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Feds must commit to more funding for ACT Legal Aid: Corbell

Christopher Knaus 11:22 AM   The ACT government has urged the Commonwealth to commit further funding to already-stretched Legal Aid services in Canberra.

Car catches on fire in Uriarra

ACT Rural Fire Service volunteer

9:52 AM   Firefighters have extinguished a car on fire near the intersection of Mountain Creek Road and Sherwood Road, Uriarra.

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

Peter Greste deported from Egypt

8:36 AM   A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Casting call for faces of Fashfest

Raji Rao and Claire Mackey on the catwalk during the Fashfest model callout at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

Natasha Boddy 12:58 AM   More than 270 fashion hopefuls strutted the catwalk on Sunday in the hope of being crowned one of two faces of this year's Fashfest event. 

National arboretum celebrates second anniversary, celebrates one million visitors

Back, Khu Vu at the National Arboretum with son Long Vu, 2, and, front left,  Kevin Chu, 9, of Hawker.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   The National Arboretum will celebrate its second anniversary on Monday, attracting roughly one million visitors since it opened in 2013.

Teachers union denies a strike is looming


11:30 PM   The Australian Education Union ACT branch has denied the possibility that strike action by teachers is looming as children return to school on Monday. 

Canberra MPs soak up the lessons of the Queensland election

ACT Liberal Zed Seselja says the message from the Queensland election to Tony Abbott is not to take re-election for granted.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   In aftermath of the Queensland election, federal and territory politicians draw strong parallels between agressive styles of Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman and say cuts to public service were a strong factor in the LNP defeat and are a common threat with the federal Coalition.

Expert argues medical marijuana trials of little use

No trials needed: Cannabis.

Tom McIlroy 12:01 AM   Governments including the ACT have contributed to confusion over the use of medical marijuana by pursuing clinical trials of the substance, according to University of Melbourne expert Professor David Penington. 

Kambah house left smoke damaged after kitchen fire

A Kambah house was left smoke damaged after a fire  in the kitchen.

11:30 PM   A man with a disability managed to safely evacuate himself from his Kambah house after a fire broke out in his kitchen. 

Government to spend $600,000 fixing Defence Department buildings in Russell

Canberra   Defence HQ

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The federal government has launched a search for skilled contractors to repair the decaying exteriors of two Department of Defence buildings in Russell and is willing to pay $600,000 to get the job done.

Narrabundah playground to be reopened after community outrage

Sisters Olivia and Sophia Baker can keep playing in Narrabundah playground after the ACT government decided to repair it.

Natasha Boddy 12:01 AM   An ageing playground in Narrabundah will be repaired by the ACT government and reopened after community outrage over a decision to send it to the scrapheap. 

Mums return to school with kindy kids in tow

Sisters Michelle Aiken, left, and Alison Bond prepare Cooper and Imogen, both 5, for their first day of school at St Francis of Assisi Primary - the same school they attended as children.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Monday is the start of a new academic year across schools in Canberra and at St Francis of Assisi in Calwell  it seems to be a case of keeping it in the family.

Sly foxes raid turtles nests

ACT Parks and Conservation senior ranger Michael Maconachie at Jerrabomberra wetlands.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Two foxes have raided 62 of the 63 long neck turtles nests identified by rangers at Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Failure to launch mars Yerrabi Pond development say residents

The Yerrabi Pond building site.

David Ellery 11:30 PM   Protracted delays in the development of prime waterfront blocks along the Yerrabi Pond foreshore have stopped one of Gungahlin’s most attractive precincts from realising its potential residents, business owners and community leaders have said.

Extra school costs putting parents out of pocket

Archie, 11, who is entering year 6 this year with his mum Kylie Reid. The family have been helped by the Smith Family.

Sally Coen 11:30 PM   As children in the ACT return to school this week, many families will be severely out of pocket before the school bell even rings for morning class. 

