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Fairy floss, ferris wheels and fun at the Royal Canberra Show

Blake Robinson, 2, of Watson, enjoys a chocolate icecream.

Clare Sibthorpe 5:02 PM   A partly cloudy start to Friday was not enough to deter bumper crowds who flocked to Exhibition Park on the first day of the Royal Canberra Show.

Mr Fluffy buyback accepts 511 homes

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Woden valley.

Tom McIlroy 4:39 PM   Home owners with Mr Fluffy asbestos-insulated houses have four months to accept offers made through the ACT Government buyback scheme.

Parliament contracts poorly managed, in-house food under fire: audit

Carol Mills, Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary, during an earlier estimates hearing.

Primrose Riordan 4:16 PM   A new report has attacked DPS over its management of $62.8 million worth of contracts, saying the business cases for the majority of them don't show clear value for money.

Last chance to enter our summer photo competition

Belinda Garfath's daughter Ava enjoys her first summer outside in the bath.

Emma Kelly 4:14 PM   Summer has drawn Canberra photographers from all walks of life outside behind the camera, many with their children in tow.

CSIRO scientists threaten walk-out over pay, conditions

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has made it clear that the wage deal would be in line with the federal government's tough public sector bargaining guidelines.

Noel Towell 4:05 PM   Thousands of CSIRO scientists have started a campaign of action to force their bosses to the negotiating table over pay and conditions.

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The end of the Year 10 formal?

Are Year 10 school formals a relic of another age?

Kim Pham 4:02 PM   The principal of Karabar High School and Distance Education Centre Andrew Turvey has stood by his decision to cancel the Year 10 formal describing it as "a relic of the past".

ABC names new ACT news editor

Eric Napper will the new ACT news editor.

11:23 AM   ABC News producer Eric Napper has been named as the new ACT news editor for the network.

Man taken to hospital after motorbike crash closes Hume Highway

Snowy Hydro helicopter

10:43 AM   A motorcyclist was hospitalised after a crash on the Hume Highway, one of several crashes on Friday morning.

'Project Archer': Govt's plan to save the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics had a torrid 2014 that began with departing Chief Statistician Brian Pink saying there was barely enough money to keep the lights on.

Noel Towell 10:20 AM   Merger of ABS and AIHW a "done deal", insiders say.

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

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9:09 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Teen, 17, arrested after baseball bat robbery in Gowrie underpass

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9:08 AM   Police have arrested a 17-year-old teenager from Canberra’s south after he allegedly robbed another man with a baseball bat in Gowrie on Thursday.

Aquis appoints new leader to oversee Casino Canberra expansion

Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung.

9:01 AM   The company behind Casino Canberra and the Brumbies' biggest sponsorship deal has hired a new chief executive officer to oversee the the casino's expansion.

Australian Border Force calls in reinforcements

 Mike Pezzullo

Noel Towell 8:42 AM   Immigration boss moves to plug gaps left by high-level defections.

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Chefs prepare to cook at Enlighten Night Noodle Markets 2015 in Canberra

Rowan Bates, owner of Let's Do Yum Cha, prepares for the Night Noodles Markets.

Natasha Rudra 11:22 PM   A canopy of glowing lanterns have been strung up, Lucky Cat presides over the gate, and 15 stalls are preparing to dish out Asian street food. The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are ready to open in Canberra for the first time.

Canberra kid was born to run, and run, and run

Elijah Arranz of Flynn, at the age of 12, set a target to run a minimum of one mile a day for one year.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:21 PM   Determined, dedicated and driven are the best words to describe 13 year old Elijah Arranz. The Flynn teenager set himself an ambitious goal to run a mile every day for a year.  

200 ACT public servants still off work as feds crackdown on compo

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Tom McIlroy and Noel Towell 11:30 PM    Comcare dumped: More than 150 public staff off work were paid for up to five years while their claims went unresolved.

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ACT wages still the highest but WA men earn the most

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Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Canberrans are still the country's top earners with the territory's weekly average remaining the highest in the country.

Alcohol promoter allegedly defrauded employer of $147,000

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Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   An alcohol promoter allegedly faked work with Canberra's nightclubs, bottle shops and bars to fraudulently make $147,000 of personal purchases on her corporate credit card.

Truck rolls over outside Duntroon

Truck rolled over on Morshead Drive.

Primrose Riordan and Jamila Toderas 8:50 PM   Crews are working to move a sewage truck which rolled over on Morshead Drive, outside Duntroon.

Canberra entrepreneur gets luggage pocket ready for take-off

Trish Smith has designed the Airpocket bag to hold every travel essential and fit into a seat-back pocket.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Canberra's first-time entrepreneur Trish Smith is set to release Airpocket, a slim and compact carry-on luggage product, through a Kickstarter crowdfunded campaign beginning in March.

RSPCA ACT upset man escaped conviction for animal cruelty

Screen shots taken from video shown in court as part of case against Canberra man.

Michael Inman 11:45 PM   Do Canberrans harbour a hatred for possums? The RSPCA ACT wonders in the fallout of Canberra courts failure to convict a man for battering a possum with a pole.

Man under investigation for Gowrie shooting denied bail for allegedly stealing car


Christopher Knaus 8:24 PM   A man under investigation for a recent shooting in Gowrie is behind bars after being denied bail on charges relating to a stolen car.

New Islamic primary school opens in Spence

Kindergarten to year 2 students of Taqwa School.

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   The Taqwa Islamic school has finally opened in Spence after a long battle for registration, taking on a former Canberra Grammar school teacher as the new principal.

Unauthorised ALP poll quizzes voters about Barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT Labor Party could consider sanctions against a member and former branch official who conducted an apparently unauthorised opinion poll about Chief Minister Andrew Barr's popularity and the government's light rail project.

Powers proposed to strengthen child sex offender laws


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The ACT Government has called for community feedback on proposed changes to laws governing child sex offenders.

'Traffic light' food system for ACT schools

Farrer PS kindergarten students Elsa Connell, Grace Evans and Oliver Turnbull talk to Acting ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Pengilley about fruit while learning about good nutrition as part of a new school curriculum.

Natasha Boddy 9:00 AM   A "traffic-light" system ranking foods and drinks according to their nutritional value has been introduced to ACT school canteens, events and activities.

ACT Government forgoes $70m in unpaid debt: Auditor-General

Auditor-General Maxine Cooper

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government has lost more than $70 million in unpaid debts in the past five years, the Auditor-General has found. 

Canberrans get jumping to fight cystic fibrosis

Five-year-old Iggy Brierley, who has cystic fibrosis, with his mother Shannon Malone-Brierley.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Little Iggy Brierley is one of many Canberrans with cystic fibrosis getting active to tackle Australia's most common life-shortening condition. 

Canberra's National Museum of Australia announces major partnership with British Museum

National Museum council member, and Indigenous advisory committee chairman, Peter Yu and National Museum director Mathew Trinca with 'Yumari' by Uta Uta Tjangala. The canvas will be sent to London for an exhibition at the British Museum in April.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Aboriginal artefacts that have not been on display since they were collected more than 200 years ago will be brought to Canberra as part of a major new partnership between the British Museum and National Museum of Australia.