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ACT police chief tight-lipped over porn tweet probe

Chief Police Officer for ACT Policing, Rudi Lammers.

Megan Gorrey 10:05 PM   The initial stage of a professional standards investigation into a pornographic photo retweeted by ACT Policing's official Twitter account is complete, but the territory's police chief this week remained tight-lipped on the probe.

Molester opens new chapter in long-running legal saga

Michael Alan Gillard outside the ACT Magistrates Court in 2011

Christopher Knaus 10:00 PM   A Canberra man who "cynically and evilly" molested two sisters in his care has opened a new chapter in his long-running criminal case, appealing what he says was a crushing jail sentence imposed on him late last year.

Second Yass home found to contain Mr Fluffy asbestos

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson 9:56 PM   The second Yass area house found to be contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos is a rural property near the Canberra border, the Yass Valley Council has been told.

Canberra watch entrepreneurs have time on their side

Erroyl watches.

Natasha Rudra 9:47 PM   A small Canberra company is bringing dress watches to the world with a successful Kickstarter campaign.

ACT doctor on the horrors and duty of fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

Dr Bernie Towler is the only Canberra doctor who worked in Sierra Leone to treat Ebola in the crisis centre.

Henry Belot 9:46 PM   When an Australian doctor boarded a plane from Freetown in Sierra Leone to her home in Canberra's southern suburbs, she allowed herself to quietly break down in tears.

Authorities were repeatedly warned of animal abuse houses for years

 ACT Magistrates Court

Christopher Knaus 9:46 PM   Neighbours repeatedly complained about two houses linked to an unlicensed dog keeper years before authorities conducted raids and found dozens of neglected and starved animals.

ATO's $14 million private health stuff-up

Slow off the mark: The Australian Tax Office wrongly assessed 24.700 taxpayers.

Noel Towell 9:15 PM   Thousands of taxpayers have been allowed to keep hundreds of dollars they over-claimed.

Federal government cuts threaten ACT domestic violence interpreter services

Life will become more difficult for non-English speaking women subjected to domestic violence if cuts are made to translation services.

Megan Gorrey 9:15 PM   Federal budget cuts are set to leave funding for interpreters used by non-English-speaking women subjected to domestic violence in limbo and could force the ACT's crisis workers to glean savings from other vital support services.

Public Health Association backs medical cannabis

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury has put forward a proposal to legalise medicinal cannabis.

Tom McIlroy 9:15 PM   Doctors should manage a tightly regulated, compassionate regime for the use of medicinal cannabis in Australia, a leading public health organisation has told an ACT inquiry. 

Man charged over Calwell murder

Police investigate the death of a woman at a Calwell home on Saturday.

Megan Gorrey 7:51 PM   Police say an axe lay beside the body of a woman found dead at a Calwell home on Saturday.

Liberals back government moves to publish sex offender photos

Jeremy Hanson: "It doesn't take much imagination to understand the consequences of us having a law like euthanasia enacted in the ACT.''

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has offered support to the government's plans to strengthen territory child sex offender laws, and restated his calls for mandatory minimum sentences for repeat offenders. 

Hundreds of cyclists geared up for Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride

Anna Meares socialises with the crowds at the  Amy's Big Canberra Bike Ride 2015
The Canberra Times  
Date:  01 March 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

6:39 PM   More than 1300 Canberra cyclists got the opportunity to turn their spokes beside eleven times world champion Anna Meares on Sunday.

Sublime victims still wait for payouts a year after collapse

Victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse are still waiting on home warranty insurance payouts.

David Ellery 11:45 PM   Some victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse are still waiting on home warranty insurance payouts from QBE almost 12 months after the Canberra-based building company went into administration, the insurance giant has said.

Join a Clean Up Australia Day site in your surburb

Tuggeranong Lake Carers Group member Bill Perry uses his kayak to remove rubbish from the lake.

