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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Scrapping travel budget halts Liberals' study tour

Kirsten Lawson Liberal backbencher Nicole Lawder has been forced to cancel a planned $17,000 study tour of public housing in Britain.

Regulator rejects bid for power price hike

Kirsten Lawson Canberrans will save an average $24 a year on electricity bills in the year from July.

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ACT Attorney-General plans to slash compensation for violent crime victims

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT government is considering significantly curtailing the amount victims of violent crime can claim in compensation.

No mass demolition of Mr Fluffy houses

Kirsten Lawson Attorney-General Simon Corbell has dismissed a call for Mr Fluffy asbestos houses to be demolished.

ACT Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson says no to bigotry but backs George Brandis on free speech plans

ACT Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson condemned 'bigotry' yesterday, but stopped short of opposing the George Brandis changes to race discrimination law.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson stopped short of opposing the George Brandis changes to race discrimination law.

Fast-track development: Room along the avenue for extra 45,000 residents

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government believes there will be room for at least another 45,000 residents along Northbourne Avenue under redevelopment of the main road into the city.

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Tenants told to make way

Plans to redevelop as many as 853 units in the Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street.

Kirsten Lawson Public housing tenants are facing major disruption as the government redevelops as many as 853 units along Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street as part of its revitalisation of the city centre.

New ACT planning laws delayed for further community consultation

Kirsten Lawson Greens Minister bows to pressure and persuades the ACT government to delay passing its new planning laws.

Celebration as seed capital reaches century

Kirsten Lawson Fifty million plants later, the Yarralumla Nursery celebrated its 100th birthday on Sunday.

Delays mean Phoenix bar not yet ready to rise from the ashes

Kirsten Lawson Almost two months after fire destroyed parts of the Sydney Building, the Phoenix bar is still not open due to red tape.

Liberal MLAs Vicki Dunne and Giulia Jones' controversial study tour to proceed

Vicki Dunne

Tom McIlroy, Kirsten Lawson Changes to rules on taxpayer-funded travel by ACT politicians won't stop Liberal MLAs' controversial study tour.

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ACT fast-track development laws bypasss key planning processes

Kirsten Lawson Next week, game-changing laws set to drive a bulldozer through parts of the city's planning process are to be fast-tracked through the ACT Legislative Assembly

Northbourne heritage at risk from fast-track planning

Northbourne Avenue

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Heritage Council says heritage nominations for buildings along Northbourne Avenue could be effectively annulled.

Study tours for MLAs and spouses abolished

The Legislative Assembly, Civic.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The Remuneration Tribunal has abolished taxpayer-funded study tours and spousal travel for members of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

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Auditor-general's report on Actew water pricing 'defies logic': ICRC

Water generic

Kirsten Lawson Pricing commissioner Malcolm Gray has hit back at Auditor-General Maxine Cooper over ACTEW's water and sewerage pricing, saying parts of her report defy logic.

NSW Labor MP Steve Whan accused Liberals of nimbyism over wind farms

NSW Labour parliamentarian Steve Whan has accused conservative MPs of hypocrisy in their attack on wind farms around Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson NSW Labor MP Steve Whan has accused conservative MPs of hypocrisy in their attack on wind farms around Canberra

Auditor-general's report slams ICRC, questions validity of water and sewerage prices

Dr Maxine Cooper

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Poor communication, conflicts of interest, and accusations of influencing the political process are highlighted in an Auditor-general's report into the setting of water and sewerage prices last year.

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ACT store owners slam proposals to limit the sale of tobacco

Kirsten Lawson Convenience store owners have slammed the ACT government's plan to further restrict tobacco sales.

Higher fees, less hours to sell tobacco proposed for ACT

Cigarette laws may change dramatically in the ACT.

Kirsten Lawson The Government is considering a big hike in licence fees to sell tobacco, suggesting fees could be doubled or more this year, with substantial increases each year to follow.

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Andrew Barr gives gloomy forecast of ACT economic pain

Kirsten Lawson ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr says Canberra faces a real risk of recession.