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UnionsACT launches new campaign to protect penalty rates

Alexandra Back 11:39 PM   A Canberra nurse will front a local union campaign against changes to penalty rates after stronger indications from the government that change was in the works.

Cab rides may be available for bus prices as seniors challenge Canberra transport

Seniors at the Council on the Ageing ACT's public forum on Wednesday asked for more accessible public transport.

Clare Sibthorpe 10:13 PM   Taxis could soon be driving Canberrans between bus stops for the price of a standard bus fare.

Canberra Beer Week and Beer Day Out return in 2015

Beer Day Out organisers Anthony Young (left) and Stephen Hegarty at Bentspoke for the launch of Canberra Beer Week.

Alexandra Back 10:12 PM   Canberra's celebration of craft brews is returning for a third year in 2015.

Canberra rugby league player charged with serious assault after on-field punches


Michael Inman 10:10 PM   A Canberra rugby league player has been charged with a serious assault after he allegedly broke a rival's jaw and nose during an on-field altercation.

Canberra police boost safety precautions after fatal Sydney terrorist shooting

WA officers are to be investigated by internal affairs after the death of a baby in Laverton

Megan Gorrey 9:04 PM   Canberra police have stepped up security measures amid increased safety fears in the wake of a fatal shooting outside NSW Police headquarters last week.

Turner's Powerful Owl goes to university


Ian Warden 9:47 PM   The already famous Powerful Owl of Turner (affectionately known as the Powl, and much-reported and much-depicted in this column) is achieving a sudden new form of fame

Secret tape reveals Lomax knew of claims CFMEU's Kivalu was corrupt

A recording of a phone conversation revealed John Lomax knew of allegations his CFMEU colleague was corrupt before they were made public.

David Ellery 8:36 PM   Secret recording reveals John Lomax knew of allegations his CFMEU colleague was corrupt, despite saying otherwise.

Government scales back Canberra light rail car park plan

Consulting: Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 8:29 PM   The ACT government has scaled back unpopular plans to close an entire London Circuit car park during construction of the light rail line and hopes to increase parking options from next year. 

UC hospital plans 'seriously flawed', say local residents

An artist's impression of the planned new University of Canberra hospital.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Plans for the University of Canberra Public Hospital have been described as 'seriously flawed', despite government assurances.

Mantra Group to open new hotel in Canberra's CBD

An artist's impression of the new full-service Mantra hotel to open in Canberra in late 2016. The hotel facilities will include a restaurant and bar, conference rooms, gym, and car parking.

Katie Burgess 7:32 PM   Turner's demographic profile of largely young professionals is a key to planned urban renewal.

Hume traders threaten to sue Telstra over internet outage

Some of the Hume business owners who are considering a class action against Telstra after they lost internet services for more than a week. They are outside a business vandalised when security cameras and systems connected through the internet failed.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Hume traders say they lost business and goodwill after Telstra internet fails for more than a week.

A different kind of Bill comes to Parliament

At front with a Lady Macbeth portrait by Alan Jones is Aston Gibbs, program manager of art collection and exhibitions,
left and Patrick Buckle, head of operations at Bell Shakespeare. At
rear, with another Lady Macbeth portrait by Mathew Lynn are art
handlers Mark Worrall, left and Dave Roberts.

Stephen Jeffery 6:49 PM   Shakespearean events are a part of life at Parliament House, but not quite like a new exhibition.

Two men linked to an alleged Canberra drug syndicate jailed


Michael Inman 6:29 PM   Two men linked to an alleged Canberra jail drug syndicate have been locked up in NSW on drug charges.

The true cost of that bottle of soft drink

Heart Foundation CEO Tony Stubbs with a suitcase containing 23 kilograms of sugar - the quantity of sugar you would consume if you drank a 600ml bottle of Coke every day for a year.

Katie Burgess 12:00 AM   If you consume a 600ml bottle of sugary soft drink every day, you could be drinking yourself fat. Here's why.

Dob in dodgy drivers, urge police

Road rage and other anti-social driving is on ACT Policing's radar this month, close to two weeks after a violent road rage attack was captured on video in Belconnen.

Katie Burgess 5:11 PM   Close to two weeks after a violent road rage attack, police to target anti-social behaviour on Canberra's roads.

Public servant wins legal fight over $20,000 breast surgery


Noel Towell 4:56 PM   But Federal Court makes no ruling on alleged "bias sarcasm and aggression" towards ATO official.

Barton Highway one of the worst roads in NSW and ACT

A truck is inspected after it rolled on the ACT's worst roundabout, at Gundaroo Drive and the Barton Highway, in 2013.

Megan Gorrey 4:12 PM   Motorists said heavily congested main roads in Canberra's booming outer suburbs were chief among their concerns.

Website fail delays Northbourne Ave submissions as appeals loom

National Trust ACT spokesman Eric Martin said the trust would appeal any ACTPLA decision to approve the current development application.

Matthew Raggatt 3:51 PM   The prolonged battle between preservation agencies about the public housing redevelopment is set to continue. 

Mulch fire at Parkwood Road Estate Recycling Estate still smouldering

Fire brigade

3:04 PM   Firefighters have returned to an extinguished mulch fire at a north Canberra recycling plant after it began to smoulder.

Capital life

Capital Life: What's on in Canberra's arts scene

Michael Buzacott's <i>Fall of Icarus</i> at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery.

Clare Colley 2:59 PM   A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning October 10, 2015.

