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A different kind of Bill comes to Parliament



Stephen Jeffery 4:06 PM   Shakespearean events are a part of life at Parliament House, but not quite like a new exhibition.

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. 

Government scales back Canberra light rail car park plan

Consulting: Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell

Tom McIlroy 3:47 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. 

Mulch fire at Parkwood Road Estate Recycling Estate still smouldering

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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.

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 2:19 PM   Secret recording reveals John Lomax knew of allegations his CFMEU colleague was corrupt - despite saying otherwise.

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.

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 12:29 PM   Motorists said heavily congested main roads in Canberra's booming outer suburbs were chief among their concerns.

Win a double pass to Cats the musical in Sydney

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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 10:07 PM   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 10:00 PM   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 9:59 PM   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 11:30 PM   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.

8:29 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 8:21 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 8:13 PM   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 8:10 PM   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 11:45 PM   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.

7:36 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 11:30 PM   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


6:02 PM   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

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

Fiji's got nothing on Canberra

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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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Hotter, drier end to year predicted for Canberra

Harry Mackay, 8, makes a splash at the Kambah Pools.

Clare Sibthorpe   Not everyone is delighted at this week's high temperatures which signal a hotter and drier end to the year, with increased risk of fires.

Young, female, bashed: ACT data reveals average domestic violence victim

Domestic violence.

Megan Gorrey   Canberra's typical domestic violence victim is a woman aged between 20 and 34, who is physically assaulted by her intimate partner at home with his bare hands, fresh data has revealed.

Canberra trams to be state-of-the-art

Spanish manufacturer CAF's trams in Belgrade.

Tom McIlroy   Canberra looks to European design and technology for tram rolling stock 

Woman taken to hospital after four-car crash in Belconnen

News.  The scene following a four car crash at the intersection of Luxton Street and Lathlain Street in Belconnen.   A 38 year old woman was transported to hospital with multiple injuries.   5 October 2015.   Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Alexandra Back   A 38-year-old woman is in a stable condition in hospital after a four-car crash on Lathlain Street in Belconnen.

Molested foster child claims ACT government knew carer was paedophile

A foster child has sued the ACT and NSW governments over his sexual abuse while in the care system.

Christopher Knaus   Governments allegedly did nothing to protect foster child, despite having information suggesting carer was paedophile.

Canberra's IKEA tragics to join in city-wide scavenger hunt

IKEA workers Rebecca Smith and Casey Gill "hide" a Duktig (children's kitchen) near their
Floriade display.

Katie Burgess   For the next month, four different iconic IKEA products will be hidden around Canberra each week, with only a cryptic clue to help discerning IKEA tragics track them down.

Government rejects prison drugs review as inmates face crackdown

A new drugs-testing regime has been approved at the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Henry Belot   The opposition claims the government's approach to drugs at the Alexander Maconochie Centre are not working.

Gang-gang. Sensual, sensory welcome for arrivals at Christchurch


Ian Warden   Progressive New Zealand always has so much to teach us. Its current quest for a new national flag that dispenses with the moribund Union Jack is a case in point.

$1000 a week peace deal pay boost for parkway workers

Construction of the Majura Highway.

David Ellery   Union-brokered "major projects" pay rates cost taxpayers, investors, billions of dollars a year.

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Gang-gang 100 years ago: Wealthy H. G. Wells told to give income to war poor

H. G. Wells, author of The Invisible Man, attracted the ire of the Woman Voter during World War I.

Ian Warden   The boutique readership of Melbourne's pacifist, feminist Woman Voter couldn't possibly have included the great British commentator and science fiction writer H.G.Wells

Elegant and intensely performed

Maxi Blaha as Bertha von Suttner in "Soul of Fire".

Alanna Maclean   The emotional and political life of a peace activist is scripted and performed with feeling and understanding.

Man allegedly kicked bedridden spider bite victim in head


Christopher Knaus   Canberra man allegedly kicked partner while she was recovering in bed from a spider bite.

Mulch fire at Holt recycling centre

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Firefighters extinguished a mulch fire at the Parkwood Road Recycling Estate.