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Penalty rates stoush heats up

Union protesters outside the office of Liberal MP, Dr Peter Hendry.

Ross Peake and Katie Burgess 12:57 PM   Union delegates representing Canberra's lowest paid workers walk on MPs office to demand no change to Sunday penalty rates.

Public servants versus snakes

A sign telling workers to be careful because dangerous reptiles are about.

Phillip Thomson 12:40 PM   There are signs public servants in a semi-rural part of Canberra are ready for the hot months. Actual signs.

Capital life

Capital Life: What's on in Canberra's arts scene

Ros Auld's Journey Ceramic at Form Studio and Gallery.

Clare Colley 12:26 PM   A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning October 17, 2015.

'Every little girl will be wearing it'

Shoppers at Aldi in Gungahlin to buy new Collette Dinnigan children's clothes.

Katie Burgess 12:25 PM   Collette Dinnigan's new limited-edition line of girls' clothing launches - right next to the fruit and veg.

Canberra's buses fail to meet satisfaction targets

Customer satisfaction rating for Canberra's bus network have improved but still fall short of targets.

Henry Belot 11:56 AM   Canberra's bus network improved its performance this year - but not enough to make everyone happy.

Win a double pass to Voices in the Forest

121124: Voices in the Forest. Picture by Belinda Pratten

10:57 AM   Eight lucky readers have the chance to win tickets to this year's Voices in the Forrest concert spectacular on Saturday 21 November.

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ACT public servants riding bikes to meetings around Canberra

On your bike: ACT government directorates will have bikes and helmets in place for staff.

Tom McIlroy 10:28 AM   ACT government directorates have begun to provide public servants with bikes for travel to meetings and appointments around Canberra, just in time for Ride to Work Day on Wednesday.

Whale calf entangled in '150 metres' of fishing net freed

National Parks crews mount the rescue operation tracking the whale from Narooma down to Bermagui where it was cut free.

Stan Gorton and Katie Burgess 10:26 AM   Whale calf entangled in fishing net off Narooma free

Car fire sparks grass fire

Fire brigade

9:41 AM   A car fire has sparked a grass fire west of Canberra.

Prince Charles and Camilla to visit Canberra

Prince Charles and Camilla are headed to Australia for their second joint visit.

Emma Kelly 8:40 AM   Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will visit Canberra as part of a 12-day tour of Australia and New Zealand next month.

National Gallery of Australia's makeover and rehang to attract return visitors

The National Gallery of Australia's assistant director of exhibitions and collections Adam Worrall with Jackson Pollock's <i>Blue Poles</i> in storage before it goes into the conservation lab.

Clare Colley 10:04 PM   Blue Poles is off display while the National Gallery of Australia undergoes a makeover to attract return visitors.

Sugar tax inevitable in Australia's fight against obesity

Professor Boyd Swinburn is a leading expert on obesity prevention in Australia and New Zealand.

Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   A tax on sugar in Australia is inevitable, with the unfolding story of foods that contribute to obesity identical to that of tobacco, says a leading researcher in public health.

Shoe store worker faked refunds to steal more than $70,000 from till

A Sydney woman has been charged with stealing $150,000 from The Benevolent Society.

Megan Gorrey 8:51 PM   A Canberra woman who stole more than $70,000 from a city shoe store to buy clothes claims she doesn't remember taking the money from the till because she had post-traumatic stress disorder, a court heard. 

Parks staff say dirty peacocks bring elderly residents to tears

A peacock in Wylie Street, Narrabundah, showing off in front of two other peafowl.

John Thistleton 9:30 PM   "I love them to bits,'' says Narrabundah's passionate peacock supporter, as trap set for feral birds.

Emergency department wait times worsen as hospitals struggle to meet demand

Waiting times for treatment at Canberra's emergency departments have increased.

Henry Belot 8:46 PM   Only half of patients who visited the Canberra Hospital emergency department are seen within recommended times as the hospital struggles to deal with an influx of presentations.

ACT Policing confirm 27 conduct breaches including harassment and inappropriate behaviour

Police misconduct was detailed in the latest ACT Policing annual report.

Henry Belot 8:40 PM   ACT Policing received 321 complaints for alleged breaches of conduct last financial year with 27 instances confirmed by the force.

Government moves ahead with Russell tram extension development application

Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   A development application for the proposed extension of Canberra's light rail line to the Russell Defence precinct will be lodged alongside the main city to Gungahlin works application.

ANU professor's disease research earns national award

Professor Carola Vinuesa has received the 2015 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research.

Stephen Jeffery 9:40 PM   Professor Carola Vineusa's breakthrough studies into the understanding of autoimmune diseases have been honoured.

Calls for more flu shots for children following worst spread in 5 years

Professor David Salisbury is visiting Australia to discuss changes to influenza policy after successfully leading the initiative to have all UK children vaccinated.

Clare Sibthorpe 9:30 PM   Australia's recent flu season was the worst in five years and saw a rising rate of children infected. Despite the disease causing an average of 18,000 hospitalisations and 3,000 deaths a year nationally, just 42 per cent of people under the age of 65 at risk of infection are vaccinated annually.

Gang-gang. The story of flight.

Graeme Townsend's The Story of Flight.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The story of flight.

International Riesling Challenge will promote Canberra to the world

Canberra International Riesling Challenge, Guest judge from New York Jim Trezise

Keira Jenkins 11:30 PM   The biggest Riesling event in the southern hemisphere was launched this week in Canberra, with almost 500 wines from seven countries up for judging.

