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Gymnast drowns while rock fishing, local community mourns

Christopher Knaus 4:56 PM   Tributes flow for world-class gymnast who was swept off rocks on NSW South Coast on Sunday.

Ammunition, mask and $100,000 worth of drugs

Goulburn highway patrol officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia, including a commercial quantity of MDMA during a traffic stop on the Hume Highway on Monday night.

Katie Burgess 4:04 PM   Police find estimated $100,000 worth of drugs in car during a traffic stop on Hume Highway.

Hospital's coffee and tea under lock and key

Coffee and tea supplies at the Canberra Hospital will be kept locked due to budget restrictions and theft

Henry Belot 4:01 PM   Workers at Canberra Hospital have been told their coffee and tea supplies will be kept under lock and key due to budget restrictions and theft.

Flops at the top: what public servants really think of their bosses

There's plenty of positive thinking in the top ranks of the APSC.

Noel Towell 3:14 PM   Canberra mandarins quite pleased with themselves, survey finds. Rank-and-file not so sure.

Builder stands by claim he paid ACT CFMEU for 'ghost memberships'

Dyson Heydon arrives at the royal commission.

David Ellery 2:42 PM   Sydney builder stands by claims of paying for 'ghost memberships' so his company could work in Canberra.

Civic building evacuated


Phillip Thomson 2:18 PM   London Circuit building cleared out by emergency workers.

'Stop daddy, stop': man who beat partner in front of daughter loses appeal

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Christopher Knaus 12:26 PM   Little girl watched as father stuck his fingers up her mother's nose, wrenched her head back, and struck her repeatedly.

Siege-accused sent for mental health check


Michael Inman 11:15 AM   Canberra man allegedly set fire to a southside unit during a standoff with police on Monday.

ACT Policing sends Constable Kenny out on a limb

Constable Kenny is getting his own tree.

David Ellery 10:19 AM   Let's hope ACT policing doesn't kill (Constable) Kenny with the wrong choice of tree.

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More Canberrans going than coming

Canberra experienced a net loss of 1244 residents in the 2013-14 year with 18,722 people leaving the territory.

Emma Kelly 8:49 AM   Canberrans might be leaving Tuggeranong and flocking to Gungahlin but more still are leaving the capital altogether.

Gang Gang: Kensington mystery an abortion tragedy

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David Ellery 7:05 AM   Sydney's tragic "Kensington Mystery" exposed the dark side of banning abortions in 1910.

Suburb by surburb: when the Mr Fluffy homes will come down

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Emma Macdonald 12:03 AM   The ACT Government has released its demolition schedule for Mr Fluffy homes over the next three years.

Former cop in horror crash to be paid $1.225 million. But who will foot the bill?


Michael Inman 10:39 PM   A NSW police constable will be paid $1.225 million after he suffered mental illness from a horror high-speed smash on Canberra Avenue. But the court battle over who pays continues.

Canberra Services Club offer to buy RUC Barton site to go to vote

The Services Club has been homeless since the building was destroyed by fire in 2011.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Canberra Services Club offer to buy RUC Barton site to go to a vote  


Fluffy demolition complexity is beyond any schedule

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Timeliness so far and the sheer scale of the project gives no confidence that the houses will come down as planned

Greens preselection under way for 2016 territory election

ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury.

Tom McIlroy 9:02 PM   The Greens preselection is to take place in November, with former Assembly members looking set to run again.

Black Sorrows to rock Canberra's 2016 National Multicultural Festival

Joe Camilleri (centre) and the Black Sorrows will be the headline act at next year's National Multicultural Festival.

8:48 PM   Blues rock band Black Sorrows will be the main act next year as the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra celebrates its 20th birthday.

ACT government flags changes to double jeopardy laws for serious crimes

Attorney General Simon Corbell.

Megan Gorrey 12:05 AM   Prosecutors could use fresh evidence to retry people who have been acquitted of serious crimes under proposed changes to the ACT's double jeopardy laws.

National Portrait Gallery founder L. Gordon Darling dies

L Gordon Darling with his with wife Marilyn Darling.

Clare Colley 8:15 PM   The "driving force" behind the creation of the National Portrait Gallery, Leonard Gordon Darling, has died aged 94.

Get your free Canberra bomber here! Conditions apply

Canberra A84-235 after restoration work at Wagga Wagga in 2011.

David Ellery 8:15 PM   The Department of Defence is giving away two nuclear bombers which, at one time, would have cost the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Flying physios bring quick relief to far north

Physiotherapist Craig Honeybrook who took part in an outreach  trip to Arnhem land in 2014.

David Ellery 9:30 PM   A committed group of Canberra physiotherapists are doing the city proud with their efforts to help people on Palm Island and Arnhem Land.

ACT midwives urged to screen pregnant women for domestic violence

The risk of domestic violence has been found to be higher in pregnant women.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report recommends midwives should ask expectant mothers a set of nationally harmonised questions about their safety and domestic violence.

Drunken punch left man fighting for his life

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Michael Inman 7:26 PM   A Canberra man has been found guilty of unleashing a drunken punch that hospitalised another with a serious brain injury.

Canberra killer granted permission to appeal conviction

Aleksander Vojneski was found guilty of murdering Paula Conlon.

Michael Inman 7:23 PM   The ACT Court of Appeal has granted Aleksander Vojneski leave to appeal his conviction for the murder of Paula Conlon.

Driver 'on ice and speeding' when elderly pedestrian killed

Driver in fatal accident was allegedly on drugs and speeding.

Michael Inman 5:50 PM   A Canberra motorist was allegedly on drugs and over the speed limit when he struck an elderly pedestrian who died of her injuries, a jury has been told.

Octogenarian lines up to break the 80-minute Fun Run barrier

Leslie Ion prepares for the Fun Run with his great-granddaughter, Annika Back, 2.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Leslie Ion is back on the Fun Run circuit 30 years later.

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Wanniassa man arrested after police stand-off sparks unit blaze


Megan Gorrey   Police say man who allegedly covered unit in fuel could have started "catastrophic explosion" or deadly blaze.

Stories of women's wartime service brought to light in new book

Author Jacqueline Dinan (centre) with her newest book, <i>Between the Dances: World War II Women Tell Their Stories</i>, and with some of the women featured in the book, from left, Thea Commins, Evelyn Booth and Gwen Miles.

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   A collection of conversations, letters and photographs from more than 300 women tell the story of World War II on the homefront in a new book from author Jacqueline Dinan.