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Want to hit a golf ball at Parliament House?

Kimberley Le Lievre 5:21 PM   A new Canberra tourist attraction gives you a safe way to play around Canberra's iconic buildings.

Injured Canberra worker sent to jail over Comcare fraud

A Gordon man has admitted defrauding  Comcare of more than $60,000 in worker's compensation.

Megan Gorrey 4:33 PM   A former ACT Ambulance Service worker who defrauded Comcare of more than $60,000 has been sent to jail for three months. 

Handcuffs during trial did not prejudice case: court

A screen grab from CCTV footage shows the gunpoint robbery.

Michael Inman 2:12 PM   An armed robber who terrorised supermarket staff with a rifle received a fair hearing, despite being handcuffed, court finds.

Swarming bees on the move in Canberra

  John Johnston from the Beekeepers Association of the ACT places  a swarm of over 60,000 bees into a new hive.

John Thistleton 1:16 PM   Canberra beekeepers on high alert for hive diseases see safety in numbers.

Canberra psychology teacher designs organic clothing for children

Jason Tolmie with his daughters Neko, 4, and Ada, 2, wearing Foxtrot Threads, a Kickstarter campaign using 100 per cent organic cotton with his own designs for kids' clothing.

Clare Sibthorpe 1:06 PM   Jason Tolmie spends his days teaching psychology at Canberra College and his nights designing ethically manufactured children's T-shirts for his new online brand Foxtrot Threads – when he's not looking after his two young daughters.

Katy Gallagher appointed shadow minister

Katy Gallagher has joined Bill Shorten's frontbench as a shadow minister

Ross Peake 12:40 PM   ACT's Katy Gallagher has joined the frontbench as a shadow minister with a variety of responsibilities.

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Westfield supermarket evacuated

ACT firefighters evacuated Coles in Westfield after multiple fire alarms.

7:46 AM   A Westfield supermarket was evacuated overnight, in the second evacuation in Woden in as many nights.

ACT's Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly on the role of government in preventing obesity

ACT Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly says stopping the spread of obesity requires the government to be involved.

Alexandra Back 8:38 PM   The ACT's Chief Health Officer says stopping the spread of obesity requires the government to be involved, with the condition that any intervention must also have the community's support.

ACT government to pitch Canberra light rail for federal funding

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

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's high-profile love of public transport and support for the Gold Coast light rail line will see the ACT government lobby for federal funding for future stages of Canberra's trams. 

City traders welcome consultation over light rail car park plan

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

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   City traders have welcomed another opportunity to express their concerns over the planned closure of car parking on London Circuit to make way for a temporary light rail construction compound. 

#Dismissal1975 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dismissal

40 years on: Senior historian at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Libby Stewart.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The intrigue and drama that led to the dismissal of the Whitlam government could have never have played out in the age of social media, according to Canberra author and journalist Paul Daley.

Public servant used Commonwealth credit card to fund extravagant lifestyle


Michael Inman 8:07 PM   A Canberra public servant used a Commonwealth credit card to pay for a skydiving adventure during a fraudulent taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.

'Your tears are turning me on': violent husband argues for suspended sentence


Matthew Raggatt 7:45 PM   A man who assaulted his wife and told her it was her job to give him oral sex has made a plea to avoid jail time. 

Narrabundah's noisy peacocks will be trapped, relocated to wildlife sanctuary

A peacock on a letterbox in Brockman Street, Narrabundah.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM    Feral peafowl in Narrabundah will be relocated over the coming weeks to a wildlife sanctuary in Darlington Point, NSW.

CFMEU case adjourned as CCTV footage raised

CFMEU union members protesting in Sydney.

Matthew Raggatt 7:32 PM   The nation's construction union will submit CCTV footage to support their claims police breached procedural rules during a raid of the ACT headquarters. 

It's fluff time in Canberra

A build up of fluff from white poplar trees near the National Gallery of Australia.

7:27 PM   Flowers from the white poplar tree have turned to springtime's flying fluff, spreading the tree's seeds far and wide across the city.

Gang-gang. Iceland's proposed humanoid pylons recall Pylon Poets


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Last Wednesday's picture of humanoid electricity pylons proposed for Iceland has reminded a Yarralumla reader that once upon a time there was a posse of writers known as the Pylon Poets.

Gary Humphries to lead RSPCA board

Gary Humphrie.

After more than two decades representing the Canberra region's humans, the former ACT Liberal senator will now be advocating for the country's animals.

Ex-museum boss Andrew Sayers dies

Andrew Sayers died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Clare Colley   Former National Museum Australia director Andrew Sayers has died.

Dawn French show 30 Million Minutes comes to Canberra Theatre Centre

Dawn French will return to Canberra in February.

UK comedian Dawn French will bring her latest live theatre show to Canberra as part of her Australian tour in early 2016.

Four authors vie for ACT Book of the Year

The four books shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year - Mark Henshaw's <i>The Snow Kimono</i>, Jono Lineen's <i>Into the Heart of the Himalayas</i>, Omar Musa's <i>Here Come the Dogs</i>, and Sam Vincent's <i>Blood and Guts</i>.

