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NSW state election: Barilaro and Whan battle it out for the seat of Monaro

Kimberley Granger 11:21 PM   Just minutes after NSW Liberal leader Mike Baird claimed victory as the returning NSW Premier, Queanbeyan's Nationals candidate John Barilaro stopped just shy of claimingre-entered the Queanbeyan Roos Club claiming victory in the mini-bellwether seat of Monaro.

Manuka childcare centre holds protest after being told to move

Hannah Claudianos, five, and Jack Rochester, three, join their fellow students to protest the closure of MOCCA.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   A popular childcare centre in Manuka was full of the children's laughter and Elvis songs on Saturday Sunday but in less than two years, it could be replaced by the ring of poker machines, according to the centre.

Letters to the Editor

No need for waivers

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6:16 PM   Paul Malone reported a welcome Commonwealth crackdown on Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers (‘‘More education regulation required’’, March 22, p15).

Shotgun seized in Crace

Police seized this shortened pump-action shotgun during the search of a Crace residence on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt 6:15 PM   ACT Policing seized a firearm in Crace on Friday as part of investigations into recent Southside shooting incidents.

Kyrgios brings star factor to Relay for Life

Mikayla O'Brien, 15, from Chisholm ran for her boyfriend, and Leah Astle-Monahan, 14, from Tuggeranong ran for her Nan on Saturday.

Matthew Raggatt 5:25 PM   He's a man used to an endurance event, and Nick Kyrgios brought his starpower to the start of the 24-hour Relay for Life at the AIS track on Saturday.

ACT health spending still rising sharply, federal funding not keeping up

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell says steps have been taken to bring the budget under control, but the federal government had yet to recognise the ACT's special status as a provider for a larger region.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Between 2007 and 2013, ACT government spending on hospitals rose by 4.9 per cent per person, the highest of any jurisdiction in Australia and two per cent above the national average.

Cost of living pushes international students to the edge

International students find Canberra beautiful, but struggle to find affordable accommodation and employment.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   International students studying in the ACT are finding it difficult to get basic amenities such as decent housing and a well-paying job, according to student groups.

Small stores fear IKEA could kill them

Furniture Wise owner Charmaine Lageman and manager Andrew Latta say they are already struggling.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Fyshwick's furniture retailers are worried about their future when IKEA opens.

Arrow shot through window of Calwell home

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Kimberley Granger 3:41 PM   An arrow has been shot through the window of a Calwell home overnight, with police called to the residence in the early hours of Saturday morning to investigate.

Crace motorcyclist found with knives, batons and drugs after bus crash

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Matthew Raggatt 10:59 AM   Knives, batons and drugs were found on a Crace motorcyclist, a court has heard.

Lower dollar a boon for Canberra wine exporter

Greg Corra, from Inland Trading, exports Australian wines all over the world.

Matthew Raggatt 12:30 PM   It may mean more expensive holidays for some, but one ACT registered company has enjoyed a profitable time thanks to the sharp fall in the Australian currency against the US dollar. 

Bureaucratic 'gobbledygook' fuels National Disability Insurance Scheme anxiety

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Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Bureaucratic “gobbledygook”, a lack of respite and transport funding, and inexperienced planners are just some of the problems creating anxiety around the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Election tally board finds a home at Old Parliament House

A section of the massive national tally board goes into storage.

Ross Peake   The iconic tally board from the former national tally room, previously used for federal elections, will become part of history at Old Parliament House. However, the Museum of Australian Democracy will not have space to display the entire board which is 37 metres wide and seven metres high.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen'

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson   Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Magistrate condemns 'pernicious evil' of domestic violence while sentencing drunk wife-basher

Magistrate Karen Fryar says domestic violence stems from the perpetrator's attitude to women, and from his  desire to exert control.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A magistrate has spoken out against the "pernicious evil" of the domestic violence she has dealt with for 15 years, condemning offenders who wrongly blame alcohol or anger problems instead of their controlling attitudes to women.

