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Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra August 7-9

Jil Hogan and Natasha Rudra 1:52 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Footage of violent armed robbery in Kambah

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1:24 PM   Police have released footage of a violent armed robbery in Kambah in June.

ACT CFMEU made $1.2 million from enterprise agreement clauses

ACT CFMEU branch secretary Dean Hall.

David Ellery 12:55 PM   Canberra branch of CFMEU allegedly collected $1.2 million off the back of non-negotiable enterprise agreements.

AFP agent used police database for stalking gets out of jail


Michael Inman 11:12 AM   Former federal police agent who accessed restricted databases to stalk his ex-girlfriend avoids more time behind bars.

Rally to support John Lomax planned outside court

John Lomax will face court on Wednesday, charged with blackmail.

Michael Inman 10:46 AM   Canberra unionists will rally in support of organiser John Lomax, who is accused of blackmail, before he faces court on Wednesday.

Conman steals from blind lady

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10:37 AM   A conman stole money from a blind Canberra woman over the weekend.

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10:18 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Knight blames prison riots for submissions delay

Julian Knight arrives at court in 2004.

Michael Inman 10:09 PM   Court hears pornographic video on a jailhouse computer and prison riots hobbled a Victoria mass killer's bid for compensation.

Cyanide threat hangs over Araluen Valley

Jackie French near Majors Creek. 'I am frightened for the life and safety of those I love,' she says.

John Thistleton 9:53 PM   Cyanide could spill into Araluen Valley according to landholders, but the gold miner proposing its use denies this.

Lessons in safety as Belconnen schools trial lower speed zones

A school zone in Harrison. The ACT government is looking at better signs and road markings to encourage drivers to slow down.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   30km/h speed zones and 'dragon markings' to be trialed at four Belconnen schools this term.

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Larry Sitsky wins music award

Professor Larry Sitsky, composer, pianist, music educator at ANU is someone who looks forward rather than backward.

Ron Cerabona 8:44 PM   The Canberra composer, performer and educator has been honoured for his life in music.

Spending habits of top public servants 'flying under the radar'

The review will look at the entitlements of about 215 public officials whose salaries and allowances are subject to Remuneration Tribunal determinations.

Noel Towell 8:39 PM   The spending habits of top public servants are 'flying under the radar'.

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Government wants tribunal finding against discriminatory medical intern policy quashed

A government application to the Supreme Court to overturn a finding of racial discrimination in the government's medical intern policy was filed on Tuesday.

Christopher Knaus and Noel Towell 8:39 PM   ACT government ups the ante in legal battle after policy found to racially discriminate against foreign-trained doctors.

Michael Koundouris caught up in a third dispute with apartment owners

Canberra developer Michael Koundouris is fighting on three fronts after complaints from residents about problems in apartment buildings.

Kirsten Lawson 8:25 PM   Residents of the Aureus apartments in Canberra Avenue near Manuka are seeking a rectification order against Michael Koundouris, in the third dispute involving the prominent Canberra developer in recent weeks.

Sound installation adds new dimension to James Turrell's Skyspace at National Gallery of Australia

Robert Curgenven's new sound project Climata, recorded entirely in James Turrell's Skyspaces around the world, will have a public preview in the National Gallery of Australia's Skyspace from August 5-7.

Clare Colley 8:24 PM   Robert Curgenven's sound installation Climata will add another dimension to James Turrell's Skyspace at the National Gallery of Australia.

Be a heart and take up the Heart Foundation challenge

Kristen Henry, from Mix 106.3, will take part in the Heart Foundation's Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge.

Karen Hardy 8:23 PM   There's some pretty stiff competition lining up alongside me for this year's Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge.

Former AFP agent spent hours on restricted police system to stalking ex-girlfriend

Roman Eiginson worked with the AFP's counter-terrorism area and, most recently, the treasury section.

Michael Inman 8:20 PM   A former Soviet soldier used restricted federal police databases in a campaign of harassment against his ex-girlfriend and her new partner, a court has heard.

Pooch owners dream of a stage for dogs, mice and men

 Marcella Zankin's dog Muka auditioned at the Canberra Theatre.

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Henry Belot 8:18 PM   Dogs and excitable pups were taken to Canberra Theatre on Monday afternoon for a shot at stardom on the stage.

Gun ownership surges in regional towns on ACT's fringe

Gun ownership in regional towns on the fringe of the ACT has surged by more than 25 per cent during the past five years, according to police statistics.

Henry Belot, Emma Partridge and Conrad Walters 11:30 PM   Gun ownership in regional towns on the fringe of the ACT has surged by close to 25 percent during the past five years, according to police statistics.

Tax Office workers to be offered 1.5 per cent pay rise


Noel Towell 8:16 PM   Unions gearing up for a fight over offer before it has been made.

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Bishop allegations 'no different' from Slipper's: Lawyer

Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper leaves court after being sentenced to 300 hours community service last year. He was later cleared on appeal.

Christopher Knaus 7:51 PM   Peter Slipper's lawyer says his client was denied the opportunity to deal with expenses claims internally.

Canberra gets LEGO-fied

Seriously. A lot of Lego.

Lin Yin 6:39 PM   Sometimes, 100,000 Lego pieces just aren't enough.

AGs dept 'ducking for cover' over Sydney siege letter, says PM&C

Man Haron Monis asked Senator Brandis whether it was lawful to write to the leader of Islamic State.

Noel Towell 6:22 PM   We were running around like headless chooks, department's boss admits.

Cult crocodile stars in PNG exhibition


Ron Cerabona 4:38 PM   The biggest item in the National Gallery of Australia's new exhibition is a 6.3 metre long cult crocodile never before seen in Australia.

Gang-gang. Cilla's appeal for anyone who had a heart

Cilla Black's Cilla Sings A Rainbow record sleeve from the 1960s.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Cilla Black has gone to her Great Reward.

Mum of ACT's first organ donor speaks 40 years after daughter dies

11-year-old Annette Taylor helped save two lives.

Belinda McKeon 11:30 PM   40 years ago, as a young girl, Annette Taylor made a decision in her mother's kitchen, not knowing she would die soon after and save lives.

Canberra property values rise

Canberra recorded 2.3 per cent growth in the past quarter – the third biggest increase behind Sydney and Melbourne.

Emma Kelly 4:14 PM   Residential property values in Canberra rose more than most capital cities in the year to July, with the exception of Sydney and Melbourne.

Canberra set to shiver through subzero starts

Frost outside Parliament House in Canberra.

Emma Kelly 3:56 PM   Brace yourselves: frosty, sub-zero mornings are coming.

The microbe that makes men (not women) warlike.

Bacteriologist and immunologist Sir Almroth Wright.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Sir Almroth Wright (1861-1947) was a distinguished bacteriologist and immunologist but was also a virulent (pun intended) campaigner against giving women the vote because they were hysteria-prone

Suspicious package outside Immigration


3:09 PM   Emergency services have investigated a suspicious package outside the Immigration Department in Belconnen.