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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury in four-day endurance race in South Africa

Kirsten Lawson It's unlikely any ACT politicians have taken their exercise regimes to the extremes of Shane Rattenbury.

NSW launches investigation of 'Mr Fluffy' asbestos

Asbestos archive photo. Kambah resident Peter Symons lights up a cigarette outside his house that was de-tiled in a storm. The problem was that the house had asbestos in the roof and the damage prompted an all-night effort by men in coverall suits to seal the roof with plastic.  His fence was also smashed, he had damage to his garage and two large trees ended up in his built in swimming pool.

Kirsten Lawson The NSW Government will free inspections to owners of all homes built before 1980 in 14 local government areas in the southwest of the state to check for the dangerous loose-fill asbestos insulation.

Former tenants and owners given access to Mr Fluffy details

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Kirsten Lawson Former tenants who can produce an electricity bill or similar will be able to find out whether they lived in a Mr Fluffy house.

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Government swamped by 120 objections to the Uriarra solar farm

Uriarra village residents in front of the proposed site for a solar farm across the road to Uriarra Village.

Kirsten Lawson Residents have expressed concerns about the ruination of views and rural character, health impacts, loss of habitat, and the property values.

Expert warns solar farm brings bushfire risk to Uriarra Village

Uriarra village was rebuilt after the 2003 bushfires.

Kirsten Lawson A consultant has raised serious concerns about bushfire risk from the planned solar farm at Uriarra Village, warning power lines should be underground and a bank of screening trees pushed back at...

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National significance of Uriarra solar should not be underestimated, says ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell

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Kirsten Lawson ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell dismisses residents' concerns about bushfire risk of new power line.

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NSW has called on local governments to update their asbestos policies in light of the Mr Fluffy crisis in Canberra

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson Workcover NSW has written to local councils asking them to update their asbestos records in light of the Canberra Mr Fluffy cirsis to include information on loose-fill asbetsos insulation.

ACT Assembly to vote on increase to 25 members

Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Assembly is expected to vote on Tuesday to swell its numbers to 25, with eight new seats at the next election.

ACT will listen to wishes of Mr Fluffy homeowners who don't want their homes demolished

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Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will take the views of Mr Fluffy homeowners into account before deciding whether to demolish their homes, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said.

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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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.

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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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.

Queanbeyan residents warned on Mr Fluffy asbestos

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.

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.

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...

Development application lodged for Uriarra solar farm

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

Queanbeyan residents told Mr Fluffy asbestos homes are safe

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

Kirsten Lawson NSW Health advice to Queanbeyan households with Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos in their ceilings is in stark contrast to ACT government's response.

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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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