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Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Canberra

Emma Kelly 8:40 AM   Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Canberra as part of a 12-day tour of Australia and New Zealand next month.

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National Gallery of Australia's makeover and rehang to attract return visitors

The National Gallery of Australia's assistant director of exhibitions and collections Adam Worrall with Jackson Pollock's <i>Blue Poles</i> in storage before it goes into the conservation lab.

Clare Colley 10:04 PM   Blue Poles is off display while the National Gallery of Australia undergoes a makeover to attract return visitors.

Sugar tax inevitable in Australia's fight against obesity

Professor Boyd Swinburn is a leading expert on obesity prevention in Australia and New Zealand.

Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   A tax on sugar in Australia is inevitable, with the unfolding story of foods that contribute to obesity identical to that of tobacco, says a leading researcher in public health.

Shoe store worker faked refunds to steal more than $70,000 from till

A Sydney woman has been charged with stealing $150,000 from The Benevolent Society.

Megan Gorrey 8:51 PM   A Canberra woman who stole more than $70,000 from a city shoe store to buy clothes claims she doesn't remember taking the money from the till because she had post-traumatic stress disorder, a court heard. 

Parks staff say dirty peacocks bring elderly residents to tears

A peacock in Wylie Street, Narrabundah, showing off in front of two other peafowl.

John Thistleton 9:30 PM   "I love them to bits,'' says Narrabundah's passionate peacock supporter, as trap set for feral birds.

Emergency department wait times worsen as hospitals struggle to meet demand

Waiting times for treatment at Canberra's emergency departments have increased.

Henry Belot 8:46 PM   Only half of patients who visited the Canberra Hospital emergency department are seen within recommended times as the hospital struggles to deal with an influx of presentations.

ACT Policing confirm 27 conduct breaches including harassment and inappropriate behaviour

Police misconduct was detailed in the latest ACT Policing annual report.

Henry Belot 8:40 PM   ACT Policing received 321 complaints for alleged breaches of conduct last financial year with 27 instances confirmed by the force.

Government moves ahead with Russell tram extension development application

Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   A development application for the proposed extension of Canberra's light rail line to the Russell Defence precinct will be lodged alongside the main city to Gungahlin works application.

ANU professor's disease research earns national award

Professor Carola Vinuesa has received the 2015 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

Stephen Jeffery 9:40 PM   Professor Carola Vineusa's breakthrough studies into the understanding of autoimmune diseases have been honoured.

Calls for more flu shots for children following worst spread in 5 years

Professor David Salisbury is visiting Australia to discuss changes to influenza policy after successfully leading the initiative to have all UK children vaccinated.

Clare Sibthorpe 9:30 PM   Australia's recent flu season was the worst in five years and saw a rising rate of children infected. Despite the disease causing an average of 18,000 hospitalisations and 3,000 deaths a year nationally, just 42 per cent of people under the age of 65 at risk of infection are vaccinated annually.

Gang-gang. The story of flight.

Graeme Townsend's The Story of Flight.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The story of flight.

International Riesling Challenge will promote Canberra to the world

Canberra International Riesling Challenge, Guest judge from New York Jim Trezise

Keira Jenkins 11:30 PM   The biggest Riesling event in the southern hemisphere was launched this week in Canberra, with almost 500 wines from seven countries up for judging.

ACT public servants riding bikes to meetings around Canberra

On your bike: ACT government directorates will have bikes and helmets in place for staff.

Tom McIlroy 9:30 PM   ACT government directorates have begun to provide public servants with bikes for travel to meetings and appointments around Canberra, just in time for Ride to Work Day on Wednesday.

Wild-haired women unite for lost children of Cambodia

Birds of a feather: Lucy Perry joins Sunrise Cambodia.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Two women known for their trademark hairstyles as well as their dedication to do good in the world have joined forces to house and educate some of the most at-risk children of Cambodia.

ACT homeless shelter calls for more emergency accommodation

Safe Shelter ACT is calling for more non-referral emergency accommodation providers.

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   A Canberra men's shelter is calling for more non-referral emergency accommodation ahead of the release of their annual report.

Want to hit a golf ball at Parliament House?

Owner of Yarralumla Play Station Jason Perkins teeing off at the Canberra-themed mini golf course.

Kimberley Le Lievre 5:21 PM   A new Canberra tourist attraction gives you a safe way to play around Canberra's iconic buildings.

New agreement planned between Canberra and the Smithsonian

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Canberra could sign an new cooperation agreement with the world's largest museum and research complex, Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Kaiser mocked at first Anzac Day in 1915


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Thoughts kept wandering from idyllic Adelaide to hellish Gallipoli.

Injured Canberra worker sent to jail over Comcare fraud

A Gordon man has admitted defrauding  Comcare of more than $60,000 in worker's compensation.

Megan Gorrey 4:33 PM   A former ACT Ambulance Service worker who defrauded Comcare of more than $60,000 has been sent to jail for three months. 

Handcuffs during trial did not prejudice case: court

A screen grab from CCTV footage shows the gunpoint robbery.

Michael Inman 2:12 PM   An armed robber who terrorised supermarket staff with a rifle received a fair hearing, despite being handcuffed, court finds.

Swarming bees on the move in Canberra

  John Johnston from the Beekeepers Association of the ACT places  a swarm of over 60,000 bees into a new hive.

