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Public service peace talks at last

Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for
Employment and Minister for Women.

Noel Towell 10:03 AM   Michaelia Cash, Nadine Flood held talks in Melbourne this week.

Warm weather with a chance of rain

A swamp wallaby eating Blooms of a wattle tree in Tidbinbilla.

Emma Kelly 8:28 AM   After a warm long weekend, Canberra is in for cooler weather and a little rain.

Refugee whistleblower to speak out about abuses on Nauru

Nauru whistle-blower and former Save the Children worker Toby (Tobias) Gunn will speak about his experiences at a protest in Canberra at the weekend.

Ross Peake 2:07 AM   Refugee whistleblower speaks out ahead of Canberra rally

Virtuosic skill combined with erudition

Erin Helyard performs in the <i>Vienna - The Land of the Clavier!</i> concert, presented by Friends of the School of Music.

Jennifer Gall 9:43 PM   Erin Helyard's celebration of Viennese piano technology of the 18th and 19th centuries was a delight.

Adam Stankevicius new artsACT and Events ACT director

Adam Stankevicius is the new director of ArtsACT and Events ACT.

Clare Colley 7:43 PM   Former Centenary of Canberra general manager Adam Stankevicius will head up a combined artsACT and Events ACT as the new director of the two agencies.

Gang-gang. War Memorial honours 'four-legged soldiers' and handlers


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The genius of Ewen Coates' sculpture Evolution of the Senses dedicated at the Australian War Memorial on Thursday lies in the way in which it has a man and a dog looking lovingly into one another's eyes

Firies talk tactics to prevent repeat of nursing home tragedy

A room at the Quakers Hill nursing home after the fire of November 18, 2011.

Stephen Jeffery 11:30 PM   Strategies to prevent a tragedy on the scale of a Sydney nursing home inferno that killed 14 people dominated discussions at a fire safety conference in Canberra yesterday .

Injured taxi driver defrauded Comcare of $60,000


Megan Gorrey 7:30 PM   An injured Canberra worker who made false statements about his new job as a taxi driver fraudulently claimed more than $60,000 in worker's compensation, a court has heard.

Public servants brace for pension shock

The key force weighing on the market was falling commodity prices, which dragged the materials and energy sector 4.6 per cent and 3.5 per cent lower respectively.

Noel Towell 7:19 PM   Public service retirees say any move against their pensions would be unfair and ill-informed.

New domestic violence force for ACT police

ACT Assistant Police Commissioner Rudi Lammers with Jason Kennedy, Joanne Cameron and Rob Wilson - new dedicated family violence and community safety teams designed to strengthen the response to domestic abuse.

Megan Gorrey 7:16 PM   ACT Policing has announced new dedicated family violence and community safety teams in a sweeping restructure designed to strengthen its response to domestic abuse.

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Westside container village left a wallflower at Floriade

Westside Acton Park on a Thursday morning.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   The promised throngs of new customers to Canberra's beleaguered Westside container village have largely failed to materialise despite high hopes from the ACT Government that Floriade would see the village rebirthed.

‘Our people need healing, not jail’

Ngunnawal elder Aunty Agnes Shea lends a hand at the construction of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Katie Burgess 7:12 PM   Construction is underway for an eight-bed indigenous bush retreat for drug and alcohol rehabilitation near Tharwa.

Digital platforms push up Canberra Times readership

On the rise: Canberra Times readership has increased in the latest survey.

7:01 PM   The Canberra Times is recognising and meeting the needs of all its readers as audience grows.

Review finds bullying and harrasment rife at Canberra Hospital

"Today, I do regret not speaking out. Today, I feel I was cowardly."

Henry Belot and Tom McIlroy 7:00 PM   Junior doctors at the Canberra Hospital have faced long-running bullying, harassment, sexist treatment and management failures, leading to poor accountability and concerns about patient care.

Lord of the Dance in high-tech high jinks

The Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games adds a light show and pyrotechnics to the troupe's polished performance.

Michelle Potter 6:38 PM   The dance sequences are the highlight of this colourful multimedia show.

Keeping good Company with Stephen Sondheim

Tim Sekuless, Pip Murphy, Jarrad West perform in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's apartment building, which  doubled for a Manhattan complex on the Hudson River

Ron Cerabona 6:23 PM   The Stephen Sondheim musical Company still has a lot to say about relationships.

Roll up, roll up as Garage Sale trail comes to town

Rick Hart, of Gundaroo, Charles Njora, of Ngunnawal, and Chris Hallett, of Hackett, at the launch of the Garage Sale Trail.

Stephen Jeffery 11:30 PM   Don't panic if your suburb is filled with garage sales later this month. It's all for a good cause.

CFMEU boss denies knowledge of inappropriate payments

CFMEU's Dean Hall gives evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption before Commissioner Dyson Heydon.

David Ellery 5:48 PM   ACT CFMEU boss Dean Hall denies knowledge of alleged corruption, but admits he made a mistake allowing Fihi Kivalu to say he resigned after being made redundant.

Orkney islanders look at trees from both sides

Cows revel in the Orkneys' scenic treelessness.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   We are too scared to come out of the closet and admit it, in this tree-lined, tree-mad, Arboretum-adoring city, but some of us think Canberra has far too many trees.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra October 9-11

Scottish pipers

Jil Hogan 4:12 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Partner of motorcyclist killed on bridge calls for inquest

James Hughes died after an accident on the new Oallen Ford bridge, west of Nerriga on Sunday.

