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Fit for purpose? Parliamentary Services to get full review

Former Department of Parliamentary Services secretary Carol Mills appeared before the committee on Wednesday.

Noel Towell 9:56 PM   Troubled department to undergo full review.

Up Periscope: ACT's live cabinet stream

The live broadcast will be hosted by Her Canberra website founder Amanda Whitley.

Tom McIlroy 9:54 PM   In what has been dubbed a world first by social media giant Twitter, the ACT government is preparing to broadcast a cabinet meeting live on streaming platform Periscope. 

Globemaster will take centre stage at ADFA on Saturday

A C-17A Globemaster travelling low and slow.

David Ellery 9:47 PM   Special guest will rule the sky at ADFA's open day on Saturday

Lunatics on wheels arouse the ire of many Canberrans

Early morning traffic on Morshead Drive.

David Ellery 9:46 PM   I am not alone in my criticism of the small but significant percentage of ACT motorists who make life interesting for the rest of us by weaving in and out of traffic as the spirit moves them.

Factional infighting derails ANU elections with claims of intimidation and bullying

Australian National University

Henry Belot 9:07 PM   Student elections at the Australian National University have been marred by allegations of intimidation and bullying with fighting between Labor factions spilling into the public domain.

Land releases expected to boost ACT construction industry after sluggish start

Aerial shots of the new suburb of Lawson taken in February 2015.

Katie Burgess 9:04 PM   New land releases are projected to push the ACT's construction industry forward after a sluggish start to the financial year.

Department of Human Services wage showdown looms

Public service minister Eric Abetz faces dissent from DHS workers over a new pay deal.

Noel Towell 8:47 PM   Day of reckoning approaches for public service bosses and unions

Eastman stay application scheduled for February

David Eastman was  arrested in 1992.

Michael Inman 8:42 PM   A bid to avoid retrial by David Harold Eastman is expected to be heard in February.

It could improve cancer treatment, renewables and technology - while defying physics theory

ANU Physicist Dr Audrey Miroshnichenko has found a way to confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   ANU researchers have found a way to transfer energy without losing any, which was thought impossible.

Government blocks Katy Gallagher nomination for hospital board

Former chief minister Katy Gallagher

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   A plan for ACT Senator Katy Gallagher to take up a seat on the board of the Canberra Hospital charitable foundation has been blocked by the territory government. 

Abetz and CFMEU stoush to end in tears

Bill Shorten says the trade unions royal commission is "shambolic" and was always going to "end in tears".

Henry Belot and Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Senator Eric Abetz has called on opposition leader Bill Shorten to condemn the CFMEU after its leadership questioned the motivation for a raid on its Canberra office earlier this week.

Kangaroo car collisions spike on roads to snowfields

Josh Ridgeway (under car) and Mathew Milin work on cars and trucks at Davids Smash Repair in Queanbeyan that have been involved in accidents with Canberra's Kangaroo and Wambat population.

John Thistleton 9:30 PM   Car repairers are struggling to keep up with cars damaged in collisions with kangaroos.

Social media taxi service raises safety concerns

Some members of the public are organising informal lifts through a public Facebook page instead of catching taxis

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Transport in the nation's capital has been subject to ongoing debate, and some members of the public have taken to social media arranging their own "cheap lifts" with strangers.

Education minister frustrated over delays on caged boy inquiry

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Education Minister Joy Burch has criticised delays in an investigation into a Canberra school's decision to erect a cage to hold a student with autism.

Calls for RSPCA funds ahead of Canberra Times Fun Run

RSPCA ACT chief executive Tammy Ven Dange with Rosie an Australian cattle dog who is deaf and needs a new home.

Naomi Avery 11:30 PM   Rosie is a special dog being taught sign language by the RSPCA. She's just one of the animals they're seeking to raise funds for.

Former EU climate action commissioner: ‘The future belongs to renewables’

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   Praise for the ACT Government's 100 per cent renewable energy target by 2025 has come from the highest authority - the European Union's first commissioner for climate action.

From donuts to Gaytimes, 'freakshakes' go global

Sydney's Johnny Pump's new Nutella and chocolate brownie dessert shake.

Clare Sibthorpe and Amy Sullivan 5:56 PM   Have the famed "freakshakes" from Manuka's Patissez sparked a global diabetes-inducing trend?

Electrical training board likely to escalate its complaint against the CIT

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Kirsten Lawson 5:38 PM   The training advisory board for electricians is likely to escalate its complaint against the Canberra Institute of Technology after ongoing frustration over the CIT's lack of response.

Megan Washington to tour, says next album will take new direction

Megan Washington plans a new musical direction.

Sean Palmer 5:21 PM   Record artist says her 26 shows on tour will be spontaneous and new material in the pipeline will be less about her.

Gayby Baby documentary to screen in Canberra

A still from the banned documentary <i>Gayby Baby</i>.

Clare Colley 4:25 PM   Gayby Baby, the documentary about same-sex parents controversially banned from NSW schools, is to screen in Canberra.

Gang gang: Wasted lives of the Great War

Lest we forget.

David Ellery 7:30 PM   The Great War's wasted lives are still worthy of remembrance 100 years on.

Queanbeyan City Council to halt spend on park to investigate cinema

Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall said he was staggered at a motion proposing a halt to spending on major CBD upgrades.

Kimberley Le Lievre 1:55 PM   Queanbeyan City Council is in disarray after Wednesday night's meeting which saw a majority of councillors vote against the mayor to carry a motion halting further spend on the CBD upgrades to divert the money to a cinema project.

Calvary and Medibank continue negotiations with Monday deadline looming

Calvary and Medibank continue negotiations with a Monday contract deadline looming.

Henry Belot 11:57 AM   Medibank and Calvary Heath Care have resumed negotiations after weeks of trading blows over hospital contract renewals and hospital safety.

Crashes as wet weather whips Canberra

Rain is forecast for Canberra.

Emma Kelly 11:13 AM   Cars have crashed across Canberra Thursday morning as wet weather whips the capital.

You take the high road: tanks the safe Canberra travel alternative

Tuggeranong Task Force: Highly motivated Canberra commuters about to drive from Gungahlin to Tuggeranong. (Tanks are German Tiger IIs deployed in the Ardennes offensive in 1944).

David Ellery 10:38 AM   These Tiger Tanks would be the perfect way to get from Gungahlin to Tuggeranong. Not even the largest Toyota Urban Assault Vehicle would dare to cut you off at the overpass.

The beauty of Brahms and Beethoven

Pianist Paul Lewis.

Janet Wilson 11:45 PM   British pianist Paul Lewis will play works by two great composers in his upcoming recital.

Firefighters investigate Kingston gas smell

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10:01 AM   Firefighters are investigating the smell of gas inside an apartment complex's basement at the Kingston Foreshore.

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City road closures this weekend

Road closed

8:49 AM   Parts of London Circuit and Constitution Avenue will be closed this weekend.

Lunatics on wheels: Another year of driving dangerously in Canberra

The ultimate Urban Assault Vehicle.

David Ellery 7:41 AM   Lunatics on wheels. Where else but the ACT are the indicators painted on?