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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Owners of asbestos-contaminated homes fear they could be forced out of neighbourhoods

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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ACT Parliament to debate euthanasia with another call for repeal of Andrews Bill

Liberal member Vicki Dunne.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Euthanasia to be debated again on Thursday, when the ACT Assembly calls on Speaker Vicki Dunne to write to the Commonwealth demanding the repeal of the "Andrews Bill", which bans territories from...

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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Collector and Tarago residents take wind farm protest to the Assembly

Terry Lovelock from Collector protests out the front of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Residents of Collector and Tarago took their opposition to wind farms to the ACT Assembly on Tuesday.

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Canberra tram line gets the green light for an estimated $800 million

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The tram line from Gungahlin to the city has been given the green light, with a private consortium to be appointed to build, own and operate for at least 20 years, Capital Metro Minister Simon...

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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Sale of lakefront land will go ahead, ACT government confirms

An artist’s impression of West Basin development, which is one part of the broader City to the Lake plan that has not been shelved.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has confirmed that the sale of lakefront land in West Basin near Commonwealth Avenue will go ahead, while other parts of the City to the Lake plan are on the backburner...

Mr Fluffy buy-back issue with the Prime Minister next week


Kirsten Lawson The Mr Fluffy asbestos buy-back and demolition scheme will be discussed at the highest levels of federal government next week, a spokesman for Employment Minister Eric Abetz has confirmed, and a...

NSW expands Fluffy search as 199 request testing

Kirsten Lawson NSW authorities have expanded their asbestos search yet again after the discovery of a house in Orange confirmed to have contained loose-fill asbestos insulation before it was demolished two or three...

Construction begins on new blocks at Canberra's jail to accommodate another 110 prisoners

Fit to burst: The Alexander Maconochie Centre has been under pressure since a rise in detainee numbers in 2013.

Kirsten Lawson Construction has begun on two new blocks at Canberra's jail, designed to alleviate severe overcrowding and allow more separation between prisoners.

Euthanasia submission from Katy Gallagher, Shane Rattenbury call for ACT laws

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens' Shane Rattenbury have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.

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Derelict, insecure Mr Fluffy house worries Yarralumla residents

Generic asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson An unoccupied Mr Fluffy house in Yarralumla is worrying nearby residents.

Tough run before some tough decisions: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher slogs her way through the 10 km fun run

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher looks to have been the only Canberra politician keen enough to be at the starting line for the fun run on Sunday, but you would have to say her feelings about...

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.

ACT wind farm auction: 18 companies compete to supply electricity into national grid

Seat of power:  Capital Wind Farm company Infigen is in the bidding to supply electricity to the national grid.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government has receives an overwhelming response to its wind auction

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Tram build could be $760 million under new estimates

An artist's impression of the light rail service at Gungahlin.

Kirsten Lawson Simon Corbell says the $614 million cost should be adjusted for the year the tram begins operation, 2019.

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ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell to share territory's green vision with Nobel laureates


Kirsten Lawson and Primrose Riordan Canberra's national leadership on renewable energy has piqued the interest of Nobel laureates.

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.

Canberra will consider its own rooftop solar scheme if Commonwealth scheme cut, says Simon Corbell

Australia's renewable energy sector faces an uncertain future.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has condemned the Warburton report as ''dangerously radical and extremist''.