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Bad bosses ending public service careers

Noel Towell 11:20 PM   Why having a bad boss is not a good career move in the public service.

Canberra's Christmas tree is back – and it's set to be a world-record breaker

Canberra's Christmas lights guru, David Richards in Civic near the Canberra Times fountain. This year's Christmas tree will be erected adjacent to the fountain, outside the Canberra Centre, with a record number of lights.

Megan Doherty 11:19 PM   Canberra's much-loved Christmas Tree is coming out of retirement to be turned into a potential world-beater.

Canberra's young drivers urged to fight FOMO and ignore mobile phones

Australians are currently 'leading the charge' in uploading photos and videos of illegal and bad road behaviour on the new global website, according to the site's managers.

Megan Gorrey 9:31 PM   Young drivers have been urged to fight a fear of missing out by ignoring their mobile phone when they're behind the wheel.

New underpass anything but pedestrian

A view through the Bowen Place underpass prior to completion. Photo: NCA

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Katie Burgess 9:29 PM   Cyclists, joggers and walkers will finally be able to complete the Lake Burley Griffin loop safely when the new Bowen Place Crossing underpass is unveiled on Friday.

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury warns against free trade agreement

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has warned against the proposed free trade agreement with China.

Henry Belot 9:22 PM   Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has warned the proposed free trade agreement with China may hurt Canberra interests despite potentially boosting local exports.

Authorities accidentally release man accused of bashing, choking girlfriend


Christopher Knaus 8:22 PM   Blunder sees alleged violent offender accidentally released from custody.

Three of Canberra's oldest women reveal secrets to long life

Freda Bishop with her son Christopher, daughter Helen Scully and daughter-in-law Sylvia Bishop

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Together they've had 306 birthday cakes (soon to be 307), have lived in Canberra for 136 years and share a lifelong musical passion – meet three of Canberra's oldest women.

Ice rage: AMA calls for security to protect doctors


Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The Australian Medical Association has warned crystal methamphetamine or ice is making the work of doctors more dangerous and called for additional security in hospitals.

Bringing parenting to the office

Tanja Meyerhofer, Amy Lees, Tanya Dannock, Vanessa Vanderhoek and Maree Gill during a meeting to discuss returning to work after having time from work for kids.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   They say it takes a village to raise a child. Now two Canberra women want to make sure that village includes the office.

Lawyer for fatal crash driver urges jury to remove emotion from decision


Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman 7:43 PM   Lawyers for a speeding driver who hit and killed a woman as she crossed the street have told a jury to not let emotions about the case cloud their deliberations.

Compromise deal spares 17 Northbourne buildings from bulldozers

Northbourne Housing precinct heritage compromise reached

Tom McIlroy 7:40 PM   About 17 buildings in the Northbourne public housing precinct will be registered for heritage protection. 

Changes to GP training zones have the AMA worried

The ACT AMA is concerned about changes to GP training zones.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Changes to the training boundaries for GPs will create an illogical division between the ACT and the NSW south coast, according to the ACT Australian Medical Association.

'It has made me a better person' - Former Army Chief David Morrison joins Diversity Council Australia

Retired Australian Army Chief David Morrison continues fight for diversity as new chairman of Diversity Council Australia

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Retired Lieutenant General David Morrison will bring enthusiasm as an advocate for gender equality, cultural diversity and LGBTI-inclusion to his new role.

CFMEU staged raid to intimidate builder, commission told

Jason O'Mara appearing before Commissioner Dyson Heydon.

David Ellery 11:30 PM   An excited union organiser about to conduct a "safety inspection" was speaking like a man preparing to go into battle the trade union royal commission has heard.

Opera singer crashes Bachelor date

Lorina Gore meets her idol Sam Wood, but not in a dating way.

Jil Hogan 8:30 PM   Happily married (though wedding ring-less) Lorina Gore made it onto the set of The Bachelor Australia - a show she happens to adore - to serenade the dating couple.

Butler to British high commissioner set up online account to access child porn


Michael Inman 7:23 PM   A former butler to the British High Commissioner to Australia was disgusted and ashamed as he accessed child pornography.

Shear-shy sheep sets unofficial world record

Chris the sheep lugged around more than 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Phillip Thomson, Emma Kelly, Alexandra Back and Katie Burgess 6:51 PM   The world's media have been clamouring to hear more of the merino from Mulligan's Flat that was found carrying a massive 40.45-kilogram fleece on its back.

Recognition for citizen scientists who created birds paradise


John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Canberra Ornithologists Group recognised for conservation of birds.

Play loses the plot

Lex Marinos is Tony in the play Ghosts in the Scheme.

Peter Wilkins 5:06 PM   This well-intended production lacks balance and cohesion and remains a work in progress.

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Jon Cattapan's Home game 1 (the Peanut Farm) 2008 on show at the Footy Fever exhibition.

4:53 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Sex sites off limits, public service love rats warned

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has laid down the law on the use of Commonwealth government email addresses to create accounts on the cheating site.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Marriage vows are one thing, but the public service Code of Conduct, that's serious.

School of Music students turn on management

Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor of the ANU, was jeered by angry School of Music students.

Emma Macdonald 4:47 PM   Irate School of Music students jeered the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University Professor Ian Young at crisis talks between management, students and staff on Thursday.

Canberra's very woolly sheep questions answered

Photos courtesy of the RSPCA ACT.

Alexandra Back 4:46 PM   Will a sheep's wool just keep growing and growing if not shorn?

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Brindabella Christian College board announces review as parents raise governance concerns

Teacher pointing to raised hands in classroom boarding school


Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The board of Brindabella Christian College has announced a review of the school's operations as parents expressed growing concerns over a lack of transparency and consultation in key school decisions.

One in 3 who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

University of Queensland School of Psychology research fellow Dr Keith Harris has designed a new suicidality assessment scale.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday.

Today in History

A possible shortage of home finance on the cards in 1965.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   On this day in 1965.

Mammoth sheep gets shorn

A Canberra sheep being shorn at the RSPCA in Canberra

Phillip Thomson and Emma Kelly 3:18 PM   Shearer believes a very woolly sheep found near Canberra believes has set a new Australian record with a 42.5kg fleece.

RSPCA sheep's massive fleece the heaviest in the world

Chris the sheep carried about 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Emma Kelly 3:15 PM   The shearing operation that potentially saved the life of an errant sheep near Canberra is being claimed as a world record.

DHS pay offer 'better than nothing'

Government Senate leader and employment minister Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell 12:53 PM   The APS's largest department is battling to win hearts and minds. With very simple mathematics.

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Canberrans experience rainy start to spring as patchy showers sweep the capital

Craig Webber walks through the Rainforest at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, in the rain.

Megan Gorrey 12:09 PM   An overnight shower and patchy rain on Thursday has been forecast to give way to glimpses of sunshine in time for the weekend.