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Irritating in parts, but Barr avoids the big pitfalls

Kirsten Lawson 10:02 PM   In the big picture, Andrew Barr first budget is measured and unsurprising, careful and relatively conservative. A lid is kept on spending, while sensible spending is outlined in health, especially, and in important projects like bushfire protection.

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Canberra needs these land tax rises

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The Canberra Times 9:51 PM   When the ACT government has most needed money, it has been least able to collect it. It's time for change.

Rates rises biggest in Canberra's inner north

Chief Minister and ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr

Kirsten Lawson 9:13 PM   Inner north residents will pay the biggest increases in rates from July, reflecting the fast-rising property values in the area.

Fifth judge appointed to help overburdened courts

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Megan Gorrey 8:26 PM   A long-awaited fifth judge will be appointed to the ACT Supreme Court to help ease continued pressure on the territory's overburdened court system.

About Town: Celebration of Storm Boy author Colin Thiele at the University of Canberra

 From left, John Sheedy of Victoria, Anna and Jane Carstens, both of Weetangera.

8:26 PM   Members of the public gathered recently at the University of Canberra for a celebration of Colin Thiele's work and legacy.

Opposition and business criticise cuts and higher levies

ACT Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson.

Tom McIlroy 8:10 PM   Andrew Barr's "suburban" 2015-16 territory budget lacked a focus on effective urban renewal strategies and the residents of Canberra's suburbs, according to the Canberra Liberals and community leaders. 

Families face cost of living pressures as fees, rates rise

Sarah Lindsay of Forde with her sons Landon, 3, and Zach, 19 months.

Megan Gorrey 7:54 PM   Little price changes can make a big difference to the hip pockets of Sarah Lindsay and her family as they adjust to the cost of living in the nation's capital.

Domestic violence workers welcome boost in funds

DVCS Executive director Mirjana Wilson.

Megan Gorrey 7:42 PM   Front-line domestic violence workers have welcomed extra money to ease the strain on the ACT's crisis services but say sustained funding is needed to provide long-term support for victims.

Barr's budget focuses on urban renewal

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will hand down his latest budget on Tuesday

Emma Macdonald and Meredith Clisby 5:45 PM   Andrew Barr is styling himself as the "Mayor of Canberra" unveiling an infrastructure spend firmly focused on public housing and urban renewal in the suburbs.

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Emma Macdonald 5:44 PM   Canberra's northern town centre will get a new primary school, and plans are underway for a new high school, too.

ACT Budget 2015: 'Stimulus package' welcomed despite concerns for homelessness

Homeless in the ACT

Henry Belot 5:42 PM   The ACT Government will focus on improving services for vulnerable children and elderly Canberrans in 2015-16 with more than 1830 families expected to access health and family centres.

Big spend on public housing while new parking charges arrive

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Kirsten Lawson 5:26 PM   A $160 million public housing rebuild is a centrepiece of an ACT budget that also hits Canberrans with hikes in fees and charges, including the introduction of after-hours parking fees in the city and surrounds.

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ACT Budget 2015: More pay parking as fees and charges rise

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

Tom McIlroy 5:21 PM   How fees and charges in the ACT will increase.

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What's in the ACT Budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

5:19 PM   Here's your quick guide to what's in the 2015-16 ACT budget, just handed down by Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Lack of evidence from bikie victims not 'special or exceptional', judge says

CCTV of Rebels fight with Finks at Belconnen Mall

Christopher Knaus 4:40 PM   Lack of evidence from bikie victims 'unsurprising', judge finds as he refuses bail for senior Rebel.

Young ACT planner scoops national accolade

Chalene Liau is first ACT resident to win Australia's young planner of the year.

Georgina Connery 4:21 PM   Young Canberra planner Charlene Liau took out the top gong at the Planning Institute Australia's national awards last month.

Record spend on health in ACT Budget

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell.

Henry Belot 3:35 PM   The ACT Government will spend $14.8 million over the next two years to slash the territory's elective surgery waiting list while launching additional mental health services.

What's the Buzz? Superstar shines again

Max Gambale plays Pilate in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed at the AIS Arena.

Ron Cerabona 3:35 PM   Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzone take the arena spotlight in a musical masterpiece.

Man armed with knife robs Canberra convenience store

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3:31 PM   City store theft the latest in a spate of robberies across Canberra in less than three weeks.

Stolen car and guns found in Gilmore

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3:23 PM   Police have found a loaded gun inside a stolen car in Tuggeranong on Monday.

Retrenched public servants help save ACT economy

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Markus Mannheim 3:01 PM   Treasurer Andrew Barr summed up the city's economic prospects as "better than last year".

Government signals $375 million contribution to light rail

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.

Tom McIlroy 3:00 PM   The Barr government has signalled for the first time it intends to make a $375 million capital contribution for the light rail line to Gungahlin. 

Four drunk, drugged drivers caught per day

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Emma Kelly 12:59 PM   Police nabbed 121 drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of month-long campaign.

An extraordinary ride to Rio 2016

Katie Kelly and guide Michellie Jones celebrate the win at the Yokohama World Paratriathlon Event in Japan on May 16.

Georgina Connery 12:22 PM   Canberra "weekend warrior" Katie Kelly was classified legally blind in January. Now she's aiming for Rio 2016

Murder-accused Vosikata appears in court

Daniela D'Addario who was allegedly murdered by her partner.

Christopher Knaus 12:19 PM   Josaia Vosikata is accused of killing his girlfriend and hiding her body in the boot of her car.

Same sex marriage not the end of the world says Archbishop

Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse says that "traditional families are trying their best during very difficult times".

David Ellery 11:14 AM   The world won't end if or when Australia adopts same-sex marriage but it will change, and people need to be careful what they wish for, Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse believes.

Smouldering mattress smokes Ainslie

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

10:50 AM   A mattress was the source of black smoke coming from an Ainslie flat Tuesday morning.

Westside village an 'outstanding success': Barr

The Westside container village.

Emma Kelly 10:16 AM   Andrew Barr has defended the Westside container village, saying it wasn't designed for people over 50.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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9:58 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

Unions polling on support for light rail

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Kirsten Lawson 11:22 PM   The possibility has emerged of a union-funded campaign to support Labor's tram project, with the news that Unions ACT has been polling on support for the project.