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Barr's budget focuses on urban renewal

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will hand down his latest budget on Tuesday

Emma Macdonald and Meredith Clisby 11:34 PM   Andrew Barr is styling himself as the "Mayor of Canberra" unveiling an infrastructure spend firmly focused on public housing and urban renewal in the suburbs.

Rates rises biggest in Canberra's inner north

Chief Minister and ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr

Kirsten Lawson 11:33 PM   Inner north residents will pay the biggest increases in rates from July, reflecting the fast-rising property values in the area.

Irritating in parts, but Barr avoids the big pitfalls

ACT Budget 2013 ACT ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr
The Canberra Times
04 June 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Kirsten Lawson 11:08 PM   In the big picture, Andrew Barr first budget is measured and unsurprising, careful and relatively conservative. A lid is kept on spending, while sensible spending is outlined in health, especially, and in important projects like bushfire protection.

ACT Budget 2015: More pay parking as fees and charges rise

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

Tom McIlroy 11:08 PM   How fees and charges in the ACT will increase.

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Big spend on public housing while new parking charges arrive

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Kirsten Lawson 11:07 PM   A $160 million public housing rebuild is a centrepiece of an ACT budget that also hits Canberrans with hikes in fees and charges, including the introduction of after-hours parking fees in the city and surrounds.

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Government signals $375 million contribution to light rail

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.

Tom McIlroy 11:07 PM   The Barr government has signalled for the first time it intends to make a $375 million capital contribution for the light rail line to Gungahlin. 

What's in the ACT Budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

11:06 PM   Here's your quick guide to what's in the 2015-16 ACT budget, just handed down by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Families face cost of living pressures as fees, rates rise

Sarah Lindsay of Forde with her sons Landon, 3, and Zach, 19 months.

Megan Gorrey 11:05 PM   Little price changes can make a big difference to the hip pockets of Sarah Lindsay and her family as they adjust to the cost of living in the nation's capital.

ACT senators fight over gay marriage

Senator Zed Seselja and Katy Gallagher are at loggerheads over gay marriage.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   The ACT's senators are involved in a personal stoush as tension mounts in federal parliament over gay marriage.


Canberra needs these land tax rises


The Canberra Times 9:51 PM   When the ACT government has most needed money, it has been least able to collect it. It's time for change.

Fifth judge appointed to help overburdened courts

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Megan Gorrey 8:26 PM   A long-awaited fifth judge will be appointed to the ACT Supreme Court to help ease continued pressure on the territory's overburdened court system.

About Town: Celebration of Storm Boy author Colin Thiele at the University of Canberra

 From left, John Sheedy of Victoria, Anna and Jane Carstens, both of Weetangera.

8:26 PM   Members of the public gathered recently at the University of Canberra for a celebration of Colin Thiele's work and legacy.

Opposition and business criticise cuts and higher levies

ACT Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson.

Tom McIlroy 8:10 PM   Andrew Barr's "suburban" 2015-16 territory budget lacked a focus on effective urban renewal strategies and the residents of Canberra's suburbs, according to the Canberra Liberals and community leaders. 

Gang-gang: The National Museum's Chatty Plough


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   If fine old pieces of farm machinery have personalities and feelings (and of course they do) then the stump-jump plough that visited Downer Oval on Tuesday was probably wallowing in nostalgia.

Showing-up bonus for public servants on the table

Sickie in the sun

Noel Towell 11:30 PM    Public servants could be paid $225 for improving their agency's sickies record.

Domestic violence workers welcome boost in funds

DVCS Executive director Mirjana Wilson.

Megan Gorrey 7:42 PM   Front-line domestic violence workers have welcomed extra money to ease the strain on the ACT's crisis services but say sustained funding is needed to provide long-term support for victims.

Child abuse victim hung wind chime to warn of molester's approach

A child abuse victim was molested more than 100 times by her stepfather in their Canberra home, according to court documents.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Child victim who was molested more than 100 times hung wind chime to warn of her stepfather's approach.

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Emma Macdonald 5:44 PM   Canberra's northern town centre will get a new primary school, and plans are underway for a new high school, too.

ACT Budget 2015: 'Stimulus package' welcomed despite concerns for homelessness

Homeless in the ACT

Henry Belot 5:42 PM   The ACT Government will focus on improving services for vulnerable children and elderly Canberrans in 2015-16 with more than 1830 families expected to access health and family centres.

Lack of evidence from bikie victims not 'special or exceptional', judge says

CCTV of Rebels fight with Finks at Belconnen Mall

Christopher Knaus 4:40 PM   Lack of evidence from bikie victims 'unsurprising', judge finds as he refuses bail for senior Rebel.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Small in stature and brain

William Archibald, Minister for Home Affairs.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred years ago this week there was some Canberra bashing going on but the federal parliament bashed back

Young ACT planner scoops national accolade

Chalene Liau is first ACT resident to win Australia's young planner of the year.

Georgina Connery 4:21 PM   Young Canberra planner Charlene Liau took out the top gong at the Planning Institute Australia's national awards last month.

Record spend on health in ACT Budget

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell.

Henry Belot 3:35 PM   The ACT Government will spend $14.8 million over the next two years to slash the territory's elective surgery waiting list while launching additional mental health services.

What's the Buzz? Superstar shines again

Max Gambale plays Pilate in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed at the AIS Arena.

Ron Cerabona 3:35 PM   Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzone take the arena spotlight in a musical masterpiece.

Man armed with knife robs Canberra convenience store

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3:31 PM   City store theft the latest in a spate of robberies across Canberra in less than three weeks.

Stolen car and guns found in Gilmore

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3:23 PM   Police have found a loaded gun inside a stolen car in Tuggeranong on Monday.

Retrenched public servants help save ACT economy

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Markus Mannheim 3:01 PM   Treasurer Andrew Barr summed up the city's economic prospects as "better than last year".

Four drunk, drugged drivers caught per day

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Emma Kelly 12:59 PM   Police nabbed 121 drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of month-long campaign.