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Gruesome kangaroo mutilation

A young female kangaroo had to be euthanised after a second case of native animal cruelty near Queanbeyan.

Kimberley Granger 11:44 PM   The mutilation of a young female kangaroo at Captains Flat is one of the worst cases of animal cruelty ever seen by Wildcare volunteers.

Lest we forget about work on Monday

ANZAC Day - generic photo

Noel Towell 10:28 PM   Thousands of federal public servants in have been handed an extra public holiday on Monday, April 27, while other are expected at their desks.

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Priest's alleged abuse victim denies making up evidence

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra

Christopher Knaus 10:23 PM   A complainant against Father Edward Evans stood by her claims during cross-examination on Thursday.

Katy Gallagher will champion Canberra

Katy Gallagher is congratulated by Senate president Senator Stephen Parry at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

Ross Peake 10:22 PM   New senator Katy Gallagher says she's not going to stand for the second-rate treatment dished out to Canberra by the Abbott government.

Terrence Freebody died of blood loss from multiple wounds, court hears

A home in Canberra's Mugga Way, where an alleged murder took place in 2012, is on the market.

Michael Inman 10:21 PM   Murder victim Terrence Freebody bled to death from multiple knife wounds on the dining room floor of his neighbour's Red Hill home, trial hears.

Inquiry launched into future of clubs

ACT Gaming Minister Joy Burch says she does not want to delay gaming reform, despite the establishment of the new inquiry.

Kirsten Lawson 10:20 PM   ACT Assembly sets up an inquiry into the future of the clubs industry

Canberra hospitals prepare for the unlikely case of an Ebola outbreak

A patient arrives at Canberra Hospital by ambulance from Calvary as part of an Ebola training exercise.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Health specialists in Canberra’s hospitals donned protective gear on Thursday morning to prepare for the unlikely outbreak of Ebola in the ACT.

Assembly passes controversial court changes

arrister, Shane Gill, outside the ACT Supreme Court after Mr
Eastman's conviction was quashed.

Michael Inman 8:48 PM   Backlogs in the courts could become a thing of the past, but the justice system will be undermined after changes to the ACT's trial process, a peak legal body says.

Cafe burgled twice in a week

Little Oink Cafe in Cook was broken into twice in three days last week.

Primrose Riordan 8:48 PM   Owners and staff of a Cook cafe has been overwhelmed with support from customers and rivals after they were broken into twice in three days.

NSW residents pack their bags for interstate moves

NSW residents pack their bags: Statistics show interstate migration is peaking with many NSW residents heading to Queensland.

Peter Martin 8:35 PM   Australians are leaving NSW in greater numbers than they are arriving.

Union floats mandatory drug and alcohol testing on work sites


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The new policy would prioritise workers' rehabilitation, and keep their jobs for when they returned.

School gardens make students eat their greens

Merici College Year 9 students Maisey Higgisson Guthridge and Zoe Buckley in the school's kitchen garden.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Children involved with school gardens eat more fruit and vegetables, research has found.

Barr awaits Fair Work ruling on doctors' strike

The Canberra Hospital staff who are likely to strike on Monday.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   ACT government won't be "soft target" in industrial negotiations with senior doctors preparing to strike from Canberra Hospital.

Hummer the shy giraffe finally gets up close and personal

Hummer is now happy to munch on carrots offered to him by guests from the lodge's balcony.

Clare Colley 7:45 PM   One of the stars of the National Zoo and Aquarium's Jamala Wildlife Lodge has been reluctant to say hello to visitors until now.

Legal centres welcome funding backflip

George Brandis and Michaelia Cash announce the cuts reversal on Thursday.

Christopher Knaus and Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The federal government’s decision not to inflict savage cuts on legal aid services has been widely welcomed as a win for vulnerable Canberrans, including victims of domestic violence.

Government backs down from APS super

Superannuation is now off the bargaining table for APS agreements.

Noel Towell 7:12 PM   APS super off the table but battle over wages and conditions continues with both sides talking tough.

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Easy pickings for crafty cockatoos

Cockatoos get up to mischief around Canberra during autumn.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Lots of food, fun and games for Canberra's smarty-pants cockies.

Overall imprisonment rate rises in ACT


Christopher Knaus 7:05 PM   Overcrowding pressure on the ACT's prison eased slightly in December last year.

Medical centre evacuated

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

6:58 PM   A medical imaging centre in Deakin has been forced to evacuate twice after a mystery odour.

Man found guilty of Erindale ACTTAB robbery

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Christopher Knaus 6:56 PM   A Canberra man has been found guilty of robbing the Erindale ACTTAB of about $32,000.

Sacrifice at home remembered 100 years on

The third Lee Grant landscape photograph in the <i>All that fall - Fall Here</i> series.

Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   The National Portrait Gallery has chosen to focus on the loss and absence created by the Great War.


Gang-gang: There Once was an Oily Duckling

The rescued duck having one of its four baths after an oily encounter.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Readers! Prepare to have you heart (and all those other normally hard-to-reach giblets as well) warmed by this story.

Gang-gang 100 Years Ago: Teddycentricity

Teddy bears are much loved, even by adults.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Men (like this columnist) who love their teddy bears are probably the sanest, safest people on Earth but 100 years ago this week, Melbourne's Punch reported someone finding a teddy lover alarmingly bonkers.

In Review: Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival

Adam Brand gave a mature performance at the Snowy Mountains Country Music Festival.

Arne Sjostedt 3:13 PM   If you thought Thredbo was only for skiing, think again.

Woman taken to hospital on spinal board after crash in Melba

ACT firefighter.

11:22 AM   Emergency services have cut a woman out of her car and transported her and another patient to hospital after a crash on Kingsford Smith Drive in Melba on Thursday morning.

The Canberra Weekender: What's on March 27-29

Black Diggers tells the story of young Aboriginal men who enlisted to fight in World War I.

Natasha Rudra 11:05 AM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Canberra musician to receive an honorary doctorate

Christopher Latham is an award winning musician who will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Canberra.

Henry Belot 10:56 AM   Canberra based violinist and film director Christopher Latham will spend his next four years as an Anzac Fellow researching the music and art of World War I.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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9:34 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr holds out threat of ACTION bus sale

1 August 2012. News.  Journalist Madeline Power. Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. The new articulated ACTION bus during the launch at Civic Square.  It is the first of 20 new articulated buses with greater accessibility. Generic photo of bendy bus

Kirsten Lawson 9:24 AM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr is holding out the threat of selling the ACTION bus network if he can't achieve the reforms he wants. 

Tuned In

Katarina Pearson (left) and Anne Hutton, owners of Electric Shadows Bookshop, which closed because of lack of support.

Dan Bigna 11:00 PM   The demise of outlets such as Electric Shadows and Smith's Alternative reflects the sad state of Canberra's non-mainstream arts.