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Andrew Barr tells Malcolm Turnbull to leave Canberra alone

Katie Burgess 9:48 AM   The ACT's chief minister has lashed out at the federal government's "pork-barrelling" of public service, while calling for an end to the "Canberra bashing".

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Canberra woman calls for inquiry into management of Domestic Animal Services

Midge (left) and Neo, the dogs owned by Renee Dean who were mauled to death in their own backyard.

A Canberra woman whose dogs were mauled to death in her own backyard is calling for an inquiry into the management of Domestic Animal Services, saying it didn't investigate her case, and others, properly.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for the ACT region

The State Emergency Service has advised Canberra residents to keep their cars under cover and to keep clear of creeks ...

Henry Belot 9:29 PM   Queanbeyan and southern Canberra have been battered with a severe hail storm.

College student committed to stand trial for sex with minor

Ibrahim Kamara, 20, has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Christopher Knaus 8:17 PM   ACT college student who allegedly had sex with a minor is committed to stand trial.

Fuzzy Logic: Getting an earful of yourself

When you hear your recorded voice – as on an answering machine – it sounds higher pitched because it takes a longer ...

8:15 PM   Question: Why does our own voice sound different?

Gambler stole $530,000 from ATMs

Salesi Toumo'ua gambled money he stole from Canberra ATMs in a string of transactions over five months.

Megan Gorrey 7:55 PM   A former security company employee who stole more than $530,000 from four Canberra ATMs in one night gambled the money through dozens of transactions, including a $52,000 bet on an AFL premiership.

Public servants top the superannuation pile

Commonwealth public servants and military personnel scored the best returns on their retirement savings in the past ...

Noel Towell 7:18 PM   Public sector super funds smash the opposition for returns.

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Barnaby accused of pork-barrel politics

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Phillip Thomson 7:18 PM   But the minister is on the front foot – 'As marvellous as Lake Burley Griffin is, there are not many fishing grounds in it'.

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ANU pledges to stamp out sexual harrassment

Professor Brian Schmidt.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The ANU is committed to providing opportunity equally to women and men, equally to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, equally to people living with a disability and equally to those who aspire to do great things regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status, Professor Brian Schmidt says.

Canberra's 12-year-old beatboxer

Canberra beatboxer Satvik 'Renagzy' Sharma,12, will perform at Saturday's Multicultural Festival.

Clare Colley 7:06 PM   Canberra's Satvik Sharma is making a name for himself in the beatboxing world after his video was showcased on one of its biggest online communities.

Gang-gang. ANU's new year commences with fanfares and pledge

ANU vice chancellor Brian Schmidt poses for selfies at the Commencement Address occasion. Photo Jay Cronan

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Those of us who went to uni in the olden days and often despised our Vice Chancellors to the point of occupying their offices and sometimes even burning effigies of them, rather envy today's ANU students their likeable Vice Chancellor.

Dunne sought advice of two speakers in refusing Burch speaker's job

ACT Speaker Vicky Dunne, who has refused to appoint Joy Burch as an assistant.

Kirsten Lawson 6:35 PM   ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne consulted speakers in two other parliaments before refusing embattled Labor backbencher Joy Burch a slot on her panel of assistant speakers.

Canberra Fertility Centre calls for paid surrogacy to be allowed in Australia

Commercial surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia.

Megan Doherty 6:33 PM   A Canberra fertility clinic is calling for paid surrogacy to be made legal in Australia.

Funding shortfall for Canberra radio station could become nationwide problem

Print handicapped radio station, Radio 1RPH, is losing a quarter of its funding leading to a warning other stations will ...

Katie Burgess 6:30 PM   A funding shortfall which could force a Canberra-based disability radio station to cut its services will impact other stations around Australia, the Member for Ginninderra has warned.

Top FBI expert embroiled in misconduct probe after Eastman evidence

David Eastman spent almost 19 years behind bars before having his conviction for the murder of ACT police chief Colin ...

Christopher Knaus 12:00 AM   Australian authorities may have known of serious concerns about FBI examiner used in Eastman case since 2000.

Fluffy dual occupancy passes Assembly, freeing the way for the government to begin auctioning the first 50 blocks

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman.

Kirsten Lawson 6:07 PM   Fluffy dual occupancy passes Assembly, freeing the way for the government to begin auctioning the first 50 blocks

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Wagga Wagga's prison declared pestilential

White ants devour wood.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Hellish as the detention centres of Nauru and Manus sound they may once have been eclipsed in nastiness by the Wagga-Wagga jail.

ACT Assembly launches youth suicide inquiry

Inquiry launched: Opposition mental health spokeswoman Giulia Jones.

Tom McIlroy 5:54 PM   A Legislative Assembly committee will conduct an inquiry on the rising rate of youth suicide in the ACT.

Failed bidders raise eyebrows at high price for Currong and Allawah flats

Representatives of SHL Development, the winning bidder for the Currong and Allawah flats sites in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson 5:40 PM   Failed bidders for the Currong and Allawah public housing flats were surprised at just how high bidding went, with the winners paying $47 million for the prime inner-city block.

University of Canberra starts company to develop new cancer treatment

Professor Sudha Rao.

