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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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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


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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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

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...

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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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.

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.

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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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.