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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Thieves target copper pipes at empty Dickson Towers flats

Kirsten Lawson A security camera has been installed at the empty Dickson Towers public housing on Northbourne Avenue after break-ins from intruders targeting copper pipes.

ACT government disbands Exhibition Park corporation

FILE PHOTO: The site of a 12.8 million tourist accommodation development near Exhibition Park

Kirsten Lawson ACT Government is to bring management of Exhibition Park back under direct control. Kirsten Lawson reports.

ACT Government defends $114,000 Northbourne Avenue street light replacement

Kirsten Lawson Government will spend $114,000 replacing lights on median strip, despite plans to build the tram line there.

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Call for rethink on end-of-life care as health costs climb

Kirsten Lawson Medicare Local has suggested several changes to ACT healthcare amid unsustainable increases in spending.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher sends reassuring message to Mr Fluffy families who want to stay on their land

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is pledging to do everything possible to accommodate those who wish stay on their land after their Mr Fluffy homes have been demolished.

Tuggeranong majority rails against tram

Debate continues over the value of light rail.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Nearly 70 per cent of Tuggeranong residents say the capital doesn't need light rail.

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Clean-up bill for Mr Fluffy asbestos could hit $1 billion, says ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Kirsten Lawson The clean-up bill for Mr Fluffy homes could reach $1 billion, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher confirmed on Monday, a figure that would rank the asbestos clean-up of 1000 homes easily the biggest...

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Canberra's light rail an election vote changer

light rail.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT Government's signature light rail project is looming as a vote changing issue at the territory's 2016 election. 

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Family desperate for public housing after 18 months on priority list

NEWS: Mark Brookhouse of Macarthur and his son Connor,12

Kirsten Lawson Mark Brookhouse faces losing custody of his wheelchair-bound son

ACT Chief Minister Gallagher urges Tony Abbott to make decision in Mr Fluffy crisis

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has urged Mr Abbott to make a decision.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to a decision on the Mr Fluffy crisis, as the 1000 homeowners remain in limbo a full nine months they discovered the homes were...

Gungahlin light rail line is a mistake, says former Treasury heavyhitter David Hughes

An artist's impression of the light rail proposed to run from Civic to Gungahlin.

Kirsten Lawson A former senior official says the line won't transform Canberra in the way the government would like.

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Light rail projects bring far-reaching benefits, says transport planner

Light rail: A model system

Kirsten Lawson Western Australian transport planner and economist James McIntosh has rejected a claim that Canberra's tram will change nothing, insisting light rail projects are transformative.

First nine asbestos tests in NSW negative


Kirsten Lawson The first nine tests for loose-fill asbestos in NSW homes have come back negative.

Two Public Trustee staff colluded with contractors to take $1.65 million from vulnerable Canberrans

Kirsten Lawson Two Public Trustee staff who defrauded vulnerable Canberrans of an estimated $1.65 million used a combination of collusion with outside contractors, deception and abuse of trust, an investigation has...

Loophole already found in ACT lobbyist register

Kirsten Lawson With the ACT soon to launch a compulsory register for lobbyists, one long-time Canberra lobbyist has pointed to a loophole in the scheme.

Government obstacle as Heritage Council registers Northbourne public housing precinct

Kirsten Lawson The Northbourne public housing precinct has been given heritage protection.

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ActewAGL's record keeping creates regulator confusion


Kirsten Lawson Regulator unsure whether customers are getting compensation for late responses to faults

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ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman uses call-in powers to approve indigenous healing farm

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman.

Kirsten Lawson and Mark Sawa Mick Gentleman uses call-in powers to clear the way for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

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Water crisis after pipe burst at Macarthur reservoir

Emergency supply: SES volunteer Peter Simpfendorfer at a water refill station in Wanniassa set up after the Macarthur reservoir lost its water.

Kirsten Lawson Almost the entire storage of the Macarthur water reservoir was lost when a major pipe burst.

Actew chief John Knox on $693,000 pay deal


Kirsten Lawson New ACTEW managing director John Knox is paid $693,000, the same as outgoing chief Mark Sullivan.