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Union protests at Lomax court appearance

Michael Inman 4:19 PM   Former NRL player and union official John Lomax given guard of honour entering court on blackmail charge.

Redressing the historical balance

Artist/film maker Curtis Taylor, with 'touch tables' containing his film in the new exhibition, Kaninjaku: Stories from the Canning Stock Route at the National Museum of Australia.

Ron Cerabona 4:01 PM   A new edition of Kaninjaku: the Canning Stock Route exhibition highlights some new, previously unseen works.

Small, simple story reveals hidden depths

Anthony Gooley as George, left, and Andrew Henry as Lennie in <i>Of Mice and Men</i>, at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Ron Cerabona 3:19 PM   The story of George and Lennie, two itinerant workers in California during the Depression, still resonates as much today as it did when director Ian Sinclair first read it, at school.

CFMEU boss grilled over financial links with Tradies clubs

CFMEU secretary Dean Hall was unable to tell the royal commission why his branch's survival was deemed dependent on financial support by the Tradies Club.

David Ellery 3:12 PM   ACT CFMEU official faces a second day of questioning over 'complex' financial structures.

Tuned in laments the loss of bricks and mortar stores

Demise of the video store, a Video Ezy store.

Dan Bigna 3:07 PM   In recent times, followers of popular culture have been discussing the demise of bricks and mortar book, record and video stores including the ramifications for those of us who don't much like the idea of perpetually inhabiting a virtual world where shopping online is supposed to represent advanced social progress. 

Stunning sunrise alleviates cold, windy weather

Ice forms on the top lid of a 200-litre drum.

Emma Kelly 2:46 PM   Canberrans who braved the early cold were rewarded with a stunning sunrise ahead of a bumper weekend at the snow.

Xavier Rudd and the United Nations

Xavier Rudd and The United Nations performing at UC Refectory, Bruce on Sunday, September 6.

Arne Sjostedt 2:31 PM   Xavier Rudd and the United Nations to hit UC Refectory in September.

Victim of taxi driver sexual assault continues to suffer


Michael Inman 2:11 PM   Taxi driver tells court of his profound sorrow at the pain his crimes had caused his victim.

ACT retail figures spike on the back of a national increase

The ACT's retail sector has recorded a small boost in profitability.

Henry Belot 12:19 PM   The ACT's retail sector has recorded a small boost in profitability after larger than expected growth nationally in June.

Another APS bargaining train wreck looms, says union


Noel Towell 12:18 PM   Crushing defeat predicted for new DHS deal before all-staff ballot has even been scheduled.

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10-year-old flown to Canberra Hospital after snowboarding accident at Thredbo

A ten-year-old has been flown to Canberra Hospital for treatment after a snowboarding accident at Thredbo.

Henry Belot and Emma Kelly 11:47 AM   A ten-year-old is being airlifted to Canberra Hospital for treatment after a snowboarding accident at Thredbo.

Spotlight on missing Murrumbateman man

Anthony 'Tony' Fahey has been missing since 2013.

Emma Kelly 9:58 AM   Missing Murrumbateman man was last seen two years ago, boarding a bus to Sydney.

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Private schools to report critical incidents

Over the long term, public schools have lifted standards of educational attainment.

Emma Macdonald 11:58 PM   From next year, all critical incidents at private schools in Canberra will need to be reported to the ACT Education Directorate.

Thumbs-up for six ACT Health services

Six core health services in the ACT have been accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

Henry Belot 11:59 PM   Six ACT Health services have been granted three-year accreditation despite the loss and curtailing of some services at the Canberra Hospital.

Canberra employers welcome cut in Sunday penalty rates

ANU student Alan Babaei says reducing penalty rates takes away the incentive of putting weekends aside to work.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Winners and losers in workplace overhaul.

ACT kids improve already top NAPLAN results

Students at the Wanniassa School junior campus. ACT Education Minister Joy Burch said the ACT had ranked first or equal first in grammar and punctuation, and numeracy across all year levels since 2009.

Emma Macdonald 1:00 AM   The ACT has posted its best literacy and numeracy performance of recent years – coming top or equal top in 18 of 20 domains.

Longer APS hours a waste of time: Productivity Commission

Canberra mandarins would do better to look to technology for genuine productivity gains delivered through better performance of departments' "core activities", according to the Productivity Commission.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Departments need to get hard-headed on public service slackers, says commission

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School warns parents of stranger trying to lure students


Henry Belot 7:55 PM   Southside school warns parents about a several attempts to lure children into a car.

New laws to crack down on underage drinking in Canberra

New laws will change alcohol consumption for underage drinkers

7:44 PM   Attorney-General Simon Corbell said new territory laws passed on Tuesday would benefit parents in making decisions about their children drinking alcohol underage.

ACT CFMEU made $1.2 million from enterprise agreement clauses

ACT CFMEU branch secretary Dean Hall denied the union set up a number of entities to hide its involvement.

David Ellery 7:42 PM   Canberra branch of CFMEU allegedly collected $1.2 million off the back of non-negotiable enterprise agreements.

Giulia Jones makes history breastfeeding in ACT Chamber

Liberal politician Giulia Jones with her 16-week-old son Maximus Jones.

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Giulia Jones made history on Tuesday by breastfeeding her baby during Question Time, with not a murmur of dissent nor evidently a raised eyebrow among the other ACT politicians.

Assembly Speaker warned against husband's overseas travel

Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne received advice warning her not to take her husband on an overseas trip.

Jamaica takes on the Canberra Darters

From left, Mackenzie Links of Gungahlin and Meagan Jacobs of Franklin.

About Town: Jamaica takes on the Canberra Darters at the ACT Netball Centre in Lyneham.

Motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision in Young


A 24-year-old man has died after a crash near in Young on Tuesday afternoon.

Short+Sweet festival makes dramatic return

Ruth Pieloor will be performing in Baby Blues, the tiny play she wrote for Short+Sweet.

Belinda McKeon 11:30 PM   All plays submitted for judging in the Short+Sweet festival will be produced locally, and 20 of them were penned by Canberrans.

Travel dispute centres on whether ACT Speaker travel governed by ACT Assembly rules

ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne: Serious security concerns for the London Circuit building.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The dispute between ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne and ACT Legislative Assembly clerk Tom Duncan centres around whether Mrs Dunne's trip to Malaysia in April falls under ACT Assembly travel rules.

Estimates report calls for certainty on stamp duty

A block on transactions: The property industry wants the stamp duty to be abolished.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   An Assembly inquiry has called for more certainty about the future of stamp duty on house sales in Canberra, inquiry chairman Brendan Smyth describing it as "a very strange tax that's been abolished" but "continues to grow and grow".

Unionists plan rally outside court in support of Lomax

John Lomax will face court on Wednesday, charged with blackmail.

Michael Inman   Canberra unionists will rally in support of organiser John Lomax, who is accused of blackmail, before he faces court on Wednesday.

Gang-gang. Sacred one day, a turkey the next

The Royal Military College Band perform at Canberra Theatre

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The Royal Military College Big Band made a witty and topical reference to the Bronwyn Bishop imbroglio in the choice of one of its numbers for Tuesday's Music At Midday concerts at the Canberra Theatre.