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Bureaucratic 'gobbledygook' fuels National Disability Insurance Scheme anxiety


Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Bureaucratic “gobbledygook”, a lack of respite and transport funding, and inexperienced planners are just some of the problems creating anxiety around the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Election tally board finds a home at Old Parliament House

A section of the massive national tally board goes into storage.

Ross Peake 8:27 PM   The iconic tally board from the former national tally room, previously used for federal elections, will become part of history at Old Parliament House. However, the Museum of Australian Democracy will not have space to display the entire board which is 37 metres wide and seven metres high.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen'

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson 8:27 PM   Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Magistrate condemns 'pernicious evil' of domestic violence while sentencing drunk wife-basher

Magistrate Karen Fryar says domestic violence stems from the perpetrator's attitude to women, and from his  desire to exert control.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A magistrate has spoken out against the "pernicious evil" of the domestic violence she has dealt with for 15 years, condemning offenders who wrongly blame alcohol or anger problems instead of their controlling attitudes to women.

Woman who recanted husband rape allegations 'pressured' by family, court hears


Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A woman has recanted allegations that her husband raped her and threatened to derail her family's visa application, a court has heard.

Protesters urged to take anti-abortion prayer vigil to ACT politicians

Pro-life supporters take part in a prayer vigil outside the ACT Health building in Moore Street, Civic, in support of anti-abortion campaign 40 Days For Life.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Politicians have urged pro-life protesters to shift their regular prayer vigil from outside a city abortion clinic to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

ACT Wildlife fields 2000 calls for help in its first year

A tiny swamp wallaby joey rescued by ACT Wildlife.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   In its first full year of operation, animal rescue group ACT Wildlife received more than 2000 calls for assistance.

For the love of glassmaking

Elizabeth Kelly glass - Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Kerry-Anne Cousins 11:45 PM   The work of eight of Australia's best glass artists were chosen and linked to a diplomatic mission of countries with glass making traditions.

'X-Rated' - Canberra's sex industry goes on display

Canberra-made Lost In Paradise porn video. From CMAG's 'X-Rated' exhibition

Ian Warden 11:30 PM   For perhaps the first time in Canberra one of our exhibition-displaying cultural institutions is creating an adults-only "sealed section".

Teenager sets sights on running festival glory

 Joshua Torley,15 of Wanniassa will be taking part in the 10km run at the Australian Running Festival.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Not everyone runs at the same pace in this world, just ask Joshua Torley.

Experts split on alleged killer's dementia diagnosis

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Experts are split on whether accused killer Luigi Costa suffers from dementia.

Life off-grid in straw bale home at Michelago

 John Schneider and Jill Dobkin at their rural property. Ten years ago they had a straw bale home built on their land which is off the grid and totally self sufficient.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   A decade after moving from Canberra into an off-grid home near Michelago with two water-less toilets John Schneider and his wife Jill Dobkin are still uncovering the depths of their resilience in the bush.

South Tuggeranong's new $17 million ACT Fire and Rescue station unveiled

Senior firefighter Mitch Brennan, station officer Paul Thorpe, senior firefighters Mark Callaway, and Gavin Kaylock at the official opening of the new ACT Fire and Rescue station at South Tuggeranong.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Quicker response times to house fires and closer proximity to any blazes that might break out in bushland on the territory's fringe are among the benefits of a new fire station in Canberra's southern suburbs.

Alleged victim of Catholic priest concedes sliding door memory is false

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

Christopher Knaus 6:51 PM   Woman acknowledges that her memory was wrong but insists sexual assault occurred.

Political dress to hit catwalk at Fashfest

News. 25th March 2015. MHR Gai Brodtmann wearing a Parliament House insipired dress.

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Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann lives and breathes federal politics. Now she’ll be wearing it too.

Singing the spirit of the Anzacs

Lee Kernaghan visiting the Australian War Memorial.

Jil Hogan 6:23 PM   With less than a month to go until the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli on Anzac Day, an album of songs has been released bringing the stories of the diggers to life.

ABS merger off as census goes Code Red

The government is expected to decide the fate of the 2016 census before the budget in May. Cancellation would require an amendment of the Census and Statistics Act.

Peter Martin 12:15 AM   The Abbott government has rejected a plan to merge the Bureau of Statistics with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, part of a suite of measures put forward by the bureau to help it find savings to upgrade its aged computer systems.

More Fairbairn Avenue road closures as Majura Parkway nears end

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5:37 PM   The Majura Parkway project will close part of Fairbairn Avenue from tonight as support beams are installed on the road's new bridge.

The mPort-ance of the perfect size

The mPort pod, which maps people's bodies and determines their perfect clothing size, is now at Westfield Belconnen.

Jil Hogan 5:16 PM   At first, the mPort pod that’s moved in across from Witchery on level three at Westfield Belconnen looks like a shiny, modern photo booth, but the device could change the way customers shop in the future.

Hazard reduction burn near Tidbinbilla Park to produce smoke in the ACT


5:02 PM   Firefighters will undertake a 958-hectare hazard reduction burn north of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve over the weekend.

Letters to the Editor

Downer local centre rezoning needs reconsideration

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Canberra Roller Derby League rolls back in for the 2015 season

The Red Bellied Black Hearts taking on the Surly Griffins in the 2014 grand final of the Canberra Roller Derby League, with Bohemeth Rhapsody in the centre.

Jil Hogan 3:56 PM   The Canberra Roller Derby League starts again this weekend, with the Red Bellied Black Hearts taking on the Surly Griffins in a rematch of the 2014 grand final.

Canberra Hospital's plan to counter overcrowding lacking intellectual rigour, say nurses

Staff at Canberra Hospital have reported close to 28 people waiting for treatment at one time with some being treated in nursing corridors.

Henry Belot 3:48 PM   A plan to resolve overcrowding at the Canberra Hospital’s emergency department has been slammed as lacking intellectual rigour and being dismissive of contrary opinion.

Whitty works of art

Fashionistas can get an illustration of their outfit done by Erin Whitty as part of Canberra Centre's fashion weekend, like this illustration of Jil Hogan.

Jil Hogan 1:12 PM   As autumn arrives at the Canberra Centre a drop-in beauty lounge offers beauty demonstrations, mini makeovers and new products to trial. Jil Hogan reports

RSPCA nurse convicted of animal neglect


Christopher Knaus 1:01 PM   Sentencing of RSPCA nurse for animal neglect both a 'sad and happy day' for the organisation.

Canberra cook who hurt his back lifting meatloaf has compensation cut

A former Canberra hospital worker's claim for ongoing compensation for a back injury has been dismissed.

Michael Inman 11:49 AM   A former Canberra Hospital cook who injured his back lifting a mixing bowl full of meatloaf has had his compensation cut.

The Canberra Times news quiz for March 27

Stuart Coward shows former Prime Minister John Howard a facebook page claiming to be Mr Howard's facebook page but it was not. Mr Howard claimed he was being misrepresented and was going to have this investigated, during his visit to a leadership forum in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

10:39 AM   How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Weapons, drugs seized in Canberra raids

Some of the firearms seized in North Canberra raids.

10:22 AM   Police seized nine firearms, tear gas and drugs in raids on four homes on Thursday morning.

Concern over slow response to dangerous electric cable recall

Ann Savery and John Barbaric had hazardous Infinity cables installed in their renovated house, prompting them to rewire.

Esther Han 9:57 AM   Electricians are blaming the consumer watchdog for the slow industry and community response to an urgent recall of dodgy electrical cables that could start burning down homes in nine months time.

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