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Eastman launches stay application, attempting to stave off second murder trial

Christopher Knaus 5:49 PM   David Eastman has launched his last-ditch bid to stave off a second trial for the 1989 murder of ACT police chief Colin Winchester.

Police search for alleged booze-boot thieves

An image of the boot loaded with allegedly stolen alcohol.

Police are calling for help to identify five people seen loading the boot of a vehicle with stolen alcohol.

It's time for young talents to shine

Australian Talented Youth Project artistic adviser Liz Lea, left and project director Jolanta Gallagher at a dance class.

Ron Cerabona 5:21 PM    The participants in the Australian Talented Youth Project will be performing at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Paramedics drop into Lake Burley Griffin for specialist wet winch training

Snowy Hydro SouthCare paramedics training on Lake Burley Griffin.

Alexandra Back 4:48 PM   Canberrans have an opportunity this week to see paramedics lower themselves onto moving boats on the surface of Lake Burley Griffin.

Canberra's visitor numbers soar as city rides centenary wave

The Skywhale flying over Canberra during the centenary. It has since floated on to favourable skies in Brazil and Ireland.

Katie Burgess 4:02 PM   A new report shows tourism in the ACT is still riding the wave of the 2013 centenary celebrations.

Win an exclusive Tom Roberts tour plus Wedgwood High Tea at the NGA

Portrait of Florence painted in Sydney, c 1898, oil on canvas on paperboard 66.6 x 38.7 cm. Art Gallery of New South ...

2:57 PM   Tom Roberts curator-lead tour, High Tea for two in the Wedgewood tea room and Tom Roberts gift pack could be all yours.

What to see, do, eat and drink at the National Multicultural Festival

Esther Khakula and Emily Joehnk Escobar dance together at last year's festival.

2:33 PM   A guide to the 2016 National Multicultural Festival in Canberra.

Four charged with child sex abuse in ACT schools

The men, aged from 60 to 83, will be accused of separate historical child sex offences.

Four men aged 60 to 83 allegedly molested young boys in ACT schools in the 1980s.

O'Connor nature-strip garden boasts mini-hothouse

Bram van Oosterhout and Judy Bamberger with their nature strip garden in O'Connor, including the hoop house which they ...

Half-metre rule would put paid to tomatoes, corn, even sunflowers

Motorcyclist suffers head injuries in Parkes Way crash

A motorcyclist suffered head and arm injuries in a crash on Parkes Way on Monday morning.

A motorcyclist suffered head and arm injuries in a crash on Parkes Way on Monday morning.

A memorable beginning to the cultural year

ACO Collective artistic director Pekka Kuusisto.

Pekka Kuusisto as inaugural artistic director for the ACO Collective tour has brought things off to a great start.

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Year of the Monkey: The capital celebrates

Admiring the Mai flower, which is said to be lucky, at the Sakyamuni Buddhist Centre are, from left, Peter Zhao,13, Hong ...

Alexandra Back 8:28 PM   Canberrans celebrate the Lunar New Year as a time of renewal.

Shane Rattenbury calls for a ban on greyhound racing in the ACT

Greyhounds compete at the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club in February last year.

ACT Greens parliamentarian is calling for an end to the $1 million in government subsidies to the industry.

Queanbeyan Council given rails run on merger says Goulburn chief

Goulburn mayor Geoff Kettle and general manager Warwick Bennett.

Louise Thrower 12:00 AM   Goulburn says Queanbeyan was given the pick of Palerang in councils carve-up.

Top public servants' pay bonanza

Former Treasury head Martin Parkinson warned that Australia could sacrifice as much as 5 per cent of the economy in ...

Noel Towell 12:00 AM    Haven't had a pay rise since 2013? Your boss just got 60 grand.

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Charity begins at home for philanthropist Glenn Keys

Glenn Keys is the man behind a new social housing model in the ACT.

Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   What does Australian philanthropy look like?

Canberra's bicycle theft hot spots

Braddon resident Sarah Mckenna had her bike stolen last year.

Katie Burgess 12:15 AM   Bicycle thefts are on the rise in Canberra, ACT Policing says.

Antiques and art go under the hammer at Stromlo property

John Gale's nephew, David Coulter, at the auction. Furniture, artworks and silverware were some of the items collected ...

David Ellery   More than 700 bidders registered to take part in the auction of the John Gale Collection on Sunday.

Former intensive care doctor warns government against merging public guardian and trustee

Professor Tom Faunce: "You never want to get into a situation where life and death decisions are hanging because of ...

Kirsten Lawson 12:00 AM   'You never want to get into a situation where life and death decisions are hanging because of financial considerations'

DFAT destroys one tonne of classified documents each week

The DFAT building in Barton, Canberra.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade shreds one tonne of classified and top secret documents in Canberra each week.

Poetry thrives in its new house

Poet Geoff Page at his home in Narrabundah.

This week, Poetry at the House will be held for the first time with enough space for 150 people.

Principals back schools' responses after week of threats

ACT police outside Canberra's Lanyon High School on Tuesday after a bomb threat.

Matthew Raggatt   Advocates for principals and parents said security measures taken after threats were made last week were satisfactory.

