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Charlie's brave battle

Clare Sibthorpe 11:54 PM   Baby Charlie holds one of his 300 beads that represent the medical incidents he's endured in his three-month-life, including open heart surgery.

Direct international flights could unlock Canberra for freight: Barr

Freight opportunities unlocked: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy 10:32 PM   Canberra's new direct international flights will unlock freight opportunities for the Canberra region.

Heritage Strategy launched at ACT's newest heritage site Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station

Former Honeysuckle Creek tracking station employee Hamish Lindsay at the recently heritage-listed site.

Clare Colley 10:32 PM   Almost 49 years since its antenna beamed the first TV images of the moon landing, and 24 years after the site was levelled, the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station has been added to the ACT's heritage register.

How a group of Canberra scientists helped to prove what Einstein couldn't

Professor David McClelland and Professor Susan Scott at the ANU Centre for Gravitational Physics.

Katie Burgess 11:00 PM   How a group of Canberra scientists helped to prove Einstein wrong.

Eastman faces the accountability mirage

Jack Waterford.

Jack Waterford 11:00 PM   Colin Winchester, one of Australia's most powerful police officers, was killed in Canberra 27 years ago. Yet new details keep surfacing.

National Multicultural Festival begins with Malaysian ceremonies

Tourism Malaysia officially opened the Malaysia Village in Ainslie Avenue, Civic, as part of the National Multicultural ...

Henry Belot 10:24 PM   The multicultural festival kicks off for another year in Canberra.

Jackson deserves to leave on her terms

Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton 9:45 PM   Saturday Serve: Lauren Jackson deserves a chance to go out on her terms.

Canberra's lonely hearts lose more than half a million dollars in 2015

Lonely heart scams snagged more than $500,000 from Canberrans in 2015.

Katie Burgess 8:10 PM   Canberrans lost more than half a million dollars to love scammers last year,the Australian consumer watchdog has revealed.

2016 Bald Archy art exhibition opens in Canberra

The entry by artist Judy Nadin) entitled "May the remorse be with you", depicting Bronwyn Bishop.

Meghan Corcoran 7:47 PM   From Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull depicted as the statue David with a naked Queen Elizabeth II clinging to his leg, to Bronwyn Bishop catching a bus, this year's Bald Archy's Prize has again delivered what audiences have come to expect. 

NDIS ACT rollout improves but numbers underestimated

Complaints about the NDIS are slowing down as more Canberrans have their plans approved.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT is on track with complaints slowing down, but the number of Canberrans deemed eligible remains higher than expected.

It all makes sense now – the early days of dollars and cents in Australia

Retired Canberra bus drivers Reg Walters, 75, of Watson; Dick Redman, 87, of Ainslie, and Pat Torpy, 79, of Dickson. ...

Megan Doherty 7:40 PM   Sunday will see the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency to Australia.

Celebrate 50th anniversary of decimal currency at Mint open day

Royal Australian Mint chief executive Ross MacDiarmid in the circulation room that will be open for public tours on ...

Meghan Corcoran 7:37 PM   Five decades ago, Australians braced for a significant change in the way they used money as the country shifted from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents.

Wild hail storm damages car yards with insurance claims set to rise

Kristel Shelley's home in Queanbeyan was significantly damaged by the hail storm on Thursday night.

Henry Belot and Kimberley Le Lievre 5:48 PM   Queanbeyan residents spend Friday morning cleaning up after a severe hail storm.

Andrew Barr tells Malcolm Turnbull to leave Canberra alone

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has slammed the federal government's "Canberra bashing".

Tom McIlroy and Katie Burgess 5:34 PM   The ACT's Chief Minister has lashed out at the federal government's "pork-barrelling" of public service, while calling for an end to the "Canberra bashing".

DHS wage offer smashed

About 23,000 Department of Human Services workers voted on the pay deal.

Noel Towell 5:16 PM   Workers in the government's biggest department have again rejected a wage deal. The electoral commission has voted no too.

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Retiring Mary Porter on change and moving on

Labor MLA Mary Porter says she "will need to ensure I don't lose my identity" as she prepares to leave political life on ...

Megan Doherty 11:45 PM   Ginninderra MLA Mary Porter is about to enter her last week in the ACT Assembly after nearly 12 years representing the people of north-western Canberra.

The politics of Medicare

Privatising Medicare's payment system was a less prominent brainchild of the 2014 Commission of Audit.

Jane Lee 12:15 AM   The longer the government takes to release its plan for Medicare and aged care payments, the more time the Opposition has to warn voters of the hypothetical dangers it could pose.

Top FBI expert embroiled in misconduct probe after Eastman evidence

David Eastman spent almost 19 years behind bars before having his conviction for the murder of ACT police chief Colin ...

Christopher Knaus and Jack Waterford 11:32 AM   Australian authorities may have known of serious concerns about FBI examiner used in Eastman case since 2000.

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Canberra woman calls for inquiry into management of Domestic Animal Services

Midge (left) and Neo, the dogs owned by Renee Dean who were mauled to death in their own backyard.

A Canberra woman whose dogs were mauled to death in her own backyard is calling for an inquiry into the management of Domestic Animal Services, saying it didn't investigate her case, and others, properly.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for the ACT region

The State Emergency Service has advised Canberra residents to keep their cars under cover and to keep clear of creeks ...

Henry Belot   Queanbeyan and southern Canberra have been battered with a severe hail storm.

College student committed to stand trial for sex with minor

Ibrahim Kamara, 20, has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court for allegedly having sex with a minor.

Christopher Knaus   ACT college student who allegedly had sex with a minor is committed to stand trial.

Fuzzy Logic: Getting an earful of yourself

When you hear your recorded voice – as on an answering machine – it sounds higher pitched because it takes a longer ...

