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Lightning strike might have caused house fire

Henry Belot 6:41 PM   Fire crews battled a house fire in Dunlop on Monday afternoon believed to be caused by a lightning strike.

What's open and when in Canberra this Christmas

Christmas shops guide

Luca Lombardo 6:28 PM   Last minute beer run? Forgot a present for Aunty Ethel? Someone sprained an ankle in backyard cricket? Here's a rough guide to what's open and when in Canberra this Christmas period.

Kevin Andrews takes flak for 'no interest' in the military comment

Declaration: Incoming Defence Minister Kevin Andrews does not recall making the "no interest" remark.

Heath Aston, Latika Bourke 6:26 PM   Incoming Defence Minister Kevin Andrews is under fire for an apparent lack of interest in all things military.

Car crashes into Charnwood house

A man crashed his car into a garage in Traill Place, Charnwood.

6:14 PM   Man, aged 71, escapes injury in the incident at Traill Place.

Rebels bikie accused of bashing Finks granted Christmas bail

CCTV of Rebels fight with Finks at Belconnen Mall

Michael Inman 2:15 PM   Three Rebels bikie gang members accused of attacking and stripping two Finks members of their colours will face aggravated robbery charges, a court has heard.

Shooting victim must now move from Mr Fluffy government unit

Police shooting victim Jonathan Crowley's government flat is a Mr Fluffy house.

Michael Inman 1:44 PM   A police bullet left Jonathan Crowley a quadriplegic, now he's been caught up in the Mr Fluffy saga.

Two women arrested for alleged spitting, racial abuse


1:22 PM   Two women in their 40s arrested after alleged racial abuse incident at Weston service station.

Kambah grass fire deemed suspicious


11:09 AM   Police are seeking witnesses to a fire at the back of a BMX track in Kambah on Sunday afternoon.

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DHS spends $500,000 to recoup $6000 disputed child support

A "scandalous waste of taxpayers' money": Nick Xenophon.

Noel Towell 9:08 PM   Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the case is a “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money…to protect the butt of the department".

ACT pulls plug on commercial solariums

Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from the new year.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from January 1 and while new data shows most Australians support the move one Canberra operator says the ban will destroy her livelihood.

Rocky ride for Santa as thunderstorms forecast

Alice, 7, Matthew, 10, and Laura, 9, of Canberra enjoy ice-cream by the lake to cool down on Sunday.

Georgina Connery, Clare Colley and Henry Belot 8:30 PM   Thunderstorms roll into Canberra replacing a weekend of sunshine and soaring temperatures.

QBE finally starts to pay out home warranty claims to victims of building company collapse

Al Locus and Emma  Snowden and their extended family continue to live in cramped conditions.

David Ellery 11:30 PM   QBE has finally begun processing insurance claims for victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse.

Christmas carols in Tuggeranong Town Park

Katelyn Short 10, from Isabella Plains.

About Town: Celebrating Christmas with the Salvation Army in Tuggeranong Town Park.

Auditor-General critical of cemeteries management

The death of loved affects the quality of the rest of your life, and can have a long-term impact on your mental health.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper is concerned about the management and sustainability of the territory's public cemeteries, finding errors in financial statements and confusion over maintenance costs. 

Weston master plan released at last

Weston Creek Community Council chairman Tom Anderson.

Kimberley Granger and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The long-awaited Weston master plan has been released with a site pin-pointed for a new petrol station to the north of the town centre.

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Former ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain after training in the hot house.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Deep tensions within the ACT's emergency services leadership saw the territory's fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency.

Buyers bid with Christmas spirit

Sold: Auction watch at 41 Greenough Circuit, Kaleen.
Auctioneer Peter Walker sells the home at auction for $780000.

Georgina Connery   Six of nine properties for auction were sold under the hammer, one going on the market just eight days ago.

Security officer's redundancy delayed despite agreement

Security guard Shane Stuart 
outside ANU's Research School of Chemistry. Mr Stuart is one of the two security officers seeking to retain their job.

Matthew Raggatt   The union delegate for in-house security officers at Australian National University says his redundancy deal was postponed after he represented staff at a meeting with university management.

Kambah man flips car in drink driving incident


Georgina Connery   A 24-year-old Kambah man has been charged with high range drink driving after his car flipped off the road during an accident on Friday night

Ice sculptor carves up Christmas creations

Ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa.

Georgina Connery   Shavings of ice surged into the air as internationally acclaimed ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa carved up a series of Christmas creations at the Canberra Centre on Saturday.

Get the ACT economy rolling in January, says business council

Chris Faulks

Ben Westcott   Canberrans are urged to get out and enjoy the many activities in the city in January and to welcome the many visitors expected to flood the city, Ben Westcott reports.

Three people caught speeding in ACT schools every term day in 2014

No need for speed: Three Canberrans a day were caught speeding in 40km/h zones in 2014 on average.

Ben Westcott   Three Canberrans a day were caught speeding in 40km/h zones in 2014 on average, a figure which has left school groups despondent despite being a massive drop on previous years.

Griffith man charged with setting fire to home of 7 children

Generic ACT Magistrates Court

Matthew Raggatt   A Griffith man has been charged with attempting to set fire to a home with his sister inside and seven children on the premises.

Funding cut after months of uncertainty for ACT gay rights group


Ben Westcott   A Canberra gay rights groups has had its government funding cut without being told after months of uncertainty and will lose more than $360,000 of monetary support.

Canberra's Centenary Trail was referred to federal government for assessment

The endangered Hoary Sunray which could have been damaged by the original Centenary Trail.

Ben Westcott   An ecological report, released under Freedom of Information Laws, has revealed that the original blueprint for Canberra's Centenary Trail was referred to the government for assessment because of concerns about environmental damage.

Man in court after trying to set fire to car in Gungahlin


Ben Westcott   A 28-year-old Griffith man will face court on Saturday after he was interrupted allegedly attempting to set fire to a car parked in a driveway in Gungahlin.

Paid parking begins at Parliament House

Buying a couple of these at the Parliament House gift shop will allow you to park for free.

Parliament House visitors will pay to park next week - unless they fork out money at the gift shop.

Home destroyed in Karabar fire

The Kinsella Street home was extensively damaged.

A Karabar home has been gutted by fire on Friday.

Algae-infested Lake Tuggeranong closed - again

Blue-green algae on the surface of Lake Tuggeranong near the Wanniassa drain.

Emma Kelly   Lake Tuggeranong has been closed amid rising blue-green algae levels.