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Bail refused for alleged thief after threats to partner

 ACT Magistrates Court

Matthew Raggatt 3:57 PM   A Calwell man has been refused bail after he allegedly threatened his former girlfriend who gave evidence to police about an armed theft. 

Mem Fox says private school spruiks "false advertising"

Author Mem Fox tore apart the arguments for the superiority of a private school education while speaking at the National Press Club.

Matthew Raggatt 4:00 PM   She's Fox by name and possums assured her reputation, but Australia's most popular picture-book author played the attack dog on Friday night as she elegantly tore apart the arguments for the superiority of a private school education.

Spending a lazy $50 million on a Canberra weekend

A Canberra woman won the $50 million Powerball lottery.

Megan Doherty and Emma Kelly 8:43 AM   The Canberra woman who won $50 million in the Powerball lottery is on the look-out for her first home. And she may still get the First Home Owner Grant.

We should celebrate the death of the hipster

As a 20-something who enjoys kale, I've long been subjected to hipster-hate and my objections only strengthen the rallying cry.

Henry Belot 12:21 AM   When the last hipster disappears from Lonsdale Street I'll host a small party with bands you've never heard of.

Are you Canberra's strongest man - or woman?

Canberra Strongman Andrew Fraser pulls a truck.

Chris Wilson 10:15 PM   Canberra Strongman entrant Andrew Fraser took up the novel sport to 'pick up chicks' - literally.

Former Army sergeant loses Civic rape appeal

Geoffrey William Joyce leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in 2012.

Christopher Knaus 10:12 PM   A former Army sergeant jailed for raping a woman he met outside a Civic pub has lost an appeal against his conviction.

National Capital Authority waiting for response to Yarralumla development concerns

The brickworks site.

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   In estimates the NGA appeared to criticise the ACT government for delays in consultation over the Yarralumla brickworks.

Waterfront park and pavilion to start City to the Lake

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on the site of a planned new lakefront park, the first stage of the West Basin redevelopment.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 9:31 PM   The ACT government will begin the first stage of its City to the Lake project that will ultimately see high-rises and a swimming pool in the West Basin.

'No doubt' man delivered Civic one-punch hit: prosecution

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Christopher Knaus 9:30 PM   Prosecutors say there is "no doubt" that man on trial delivered offending one-punch hit in drunken Civic fight.

More job losses to hit the ACT with Canberra pools to shed 120 staff

Civic pool

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   The company running two of Canberra's aquatic centres has lost the tender to continue managing them and has shed staff. The move comes days after the ACTTAB announcement, and adds to fears the ACT economy will be further hit.

Controversial fence plan given green light despite architect's opposition

An AFP officer stands guard at the front of Parliament House in Canberra.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   The National Capital Authority has given the go-ahead to a controversial plan to build a fence around the ministerial wing at Parliament House.

Horses distressed, injured after vandals smashed paddock gate

Horse owners are outraged after vandals busted the lock on a paddock gate and set 13 horses loose in the middle of the night at Rose Cottage paddocks on Friday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   More than a dozen horses were found distressed, covered in sweat and with cut and swollen legs after vandals busted a lock on their south Canberra paddock and set them loose.

Last chance for photographers to capture Canberra's autumn splendour

Hugo the English cocker spaniel runs through autumn leaves beside the Queanbeyan River.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   With ears flying, paws splayed and heart pumping, Hugo the English cocker spaniel could be the Canberra region resident most that winter is coming.

Westside Container Village 'a damp squib': National Capital Authority

Westside Acton Park "looks like the beginnings of a detention centre," Senator Sterle said.

Primrose Riordan and Kirsten Lawson 7:48 PM   The head of the National Capital Authority has labelled the new Westside Container Village a "damp squib" and revealed the authority raised its concerns about the West Basin development with the ACT government.

Budget presents many challenges

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Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr is caught in a bind of a huge deficit and visionary plans as he prepares to deliver his fourth budget, writes Kirsten Lawson.

New boss to tackle scourge of domestic violence

ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell has appointed a new anti-domestic violence boss

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government has appointed a senior public servant to oversee its response to domestic and family violence, amid growing recognition and media reporting of the issue in Australia.

Is the ACT arts policy about words or people?

Retiring ACT Arts director David Whitney.

Sally Pryor 11:45 PM   For a community forum attended mainly by people in the arts, it was a disappointingly sedate affair.

Steiner School defends vaccination program after whooping cough cases confirmed

Canberra's Orana Steiner School principal is upset by claims the school is lax on vaccinations.

Emma Kelly and Henry Belot 6:21 PM   Canberra's Orana Steiner School has defended its vaccination record after two cases of whooping cough at the Weston school.

Curtain closes on flamboyant role of entertaining audiences

'The arts needs the best support and advocacy it can get. It's very easy to diminish the arts': David Whitney.

Sally Pryor 11:45 PM   If there's one thing David Whitney is looking forward to when he retires in July, it's having an opinion.

Molonglo and Lawson land 'overpriced by $100,000 or more'

Former executive director of policy at ACT Treasury Khalid Ahmed: Analysis suggests Molonglo and Lawson households paid far too much for their land.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Households in Molonglo and Lawson paid prices at least $100,000 higher than they should have for their land, new figures suggest.

ACT's $50 million Powerball winner

Gary Baron says he won on his own lottery ticket, not with a syndicate's.

Emma Kelly   One lucky person is $50 million richer thanks to a Powerball ticket purchased in the ACT.

Calling all budding songwriters

Blue Clay Creatives and Mind Body Business founder Laticia Gibson.

Jil Hogan   Independent songwriters and musicians take note.

Hiring licence is yours to lose, APS bosses warned

"Redeployees" must be given hiring priority, even above other internal applicants.

Noel Towell   Hopes of a public service jobs bonanza have been dashed.

Canberra's Matthew Davis recovers from life-changing burns

Mattew Davis was badly burnt in a fire in August.

Emma Kelly   Nine months ago Matthew Davis's body was on fire. He doesn't remember the explosion, but he remembers the pain.

Dead joey stuffed in senior public servant's letterbox

Vision of the dead joey.

Phillip Thomson   CCTV cameras captured a dead joey being stuffed in the letter box of a highly-paid bureaucrat.

What to expect in the ACT budget

A total of $11 million will go to the new Canberra Institute of Technology campus.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr thinks of himself as a big picture politician, but he has promised Tuesday's budget is set to have a "suburban" focus to improve Canberra's town centers, local shops and streetscapes.

Firearm stash found in Fisher home

Police seized a number of firearms plus ammunition from a Fisher property.

70-year-old man arrested after police found a stash of guns and ammunition in his house.

ACT heroin trafficker jailed after undercover police sting

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Christopher Knaus   A heroin trafficker caught in a cross-border undercover police sting has been sentenced to at least eight months behind bars.

Artist charts family history in portrait busts

Vivien Lightfoot: Florence and Charlotte.

Kerry-Anne Cousins 11:45 PM   Skilful modelling recreates long-dead ancestors.

Colourful, complex forms exude confidence

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello has created her latest works with sensitivity and assurance.

Kerry-Anne Cousins 11:45 PM   By bringing the skills of traditional weaving and glasswork together, Jenni Kemarre Martiniello translates them into a contemporary idiom.