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How secure is Canberra's water supply?

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   A tug-of-war is happening in the skies over Canberra, with the winner to decide the intensity of next summer's drought.

AWM on what happened when modernism met total war

Bomber Crash by Frank Hinder for AWM Reality in Flames Exhibition.

David Ellery 8:20 PM   How Australia's modernist artists rose to the challenge of World War 2.

The Sheriff: veteran sergeant reflects as decades of experience leaves ACT force

ACT Policing Station Sergeant Daryl Neit is leaving ACT Policing after 33 years.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Two small marks hidden amid carnage and twisted metal would alter the future of Sergeant Daryl Neit and his crash investigation team.

Women injured in three car crash at Yarralumla


Jil Hogan 7:48 PM   Firefighters and paramedics have used a spinal stabalisation device to free a woman from a collision in Yarralumla.

CFMEU urges probe into sham contracts, phoenixing and tax dodging on ACT sites

A building site

Michael Inman and Meredith Clisby 11:30 PM   The construction union has asked three government bodies to investigate sham contracting, tax dodging, and phoenixing in the ACT formwork industry.

A 'modest change' is better than none

Frank Brennan with his book on constitutional reform - No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia.

Clare Colley 7:27 PM   Jesuit priest Father Frank Brennan knows it's hard to convince Australians to change, but he believes there's a way forward to achieve constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Smogasbord of ceramics

Rachael Lionel . Inawinytji Stanley . Rachael Lionel . Tjimpuna Williams and Rhoda Tjitayi - Stoneware Pots - Tallest 265mm.  Yangapalu show at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For Ceramics Triennale top 10 shows.

7:23 PM   You might not know it, but Canberra is playing host to the Australian Ceramics Triennale.

ACT teachers' pay deal could draw and retain high quality staff: expert

Teacher pointing to raised hands in a classroom.

Megan Gorrey 10:00 PM   Six-figure salaries could attract and retain more high-quality teachers to the ACT, a leading education expert says.

ACT Public Service boss Kathy Leigh on being the first woman in the job and what's ahead

Kathy Leigh says the ACT Public Service is Australia's youngest and "most agile and responsive".

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   The head of the ACT Public Service, Kathy Leigh, has given her first major interview since she was appointed more than a year ago

Reverse call: Send Maccas staff to public service

Business Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott – a former public servant herself – wants public sector workers to learn from the corporate sector.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Respected academic calls for private sector bosses to work in bureaucracy while APSC works with ex-public servant Jennifer Westacott.

Ambassador's husband breaks down as he denies child sex charges

Vytas Kapociunas entered the witness box to give evidence in his defence on Friday

Christopher Knaus 6:22 PM   Vytas Kapociunas, 71, struggles to hold back tears as he gives evidence in child abuse trial.

Mercury plunges as Canberrans brace for weekend cold snap

A frost-coated dandelion in my front yard.

Megan Gorrey 4:57 PM   Canberrans who shivered through one of the chilliest mornings of the year have been warned the freezing temperatures are set to continue this weekend.

Private Capital: Braddon's new shop where almost everything's for sale

Costa Georgiadis and Mel Neist of Sow What? Landscape Design in Sydney in front of the living wall at the National Tree Day event.

Jil Hogan 3:56 PM   This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Tree Day, Planet Ark's Australia-wide day of tree-planting and nature care.

Common Ground public housing opens in Gungahlin to help end homelessness

Josh Rourke in fellow tenant Grant Wilson's Common Ground apartment.

Clare Colley 3:54 PM   Canberra's experiment in low-cost supportive public housing the Common Ground project is finally open to tenants.

Canberra fashionistas can now get same-day delivery

Her Wonderland owner Nicole Taylor is bringing top Australian fashion to Canberra.

Jil Hogan 3:38 PM   Canberra fashionistas can now experience what shoppers in Sydney and Melbourne have long enjoyed - same day delivery for online purchases.

How do you pronounce Queanbeyan?

This woman had some particularly creative pronunciations.

1:15 PM   It doesn't seem like a difficult question but PlayStation Australia discovered it has some amusing answers.

Treasury staff vote 'yes' to new wage deal

Government leader in the Senate Eric Abetz opposes same-sex marriage.

Markus Mannheim 12:45 PM   58 per cent vote in favour of agreement that is likely to prove less than inflation.

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The Canberra Times news quiz for July 3

IN PAIN AS ROBBIE PULLS UP HIS SLEEVES .The strapped hand of Hooker Robbie Farah who arrived in Coffs Harbour after hand surgury today to begin training in the NSW Blues Origin squad training camp
in preparation for game 3 the decider
against the Queensland Maroons .
Photography Brendan Esposito
smh,sport,1st July,2015

12:29 PM   How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Three people charged over NSW south coast drug ring

An Iceland man was freed after more than 500 days in jail after he was duped into carrying cocaine into Australia.

12:01 PM   Three people have been charged with allegedly supplying ice and cannabis after police raided two homes on the NSW south coast.

Police search for missing Canberra man Daemon Wolfe

Police are searching for missing man Daemon Wolfe, who was last seen leaving his Greenway home on foot on July 2.

11:48 AM   Police have called for the public's help to find a man who hasn't been seen since he left his south Canberra home on Thursday afternoon.

Defence dept's DIE killed-off after a day

Defence worker

Noel Towell 11:43 AM   Giant department's new DIE acronym doesn't even last a day.

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Construction starts on wind farm to help meet ACT's energy needs

The ACT aims to source 90 per cent of Canberra's electricity from renewable energy by 2020.

10:15 AM   Construction officially started today on the first wind farm to supply power to the ACT.

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Education union agrees to ACT government's revised pay deal for teachers

Australian Education Union ACT secretary Glenn Fowler says an end to lengthy pay negotiations came after perseverance from teachers.

Clare Colley   Third wage offer unlocks millions of dollars for extra psychologists and assistants in Canberra's public schools.

Ambassador's husband says child sex allegations 'off this world'

Vytas Kapociunas entered the witness box to give evidence in his defence on Friday

Christopher Knaus   An artist accused of sexually assaulting a young girl told police he had nothing to hide.

Lifeline urges Fluffy owners, friends and colleagues to learn how to spot people in trouble

Lifeline Canberra head Carrie-Ann Leeson expects mental health problems to escalate as the Fluffy crisis widens.

Kirsten Lawson   A leading ACT counselling service has serious fears mental-health problems in Canberra may worsen as the Mr Fluffy crisis widens.

Wittenoom Crescent residents share a deadly legacy with namesake mining town

Wittenoom Crescent, Stirling, home to four Fluffy houses.

Kirsten Lawson   The residents of Wittenoom Crescent in Stirling shrug their shoulders and smile at the irony of sharing the street name with the Western Australian mining town so contaminated by asbestos it is a no-go zone, closed off and fenced.

Kangaroo cull activist arrested

Canberra's kangaroo cull will continue until July 31.

Tom McIlroy   A 70-year-old Macarthur man has become the first person arrested protesting this year's controversial kangaroo cull in Canberra. 

Man acquitted of child sex charges in his third trial


Christopher Knaus, Michael Inman   The man was accused of sexually assaulting the five-year-old girl while her family was visiting a dying relative.