Robert Crawford 3:55 PM   Jerrabomberra man James Hughes died after losing control on the new bridge, west of Nerriga.

Pyne and Albanese engage in chopstick diplomacy at Kingston

Christopher Pyne at the China Plate restaurant in Kingston to film an episode of Kitchen Cabinet.

Alexandra Back 3:50 PM   Only in Canberra could a Chinese restaurant be deemed neutral territory, where politicians put down their rivalries and pick up chopsticks instead.

Daily joker Ronny Chieng heads to Canberra

Ronnie Chieng has landed a Daily Show gig.

Greg Chamberlain 1:03 PM   One of the more exciting performers to emerge from the fertile Australian comedy circuit in years, Ronny Chieng has his audience in stitches from the moment he walks on stage. 

San Cisco

San Cisco perfoming at ANU bar.

Jazcinta Pasher 12:59 PM   Scenes from the ANU Bar as indie pop band San Cisco perform.

Fly planner

Parkway Drive

12:53 PM   From Groovin to Gotye.

Melinda Schneider picks her 5 fave country songs

Melinda Schneider.

Melinda Schneider 12:26 PM   The country singer reveals the songs that shaped her.

Teenagers smash windows at CIT Reid, Ainslie Preschool

Police have been led on a high speed pursuit through Belmont

11:46 AM   Six teenagers have caused about $50,000 worth of damage to buildings in north Canberra.

Baby magpies rescued from tree

Baby magpies rescued from a tree in Evatt on Wednesday.

Emma Kelly 11:42 AM   At a time when Canberrans are ducking for cover from aggressive swooping magpies, a group of firefighters undertook a different kind of rescue operation.

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UC hospital plans 'seriously flawed', say local residents

An artist's impression of the planned new University of Canberra hospital.

Henry Belot   Plans for the University of Canberra Public Hospital have been described as 'seriously flawed', despite government assurances.

Driver crashes into Dickson Library

A red Mitsubishi Magna crashed into the Dickson Library Tuesday night.

Police arrested a man who crashed a car into the Dickson Library on Tuesday night.

Secret tape reveals Lomax knew of claims CFMEU's Kivalu was corrupt

A recording of a phone conversation revealed John Lomax knew of allegations his CFMEU colleague was corrupt before they were made public.

David Ellery   Secret recording reveals John Lomax knew of allegations his CFMEU colleague was corrupt, despite saying otherwise.

Mantra Group to open new hotel in Canberra's CBD

An artist's impression of the new full-service Mantra hotel to open in Canberra in late 2016. The hotel facilities will include a restaurant and bar, conference rooms, gym, and car parking.

Katie Burgess   Turner's demographic profile of largely young professionals is a key to planned urban renewal.

Two-and-a-half beers with Palms

Palms will perform at ANU Bar on October 10 in support of Last Dinosaurs.

Growing up in a middle-class suburb in Sydney made Al Griggs want to break out of the mundane.

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UnionsACT launches new campaign to protect penalty rates

Canberra nurse Teidi Chad is the face of a UnionsACT campaign to defend penalty rates.

Alexandra Back   A Canberra nurse will front a local union campaign against changes to penalty rates after stronger indications from the government that change was in the works.

Cab rides may be available for bus prices as seniors challenge Canberra transport

Seniors at the Council on the Ageing ACT's public forum on Wednesday asked for more accessible public transport.

Clare Sibthorpe   Taxis could soon be driving Canberrans between bus stops for the price of a standard bus fare.

Canberra Beer Week and Beer Day Out return in 2015

Beer Day Out organisers Anthony Young (left) and Stephen Hegarty at Bentspoke for the launch of Canberra Beer Week.

Alexandra Back   Canberra's celebration of craft brews is returning for a third year in 2015.

Canberra rugby league player charged with serious assault after on-field punches


Michael Inman   A Canberra rugby league player has been charged with a serious assault after he allegedly broke a rival's jaw and nose during an on-field altercation.

Canberra police boost safety precautions after fatal Sydney terrorist shooting

WA officers are to be investigated by internal affairs after the death of a baby in Laverton

Megan Gorrey   Canberra police have stepped up security measures amid increased safety fears in the wake of a fatal shooting outside NSW Police headquarters last week.

Turner's Powerful Owl goes to university


Ian Warden   The already famous Powerful Owl of Turner (affectionately known as the Powl, and much-reported and much-depicted in this column) is achieving a sudden new form of fame

Government scales back Canberra light rail car park plan

Consulting: Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy   The ACT government has scaled back unpopular plans to close an entire London Circuit car park during construction of the light rail line and hopes to increase parking options from next year. 

Hume traders threaten to sue Telstra over internet outage

Some of the Hume business owners who are considering a class action against Telstra after they lost internet services for more than a week. They are outside a business vandalised when security cameras and systems connected through the internet failed.

John Thistleton   Hume traders say they lost business and goodwill after Telstra internet fails for more than a week.

A different kind of Bill comes to Parliament

At front with a Lady Macbeth portrait by Alan Jones is Aston Gibbs, program manager of art collection and exhibitions,
left and Patrick Buckle, head of operations at Bell Shakespeare. At
rear, with another Lady Macbeth portrait by Mathew Lynn are art
handlers Mark Worrall, left and Dave Roberts.

Stephen Jeffery   Shakespearean events are a part of life at Parliament House, but not quite like a new exhibition.

Two men linked to an alleged Canberra drug syndicate jailed


Michael Inman   Two men linked to an alleged Canberra jail drug syndicate have been locked up in NSW on drug charges.