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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

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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Rail extension on the planning track

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Kirsten Lawson Without a sod turned on Stage 1 of the Capital Rail line, the government has appointed a consortium to investigate extending it to the rest of the city.

TAMS to cut 24 jobs in search for $2 million in savings

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Kirsten Lawson Twenty four public servants in TAMS will hear by Friday whether their jobs are gone.

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Canberra kangaroo cull to shoot 1600 animals, put others on pill

More than 1600 kangaroos will be shot as part of the cull.

Kirsten Lawson More than 1600 kangaroos will be shot in the ACT's annual cull, although up to 500 more could also be put on the pill.

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Protesters prepared to take risks to disrupt Canberra kangaroo cull

More than 1600 kangaroos will be shot in the cull.

Kirsten Lawson A Canberra animal rights group has announced they will challenge the ACT government’s planned kangaroo cull in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) for the second year in a row.

More disagreements over Canberra's kangaroo cull

Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson As protesters prepare to disrupt kangaroo shooters beginning the annual cull this week, the trial of fertility control announced by Territories Minister Shane Rattenbury is mired in disagreement.

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Senior public servant's home clear in auditor's report

Auditor-General Maxine Cooper found major weaknesses in the work of some private building certifiers and said two of the seven homes considered should not have been approved.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Planning authorities have been cleared of improper influence in approving a senior bureaucrat's house.

Light rail a grand vision, but can it stack up?

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Kirsten Lawson One of the questions about light rail is a whole lot easier to answer than the other. It is beautiful? Well, clearly yes. It has the potential to transform the city.

Stamp duty and payroll tax bonus for business in ACT 2014 budget

Treasurer Andrew Barr in Civic on Monday.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr will deliver a bonus to business in today’s budget, exempting more businesses from payroll tax and cutting stamp duty for properties worth more than $1.455 million.

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Kingston's La Rustica has a new home on the foreshore

Kirsten Lawson Almost 25 years old, La Rustica is making a move from the old Kingston to the new, opening on the foreshore by the end of the month.

Sydney building fire: Coo owner Mamoru Aizawa devastated

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Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy and Ben Westcott Monday’s fire has left Coo owner Mamoru Aizawa devastated, with one restaurant up in smoke and still unable on Tuesday to access other restaurant six doors down in the Sydney Building.

Growing concern: Yarralumla Garden Centre sold to Heritage Nursery

Kirsten Lawson, Ben Westcott The ACT government has sold the Yarralumla Garden Centre business to Bruno and Hedy Zimmermann at the next-door Heritage Nursery.

Japanese groups rally round fire-struck Coo owner

Owner of the Japanese Restaurant Iori and Coo, Mamoru Aizawa pictured after a fire in the Sydney building destroyed a neighbouring Coo.

Kirsten Lawson Devastated Coo restaurant owner at the centre of the Sydney Building fire, is struggling to keep his other restaurants open.

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

Celebration as seed capital reaches century

Kirsten Lawson Fifty million plants later, the Yarralumla Nursery celebrated its 100th birthday on Sunday.

New ACT planning laws delayed for further community consultation

Kirsten Lawson Greens Minister bows to pressure and persuades the ACT government to delay passing its new planning laws.