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Ratgate: DHS boss says controversial icon was a cute mouse

Were rats innocent of spreading the bubonic plague - which killed more than 10 million people - all along?

Noel Towell 8:40 PM   The Department of Human Services' boss has weighed into the rodent debate that gripped her workforce in May and declared that an icon depicting striking public servants was a mouse, not a rat.

Online aerial tour shows Canberra as you've never seen it

Andrew Griffiths' photos of Canberra, captured from a helicopter.

Clare Colley 8:36 PM   An online aerial tour shows Canberra as you've never seen it before, where even traffic congestion looks appealing

Police boss says they must embrace social media scrutiny

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

Megan Gorrey 8:22 PM   Australia's top cop has warned police need to be "acutely aware" their actions could be filmed and scrutinised through social media.

Paid parking hikes enrage drivers

Ala Eddine of Amaroo is not happy with the increase to paid parking in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 7:36 PM   Longer paid parking hours, rising registrations and licensing costs and inconsistent public transport alternatives have motorists fuming.

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Company fined $270,000 over Nishi worker's 'fall into the void'

Jayson Bush in a back brace after the accident

Christopher Knaus 7:20 PM   Jayson Bush asked for help as he cut holes into awkwardly-positioned panels near a deep shaft. He was sent to work alone, before falling five metres into the darkness.

Canberra Long Weekender: What's on in Canberra June 5-8

Truffle season has arrived. French Black Truffles of Canberra owner Sherry McArdle-English, with her truffle dog Snuffle.

Jil Hogan 7:16 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

From meditation to exhilaration

Eric Harland plays his drums with true finesse.

Tristan Kane 7:08 PM   A jazz drummer who can make the theatre expand and contract with his sound.

Near miss for police dog in Fyshwick two-car crash

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7:00 PM   A police dog has escaped injury in a two-car crash in Fyshwick on Wednesday.

Storm Boy deals with loss and grief

Storm Boy, the classic novel by Colin Thiele is on at the Playhouse, Canberra Theatre Centre.

Ron Cerabona 6:59 PM   Director John Sheedy said he felt a lot of pressure in bringing the classic Australian children's book Storm Boy to the stage, beloved as it was by generations.

Ricky Stuart Foundation gears up to build second respite centre, for teenagers with a disability

An artist's impression of the Ricky Stuart Foundation's first state-of-the-art respite centre for children, Ricky Stuart House.

Emma Kelly 5:07 PM   As Ricky Stuart's dream of a respite centre for Canberra children and their families begins to take shape the Canberra Raiders coach and his foundation have announced plans for a second facility just for teens.

Ratings agency expects ACT budget position to strengthen over medium to long term

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson 4:55 PM   Sharp jump in debt in ACT budget, but longer-term outlook improves

DFAT boss to reassess overseas postings after shedding 550 jobs

Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, during an estimates hearing this week.

Henry Belot 4:23 PM   The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will reassess the number of diplomats posted overseas after shedding almost 550 jobs to meet budget requirements.

Police seek witnesses to woman hit by car in Griffith


4:20 PM   A 66-year-old woman has remained in hospital for more than a week with serious injuries after she was hit by an SUV in Griffith on Friday May 22.

Ring of despair over Centrelink call wait time


Noel Towell 3:27 PM   Greens senator Rachel Siewert has calculated that average wait times across the system are out to more than 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Armed man robs Braddon store


2:49 PM   A knife-wielding man robbed a Braddon supermarket on Tuesday, the fifth armed robbery in Canberra in three weeks.

ACT sues for $10m over asbestos contamination

The ACT government is taking civil action in the ACT Supreme Court against two companies over abestos contamination at the North Weston Ponds project

Christopher Knaus 2:35 PM   ACT is suing two companies for more than $10 million for failing to detect the scale of an asbestos contamination.

DFAT April Fools prank: 'The man is obviously not Benny Hill'™

The hoax ''announcement'' at the Canberra DFAT office on April 1, 2015 telling public servants their jobs were to be sent interstate.

Henry Belot 2:19 PM   A DFAT staffer was ordered to undergo formal counselling after telling a group of junior public servants they would be sacked in a cruel April Fools joke.

Smoke expected across Canberra during Kowen Forest burns

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12:53 PM   A series of hazard reduction burns at Kowen Forest in the next week are expected to spark smoke across Canberra.

Former AFP agent pleads guilty to using restricted police system to stalk ex-girlfriend

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Christopher Knaus 12:39 PM   Former AFP counter-terrorism member pleads guilty to using restricted information to stalk ex-girlfriend.

Cold, frosty mornings to continue before a warm long weekend

Frosty foliage.

Emma Kelly 12:14 PM   Canberrans have spent more time shivering through sub-zero temperatures than enjoying the sunshine recently but the capital is set for a mild reprieve over the long weekend.

Tuggeranong water play park's winning design revealed

The Lakeside Leisure Centre water play park's winning design.

Emma Kelly 12:06 PM   Southside children will have extra space to splash around this summer with the new Tuggeranong water play park's winning design revealed on Wednesday.

'Something happened to me, it was the taxi driver'


Christopher Knaus 12:01 PM   A taxi driver twice sexually assaulted a heavily intoxicated woman who got into his cab in the early hours of the morning after a night out in Civic.

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

Canberra mornings.

9:45 AM   Traffic, weather, top stories and today's cartoon in one click.

ACT provides $486k for Eastman

The ACT government has provided $486,000 in new money to fund David Eastman's bid to stave off a second murder trial.

Christopher Knaus 9:23 AM   ACT government has forked out $486,000 in new money to fund David Eastman's bid to stop his retrial.

What's the Buzz? Superstar shines again

Max Gambale plays Pilate in the production of Jesus Christ Superstar to be performed at the AIS Arena.

Ron Cerabona 8:26 AM   Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzon take the arena spotlight in a musical masterpiece.

Barr's budget focuses on urban renewal

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

Emma Macdonald and Meredith Clisby 11:34 PM   Andrew Barr is styling himself as the "Mayor of Canberra" unveiling an infrastructure spend firmly focused on public housing and urban renewal in the suburbs.

Rates rises biggest in Canberra's inner north

Chief Minister and ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr

Kirsten Lawson 11:33 PM   Inner north residents will pay the biggest increases in rates from July, reflecting the fast-rising property values in the area.

Irritating in parts, but Barr avoids the big pitfalls

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Kirsten Lawson 11:08 PM   In the big picture, Andrew Barr first budget is measured and unsurprising, careful and relatively conservative. A lid is kept on spending, while sensible spending is outlined in health, especially, and in important projects like bushfire protection.

ACT Budget 2015: More pay parking as fees and charges rise

Holding firm, despite the jitters, can prove a winning formula in the long run.

Tom McIlroy 11:08 PM   How fees and charges in the ACT will increase.

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Big spend on public housing while new parking charges arrive

Andrew Barr delivered his fourth ACT budget, and his first as Chief Minister

Kirsten Lawson 11:07 PM   A $160 million public housing rebuild is a centrepiece of an ACT budget that also hits Canberrans with hikes in fees and charges, including the introduction of after-hours parking fees in the city and surrounds.

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