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Gang Gang - Governor General - planting project highlighting war vets

David Ellery 4:20 PM   Sir Peter Cosgrove says his Lone Pine hospice sapling is doomed to die.

Rebels were 'planning revenge' for drive-by shooting, police say

Two Rebels members were allegedly found with two sawn-off shotguns on Saturday.

Christopher Knaus 4:08 PM   Police say Rebels bikies found with sawn-off shotguns were planning revenge for drive-by shooting in March.

First rats, then bog roll

A screengrab showing a toilet roll icon to designate time staff were taking industrial action. Photo: Supplied

Noel Towell 4:02 PM   Department replaces controversial rats icon ... with toilet paper.

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Chilling start to the week sparks frost and fog across Canberra

Mist hanging over Scrivener Dam.

Emma Kelly 4:00 PM   Canberrans have woken to sub-zero temperatures this week with the run of cold mornings set to keep early birds struggling to roll out of bed.

$6000 a year pay cut for DFAT cleaners

Cleaning with bleach has been linked with incidences of the flu and tonsillitis.

Phillip Thomson 3:55 PM   Tony Abbott made a 'crystal clear' promise to cleaners last year. Now they've taken at a 15% pay cut.

We won't go: public servants won't relocate to rural towns

Barnaby Joyce wants to move public servants from the Grains Research Development Corporation's Barton office to Wagga.

Phillip Thomson 3:48 PM   $400/sqm in Canberra versus $200/sqm in Wagga, but the bureaucrats want nothing to do with it.

Stop the onesies: department head

A new staff code of conduct at the Department of Immigration says staff can no longer wear onesies or ugg boots to work.

Onesies, ugg boots

Lisa Martin 3:10 PM   Forget stopping the boats: the immigration department is stopping onesies at work.

Furry fury as public servants depicted as rats

Is being depicted as a mouse less offensive than a rat?

Noel Towell 2:20 PM   Departmental bosses say it was a mouse, not a rat.

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ACT emergency radio network to undergo $15 million upgrade

ambulance

Emma Kelly 2:16 PM   Almost $15 million will fund a major upgrade of the ACT's emergency radio communications network over the next three years.

ANU pulls unauthorised job ad

Peter Tregear, head of the ANU School of Music in Canberra.

Emma Macdonald 12:48 PM   Australian National University management embarrassed by a job ad that appeared to replace the head of the school of music, Peter Tregear.

ANU scientists recognised for research

ANU Professor Carola Vinuesa.

9:57 AM   Four ANU scientists are among the Australian Academy of Science's newest fellows.

Cannabis grow house discovered in Fisher

Medical marijuana is illegal in Australia but Queensland and Victoria have joined New South Wales in a $9 million trial of cannabis oil for patients suffering epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea.

9:21 AM   Police say every room except the laundry, bathroom and toilet housed cannabis plants.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings.

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Fire extinguished at house in Turner

WA firefighters on alert after whooping cough

11:53 PM   Firefighters were called to a house on Holder Street in Turner and arrived to find the house well alight.

Police arrest bikie suspects, seize shotguns

Bikies

John Thistleton 11:13 PM   A man arrested after a shotgun was discharged and weapons seized in Tuggeranong on Saturday night had the words "Rebels" and "forever" tattooed across his eyebrows.

That Gelato Place in Weston closed after flood

Gelato.

10:13 PM   A gelato shop in Weston was closed by a flood on Sunday afternoon.

Zed and Abbott disagree on same sex marriage referendum

At odds? Senator Zed Seselja, left, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   ACT Liberal Zed Seselja called on Sunday for a referendum on same sex marriage, before Prime Minister Tony Abbott ruled out holding the national vote.

Senate to question plan for security fence at Parliament House

Australian Federal Police officers at the entrance to Parliament House.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM    The embattled Department of Parliamentary Services is expected to be questioned at Senate Estimates on Monday (may25) about the $108 million security upgrade at Parliament House.

$40 million in ACT budget to improve hospital capacity

Artist impressions of the new emergency department at the Canberra Hospital.

Natasha Boddy 12:01 AM   The ACT government will open 18 new public hospital beds to relieve the strain on the territory's health system as part of a $40.6 million funding boost over the next four years to improve hospital capacity in the territory.

Luxury townhouses to be built on site of abandoned embassy

Macedonian ambassador Vele Trpevski  in front of the abandoned Yugoslavian embassy in Red Hill.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Luxury townhouses to be built on site of former embassy

'Torture' fears fail to prevent Polish sex offender's extradition

Convicted Polish sex offender Pawel Francuziak has argued he should not be surrendered to the Polish prison system as he fears violent and inhumane treatment.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Fears of inhumane and degrading treatment in Polish prisons were not enough to prevent Pawel Francuziak's extradition.

Stamp duty joy tipped plus more rates pain

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   If the Barr government sticks to its earlier plan, stamp duty will be cut by about $1200 from next week, but rates will rise from July 1.

Vinyl records fair finds new home at Old Canberra Inn

Jon Ordon at the Revolve Record Fair at the Old Canberra Inn, Lyneham.

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   The revolve records vinyl record fair has found a cozy new home at the recently renovated Old Canberra Inn, and it plans to stay.

ACT elder abuse figures "underestimated"

The ACT Council of the Aged is carrying out a wide-reaching new study into elder abuse.

Primrose Riordan 7:40 PM   The ACT council of the aged believe the latest figures on elder abuse in the ACT are understated, and believe there is a huge amount of abuse of elderly people going on, particularly financial abuse. They are doing a new study to find out more.

Gungahlin schools filling up fast

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Lisa Ramsay with her children Jacob (7 yr2), and Heidi (6 yr1), concerned about the enrolment squeeze in Gungahlin.
14 May 2015

The Canberra Times

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Parents are feeling anxious that by the time their children are ready to enrol at primary school, there may be no room.

Hello Europe

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Natasha Rudra   Thousands of Aussies have flocked to Eurovision - but just a few years ago it was unheard of.

Five-minute calls to Centrelink come with a catch

Centrelink employees face a range of issues when answering speaking on the phone with customers.

Noel Towell   Centrelink phone lines have their best day in years - while the heat is on.

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Centrelink staff overworked and feel unsafe

The efficiency of Centrelink comes under fire in a national audit.

Primrose Riordan   Centrelink is asking the public for more empathy as insufficient staff numbers are causing longer wait times and aggression towards workers.

Light rail to get $50 million in budget

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.

Kimberley Le Lievre   Canberra's light rail agency to get more than $50 million in 2015-16 ACT Budget.

Canberra breast cancer survivor transforms scars to serenity through tattoos

Breast cancer survivor Sherry McGregor and her tattooist, Ben Angelidis, of Freestyle Tattoo Studio. Sherry had her breasts tattooed to cover her scars.

Natasha Boddy   The friendship between a tattooist and a breast cancer survivor seems an unlikely one.