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Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Jenny Orchard collage and watercolour.

9:34 PM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Millions to be spent on APS offices nobody wants

Australian Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan says there is no intention to move large numbers of public servants away from ...

Noel Towell 9:08 PM    It's going to cost $72 million, but the ATO still doesn't know what to do with it.

Watching cat videos while the world burns

Pierce Wilcox and Harriet Gillies bring optimism and resignation to They've Already Won.

Ron Cerabona 8:47 PM   A new two-person show is about how young people deal with the problems facing humanity.

Developer pays $47m for city sites

The 25,630 square-metre site in Braddon is expected to house about 515 new homes.

Emma Kelly 8:33 PM   The developer behind Canberra's Campbell 5 precinct has bought the sites of the run-down Currong and Allawah flats in central Canberra for $47 million at auction.

ACT government rejects call to cut ties with CFMEU

The ACT Liberals' Andrew Wall attacked the influence of the CFMEU in ACT Labor.

Kirsten Lawson 8:28 PM   The ACT government has rejected a call from the Liberals to cut ties with the CFMEU after the royal commission findings of bullying and intimidation on worksites around the country.

Folk festival's 50th birthday party draws big names

Black Mountain String band members Donal Baylor, Pablo Shopen, Jacqueline Bradley and Matt Nightingale.

Henry Belot 8:12 PM   It's been 50 years since the National Folk Festival was first held in Canberra and organisers and artists have a few special treats in store. 

Pioneer of Canberra's wine industry 'a visionary'

Edgar Riek at home in Ainslie in 2010.

Alexandra Back 8:06 PM   Canberra winemakers farewell a man who had a knack for growing grapes and making wine.

Botanic Gardens gets $1.5m private donation for conservatory

Ian Potter Foundation CEO Craig Connelly and Australian National Botanic Gardens general manager Peter Byron at ...

Clare Colley 7:49 PM   Hundreds of species of native tropical plants will soon have a chance to thrive in the cool climate of Canberra.

Protest planned over ACT government foster care changes

ACT Children and Young People Minister Chris Bourke.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   A group of foster carers and families from around Canberra will protest changes to the ACT foster care system on Thursday.

Helping poor 'less important' goal for aid

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Ross Peake 12:00 AM   With further cuts likely in the May budget, a lack of funding predictability is now seen as the biggest weakness of the aid program. Ross Peake says.

Radio station for print-handicapped to lose out under NDIS: president

Radio 1RPH vice-president Robert Altamore listens to his radio.

Katie Burgess 7:26 PM   Canberra's only reading for print handicapped station will lose a quarter of its funding in July due to disability funding changes.

ACT "small enough" to make some positive change

Malcolm Turnbull, with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt.

Alexandra Back 7:24 PM   The ACT is a small enough jurisdiction that it should be seeing better results in closing the gap, chairwoman of the capital's Indigenous elected body says.

Earthquake reported near Canberra with shocks felt in suburbs

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Henry Belot 6:27 PM   A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded to the north west of Canberra on Wednesday afternoon.

Gang-gang. So little Canberra 'ruin porn' to lust over.

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   If you love this city and love your privileged First World life here it is tempting to think it is a city that has everything (save for light rail, but even that boon will be with us soon).

Gino brings fruit to Jugiong

Gino Polimeni's father Luigi (left) and brother-in-law Charlie Cutri (right) in their Sydney fruit shop.

John Thistleton 5:13 PM   Jenny and Gino Polimeni work around the clock in their fruit shop at Jugiong

BMW driver faces court after allegedly reaching 240km/h near Goulburn

The BMW that allegedly hit speeds of 240km/h on the Hume Highway.

4:29 PM   A 23-year-old man will face court after allegedly driving at 240km/h in a BWM M5 sedan.

100 years ago: US 'relic-chasers' chasing Aussie relics

A famous Australian suit of armour the American antique hunters didn't snaffle.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Dislike of Americans was part of the suite of strong prejudices of Melbourne Punch columnist "Clio" and 100 years ago this week she was showing that (completely understandable) prejudice yet again.

Living in Canberra a huge barrier, says John Fraser

Treasury head John Fraser.

Phillip Thomson 3:22 PM   Treasury secretary outlines plans to attract deputy secretaries and other top staff by making Sydney and Melbourne an option.

Eastman prosecutor denies 'playing games' with jury on forensics

David Eastman was arrested in 1992.

Christopher Knaus 2:44 PM   Former Eastman prosecutor strongly denies "playing games" with jury over now discredited forensics.

Joyce moves public servants from Canberra

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says decentralisation is "a real priority for this government".

Phillip Thomson 12:48 PM   Agriculture minister moves ahead with controversial decentralisation plan for three organisations.

'Belco bandits' captured on CCTV

An image of the boot loaded with allegedly stolen alcohol.

11:08 AM   The moment thieves smashed their way into a bar and loaded a trolley with stolen liquor has been captured on CCTV.

An exciting place to eat, and share with family and friends

Morks: Egg in Hay - Coconut icecream, pashmak, roti.

Catriona Jackson 11:02 AM   Restaurant review: The boys at Morks are still turning out high quality, exciting modern Thai food.

New laws to allow police to breath test without permission on private property

New laws mean ACT drivers suspected of driving over the limit can be breath-tested on private property.

