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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Gungahlin reach looks to extend well into inner north or Belconnen at next election

Gungahlin Market Place,

Kirsten Lawson ACT Electoral Commission releases population projections for 2016 election and a web tool that allows people to draw their own electoral boundaries and see where the numbers fall, calls for...

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ACT Electoral Commission set to start the biggest redistribution of electorates in 20 years

Lines redrawn: The ACT Electoral Commission is expected to release its proposed new boundaries for the territory in February or March.

Kirsten Lawson Splitting the ACT into five electorates for the 2016 election is a daunting task faced by the ACT Electoral Commission.

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Light Rail to deliver $1 billion in benefits: ACT Government

Katy Gallagher.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT government has released its business case for the proposed light rail from Gungahlin to Civic, saying the project will deliver $1 billion in benefits for the territory.

Who will be left to represent the central electorate?

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher could end up representing a different set of voters.

Kirsten Lawson As the Electoral Commission prepares to draw new boundaries, the central electorate looks to lose some of its elected members to outer suburbs.

Tuggeranong majority rails against tram

Debate continues over the value of light rail.

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

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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

Gungahlin light rail line is a mistake, says former Treasury heavyhitter David Hughes

An artist's impression of the light rail proposed to run from Civic to Gungahlin.

Kirsten Lawson A former senior official says the line won't transform Canberra in the way the government would like.

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Light rail projects bring far-reaching benefits, says transport planner

Light rail: A model system

Kirsten Lawson Western Australian transport planner and economist James McIntosh has rejected a claim that Canberra's tram will change nothing, insisting light rail projects are transformative.

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.

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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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Mr Fluffy homes can be demolished safely, asbestos taskforce head Andrew Kefford says

Kirsten Lawson Asbestos Taskforce head Andrew Kefford has moved to reassure people that destruction of Mr Fluffy homes can be done safely.

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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Mr Fluffy homeowners raise money to help families demolish houses

Kirsten Lawson Hundreds of Mr Fluffy homeowners met on the lawns in front of Old Parliament House on Sunday to launch a fundraiser to help families in Canberra and Queanbeyan.

Yarralumla residents want answers on trucks of asbestos-contaminated waste from brickworks

Yarralumla Brickworks.

Kirsten Lawson Yarralumla residents meet on Wednesday night to seek answers from the ACT government on how it plans to safely move up to 14,400 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated waste from the Yarralumla brickworks.

Fluffy demolition will reverberate for years

Kirsten Lawson The expected demolition of up to 1000 Mr Fluffy homes across Canberra will reverberate around the city for years, not only a massively expensive exercise but one with enormous complications and...

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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'Historic moment' as Mr Fluffy house demolished

Asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson A Mr Fluffy house in Woden was demolished this morning, signalling the start of what could turn into a wave of demolitions across the city.

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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