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A bite-sized approach to tackling domestic violence

Georgina Connery 10:56 PM   Community gives material support to foundation supporting victims of domestic violence.

Call to legalise Segways to cut down road congestion

Seg Glide Ride owner Di Orr has called for segways to be legalised for private users.

Matthew Raggatt 10:52 PM   The ACT government may look at extending Segway use on public land as part of a review into the success of the popular lakeside tours. 

Iftar feasts in Canberra break Ramadan fast

Sumbal Suleman with 5-month-old son Omar Suleman and Tehmina Mohsin with 3-year-old daughter Hareem Soroya.

Georgina Connery 11:30 PM   It was a full spread of international cuisine after sunset at the Spence Mosque when Canberra's Islamic community came together to break their Ramadan fast.

Prestige cars lead sales growth as hotspots revealed

Two Canberra suburbs have split the title as home of the city's most BMWs.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Two suburbs in Canberra top the list for BMW ownership - one on the northside, one south.

Former AMC prisoner speaks out about his time in jail, and the support program that helped him through

Simon had been in and out of prison before he received treatment from Karralika.

Kimberley Le Lievre 7:16 PM   Former AMC prisoner speaks out about his time in jail, and the support program that helped him through

Two dollars to the pound as Brit tourists rise

Sunday Times.  ACT Branch vice president of the Australia- British Society Greg Cornwell 77, of Yarralumla in front of the Australian War Memorial.  British tourist numbers to Canberra were up 20 per cent last year.   4 July 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Canberra enjoyed a 20 per cent boom in British tourists last year and the weak Aussie dollar may encourage more.

Pet ambulance provides intensive care to sick animals

 Claudia Blackley, Jarrod Male and their dog Moose. They are the owners and operators of Pet Ambulance, and have just purchased a new pet ambulance which was a former ambulance for people.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

Kimberley Le Lievre 6:32 PM   It was pitch black at 1am when Claudia Blackley and Jarrod Male got the call out.

AMC smoking ban still on agenda after Victorian riot

Victoria Police Special Operations Group members outside the Metropolitan Remand Centre, 20 kilometres west of Melbourne, on Tuesday.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   The ACT government has committed itself to phasing out smoking in prisons, but has given no time frame.

Frosty fourth of July celebrations in Canberra

Heat cheerleaders celebrating the 4th of July at King O'Malley's Irish Pub.

Georgina Connery 4:53 PM   Waking up to frost and sub-zero temperatures on July 4 is foreign feeling for Americans, but it didn't stop folks getting out to celebrate.

Missing Canberra man's body found

The body of missing man Daemon Wolfe was found on Saturday morning.

2:50 PM   The body of missing Greenway man Daemon Wolfe was found on Saturday morning.

How secure is Canberra's water supply?

Ross Peake.

Ross Peake   A tug-of-war is happening in the skies over Canberra, with the winner to decide the intensity of next summer's drought.

AWM on what happened when modernism met total war

Bomber Crash by Frank Hinder for AWM Reality in Flames Exhibition.

David Ellery   How Australia's modernist artists rose to the challenge of World War 2.

The Sheriff: veteran sergeant reflects as decades of experience leaves ACT force

ACT Policing Station Sergeant Daryl Neit is leaving ACT Policing after 33 years.

Christopher Knaus   Two small marks hidden amid carnage and twisted metal would alter the future of Sergeant Daryl Neit and his crash investigation team.

Women injured in three car crash at Yarralumla


Jil Hogan   Firefighters and paramedics have used a spinal stabalisation device to free a woman from a collision in Yarralumla.

CFMEU urges probe into sham contracts, phoenixing and tax dodging on ACT sites

A building site

Michael Inman and Meredith Clisby   The construction union has asked three government bodies to investigate sham contracting, tax dodging, and phoenixing in the ACT formwork industry.

A 'modest change' is better than none

Frank Brennan with his book on constitutional reform - No Small Change: The Road to Recognition for Indigenous Australia.

Clare Colley   Jesuit priest Father Frank Brennan knows it's hard to convince Australians to change, but he believes there's a way forward to achieve constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Smogasbord of ceramics

Rachael Lionel . Inawinytji Stanley . Rachael Lionel . Tjimpuna Williams and Rhoda Tjitayi - Stoneware Pots - Tallest 265mm.  Yangapalu show at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. For Ceramics Triennale top 10 shows.

You might not know it, but Canberra is playing host to the Australian Ceramics Triennale.

ACT teachers' pay deal could draw and retain high quality staff: expert

Teacher pointing to raised hands in a classroom.

Megan Gorrey   Six-figure salaries could attract and retain more high-quality teachers to the ACT, a leading education expert says.

ACT Public Service boss Kathy Leigh on being the first woman in the job and what's ahead

Kathy Leigh says the ACT Public Service is Australia's youngest and "most agile and responsive".

Megan Doherty   The head of the ACT Public Service, Kathy Leigh, has given her first major interview since she was appointed more than a year ago

Reverse call: Send Maccas staff to public service

Business Council of Australia chief Jennifer Westacott – a former public servant herself – wants public sector workers to learn from the corporate sector.

Phillip Thomson   Respected academic calls for private sector bosses to work in bureaucracy while APSC works with ex-public servant Jennifer Westacott.

Ambassador's husband breaks down as he denies child sex charges

Vytas Kapociunas entered the witness box to give evidence in his defence on Friday

Christopher Knaus   Vytas Kapociunas, 71, struggles to hold back tears as he gives evidence in child abuse trial.

Mercury plunges as Canberrans brace for weekend cold snap

A frost-coated dandelion in my front yard.

Megan Gorrey   Canberrans who shivered through one of the chilliest mornings of the year have been warned the freezing temperatures are set to continue this weekend.

Private Capital: Braddon's new shop where almost everything's for sale

Costa Georgiadis and Mel Neist of Sow What? Landscape Design in Sydney in front of the living wall at the National Tree Day event.

Jil Hogan   This month marks the 20th anniversary of National Tree Day, Planet Ark's Australia-wide day of tree-planting and nature care.

Common Ground public housing opens in Gungahlin to help end homelessness

Josh Rourke in fellow tenant Grant Wilson's Common Ground apartment.

Clare Colley   Canberra's experiment in low-cost supportive public housing the Common Ground project is finally open to tenants.

Canberra fashionistas can now get same-day delivery

Her Wonderland owner Nicole Taylor is bringing top Australian fashion to Canberra.

Jil Hogan   Canberra fashionistas can now experience what shoppers in Sydney and Melbourne have long enjoyed - same day delivery for online purchases.

How do you pronounce Queanbeyan?

This woman had some particularly creative pronunciations.

It doesn't seem like a difficult question but PlayStation Australia discovered it has some amusing answers.

DFAT official lodges discrimination claim with Fair Work Commission


Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Woman alleges undue influence by the department after she alleged her daughter had been sexually abused at an overseas mission.

Treasury staff vote 'yes' to new wage deal

Government leader in the Senate Eric Abetz opposes same-sex marriage.

Markus Mannheim   58 per cent vote in favour of agreement that is likely to prove less than inflation.

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Three people charged over NSW south coast drug ring

An Iceland man was freed after more than 500 days in jail after he was duped into carrying cocaine into Australia.

Three people have been charged with allegedly supplying ice and cannabis after police raided two homes on the NSW south coast.