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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

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

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

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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'Historic moment' as Mr Fluffy house demolished


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


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


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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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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No downgrade for the ACT's triple-A credit rating, says Standard and Poor's

Kirsten Lawson Standard and Poor's doesn’t expect to downgrade the ACT’s triple-A stable credit rating, despite forecasts of a big deficit in last week’s budget.

Sydney building businesses prepare for the worst after fire

IGA manager, Abdul Osman outside the store on East Row.

Kirsten Lawson There was no joy for businesses affected by the Sydney building fire in their bid for compensation, with the ACT Government giving short shrift to the suggestion at a meeting on Friday.

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green renews push for pay increase

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Electoral Commissioner has made a second bid for an increase in pay, pointing out that he is paid less than any of his counterparts in other states and territories while the workload has...

Growing concern: Yarralumla Garden Centre sold to Heritage Nursery

Kirsten Lawson, Ben Westcott The ACT government has sold the Yarralumla Garden Centre business to Bruno and Hedy Zimmermann at the next-door Heritage Nursery.

ACT one step closer to an expanded Legislative Assembly

The Legislative Assembly, Civic.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson The ACT is one step closer to an expanded Legislative Assembly after the Canberra Liberals endorsed a plan for a 25-member chamber.

Growing Assembly sets off hunt for Canberra space

Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy A 25-member Assembly will force a redesign of the Legislative Assembly building.

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'Mr Fluffy' house sealed after asbestos found

Kirsten Lawson The discovery of asbestos in a Pearce house cleared under the ''Mr Fluffy'' program has led authorities to seal it off.

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


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


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

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