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Our waste enough to fill seven Olympic pools

Emma Kelly 10:06 AM   Roads ACT sweeps up an incredible amount of waste from the territory's roads and waterways in a year.

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The retirement trap awaiting public servants

Balancing act: retiring public servants need to get financial advice to avoid being hit by the new assets test regime.

Noel Towell 9:11 AM   Public sector workers who opt for indexed pensions over lump-sum payments could lose out on the age pension side.

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Dog-walker attacked by one-eyed wild boar

Canberra's Michaela Vodvarka.

Emma Kelly 9:17 PM   A Canberra woman attacked by a wild pig while walking her parents' dog in Jerrabomberra has described the incident as "like something out of a horror film".

New partnership to reduce 'over-representation' of Aboriginal people in criminal system

A new partnership hopes to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Canberra justice system.

9:04 PM   A new partnership hopes to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Canberra justice system.

Capital Metro strategy in firing line

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

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The closure of the London Circuit courts carpark for four years of tram construction is attracting widespread opposition.

ACT teacher hopes for spider honours after surprise discovery

Leslie Carr and a brush footed trapdoor spider.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   An ACT teacher is hopeful a new species of spider may be named in her honour after she helped discover it on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.

Childcare centre pill scare

One of the three hospitalised children was kept for observation for two nights; the other two were discharged the same day.

Emma Macdonald 7:32 PM   ACT Police are investigating how three young children swallowed medication brought into a southside early childhood centre.

Nearly half of obese Canberrans don't believe they're fat

"If you've got a grabbable gut it's a sure sign you have toxic fat around your internal organs."

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Nearly half of obese adults in Canberra consider themselves only slightly overweight, according to a new study by the Heart Foundation.

Lifetime risk of mesothelioma from Fluffy homes 16 in 100,000

While the risk of mesothelioma from living in an asbestos-contaminated house is small, an expert says anything greater than 1 in 100,000 is unacceptable.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The figure translates to just one extra mesothelioma case among people who have lived in Fluffy homes over the past 40 years

Gang-gang. Biting satire, nibbling satire

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   This column likes to try and help you forget perhaps for a while your drab, wretched lives* and so today to lift your spirits we bring you John Bundock's photograph of one of the ACT's anything-but-drab male Flame Robins

Canberra children challenged to be more active

Group fitness instructor Julijana Desa leads Harrison School students at the launch of the 2015 Active Kids Challenge.

Eleanor Mackay 11:30 PM   With one in four ACT kids overweight or obese and more than 80 per cent of children not getting enough daily exercise, Canberra students are being encouraged to participate in a two-month challenge to improve their physical activity. 

Young Archies finalist captured sister in rare moment of stillness

Young Archie finalist Harriet Mitchell,18, of Narrabundah, Canberra, with her younger sister Romy, 6, who has sat for her portrait many times.

Ron Cerabona 6:33 PM   Canberra's only finalist in the Young Archie competition this year was 18-year-old Narrabundah artist Harriet Mitchell. She didn't have to look far for her subject, choosing her younger sister Romy, whom she frequently paints.

Fire safety lessons have kindy kids rolling on floor

Serena Edwards and Lucas Gill, both 5, enjoy a look inside a Fire and Rescue vehicle during Monday's fire safety session at Brindabella Christian College.

Lin Yin 11:30 PM   it's back to school for ACT firefighters as they take their fire safety messages to kindy kids in a fun program of activities.

ATO hiring policy OK, between consenting adults

Unions cried foul after the ATO went to hire new specialist public servants just months after paying more than 400 employees tens of millions of dollars to leave their jobs in the same area.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM    OK for ATO to hire new staff while paying redundancies, but only if its consensual.

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Man who molested stepdaughter shows no remorse, labels charges 'fabricated conspiracy'

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Christopher Knaus 4:35 PM   A man who repeatedly molested his stepdaughter at her home and at Point Hut crossing has shown no remorse, labelling the charges as a "fabricated conspiracy", a court has heard.

Gang-gang: Eight sound grinders minimum for King's service

Some army recruits found the dental requirements hard to swallow 100 years ago.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   100 years ago this week, men of the Goulburn region were discovering that a passionate love of king and country and a desire to crush the Huns were not enough to get one into uniform. Without "eight sound grinders" among your teeth, your king and country didn't want you.

Introduce financial compensation for human rights breaches: commissioner

Dr Helen Watchirs has urged the government to allow Canberra's courts to award financial compensation to those who have suffered a breach of their human rights.

Michael Inman   Damages for Human Rights breaches should be introduced in the ACT as a way to gain full potential from the current protections in place, a watchdog says.

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The contestant 'willing to give birth on The Voice'

Canberra mum Amber Nichols will be competing on The Voice while 34 weeks pregnant

Megan Doherty   Amber Nichols will be 36 weeks' pregnant in the next round. She says she's prepared to go all the way.

How Bill's final gift saved lives

Leigh Nelson is encouraging people to become organ donors. Her partner William Spencer was one when he died at age 26.

Friedel Marquardt   William Spencer was young and full of life. He had the whole world in front of him but a "freak accident" at the end of 2014 ripped that all away.

Retired public servants now owed $110 billion

The cost of pensions for retired public servants may be understated.

Noel Towell   Unfunded debt now out to $110 billion as public servants play it smarter with their retirements.

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Rally in support of gay marriage

Organisers, from left,  Laura Goodwin, Angie Shillington, Ciara Scott and Ally Hocking Howe front the Walk for Marriage Equality at Lake Burley Griffin.

Phillip Thomson   A crowd gathered on the edge of Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday to rally in support of same sex marriage. 

Santas brave the Canberra cold for cystic fibrosis Speedo Shuffle

Travis Leemhuis and Jaimie Elliott-Svoronos run for the Cystic Fibrosis ACT's annual 6500 Santa Speedo Shuffle.

Clare Colley   Seventy Canberrans braved the cold to run around Lake Burley Griffin in red Speedos and Santa hats for Cystic Fibrosis ACT's Santa Speedo Shuffle on Sunday.

Thousand caught in tax time nightmare

Up to 7000 taxpayers are still waiting on their returns.

Noel Towell   Thousands of tax returns trapped in bureaucratic limbo.

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Temporary director to step into artsACT spotlight

The search is on to replace artsACT boss David Whitney, who has retired.

Clare Colley   ArtsACT will reveal its temporary leader this week.

Mass volunteer planting designed to help save farms

The Cooper family of Ainslie - Bindi and Stafford, with daughters, Mia, 7, and Ella, 9 - join in the mass tree planting on Sunday.

Clare Colley   Greening Australia volunteers were out in force on Sunday planting about 2500 native trees and shrubs in a paddock near Murrumbateman, for National Tree Day.

CFMEU lawsuit alleges Canberra company underpaid staff

The offences carry maximum penalties of $51,000 per breach for a company and $10,200 for an individual.

Michael Inman   CFMEU allege staff underpaid, but boss says lawsuit timed to discredit him ahead of his appearance before the royal commission this week.

Murder victim's family horrified by decision to downgrade prisoner classification

Sisters Belinda, Amy and Julie Tattersall as children.

Chris Knaus and Tom McIlroy   Scott Alexander McDougall was said to be party deranged when he killed Julie Tattersall in one of the territory's most heinous and notorious crimes.

More scrutiny needed on The Lodge renovations

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd greets then Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott at The Lodge.

Tom McIlroy    Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to be able to move into The Lodge imminently, as the long overdue work is completed.