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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Six consortiums vie for right to build Canberra's new courts

Kirsten Lawson Six consortiums have submitted expression of Interest to build the ACT's new court precinct.

Government considers geothermal technology to heat lake "beach"

The City to the Lake is a visionary plan, with the geothermal heating of the West Basin being

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government is considering whether it can heat the lake water in West Basin using geothermal technology for year-round swimming as part of its avant-garde development of the West Basin - the...

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Cbus super confirms interest in new public service office block

Treasurer Andrew Barr says a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up.

Kirsten Lawson Registrations of interest close on Wednesday for a new 42,000 square metre government office block in the city.

Former tenants and owners given access to Mr Fluffy details


Kirsten Lawson Former tenants who can produce an electricity bill or similar will be able to find out whether they lived in a Mr Fluffy house.

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Mr Fluffy homes: government softens rules for former tenants and owners

Kirsten Lawson Hours into the Asbestos Response Taskforce's operation, it relaxed rules for potential former tenants of Mr Fluffy homes.

Tricky issues remain in Labor-Greens agreement to govern

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Kirsten Lawson Most of the Labor-Greens deal has been delivered, but some deals are still to come, says Chief Minister.

Greens minister Shane Rattenbury in four-day endurance race in South Africa

Shane Rattenbury is set to run 120km in four days in western South Africa.

Kirsten Lawson It's unlikely any ACT politicians have taken their exercise regimes to the extremes of Shane Rattenbury.

Tribunal criticises planning minister's 'formulaic' approval of lease changes for clubs

An artist's impression of the new Raiders building in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Government accused of not properly considering the public interest in clubs development.

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Ticket traders fear scalping law will push sales to the black market


Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson ACT government plans to ban ticket "scalping" for sporting games and major events have attracted concerns.

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Government swamped by 120 objections to the Uriarra solar farm

Uriarra village residents in front of the proposed site for a solar farm across the road to Uriarra Village.

Kirsten Lawson Residents have expressed concerns about the ruination of views and rural character, health impacts, loss of habitat, and the property values.

ACT a step closer to register for paid lobbyists

Trust exercise

Kirsten Lawson ACT Assembly Clerk Tom Duncan will draw up a register for lobbyists by September 18, a new regime that will cover anyone paid to lobby politicians, their staff or public servants.

Win for contractors as ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr pushes payroll tax change back to January 1

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr's payroll tax measure in the June budget was an unpopular move among contractors.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Treasurer's back down could leave $5 million hole in the ACT budget.

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr confirms pay cut for IT contractors

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson IT contractors to the ACT Government are being handed a pay cut in new contracts

ACT government should halt plans for a new office building, says ACT Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson

Jeremy Hanson.

Kirsten Lawson Opposition leader says vacancy levels are already too high.

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Asbestos taskforce trying to contact 132 Mr Fluffy home owners

Generic asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson The asbestos taskforce is still trying to track down 132 owners of Mr Fluffy homes who have not received registered post letters sent in July.

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Expert warns solar farm brings bushfire risk to Uriarra Village

Uriarra village was rebuilt after the 2003 bushfires.

Kirsten Lawson A consultant has raised serious concerns about bushfire risk from the planned solar farm at Uriarra Village, warning power lines should be underground and a bank of screening trees pushed back at...

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Andrew Barr defends new city office block, dubbed the 'Death Star' by the Liberals

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr has defended his decision to pursue a new office block to house 3400 public servants in the city, denying it will worsen office vacancy rates, which are already at their...

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National significance of Uriarra solar should not be underestimated, says ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell


Kirsten Lawson ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell dismisses residents' concerns about bushfire risk of new power line.

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ACT government records better than expected $243m deficit

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said the June-quarter financial statements, yet to be audited and finalised, were tabled on Thursday as the Assembly prepared to pass the 2014-15 budget on Thursday night.

Kirsten Lawson End-of-year results show growing contribution of rates to government purse.

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ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will approach women to stand for election

Ms Gallagher said there were just two women among the 17 parliamentarians, and none on the Labor side, when she first stood. Now there are seven, the highest number ever.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will approach high-profile women to stand for election in an attempt to improve the number of women in the ACT Assembly and find eight extra candidates.

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