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'Thoroughly absurd and ridiculous' – woman's rape claims attacked by prosecution

An ACT prison guard who was locked up in Goulburn jail on allegedly false rape claims.

Christopher Knaus 10:02 PM   Claims by a NSW police worker that she was raped by her prison guard ex-boyfriend have been labelled as "thoroughly absurd and ridiculous" by prosecutors.

Don't hit us with light rail taxes or charges, pleads property group

The light rail environmental impact statement attracted 59 public submissions

Tom McIlroy 10:02 PM   Canberra's peak property lobby group has warned the ACT government against increasing rates and charges or introducing new taxes or levies to pay for the $783 million light rail line. 

Economist rejects 3500 jobs claim for tram project

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

Kirsten Lawson 9:59 PM   A former Treasury official says jobs figures are much lower than commonly quoted and in any case you don't build a tram line because it creates jobs.

Lengthy inquiry into cage for autistic student 'close' to completion

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Emma Macdonald 9:57 PM   An inquiry into the decision-making process behind a Canberra school erecting a cage for a student with autism is "close" to being released, according to ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Grieving family pays tribute to their brilliant daughter who dared to dream

Acacia Ward busking at the National Folk Festival in Canberra in March 2013.

Henry Belot 9:53 PM   Acacia Ward, a seven-year-old girl who died in a car crash in Canberra's north last week, has been remembered as a brilliant musician who dared to become the Prime Minister of Australia.

Parent had to ask childcare centre to call ambulance after kids took sleeping pills

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Emma Macdonald 8:49 PM   Conder Early Learning Centre is under two separate investigations.

Gang-gang. Amadeus twinkles at the ANU

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Hurrying across the duck-infested campus of the Australian National University on Tuesday there was a spring in our step because we were on our way to a free lunchtime concert of the music of Mozart.

National Zoo and Aquarium holds annual art exhibition to fund wildlife protection

Meerkats from the National Zoo and Aquarium working on some paw paintings which will go on sale to raise money for the zoo's conservation partners.

Lin Yin 8:30 PM   It might not be Monet, but the National Zoo and Aquarium's budding meerkat artists are sure to give the Canberra art community paws for thought.

Road rage sparks crash on highway

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7:56 PM   Road rage has resulted in a two-car crash in Canberra's north over the weekend.

Canberra politicians split on boat turnbacks

Assembly Member Yvette Berry opposes Labor's position on turning back asylum seeker boats.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Labor Members of the ACT Assembly split on boat turnbacks at the party's national conference on the weekend, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Joy Burch backing Bill Shorten's position on turnbacks, but Yvette Berry and Chris Bourke opposing the move. 

Canberra households better off after carbon tax repeal

Canberra households have saved $269 from the end of the carbon tax

Tom McIlroy and Peter Hannam 11:30 PM   Canberra households have emerged as some of the biggest winners from the scrapping of the carbon tax, with a new report findings savings of $269 for gas and electricity. 

Canberra students dive into water safety

James Gao (left) and Yvun Ulia have fun as they get with the program.

Eleanor Mackay 11:30 PM   Winter isn't stopping year 2 students across Canberra from getting in the pool and learning essential safety skills as part of the Aqua Safe program.

Man jailed for molesting step-daughters

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Michael Inman 7:01 PM   A Canberra man who molested two of his step-daughters has been jailed.

South Tralee stage one development application submitted

Village Building Company chief executive Bob Winnel looks over South Tralee.

Kimberley Le Lievre 11:30 PM   Development is to start at South Tralee, more than 12 years after it was first slated.

Police threatened to arrest CFMEU official at construction site, royal commission hears

John Lomax leaves the ACT Police Watch House after being charged with blackmail.

Michael Inman 4:56 PM   A Canberra police officer has told the union royal commission that a CFMEU official "tried to intimidate me".

The world's last surviving Mephisto arrives at the Australian War Memorial

Rare German tank Mephisto on display at the Australian War Memorial

Eleanor Mackay 4:35 PM   For Australian troops in World War I, the state of the art German tanks were something to be feared.

New drivers and vulnerable road users over-represented in crashes

The ACT recorded 2.6 road crash fatalities per 100,000 people in 2014.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Provisional drivers, cyclists, motorcycle riders and pedestrians were over-represented in road accidents in the ACT in 2014, with the territory recording 7782 crashes and 10 deaths. 

Gang-gang - 100 years ago: Feverish knitting battled on the homefront

Knitters labouring for troops in World War I put more than love, sweat and tears into their finished goods.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   This week 100 years ago, Victorian housewives and schoolchildren galore were assisting the war effort by knitting socks for soldiers. But, horror!

New fire chief steps into top job

Mark Brown, the new chief of ACT Fire and Rescue, has pledged to learn the ropes quickly.

11:30 PM   The ACT's new urban fire chief has started his tenure with a tour of some of Canberra's fire stations.

Pedestrian who claimed to be tossed 'like rag doll' in crash awarded damages

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Christopher Knaus 3:09 PM   Pedestrian awarded $258,000 after being struck while crossing road.

The retirement trap awaiting public servants

The federal president of the Superannuated Commonwealth Officers' Association Dr Annette Barbetti.

Noel Towell 2:35 PM   Public sector workers who opt for indexed pensions over lump-sum payments could lose out on the age pension side.

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New generation of quilters in Canberra

The Jackson family of Farrer. From left, Indigo, 4, Gemma and Atticus, 6, with some of the quilts that they will be entering in the upcoming Craft and Quilt Fair.

Kimberley Le Lievre 2:05 PM    Canberra's quilt and craft fair has attracted a new generation of quilters.

Share the Dignity: helping homeless women in Canberra

Moxom and Whitney florist on Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Co- owner, Belinda Whitney with a donation basket full of women's sanitary products, donated by customers for the Share the Dignity campaign.

Kimberley Le Lievre 2:04 PM   Share the Dignity campaign aims to collect feminine hygiene products for homeless women in Canberra.

Master plan for growing Kippax

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman says the master plan will ensure Kippax will be ready to attract new commercial opportunities, facilities and services as demand increases.

Emma Kelly 1:04 PM   The ACT government is preparing a draft master plan for Kippax, which is expected to grow as Belconnen expands west.

From drunks to pint glasses up bums: The trials of the ED

Doctors at Canberra Hospital were once tasked with removing a fork from inside an elderly man's penis.

Henry Belot 11:39 AM   As a doctor in a busy emergency department you need to be prepared for all manner of presentations, including pint glasses stuck up bums.

Our waste enough to fill seven Olympic pools

Roads ACT has collected almost 17,000 cubic metres of waste.

Emma Kelly 10:06 AM   Roads ACT sweeps up an incredible amount of waste from the territory's roads and waterways in a year.

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Dog-walker attacked by one-eyed wild boar

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Emma Kelly   A Canberra woman attacked by a wild pig while walking her parents' dog in Jerrabomberra has described the incident as "like something out of a horror film".

New partnership to reduce 'over-representation' of Aboriginal people in criminal system

A new partnership hopes to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Canberra justice system.

A new partnership hopes to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Canberra justice system.