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Key questions answered about the release of the Mr Fluffy homes list

8:17 PM   These are the answers to some of the key questions about the publication of the affected Mr Fluffy homes' list.

Hiring 'freeze' to ease but limits remain in place

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Markus Mannheim 8:13 PM   On Wednesday, the government will relinquish control over recruitment and hand responsibility back to agency heads.

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Daughter found topless with ambassador's husband, mother says

Vytautas (Vytas) Kapociunas, left, leaves court with his barrister Bernard Collaery earlier this year.

Christopher Knaus 7:45 PM   Ambassador's maid says she saw envoy's husband piggybacking the girl he is accused of molesting.

Mental health sufferer accused of Centrelink disturbance

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Christopher Knaus 7:42 PM   A young woman with mental health issues has been accused of a disturbance at Centrelink on Monday.

Canberrans among the most satisfied Australians

The ABS found Canberrans were more likely to have been to public libraries and art galleries than most Australians.

Megan Gorrey 6:04 PM   Canberra has already been ranked the best place to live in the world and now it has emerged ACT residents are among Australians who are most satisfied with their lives.

Border Force public servants plan first-day no-show

More than 97 per cent of union members at the soon-to-be-merged departments voted to strike in a result announced on Friday.

Noel Towell 5:38 PM   Delays expected at all major airports on Wednesday morning as part of industrial action.

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Just how much renovation blow out at The Lodge is worth

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Tom McIlroy and Meredith Clisby 4:58 PM   Many homeowners start renovation projects with big ideas and ambitious goals, only to find that reality quickly catches up to their budget. Just ask Kevin McCloud or any contestant on The Block, ever. 

Police probe alleged liquor act breaches at Magpies City Club in Civic

Police probe alleged liquor act breaches at Magpies City Club in Civic

4:36 PM   Police kicked 11 teenagers under 18 out of an all-ages event during a liquor licensing crackdown on a city club at the weekend.

Dads' playgroup like House Husbands, without the drama

Nick Collins with his son Charlie, 20 months, at Build and Play in Lyons.

Kimberley Le Lievre 4:04 PM   In the middle of a yard surrounded by a cubby house, sandpit and a handful of scattered children and their toys, a group of men gather.

Brush up on your Gobblefunk for The BFG

Ethan Hart takes to the stage in The BFG by Child Players ACT at the Belconnen Community Centre during the school holidays.

12:11 PM   School holidays are getting underway across Canberra and the children's theatre group Child Players ACT is performing Roald Dahl's The BFG.

Firefighters respond to house fire in Crace

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11:55 AM   Firefighters have been extinguished a fire in the bedroom of a house in Crace. 

$10m couldn't bring in public servants

Still largely empty: 2 to 6 Bowes Street, Phillip (formerly known as Penrhyn House) was refurbished last year to attract new tenants.  Quintessential Equity directors Shane Quinn, left, and Harry Rosenberg and head of property Russell Bullen.

Phillip Thomson 11:16 AM   Owners say Woden "is a pretty challenging leasing environment" because of the outflow of employees to Civic.

Woman capsicum-sprayed by police at Greenway Centrelink

Police said an officer sprayed the woman when she came towards them, before she was arrested.

10:03 AM    Police sprayed a woman with capsicum spray after she allegedly charged at them with clenched fists at a south Canberra Centrelink.

Police catch teens mid-burglary

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9:45 AM   Two teenagers allegedly caught red handed stealing jewellery, phones, car keys and cash from a northside home.

Canberra mornings: Traffic, weather and top news

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9:13 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

ACT government to lower duties for fuel efficient cars

Transport is estimated to produce almost 25 per cent of all the territory's greenhouse gas emissions.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Changes to ACT government duties on new car purchases will see drivers who buy low emission vehicles rewarded and those who choose less fuel efficient cars charged more. 

Participation is key principle of new ACT arts policy

ArtsACT director David Whitney said the policy had participation and access to the arts as a key principle.

Clare Colley 12:00 AM   The ACT's art sector needs greater promotion to cement the capital's reputation as an arts hub and a "force to be reckoned with".

National Gallery appoints Paisley deputy director

The National Gallery of Australia has appointed  Kirsten Paisley deputy director.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The National Gallery of Australia has appointed Kirsten Paisley as its first deputy director since 2013.

Architect unveils sweeping design for Canberra's next great icon

An artist's impression of Canberra's future convention centre, the Australia Forum.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas has unveiled a sweeping, shell-like design for Canberra's future convention centre with a respectful nod to the city's planned foundations.

Tourism is Greece's only hope, say leaders

Father Petros Kipouros, at St Nicholas Church, says Greece has suffered for five years.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Canberra Greeks are heading home, despite their homeland's looming financial flashpoint.

Mr Fluffy owners welcome NSW buyback and demolition scheme

Mr Fluffy owner Mike Bresnik of Karabar ponders the options now open to Mr Fluffy homeowners.

Megan Gorrey   Visitors to Mike Bresnik's Karabar home have often admired the sweeping views from the front and rear verandahs.

Dam inconsistencies: When did 3 chiefs know about blowout?

Actew's Chris Webb looks out from the Cotter Dam wall.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Questions over what three chief ministers knew about $100m blowout and when they knew it.

Two men arrested during weekend Rebels crackdown in Canberra

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Megan Gorrey   Canberra police arrested two men during a crackdown on Rebels bikies as hundreds converged on the ACT at the weekend.

Canberra's Amber Nichols wows all five judges on The Voice

Amber Nichols chose to be coached by the Madden brothers on <i>The Voice</i>.

Jil Hogan 9:00 PM   Another Canberran is having a crack at WIN reality singing contest The Voice, with Amber Nichols making it through the blind auditions Monday night.

CFMEU faces $1.1 million lawsuit for alleged breaches

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Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Eight Canberra union officials allegedly blockaded a northside worksite and demanded the builder sign a CFMEU approved enterprise agreement.

Hundreds more ATO executives to be culled

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   About 450 Tax Office middle managers slated for redundancies will walk away with golden handshakes worth just under $90,000 each on average.

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New group to boost 'isolated' suburb

Hume Traders Association co-ordinator Mike Steele with Hume business operators.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Hume traders are rallying together to strengthen ties and promote a Canberra suburb faced with a distinct set of challenges.

Theodore man nabbed drink-driving twice in an hour

Community safety improved.

A Theodore man, 56, has been arrested after being apprehended twice within 60 minutes for drink driving offences on Saturday night.

Lodge renovations costs blow out to $8.8 million

The Lodge in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Refurbishment of the prime minister's official Canberra residence will cost taxpayers at least $5 million more than the original contract price and be completed a year later than expected. 

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