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Same sex marriage not the end of the world says Archbishop

David Ellery 11:14 AM   The world won't end if or when Australia adopts same-sex marriage but it will change, and people need to be careful what they wish for, Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse believes.

Smouldering mattress smokes Ainslie

ACT Emergency Services have declared a total fire ban and issued a severe fire danger rating for Tuesday.

10:50 AM   A mattress was the source of black smoke coming from an Ainslie flat Tuesday morning.

Westside village an 'outstanding success': Barr

The Westside container village.

Emma Kelly 10:16 AM   Andrew Barr has defended the Westside container village, saying it wasn't designed for people over 50.

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Unions polling on support for light rail

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Kirsten Lawson 11:22 PM   The possibility has emerged of a union-funded campaign to support Labor's tram project, with the news that Unions ACT has been polling on support for the project.

ACT government looks to have doubled rates revenue in four years

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Rates remains one of the few unknowns in today's budget figures.

Armed robbery at Turner RUC

Water bandits: Water damage is more of a problem than theft.

8:48 PM   Three men armed with a baseball bat and a machete robbed a Canberra rugby club over the weekend.

Queanbeyan retail confidence returns

Kmart in Queanbeyan

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Commercial property investors have shelled out more than $80 million on Queanbeyan retailing sites, showing the city has shrugged off any negative impacts from big box retailers at Majura Park.

Anti-domestic violence measures boosted by ACT budget

Anti-domestic violence measures will be boosted by Tuesday's ACT budget.

Tom McIlroy 12:00 AM   Tuesday's ACT budget will include new funding for anti-domestic violence measures, including a boost to crisis services and education strategies in the territory.

Mistaken for a waitress: what happens when a woman owns a restaurant

Owner and head chef Sara Poguet in Chez Frederic in Braddon.

Amelia Mills 11:30 PM   Sara Poguet only opened the restaurant in January last year but is already making a name for herself. Despite confusion about who runs the place.

Beware the owl of electric power

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Amusing but sincerely-felt chants of "New rink! New rink! New rink!" rang out from me and my fellow bogans at the Phillip Ice Skating Centre on Saturday night.

Three Canberra Boys Grammar students win scholarship to Apple's coding conference

Ben Maliel, Deepan Kumar, and Christopher Seidl  Year 10 at Canberra Grammar School have been awarded a scholarship to travel to San Francisco for Apple's international coding conference.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Three year 10 students at Canberra Boys Grammar School have won scholarships to attend Apple's prestigious Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco next week.

PS union cries foul over $6.50-a-month super fees

Public servants will soon pay administration fees on the super schemes.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Public servants to be slugged administration fees on super from July 1.

Work longer so we can sack your colleagues, public servants told

Labor frontbencher Doug Cameron accused the Employment Department's bosses of trying to "screw" their employees.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Revealed: the numbers behind the APS productivity drive.

Snow-filled start to the ski season before a drier than usual winter

Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell at Thredbo on Monday.

Emma Kelly 4:48 PM   Snow bunnies should dust off the skis and boards earlier rather than later this year, with better snowfall expected in the first half of the season before a warmer winter threatens to dry up later falls.

40 carp! Welcome to Canberra

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Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   The fisherman, the dog and and the enormous catch.

Canberra home values jump but modest level of growth expected

Bounce: New figures suggest Canberra is experiencing a turnaround in its recent very sluggish property growth.

Emma Kelly 4:28 PM   Canberra experienced the biggest jump in property values among Australian capital cities in May despite a stall in home value growth in all but two cities.

Bashed inmate's bail hearing delayed again

Steven Freeman was taken to hospital after being critically injured within hours of being remanded to the ACT prison.

Christopher Knaus 4:26 PM   Bail application for inmate who was savagely attacked behind bars delayed again.

Closure of cafes that train, employ mentally ill Canberrans

Closed down: The Mental Illness Fellowship is ending programs that provide training and paid work experience at the cafe at the ACT Magistrates Court.

Christopher Knaus 4:10 PM   Programs that give those with mental illness training and work experience will be closed down.

What we know so far about the 2015 ACT budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will hand down his latest budget on Tuesday

Tom McIlroy 1:46 PM   Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr is set to deliver his fourth territory budget on Tuesday, with a promised focus on renewal of Canberra's suburbs.

Truck crash on Hume Highway at Sutton Forest traps and injures driver

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A truck driver has been seriously injured in a collision between two trucks on the Hume Highway.

Witnesses sought to two-car crash in Belconnen

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Police are looking for witnesses to a two-car crash in Belconnen Thursday afternoon.

Elvin claims maiden European victory

Australian champion Gracie Elvin is one of two Canberrans in contention for the Commonwealth Games road race.

She's twice been crowned Australian road race champion, but Canberra cyclist Gracie Elvin admits her first-ever European victory is "kind of a big deal".

Winter brings frost and snow to Canberra region

About 3 to 5cm of snow fell in Captains Flat on Monday morning.

Megan Gorrey and Emma Kelly   Frost will form, snow should fall and the mercury's forecast to plunge well below zero during Canberra's first week of winter.

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ACT opposition announces roads and bus expansion plan

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson and transport spokesman Alistair Coe.

Tom McIlroy   A Liberal ACT government would spend $146 million on new buses for Canberra and on road works including duplication of Gundaroo Drive and a new flyover on the Barton Highway near Gungahlin.

British high commissioner takes diplomatic approach to motherhood

British High Commissioner Menna Rawlings at the official residence in Deakin.

Phillip Thomson   The British high commissioner has climbed the ladder in the public service with three children in tow.

Rail trail on track for cyclists

Cycle trail supporter Bill Taylor on the unused rail line near Bungendore.

John Thistleton   Disused railway lines near Bungendore and Goulburn could become tourist attractions as cycling and walking trails.

Sledgehammer robber fails to shave time off sentence

Richard Michael Rubino has lost an appeal against his sentence for smashing open pokie machines and stealing cash

Christopher Knaus   Man who smashed into pokie machines to steal cash loses bid to shave time from sentence.