Page incomes the closest to the Australian median

Belconnen Community Men's Shed manager, Gordon Cooper with members as residents in Page earn the closest to the national ...

Stephen Jeffery   The Belconnen suburb's median income is the closest in the ACT to the national figures, newly released ABS data shows.

Reclaim Australia Rally drowns out counter protesters

Reclaim Australia national rally on Parliament House Lawns was the first in a series of globally coordinated Anti-Islam ...

Reclaim Australia protesters held their largest rally yet on Saturday in Canberra kicking of a wave of Anti-Islam demonstrations in cities across the world.

Height limits ends chance of repeat 28-storey plan for Woden 9

Martin Miller, pictured in Woden last year, said quality design of high-rise developments was important.

Matthew Raggatt   A repeat of the Woden 9 plans for towers up to 28 storeys high would be prevented if new height limits in the Woden master plan took effect.

The murders that put Canberra domestic violence on the front page

Ambulance officers carry an unconscious Darren Oliver from the Rivett house in which his parents and sister were shot ...

Stephen Jeffery   The murder of three members of the same family and severe bashing of a fourth 30 years ago this week sparked outrage and hastened the process to introduce tougher domestic violence legislation in the ACT.

Royalla resident warns Williamsdale on glare and water

The Royalla solar farm
as seen from Jennifer Howlett's property, across the Monaro Highway, in March 2014.

Matthew Raggatt   The solar farm approval conditions requiring screen planting had achieved nothing, with the company doing the "bare minimum" by having young tube stock planted, Matthew Raggatt says.

Club pitches $15m fitness centre for old Woden golf site

An artist's impression of early plans for the proposed health and wellness centre on the former pitch-and-putt site in ...

Stephen Jeffery   The Southern Cross Club has proposed a four-storey, purpose-built fitness and wellness centre on the site of the old Phillip Pitch and Putt Club, which shut its doors in 2013.

Lion to lead the celebration for Chinese Year of the Monkey

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull at the official opening of National Library's summer exhibition: ...

Matthew Raggatt   It's the party to mark the Year of the Monkey but lion dancers will again lead the Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday. 

Childcare directors respond to nation's worst qualified figures

Communities@Work's Lee Maiden said childcare workers had to demonstrate monthly progress when they were studying for the ...

Matthew Raggatt   Many of the ACT's childcare centres are being assessed for the first time, Lisa Syrette says.

Queanbeyan feasts on rich traditions at Waitangi Day festival

Members of the Tumanako Maori Culture Group singing and dancing at Waitangi Day celebrations in Queanbeyan.

Top turn out to Waitangi Day celebrations at Queanbeyan's Lowe Park

Man who allegedly rubbed vanilla slice into partner's face charged with assault

A 40-year-old man appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Matthew Raggatt   A Canberra man allegedly threatened to kill his partner after throwing a bowl of vanilla slice mix in her face on Friday night. 

Accused cocaine trafficker denied bail


Matthew Raggatt   A 27-year-old Canberra man who allegedly supplied cocaine and MDMA to an undercover police officer has been refused bail.

Rare and sentimental Huntly items go under the hammer

Robert Williams inspects a rare George III double-lidded sterling silver tea caddy, which is among items at Huntly to be ...

The contents of beloved pastoral homestead Huntly will be sold at auction on Sunday.

Dayne in full view

Brothers Clyde and Dayne Rathbone.

Jil Hogan   Dayne's World, the YouTube comedy series by Mike Nayna gave us a rare insight into the weird world of Canberra comedian Dayne Rathbone.

Joy Burch ex-staffer Maria Hawthorne reveals questions from police

Former ACT government staffer Maria Hawthorne.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson   The former staffer at the centre of a police investigation into the conduct of Joy Burch's office has broken her silence.

'Contaminated' lettuce recalled from ACT supermarkets

A multi-jurisdictional outbreak investigation has been launched over the cases.

The ACT is the latest region to be swept up in the pre-packaged salad recall.

Public service needs 'Hollywood model' of work

Former Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Peter Shergold.

Former PM&C boss says hiring public servants should follow the mantra - 'Bring them in, let them work, let them go'.

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Former soldier refused bail after extradition to the ACT


Alexandra Back   A former soldier extradited to the ACT on charges of harassing and threatening a female psychologist who found him unfit for service has been refused bail.

Tram business case risks a white elephant project, says ANU academic

An artist's impression of the Gungahlin interchange of Canberra's proposed light rail network.

The economic benefits of the Gungahlin tram project may have been exaggerated through one-sided counting of impacts that go well beyond the tram itself, an Australian National University academic has warned.

New graffiti co-ordinator appointed in the ACT

The ACT's new graffiti co-ordinator Louise Emberson with legal street art in Tocumwal Lane off Garema Place.

The ACT Government has appointed a special graffiti coordinator to curb the problem of removing illegal tagging and other graffiti.

Teenagers charged over Hume Highway pursuit

Two teenagers were arrested after they led police on a pursuit along the Hume Highway.

Road spikes were used to end the high-speed pursuit of two teenagers in a stolen vehicle, NSW police say.

New vehicle to elect independents to the ACT parliament

Bruce Paine, committee member of Vote Canberra.

An interesting concept, says Michael Moore: A party without a policy and the party people are not allowed to stand for election