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Light rail could trigger big shift from cars to public transport

TOM MCILROY 8:10pm The introduction of light rail as part of an integrated public transport network in Canberra could lead to a doubling of the number of commuters who leave their cars at home.

Free health service opens for ACT's homeless

NATASHA BODDY 5:09pm Vulnerable and homeless people will be able to access free medical treatment as part of a new healthcare service being offered at the Early Morning Centre.

Former federal police officer faces new charges over stalking of ex-girlfriend

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 3:29pm A former federal police officer accused of using protected information to help stalk his ex-girlfriend has been charged with three new offences of accessing restricted data.

Canberra’s Thomas Laue finishes third in international carillon competition

Senior carillonist Thomas Laue recently returned from a concert tour of Belgium and placed third in an international competition.

EMMA KELLY 12:31pm It might have keys like a piano but with six tons of vibrating metal behind it, the instrument of choice for Canberra's Thomas Laue is much louder.

Small Thredbo company wins legal fight against ski resort owners

On one of the runs at Thredbo.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 4:01pm It was the biggest snowball fight of them all, yet it was waged without as much as a snowflake in sight.

Anti-kangaroo cull vandals hit another depot

Vandalism kangaroo cull.

HENRY BELOT 4:06pm Animal activists who oppose the ACT government's ongoing kangaroo cull are believed to have broken into a city maintenance depot in Holder on early Tuesday morning and smashed the windscreens and tyres of eight government vehicles.

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'Historic moment' as Mr Fluffy house demolished

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KIRSTEN LAWSON 8:03pm A Mr Fluffy house in Woden was demolished this morning, signalling the start of what could turn into a wave of demolitions across the city.

Gang-gang. I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier

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IAN WARDEN 7:44pm Readers love a singsong so all together now in the chorus from 'I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier.'

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Man from Snowy River

Man from Snowy River.

IAN WARDEN 5:25pm John Riley, the model for Paterson's The Man From Snowy River, died 100 years ago this week.

Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday July 22

Canberra Mornings Live blog.

HENRY BELOT 7:00am Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

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Jorian Gardner joins ACT Sex Party

Jorian Gardner, Director of the Australian Sex Party Canberra, at the Hello Sexy adult store in Fyshwick

TOM MCILROY 8:08am Controversial arts figure Jorian Gardner is set to take on a formal role in territory politics, as the incoming director of the Australian Sex Party in Canberra.

Two Mr Fluffy home owners diagnosed with mesothelioma

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KIRSTEN LAWSON 12:00am Two people in Mr Fluffy homes have been diagnosed with mesothelioma this year, spokeswoman for the Fluffy Owners and Residents Action Group, Brianna Heseltine, says, a revelation set to focus attention on the health risks of the homes.

Gang-gang: Weeding out the facts on marijuana

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IAN WARDEN 12:00am With marijuana suddenly in the news our feet led us unerringly to Monday's Marijuana On Main Street public lecture at the ANU.

'Historic' upgrade for Royal Canberra Golf Club

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EMMA KELLY 12:00am The Royal Canberra Golf Club is about to spend an undisclosed amount of money on the largest upgrade of its Yarralumla course.

ACT hospitality awards celebrate success in a difficult year

The John Press Award for the most outstanding industry leader in the licensed bar scene went to Robert Ingram, pictured with partner partner Melissa Munro, of Muddle Bar in Civic.

BEN WESTCOTT 3:38pm Canberra's hospitality industry celebrated the end of a difficult year at the 2014 ACT Australian Hotel Association Awards.

ACT unemployment figures lead to cautious optimism

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Henry Belot and Ben Westcott 12:00am Private sector showing capacity to fill jobs lost in public sector, pushing down unemployment in June.

Canberra's urban tree coverage top in the nation

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Ben Latham 12:00am Canberrans benefit every day from living in the most tree-covered city in Australia, experiencing less stress and sickness and benefiting from reduced household energy costs.

Business investment in the ACT plunges, says CommSec report

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BEN WESTCOTT 12:00am Business investment in the ACT plunged in the March quarter despite positive signs in the housing sector, according to a new report by the Commonwealth Bank.

