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Man in court after trying to set fire to car in Gungahlin

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Ben Westcott 9:17 AM   A 28-year-old Griffith man will face court on Saturday after he was interrupted allegedly attempting to set fire to a car parked in a driveway in Gungahlin.

Security officer's redundancy delayed despite agreement

Security guard Shane Stuart 
outside ANU's Research School of Chemistry.

Matthew Raggatt 9:07 AM   The union delegate for in-house security officers at Australian National University says his redundancy deal was postponed after he represented staff at a meeting with university management.

Paid parking begins at Parliament House

Buying a couple of these at the Parliament House gift shop will allow you to park for free.

9:58 PM   Parliament House visitors will pay to park next week - unless they fork out money at the gift shop.

Home destroyed in Karabar fire

The Kinsella Street home was extensively damaged.

8:52 PM   A Karabar home has been gutted by fire on Friday.

Algae-infested Lake Tuggeranong closed - again

Blue-green algae on the surface of Lake Tuggeranong near the Wanniassa drain.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Lake Tuggeranong has been closed amid rising blue-green algae levels.

Digital audiences drive Canberra Times to record readership

8:04 PM   Readership of The Canberra Times has reached a new high, the latest data tracking newspaper audiences across print, online, mobile and tablets  shows.

"Patriots" president locked up in NSW

Courts generic.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The local president of a "patriots" group accused of racially abusing a man near an Islamic centre has been locked up on separate offences after NSW police raided his property.

Supreme Court dismisses Hoddle Street killer's cross-examination application

The ACT Supreme Court.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Hoddle Street mass killer lawsuit against Commonwealth set to be heard in the new year.

Barr looks to development and innovation at University of Canberra

University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker announces planned changes.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT Government will seek to update laws to allow the University of Canberra a greater range of development and business activities.

Jailed hit-and-run driver Justin Monfries dead

Justin Monfries killed Linda Cox when he hit her while running a red light in a stolen car.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The drunk driver who killed hospital worker Linda Cox in a horror hit and run outside Canberra Hospital has died while serving his time. 

Female detainees stage protest on prison roof

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

5:57 PM   Women unhappy with prison living arrangements.

Ice trafficker jailed after failing to deal with own habit

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Christopher Knaus 5:46 PM   An ice trafficker caught after a covert phone-tap operation has been jailed after failing to deal with her own habit.

Significant risks to ACT Budget as deficit balloons

RISK: Auditor-General Maxine Cooper warns of risks to the ACT Budget.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper has highlighted significant risks of a ballooning deficit to the ACT Budget.

Drugs and cash found in north Canberra

Police.

5:23 PM   Drugs worth an estimated street value of $500,000 found in Nicholls.

Small fish in a big pond: 68,000 native fish join Canberra’s waterways

Small fry: ACT Environment and Planning Directorate aquatic ecologist Mark Jekabsons and Ian Charles from Silverwater Native Fish inspect some of the 68,000 fingerlings to be released into Lake Burley Griffin and Lake Ginninderra.

David Winter 11:30 PM   What they lack in size, they make up for in numbers. The newest residents of Lake Burley Griffin, 29,000 Murray cod fingerlings, were introduced to a murky and potentially deadly world on Friday.

NSW Fluffy families overjoyed at buyback and demolition

Queanbeyan Mr Fluffy families met on Friday to celebrate the news of the buy back scheme. (from left behind) Mike Bresnik, Maryanne Bresnik, Brianna Heseltine, Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall, Kieran Ferris, Edwin Casey. (front from left), Lisette Holmes, Douglas Campbell 10, and Courtney Holmes.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Queanbeyan famlies are overjoyed at the NSW government's decision to buyback and demolish Mr Fluffy homes in the state and to consider allowing owners to rebuild on their land, offering a concession that ACT owners have failed to secure. 

Fire near Macgregor Primary School

Firefighters are trying to douse a grass fire near Macgregor Primary School.

4:52 PM   Firefighters are at the scene of a grass fire at Hirschfeld Crescent.

Kris Kringle calamities 'nothing short of bullying'

Luan Ho Trieu with his offensive Kris Kringle reindeer.

Primrose Riordan 4:35 PM   Readers have written in with their own Kris Kringle disasters - with some calling for a blanket secret Santa ban.

Defence Force medics learn tricks of the trade

Chief Nurse Veronica Croome, Captain Donna Retallick, registered nurse Rowena King, and Private trainees Sean Hopwood and Kellie Leahy at Canberra Hospital.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Australian Defence Force medics are being prepared for the reality of battle zones and peacekeeping missions by a teaching initiative that enables them to put their theory into practice in Canberra. 

NGA establishes public review of Asian art collection

An Indian sculpture from the National Gallery of Australia's Asian collection.

Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   There's a light shining down on the National Gallery at the moment, and it has nothing to do with James Turrell's mind-bending installations.

Arsonists on notice ahead of Canberra's summer bushfire season

Bushfire season.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Police will monitor known Canberra arsonists on high fire risk days over summer and have warned them they risk being slapped with heavy fines if they start a blaze.

No extra jail time for murder plot trio

Alexander Duffy leaves the Supreme Court in Canberra after his sentence hearing in 2013.

Michael Inman 2:49 PM   Canberra prosecutors have lost a bid to increase the jail sentences of three young men who plotted to kill a Canberra teenager.

Rebels bikie sentenced for Charnwood drug deal

Generic ACT Magistrates Court

By Christopher Knaus 1:00 PM   A bikie convicted of drug dealing has been warned that he will probably become involved in more crime if he stays in the Rebels.

How cruel Kris Kringle ruined my public service career

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a Kris Kringle gift that was given to him by one of his colleagues as a mean-spirited prank.

Noel Towell 11:31 AM   Finance Department incident highlights hidden dangers of Secret Santa.

Snake escapes after house fire

Murrary River Darling python

Primrose Riordan   A house fire started when a snake terrarium housing a python caught alight.

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National Gallery announces independent review of Asian art

The Shiva statue Prime Minister Tony Abbott will return to India during his visit.

Primrose Riordan   The National Gallery of Australia has announced it will conduct an independent review of its scandal hit Asian art collection.

DHS' 'crazy' command-and-control: Labor

Labor's Human Services spokesman Doug Cameron says the DHS is reluctant to supply basic information, even to the nation's Parliament.

Noel Towell   A "crazy" culture of command-and-control within the government's largest department has created an obsession with secrecy and suppressing information, according the the federal opposition.

Drugs seized after teens try to escape police

Police.

Police seized a car and a small amount of drugs after a teenage driver failed to stop.

Patriots Defence League president allegedly spat on Canberra driver

Canberra man Aaron Raymond Dudeck, also known as Aaron Raymond Hudson, leaves ACT Magistrates Court after being granted bail.

Christopher Knaus   The local head of an Australian "patriots" league allegedly spat on a Canberra driver after watching the activities of a local Islamic centre this week, police say.