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Cannabis grow house discovered in Fisher

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

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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


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


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.

ANU pulls unauthorised job ad

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

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Australian National University management has been severely embarrassed by the publication of a job ad last week which appeared to replace the head of the School of Music, Peter Tregear.

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.

Furry fury as public servants depicted as rats

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

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Departmental bosses say it was a mouse, not a rat.

Gungahlin schools filling up fast

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


Natasha Rudra 3:08 PM   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. 

Raising a Smile in memory of Gabby

Craig Robberds, who lost daughter Gabby to cerebral palsy, at the Raising a Smile fundraising dinner.

Kimberley Le Lievre   Exactly five years ago on Friday, Craig Robberds lost his little girl Gabby to cerebral palsy. In tragic circumstances, the two-year-old suffered a massive seizure, from which she never recovered.

Joanne Metcalfe welcomed to UC's governing body

Jo Metcalfe and Robert Thompson

The authority governing the University of Canberra has welcomed Joanne Metcalfe to a position on the council, to share her expertise in business, architecture and construction.

Pine Island to host rabbit control measures

generic: rabbit

Public urged not to interfere, and to closely mind pets at Pine Island reserve during rabbit cull.

Call to keep patients out of ED as federal health cuts to hit hospital waiting times: ACT health groups

Generic shot at hospital.

Primrose Riordan   Health groups are calling for a territory budget targeted at keeping GP visits out of hospital emergency departments in the wake of dramatic federal health cuts laid out in the May budget.

Should Canberra be listed as a National Heritage site?

Sunday. Gary Kent, Chair of the Inner South Canberra Inner South Canberra Combined  Community
Council chair Gary Kent would like to see Canberra
become world heritage listed

Georgina Connery   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has written to the federal Environment Minster asking him to refuse a submission to include Canberra on the National Heritage list.

In her skin: how Sherry McGregor found serenity in her scars

Sherry is thrilled with the finished tattoo.

Natasha Boddy   It has been the longest time since Sherry McGregor could bear to look at the woman in the mirror. 

Nerds converge at Gamma.con pop culture conference

Andrew Piper dressed as a Stormtrooper at Gammacon at the Hellenic Club, Woden.

Primrose Riordan   Video games buzzed in through the halls, 'magic' enthusaists danced cards across on tables and hundreds of wig wearers itched as Gamma.Con, an annual pop culture convention ramped up on Saturday.

The end of Gorman House markets a 'crushing blow' for the community

Gorman House markets operator Cathy Lippmeier is devastated at the closure of the markets.

Kimberley Le Lievre   In a "crushing blow" for the community, the 28-year Saturday morning ritual of the Gorman House markets has come to an end.

Man charged after hitting ex-partner with iPad


Primrose Riordan   Man, 29, allegedly fled from police after assaulting ex-partner in front of children.