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DFAT April Fools prank: 'The man is obviously not Benny Hill'™

Henry Belot 1:40 AM   A DFAT staffer was ordered to undergo formal counselling after telling a group of junior public servants they would be sacked in a cruel April Fools joke.

Storm Boy deals with loss and grief

Storm Boy, the classic novel by Colin Thiele is on at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre.

Ron Cerabona 10:00 PM   Director John Sheedy said he felt a lot of pressure in bringing the classic Australian children's book Storm Boy to the stage, beloved as it was by generations.

Canberra Islamic school audit

Islamic Council of ACT Mohammed Berjaoui.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The Islamic School of Canberra had nothing to hide and would participate fully with a federal audit of its books.

Midwives celebrate 1000th birth in continuity care program at Centenary Hospital

The 1000th baby born in the CaTCH program, Lucy Grace Cassells, with her mother Amy Hicks and father Nick Cassells, at the Centenary Women and Children's hospital, Woden. At left is Christine Fowler, the clinical midwife manager, and second from left is midwife Felicity Finn.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Midwives at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children have celebrated their 1000th baby born.

ACT police to toughen stance on domestic violence

ACT police chief Rudi Lammers and police minister Joy Burch.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Canberra police will shift their focus from booze-fuelled violence to domestic abuse in the coming year.

Ratgate: DHS boss says controversial icon was a cute mouse

Were rats innocent of spreading the bubonic plague - which killed more than 10 million people - all along?

Noel Towell 8:40 PM   The Department of Human Services' boss has weighed into the rodent debate that gripped her workforce in May and declared that an icon depicting striking public servants was a mouse, not a rat.

Online aerial tour shows Canberra as you've never seen it

Andrew Griffiths' photos of Canberra, captured from a helicopter.

Clare Colley 8:36 PM   An online aerial tour shows Canberra as you've never seen it before, where even traffic congestion looks appealing

Police boss says they must embrace social media scrutiny

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

Megan Gorrey 8:22 PM   Australia's top cop has warned police need to be "acutely aware" their actions could be filmed and scrutinised through social media.

Bulldozers close in on public housing units

Demolition is planned for the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Wrecking balls are set to swing across central Canberra as the ACT government moves forward with controversial plans to demolish ageing and run-down public housing buildings. 

Funding boost for autism circus program

Warehouse Circus coordinator Karen Yaldren

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   A Canberra circus program dubbed "therapy in disguise" for people with autism spectrum disorder is one of 12 organisations to win new funding from the ACT government. 

The public service's invisible bosses

About 70 per cent of US workplaces are adopting an open-office environment, while research piles up on how ineffective and stressful open plans can be.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Senior departmental bosses going missing when the tough calls are needed, APSC review finds.

Gang-gang. Will Tennis Bounce Back?

Early Canberra tennis champions at the Manuka Tennis Courts with Sir Robert Garran (in the suit). From the National Archives' Mildenhall Collection.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Canberra's Nick Kyrgios is such a role model for all of us who play tennis.  

Paid parking hikes enrage drivers

Ala Eddine of Amaroo is not happy with the increase to paid parking in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 7:36 PM   Longer paid parking hours, rising registrations and licensing costs and inconsistent public transport alternatives have motorists fuming.

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Corbell gives scribbly gum the chop on tram route

Eucalyptus mannifera, known as brittle gum, will be planted on Northbourne Avenue.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   The ACT government has axed its preferred tree species for Northbourne Avenue, deciding instead to plant brittle gum as its builds the light rail line to Gungahlin. 

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. To dance or not to dance?

Catherine, the dancing Duchess of Wellington, who hosted a ball on the eve of the battle of Waterloo.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Was it immoral to revel in the fun of dancing in a grim and grave time of war?

Company fined $270,000 over Nishi worker's 'fall into the void'

Jayson Bush in a back brace after the accident

Christopher Knaus 7:20 PM   Jayson Bush asked for help as he cut holes into awkwardly-positioned panels near a deep shaft. He was sent to work alone, before falling five metres into the darkness.

Canberra Long Weekender: What's on in Canberra June 5-8

Truffle season has arrived. French Black Truffles of Canberra owner Sherry McArdle-English, with her truffle dog Snuffle.

Jil Hogan 7:16 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

From meditation to exhilaration

Eric Harland plays his drums with true finesse.

Tristan Kane 7:08 PM   A jazz drummer who can make the theatre expand and contract with his sound.

Near miss for police dog in Fyshwick two-car crash

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7:00 PM   A police dog has escaped injury in a two-car crash in Fyshwick on Wednesday.

Ricky Stuart Foundation gears up to build second respite centre, for teenagers with a disability

An artist's impression of the Ricky Stuart Foundation's first state-of-the-art respite centre for children, Ricky Stuart House.

Emma Kelly 5:07 PM   As Ricky Stuart's dream of a respite centre for Canberra children and their families begins to take shape the Canberra Raiders coach and his foundation have announced plans for a second facility just for teens.

Ratings agency expects ACT budget position to strengthen over medium to long term

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson 4:55 PM   Sharp jump in debt in ACT budget, but longer-term outlook improves

DFAT boss to reassess overseas postings after shedding 550 jobs

Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, during an estimates hearing this week.

Henry Belot 4:23 PM   The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will reassess the number of diplomats posted overseas after shedding almost 550 jobs to meet budget requirements.

Police seek witnesses to woman hit by car in Griffith

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4:20 PM   A 66-year-old woman has remained in hospital for more than a week with serious injuries after she was hit by an SUV in Griffith on Friday May 22.

Ring of despair over Centrelink call wait time

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Noel Towell 3:27 PM   Greens senator Rachel Siewert has calculated that average wait times across the system are out to more than 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Armed man robs Braddon store

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2:49 PM   A knife-wielding man robbed a Braddon supermarket on Tuesday, the fifth armed robbery in Canberra in three weeks.

ACT sues for $10m over asbestos contamination

The ACT government is taking civil action in the ACT Supreme Court against two companies over abestos contamination at the North Weston Ponds project

Christopher Knaus 2:35 PM   ACT is suing two companies for more than $10 million for failing to detect the scale of an asbestos contamination.

Smoke expected across Canberra during Kowen Forest burns

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12:53 PM   A series of hazard reduction burns at Kowen Forest in the next week are expected to spark smoke across Canberra.

Former AFP agent pleads guilty to using restricted police system to stalk ex-girlfriend

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Christopher Knaus 12:39 PM   Former AFP counter-terrorism member pleads guilty to using restricted information to stalk ex-girlfriend.

Cold, frosty mornings to continue before a warm long weekend

Frosty foliage.

Emma Kelly 12:14 PM   Canberrans have spent more time shivering through sub-zero temperatures than enjoying the sunshine recently but the capital is set for a mild reprieve over the long weekend.

Tuggeranong water play park's winning design revealed

The Lakeside Leisure Centre water play park's winning design.

Emma Kelly 12:06 PM   Southside children will have extra space to splash around this summer with the new Tuggeranong water play park's winning design revealed on Wednesday.