Question: Why does our own voice sound different?

Gambler stole $530,000 from ATMs

Salesi Toumo'ua gambled money he stole from Canberra ATMs in a string of transactions over five months.

Megan Gorrey   A former security company employee who stole more than $530,000 from four Canberra ATMs in one night gambled the money through dozens of transactions, including a $52,000 bet on an AFL premiership.

Public servants top the superannuation pile

Commonwealth public servants and military personnel scored the best returns on their retirement savings in the past ...

Noel Towell   Public sector super funds smash the opposition for returns.

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Barnaby accused of pork-barrel politics

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Phillip Thomson   But the minister is on the front foot – 'As marvellous as Lake Burley Griffin is, there are not many fishing grounds in it'.

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ANU pledges to stamp out sexual harrassment

Professor Brian Schmidt.

Emma Macdonald   The ANU is committed to providing opportunity equally to women and men, equally to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, equally to people living with a disability and equally to those who aspire to do great things regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity or socio-economic status, Professor Brian Schmidt says.

Canberra's 12-year-old beatboxer

Canberra beatboxer Satvik 'Renagzy' Sharma,12, will perform at Saturday's Multicultural Festival.

Clare Colley   Canberra's Satvik Sharma is making a name for himself in the beatboxing world after his video was showcased on one of its biggest online communities.

Gang-gang. ANU's new year commences with fanfares and pledge

ANU vice chancellor Brian Schmidt poses for selfies at the Commencement Address occasion. Photo Jay Cronan

Ian Warden   Those of us who went to uni in the olden days and often despised our Vice Chancellors to the point of occupying their offices and sometimes even burning effigies of them, rather envy today's ANU students their likeable Vice Chancellor.

Dunne sought advice of two speakers in refusing Burch speaker's job

ACT Speaker Vicky Dunne, who has refused to appoint Joy Burch as an assistant.

Kirsten Lawson   ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne consulted speakers in two other parliaments before refusing embattled Labor backbencher Joy Burch a slot on her panel of assistant speakers.

Canberra Fertility Centre calls for paid surrogacy to be allowed in Australia

Commercial surrogacy is currently illegal in Australia.

Megan Doherty   A Canberra fertility clinic is calling for paid surrogacy to be made legal in Australia.

Funding shortfall for Canberra radio station could become nationwide problem

Print handicapped radio station, Radio 1RPH, is losing a quarter of its funding leading to a warning other stations will ...

Katie Burgess   A funding shortfall which could force a Canberra-based disability radio station to cut its services will impact other stations around Australia, the Member for Ginninderra has warned.

Fluffy dual occupancy passes Assembly, freeing the way for the government to begin auctioning the first 50 blocks

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman.

Kirsten Lawson   Fluffy dual occupancy passes Assembly, freeing the way for the government to begin auctioning the first 50 blocks

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Wagga Wagga's prison declared pestilential

White ants devour wood.

Ian Warden   Hellish as the detention centres of Nauru and Manus sound they may once have been eclipsed in nastiness by the Wagga-Wagga jail.

ACT Assembly launches youth suicide inquiry

Inquiry launched: Opposition mental health spokeswoman Giulia Jones.

Tom McIlroy   A Legislative Assembly committee will conduct an inquiry on the rising rate of youth suicide in the ACT.

Failed bidders raise eyebrows at high price for Currong and Allawah flats

Representatives of SHL Development, the winning bidder for the Currong and Allawah flats sites in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson   Failed bidders for the Currong and Allawah public housing flats were surprised at just how high bidding went, with the winners paying $47 million for the prime inner-city block.

University of Canberra starts company to develop new cancer treatment

Professor Sudha Rao.

Alexandra Back   University of Canberra researchers hope to develop a new treatment aimed at preventing the spread of cancer within the body with the launch of a new company.

ACT sport minister Yvette Berry working on Canberra Hall of Fame status

News. ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, announces new minister, Yvette
Berry, (pictured), at the Higgins shopping centre. ...

Chris Dutton   New ACT Sport and Recreation minister Yvette Berry will engage Canberra's grass-root organisations to determine the future of the Hall of Fame and sport star of the year awards.

More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar

More than 1.5 million Australian homes now have rooftop solar panels.

More than 16,000 homes in the ACT have rooftop solar systems, new figures from the Clean Energy Regulator show.

Australian National Botanic Gardens opens new bee hotel

Dr Remko Leijs, Aidan Bavinton, 8, of Maribyrnong Primary School, and ABC TV character Dirt Girl at the launch of the ...

Clare Colley   Canberra already has more than its fair share of buzzing hotels, but the latest offering is for much smaller guests – bees.

Fifty years of decimal currency - we could have had the Dingo or the Merino instead of the Dollar

Canberra author Peter Rees at the Royal Australian Mint with a $1 note he received in his first pay packet in the same ...

Megan Doherty   A cup of coffee? That'll be four dingoes thanks. A carton of milk? Two merinos please. Our decimal currency could have been very different to the dollars and cents we have now.

ASIC executive on child sex charges

Peter Cuzner (middle) leaves the ACT Magistrates Court.

Christopher Knaus   Current ASIC regional commissioner charged with historical child sex abuse from his time as a Canberra teacher.

Schools evacuated after bomb threat

ACT police outside Canberra's Lanyon High School last Tuesday, following a bomb threat.

Hundreds of school students have been evacuated across the wider Canberra region after another wave of threatening phone calls.

Ex-soldier pleads not guilty to breaking into RSPCA

Shane Van Duren and his dog, which he is accused of breaking out of the RSPCA.

Christopher Knaus   Ongoing mental health concerns over man who allegedly freed dog from RSPCA, attacked police and inspector.