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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT government unmoved as NSW considers of compensation for taxi plate owners

Kirsten Lawson Taxi plate owners knew change was coming, says government

Government is paying up to $1750 each to help hundreds of public housing tenants move

Kirsten Lawson Government is paying removal costs and electricity and phone connections for Northbourne tenants

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman 'calls in' Northbourne demolition

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has approved the demolition of a swath of Northbourne Avenue's public housing.

Capital Metro appoints NSW executive to replace procurement head Stephen Allday

ACT Liberal deputy leader Alistair Coe raised questions about Stephen Allday's departure from Capital Metro.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Liberals question reasons for the sudden departure of Capital Metro's Stephen Allday.

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell signals new push on electric cars in Canberra

Kirsten Lawson Government looks to get electric car recharging points across Canberra and on the roads to Sydney and the coast

ACT government reviews building rules amid spiralling complaints and problems with quality

Kirsten Lawson Government considers more inspections, tighter control of design to tackle complaints about defects in apartment buildings

Mediocre showing for Joy Burch in ACT Labor preselection

Education Minister Joy Burch was elected in third spot in her Tuggeranong seat.

Kirsten Lawson Bad signs for trouble-prone Education Minister.

3000 pensioners and veterans could lose generous rates rebate

The ACT government is considering cutting generous rebates for people paying only half their rates bill.

Kirsten Lawson About 3000 Canberra households could lose a substantial portion of their rates discounts under changes likely to form part of next year's Budget

New University of Canberra public hospital to cost $139 million, built by Brookfield Multiplex

An artist's impression of the new University of Canberra Public Hospital.

Kirsten Lawson A big multinational company, Brookfield Multiplex, will build the new University of Canberra Public Hospital, with construction beginning early in 2016, Health Minister Simon Corbell announced...

Chief Minister Andrew Barr says a GST hike would accelerate ACT tax reform

Kirsten Lawson Malcolm Turnbull would have Canberra's support for a GST increase if he took it to next year's election and won, as long as it went with tax reform, Andrew Barr says.

Labor clubs run the most profitable poker machines in Canberra

Kirsten Lawson The Labor Party-owned clubs take an average $51,3800 profit from each machine, compared with the clubs average overall of $34,740.

Canberra clubs make $167 million in poker machine profits

Kirsten Lawson Labor Clubs contribute among the least to community groups, report finds.

One in five ACT planning staff say they have been bullied and harrassed

Kirsten Lawson Planning head Dorte Ekelund says the directorate has had no reports of bullying in the most recent year, despite a staff survey in which one in five staff say they have been bullied and harassed.

ACT government to move 1100 ACT Health and Access Canberra staff to Woden

Woden calling: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr with deputy Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson Woden town centre has been losing public servants in recent years. But plans are afoot to change that in 2016. 

Egg farm odour will hit residents of West Belconnen, says Parkwood owner

Parkwood Eggs in Belconnen is worried the smell from its laying sheds will affect residents of a planned new suburb.

Kirsten Lawson The owner of Parkwood Eggs has slammed the West Belconnen housing development as way too close for comfort, saying much of the proposed new housing will be affected by smell from the barn egg farm.

Voting set to begin in ACT Labor preselection

Labor candidate Chris Steel.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Labor members begin voting in preselections on Saturday, with some strong contests for the 25 spots on the Labor ticket. 

ACT government introduces rebates for electric heating to replace wood fires

The ACT government is extending rebates for people who replace wood fires with gas or electric heating.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will pay up to $1100 to people who replace wood heaters with ducted electric heating.

Piazza Research defends the government's input into tram poll questions

An artist's impression of the planned tram system for Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson Getting the client (in this case, the government) to help design survey questions is important to make sure all key issues are covered, says Piazza Research.

Catherine Carter to leave ACT Property Council after a decade in top role

Catherine Carter has resigned as executive director of the ACT Property Council.

Kirsten Lawson Catherine Carter will leave the ACT Property Council to set up a private consultancy.

ACT Liberal Giulia Jones urges Federal Parliament to allow women to breastfeed in chambers

Giulia Jones, with Liberal colleagues Jeremy Hanson and Alistair Coe, makes history breastfeeding son Maximus in the ACT Chamber in August.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Liberal Giulia Jones, who made ACT history as the first woman to breastfeed in the Chamber this year, has urged the federal parliament to allow women to breastfeed in its chambers as well.