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Suspicious package outside Immigration

3:09 PM   Emergency services are investigating a suspicious package outside the Immigration Department in Belconnen Monday afternoon

AGs dept 'ducking for cover' over Sydney siege letter, says PM&C

Man Haron Monis asked Senator Brandis whether it was lawful to write to the leader of Islamic State.

Noel Towell 2:37 PM   We were running around like headless chooks, department's boss admits.

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Work begins to fill in the  massive hole at Mt Waverley, where 2 house are under threat of falling in.

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Canberra set to shiver through subzero starts

Frost outside Parliament House in Canberra.

Emma Kelly 2:00 PM   Brace yourselves: frosty, sub-zero mornings are coming.

Suspicious substance found in mail

An ACT Fire & Rescue member hands over a suspicious powder found inside the Fyshwick Mail Centre to police.

1:04 PM   More than 100 people have been quarantined after an unknown substance was found in a package at at the Fyshwick Mail Centre.

Theatre review

A classic thriller in need of a little more tension

Pat Gallagher and Kate Blackhurst have lead roles as Inspector Rough and Bella Manningham in the classic thriller, Gaslight.

Peter Wilkins 12:49 PM   This production of the Patrick Hamilton classic has some strong performances and high production values, but needs more pace and tension.

Bishop allegations 'no different' from Slipper's: Lawyer

Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper leaves court after being sentenced to 300 hours community service last year. He was later cleared on appeal.

Christopher Knaus 12:44 PM   Peter Slipper's lawyer says his client was denied the opportunity to deal with expenses claims internally.

Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight blames prison riots on delay in submissions

Julian Knight in 2004.

Michael Inman 12:04 PM   Court hears pornographic video on a jailhouse computer and prison riots hobbled a Victoria mass killer's bid for compensation.

Spike in people seeking help with homelessness in Canberra

A homeless person in Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson 9:45 AM   Numbers sleeping rough remain low, but homeless services stretched

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Canberra biz on DJ's hangers

Jason Dundas - from TV personality to "active wear" businessman.

Phillip Thomson 10:13 PM   How a hot TV personality and a Canberra entrepreneur took over David Jones hangers.

'Protein powder' claim required evidence in drug driving case, court rules

A driver who claimed his protein powder had THC should have been required to provide evidence to back up his claim, a court has ruled.

Christopher Knaus 9:28 PM   A Canberra driver blamed his protein powder after failing a drug driving test.

Call for dedicated magistrate at family violence court

Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson has called for a dedicated magistrate to sit on a more specialised Family Violence Court.

Christopher Knaus 9:28 PM   Opposition calls for dedicated magistrate to sit on more specialised family violence court.

Lower speed limits could be imposed around high-risk schools

The ACT Government is looking at a number of measures to reduce speeds around high-risk schools.

Kirsten Lawson 9:27 PM   The ACT Government is considering reducing speed limits in high-risk school zones to 30km/h, pointing to ongoing problems with drivers speeding near schools.

Teenagers are drinking more than adults, national study

Alcohol consumption is on the increase.

Henry Belot 9:26 PM   Australians are drinking more alcohol than they were 15 years ago with teenagers drinking significantly more, according to a new study.

Expert report for Unions ACT backs light rail job numbers

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy 9:26 PM   Expert report for Unions ACT backs light rail job numbers 

Michael Caton in Canberra to promote 'prescient' film exploring racism, euthanasia

Michael Caton was at the Dendy Cinemas in Civic for the premiere of 'Last Cab To Darwin' on Sunday.

Christopher Knaus 9:19 PM   Director of Last Cab To Darwin says film will change views on treatment of Adam Goodes.

Immigration spin doctors to lose special status

Media units in Commonwealth departments have been a sensitive subject,

Noel Towell 9:15 PM   Dozens of Immigration Department spin doctors are set to lose their special public service classification.

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Artist gets Henry Parkes to chill out

Glenn Smith at work on his ice sculpture of Sir Henry Parkes in Canberra on Sunday.

Kirsten Lawson 9:08 PM   Artist Glenn Smith has turned his power tools to three giant ice carvings outside the National Portrait Gallery to mark 200 years since former NSW premier Henry Parkes was born.

Fatal crash in Boorowa, north of Canberra

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8:12 PM   Man dies after car crashes into tree to Canberra's north on Saturday night.

About Town: National Portrait Gallery Winter Festival

Social. The National Portrait Gallery Winter Festival. Publication date Thursday August 6th. Michelle Cooper of Weston Creek with her 1 1/2 year old daughter Jade. An ice sculpture of Sir Henry Parkes is at right. All correct spelling.
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7:59 PM   Canberra families braved the cold to enjoy live ice carvings and performances at the gallery's winter festival.

About Town: Last Cab to Darwin film premiere

From left, Christie and Steve Flora both of Pearce.

7:53 PM   Canberrans headed to Dendy Cinema recently for the premiere of Australian film Last Cab to Darwin.

Rain hits Canberra

The wet weather continues after overnight showers. Seagulls gather on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at Commonwealth Place.

Phillip Thomson 6:24 PM   But wetter means (slightly) warmer and cold days to come. 

Speaker ignored ban and took her husband on overseas trip

ACT Legislative Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne

Tom McIlroy 5:32 PM   Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne was accompanied by her husband on an overseas trip more than a year after a ban on spousal travel for territory politicians. 

Canberra's first Mr Fluffy homes demolition schedule released

The first Mr Fluffy house on Sternberg Crescent, Wanniassa during demolition.

Georgina Connery   The ACT Asbestos Taskforce has issued the first schedule of 38 homes to be demolished across 24 Canberra suburbs.

Canberra volunteer nominated for Australian of the Year

Jenifer Gray of Ngunnawal in Canberra has been nominated for the Australian of the Year for her volunteer work.

Eleanor Mackay   For many volunteer-driven organisations around the ACT, Jenifer Gray is a godsend. She spends her days helping others out, while still juggling her own cancer treatments and family commitments.

Spring fashion – what's hot?

Fashion stylist and blogger Jemma Mrdak of Curtin.

Jil Hogan   Stylist Jemma Mrdak shares some tips for easy wardrobe updates, and makes some predictions for the coming spring/summer season's fashions.

A family's love of LEGO built brick by brick

Matthew, James, Thomas and Tamara Dadswell prepare Lego wonders for the upcoming BrickExpo.

Georgina Connery   All four members of the lego-loving Dadswell family are busy building works to exhibit at the 2015 Canberra Brick Expo.

Canberra man who 'stabbed' partner with scissors denied bail

The ACT Magistrates Court was forced to hear the bail application of Kristy Louise McGuckin out of court.

Megan Gorrey   Woman says man who punched her and rammed a pair of scissors into her leg was "unstoppable" when angry.

Two-thirds of Canberrans now officially overweight

Keeping fit is a priority for many Canberrans but two-thirds of the population is overweight.

Georgina Connery   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has weighed in on how the territory has fared over the past 12 months in tackling the rising rates of obesity.