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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Red Hill

Red Hill high-rise developments 'out of step' with Inner South homes

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Kirsten Lawson The redevelopment of the Red Hill public-housing precinct includes a new road and caters for up to twice the number of residents. writes Kirsten Lawson.

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Greens Shane Rattenbury seeks to impose more controls on the use of 'call-in' powers

The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, is seeking to impose more limits on the use of controversial

Kirsten Lawson The Greens' Shane Rattenbury is seeking to impose more limits on the use of controversial "call-in" powers, forcing developers to consult the community before they lodge their plans.

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Government will not allow Mr Fluffy profiteering, says Chief Minister

An advertisement for Mr Fluffy asbestos products.

Kirsten Lawson and Meredith Clisby Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has warned people buying Mr Fluffy homes that they will not be allowed to profiteer in a government buyback scheme by buying houses below market value and expecting the...

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Sale of lakefront land will go ahead, ACT government confirms

An artist’s impression of West Basin development, which is one part of the broader City to the Lake plan that has not been shelved.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has confirmed that the sale of lakefront land in West Basin near Commonwealth Avenue will go ahead, while other parts of the City to the Lake plan are on the backburner...

Derelict, insecure Mr Fluffy house worries Yarralumla residents

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Kirsten Lawson An unoccupied Mr Fluffy house in Yarralumla is worrying nearby residents.

Property ownership funds both Labor and Liberal

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Yarralumla residents want answers on trucks of asbestos-contaminated waste from brickworks

Yarralumla Brickworks.

Kirsten Lawson Yarralumla residents meet on Wednesday night to seek answers from the ACT government on how it plans to safely move up to 14,400 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste from the Yarralumla brickworks.

Tribunal criticises planning minister's 'formulaic' approval of lease changes for clubs

An artist's impression of the new Raiders building in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Government accused of not properly considering the public interest in clubs development.

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Ticket traders fear scalping law will push sales to the black market

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Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson ACT government plans to ban ticket "scalping" for sporting games and major events have attracted concerns.

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Andrew Barr defends new city office block, dubbed the 'Death Star' by the Liberals

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr has defended his decision to pursue a new office block to house 3400 public servants in the city, denying it will worsen office vacancy rates, which are already at their...

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Government considers geothermal technology to heat lake "beach"

The City to the Lake is a visionary plan, with the geothermal heating of the West Basin being

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government is considering whether it can heat the lake water in West Basin using geothermal technology for year-round swimming as part of its avant-garde development of the West Basin - the...

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Fluffy demolition will reverberate for years

Kirsten Lawson The expected demolition of up to 1000 Mr Fluffy homes across Canberra will reverberate around the city for years, not only a massively expensive exercise but one with enormous complications and...

More than 20 Mr Fluffy houses sold since February warning

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Kirsten Lawson More than 20 Mr Fluffy houses have sold since February when homeowners were warned about the dangerous loose-fill asbestos remaining in their ceilings and wall spaces.

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New ACT Assembly a win for the big parties and stability in politics

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Kirsten Lawson One of the happy things about the ACT Assembly has always been its oddball tendency.

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

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

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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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

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.

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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NSW Labor MP Steve Whan accused Liberals of nimbyism over wind farms

NSW Labour parliamentarian Steve Whan has accused conservative MPs of hypocrisy in their attack on wind farms around Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson NSW Labor MP Steve Whan has accused conservative MPs of hypocrisy in their attack on wind farms around Canberra