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ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne's Samoa trip with husband costs $9000

ACT Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne's week-long trip with her husband to Samoa last year cost the taxpayer $9000.

Kirsten Lawson 10:17 PM   Vicki Dunne took husband Lyle Dunne on a week-long trip to Samoa in June and July last year, three months after the ban on spouse travel, the trip cost $9000, of which $4100 was for Mr Dunne's travel

Public servants face fast-track to the sack

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Canberra.

Noel Towell 10:17 PM   More than 8000 Immigration Department public servants are to be stripped of some of their rights to unfair dismissal appeals as part of the formation of the Australian Border Force.

Manuka Childcare Centre can't afford Canberra Services Club land swap

Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre pre-schoolers, from left, James Smiles, Julia Armstrong and Hugo Peat, all 4.

Emma Kelly 10:15 PM   It's the perfect piece of land just around the corner but there's one big problem: the centre can't afford to move there.

Canberra Grammar gets federal funding to beef up security

A large campus and 1750 student body has prompted Canberra Grammar School to seek Commonwealth funding to install security cameras

Emma Macdonald 10:14 PM   Canberra Grammar School is believed to have been included in an $18 million Commonwealth-funded national security upgrade for schools who face "attack, harassment, or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance".

Monaro Greens candidate launches vision for a secure energy future

Clean power for the people.

8:53 PM   NSW Greens candidate for Monaro Peter Marshall is calling for a secure energy future that stabilises household bills power bills and tackles the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.

Canberra business calls for wider Comcare changes

Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Chris Faulks says private and community sector employers face "spiralling" premium costs.

Tom McIlroy 10:00 PM   Canberra's business leaders have called for a review of workers compensation schemes after the ACT Government said it would withdraw from the troubled federal insurer Comcare. 

Canberra property values on the rise

Going: Home prices in Canberra have bounced back.

Primrose Riordan 8:52 PM   Home prices rose 1.6 per cent in the past quarter, bouncing back after falling sharply last year.

Defence public servants to go on the attack

Senator Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell 8:33 PM   Thousands of public servants at the Department of Defence are preparing to walk off the job as the wage dispute between the federal government and its workforce escalates further.

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Calwell murder victim had sought protection from ex-partner

Tara Costigan, who was allegedly murdered by Marcus Rappel in Calwell, with her dog Honey.

Christopher Knaus 8:20 PM   Mother of week-old baby sought court protection from her ex-partner the day before he allegedly murdered her.

The Code unlocks ACT Government funding

Capital idea: The Code is a local political thriller set in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 7:26 PM   Filming of a second season of ABC TV's hit thriller will begin in Canberra this year. 

Canberra to be the backdrop for local murder movie

Joe Cinque with Anu Singh, who was found guilty of his manslaughter.

Sally Pryor 5:54 PM   Canberra will be filled with film crews later this year, as well as some familiar faces, as production is set to begin on the long-awaited film of Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Man escapes conviction for drug-driving after eating hemp seeds


Michael Inman 4:49 PM   A Canberra magistrate has urged ACT lawmakers to test hemp seeds to see if they could trigger drug-driving screening tests.

Motorcyclist hospitalised after crash on Horse Park Drive

ACT Ambulance Service.

Georgina Connery 4:39 PM   A 25 year old male motorcyclist has been transported to Canberra Hospital following a motor vehicle crash on Horse Park Drive and Gundaroo Drive in Forde. 

Sandakan martyr's medals gifted to the Australian War Memorial

The last surviving member of Captain Lionel Matthews' underground movement Russ Ewin.

David Ellery 3:52 PM   The Japanese colonel who presided over Lionel Matthews' execution in Borneo 71 years ago was a good man caught up in a bad situation, an eyewitness says.

Missing ACT tradesman Bobby Briggs found dead

Bobby Briggs has been found dead.

10:31 AM   An ACT tradesman, missing since Friday morning, has been found dead.

Public Health Association backs medical cannabis

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has put forward a proposal to legalise medicinal cannabis.

Tom McIlroy 9:07 AM   Doctors should manage a tightly regulated, compassionate regime for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia, a leading public health organisation has told an ACT inquiry. 

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ACT police chief tight-lipped over porn tweet probe

Chief Police Officer for ACT Policing, Rudi Lammers.

Megan Gorrey   The initial stage of a professional standards investigation into a pornographic photo retweeted by ACT Policing's official Twitter account is complete, but the territory's police chief this week remained tight-lipped on the probe.

Molester opens new chapter in long-running legal saga

Michael Alan Gillard outside the ACT Magistrates Court in 2011

Christopher Knaus   A Canberra man who "cynically and evilly" molested two sisters in his care has opened a new chapter in his long-running criminal case, appealing what he says was a crushing jail sentence imposed on him late last year.

Second Yass home found to contain Mr Fluffy asbestos

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson   The second Yass area house found to be contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos is a rural property near the Canberra border, the Yass Valley Council has been told.

Canberra watch entrepreneurs have time on their side

Erroyl watches.

Natasha Rudra   A small Canberra company is bringing dress watches to the world with a successful Kickstarter campaign.

ACT doctor on the horrors and duty of fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Dr Bernie Towler is the only Canberra doctor who worked in Sierra Leone to treat Ebola in the crisis centre.

Henry Belot   When an Australian doctor boarded a plane from Freetown in Sierra Leone to her home in Canberra's southern suburbs, she allowed herself to quietly break down in tears.

Authorities were repeatedly warned of animal abuse houses for years

 ACT Magistrates Court

Christopher Knaus   Neighbours repeatedly complained about two houses linked to an unlicensed dog keeper years before authorities conducted raids and found dozens of neglected and starved animals.

ATO's $14 million private health stuff-up

Slow off the mark: The Australian Tax Office wrongly assessed 24.700 taxpayers.

Noel Towell   Thousands of taxpayers have been allowed to keep hundreds of dollars they over-claimed.

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Federal government cuts threaten ACT domestic violence interpreter services

Life will become more difficult for non-English speaking women subjected to domestic violence if cuts are made to translation services.

Megan Gorrey   Federal budget cuts are set to leave funding for interpreters used by non-English-speaking women subjected to domestic violence in limbo and could force the ACT's crisis workers to glean savings from other vital support services.

Man charged over Calwell murder

Police investigate the death of a woman at a Calwell home on Saturday.

Megan Gorrey   Police say an axe lay beside the body of a woman found dead at a Calwell home on Saturday.

Liberals back government moves to publish sex offender photos

Jeremy Hanson: "It doesn't take much imagination to understand the consequences of us having a law like euthanasia enacted in the ACT.''

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has offered support to the government's plans to strengthen territory child sex offender laws, and restated his calls for mandatory minimum sentences for repeat offenders. 

Hundreds of cyclists geared up for Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride

Anna Meares socialises with the crowds at the  Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride 2015
The Canberra Times  
Date:  01 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

More than 1300 Canberra cyclists got the opportunity to turn their spokes beside eleven times world champion Anna Meares on Sunday.

Sublime victims still wait for payouts a year after collapse

Victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse are still waiting on home warranty insurance payouts.

David Ellery 11:45 PM   Some victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse are still waiting on home warranty insurance payouts from QBE almost 12 months after the Canberra-based building company went into administration, the insurance giant has said.

Woman found dead in suspected murder in Calwell

Police are investigating a suspected homicide in Canberra's south.

Georgina Connery   A man is assisting police with enquiries after a woman was found dead in a Calwell house.