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Public service defies the knockers

Noel Towell 10:27 PM   Don't believe the hype, says former top bureaucrat Terry Moran - those public service kids are alright.

Higher wages for fewer public service sickies

Australian Public Service managers are failing to tackle the 'seemingly intractable' problem of sickies among their workers, internal APS documents reveal.

Noel Towell 10:25 PM   APS bosses can now put sickie rates on the table in wage talks.

Celebrities get to sleep with lions, tigers

Entertainer Leo Sayer at the official opening of Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra.

Megan Gorrey 9:58 PM   As exotic animals prowled outside Canberra's Jamala Wildlife Lodge on Monday night, stars of business, sport and entertainment lingered within.

Tuggeranong residents reject being 'fattest and laziest' in Canberra

Stomach fat is a health danger sign.

Finbar O'Mallon 9:45 PM   Tuggeranong residents are unimpressed by 'laziest' tag and want government to do more to encourage active lifestyles.

Suspicious package found in mail room at Indonesian embassy

ACT Fire and Rescue attend an incident at the Indonesian
embassy in Yarralumla.

Emma Kelly 9:45 PM   Police and firefighters were called to the Indonesian embassy on Monday morning after a suspicious white powder was found in the mail room.

How a colony of Griffith cats lure magpie feeders into their service

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John Thistleton 11:45 PM   On dusk¬†Charlie and Betty Margulles Griffith home fills with magpies - until the cats arrive.

Canberra conference encourages young girls to lead

Frances Crimmins,  Executive Director of the YWCA of Canberra.

Hannah Moore 9:45 PM   A lack of women in public and private leadership roles is discouraging young girls from seeking out similar roles for themselves, a YWCA study has found.

About Town: National Zoo and Aquarium opens doors to Jamala Wildlife Lodge

Jamala Wildlife Lodge at the National Zoo and Aquarium. Hummer the resident Giraffe at the lodge.

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8:17 PM   Canberrans and others from interstate were keen to visit the zoo's new Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Libs pledge to restore nurses for special schools

ACT Liberal Education spokesman Steve Doszpot.

Emma Macdonald 8:08 PM   The ACT Opposition has pledged $500,000 to put five nurses into four Canberra special schools if they win the next election.

Road users urged to share the road for National Road Safety Week

Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) co-founder Jessica Frazer at the ACT launch of National Road Safety Week.

Clare Colley 9:45 PM   The death of a man in Holt underlies the importance of road safety as National Road Safety Week begins.

ACT candidate search made more difficult by two elections in one year

Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja.

Kirsten Lawson 9:45 PM   Labor and Liberal have opened nominations this month for candidates to stand in next year's federal election, but the search for candidates is complicated by the ACT election coinciding with the federal one.

Urgent need for $1.6 million to treat ice scourge

Meth use is changing in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 9:45 PM   ¬†The dramatic increase in purity and strength of the crystalline form of methamphetamine threatens to overwhelm drug treatment services.

Body left unsupervised, staff told not to call police after dementia ward killing

The Jindalee Aged Care Residence in Narrabundah

Christopher Knaus 6:50 PM   Nursing staff were told not to call police after a man was discovered bashed to death in his bed at a Canberra dementia ward, an inquest has heard.

ACTTAB fraudster ordered to do community service

Pamela Susan Close, 61, was resentenced in the ACT Supreme Court.

Christopher Knaus 6:46 PM   Employee who swindled $1.42 million from ACTTAB to do 300 hours of community service after a knee replacement rules her out of weekend detention.

Hoddle Street killer's offer to settle defence abuse lawsuit rejected

Julian Knight is escorted by police at the Coroners Court over the Hoddle Street shootings.

Michael Inman 6:06 PM   The Commonwealth has rejected an offer from the Hoddle Street killer to settle his lawsuit over alleged abuse he suffered as a staff cadet at Duntroon.

Drug busts and underage drinking mar well behaved Groovin the Moo crowd

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6:06 PM   Two drug busts and a number of underage drinkers marred an otherwise well-behaved crowd at Groovin the Moo on Sunday.

Canberra 11-year-old plays Groovin the Moo

Black Summer's debut gig before the Canberra crowd at Groovin the Moo.

Clare Colley 4:52 PM   Canberra year six student Rhys Toms had his debut gig as a music producer on Sunday, playing to a crowd of 10,000 at Groovin the Moo.

Today in History

A 179 Holden badge.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Fifty years ago, car-related stories were grabbing the headlines.

Kelly to claw back Eden-Monaro from 'extremist' Hendy

Former federal Labor MP Mike Kelly has been pre-selected for his former seat, Eden-Monaro.

Emma Kelly 3:49 PM   The former member for Eden-Monaro will fight to claw back the seat from Liberal member Peter Hendy, describing the incumbent as an ideological extremist.

A mushroom to top 25 pizzas

Antonio D'Ambrosio has tasty plans for his super-sized mushroom.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Antonio D'Ambrosio's massive mushroom will keep him in pizzas for some time.

Australia's digital future not bright

The National Broadband Network is crucial to Australia's future as a modern economy, says the Ernst and Young report.

Noel Towell 1:28 PM   Slow internet and ponderous public service are keeping Australia in the digital slow lane.

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Man sewed drugs into his underwear as part of smuggling plot

A test-run of a plan to carry methylamphetamine to the Northern Territory market was described as low to mid-range offending.

Michael Inman 12:16 PM   A Canberra man sewed methylamphetamine into his underwear as part of a plan to smuggle drugs to the lucrative Northern Territory market.

Man robbed at knife point in Page

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12:05 PM   A man had money, his iPhone and a backpack stolen during a robbery in Page on Saturday night.

Rathbones take aim at internet etiquette

Clyde Rathbone and his younger brother, comedian Dayne, are set to launch a new website.

Primrose Riordan 11:49 AM   Former ACT Brumbies player Clyde Rathbone and his brother Dayne are taking aim at the last frontier of online reviews.

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ACTEW Water rebranded as Icon Water

Canberra's water and sewerage utility ACTEW Water has been rebranded Icon Water.

10:44 AM   Canberra's water and sewerage utility ACTEW Water has been rebranded Icon Water as of Monday.

Exploring musical connections through time

The Director of the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman.

Jennifer Gall 11:45 PM   Jennifer Gall reviews the Canberra International Music Festival opening Gala Concert, Bach's Universe.

Man punched in the face, knocked unconscious

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10:06 AM   Police are searching for a man who knocked another man unconscious in Civic in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Teenager faces court after spate of car thefts in Canberra's north

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9:43 AM   An 18-year-old Bonner man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with a spate of car thefts in Canberra's north.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

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7:17 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

New housing funds will reopen spectacular falls

Ginninderra Falls.

John Thistleton   A new housing development will reopen to the public the spectacular Ginninderra Gorge near West Belconnen.