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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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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

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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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...

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.

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.

ACT government considers levy and special rating zone to pay for Capital Metro light rail

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government is considering a levy to fund the massive Capital Rail project, expected to cost at least $614 million.

Canberra's public transport dilemma: How far should you walk for a tram or bus?

Light rail.

Kirsten Lawson The trade-off between how far people are willing to walk to a bus or tram stop - and how direct the journey - is a question not only for the new light rail line from Gungahlin, but for...

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Minister Simon Corbell defends ACT's light rail

ACT Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Sustainable Development Minister Simon Corbell launched a strong defence of the light rail project.

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


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.

ACT 2014 Budget: Rates rises, higher fees and deficits

ACT chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government plunges deep into deficit in the coming year, in a budget whose impact Canberrans will feel in an across-the-board rise in rates, increased water charges and higher parking and...

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ACT budget: Pialligo residents hit by $930 average rates rise

Fruit grower Jonathan Banks at his home in Pialligo.

Kirsten Lawson Pialligo residents were scrambling on Wednesday to understand the impact of a 35 per cent rise in their rates.

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Inappropriate material gone from fire stations: Emergency Services commissioner

The new ESA Commissioner, Mr Dominic Lane, speaks to media.

Kirsten Lawson Emergency Services commissioner Dominic Lane has rejected the suggestion of a culture of bullying and misogyny in the fire service.

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.

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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