Immediate suspension for third-time drink-driver

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11:30 PM   A Jerrabomberra man has had his driver's licence suspended after he was caught allegedly drink-driving for the third time, police say.

Fears judge exodus may bring family hearings crisis

ACT Bar Association president Shane Gill, who is urging prompt replacement of retiring judges.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Canberra-based judges are dropping like flies from the Family and Federal Circuit Courts, and this has provoked worries that the increasing caseload will be even harder to clear.

Woman capsicum-sprayed after police arrest her on wrong charge

ACT Policing says it will consider the court's comments on the case and modify training of officers  if necessary.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Police arrested a young woman on the wrong charge before capsicum spraying her over a minor disturbance in the Civic bus interchange, a court has found.

Vegetarian restaurateur loathe to kill cockroaches


Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The owner of a Dickson vegetarian restaurant, fined $16,000, after he failed to wipe out a a cockroach infestation because it would have involved “killing little insects”.

Narrabundah cyclist dies

Police speak to a cyclist after a 50-year-old man fell off his bike in Deakin.

John Thistleton   Canberra cyclist dies after falling from bike last week.

Legal experts back Commonwealth on Fluffy clean-up

Mr Fluffh homeowners want to rebuild on their land.

Matthew Raggatt   Legal experts have backed the Abbott government's rejection of liability for the $1 billion Mr Fluffy clean-up.

Grapes and cherries abundant for summer harvest

John Leyshon keeps an eye on some of his shiraz grapes at his winery near Yass, ahead of what is looking to be an excellent harvest.

Matthew Raggatt   Cherry growers struggled with a flooded market, with a bumper grape harvest also tipped.

The hidden children of the Holocaust

Thomas and his young family fled Czechoslovakia in 1968, first to Vienna and then Australia.

Georgina Connery   A Canberra-based Holocaust survivor shares his remarkable story ahead of the launch of 'Let Me Be Myself' an Anne Frank House in Amsterdam world premiere exhibition on show from February 4 at the National Jewish Memorial Centre in Forrest.

For the love of art

Jas Hugonnet.

Sally Pryor   It's a sleepy weekday morning in the middle of a Canberra summer, and the front doors at M16 Artspace are closed to the public.

Elderly woman hospitalised following head on crash in Wallaroo

Calvary Hospital.

Georgina Connery   A head on collision on an unsealed stretch of Oakey Creek Road, Wallaroo has left a driver in hosptial

Canberra tradesman takes Weet-Bix eating to next level

Kindergarten student Linkin Broers, 5, attempts to eat 20 Weetbix at his home in Gungahlin to raise money for SIDS and KIDS.

Mark Sawa   Eating Weet-Bix has been taken to a new level by a few Canberrans who are raising funds for SIDS and KIDS charity at the WBC. Mark Sawa reports.

Cold Chisel: Sharp, hot and ready to rock

Cold Chisel front man Jimmie Barnes.

Chris Johnson   Cold Chisel, the ultimate Aussie pub band, is set to rock the capital on February 26 directly before their appearance as the headline act at this year's Clipsal 500 V8 Supercars race event in Adelaide.

Would you report a bikie? Canberrans seem reluctant to speak up

Attorney- General, Simon Corbell and Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers.

Henry Belot   Fewer than ten people have contacted authorities with information about criminal motorcycle gangs in Canberra since September despite pleas from police, the prospect of $2000, and assurances of anonymity.

Canberra's new marketing strategy divides experts


Ben Westcott   The ACT government has four separate websites to advertise Canberra to Australians -,, and

Giulia Jones talks on juggling her coming fifth child and assembly

Liberals MLA Giulia Jones has hit out at critics of Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme.

Kirsten Lawson   The debate over Tony Abbott's paid parental leave policy is a disgrace, Liberal Assembly member Giulia Jones says, preparing to have her fifth child and to bring the baby into the party room, the chamber, or wherever it needs to go so she can remain at work.