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Paper genie enjoys seven seconds of fame


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Lots of (uniformed) young men with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Glenn Maxwell physiques took part in Monday's Red Bull Paper Wings competition, held at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Belconnen suburbs move into new Gungahlin electorate

ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   Liberal Speaker Vicki Dunne and transport spokesman Alistair Coe have their home suburbs shifted into a new Gungahlin-based electorate, under new boundaries that divide the city into five electorates.

Hospital cafe goes to new owners after 20 years

Cafe Hoz owner Richard Butler,  who finishes a "terrific" 20 years of operating the cafe at Canberra Hospital on May 1 after losing the tender.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Twenty years running the Canberra Hospital cafe has put Richard Butler firmly in touch with what's important in  life, and after losing the cafe tender he plans to spend time "down the beach and playing golf".

Abetz accused of lurid fantasies about injured public servant

Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in "lurid fantasies" about a public servant who claimed workers' compensation, the woman's barrister says.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in "lurid fantasies" about a public servant who claimed workers' compensation for injuries sustained while having sex in a motel room, the woman's barrister says.

ABC's Chris Kimball to take CEO role at rescue helicopter trust

New Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter chief executive Chris Kimball with his children Violet and Noah.

Scott Hannaford 8:52 PM   Former current affairs presenter Chris Kimball to take over at Snowy Hydro SouthCare rescue helicopter trust.

Housing program for relatives of patients launched at Calvary Hospital

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Megan Gorrey 8:50 PM   An initiative that will provide housing to ease the discomfort and financial pain often experienced by family members of hospital patients has been launched in Canberra.

ACT providers spend big in NDIS lead-up


Clare Colley 8:49 PM   ACT disability providers are spending thousands of dollars to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but fear service prices have been set too low jeopardising quality.

ANU student allegedly raped in dorm room after pub crawl

Lewis Todd Meegan, 23, is on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on charges of sexual intercourse without consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A Canberra student allegedly raped by a fellow resident at an on-campus dormitory had a casual sexual relationship with the man in the weeks after, a trial has heard.

Forced-adoption exhibition 'to open hearts and minds'

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard opened the new exhibiton Without Consent: Australia's adoption processes, on the history of forced adoption in Australia.

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   All Tony and Sarah Liston knew of their first child for more than four decades was that it was a baby girl.

Stuart Flats resident evacuated after apartment fire

A fire truck on the scene of a small apartment fire in Light Street, Griffith on Monday night.

8:21 PM   ACT Fire & Rescue crews helped evacuate a resident from the Stuart Flats complex in Griffith after a small fire began in the doorway of one of the apartments.

Domestic violence sufferers 'unnecessarily re-victimised'

Domestic violence.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Domestic violence sufferers who seek protective court orders in the ACT are being unnecessarily victimised and subjected to similar power and control tactics experienced at the hands of their violent partners, a report has found.

Catholic priest admitted touching girl on bottom, trial hears

An 85-year-old Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty in the ACT Supreme Court to allegations of sexual abuse.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   A former Catholic priest accused of molesting a young girl admitted touching her bottom to diocese officials, trial hears.

Controversial anti-drugs group opposes medical marijuana plan

A cannabis plant.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an increase in addiction. 

Shop ram raided in Belconnen


11:30 PM   Police are investigating after a shop was ram raided in Belconnen between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Burglar leaves stolen dog chews at Fyshwick crime scene

The man captured on CCTV believed to be responsible for five burglaries in Fyshwick.

4:48 PM   A man believed to be responsible for five burglaries in Fyshwick left a bag of dog chews stolen from an earlier burglary at a later crime scene on the same morning.

Canberrans opt for overseas powder, but lower dollar may rescue Snowy Mountains industry

Just 48 per cent of NSW and ACT tourists said they would consider heading to Thredbo, Perisher and Smiggin Holes in the next two years.

11:30 PM   The number of Canberrans who plan to holiday at Snowy Mountains skifields has dropped to below the 50 per cent mark as cheaper flights and lighter local snowfalls lure tourists overseas.

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green reappointed

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green was first appointed in 1994.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Long-serving ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green has been reappointed to the role for another five years, after a merit-based recruitment process. 

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. That Capricious Prussian

The Kaiser bites the world

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   During the Great War scoffing at Germany's absurd-looking, ultraPrussian Kaiser Wilhelm II and questioning his sanity did wonders for Allied morale.

Kitchen catches fire in Higgins

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

2:50 PM   Firefighters extinguished a kitchen fire after a neighbour called triple zero.

Win 1 of 4 'Shaun the Sheep' prize packs

Shaun the Sheep Movie kids pack include a stationary set, drawstring bag and drink bottle.

6:00 AM   From award-winning Aardman Studios, the creators of Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run, comes the big screen debut of the hugely popular Shaun the Sheep, In Cinemas Now.

Indigenous housing directors face Federal Court

Some of the damage inside a Charnwood property managed by the Southside Housing Aboriginal Corporation in 2013.

Emma Macdonald 12:43 PM   Canberra indigenous housing organisation allegedly mismanaged and run to benefit corporation directors.

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

canberra mornings

9:55 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

The NZ model could help us keep children out of care


Ross Peake   The ACT should follow New Zealand’s example by being bold enough to introduce family group conferencing to reduce the number of children going into care, according to a Canberra researcher.

Katy Gallagher to campaign for changes to asylum seekers policy

Crowds at the event.

Ross Peake   Newly-minted ACT Senator Katy Gallagher will campaign for the Labor Party to soften its harsh policy on asylum seekers, at its national conference this year.

Northbourne housing residents to be moved by mid-2016

Owen Flats resident, Laurel Dakin, outside her public housing flat which is expected to be bulldozed as part of the Northbourne corridor and light-rail plan.

Scott Hannaford   Public housing tenants on Northbourne Avenue are likely to be relocated by mid-2016, as the ACT Government pushes for the redevelopment of the light rail corridor.

Owen Flats eviction brings hope of a better life

Owen Flats resident Maree Pavloudis whose public housing flat is expected to be bulldozed as part of the Northbourne corridor and light-rail plan.

Scott Hannaford   As the ACT government prepares to move hundreds of tenants out of their public housing homes to make way for new development, Scott Hannaford meets some of the residents to find out how the uncertainty is affecting their lives.

Out and About: Canberra's Tocumwal Lane graffiti party

Matthew Soall from Queanbyean, and Tommy Dinh from Franklin - who run the Modern Meltdown podcast.

Street artists transformed blank walls into a superhero playground at a Tocumwal Lane party in Civic.

Industrial action set to disrupt airports over Easter

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood.

John Thistleton   Community and Public Sector Union warns people to allow for travel delays over Easter because of industrial action.

Nationals retain Monaro

Queanbeyan's Nationals candidate John Barilaro (left) has claimed victory over Labor candidate Steve Whan in the seat of Monaro.

Ross Peake   The Nationals John Barilaro✓ has comfortably held the bellwether NSW seat of Monaro but remains determined to leave politics at the next election.