9:22 AM   The ACT government has closed a loophole which may have allowed some drink drivers to evade prosecution.

Man stabbed, scalded at Goulburn jail

A Goulburn jail inmate was airlifted to hospital in the SnowyHydro SouthCare helicopter after he was stabbed and had hot ...

7:50 AM   An inmate was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital after he was stabbed and scalded at Goulburn Correctional Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

Traffic, weather, top news and today's cartoon in one spot

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6:55 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Virtual reality gamers scale the mountain

Lightning Rock programmers Stephen Shorrock and Ben Doobov, artist Chris Hahn and producer Shannon Pickles in their ...

Alexandra Back   An exciting new virtual-reality game due out in stores soon is the brainchild of four whiz-kids working out of a loungeroom in Canberra.

Car fire leads to unit evacuation in Canberra's north

A car fire inside a Hawker unit complex led to the evacuation of around 40 residents on Tuesday night.

A car fire inside a Hawker unit complex led to the evacuation of around 40 residents on Tuesday night.

Eastman prosecutor said his team knew to give defence all relevant information

David Eastman is arrested in December 1992 in relation to the murder of Colin Winchester.

Christopher Knaus   Michael Adams, now a NSW Supreme Court judge, says his team understood they had to give Eastman all relevant information before trial.

Lodge renovations audit to consider political interventions in contracts

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy at the newly renovated Lodge.

Tom McIlroy    The government won't say if it will make public an audit into massive cost blow outs in renovation works at The Lodge.

Teenagers in child protection more likely to enter justice system in same year

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Alexandra Back   Teenagers under child protection are far more likely than the general population to enter the youth justice system that the same year, Australian researchers report.

National Museum acquires Peter Norman Olympic singlet

Peter Norman's Australian running uniform from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Meghan Corcoran   ​The world could not ignore the gloved salute of Black Power on the Podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

Education department suggests satellite school for Murrumbateman

Murrumbateman residents say more than 1000 pupils are travelling to and from Canberra and Yass for their schooling.

John Thistleton   The chairman of the campaign for a new primary school at Murrumbateman says the NSW government's education bureaucrats are ignoring a compelling case for the school.

Islamic School of Canberra distances itself from Sydney school funding cut

Islamic Council of Canberra chairman Mohammed Berjaoui.

Emma Macdonald   Islamic School of Canberra distances itself from the financial problems plaguing Sydney's largest Islamic school Malek Fahd.

Teenager accused of Canberra school bomb threat appears in court

ACT police outside Canberra's Lanyon High School last Tuesday, following a bomb threat.

Christopher Knaus   A teenager accused of calling in fake bomb threat to a Canberra high school last week has appeared in court.

Government accepts critical audit report on bushfire preparedness

A helicopter water bombs a pine plantation near the Brindabellas during the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

The ACT government has accepted all recommendations of a 2013 auditor-general report that found numerous shortcomings in the territory's preparedness for bushfires.

Gang-gang. Medieval English, modern Canberran graffiti shown respect

Late medieval ship graffiti, Norwich Cathedral, England.

Ian Warden   Power of the press! Only days after our passionate defence of street art and graffiti via discussion of a new book Medieval Graffiti, the ACT government has appointed a "street art coordinator" for Canberra.

Corbell defies Liberals over guardian merger

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell says concerns about the merger are overstated.

Kirsten Lawson   Attorney-General Simon Corbell pushed through the merger of the public trustee and public guardian offices on Tuesday in the face of widespread opposition from the guardian and human rights community.

Andrew Barr defends police investigation into Joy Burch affair

Former minister Joy Burch on the government backbench during Question Time.

Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy and Markus Mannheim   Chief Minister Andrew Barr had defended a police investigation into Joy Burch's ministerial office.

APS bosses to try, try again on wages

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood predicts the vote will end in defeat for the wage proposal..

Noel Towell    APS departments hope persistence will pay off in wage offers.

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Gentleman to lead tram delegation to the US and Canada

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman hopes to gather ideas to bring back to Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson 6:00 AM   Planning Minister will gather ideas for Canberra's urban renewal.

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A right royal Clique in The Famous Spiegeltent

Gerry Connolly dressed and performing as the Queen.

Jil Hogan   Gerry Connolly brings his impression of Queen Elizabeth II to the proceedings but there's much more besides.

Porn and royalty among film subjects funded

Billie Dean directing her rescued cows for the web series "Wisdom from the Paddock".

Ron Cerabona   There's a lot of variety in the 2016 ACT Screen Fund's successful applicants.

Two ex-Marist brothers could attempt to avoid trial on child sex abuse charges

Gregory Sutton outside the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

Christopher Knaus and Megan Gorrey   Lawyers for two former Canberra Marist brothers say their clients are unfit to face child sexual abuse charges.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. German 'bounders' deranged by wartime diet

Beewildered World War I German honey bees.

Synthetic eggs, honey, sausages! Melbourne weekly Table Talk had cruel fun 100 years ago today with press reports that Germans (starving and obviously losing the war), were reduced to eating synthetic foods.

Canberra father to fight charges linked to crash that claimed daughter's life

Acacia Ward busking at the National Folk Festival in Canberra in March 2013.

Megan Gorrey   A north Canberra father has pleaded not guilty to charges linked to a car crash that claimed the life of his young daughter.