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ACT News

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (give or take 100 days)

Gus McCubbing 12:57pm While most of us are a while away from Yuletide thoughts, for some businesses Christmas is just around the corner.

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Jury to decide whether father and son acted in self-defence

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 12:16pm Father and son claim they made citizen's arrests when they beat and bound two youths outside their home.

Electric bike retailers ready to capitalise on paid parking

Electric bike retailers anticipate a rise in sales due to an increase in paid parking in the capital.

HENRY BELOT 11:52am Electric bike retailers in the ACT are expecting a boost in sales once Canberrans come to grips with the realities of paid parking and make the most of reforms that allow greater access to higher-powered electric bicycles.

Collector and Tarago residents take wind farm protest to the Assembly

Terry Lovelock from Collector protests out the front of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 2:22pm Residents of Collector and Tarago took their opposition to wind farms to the ACT Assembly on Tuesday.

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Giving workmen their rightful place

Alan Foskett in his study on Anzac Park, Campbell. Mr Foskett is about to publish a book about the building Canberra.

MARK SAWA 9:40am The workmen who built Canberra after World War have not been properly recorded in the city’s history.

Jan pedals her way to healthy happiness

71-year-old Jan McKenzie has just learnt to ride a bike and practices at her home in Shackleton Cr, Mawson.

KIMBERLEY GRANGER 9:33am Pedal Power is giving Canberrans the chance to get back on the bike.

Volunteers prepare for heavy weather

SES volunteer Amber Deveridge with home owner Audrey Schultz in the background.

KIMBERLEY GRANGER 9:24am Storm season has the ESA spreading the reminder that preparedness reduces risk.

Griffith L-plater accused of drink driving in unregistered car


9:20am A 25-year-old Griffith man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on charges of drink-driving and a range of traffic-related offences after being arrested by police in Garran early Tuesday morning.

Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday September 16

Canberra Mornings live.

FLETA PAGE 7:00am Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.


Gang-gang: 100 years ago and the unpatriotic flowers

Tainted by war: German roses were a problem for Australian gardeners during World War I.

IAN WARDEN 11:45pm What were Australian gardeners with famous German roses in their gardens to do when, in 1914, we went to war Germany?

Gang-gang: Christopher Pyne's fire-proof ears


IAN WARDEN 11:45pm Those of us who paid nothing for our priceless university educations (thank you, Mr Whitlam) look and listen in horror.

German Club loses harmony as membership splits

Harmonie German Club management committee members from left, Joy Altmann, Tony Millar, Andrew Geraghty, Annie Bodenschatz and Frederick Mack outside the Club in Narrabundah.

JOHN THISTLETON 11:30pm Two factions at the Harmonie German Club will meet on Tuesday night to try to resolve differences.

International light rail players scout Canberra project

Expertise: Keolis Downer, which operates Yarra Trams in Melbourne, might be interested in Canberra's $800 million project.

TOM MCILROY 11:30pm Some of the world's biggest transport infrastructure companies will consider expressing interest to be involved in the development of Canberra's light rail line, including the joint-venture which operates Melbourne's famous tram network. 

DFAT puts the brakes on staff cuts

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NOEL TOWELL 8:51am Golden handshake dreamers might have left it too late, DFAT bosses say.

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ACT and SA the underdogs on school chaplain funding


PRIMROSE RIORDAN 1:36am The ACT and South Australian governments could be in weak position when it comes to negotiating over school chaplain funding, says ANU professor John Warhurst.

Graffiti removed from nearly 20,000 locations in nine months


HENRY BELOT 8:06pm Territory and Municipal Service workers have removed illegal graffiti from 19,845 locations across the Canberra since January 1 with the directorate allocated $520,000 for graffiti removal this financial year.

Father, son used baseball bat, gun, cable ties in self-defence, lawyers argue

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 7:28pm A father and son were defending themselves and their family home when they used a baseball bat, an unloaded gun and cable ties against aggressive youths, their lawyers argued.

Getaway driver given suspended jail sentence

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MICHAEL INMAN 4:49pm The getaway driver in two knife-point robberies will spend no time behind bars.

Alert citizens keep Crime Stoppers in the loop in Canberra

Team work: Crime Stoppers head Bryan Roach with ACT Policing’s David Pryce.

MEGAN GORREY 4:45pm More Canberrans have played sleuth by reporting suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers this year.

Tech-savvy health fanatics could be sharing their most intimate information

The FitBit Force, which uses sensors to track your walking and sleeping patterns.

NATASHA BODDY 9:43am People using smartphone apps and wearable technology to track their health and fitness, weight loss or bodily functions could be unwittingly handing over some of their most private information to third parties. 

Woman hospitalised after kitchen fire

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A woman has been taken to Calvary Hospital following a kitchen fire in Kaleen.

Mr Fluffy buy-back issue with the Prime Minister next week


KIRSTEN LAWSON The Mr Fluffy asbestos buy-back and demolition scheme will be discussed at the highest levels of federal government next week, a spokesman for Employment Minister Eric Abetz has confirmed, and a decision is expected soon after.

Canberra punter pockets $500,000 in NSW Lotto Division One


FLETA PAGE A Canberra punter is half a million dollars richer after winning a share of the Division One prize pool in the NSW Lotto draw last Saturday.

Two hospitalised following car crash in Cook

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Two people have been taken to hospital following a two-car crash which has closed Bindubi St in Cook.

One dead in Hume Highway crash


FLETA PAGE A person has died on the Hume Highway following a collision between a semi trailer truck and a car near Marulan.

Sale of lakefront land will go ahead, ACT government confirms

An artist’s impression of West Basin development, which is one part of the broader City to the Lake plan that has not been shelved.