John Thistleton 1:16 PM   Canberra beekeepers on high alert for hive diseases see safety in numbers.

Canberra psychology teacher designs organic clothing for children

Jason Tolmie with his daughters Neko, 4, and Ada, 2, wearing Foxtrot Threads, a Kickstarter campaign using 100 per cent organic cotton with his own designs for kids' clothing.

Clare Sibthorpe 1:06 PM   Jason Tolmie spends his days teaching psychology at Canberra College and his nights designing ethically manufactured children's T-shirts for his new online brand Foxtrot Threads – when he's not looking after his two young daughters.

Katy Gallagher appointed shadow minister

Katy Gallagher has joined Bill Shorten's frontbench as a shadow minister

Ross Peake 12:40 PM   ACT's Katy Gallagher has joined the frontbench as a shadow minister with a variety of responsibilities.

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Westfield supermarket evacuated

ACT firefighters evacuated Coles in Westfield after multiple fire alarms.

A Westfield supermarket was evacuated overnight, in the second evacuation in Woden in as many nights.

ACT's Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly on the role of government in preventing obesity

ACT Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly says stopping the spread of obesity requires the government to be involved.

Alexandra Back   The ACT's Chief Health Officer says stopping the spread of obesity requires the government to be involved, with the condition that any intervention must also have the community's support.

ACT government to pitch Canberra light rail for federal funding

An artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's high-profile love of public transport and support for the Gold Coast light rail line will see the ACT government lobby for federal funding for future stages of Canberra's trams. 

City traders welcome consultation over light rail car park plan

An artist's impression of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy   City traders have welcomed another opportunity to express their concerns over the planned closure of car parking on London Circuit to make way for a temporary light rail construction compound. 

#Dismissal1975 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dismissal

40 years on: Senior historian at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Libby Stewart.

Tom McIlroy   The intrigue and drama that led to the dismissal of the Whitlam government could have never have played out in the age of social media, according to Canberra author and journalist Paul Daley.

Public servant used Commonwealth credit card to fund extravagant lifestyle


Michael Inman   A Canberra public servant used a Commonwealth credit card to pay for a skydiving adventure during a fraudulent taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.

'Your tears are turning me on': violent husband argues for suspended sentence


Matthew Raggatt   A man who assaulted his wife and told her it was her job to give him oral sex has made a plea to avoid jail time. 

Narrabundah's noisy peacocks will be trapped, relocated to wildlife sanctuary

A peacock on a letterbox in Brockman Street, Narrabundah.

John Thistleton    Feral peafowl in Narrabundah will be relocated over the coming weeks to a wildlife sanctuary in Darlington Point, NSW.

CFMEU case adjourned as CCTV footage raised

CFMEU union members protesting in Sydney.

Matthew Raggatt   The nation's construction union will submit CCTV footage to support their claims police breached procedural rules during a raid of the ACT headquarters. 

It's fluff time in Canberra

A build up of fluff from white poplar trees near the National Gallery of Australia.

Flowers from the white poplar tree have turned to springtime's flying fluff, spreading the tree's seeds far and wide across the city.

Gang-gang. Iceland's proposed humanoid pylons recall Pylon Poets


Ian Warden   Last Wednesday's picture of humanoid electricity pylons proposed for Iceland has reminded a Yarralumla reader that once upon a time there was a posse of writers known as the Pylon Poets.

Gary Humphries to lead RSPCA board

Gary Humphrie.

After more than two decades representing the Canberra region's humans, the former ACT Liberal senator will now be advocating for the country's animals.

Ex-museum boss Andrew Sayers dies

Andrew Sayers died after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Clare Colley   Former National Museum Australia director Andrew Sayers has died.

Dawn French show 30 Million Minutes comes to Canberra Theatre Centre

Dawn French will return to Canberra in February.

UK comedian Dawn French will bring her latest live theatre show to Canberra as part of her Australian tour in early 2016.

Four authors vie for ACT Book of the Year

The four books shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year - Mark Henshaw's <i>The Snow Kimono</i>, Jono Lineen's <i>Into the Heart of the Himalayas</i>, Omar Musa's <i>Here Come the Dogs</i>, and Sam Vincent's <i>Blood and Guts</i>.

Clare Colley   Queanbeyan author Omar Musa is among the four authors shortlisted for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year Award

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Melbourne show-offs swelter in furs at races

Muriel Starr's ensemble clashes with her dog's fur colour.

Ian Warden   "Clio" wrote scathingly of a famous actress appearing in Melbourne.

DPP did not advise about criminal charges over autism cage incident

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Tom McIlroy and Michael Inman   Director of Public Prosecutions says investigations into a boy with autism being placed in a cage did not result in formal advice.

Man jailed for 'brutal' attack on partner


Matthew Raggatt   A Canberra man who brutally bashed then raped his then partner has been sentenced to jail.

Where do all the flowers go?

A resident of the Calvary
Retirement Community at Bruce, 88-year-old Violet Howes, is surrounded by tulips.

Katie Burgess   It’s a question that stumps many of the month-long flower fest’s fans.

Simply sensational performance shows less is more

Carmen Sweet's leading role, Carmen, is played by, from left, Elise May, Riannon McLean and Michelle Barnett.

Michelle Potter   Less is more in this powerfully impressive dance show.