Wild-haired women unite for lost children of Cambodia

Birds of a feather: Lucy Perry joins Sunrise Cambodia.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Two women known for their trademark hairstyles as well as their dedication to do good in the world have joined forces to house and educate some of the most at-risk children of Cambodia.

ACT homeless shelter calls for more emergency accommodation

Safe Shelter ACT is calling for more non-referral emergency accommodation providers.

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   A Canberra men's shelter is calling for more non-referral emergency accommodation ahead of the release of their annual report.

Want to hit a golf ball at Parliament House?

Owner of Yarralumla Play Station Jason Perkins teeing off at the Canberra-themed mini golf course.

Kimberley Le Lievre 5:21 PM   A new Canberra tourist attraction gives you a safe way to play around Canberra's iconic buildings.

New agreement planned between Canberra and the Smithsonian

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Canberra could sign an new cooperation agreement with the world's largest museum and research complex, Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Kaiser mocked at first Anzac Day in 1915


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Thoughts kept wandering from idyllic Adelaide to hellish Gallipoli.

Injured Canberra worker sent to jail over Comcare fraud

A Gordon man has admitted defrauding  Comcare of more than $60,000 in worker's compensation.

Megan Gorrey 4:33 PM   A former ACT Ambulance Service worker who defrauded Comcare of more than $60,000 has been sent to jail for three months. 

Handcuffs during trial did not prejudice case: court

A screen grab from CCTV footage shows the gunpoint robbery.

Michael Inman   An armed robber who terrorised supermarket staff with a rifle received a fair hearing, despite being handcuffed, court finds.

Swarming bees on the move in Canberra

  John Johnston from the Beekeepers Association of the ACT places  a swarm of over 60,000 bees into a new hive.

John Thistleton   Canberra beekeepers on high alert for hive diseases see safety in numbers.

Canberra psychology teacher designs organic clothing for children

Jason Tolmie with his daughters Neko, 4, and Ada, 2, wearing Foxtrot Threads, a Kickstarter campaign using 100 per cent organic cotton with his own designs for kids' clothing.

Clare Sibthorpe   Jason Tolmie spends his days teaching psychology at Canberra College and his nights designing ethically manufactured children's T-shirts for his new online brand Foxtrot Threads – when he's not looking after his two young daughters.

Katy Gallagher appointed shadow minister

Katy Gallagher has joined Bill Shorten's frontbench as a shadow minister

Ross Peake   ACT's Katy Gallagher has joined the frontbench as a shadow minister with a variety of responsibilities.

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Westfield supermarket evacuated

ACT firefighters evacuated Coles in Westfield after multiple fire alarms.

A Westfield supermarket was evacuated overnight, in the second evacuation in Woden in as many nights.

ACT's Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly on the role of government in preventing obesity

ACT Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly says stopping the spread of obesity requires the government to be involved.

Alexandra Back   The ACT's Chief Health Officer says stopping the spread of obesity requires the government to be involved, with the condition that any intervention must also have the community's support.

ACT government to pitch Canberra light rail for federal funding

An artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's high-profile love of public transport and support for the Gold Coast light rail line will see the ACT government lobby for federal funding for future stages of Canberra's trams. 

City traders welcome consultation over light rail car park plan

An artist's impression of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy   City traders have welcomed another opportunity to express their concerns over the planned closure of car parking on London Circuit to make way for a temporary light rail construction compound. 

#Dismissal1975 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dismissal

40 years on: Senior historian at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Libby Stewart.

Tom McIlroy   The intrigue and drama that led to the dismissal of the Whitlam government could have never have played out in the age of social media, according to Canberra author and journalist Paul Daley.

Public servant used Commonwealth credit card to fund extravagant lifestyle


Michael Inman   A Canberra public servant used a Commonwealth credit card to pay for a skydiving adventure during a fraudulent taxpayer-funded trip to the Gold Coast.

'Your tears are turning me on': violent husband argues for suspended sentence


Matthew Raggatt   A man who assaulted his wife and told her it was her job to give him oral sex has made a plea to avoid jail time. 

Narrabundah's noisy peacocks will be trapped, relocated to wildlife sanctuary

A peacock on a letterbox in Brockman Street, Narrabundah.

John Thistleton    Feral peafowl in Narrabundah will be relocated over the coming weeks to a wildlife sanctuary in Darlington Point, NSW.

CFMEU case adjourned as CCTV footage raised

CFMEU union members protesting in Sydney.

Matthew Raggatt   The nation's construction union will submit CCTV footage to support their claims police breached procedural rules during a raid of the ACT headquarters. 

It's fluff time in Canberra

A build up of fluff from white poplar trees near the National Gallery of Australia.

Flowers from the white poplar tree have turned to springtime's flying fluff, spreading the tree's seeds far and wide across the city.

Gang-gang. Iceland's proposed humanoid pylons recall Pylon Poets


Ian Warden   Last Wednesday's picture of humanoid electricity pylons proposed for Iceland has reminded a Yarralumla reader that once upon a time there was a posse of writers known as the Pylon Poets.

Gary Humphries to lead RSPCA board

Gary Humphrie.

After more than two decades representing the Canberra region's humans, the former ACT Liberal senator will now be advocating for the country's animals.