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'Contaminated' lettuce recalled from ACT supermarkets

The ACT is the latest region to be swept up in the pre-packaged salad recall.

Joy Burch ex-staffer Maria Hawthorne reveals questions from police

Former ACT government staffer Maria Hawthorne.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The former staffer at the centre of a police investigation into the conduct of Joy Burch's office has broken her silence.

Public service needs 'Hollywood model' of work

Former Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Peter Shergold.

Former PM&C boss says hiring public servants should follow the mantra - 'Bring them in, let them work, let them go'.

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Former soldier refused bail after extradition to the ACT


Alexandra Back 7:56 PM   A former soldier extradited to the ACT on charges of harassing and threatening a female psychologist who found him unfit for service has been refused bail.

Tram business case risks a white elephant project, says ANU academic

An artist's impression of the Gungahlin interchange of Canberra's proposed light rail network.

The economic benefits of the Gungahlin tram project may have been exaggerated through one-sided counting of impacts that go well beyond the tram itself, an Australian National University academic has warned.

New graffiti co-ordinator appointed in the ACT

The ACT's new graffiti co-ordinator Louise Emberson with legal street art in Tocumwal Lane off Garema Place.

The ACT Government has appointed a special graffiti coordinator to curb the problem of removing illegal tagging and other graffiti.

Teenagers charged over Hume Highway pursuit

Two teenagers were arrested after they led police on a pursuit along the Hume Highway.

Road spikes were used to end the high-speed pursuit of two teenagers in a stolen vehicle, NSW police say.

New vehicle to elect independents to the ACT parliament

Bruce Paine, committee member of Vote Canberra.

An interesting concept, says Michael Moore: A party without a policy and the party people are not allowed to stand for election

Ovarian cancer patient shares her story to raise awareness

Helen Smith wants more people to be aware of the link between a family history of breast cancer and developing ovarian ...

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Before Helen Smith was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in 2012, she had no idea having a family history of breast cancer was linked to the disease. And she's not the only one.

More Murray cod fingerlings released into Queanbeyan River

Some of the Murray cod fingerlings released into the Queanbeyan River.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Murray cod are on the rise in the Queanbeyan River.

Clifford Possum's children see his masterpiece at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarra's children Gabriella, from Melbourne, and Lionel Possum, from Alice Springs, see ...

Gabriella Possum thought she might cry as she came face to face with her father's most famous painting, decades after she helped him complete the majestic piece.

Smoking ceremony clears evil spirits for unique new home

Ranger Adrian Brown conducts the smoking ceremony in Kambah as Housing Minister Yvette Berry walks past.

A unique public housing project is about to take shape in Kambah.

Canberra designer and entrepreneur launches bridal range

Fashion designer Naomi Hogie, has launched her own bridal range, Naomi Peris Bridal.

Jil Hogan 5:56 PM   Brides-to-be could soon be saying yes to a locally designed dress with Canberra designer Naomi Hogie launching her first bridal collection.

CSIRO jobs in ACT 'will be hit'

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a visit to the CSIRO in December.

Phillip Thomson 5:45 PM   'People are still in a state of shock' as Canberra staff enter fourth year of unrest.

The $25,000 horse that never existed

Generic horse racing on a dirt track.

A Miracle Mile-winning horse trainer was paid more than $25,000 in fees for training a horse. Problem is it's not real.

Final child sex charge against former ambassador's husband discontinued

Vytas Kapociunas has been cleared of child sex charges.

The final charge of child sex abuse against the husband of a former Australian ambassador to Spain has been formally discontinued.

There are no shortcuts to change public opinion

Jack Waterford.

The High Court decision on asylum seekers is a lesson we must all learn.

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Plenty of talent at this year's National Multicultural Festival

Former minister John Hargreaves will be performing with his band Old 45s.

Former multicultural affairs minister John Hargreaves will be rockin' it at this year's huge celebration of diversity.

Ask Fuzzy: When your hearing slips

The speech banana determines what sounds, and at what frequency, are hard to hear.

What is the speech banana?

Canberra man bailed on charges of arson and destroying evidence

The house in Gowrie at which shots were fired.

A Canberra man accused of lighting a stolen car on fire has been granted bail.

Nige back on the airwaves in Canberra on Monday - this time for MIX 106.3

Nigel 'Nige' Johnson returns to Canberra airwaves on Monday.

Nige. Just Nige. Is back on the airwaves on Monday.

Elderly woman struck by car in Melba

A woman was seriously injured in a hit and run at Melba on Thursday morning.

