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Electricity retailer says ACT supply at risk

TPG has hired Lazard Australia to run an auction for the power company.

John Thistleton 7:16 PM   ActewAGL says more power blackouts are on the way because of proposed revenue cut.

ACT Jewish Community inaugurates its first rabbi

Rabbi Alon Meltzer at the National Jewish Memorial Centre.

David Ellery 6:48 PM   Alon Meltzer is the first rabbi in the Canberra congregation's 63-year history.

'One of the worst collisions we have seen in the last few years'

NSW Police closed the Monaro Highway at Cooma Road.

Emma Kelly 5:19 PM   A motorcyclist killed in a high-speed head-on collision has been identified.

Real estate industry welcomes crackdown

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Lucy Macken 5:11 PM   Property developers, construction and real estate industry heads have chorused broad support for measures to impose better policing and harsher penalties on the foreign investment industry.

DFAT attempts day without acronyms

Canberra (CBR) gives rise to a language that is quirkier than most.

Primrose Riordan 2:55 PM   The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is attempting to succeed where most public servants have failed.

Who will replace Kate Lundy as the ACT's Labor Senator?

Senator Kate Lundy has announced her retirement from politics, but who will replace her?

Ross Peake 1:11 PM   A dream job is now available in Canberra – being paid $195,000 a year, and with a likely tenure of 10 years or more.

2014-style bikinis at pools to be OK

Jason Coker, 26, of Redhill, Tasha Cameron, 25, of Redhill, Salome Lines-Morison,18, of Narrabundah and Toby Graham,19, of Hughes at Manuka Pool on Wednesday.

Tom McIlroy 12:24 PM   Outdated decency laws are on the government agenda this week.

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'Creative parking' crackdown needed, says NCA boss

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Phillip Thomson 12:20 PM   NCA says people are imaginative and creative in terms of parking, and they need to be equally as creative.

500, not 300, ATO jobs to Gosford

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Phillip Thomson 11:51 AM   The Australian Taxation Office will now be sending 500, not 300, staff to the Central Coast.

Arts Diary – November 28

Porcelain piece: Verney Burness' <i>Sky Crevasse</i> can be seen at Form Studio and Gallery in the <i>Balancing Act</i> exhibition.

8:00 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene, including, at Form Studio and Gallery: Balancing Act. A diverse group exhibition of printmaking, sculpture and painting.

Canberra rangers will set fire to the capital this weekend

Kerrin Phillips of Monash cycling around Lake Burley Griffin near Lady Denman Drive where the grass is visibly dry.

Scherry Bloul 10:01 AM   Canberra rangers will set fire to 48.3 hectares of the capital this weekend.

Labor's Kate Lundy to quit politics

Senator Kate Lundy at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Ross Peake   Labor's Kate Lundy says it's the right time for her to leave politics after almost two decades in the senate

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Namatjira descendants bring work to Parliament House

Lenie and Kevin Namatjira with part of the Namatjira to Now exhibtion at Parliament House.

Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   Hopes Namatjira to Now exhibition in Canberra will raise awareness of struggling Aboriginal artists.

Canberra South Motor Park could be sold

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Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   A man who identified himself as the park's manager confirmed a sale was "still being worked on". 

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ACT Government to consider CPSU compromise on needle exchange at AMC

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   ACT Government considers union compromise on needle exchange at Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Forum to boost women's participation in science

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Clare Colley 11:45 PM   Playing into the competitive nature of academics and researchers could be a game changer in addressing the low numbers and high loss rate of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Inmate used fake confession in bid to shift blame

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Jailhouse lawyers helped inmate in attempt to pin blame for crimes on someone else.

Young woman found with cannabis haul in house

The hydroponic cannabis setup found in one room at a home in Macgregor in 2012.

Christopher Knaus   Woman, 21, accused of involvement in $500K cannabis crop which "consumed" parents' Macgregor home.

Police seek answers to 'serious sexual assault'

Images from CCTV footage of men police want to talk to about a sex assault case in Civic.

Henry Belot   Police are calling for fresh witnesses and information to a “serious sexual assault” in Civic after four months.

ANU relocates 70,000-piece fossil collection

A skull of the small meat-eating dinosaur Velociraptor.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Ian Jackson director of research School of Earth Sciences

ACT hospital suffers $12 million loss in 12 months

Deficit deepens: Calvary Hospital has had to reissue its 2013-14 financial statement.

Natasha Boddy 11:45 PM   Public hospital in Bruce underestimated its losses by more than $5 million, with a reissued financial report showing the facility lost almost $12 million in just a year.

UC's new Master of High Performance Sport

New level: Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf in the physiology lab with Phd student, Kristy Martin.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The University of Canberra has 17 enrolments for a new Master of High Performance Sport which was announced on Wednesday.

National injury rate drops as WorkSafe focuses on construction industry

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Henry Belot 11:45 PM   ACT WorkSafe Commissioner Mark McCabe has welcomed news the number of people experiencing work-related injuries has fallen nationally despite warning of discrepancies across various industries.

New multi-million dollar shopping centre planned for Gungahlin

Plans for the new development proposed for Hibberson Street in Gungahlin.

Primrose Riordan   Plans have been released for a multi-million dollar retail expansion at Gungahlin.

New website to report cybercrime

New approach: ACORN help at hand.

Henry Belot   A new website to fight cybercrime is set to save police an enormous amount of time and money.