Georgina Connery 10:00 AM   Find out where you can get your hands dirty across the ACT this Sunday for Clean Up Australia Day 2015.

Woman found dead in suspected murder in Calwell

Police are investigating a suspected homicide in Canberra's south.

Georgina Connery 9:16 AM   A man is assisting police with enquiries after a woman was found dead in a Calwell house.

Up, up and away ... but not for very long

As seen on TV: John Robinson suited up with a fictional jetpack in 1965 for <i>Lost in Space</i>.

John Elder   Personal jetpacks might finally be taking off.

Liberals to consider penalty rate cut to boost

Young Canberrans are earning less.

Ben Westcott   While the ACT's adult average earnings remain among the highest in the country at $1422.20 per week, well above the national average, the junior rate is far lower.

Homestead promises continued growth for soldiers' service

Soldier On volunteer Todd Berry, left, with the charity's chief executive and co-founder John Bale at the organisation's new headquarters at the former CSIRO Sustainable
Ecosystems stone building in Crace.

Matthew Raggatt   A rapid first year of growth has ended with Soldier On moving the battlefield to Crace.

Burch backs private ACT colleges

Minister Joy Burch.

Matthew Raggatt   Education and Training Minister Joy Burch has welcomed federal moves to crack down on private colleges, but said she was unaware of any shoddy providers in the ACT. 

Corbell fails to back up privacy on metadata

Simon Corbell.

Ben Westcott   The ACT attorney-general has gone quiet on Canberrans' right to online privacy after his federal party indicated it would back controversial metadata retention laws.

Public servants shell out $3.6 million for paid parking

Malcolm Snow.

Matthew Raggatt   Motorists pay $1.2 million a month as drives to the the heart of the capital decline.

There were plenty of winners on Saturday at Canberra's Royal Show

The Champion of Champions of The Royal Canberra show Craft Expo, Tamara Dadswell with "Mirror Mirror" her lenticular mosaic lego piece.

Georgina Connery   Among the sights, smells and sounds of the Royal Canberra Show, it is easy to forget the high-stakes competition occurring at across the grounds.

Motorcyclist in hospital after accident in Monash


Georgina Connery   A motorcycle rider has been transported to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition following an accident in Monash.

Police appeal to public in search for missing tradesman

43-year-old tradesman Bobby Briggs who has been missing since he left work on Friday morning.

Ben Westcott   Police have reached out to the public in help find an ACT tradesman who has been missing since Friday morning.

New arrivals put on military show

February 28 2015.

Australian Defence Force Academy year one officer cadets and midshipmen parade.  

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

Matthew Raggatt   The newest arrivals at the Australian Defence Force Academy have put on their first show, with planes, helicopters and the chief of the Defence Force playing a part in the opening year parade on Saturday.

Canberra schools confident of teacher quality as 'fictitious' ATARs targeted

Teaching graduates.

Matthew Raggatt   Canberra schools have no complaints about their teaching graduates, says the ACT Principals Association's Michael Hall.

Heritage listed house a shooting gallery

Robertsons' House in Oaks Estate has become a "shooting gallery" for drug addicts.

Mark Sawa   A historic house placed on the ACT Heritage Register less than a month ago is being used as a “shooting gallery” by drug addicts.

Thunder and rain lead to a warm and wet summer in Canberra

A thunderstorm goes around the Narrabundah Ball Park.

Ben Westcott   Thunder crashing and the splash of rain have been the hallmarks of a Canberra summer in 2015, as the ACT swelters through another warm and wet start to the year.

Government moves to placate elderly owners of Mr Fluffy homes

An advertisement for Mr Fluffy.

Georgina Connery   Canberra's community councils are hoping to appease distressed residents and bridge the information gap about the Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis through public information events.

Man refused bail after threat to kill wife over child access

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Matthew Raggatt   A Canberra man has been refused bail after facing court on allegations he threatened to kill his former partner because she would not give him immediate access to their child.