Woman who recanted husband rape allegations 'pressured' by family, court hears

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A woman has recanted allegations that her husband raped her and threatened to derail her family's visa application, a court has heard.

Protesters urged to take anti-abortion prayer vigil to ACT politicians

Pro-life supporters take part in a prayer vigil outside the ACT Health building in Moore Street, Civic, in support of anti-abortion campaign 40 Days For Life.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Politicians have urged pro-life protesters to shift their regular prayer vigil from outside a city abortion clinic to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

ACT Wildlife fields 2000 calls for help in its first year

A tiny swamp wallaby joey rescued by ACT Wildlife.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   In its first full year of operation, animal rescue group ACT Wildlife received more than 2000 calls for assistance.

For the love of glassmaking

Elizabeth Kelly glass - Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Kerry-Anne Cousins 11:45 PM   The work of eight of Australia's best glass artists were chosen and linked to a diplomatic mission of countries with glass making traditions.

'X-Rated' - Canberra's sex industry goes on display

Canberra-made Lost In Paradise porn video. From CMAG's 'X-Rated' exhibition

Ian Warden 11:30 PM   For perhaps the first time in Canberra one of our exhibition-displaying cultural institutions is creating an adults-only "sealed section".

Teenager sets sights on running festival glory

 Joshua Torley,15 of Wanniassa will be taking part in the 10km run at the Australian Running Festival.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Not everyone runs at the same pace in this world, just ask Joshua Torley.

Experts split on alleged killer's dementia diagnosis

The Mugga Way home where Terrence Freebody was allegedly murdered.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Experts are split on whether accused killer Luigi Costa suffers from dementia.

Life off-grid in straw bale home at Michelago

 John Schneider and Jill Dobkin at their rural property. Ten years ago they had a straw bale home built on their land which is off the grid and totally self sufficient.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   A decade after moving from Canberra into an off-grid home near Michelago with two water-less toilets John Schneider and his wife Jill Dobkin are still uncovering the depths of their resilience in the bush.

South Tuggeranong's new $17 million ACT Fire and Rescue station unveiled

Senior firefighter Mitch Brennan, station officer Paul Thorpe, senior firefighters Mark Callaway, and Gavin Kaylock at the official opening of the new ACT Fire and Rescue station at South Tuggeranong.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Quicker response times to house fires and closer proximity to any blazes that might break out in bushland on the territory's fringe are among the benefits of a new fire station in Canberra's southern suburbs.

Alleged victim of Catholic priest concedes sliding door memory is false

Father Edward Evans, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing a young girl in Canberra.

Christopher Knaus   Woman acknowledges that her memory was wrong but insists sexual assault occurred.

Political dress to hit catwalk at Fashfest

News. 25th March 2015. MHR Gai Brodtmann wearing a Parliament House insipired dress.

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Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann lives and breathes federal politics. Now she’ll be wearing it too.

Singing the spirit of the Anzacs

Lee Kernaghan visiting the Australian War Memorial.

Jil Hogan   With less than a month to go until the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli on Anzac Day, an album of songs has been released bringing the stories of the diggers to life.

ABS merger off as census goes Code Red

The government is expected to decide the fate of the 2016 census before the budget in May. Cancellation would require an amendment of the Census and Statistics Act.

Peter Martin 12:15 AM   The Abbott government has rejected a plan to merge the Bureau of Statistics with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, part of a suite of measures put forward by the bureau to help it find savings to upgrade its aged computer systems.

More Fairbairn Avenue road closures as Majura Parkway nears end

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The Majura Parkway project will close part of Fairbairn Avenue from tonight as support beams are installed on the road's new bridge.

The mPort-ance of the perfect size

The mPort pod, which maps people's bodies and determines their perfect clothing size, is now at Westfield Belconnen.

Jil Hogan   At first, the mPort pod that’s moved in across from Witchery on level three at Westfield Belconnen looks like a shiny, modern photo booth, but the device could change the way customers shop in the future.