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APS Defence pay backlash grows

Noel Towell, John Garnaut and David Wroe 1:36 AM   The government denies manipulating figures as criticism of its ADF pay back down grows.

Air New Zealand not landing in Canberra anytime soon

Air New Zealand won't commence flights to Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Air New Zealand says it has no plans to schedule flights to Canberra Airport.

Beryl Women's Refuge manager Robyn Martin ACT Woman of the Year

News. Book launch and celebration of 40 years of operation for Beryl Women Inc. at Tilleys in Lyneham. Long time worker at the establishment, Robyn Martin, at the launch. March 4th 2015
The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

9:46 PM   Leading women recognised for contribution to Canberra.

Sports community unites to tackle racism

Former Brumbies and Wallabies player Pat McCabe with students of Kaleen Primary School at the Say No to Racism Program.

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   A new school-based initiative will teach young Canberrans the importance of tolerance and cultural diversity through sporting role models.

Taxpayers hit with $11,000 bill for cardboard tram

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell check out the $11,320  cardboard tram in January.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The opposition has accused the ACT government of squandering taxpayers' money on a cardboard model tram costing more than $11,000 and used to promote the light rail project. 

Intergenerational Report predicts long, hard-working life for baby Edgar

Claire Fraser and Edgar Larkin, 6 months, of Braddon.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Six-month-old Edgar Larkin could easily live to 94 but his children may well make a century.

Billy Zane eyes House of Cards-style TV series, art exhibition in Canberra as Blue World Order wraps filming

Billy Zane posted this photo in front of Blue Poles.

Primrose Riordan 7:56 PM   Hollywood star Billy Zane has vowed to return to Canberra after shooting a film in the ACT

ACT firefighters warned of cancer-causing chemical in uniforms

Warning: A study found protective clothing could contain formaldehyde if it had been treated with an additive called Proban.

Henry Belot 11:00 PM   ACT firefighters have been advised to take precautions handling their uniforms.

Plea for funding commitments after closure of Aboriginal Justice Centre

Susan Helyar wants funding certainty for Indigenous justice services following the closure of the Aboriginal Justice Centre.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The ACT government has been urged to fund indigenous justice services after the closure of the Aboriginal Justice Centre last year.

Snow Centre a trojan horse to lead Asian education in Australia

The Snow Center for Education in the Asian Century at Canberra Grammar School.

Emma Kelly 11:00 PM   The $8 million Snow Centre for Education in the Asian Century aims to lead the Australian education's "biggest challenge".

Reflections on Gallipoli a highly collaborative production

Conflict: Trench warfare at Gallipoli, State Library of South Australia

Janet Wilson 6:55 PM   Four remarkable people were involved in the conception of Reflections on Gallipoli.

What's on in Canberra's art scene

Mono: Out West, an exhibition of landscape and pinhole camera photography, is on at the Manuka Arts Centre until March 22.

Out West exhibition at PhotoAccess.

6:54 PM   What's on where and when for arts in Canberra this week.

Barr to smooth the way for "Tranny Bingo"

Miss Krystal Klear and Miss Pennytration regularly host Tranny Bingo at Braddon's Hopscotch Bar.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has asked for advice on how he can smooth the way for shows like "Tranny Bingo" to be held without the need for a gambling licence.

Smoking while pregnant increases risk of cancer for daughters

A study found about one in 10 ACT women smoked during pregnancy.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Women who smoke cigarettes while pregnant are putting their daughters at risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer, according to new research from the Australian National University.

Large hazard reduction burn blankets Canberra in smoke


6:15 PM   A large hazard reduction burn across the border is spreading smoke across the capital.

Fake police car tries to pull over driver in Canberra's north

The car had flashing lights and a siren.

5:26 PM   A fake police car clad with emergency lights and a blaring siren has been caught after driving dangerously and trying to pull over another driver in Canberra's north. 

Spying revelations send wrong signal to our neighbours

Observation: Insiders say we are living in a "golden age" of signals intelligence.

Philip Dorling 5:25 PM   News today that Australia’s electronic espionage agency has been targeting Indonesian communications isn’t in itself much of a surprise.

Slump continues for struggling retailers

 Work progresses at the Canberra Ikea store worksite at Majura Park.

John Thistleton 5:21 PM   Canberra retailers have missed out on the flow-on benefits of lower petrol prices and interest rates.

Gang-gang. Eyes Wild, Nostrils Flaring


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Too many obelisks are not enough, but, alas, our city is obelisk poor.

'We must do better and we must act now', politicians urged to act on domestic violence

Tara Costigan was allegedly murdered by her former partner Marcus Rappel, 40.

Christopher Knaus 5:13 PM   Politicians have been urged to end the blight of domestic violence in Australia, for the sake of Tara Costigan’s three children and the thousands of women attacked each year.

Acrid smell evacuates 1000 from Defence in Russell

An ACT emergency services unit.

5:02 PM   About 400 Defence staff have been evacuated from the Russell Offices Thursday afternoon thanks to a bad stench sparked by microwaved food. 

Chemistry makes scam flick watchable

Plenty of laughs: Will Smith and Margot Robbie in Focus.

Jane Freebury 3:48 PM   Margot Robbie and Will Smith look like they really should be together.

Business, not pleasure

Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson and Vince Vaughn star in Unfinished Business.

Jim Schembri 3:47 PM   Big names can't save this routine comedy.

Trials delayed after court listing bungle

Suspected courtroom brawl

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Twenty Canberra court trials have been delayed after a bureaucratic bungle listed them at the same time as an ACT Supreme Court blitz.

Flying doctors to call Canberra home

Martin Laverty: The Royal Flying Doctor Service is moving in to Canberra.

Henry Belot 3:02 PM   The Royal Flying Doctor Service has established a permanent base in Canberra in an effort to reduce health disparities between those living in cities and remote or rural communities.

Man who raped wife was exerting 'power and control': court


Christopher Knaus 2:26 PM   A man who broke into his wife's home and raped her after a break-up wanted to show his "power and control" over her, a court has heard.

Offender rorted drug testing regime while on parole


Michael Inman 1:27 PM   A Forrest man thwarted the territory’s drug testing regime by abstaining before analysis, a court has heard.

Jason Byrne lunacy at Canberra Comedy Festival

Jason Byrne is performing at the Canberra Comedy Festival.

Kate Kingsmill 11:53 AM   Former Irish electrician Jason Byrne does lunatic stand-up comedy and was once in a movie - blink and you'll miss him - with Bono.

Highlights for next week

Dan Sultan is doing two shows at The Street Theatre.

10:58 AM   Music highlights for the coming week include Judith Lucy, Sky Fire, the Canberra Comedy Festival and Dan Sultan.

Alpine Q & A

Alpine are performing as part of Enlighten.

11:00 PM   Lou from Alpine answers questions from On the Road.