Overseas scammers sell Macgregor property without owner's knowledge

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NATASHA BODDY 7:36pm Overseas property scammers have struck in the ACT, selling a Macgregor woman's property without her knowledge while she was living in South Africa. 

Jana Sladic checks herself out of Queensland rehabilitation centre

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS A former Canberra model and basketballer attempting to prove to the courts she can turn her life around has checked herself out of a religious Queensland rehabilitation centre because she said staff stymied attempts to call her lawyer and family.

ATO's 'rotten' culture revealed

The report found that a third of ATO workers disagreed that a climate of trust and respect existed in their workplaces.

Noel Towell and Ben Butler The Australian Taxation Office's internal culture is so poor that its ability to do its job is in danger, according to a scathing internal report.

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Car collides with teenage cyclist in Fyshwick

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BEN WESTCOTT Police are looking for the driver of a car which collided with a teenage cyclist in Fyshwick on Friday.

MH17 crash investigation could take a year, Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators say

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Ciara Bowe The formal investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 could take up to a year, officials from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau say.

Medical marijuana laws unlikely to win support

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Natasha Boddy and Tom McIlroy A Greens push for terminally and chronically ill Canberrans to be allowed to use marijuana as part of treatment and pain management appears unlikely to find support in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

House fire in Banks

Firefighters on the scene at the Banks house fire.

HENRY BELOT The roof of a two-storey home has partially collapsed following a fire in Canberra's south on Monday afternoon.

Canberra's tallest building may be reinvented as aged-care facility

Lovett Tower in Woden.

NOEL TOWELL Canberra’s tallest building, Lovett Tower in Woden, looks to be heading for a genteel retirement; a possible conversions into an aged-care facility after its last public servant packs up their desk.

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Scarred Canberrans left with tattoo regret from removal methods

Jay Gill, from Higgins, shows off her partially removed tattoo.

MEGAN GORREY Canberrans filled with ''tattoo regret'' have been left with unsightly scars, burns and patchy skin.

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No extra public holiday for ACT on Anzac Day in 2015

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Canberrans will not get an extra public holiday to mark Anzac Day in 2015, despite it falling on a Saturday.

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Drugs seized, 14 arrested in Snowy Mountains police operation

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HENRY BELOT A five-day police operation on the Snowy Mountains has led to multiple arrests and drug seizures.

Opposition to affordable housing to be alleviated

A research project investigating opposition to affordable housing in Australia found that prejudice towards people living in subsidized housing was the main reason for resistance to planned projects.

MEREDITH CLISBY Genuine consultation with the community could prevent strong opposition to affordable housing projects and the redevelopment of public housing in the territory, an expert says.

Canberra Mornings Live: Monday July 21

Canberra Mornings Live blog.

HENRY BELOT Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

Greens unveil push to legalise marijuana

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Natasha Boddy and Tom McIlroy Terminally and chronically ill Canberrans would legally be allowed to use marijuana to alleviate their pain and symptoms, under a proposal by the ACT Greens to legalise medical cannabis.

Goulburn woman's desperate plea to legalise medical marijuana

The woman from Goulburn believes medicinal marijuana should be legalised for the chronically and terminally ill and for research purposes.

NATASHA BODDY A young Goulburn woman battling an incurable illness has thrown her support behind a push to legalise medicinal marijuana, saying the move would drastically improve the lives of people like her and the terminally ill. 

Golf clubs fight Canberra water charges

Murrumbidgee Country Club president Ron Shepherd with the main dam of the golf club behind him.

TOM MCILROY Canberra golf clubs are continuing to lobby the ACT government over the charges they are required to pay for the use of stormwater collected in private dams. 

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Canberra film societies to fill Arc cinema's void

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IAN WARDEN Canberrans need culture, and with the Arc cinema soon to give its last show the city's precious few film societies become especially deserving of support.

End in sight after two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road

Duffy resident Ron Forrester has been campaigning to have Canberra' longest-running roadworks at the Cotter Road finished.