Clare Colley   Queanbeyan author Omar Musa is among the four authors shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Melbourne show-offs swelter in furs at races

Muriel Starr's ensemble clashes with her dog's fur colour.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   "Clio" wrote scathingly of a famous actress appearing in Melbourne.

DPP did not advise about criminal charges over autism cage incident

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Tom McIlroy and Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Director of Public Prosecutions says investigations into a boy with autism being placed in a cage did not result in formal advice.

Man jailed for 'brutal' attack on partner


Matthew Raggatt   A Canberra man who brutally bashed then raped his then partner has been sentenced to jail.

Where do all the flowers go?

A resident of the Calvary
Retirement Community at Bruce, 88-year-old Violet Howes, is surrounded by tulips.

Katie Burgess   It’s a question that stumps many of the month-long flower fest’s fans.

Simply sensational performance shows less is more

Carmen Sweet's leading role, Carmen, is played by, from left, Elise May, Riannon McLean and Michelle Barnett.

Michelle Potter   Less is more in this powerfully impressive dance show.

Thawley beefs up crack public service squads

Michael Thawley

Phillip Thomson   Call out for public servants to take on jobs in tough, highly sensitive areas.

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Have your say on the Capital Metro tram line in Canberra

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

The Canberra Times invites readers to give their opinions on the 12-kilometre city to Gungahlin tram line in a new online survey.

Coles robbed by armed men

One of the men who robbed Coles in Curtin on Sunday night.

Two men armed with a rifle and a knife robbed a supermarket in Canberra's south on Sunday.

ACT seeks innovators, entrepreneurs for American scholarship

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the motivation behind funding the scholarship was for ACT recipients to put their newfound expertise to use upon returning to the capital.

Stephen Jeffery   The territory government will fund new Fulbright Scholarship for Canberrans interested in travelling to the United States.

Apartment block evacuated after car fire

ACT firefighters attended a car fire in Garran

A car fire which left 25 residents out on the street luntil 3am on Monday morning is under investigation.

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Tidbinbilla extravaganza declared a success by organisers

Jay Spencer, of Weston, with son Nixon, 3, meet Flower the freshwater crocodile during Tidbinbilla's Extravaganza day.

Henry Belot   The Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve welcomed thousands of Canberrans on Sunday.

Bus advertisements spruiking light rail approved despite ban on political ads

An ACTION bus covered with light rail advertising as part of a Unions ACT campaign.

Henry Belot   A union campaign spruiking the benefits of light rail on Canberra buses was approved despite a ban on political advertising.

Have some heart

Heart Foundation Celebrity Heart Challenge.

Karen Hardy   Taking a stroll through the flowers is a lovely way to add in some exercise.

ATO to defend claims of creative accounting

The Australian Taxation Office has been unable to give a detailed breakdown on how it has calculated its savings.

Noel Towell   Union claims dodgy figures being used to support wage offer.

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Canberra mum gives birth on the GDE en route Calvary Hospital

Chelsea Cheong has joined an exclusive Canberra club.

Megan Gorrey   New father Colin Cheong had hoped to be in a corner of the delivery room when his wife Liz gave birth to their first child this month – close enough to be supportive but far enough to avoid growing too squeamish.

About Town: The Big Draw

From left,  Emma Lebeuf 11 of Sydney, Charlie Welch 11 and Jack Welch 10 of Jerrabomberra with Sophie Lebeuf 8 of Sydney.

Crowds gathered at the National Portrait Gallery at the weekend for the Big Draw event.

Fresh hope for more turbines near Canberra as runners flock to wind run

Participants could choose between a five or 10 kilometre run.

Megan Gorrey   Environment Minister Simon Corbell believes more federal government support for renewable energy triggered by Malcolm Turnbull's rise to power could pave the way for more wind farms in the Canberra region.

About Town: Run with the Wind

From left, Amelia Stanton, 7, Rachel Kozlowski, Joel Kozlowski and Jack Stanton 9, all of Wagga Wagga.

Runners gathered near Tarago for Run with the Wind, held among the windfarms.

PM lends weight to Canberra-led campaign to help 60,000 sick kids who are missing school

Co-founders of Missing School Inc, Megan Gilmour, left, and Gina Meyers at Megan's home in Hawker. Megan's son, Darcy, 15, missed 18 months of schooling due to various illnesses and their treatment.

Ross Peake   PM lends weight to Canberra-led campaign to help 60,000 sick kids missing out on schooling.

Former aid worker standing for Greens Senate preselection

Preselection candidate: former aid worker Christina Hobbs.

Tom McIlroy   Former aid worker Christina Hobbs is standing for ACT Greens Senate preselection for the 2016 federal election.

About Town: Tidbinbilla Extravaganza Day

From left, Paul Ginn, Ethan Trivedi-Ginn, 22 months and Sona Trivedi-Ginn all of Casey.

Crowds gather to celebrate Tidbinbilla Extravaganza Day.

Pro-refugee rally hears of terror of bombardment

Hundreds march in support of refugees at a rally in Garema Place.

Ross Peake   Traffic was blocked briefly in cental Canberra as the crowd marched through city streets, chanting for refugees to be freed.

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