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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT retains AAA credit rating, but gets warning on debt and deficit

Credit.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT has retained its AAA stable credit rating from Standard and Poor's, one of only two jurisdictions in the country to keep the rating.

ACT Treasurer continues to back away from new convention centre

Kirsten Lawson Controversy continues over a new convention centre for Canberra, with the ACT treasurer saying the city's current facility is adequate. Kirsten Lawson reports.

Forde joint venture caught up in GST dispute with the Tax Office

Kirsten Lawson Joint venture might have to repay $14.3 million in GST

Ranks of ACT public service continue to swell

The ranks of the ACT public service continued to swell in the past year.

Kirsten Lawson The ranks of the ACT public service continued to swell in the past year as did the pay gap between men and women.

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Most ACT Assembly members not declaring or using frequent flyer points

Flyer.

Kirsten Lawson Most Assembly members are not declaring frequent flyer points and fewer still are using the points to offset the cost of flying

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Capital Metro pays $5.3 million to consultants

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson The capital Metro Agency spent $5.3 million on contractors and consultants in the past financial year, with technical adviser Arup the biggest single contractor, paid $1.6 million by the agency.

$300 fine for throwing a lit cigarette out the car window

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Kirsten Lawson Anyone who throws a lit cigarette out a car window could face a $300 fine, under new measures to be introduced by the ACT Government

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Canberra Liberals move to force disclosure of invoices worth more than $10,000

Alistair Coe disputes charges to access information about the Weston Creek Labor Club.

Kirsten Lawson The Liberals' Alistair Coe will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would force the disclosure of all invoices the Government pays worth more than $10,000.

Uriarra residents: we weren't consulted about Elementus solar farm

Kirsten Lawson Uriarra residents have hit back at suggestions they were consulted on the planned solar farm before a planning application was lodged, saying there were two meetings and at both the developer...

Simon Corbell wins invitation to Global Green Growth Forum for renewable energy efforts

Kirsten Lawson A new report shows just how far Canberra has to go to meet its target of 90 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020, with just 17 per cent reached by 2011-12.

Zhenfa tests waters outside China with Canberra solar farm project

An artist's impression of the Mugga Lane solar farm.

Kirsten Lawson The Chinese company building the Mugga Lane solar farm has plans to develop a "mum and dad" solar scheme with an ethical superannuation fund run by former ACT Greens candidate Simon Sheikh and other...

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher calls security and emergency management Cabinet meeting

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the Australian Federal Police was looking at how its resources were being used across the city.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher called a special meeting of the security and emergency management committee of Cabinet on Monday following the raising of the terror threat in Australia.

Fluffy owners meet federal Minister Eric Abetz

Asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson Mr Fluffy homeowners met federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz on Monday ahead of a decision by the Commonwealth on its contribution to a mass buy-back and demolition scheme for the...

Greens Shane Rattenbury points to lack of consultation on Uriarra project

Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson A hint that the Uriarra community's vehement opposition to the proposed solar farm opposite the village has sunk in at the highest level of governments came this week, when Greens Minister Shane...

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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.

Jeremy Hanson accuses Shane Rattenbury of trying to turn Canberra into death capital

Jeremy Hanson:

Kirsten Lawson Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson accused the Greens' Shane Rattenbury of trying to turn Canberra into "the death capital''.

NSW parliament to investigate the extent of Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in NSW homes

Kirsten Lawson and Emma Macdonald The NSW parliament will investigate the extent of Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in NSW homes, a  move that boosts the likelihood of a state-wide hunt for the deadly loose-fill insulation.

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...

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

A public meeting with Mr Fluffy owners and residents.

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.