NOEL TOWELL The motorists of Weston Creek and Canberra’s new Molonglo suburbs have endured more than two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road. Now the ACT Government says their troubles will soon be – mostly – over.But one local says the pain should have ended a lot sooner and a lot cheaper.

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Canberra faces tough years as public service cuts take effect: Deloitte

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ROSS PEAKE Canberra faces more tough years ahead as the “bitter pill” of delayed cuts to the public service take effect, an economic study to be published on Monday predicts.

Peter Slipper set to finally face his day in court over alleged Cabcharge misuse

Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper is expected to finally face his day in court on Monday over allegations he misused Cabcharge vouchers for a taxpayer-funded tour through Canberra region wineries.

Ukrainian community says MH17 brings Crimea crisis home

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PRIMROSE RIORDAN Ukrainian Australians say the MH17 tragedy is a terrible wake-up call for the international community and are urging “the severest form” of action against Russian President Vladimir Putin after a memorial service in Canberra.

Tributes build at Canberra embassies to MH17 victims, but one remains suspiciously quiet

flowers built up in front of the Netherlands embassy on Sunday.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN The Russian embassy was quiet and bare of tributes in Griffith while flags flew at half mast at the Malaysian embassy and tributes built up in front of the Netherlands embassy on Sunday.

'Click fraudsters' set up fake Facebook pages in names of MH17 victims

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Christopher Knaus and Primrose Riordan So-called "click fraudsters" are setting up fake Facebook pages in the names of Australian MH17 victims to profit from a lucrative internet scam.

Tough times in building trades won't end soon, experts say

Tony Lane, senior manager, insolvency and reconstruction, with
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DAVID ELLERY An estimated 114 building and construction-related companies have gone to the wall in Canberra since the start of last year, leaving behind more than $80 million in debts, Australian Securities and Investments Commission data has revealed.

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House fire in Theodore causes $50,000 damage

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS An overheating light sparked a fire that caused $50,000 damage to a home in Canberra's south on Sunday.

Who was MH17 Canberra victim Liliane Derden? Friend tells of mother who "lived for her kids"

Canberran Liliane Derden.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN Friends and family have come across borders to mourn adopted Canberran, Liliane Derden, who met her best friend at work in the public service.

Peter Slipper faces ACT court to defend Cabcharge fraud charges

Peter Slipper arrives at court on Monday.

MEGAN GORREY Former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has admitted he used Cabcharge vouchers to pay for a tour of Canberra wineries, but has maintained he did not knowingly defraud the Commonwealth, a court has heard.

Vehicle fire blocks Federal Highway

A vehicle fire has blocked northbound lanes of the Federal Highway, causing significant delays.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS A driver allegedly parked his motor home across northbourne lanes of the Federal Highway, doused it with petrol, and set it alight on Sunday.

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Canberra Brave rallies around Adelaide ice hockey team after bus crash

The Adelaide Adrenaline ice hockey team's bus after rolling over between Gouburn and Eaglehawk on Saturday.

LEE GASKIN Australia's ice hockey community has rallied around Adelaide Adrenaline after its bus crash in Canberra.

Fake lottery tickets can turn Canberra 'winners' into big losers in a hurry

The ''winning'' lottery ticket offer.

JULIEANNE STRACHAN The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned of 'winning' lottery tickets that are being mailed to homes in Canberra promising named recipients hundreds of thousands of dollars. The drawback is that the tickets are fake.

Anglican church's first female head given warm welcome

Bishop of Grafton Sarah Macneil, a former Canberra priest, began her service as Australia's first female Anglican bishop in March. Photo by Rohan Thomson

MATTHEW RAGGATT Australia’s first female head of an Anglican diocese said she’s had a warm welcome from the faithful she leads, four months after she began in the historic position.

Tech

Canberra latest addition to bitcoin boom with high-tech ATM

Mr Masters keys in information using the ATM. Photo by: Jamila Toderas

MATTHEW RAGGATT Canberra is now home to a fingerprint-reading, eye-scanning teller after the first bitcoin ATM opened on Saturday.




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