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Five-minute calls to Centrelink come with a catch

Centrelink employees face a range of issues when answering speaking on the phone with customers.

Noel Towell 11:08 PM   Centrelink phone lines have their best day in years - while the heat is on.

Centrelink staff overworked and feel unsafe

The efficiency of Centrelink comes under fire in a national audit.

Primrose Riordan 11:05 PM   Centrelink is asking the public for more empathy as insufficient staff numbers are causing longer wait times and aggression towards workers.

Light rail to get $50 million in budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell at the official launch of the consultation on the government's light rail urban designs.

Kimberley Le Lievre 10:49 PM   Canberra's light rail agency to get more than $50 million in 2015-16 ACT Budget.

Canberra breast cancer survivor transforms scars to serenity through tattoos

Breast cancer survivor Sherry McGregor and her tattooist, Ben Angelidis, of Freestyle Tattoo Studio. Sherry had her breasts tattooed to cover her scars.

Natasha Boddy 10:49 PM   The friendship between a tattooist and a breast cancer survivor seems an unlikely one. 

Raising a Smile in memory of Gabby

Craig Robberds, who lost daughter Gabby to cerebral palsy, at the Raising a Smile fundraising dinner.

Kimberley Le Lievre 9:20 PM   Exactly five years ago on Friday, Craig Robberds lost his little girl Gabby to cerebral palsy. In tragic circumstances, the two-year-old suffered a massive seizure, from which she never recovered.

Joanne Metcalfe welcomed to UC's governing body

Jo Metcalfe and Robert Thompson

8:30 PM   The authority governing the University of Canberra has welcomed Joanne Metcalfe to a position on the council, to share her expertise in business, architecture and construction.

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Natasha Rudra 8:27 PM   Thousands of Aussies have flocked to Eurovision - but just a few years ago it was unheard of.

Pine Island to host rabbit control measures

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8:22 PM   Public urged not to interfere, and to closely mind pets at Pine Island reserve during rabbit cull.

Call to keep patients out of ED as federal health cuts to hit hospital waiting times: ACT health groups

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Primrose Riordan 7:07 PM   Health groups are calling for a territory budget targeted at keeping GP visits out of hospital emergency departments in the wake of dramatic federal health cuts laid out in the May budget.

Should Canberra be listed as a National Heritage site?

Sunday. Gary Kent, Chair of the Inner South Canberra Inner South Canberra Combined  Community
Council chair Gary Kent would like to see Canberra
become world heritage listed

Georgina Connery 6:52 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has written to the federal Environment Minster asking him to refuse a submission to include Canberra on the National Heritage list.

In her skin: how Sherry McGregor found serenity in her scars

Sherry is thrilled with the finished tattoo.

Natasha Boddy 10:30 PM   It has been the longest time since Sherry McGregor could bear to look at the woman in the mirror. 

Nerds converge at Gamma.con pop culture conference

Andrew Piper dressed as a Stormtrooper at Gammacon at the Hellenic Club, Woden.

Primrose Riordan 4:12 PM   Video games buzzed in through the halls, 'magic' enthusaists danced cards across on tables and hundreds of wig wearers itched as Gamma.Con, an annual pop culture convention ramped up on Saturday.

The end of Gorman House markets a 'crushing blow' for the community

Gorman House markets operator Cathy Lippmeier is devastated at the closure of the markets.

Kimberley Le Lievre 4:05 PM   In a "crushing blow" for the community, the 28-year Saturday morning ritual of the Gorman House markets has come to an end.

Man charged after hitting ex-partner with iPad

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Primrose Riordan 12:26 PM   Man, 29, allegedly fled from police after assaulting ex-partner in front of children.

Bushfire rebuilds under watch a decade later

There were 487 homes destroyed in the January 2003 bushfires.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   All but seven of the nearly 400 urban homes destroyed in the devastating 2003 bushfires have been rebuilt.

Rebirth for region's renewables after RET deal

A swathe of planned renewable energy projects across the region may soon become a reality after a bipartisan deal on the Renewable Energy Target ended 18 months' uncertainty. Pictured is the Capital Wind Farm, operated by Infigen Energy, in Bungendore.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   The deep freeze for the ACT region's wind farm projects appears over.

Cannabis kids: the long wait for change

At the home of Cherie and Trevor Dell who treat their 3-year-old daughter Abbey with cannabis oil to treat CDKL5, a rare genetic condition.

Scott Hannaford   Across Australia increasing numbers of families are turning to cannabis to relieve their children's suffering. But it's still illegal.

Exhibition gives Canberrans a sneak peek at IKEA store

Staff prepare for the opening of the exhibition on Friday night.

Megan Gorrey   A pop-up exhibit filled with Byholma armchairs, Hektar pendant lamps and jars of Lingonberry jam has opened to give Canberrans a first taste of what to expect when IKEA hits in the capital.

Car crash closes Kings Highway near Bungendore

General direction: Rapid population growth on the city's outskirts is set to increase congestion.

Two people have been injured in a head-on crash that closed the Kings Highway in both directions east of Bungendore on Friday.

Author Hazel Edwards at ALIA House

Diana Richards of New Acton, Belle Alderman of Kingston, Jane Carstens of Weetangera and Anna Comerford of Monash.

About Town: Scenes from reading by Author Hazel Edwards at ALIA House in Deakin.

Canberra pensioner pleads for government to keep her in her home

Stroke victim Margot Harker fears that funding changes may force her from her home.

Megan Doherty   More than 20,000 people have signed a petition started by a Canberra disabled pensioner calling for the Federal Government to halt funding changes that could force her from her home.

Police seek witnesses to Fyshwick hit and run

Police believe the driver of this dark-coloured Holden Commodore ute could have witnessed a collision between a man and a car in Fyshwick on Friday.

Megan Gorrey   A Conder man was injured when he was flung over the bonnet of a car in a hit and run in Fyshwick on Friday. 

Mushrooms business on the market

An expression of interest campaign is being explored for Canberra Mushrooms.

John Thistleton   Mushrooms grower calls in administrator.

Why the empty guardhouses at Parliament House?

Four unused security guardhouses on the perimeter of Parliament House are unkept and dirty.

Ross Peake   Why are new gatehouses being built at Parliament House as part of a $108 million security upgrade when four of the original guardhouses are disused?

No Islamic State link to Canberra teen's Facebook hack: police

Police investigated claims a Facebook account was hacked by someone with a connection to Islamic State.

Megan Gorrey   A Canberra mother's claims her teenager's Facebook account had been hacked by a member of Islamic State proved a false alarm, police say.

ACAT considers Northbourne public housing demolition

ACAT has excluded the National Trust from appealing the Northbourne Avenue public housing demolition plans.

Tom McIlroy   ACAT considers Northbourne public housing demolition.

Teachers need to embrace professional standards: Joy Burch

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ACT education minister Joy Burch tours the new Coombs Schoool site which is due to open in 2016.  
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Emma Kelly   Education Minister Joy Burch wants Canberra educators to embrace better teaching standards and ensure graduate teachers are classroom ready.

How times have changed for Parliament House's security

Australian Federal Police officers lockdown the ministerial entrance to Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 22 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Ross Peake   What would Robert Menzies think if he was still around to see a police officer carrying a rifle at the front door of Parliament House?

Connected to the land

Claire Primrose, Memory Mapping.

Peter Haynes   Art Review. Peter Haynes

Animal activists vandalise National Farmers Federation's Canberra office

Graffiti at the National Farmers Federation's Barton office on Friday.

Emma Kelly   Animal activists have taken to the country's peak farming body to unleash their disgust with Australian live exports.