gorman Arts Centre, Braddon. Tickets $25 available from

Win a double pass to Hau Latukefu at Transit Bar

Hau Latukefu will perform at Transit Bar on July 31.

12:09 PM   This week we have only one double pass to see Australian hip-hop artist Hau Latukefu .

Canberra Times photographer Rohan Thomson awarded a Young Walkley


12:08 PM   Canberra Times and Fairfax Media photographer Rohan Thomson has been awarded a Young Walkley for his photography and video work.

Live gigs in Canberra this week

Hau will perform at Transit Bar on July 31.

12:07 PM   Plan a musical night out.

Teenage jogger disappears in Bendigo

Missing: Emma Langworthy.

Marissa Calligeros 12:05 PM   Concerns are growing for missing jogger Emma Langworthy in Bendigo.

The amazing tale of New York's reclusive Wolfpack brothers

The sibling subjects of a the new documentary The Wolfpack, from left: Mukunda, Bhagavan, Govinda, Narayana, Jagadisa and Krisna.

Natasha Rudra 11:45 AM   The story of six boys who were locked in an apartment for years.

Two-car crash on Macarthur Avenue

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11:43 AM   A car has rolled onto its side in a two-car crash on Macarthur Avenue in O'Connor.

'Cartel conduct' in Canberra construction

ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the alleged conduct mainly concerned the capital's concreting and scaffolding industries.

11:08 AM   Competition watchdog starts investigation into alleged cartel conduct in Canberra's construction industry.

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Public service office bullies costing millions

Claims for mental stress caused by bullying, harassment or violence in the Australian Public Service are rising.

Noel Towell 9:19 AM   And one type of claim to the federal workplace insurer has almost doubled in the past six years.

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'Her flesh and blood wasn't given justice'

Vanessa Forsyth visits the grave of her brother Troy Forsyth who was killed in a hit-and-run in 1987.

Christopher Knaus 9:01 AM   As she lay on her deathbed, Valerie Tomkins was afflicted by two great pains.

Gillard says it's time to tackle 'unconscious bias'

Julia Gillard with David Gonski at the ANZ Women's Initiative lunch in Sydney on Wednesday.

Ruth Liew 5:46 AM   Former prime minister Julia Gillard says we are still driven by cultural stereotypes that must be challenged.

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Royal commission told of alleged Canberra scaffolding price-fixing

Jeremy Stoljar SC, counsel assisting the Royal Commission.

Michael Inman 11:47 PM   The construction union allegedly discussed price-fixing in the Canberra scaffolding sector during enterprise bargaining talks, the royal commission has heard.

Lomax charge puts Australia on path to tinpot dictatorship: union

John Lomax is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Michael Inman 11:39 PM   Charging organiser John Lomax with blackmail for asking for a pay rise a dangerous precedent for Australian industrial relations, the construction union says.

Canberra Grammar teacher appears in Parramatta court


Christopher Knaus 8:53 PM   A Canberra teacher charged with child grooming offences has appeared in a Sydney court.

Public servant departure tipped to cost Woden $5m annually

At least 2100 public servants are expected to leave Woden, hurting the local economy.

Henry Belot 8:30 PM   Woden business group say loss of thousands of public servants could cripple the town centre.

Man who imported commercial quantity of drugs to front door jailed


Christopher Knaus 7:59 PM   Man with 12-year drug habit imported commercial quantities to front door for personal use.

Gang-gang. We will all go together when we go

A mural by Byrd at Frencham Place in Downer. The mural is based on a famous wartime photograph of two women of the Australian Land Army going cheerfully off to work.

Ian Warden 8:00 PM   Canberra's suburban associations can be fountains of NIMBY misery.

Survivor encourages Canberrans to detail childhood abuse before royal commission

A woman who was sexually abused as a child while in institutional care has encouraged Canberrans to share their own experiences before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Henry Belot 7:48 PM   A woman who was sexually abused as a child while in institutional care has encouraged Canberrans to share their own experiences before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

ACT consumers are top of the online shoppers

Consumers in the ACT lead rates of online shopping in Australia

Tom McIlroy 8:00 PM   Canberra consumers are the nation's biggest online shoppers, with a new survey finding 79 per cent logging on to spend compared with 61 per cent nationally.

Misty mornings a picture perfect inspiration for Canberra Times winter photo competition

Jonathan McFeat's photo of sunrise in Kingston.

Eleanor Mackay 6:48 PM   Lake Burley Griffin has featured heavily in photos entered in The Canberra Times winter photo competition.

Staggering number of domestic violence calls in ACT

Only by immediate action can we instill the message to the current generation that family violence is not "just a domestic", Tony Buti writes.

Emma Kelly 8:00 PM   Chief Police Officer says officers 'never know what we're going to confront'.

Quilting in the Godden family's blood

16-year-old Ineka Voigt, her mum Helen Godden and her grandmother Pat Godden. The trio will all be entering quilts in this year's Canberra Craft and Quilt fair.

Eleanor Mackay 8:00 PM   Proving quilting is in their blood, three generations of the Godden family will be entering their work in the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair.

Police seek help to locate missing man Eero Kivela

Eero Kivela

5:33 PM   Police have located a 79-year-old man from Charnwood who was reported missing on Wednesday afternoon.

Gang-gang – 100 years ago: Lord Northcliffe sees the light at last

Newspaper baron Lord Northcliffe found that war helped enlighten his views on women.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred years ago this week Melbourne's feminist, suffragist weekly The Woman Voter was aghast at the way in which the first Australian wounded of the war had just come home (disembarking at Melbourne) without officialdom paying them any kindly attention.