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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Eric Abetz dampens hope of an early decision on Mr Fluffy homes

Dmark Giersch with his protective gear on crawls into a cupboard of a house in Campbell to vacuum away dust and asbestos that may have leaked into the house from the roof through cracks at the top of built in robes. From the original removal program.

Kirsten Lawson Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz has dampened hope of an early decision on what to do with the 1000-plus asbestos-contaminated homes, as it became clear on Thursday that Mr Fluffy was known to...

Urgent investigation into claim of loose-fill asbestos at Northbourne House

Former Defence employee Glenn Smith told ABC Radio he had found loose-fill asbestos in his office at Northbourne House in 1990.

Kirsten Lawson Authorities have launched an urgent investigation into claims of loose-fill amosite asbestos at the Northbourne House office building.

Crucial meeting may determine future of ACTTAB employees

Racing generic.

Kirsten Lawson The 130 Acttab employees have been summonsed to a meeting on Wednesday morning where they hope to finally hear more about the future of the betting agency being sold by the ACT Government.

ACT government confident it has now alerted most Mr Fluffy home owners

Generic asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government is confident it has now alerted most if not all owners of Mr Fluffy asbestos homes, after the delivery of a registered post letter over the past fortnight.

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Tabcorp buys ACTTAB in $105.5 million deal

The ACTTAB building in Challis Street, Dickson.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government has sold ACTTAB for $105.5 million in a major boost to the ailing territory budget.

Public housing blocks and spate of land to be rezoned

The troubled Stuart Flats in Griffith.

Kirsten Lawson The government has signalled opening up major public housing blocks for redevelopment.

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Red Hill happy to see public housing go but worried about high-rise apartments


Kirsten Lawson Anger over plans to include only about 10 per cent public housing in the redevelopment blocks across the city.

Kangaroo cull draws to an end on Thursday, activists plan 'memorial' on Friday

The ACT Government kangaroo cull will come to an end on Thursday night.

Kirsten Lawson Government promises to release kangaroo cull figures on Friday.

'Historic moment' as Mr Fluffy house demolished


Kirsten Lawson A Mr Fluffy house in Woden was demolished this morning, signalling the start of what could turn into a wave of demolitions across the city.

ACT government reviews rights of tenants and landlords


Kirsten Lawson The ACT government is reviewing the rights of landlords to throw tenants out, as part of a sweeping review of rules covering rentals.

Mr Fluffy employee had 'no idea' asbestos insulation was dangerous

Former Mr Fluffy employee David Laughlan in Canberra in the late 1960s.

Kirsten Lawson David Laughlan was Dirk Jansen’s first employee when the man now known as “Mr Fluffy” had the idea of spraying asbestos into people’s roof spaces as insulation.

Report questions economic case for light rail

Kirsten Lawson New analysis of the Gungahlin tram line questions the claimed legitimate 'benefits' of the project.

Uriarra residents deny blocking solar company from village to assess the views

Uriarra resident Michael Friedrich looks out at the fire abatement paddock that surrounds the township.

Kirsten Lawson Uriarra residents deny blocking the Elementus Energy solar company from entering their village to assess the views, as a decision draws near on the controversial solar farm.

Two Mr Fluffy home owners diagnosed with mesothelioma


Kirsten Lawson Two people in Mr Fluffy homes have been diagnosed with mesothelioma this year, spokeswoman for the Fluffy Owners and Residents Action Group, Brianna Heseltine, says, a revelation set to focus...

Trees to screen Uriarra village from solar farm but add to fire danger: Liberal MLA Andrew Wall

Kirsten Lawson A new planting zone to screen the Uriarra village from the full impact of a solar farm across the road puts the village at risk of bushfire, the Liberals’ Andrew Wall believes.

Ten Mr Fluffy asbestos homes destroyed in 2003 bushfires

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

Kirsten Lawson Asbestos taskforce sends a second letter to more than 1000 homeowners, this time registered post

Queanbeyan residents warned on Mr Fluffy asbestos


Kirsten Lawson Eleven property owners in Queanbeyan and tenants of a block of flats have received a letter warning them that Mr Fluffy asbestos could still be in their homes.

Five public housing homes are caught in the Mr Fluffy asbestos net

Loose fibre asbestos

Kirsten Lawson and Ben Westcott Five public housing homes are caught in the Mr Fluffy asbestos net, the Government revealed.

Community and sporting groups feel the pinch


Kirsten Lawson Community and sporting groups will feel the pinch as Canberra's clubs cut sponsorships and donations after a drastic decline in revenue made worse by restrictions on ATM withdrawals this year.

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Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson calls for $5m emergency fund for Canberrans affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has called on his federal counterparts to accept liability.

Kirsten Lawson Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson is calling for an immediate $5 million emergency fund for Canberrans affected by the Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis.