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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Tuggeranong majority rails against tram

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Nearly 70 per cent of Tuggeranong residents say the capital doesn't need light rail.

Gentleman's appointment signals election battleground in Tuggeranong

Brindabella MLA Mick Gentleman at Calwell shopping centre after he was elevated to the ACT government ministry on Saturday.

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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Canberra's light rail an election vote changer

light rail.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT Government's signature light rail project is looming as a vote changing issue at the territory's 2016 election. 

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Family desperate for public housing after 18 months on priority list

NEWS: Mark Brookhouse of Macarthur and his son Connor,12

Kirsten Lawson Mark Brookhouse faces losing custody of his wheelchair-bound son

Government obstacle as Heritage Council registers Northbourne public housing precinct

Kirsten Lawson The Northbourne public housing precinct has been given heritage protection.

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Water crisis after pipe burst at Macarthur reservoir

Emergency supply: SES volunteer Peter Simpfendorfer at a water refill station in Wanniassa set up after the Macarthur reservoir lost its water.

Kirsten Lawson Almost the entire storage of the Macarthur water reservoir was lost when a major pipe burst.

ACT retains AAA credit rating, but gets warning on debt and deficit


Kirsten Lawson The ACT has retained its AAA stable credit rating from Standard and Poor's, one of only two jurisdictions in the country to keep the rating.

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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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.

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.

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


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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