KIRSTEN LAWSON Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has confirmed that the sale of lakefront land in West Basin near Commonwealth Avenue will go ahead, while other parts of the City to the Lake plan are on the backburner for now.

Bywong couple lucky to be alive after terrifying home invasion

Police searching.

HENRY BELOT Couple who survived a terrifying home invasion on Sunday are shaken but lucky to be alive.

Canberra's $780m light rail line gets final go ahead, business case to be released

An artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson Canberra's light rail line from the city to Gungahlin has received the government's final approval.

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City to the lake: What's left of the grand vision for Canberra?

Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr (background).

KIRSTEN LAWSON After a weekend of announcements from Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, what's left of the grand vision to link Canberra's city to the lake front?

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Canberra Mornings Live: Monday September 15

Canberra Mornings live.

FLETA PAGE Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

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Canberra's public hospitals are Australia's most expensive

Patient in hospital bed.

MARKUS MANNHEIM An emergency patient admitted to an ACT ward costs more than twice as much to treat as patients in some states.

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Collisions, speeding and illegal parking endanger Canberra's school communities

SAFETY FEARS: More than 900 drivers have been caught speeding around Canberra's schools since the middle of last year.

EMMA KELLY Bad driving and dodgy parking around ACT schools have disrupted pupils' safe journey to class.

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Whatever happened to Canberra's water trike?

AN immigrant's vision: Aquabikes at the peak of their popularity.

JOHN THISTLETON The Aquabike was first seen in Canberra, so where has it gone? A look back at the odd invention's origins in the nation's capital.

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Gang-gang: 100 years ago - Boys' names

Doll face: Lord Kitchener's noble effigy was the subject of Toby jugs, statuettes and souvenirs galore.

IAN WARDEN One hundred years ago this week Australian parents were naming their male babies Horatio Herbert after Horatio Herbert Kitchener (Lord Kitchener) the Empire hero of the moment.


Spring in Canberra: all about the birds and bluebells

Peacock and peahen: Rite of Spring – Narrabundah.

IAN WARDEN Spring, having waited in ambush all winter, has sprung out on us yet again and the season's manifestations are everywhere.

Calvary Hospital: chief financial officer resigns weeks after CEO goes

Calvary Hospital.

NATASHA BODDY Calvary Hospital has lost its chief financial officer Wayne Armistead, only a month after the departure of the hospital's chief executive officer. 

Albert Hall welcomes new citizens

Canberra's Albert Hall will host a citizenship ceremony this week.

ROSS PEAKE A citizenship ceremony will be staged this week at Albert Hall – the same venue where the first citizenship ceremony in Australia took place in 1949.

References to 'black babies' and 'Coon cheese' offensive, but not a breach of Racial Discrimination Act: judge


MICHAEL INMAN An Aboriginal public servant experienced co-workers making references to “black babies” and “Coon cheese” at a staff afternoon tea.

Residents fighting Jupiter wind farm plan Canberra protest

Concerned land owners at Mt Fairy

TOM MCILROY Land owners continuing their self-described "David and Goliath battle" to stop a $400 million wind farm development.

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Wombat sanctuary needs money to keep saving furry friends

From Left: Donna Stepan, and her partner Phil Melzer with some of the wombats that they are nursing back to health at the Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary.

BEN WESTCOTT A Gundaroo resident who has cared for local wombats for more than 10 years has turned to the community to help raise funds.

Canberra blooms into action at Floriade ahead of fine week

Floriade, Canberra's month-long celebration of spring, kicked off at the weekend.

MICHAEL INMAN Canberrans can expect the balmy spring conditions to continue this week, with temperatures in the high teens.

Elderly couple held up in terrifying home invasion on Bywong farm

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JOHN THISTLETON Intruder confronts elderly couple in their home at Bywong, east of Canberra.

Sydney doctor banned after "destructive" treatment of de-facto prior to overdose death


PAUL BIBBY A Sydney doctor who prescribed a "destructive" mix of powerful painkillers and anti-depressants to her sick, drug-dependent partner before he died from an overdose, has been banned for 18 months.

Defence slashes anti-terrorism jobs for graduates

We need our university graduates. They keep our economy strong, viable and able.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN Defence may be looking for fewer young eyes for its units responsible for anti-terrorism and national security than last year, with new figures revealing the department has scaled back their recruitment target.


Anglers have a spring in their step


Anthony Stokman Durras Lake has opened, the whales are migrating back south and the bait should start coming in.

Fear and loathing as dark clouds gather over Defence IT jobs

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PRIMROSE RIORDAN Senior defence IT staffers say they remain in limbo three years after the department decided to outsource their work.

Canberra homes sell for above listing price


MEREDITH CLISBY A new report shows that more than 30 per cent of Canberra houses sold for more than their original listing price in the past year.

Red Bull Flying Bach: Dancers break out the Bach

The Red Bull Flying Bach dance troupe break some moves.

JULIEANNE STRACHAN The famous strains of Johann Sebastian Bach's music was paired with an unlikely companion on Saturday.

Police honour fallen officers with mass ride

The Wall to Wall: Ride For Remembrance, makes its way toward Parliament House from the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, bound for the Police Memorial site by Lake Burley Griffin.

KIMBERLEY GRANGER Serving and retired police officers from across Australia came together in a solemn gesture of commemoration on Saturday.

Federal Parliament gardens open for viewing

Guide Rosie Bruce in one of the courtyards of Parliament House.

KIMBERLEY GRANGER The magnificent gardens locked in the high-security walls of Parliament House are like an oasis, a sharp contrast from polished wooden floors and heavy concrete of the corridors of power.

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