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DHS spends $500,000 to recoup $6000 disputed child support

Noel Towell 9:08 PM   Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the case is a “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money…to protect the butt of the department".

ACT pulls plug on commercial solariums

Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from the new year.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The size and hefty electricity use of sunbeds makes a rise in risky backyard solarium operators after the January 1 ban unlikely, according to the Cancer Council.

Rocky ride for Santa as thunderstorms forecast

Alice, 7, Matthew, 10, and Laura, 9, of Canberra enjoy ice-cream by the lake to cool down on Sunday.

Georgina Connery 8:30 PM   It could be a windy ride for Father Christmas as rain and thunderstorms are expected in the capital.

QBE finally starts to pay out home warranty claims to victims of building company collapse

Al Locus and Emma  Snowden and their extended family continue to live in cramped conditions.

David Ellery 11:30 PM   QBE has finally begun processing Home Warranty Insurance claims for victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse 10 months after their builder went into liquidation. The company said this week's announcement that a related entity, Sublime Builders, had gone into voluntary liquidation "has triggered the cover under Home Warranty Insurance in accordance with the Statute". QBE has long maintained that because the HWI certificates had been sought in the name of Sublime Builders, not Sublime Construction and Development, that it did not have to pay out an estimated $1.2 million to victims of the $4.5 million building company collapse that left many owners high and dry with partly completed houses thay have since had to self fund. Issues have also arisen with former Sublime sites, abandoned since February/March, which have now fallen into disrepair.

Christmas carols in Tuggeranong Town Park

Katelyn Short 10, from Isabella Plains.

4:56 PM   About Town: Celebrating Christmas with the Salvation Army in Tuggeranong Town Park.

Auditor-General critical of cemeteries management

The death of loved affects the quality of the rest of your life, and can have a long-term impact on your mental health.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper is concerned about the management and sustainability of the territory's public cemeteries, finding errors in financial statements and confusion over maintenance costs. 

Weston master plan released at last

Weston Creek Community Council chairman Tom Anderson.

Kimberley Granger and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The long-awaited Weston master plan has been released with a site pin-pointed for a new petrol station to the north of the town centre.

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Former ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain after training in the hot house.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Deep tensions within the ACT's emergency services leadership saw the territory's fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency.

Shooting victim must now move from Mr Fluffy government unit

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A police bullet left Jonathan Crowley a quadriplegic, now he's been caught up in the Mr Fluffy saga.

Buyers bid with Christmas spirit

Sold: Auction watch at 41 Greenough Circuit, Kaleen.
Auctioneer Peter Walker sells the home at auction for $780000.

Georgina Connery   Six of nine properties for auction were sold under the hammer, one going on the market just eight days ago.

Security officer's redundancy delayed despite agreement

Security guard Shane Stuart 
outside ANU's Research School of Chemistry. Mr Stuart is one of the two security officers seeking to retain their job.

Matthew Raggatt   The union delegate for in-house security officers at Australian National University says his redundancy deal was postponed after he represented staff at a meeting with university management.

Kambah man flips car in drink driving incident

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Georgina Connery   A 24-year-old Kambah man has been charged with high range drink driving after his car flipped off the road during an accident on Friday night

Ice sculptor carves up Christmas creations

Ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa.

Georgina Connery   Shavings of ice surged into the air as internationally acclaimed ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa carved up a series of Christmas creations at the Canberra Centre on Saturday.

Get the ACT economy rolling in January, says business council

Chris Faulks

Ben Westcott   Canberrans are urged to get out and enjoy the many activities in the city in January and to welcome the many visitors expected to flood the city, Ben Westcott reports.

Three people caught speeding in ACT schools every term day in 2014

No need for speed: Three Canberrans a day were caught speeding in 40km/h zones in 2014 on average.

Ben Westcott   Three Canberrans a day were caught speeding in 40km/h zones in 2014 on average, a figure which has left school groups despondent despite being a massive drop on previous years.

Griffith man charged with setting fire to home of 7 children

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Matthew Raggatt   A Griffith man has been charged with attempting to set fire to a home with his sister inside and seven children on the premises.

Funding cut after months of uncertainty for ACT gay rights group

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Ben Westcott   A Canberra gay rights groups has had its government funding cut without being told after months of uncertainty and will lose more than $360,000 of monetary support.

Canberra's Centenary Trail was referred to federal government for assessment

The endangered Hoary Sunray which could have been damaged by the original Centenary Trail.

Ben Westcott   An ecological report, released under Freedom of Information Laws, has revealed that the original blueprint for Canberra's Centenary Trail was referred to the government for assessment because of concerns about environmental damage.

Man in court after trying to set fire to car in Gungahlin

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Ben Westcott   A 28-year-old Griffith man will face court on Saturday after he was interrupted allegedly attempting to set fire to a car parked in a driveway in Gungahlin.

Paid parking begins at Parliament House

Buying a couple of these at the Parliament House gift shop will allow you to park for free.

Parliament House visitors will pay to park next week - unless they fork out money at the gift shop.

Home destroyed in Karabar fire

The Kinsella Street home was extensively damaged.

A Karabar home has been gutted by fire on Friday.

Algae-infested Lake Tuggeranong closed - again

Blue-green algae on the surface of Lake Tuggeranong near the Wanniassa drain.

Emma Kelly   Lake Tuggeranong has been closed amid rising blue-green algae levels.

Digital audiences drive Canberra Times to record readership

Canberra Times readership has increased again.

Readership of The Canberra Times has reached a new high, the latest data tracking newspaper audiences across print, online, mobile and tablets  shows.

'Patriots' president locked up in NSW

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Christopher Knaus   The local president of a "patriots" group accused of racially abusing a man near an Islamic centre has been locked up on separate offences after NSW police raided his property.

Supreme Court dismisses Hoddle Street killer's cross-examination application

The ACT Supreme Court.

Michael Inman   Hoddle Street mass killer lawsuit against Commonwealth set to be heard in the new year.

ACT families doing it tough this Christmas

Michelle Mayer and her two daughters, Anna, 15, and Kelsie, 6, have benefited from Canberrans' generosity.

Ben Westcott   After a year full of spending cuts and belt tightening some ACT residents are looking at a bleak Christmas.

Barr looks to development and innovation at University of Canberra

University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker announces planned changes.

Tom McIlroy   The ACT Government will seek to update laws to allow the University of Canberra a greater range of development and business activities.

Jailed hit-and-run driver Justin Monfries dead

Justin Monfries killed Linda Cox when he hit her while running a red light in a stolen car.

Christopher Knaus   The drunk driver who killed hospital worker Linda Cox in a horror hit and run outside Canberra Hospital has died while serving his time. 

Female detainees stage protest on prison roof

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Women unhappy with prison living arrangements.

Trip the light fantastic

Master at work: Phil Jensen's home in Bissenberger Crescent, Kambah, is a symphony of Christmas lights.

Mark Sawa   Here's our guide to the best Christmas light displays around town.