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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT fast-track development laws bypasss key planning processes

Kirsten Lawson Next week, game-changing laws set to drive a bulldozer through parts of the city's planning process are to be fast-tracked through the ACT Legislative Assembly

Northbourne heritage at risk from fast-track planning

Northbourne Avenue

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Heritage Council says heritage nominations for buildings along Northbourne Avenue could be effectively annulled.

Andrew Barr gives gloomy forecast of ACT economic pain

Kirsten Lawson ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr says Canberra faces a real risk of recession.

Canberra's transgender and intersex community heartened by change to birth certificate laws

NEWS: A gender agenda: L-R Yen Eriksen of Hackett,  Daniel George of Lyneham and  Ashley Arbuckle of Ngunnawal, . . 19th March 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Kirsten Lawson Canberra’s transgender and intersex community are overjoyed at new laws to be passed on Thursday in the ACT Assembly, saying they will finally have official recognition in the mainstream.

New laws will allow for sex change to be made to birth certificates

Kirsten Lawson Applause and whoops of joy greeted the passing of new laws allowing transgender and intersex people to change their birth certificates.

Green light for ACT solar projects

Solar panels

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will call for expressions of interest to find sites for a next-generation solar farm.

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Growing Assembly sets off hunt for Canberra space

The Legislative Assembly, Civic.

Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy A 25-member Assembly will force a redesign of the Legislative Assembly building.

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Bright lights put living with solar farms in perspective

Resident of the heritage listed property, Green Gables, on OldCooma Road.

Kirsten Lawson What was once a country lifestyle with stunning views has been turned upside down for Jennifer Howlett.

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ACT plans vast expansion in renewable energy

Rows of solar panels.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will vastly expand solar, wind and other renewable energy projects, costing households up to $4 a week.

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Clean energy boost stirs stalled wind farms

Wind farm.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government's planned roll-out of large-scale clean energy projects is set to give new life to stalled wind farms near Canberra.

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Magnificent seven make a meal of it at war memorial

Peter Harrington, owner Sage restaurant.

Kirsten Lawson Seven of the country's top young chefs are in Canberra tonight, cooking a meal based on ingredients collected in a five-day tour of the region.