Latest ACT News

The NZ model could help us keep children out of care


Ross Peake 11:30 PM   The ACT should follow New Zealand’s example by being bold enough to introduce family group conferencing to reduce the number of children going into care, according to a Canberra researcher.

Katy Gallagher to campaign for changes to asylum seekers policy

Crowds at the event.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   Newly-minted ACT Senator Katy Gallagher will campaign for the Labor Party to soften its harsh policy on asylum seekers, at its national conference this year.

Owen Flats eviction brings hope of a better life

Owen Flats resident Maree Pavloudis whose public housing flat is expected to be bulldozed as part of the Northbourne corridor and light-rail plan.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   As the ACT government prepares to move hundreds of tenants out of their public housing homes to make way for new development, Scott Hannaford meets some of the residents to find out how the uncertainty is affecting their lives.

Out and About: Canberra's Tocumwal Lane graffiti party

8:23 PM   Street artists transformed blank walls into a superhero playground at a Tocumwal Lane party in Civic.

Industrial action set to disrupt airports over Easter

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Community and Public Sector Union warns people to allow for travel delays over Easter because of industrial action.

Nationals retain Monaro

Queanbeyan's Nationals candidate John Barilaro (left) has claimed victory over Labor candidate Steve Whan in the seat of Monaro.

Ross Peake 8:20 PM   The Nationals John Barilaro✓ has comfortably held the bellwether NSW seat of Monaro but remains determined to leave politics at the next election.

Calls for better use of overseas dental systems in the ACT

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Tom McIlroy 10:30 PM   An ACT Legislative Assembly report has warned of the risk to patient safety from poor quality imported dental devices including crowns, bridges and dentures.

Call to sell ACTION buses, faster progress on City to the Lake


Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Pointing to a slide in Canberra's tourist numbers, a national tourism group has urged the ACT Government not to delay its City to the Lake project, to push ahead with the tram and to sell the bus network to a private operator.

Drivers' deal not up for negotiation for two more years, says union


Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The Transport Workers Union says the bus drivers employment agreement doesn't expire for two more years, making the ACT Government's calls for more flexibility moot.

Paper plane contest glides into Canberra

Jordie Wilson (left), and Georgia Ring get in some practice before the Red Bull Paper Wings competition, being held at the Australian Defence Force Academy on Monday.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   It's time to prepare for take-off, as flying aces - on paper at least - show off their skills.

Politicians await news of their electoral fate as commission prepares to announce new boundaries

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   As the Electoral Commission prepares to release its biggest redistrbuton in 20 years next week, Canbera's politicians are keenly awaiting news of their fate.

Bravery award for group who foiled carjacker

Brendan Bilston is receiving a bravery award for foiling a carjacking at Manuka.

Christopher Knaus 12:15 AM   The men that helped a woman in Manuka from an armed carjacker receive recognition.

Bravery rewarded for rescuing three boys from horror crash

Terry O'Brien who has been awarded a commendation for brave conduct for his role in helping three people who were trapped following a single vehicle accident at Moss Vale.

Clare Colley 12:00 AM   When Terry O’Brien came across an upturned ute with the wheels still spinning after a horrific crash, he didn't hesitate to crawl inside and save its passengers.

Street artists transform blank walls into superhero playground

Faith Kerehona from Page in front of her partially finished artwork at the Tocumwal Lane Street Party in the city.

Clare Colley 5:05 PM   With spray paint fumes and hip-hop beats wafting around the CBD it was hard to miss Tocumwal Lane on Sunday.

Northbourne housing residents to be moved by mid-2016

Owen Flats resident, Laurel Dakin, outside her public housing flat which is expected to be bulldozed as part of the Northbourne corridor and light-rail plan.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   Public housing tenants on Northbourne Avenue are likely to be relocated by mid-2016, as the ACT Government pushes for the redevelopment of the light rail corridor.

Three men go on a wild rampage through Northbridge


3:18 PM   Three men went on a wild rampage through Northbridge on Saturday night, allegedly threatening diners with a knife and throwing chairs and wooden poles at them.

NSW state election: Barilaro and Whan battle it out for the seat of Monaro

Nationals John Barilaro is interviewed while waiting for results at the Roos Club in Queanbeyan.

Kimberley Granger   Just minutes after NSW Liberal leader Mike Baird claimed victory as the returning NSW Premier, Queanbeyan's Nationals candidate John Barilaro stopped just shy of claimingre-entered the Queanbeyan Roos Club claiming victory in the mini-bellwether seat of Monaro.

Manuka childcare centre holds protest after being told to move

Hannah Claudianos, five, and Jack Rochester, three, join their fellow students to protest the closure of MOCCA.

Ben Westcott   A popular childcare centre in Manuka was full of the children's laughter and Elvis songs on Saturday Sunday but in less than two years, it could be replaced by the ring of poker machines, according to the centre.

ACT can be a leader in better business-research connections

Science and Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane: "We must translate our ideas and research into real goods and services, technologies and life improvements."

Matthew Raggatt   Collaboration the key to tech advances as Australia ranks bottom in developed world.

Letters to the Editor

No need for waivers

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Paul Malone reported a welcome Commonwealth crackdown on Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers (‘‘More education regulation required’’, March 22, p15).

Shotgun seized in Crace

Police seized this shortened pump-action shotgun during the search of a Crace residence on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt   ACT Policing seized a firearm in Crace on Friday as part of investigations into recent Southside shooting incidents.

Canberra invention poised to save parched California

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Matthew Raggatt   A Canberra invention could be a saviour for drought-ridden California households.

Kyrgios brings star factor to Relay for Life

Mikayla O'Brien, 15, from Chisholm ran for her boyfriend, and Leah Astle-Monahan, 14, from Tuggeranong ran for her Nan on Saturday.

Matthew Raggatt   He's a man used to an endurance event, and Nick Kyrgios brought his starpower to the start of the 24-hour Relay for Life at the AIS track on Saturday.

ACT health spending still rising sharply, federal funding not keeping up

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell says steps have been taken to bring the budget under control, but the federal government had yet to recognise the ACT's special status as a provider for a larger region.

Ben Westcott   Between 2007 and 2013, ACT government spending on hospitals rose by 4.9 per cent per person, the highest of any jurisdiction in Australia and two per cent above the national average.

Cost of living pushes international students to the edge

International students find Canberra beautiful, but struggle to find affordable accommodation and employment.

Ben Westcott   International students studying in the ACT are finding it difficult to get basic amenities such as decent housing and a well-paying job, according to student groups.

Small stores fear IKEA could kill them

Furniture Wise owner Charmaine Lageman and manager Andrew Latta say they are already struggling.

Ben Westcott   Fyshwick's furniture retailers are worried about their future when IKEA opens.

Arrow shot through window of Calwell home

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Kimberley Granger   An arrow has been shot through the window of a Calwell home overnight, with police called to the residence in the early hours of Saturday morning to investigate.

Crace motorcyclist found with knives, batons and drugs after bus crash

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Matthew Raggatt   Knives, batons and drugs were found on a Crace motorcyclist, a court has heard.

Career-ending punch and serious police misconduct detailed in report

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Mark Sawa   Punching a drunken man in the face for no reason ended one police officer’s career while two other serious breaches in the use of force left two other officers facing disciplinary action.

Lower dollar a boon for Canberra wine exporter

Greg Corra, from Inland Trading, exports Australian wines all over the world.

Matthew Raggatt   It may mean more expensive holidays for some, but one ACT registered company has enjoyed a profitable time thanks to the sharp fall in the Australian currency against the US dollar.