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Customs officers' allowances in firing line

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.

APS outsourcing: no-one is safe, says 1990s outsourcing guru

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.

Canberra Big Issue community soccer team celebrates sweet Sydney successs

Rhys Stewart, pictured at Reid Oval, has been part of the Canberra Big Issue football community for four years.

Georgina Connery 9:40 PM   The ACT Big Issue community soccer team prove players from all walks of life are kicking goals after winning the championship trophy in Sydney.

Steve Whan slams Kings Highway upgrade delays

Traffic banked up on the Kings Highway as Canberrans make their way to Batemans Bay on Saturday morning.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Monaro Country Labor candidate Steve Whan has accused the NSW government of "dropping the ball" on funding for upgrades to the Kings Highway and said vital safety improvements to the road had stalled.

Some of Canberra's poorest fork out half their income on rent

Emma Kelly 12:15 AM   Canberrans relying on rental assistance are spending higher portions of their income on housing, according to a new report.

New teachers ready for the new school year

(From left) Matthew Garratt, Ryan Devlin and Matt Eyles are just three of the new teachers welcomed into the ACT system this year.

Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   As the school holidays draw to a close, the hoard of kindergarten students nervously preparing for their first day at ‘big school’ will be joined by 200 new public school teachers.

Doctor took hospital anaesthetic for personal use

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Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   A Canberra doctor used leftover anaesthetic from operations on his patients at Calvary Hospital.

What's on in Canberra this weekend

Lerida Estate is one of many wineries in and around the ACT preparing for this year's Summerside Festival.

Jil Hogan 7:11 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Ski seasons under threat: CSIRO climate report

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Primrose Riordan and Peter Hannam 11:45 PM   A CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology climate change report has specific predictions for temperature rises for Canberra, as well as suggesting ski seasons will get worse and fires will get more extreme.

Duke's award community defend knighthood

Prince Philip in 2014: He was born on a kitchen table in 1921.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Canberra’s Duke of Edinburgh Award community has defended Tony Abbott’s decision to make Prince Philip a knight of the Order of Australia, the country's highest order.

Gang-gang: 150 years ago - Horror in Collector

The bushrangers (left to right) Dunn, Gilbert and Hall

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred and fifty years ago this week the brigand John Dunn shot brave constable Samuel Nelson dead.

Gang-gang: Canberra's got talons

Right, then: An exceptional Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   It is time for this opinion-forming column to give its contrary award for the unAustralian of the Year. Tremble, Australia!

Recruitment drive for school chaplains

School chaplains are confident their program will continue despite a High Court setback.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The leading provider of chaplains in the ACT has launched a recruitment drive, with more schools registering for services as secular welfare officers continue to face redundancy.

Government offers $3 million for Forrest fluffy home

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Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT Government has offered a Forrest family $3 million to buy back their Mr Fluffy-affected home. The figure is the highest price to date for any home purchased under the buy-back scheme which Chief Minister Andrew Barr has described as "on the edge of affordability" for the ACT.

Youth use 'guerrilla planning' to revitalise Tuggeranong

Charlene Liau, Natalia Weglarz and Hamish Sinclair said simple acts like filling cracked concrete with Lego could help revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre.

Kimberley Granger 2:48 PM   Pot plants in pot holes and a residential slip-and-slide are some of the unorthodox methods a group of young planners propose.

First day for school and students at The Anglican School Googong

Rachel Howden with her boys Kindergarten student Alex, 3, and year 1 student Toby, 6, on their first day at the new Anglican School Googong.

Kimberley Granger 2:14 PM   The doors of The Anglican School Googong were flung open on Tuesday for new starters on its inaugural first day.

Mother loses custody after repeated false claims against cop ex-husband

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Michael Inman 1:47 PM   A Canberra mother who "cried wolf" by falsely alleging her cop ex-husband stalked and hacked her email during a bitter family court battle has lost custody of her daughter.

Majestic Tidbinbilla holds special memories for many Canberrans

A kangaroo warming itself in the morning sun at Tidbinbilla after a cold weekend.

Brett McNamara 1:11 PM   Nestled in a majestic valley to our west is a very special part of our bush capital.

Kambah residents in a Mr Fluffy cul-de-sac nightmare

Resident Mick Farrelley stands in the quiet Kambah cul de sac where four of the nine houses contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald 12:00 PM   Four out of nine homes in a quiet Kambah cul-de-sac are contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Four people attack autistic man in Chisholm shops car park

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10:57 AM   Two men and two women have allegedly attacked and robbed an autistic man after luring him to Chisholm shops car park on Monday.

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

Canberra mornings.

7:18 AM   A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Bid for 38-hour public service week fails

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Noel Towell   The Abbott government has lost a legal bid to force public servants to spend an extra week-and-a-half at their desks each year.

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Canberrans celebrate Australia Day with humour, sausages, and tweets

Hannah Birdsey with daughter Clementine Walsh 3 and husband Brendan Walsh with son Augusten Walsh, 5 of Watson enjoy the hottest 100 festivities at the National Portrait Gallery.

Henry Belot   Canberrans celebrated Australia Day in different ways with many headed to the Commonwealth Park for relaxation, galleries for countdown themed exhibitions, or to the lake for a citizenship ceremony.

Canberra duo peaks a spot too soon in Triple J's Hottest 100

Canberra duo Peking Duk, who landed the No.2 and No.5 songs in the Triple J Hottest 100.

Emma Kelly   Peking Duk finish second in the Australia Day music countdown in what was a stellar result for Canberra musicians.

Antiques star shares stage with PM

New Australian Hilary Kay at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Rond Terrace in Canberra.

Henry Belot   The Australia-loving British TV star television star, while receiving her citizenship certificate and meeting Tony Abbott, said she hoped people wouldn't bring her things to value.

Waltzing into Australia with a tear in the eye

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Ian Warden   One sensed that Prince Philip, just knighted by Australia, was there with us in spirit at Monday's Australia Day flag-raising and citizenship ceremonies at Rond Terrace.

'Glitoris' star calls for more women in Canberra music after numbers found to be low

Bassist in the all-girl band Glitoris Sophie Chapman performs only ''dressed'' in glitter to make a statement about body image.

Primrose Riordan   A member of Canberra's answer to Pussy Riot, punk band Glitoris, is calling for more women to perform live music after her own survey of the local scene revealed just 16 per cent are women.

Day of mourning and hope at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Trek to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

Henry Belot and Emma Kelly   Some celebrated Australia Day with barbecues, baby pools and the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. Those at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy united in a national day of mourning.