Red Cross aid workers awarded highest honour for nurses

Nola Henry was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal on Tuesday night.

Katie Burgess 2:50 PM   Four Australians who've served on the front line of disease control, disaster relief and health care in some of the most war-torn and remote outreaches of the planet have been awarded the highest international honour for a nurse.

Former UC academic charged with sex offences against students

Charged: Former University of Canberra law professor Arthur Marshall Hoyle of Lyons.

Michael Inman 12:50 PM   A former professor is to surrender his passport after he was charged with sexually assaulting four students.

Win a double pass to Cats the musical in Sydney

Image supplied by AB Publicity

12:03 PM   Following its triumphant season in London's West End, one of the greatest musicals of all time comes to Sydney opening at the Capitol Theatre on 30 October with an extra week of performances now on pre-sale. The season will close on Sunday 29 November with no extension possible as CATS then tours to Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

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Truck fire on Federal Highway near Collector

A truck has rolled and caught fire on the Federal Highway.

Emma Kelly   A truck fire has closed the Federal Highway's both lanes between Collector and Wollogorang Tuesday morning.

Floriade's day of four-legged fun

Chynna Marston of Crace with her dogs 10-month-old Tuffie McPuggles and Dollie the Dalmatian enjoy Floriade's Dogs Day Out.

Clare Sibthorpe   Some families travelled up to four hours with their pooches to join the tale-wagging madness at Floriade's Dog Day Out on Tuesday. 

Canberra schoolboy wins trip to NASA for diabetes test-strip invention

St Edmunds College year 5 student William Grame, 11, has designed a test strip disposal unit as part of the littleBIGidea contest.

Alexandra Back   11-year-old William Grame's invention to help diabetics more easily dispose of blood testing strips has won him a trip to NASA.

Public service wages showdown looms in Turnbull's Prime Minister and Cabinet department


Noel Towell   Battlelines are drawn as the Prime Minister's public servants prepare to vote.

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Tidbinbilla Extravaganza celebrates the outdoors

Tidbinbilla Extravaganza is a family-friendly outdoor celebration offering the opportunity to enjoy the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve's flora and fauna as well as free entertainment.

The Tidbinbilla Extravaganza will bring live music, children's activities and nature-based experiences to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve on Sunday.

Immigration's property saga costs industry millions

Canberra Airport  boss Stephen Byron says the "local impact" requirement could lead to absurd outcomes.

Noel Towell   Canberra property industry counts the cost of Immigration Dept's real estate saga.

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Pylon figures that stroll, climb, gambol across landscapes


Ian Warden   The architecture and design firm Choi+Shine has submitted designs for giant, human-shaped pylons for the Icelandic High-Voltage Electrical Pylon International Design Competition.

ACT government praise bus efficiency despite opposition criticism

Canberra’s bus network spent millions on dead runs.

Henry Belot   The ACT government has defended the efficiency of its bus network despite spending $11.8 million on dead runs in one year.

Lord of the Dance teaches Canberra a few moves

Members of the Lord of the Dance troupe teach Irish dancing to competition winners at the Canberra Theatre on Tuesday afternoon.

Alexandra Back   With the Lord of the Dance himself as their guide, 17 Canberrans tapped out a few Irish dance moves before the show opened in the capital.

Greens welcome Victoria medical marijuana laws, lament Canberra inaction

A strictly controlled licensing scheme to produce medicinal cannabis in Victoria now only needs sign-off from the federal government.

Tom McIlroy and Josh Gordon   Victoria's new landmark medical marijuana laws could help clear the way for a similar scheme to be introduced in Canberra, Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury said on Tuesday. 

How much water am I using right now?

Ellen Schwab, digital education and engagement officer at Icon Water, with the Cotter Dam wall behind her.

Ross Peake   Most Canberra households want to monitor their water usage in real time and are more willing than other Australians to spend a bit extra to make their homes more efficient.

About Town: Mental Health Week awards

From left, Jane Beaumont, Pam Boyer of Ainslie, Leith Felton-Taylor.

The Mental Health Community Coalition ACT recognised the contribution of individuals and organisations at the Mental Health Awards.

Lomax and Hall to tell royal commission their side of the story

Supported by CFMEU members, Johnny Lomax arrives at the ACT Magistrates Court in August.

David Ellery   ACT CFMEU officials Johhny Lomax and Dean Hall will respond to allegations of intimidation, bullying and possible knowledge of corrupt behaviour when they testify at the trade union royal commission in Sydney from Wednesday.

Rachael shines at Mental Health Week Awards

Rachael Stevens won the Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention award at the ACT Mental Health Week Awards on Tuesday.

Katie Burgess   Rachael Stevens spent years starving herself to feel like she belonged. But on Tuesday she shone as her work in mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention was applauded by hundreds of people.

Firefighters gain control of fire burning near Bredbo


A 10 hectare fire burning south of Bredbo has been downgraded as crews gain control over its spread.

Search for missing man near Yass

Leonard Watkinson, 60, is missing from his Reardons Road property, near Yass.

Emma Kelly   An air, land and water search is on for a 60-year-old man, last seen on his property near Yass.

Two-car crash on Commonwealth Avenue

Police car

Two cars have collided on Commonwealth Avenue, near the traffic light crossing for Floriade.

Fiji's got nothing on Canberra

C5E2XA Sunset, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji Sunset, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Noel Towell    Fiji versus Canberra looks like a no-brainer for that public service career decision. But look a little closer.

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