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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

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

For sale.

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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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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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


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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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.

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


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

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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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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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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.

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury hit by his own on planning law

Kirsten Lawson Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury faces opposition from within his own party to the fast-track planning laws he is supporting.

Rail extension on the planning track


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


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

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