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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

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.

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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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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Mr Fluffy homes will most likely be demolished, says Chief Minister

Marlene Kasurinen outside the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has given her clearest indication yet that the 1000-plus Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra will be demolished.

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New ACT Assembly a win for the big parties and stability in politics

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Kirsten Lawson One of the happy things about the ACT Assembly has always been its oddball tendency.

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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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Community and sporting groups feel the pinch

ATM

Kirsten Lawson Community and sporting groups will feel the pinch as Canberra's clubs cut sponsorships and donations after a drastic decline in revenue made worse by restrictions on ATM withdrawals this year.

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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...

Shane Rattenbury decries cash splash for political parties after elections

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson Committee recommends a fourfold increase in the amount political parties are given in public funding after each election.

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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Poor ACT voter turnout may result in bigger fine

The fine for not voting is a mere $20, compared to $55 in NSW and $70 in the Northern Territory.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Assembly has moved a step closer to 25 members, setting up a select committee to comb through the changes needed.

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Rail extension on the planning track

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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.

Canberra politicians win $7500 a year pay rise

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Kirsten Lawson Remuneration Tribunal recommends big pay hike, with a similar increase foreshadowed for next year.

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ACT clubs in financial strife draw line in the sand on tax rises

Falling poker machine revenue is hurting ACT clubs.

Kirsten Lawson ACT clubs have warned the Government they cannot absorb and will not tolerate any tax hikes in the coming budget.