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How cruel Kris Kringle ruined my public service career

Noel Towell 12:07 AM   Finance Department incident highlights hidden dangers of Secret Santa.

Patriots Defence League president allegedly spat on Canberra driver

Canberra man Aaron Raymond Dudeck, also known as Aaron Raymond Hudson, leaves ACT Magistrates Court after being granted bail.

Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   The local head of an Australian "patriots" league allegedly spat on a Canberra driver after watching the activities of a local Islamic centre this week, police say.

Cotter Dam expansion wins national award

The Bulk Water Alliance picked up the National Civil/Infrastructure Award - over $25 million for the Cotter Dam at the Master Builders National awards.

11:30 PM   The expansion of the Cotter Dam has cemented a national award.

Man jailed for attack on pregnant fiancee

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A man who kneed his pregnant fiancee in the stomach has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

First Fluffy home owners accept buyback offer

The new mandatory tag for all Fluffy homes.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The first Fluffy home will be in ACT government hands on Friday, with 44 home owners accepting the government's buyback price.

Canberra Casino sale expected next week

FIRB approval has paved the way for the sale of the Canberra Casino.

Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   It's shaping up as a winning Christmas for Hong Kong billionaire entrepreneurs Tony and Justin Fung, with approval of their bid for Canberra's ailing casino expected to be announced early next week. 

Andrew Barr asks ACCC to investigate Canberra petrol prices

AT THE PUMP: Drive-offs were considered "significant" for many firms.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate Canberra's high petrol prices. 

Katy Gallagher sets date for departure

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Tom McIlroy 7:34 PM   Katy Gallagher prepares to move to the Senate.

Expressions of interest close for tram line

An artist's impression of the Gungahlin light rail interchange.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Affordability is a key concern for the expressions of interest that close for the Canberra tram line that close on Friday

Canberra's Grey advertising shuts its doors

Shutting shop: Grey Group Canberra general manager Tony Mansfield blamed a small, declining market for the decision to close.

Emma Kelly 7:00 PM   A changing market means advertising agency Grey Group Canberra is moving on after about 40 years.

Don't be complacent, tsunami experts warn

On alert: Co-director of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre in the Geoscience
Australia building at Symonston, Daniel Jaksa

David Ellery 11:30 PM   Australian tsunami experts have warned the community not to become complacent about the risk of tsunami.

Endangered frogs released into Brindabella National Park

The pattern on each corroboree frog is unique.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Two-hundred endangered northern corroboree frogs were released into Brindabella National Park on Thursday.

Government funding boost to help charities for Christmas

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell at City Walk in Civic.

David Winter 6:08 PM   A trio of Canberra charities have blamed the struggling ACT economy for an increase in demand for their services this Christmas, which has prompted a one-off government funding boost.

Police crackdown on drunken violence over summer

 ACT police chief Rudi Lammers and Police Minister Joy Burch launch the Safe Summer campaign at Braddon's Bentspoke Brewery on Thursday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT's top cop says police are adequately resourced to clamp down on drunken revellers this summer.

Stanhope new ACT Legal Aid chief


Michael Inman 5:55 PM   Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has been appointed president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

Missing man Stuart Heddle found dead

Stuart Heddle had been missing since Saturday.

Emma Kelly 5:19 PM   Police found the dead body of missing man Stuart Heddle on Thursday, after he went missing on Saturday.

DHS' 'crazy' command-and-control: Labor

Labor's Human Services spokesman Doug Cameron says the DHS is reluctant to supply basic information, even to the nation's Parliament.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   A "crazy" culture of command-and-control within the government's largest department has created an obsession with secrecy and suppressing information, according the the federal opposition.

Federal Government's APS pay policy cops another pasting

Public servants at the Financial Services Authority have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer made in line with the Abbot government's hardline wage policies.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Financial Service Authority the latest agency to reject wage offer made under bargaining policy.

Children with ADHD go without drugs for most of childhood


Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.

Progress towards publicly-funded home births

Publicly funded homebirths in the ACT are a step closer.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Women may be offered a publicly-funded home birth service in the ACT if an insurance scheme moves forward.

ACT judge reserves decision in Slipper appeal


Michael Inman 12:58 PM   Commonwealth prosecutor says Peter Slipper’s fraud conviction should stand because he broke the law.

Strangers join the search for missing Canberra man Stuart Heddle

A family photograph of Stuart and Jenny Heddle and their two children Jordan, 15, and Aidan 12, taken 2 years ago.

Henry Belot 12:32 PM   Friends of Stuart Heddle are coordinating a poster campaign to help locate the man who has been missing since Saturday.

Kate Lundy already has her job sorted after leaving politics

Senator Kate Lundy.

Henry Belot 11:51 AM   Outgoing ACT Senator Kate Lundy already knows which road she's taking when she leaves politics.

Pedestrian injured in Wanniassa crash


11:48 AM   A pedestrian has been injured after being hit by a vehicle in a driveway on Thursday.

Man who molested disabled girl sentenced to nine years in jail

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Michael Inman 11:32 AM   Man's selfish bid to corrupt a disabled child involved buying the young girl a vibrator, showing her pornography and molesting her.

'It will be totally blocked in peak hour'

The plan: An artist's impression of the proposed upgrade of Constitution Avenue, which will have new street trees.

Tom McIlroy 11:16 AM   Residents call on ACT Government to rethink plans for a one-way extension of city street.

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It's OK David, spending billions is hard


Phillip Thomson 10:48 AM   Does DFAT want to build the cone of silence? BMWs or Holdens? Public servants could tell the Defence Minister how tough tenders are.

NSW inquiry calls for ACT-style buyback and demolition of Fluffy houses

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson 10:15 AM   A NSW inquiry has called for an ACT-style mass buyback and demolition of Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated homes in NSW, declaring them "ultimately uninhabitable".

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Man charged with spitting on driver in road rage attack

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9:22 AM   Police will oppose bail for a 21 year old man charged after he allegedly verbally abused and spat on another driver who drove into the back of his car in Tuggeranong on Monday.