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Government rejects calls for delay on light rail contracts

Tom McIlroy 7:54 PM   Voters who supported Labor and the Greens at the 2012 territory election understood a light rail line for Canberra was central to both party's policies, Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell said on Wednesday. 

Eastman to fight judge's decision not to remove himself

Charged: David Eastman is arrested in December 1992.

Christopher Knaus 7:41 PM   David Eastman will fight a judge's decision not to remove himself from determining whether a second trial for the murder of ACT police chief Colin Stanley Winchester will go ahead.

ADFA theatre honours the first Indigenous officer

Reg Saunders' daughters, Dorothy Burton, (centre left with yellow coat)  and Glenda Humes (with scarf), along with extended family at the opening of the Captain Reginald Saunders Theatre on Wednesday.

David Ellery 7:34 PM   Reg Saunders' resourcefulness in war was legendary, but his greatest achievement was his family.

Fluffy owners will have to disclose status of their homes to visitors

A sign warns of the danger of asbestos contamination.

Kirsten Lawson 7:20 PM   Fluffy owners who stay in their homes will have to inform every visitor about the status of their home.

Margolyes isn't afraid to be provocative

Miriam Margolyes calls herself a "fat old cow" who loves to speak her mind.

Ron Cerabona 5:56 PM   Miriam Margolyes is nothing if not forthright. In response to an admirer's fond compliment, she replied, "I'm not beautiful. I'm a fat old cow. I speak my mind."

The dark side of circus

News. 6th April 2015. Le Noir - The Dark Side of Cirque, at the Canberra Theatre. Skaters featuring Jessica Anne Ritchie and Jeronimo Ernesto.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

Ron Cerabona 5:41 PM   International performers set to dazzle in show featuring series of top acts.

Patience wanes as Weston Creek waits for petrol station plans to progress

Community pressure fuels calls for second petrol station

Georgina Connery 3:44 PM   Resident's frustrations fuel calls for faster progress on the construction of a second petrol station in Weston Creek.

A Mother's Day gift for Canberra's most vulnerable mums


Georgina Connery 3:41 PM   The annual Karinya House Mother's Day Ball will raise money for a new purpose-built facility which will offer twice as many pregnant and parenting women in crisis accommodation and support services.

More than 150 Canberra drivers fail to stop or give way in April

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Finbar O'Mallon 3:28 PM   Police caught more than 150 drivers failing to stop or give way at intersections across Canberra in April and issued 100 fines.

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Gun-wielding man who trapped ex-lover appeals conviction


Christopher Knaus 2:53 PM   Gun-wielding Canberra man who trapped ex-lover in home says there's been a miscarriage of justice.

Perisher pumping snow ahead of expected fall over mountains

Snowmakers began pumping out snow at Perisher Wednesday morning.

Emma Kelly 1:01 PM   Resorts in the Snowy Mountains could see up to half a metre of snow in the next week, but Perisher is getting ahead.

Gas leak outside Wentworth Avenue building

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11:27 AM   About 20 people were evacuated from a building as a result of the leak, caused by a workman.

Up to 300 townhouses and apartments on former school block

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to the controversial high-density housing development in Downer.

Kirsten Lawson 11:17 AM   ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman gave the green light on Tuesday to a controversial high-density housing development in Downer, with 300 townhouses and apartments to be built on the site of the former Downer primary school.

New owners hope to turn around troubled Hills in Hollywood bridal stores

'It has been difficult for some of our staff as we had people coming in asking us if we are the other shop:' Eirlys Chessa.

Primrose Riordan 11:12 AM   New owners of the Hills in Hollywood brand have taken over the troubled Fyshwick bridal store and moved locations.

Live gigs in Canberra this week

Former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay will perform at the 2014 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

11:04 AM   Who's playing where in the ACT this week.

Motorcyclist killed in Tuggeranong crash

The motorcycle involved in a fatal collision in Fadden on Tuesday night.

8:05 AM   A man has died after crashing his motorcycle into the back of a car on Tuesday night.

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Bashing confirms 'deeply held suspicions' about administration of justice

Steven Freeman.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   A senior Aboriginal health official has called for an independent inquiry into the bashing of Steven Freeman, who was left in a coma and possibly with a permanent brain injury after just two to three hours on remand in the ACT prison last week.

Transport top-brass shake-up defended


Tom McIlroy 8:11 PM   The ACT government denies that a juggling of management positions at ACTION Buses are anything to do with last year's changes to bus timetables and routes. 

Calvary hospital calls caterers into urgent meetings as relatives fear risk to patients

Instead of spending more money on hospitals, the health budget should emphasise preventative strategies.

Primrose Riordan 8:30 PM   Calvary Hospital called its caterers in for meetings on Tuesday as relatives issued warnings patients were receiving sub-standard meals late, leaving their health at risk.

Go spend, Hockey urges after rate cut

Kambah couple Leanne and Drew Salzke  with their third son, three-week-old Jack.

James Massola and Finbar O'Mallon 8:03 PM   Reserve Bank's decision to cut cash rates to record lows welcomed by Canberra home owners.

ACT calls for next generation solar farm to capture and store power

An artist's impression of the Mugga Lane solar farm.

Clare Colley 12:00 AM   Environment Minister Simon Corbell wants industry players to come forward with their ideas for projects to generate up to 50 megawatts of electricity.

Major Masters marches the streets for a good cause

News. The Salvation Army will celebrate 50 years of their Red Shield Appeal this year. Major Gary Masters will be involved in this year's door knock in Canberra.
May 5th 2015
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Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Hannah Moore   Canberrans will be encouraged to open their doors and wallets at the end of the month to donate to the Salvation Army's Red Shield Appeal, now in its 50th year. 

Don't sign light rail contracts before the election: Alistair Coe

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Tom McIlroy   The opposition will call on the ACT government to delay signing contracts for Canberra's light rail line until after the 2016 territory election.

ACTION to trial 'cashless' bus routes in morning peaks

ACTION's 202 route will move to cashless travel from May 18

Tom McIlroy   ACTION bus passengers on morning services will be required to use the My Way card in a trial of cashless fares.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra May 8-10

The Hysterical Girls from the cast of the Crucible (L-R) Yanina Clifton, Katy Larkin, Zoe Priest, Alysandra Grant, (back) Saffron Dudgeon.

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

Canberra's Autumn skies are picture perfect for photo competition

Bibaswan Chowdhury's entry Autumn sunset

Finbar O'Mallon   After a warm start to autumn, Canberrans might finally have a reason to pull the electric blankets and slippers out of storage this week with forecasters predicting cooler temperatures from Wednesday.

Faithful and dedicated teacher died doing something he loved

Illawarra Christian School science teacher Graeme Best riding in a previous Bike for Bibles event. He died while leading a group of students in the 2015 event.

Angela Thompson   The 61-year-old is believed to have suffered a heart attack near Goulburn while riding with students and members of the school community.

Would be prisoners could be diverted from overcrowded ACT jail

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Clare Colley 11:45 PM   The ACT government will consider more measures to divert would be prisoners from jail as the inmate numbers at the Alexander Maconochie Centre continue to surge.

UC spate of crime

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Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   The University of Canberra has warned students and staff to take personal safety measures after a spate of robberies and hold-ups on campus.