An elderly woman has been seriously injured after a car struck her while she was crossing a suburban street in Canberra's north.

Canberra Uniting Church will accept appeals for sanctuary from refugees

From left, the Reverend Chris Lickley, Vanessa Crimmins, the Reverend Anne Ryan and the Reverend Mark Faulkner at St ...

David Ellery 12:33 PM   Refugees seeking sanctuary from deportation to Nauru or Manus Island in Canberra would not be turned away local Uniting Church leaders have said.

'A story of leadership and courage'

Major Peter Badcoe was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in Vietnam in 1967.

Peter Badcoe risked his life to rescue a US medical officer in the jungles of Vietnam, now his Victoria Cross and other medals rest among those of other Australian heroes.

Fashfest still afloat

Fashfest will move from its regular May run date to late September.

Rumours have been swirling that Canberra's biggest fashion event of the year was no more. But the organisers are adamant that it's alive and kicking.

Golliwogs removed from sale at Canberra Hospital after online condemnation

Emma Woolley uploaded this photo to her Twitter account of golliwogs for sale in the Canberra Hospital auxiliary kiosk ...

Katie Burgess 11:46 AM   Golliwogs are really best left in the past and have no place in a modern public hospital, hospital client says.

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Man charged with arson related to shooting

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection to a drive-by shooting in Gowrie last year.

Canberra man arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting in the city's south last year.

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Fight over plan to block Joy Burch from Assembly roles

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson.

Tom McIlroy   The heated politics of the Joy Burch affair are set to overshadow the first Assembly sitting period as the opposition seek to block the dumped minister from committee positions and the deputy speakership.

Low-flying helicopters to inspect Canberra's powerlines

Helicopters will be used to inspect Canberra's overhead powerlines this month.

Aerial inspections of Canberra's overheard powerlines are to prevent blackouts and bushfires, ActewAGL says.

Free festival Googfest wows with Canberra line-up of SAFIA, Amber Nichols and more

Ex-contestant of The Voice Amber Nichols will be playing at Googfest at Googong this weekend.

Clare Sibthorpe   Bring a picnic, a bottle of wine and enjoy free performances among an expected crowd of 10,000

ACT government wary on mooted TAFE changes

ACT Higher Education Minister Meegan Fitzharris.

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Tom McIlroy   The territory government will seek more information over a mooted federal takeover of TAFE funding.

Childcare in the ACT: expensive and underqualified

Liz Porqueddu with her children Aiden and Katya leaving the Creative Play Childcare & Early Learning Centre - about ...

Emma Macdonald   Canberrans paid the highest costs in the country for long day childcare last year while staff were the least qualified.

Men who robbed taxi drivers at knife point sentenced to prison


"Having two fairly large men threatening you must be horrific", judge says of knife attack on taxi drivers.

Canberra codes look to rebuild after departures

Canberra Capitals basketball coach Carrie Graf and Capital Football chief executive Heather Reid have changed the ACt ...

Women's sport in Canberra was hit by a double blow on Thursday as two of the capital's most influential women decided to call time on their respective careers.

Ex-ADF soldier wanted for allegedly stalking psychologist found


A former Australian Defence Force soldier wanted by ACT police over allegations he threatened to kill a female psychologist who found him unfit for service, has been found living in NSW.

Doug the dugong back at home

Doug the dugong was released into Moreton Bay on Thursday.

Merimbula's dugong, affectionately known as Doug, was released into Queensland's Moreton Bay on Thursday.

Fringe Festival director promises to push the envelope this year

Canberra Multicultural Fringe directors Chenoeh Miller and Gregor Murray will be pushing the envelope this year.

A director of the Canberra Multicultural Fringe Festival promises to push the envelope this year.

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Harriet Mitchell. Cabbage (detail). Paintings by Harriet Mitchell exhibition Strathnairn Arts.

The Canberra Times   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Brian Schmidt rallies ANU troops in welcome

Professor Brian Schmidt wants the ANU to become the destination of choice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

Emma Macdonald   Nobel Laureate and incoming Australian National University Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt has highlighted Indigenous education, research and reconciliation as a priority for his leadership of the university.

Police release 'face' of man suspected in Andrew Carville murder

A facefit image of a man suspected of being  involved in the death of Canberra man Andrew Carville.

Police have released a computer-generated image of a man suspected of involvement in the murder of Canberra man Andrew Carville.

Little Mermaid makes a splash in Aquarium

Mikayla Williams will play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

Ron Cerabona   Free Rain's Canberra premiere production of the Disney musical was announced on Thursday.