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Oracle Apartment residents on guard after vandal attack

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Georgina Connery 3:10 PM   Residents are on high alert after vandal tore through the secure basement car park of the Oracle Apartment complex in Belconnen after midnight on Friday March 27.

Child reported to be contained cage-like structure at ACT primary school

Serious allegations: Minister for Education Joy Burch, and Director-General of the ACT Education and Training Diane Joseph

Emma Macdonald 2:53 PM   The ACT Education Department is investigating reports a child was contained in a cage-like structure at an ACT Primary school

Gas leak causes evacuation at Charnwood shopping centre

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Georgina Connery 2:38 PM   ACT Fire and Rescue evacuated a Charnwood shopping centre while they worked to contain a gas leak on Tillyard Drive.

Art lovers visit James Turrell in the nude as first naked tours hit the National Gallery of Australia

A naked tour group at the National Gallery of Australia heading into the James Turrell: A Retrospective tour on Wednesday night.

Jil Hogan 1:51 PM   Art lovers got to really see the James Turrell: A Retrospective exhibit and their fellow art-goers at the National Gallery of Australia overnight as the first two naked tours went through.

Floating solution to lake's water problem

Test: Student Fatima Sesay helps plant out the mini wetland.

Clare Colley 1:48 PM   A small floating wetland could be the first step towards answering Lake Tuggeranong’s ongoing water quality woes.

School holidays guide: what to do with the kids in Canberra

Jay's Jungle is coming to the Canberra Theatre Centre.

1:39 PM   It's that time again already: school is shutting down for a fortnight, leaving children, teenagers and families scratching their heads for something to do.

ANU student acquitted of raping fellow resident

Lewis Todd Meegan, 23, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Inman 1:37 PM   A university student has been acquitted of raping a fellow resident at a Canberra on-campus dormitory

Double demerit penalties will be enforced until midnight Monday April 6

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Georgina Connery 1:34 PM   ACT Policing and NSW Police have begun a co-ordinated campaign to crack-down on dangerous driving over the Easter period.

ACTION changes bus timetable, including school buses

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Kirsten Lawson 1:24 PM   ACTION will change its bus times and routes on May 18, including new times and stops for school buses, with six new dedicated school buses.

Closures during the Easter long weekend

Easter eggs.

Georgina Connery 12:57 PM   Find out the services across the Canberra that are closed during the Easter break.

Rebels to stand trial in ACT Supreme Court for allegedly bashing Finks

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Henry Belot 12:39 PM   Two Rebel bikies accused of bashing two Finks members outside a Belconnen shopping mall in October have been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Canberra Long Weekender: What's on in Canberra April 3-6

The Easter Bunny at Thredbo, where there are Easter celebrations for the next week.

Jil Hogan 12:35 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Canberra consumers warned about dangerously faulty butane gas cookers

An example of a suspended "lunchbox" cooker.

10:36 AM   Easter holidaymakers warned about faulty portable butane gas cookers that can catch fire and explode.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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9:28 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Canberra Easter Church Services 2015

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David Ellery 8:37 AM   Church services for Easter

Warnings over the impact of sweeping Defence department job cuts

ACT Senator Zed Seselja.

Phillip Thomson and Georgina Connery 8:32 AM   Government backbencher says promise to boost Defence budget "will need significant public sector workforce".

Finding a home has been a long journey

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Kirsten Lawson 11:42 PM   A permanent home for the 26-year-old Floriade festival has not been easy, or without controversy.

Floriade may flourish further afield in city parks

Floriade

Kirsten Lawson 11:41 PM   Floriade may be spreading its petals away from Commonwealth Park.

Joy Burch bypassed departmental advice to pass $50 note laws

Minister Joy Burch.

Ben Westcott 11:38 PM   Freedom of information documents show Gaming Minister Joy Burch bypassed departmental advice in her decision to allow $50 notes in poker machines.

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ACT government to strengthen domestic violence laws

Attorney General Simon Corbell.

Megan Gorrey 11:38 PM   The ACT government will strengthen laws to make it easier to prosecute domestic violence offenders.

How Canberra churches will celebrate Easter

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David Ellery 10:32 PM   Reverend David Campbell, the minister of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, hopes Canberrans will turn out in force for the inaugural ecumenical Easter service to be held at Parliament House on Sunday.

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Quick Fix at CCAS Manuka.

10:26 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Police target dangerous drivers on ACT, NSW roads over Easter long weekend

A NSW Police officer checks speed during the launch of Operation Crossroads last year.

Megan Gorrey 10:05 PM   Double demerit points await speedsters or those commiting seatbelt offences, with an extra point for other traffic offences, during this Easter weekend.

Bakers and fishmongers gear up for Easter weekend rush

Flute Bakery apprentice pastry chef Elsie Savvoudiou prepares hot cross buns.

Megan Gorrey 10:03 PM   Preparations have been under way for about a month in anticipation of one of the year's busiest trading days.

Kitten explosion adds to roaming cat problems

Vets say cats should be contained.

John Thistleton and Clare Colley 9:49 PM   A volunteer carer and fundraiser for cats believes more should be done to desex them before broadening the ACT's cat containment across all suburbs.

Shafaq's tale: from illegal refugee to Canberra businessman

Hashmat Shafaq was a woodworker in Afghanistan before he came to Australia in 1999.

David Ellery 9:15 PM   Hashmat Shafaq fled the brutal Taliban regime and used his ability to craft wood to set up a new life for his family.

Former CIT staff member says training failures could pose safety risk

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Tom McIlroy 9:06 PM   In November the Legislative Assembly moved to establish a new independent governing board for CIT, replacing an advisory council. 

Priest's alleged abuse victim stayed silent for mother's sake, court told

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Henry Belot 9:04 PM   The lawyer for a former Catholic priest accused of sexually molesting a young child has urged a jury to find him not guilty, describing the alleged victim’s evidence as unreliable.

Accused ANU rapist had 'normal' fling with alleged victim: defence

Lewis Todd Meegan, 23, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Inman 8:40 PM   A man accused of raping a woman in his room has denied the charge.

Accused killer had victim's blood on hands

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman 8:36 PM   The blood of a murder victim was found on the hands and clothes of his alleged killer, a court has heard.