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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

'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.

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.

Shane Rattenbury decries cash splash for political parties after elections

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson Committee recommends a fourfold increase in the amount political parties are given in public funding after each election.

Development application lodged for Uriarra solar farm


Kirsten Lawson The company behind the One Sun Uriarra solar farm has lodged a development application this week.

Canberra tram line to carve a path down the middle of Northbourne Avenue

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson A double-track tram line will be built straight down the middle of the median strip on Northbourne Avenue.

ACT Assembly looks set to lift ban on unions or businesses donating to parties

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Kirsten Lawson The ACT Assembly looks set to remove a ban on unions or businesses donating to parties contesting ACT elections.

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr denies land tax hike will hit renters

Money generic.

Kirsten Lawson Treasurer Andrew Barr has rejected the suggestion that a big rise in land tax on investment properties starting on July 1 will result in higher rents.

Two Mr Fluffy homes sell for well below their previous worth

The Mr Fluffy Owners and Resident’s Action Group has more than 300 members after setting up last month.

Kirsten Lawson Two Mr Fluffy homes that sold recently for well below their previous worth show the extent to which the asbestos crisis is affecting house values.

Simon Corbell loses planning portfolio to new minister Mick Gentleman

New minister Mick Gentleman will take on the ministries of planning, workplace safety and industrial relations.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT's newest minister will pick up one of the territory's most contentious portfolios - planning, after Friday's cabinet reshuffle.

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ACT to call on 23-year-old deal with Commonwealth to fund asbestos crisis

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced an assistance package for households affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will call on a 23-year-old deal with the Commonwealth to fund the unfolding crisis surrounding the 1049 houses which may contain remnants of dangerous Mr Fluffy loose asbestos.

ACT government's new office block for public servants gets green light

Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson The government's new office block for ACT public servants is back on the agenda, with Treasurer Andrew Barr calling for registrations of interest to build it.

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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.

ACT government will require all workers who might be exposed to asbestos to complete training by September 30

asbestos removal.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will require all workers who might be exposed to asbestos to complete training by September 30.

Yvette Berry pushes for Northbourne public housing tenants to remain in the city

The Northbourne Flats

Kirsten Lawson Labor backbencher Yvette Berry is pushing the Government to retain public housing in Northbourne Avenue, fearing the redevelopment of the corridor will turn Northbourne into a zone of...

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Katy Gallagher sets up a Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis taskforce

Grants and other financial for families forced out of their homes will follow an asbestos taskforce.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has set up a taskforce to coordinate the response to the unfolding Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis in Canberra, and says grants and other financial packages for families...