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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Gentleman's appointment signals election battleground in Tuggeranong

Kirsten Lawson Meet Canberra's newest minister: a 58-year-old progressive leftist with a concern for the working class who lives in Calwell with two cockatiels and a garage of vintage vehicles.

Minister Simon Corbell not happy to hear of NCA involvement in Tuggeranong expansion

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Kirsten Lawson ACT Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell was not happy to hear on Thursday that the federal government is pursuing the expansion of Tuggeranong through the National Capital Authority.

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Red Hill

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

Public housing.

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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Owners of asbestos-contaminated homes fear they could be forced out of neighbourhoods

A public meeting with Mr Fluffy owners and residents.

Kirsten Lawson Residents caught up in the Mr Fluffy debacle are horrified by suggestions they will have to compete on the open market if they want to return to their properties.

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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Second solar farm on Monaro Highway poised for approval as first goes live

Here comes the sun: The 83,000-panel Royalla project will be opened on Wednesday.

Kirsten Lawson Switch turned on Royalla solar farm on Wednesday as construction poised to begin on second arry

Capital's Solar farm opens

FRV site manager Nick Wain inspects the operational solar panels during the Royalla Solar Farm official opening.

Kirsten Lawson, Sarah Connor and Ben Westcott Canberra is one step closer to meeting its 90 percent renewable energy target by 2020 by opening Australia's largest photovaltic solar farm

ME Bank looking to ensure buyers are aware of Mr Fluffy status of homes

Asbestos is removed from a Farrer home.

Kirsten Lawson ME Bank is establishing a system to ensure borrowers know whether the house they plan to buy contains Mr Fluffy asbestos.

ACT government rezones land for light rail

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government has lodged an application to rezone seven sites on the light rail route.

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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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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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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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

Hanson calls for registered mail-out after asbestos homeowner missed

Kirsten Lawson Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson is calling on the government to write to homeowners that contained Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation by registered mail following revelations that a homeowner was missed by...

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 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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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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Asbestos sites at Birrigai school campsite covered in topsoil, fenced off

Small pieces of asbestos cement sheeting has been found at six sites at the Birrigai Outdoor school.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Parks and Conservation Service head Brett McNamara has moved to reassure families that the Birrigai camp is safe.