Alexandra Back 5:35 PM   University of Canberra researchers hope to develop a new treatment aimed at preventing the spread of cancer within the body with the launch of a new company.

ACT sport minister Yvette Berry working on Canberra Hall of Fame status

News. ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, announces new minister, Yvette
Berry, (pictured), at the Higgins shopping centre. ...

Chris Dutton 5:10 PM   New ACT Sport and Recreation minister Yvette Berry will engage Canberra's grass-root organisations to determine the future of the Hall of Fame and sport star of the year awards.

More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar

More than 1.5 million Australian homes now have rooftop solar panels.

4:53 PM   More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar systems, new figures from the Clean Energy Regulator show.

Australian National Botanic Gardens opens new bee hotel

Dr Remko Leijs, Aidan Bavinton, 8, of Maribyrnong Primary School, and ABC TV character Dirt Girl at the launch of the ...

Clare Colley 4:53 PM   Canberra already has more than its fair share of buzzing hotels, but the latest offering is for much smaller guests – bees.

Fifty years of decimal currency - we could have had the Dingo or the Merino instead of the Dollar

Canberra author Peter Rees at the Royal Australian Mint with a $1 note he received in his first pay packet in the same ...

Megan Doherty 4:41 PM   A cup of coffee? That'll be four dingoes thanks. A carton of milk? Two merinos please. Our decimal currency could have been very different to the dollars and cents we have now.

Schools evacuated after bomb threat

ACT police outside Canberra's Lanyon High School last Tuesday, following a bomb threat.

1:32 PM   Hundreds of school students have been evacuated across the wider Canberra region after another wave of threatening phone calls.

Ex-soldier pleads not guilty to breaking into RSPCA

Shane Van Duren and his dog, which he is accused of breaking out of the RSPCA.

Christopher Knaus 12:14 PM   Ongoing mental health concerns over man who allegedly freed dog from RSPCA, attacked police and inspector.

ASIC executive on child sex charges

Peter Cuzner (middle) leaves the ACT Magistrates Court.

Christopher Knaus   Current ASIC regional commissioner charged with historical child sex abuse from his time as a Canberra teacher.

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Truth in jokes

Comedian Jeff Green has built his career around exploring the joys and absurdities of family life.

Comedian Jeff Green talks about divorced dads and joking about taboo topics.

ADF officials defend mefloquine

Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

Henry Belot   Senior ADF official tells senate hearing he is keeping himself in the dark about progress of Inspector-General's investigation.

Millions to be spent on APS offices nobody wants

Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan says there is no intention to move large numbers of public servants away from ...

Noel Towell    It's going to cost $72 million, but the ATO still doesn't know what to do with it.

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Watching cat videos while the world burns

Pierce Wilcox and Harriet Gillies bring optimism and resignation to They've Already Won.

Ron Cerabona   A new two-person show is about how young people deal with the problems facing humanity.

Developer pays $47m for city sites

The 25,630 square-metre site in Braddon is expected to house about 515 new homes.

Emma Kelly   The developer behind Canberra's Campbell 5 precinct has bought the sites of the run-down Currong and Allawah flats in central Canberra for $47 million at auction.

ACT government rejects call to cut ties with CFMEU

The ACT Liberals' Andrew Wall attacked the influence of the CFMEU in ACT Labor.

Kirsten Lawson   The ACT government has rejected a call from the Liberals to cut ties with the CFMEU after the royal commission findings of bullying and intimidation on worksites around the country.

Radio station for print-handicapped to lose out under NDIS: president

Radio 1RPH vice-president Robert Altamore listens to his radio.

Katie Burgess   Canberra's only reading for print handicapped radio station will lose a quarter of its funding in July due to disability funding changes.

Folk festival's 50th birthday party draws big names

Black Mountain String band members Donal Baylor, Pablo Shopen, Jacqueline Bradley and Matt Nightingale.

Henry Belot   It's been 50 years since the National Folk Festival was first held in Canberra and organisers and artists have a few special treats in store. 

Pioneer of Canberra's wine industry 'a visionary'

Edgar Riek at home in Ainslie in 2010.

Alexandra Back   Canberra winemakers farewell a man who had a knack for growing grapes and making wine.

Botanic Gardens gets $1.5m private donation for conservatory

Ian Potter Foundation CEO Craig Connelly and Australian National Botanic Gardens general manager Peter Byron at ...

Clare Colley   Hundreds of species of native tropical plants will soon have a chance to thrive in the cool climate of Canberra.

Protest planned over ACT government foster care changes

ACT Children and Young People Minister Chris Bourke.

Tom McIlroy   A group of foster carers and families from around Canberra will protest changes to the ACT foster care system on Thursday.

Helping poor 'less important' goal for aid

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Ross Peake   With further cuts likely in the May budget, a lack of funding predictability is now seen as the biggest weakness of the aid program. Ross Peake says.

ACT "small enough" to make some positive change

Malcolm Turnbull, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt.

Alexandra Back   The ACT is a small enough jurisdiction that it should be seeing better results in closing the gap, chairwoman of the capital's Indigenous elected body says.

Earthquake reported near Canberra with shocks felt in suburbs

earthquake.

Henry Belot   A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded to the north west of Canberra on Wednesday afternoon.