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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT Housing turns property developer in Deakin

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government has entered the housing market boots and all in a Deakin development, building three townhouses to sell on the open market.

Electrical training board likely to escalate complaint against the Canterbury Institute of Technology

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Kirsten Lawson The training advisory board for electricians is likely to escalate its complaint against the Canberra Institute of Technology after ongoing frustration over the CIT's lack of response.

Left's relegation of Simon Corbell to the bottom of the ticket causes ructions

Simon Corbell announcing he will not contest next year's election. Mr Corbell was placed last on the Left ticket in his seat.

Kirsten Lawson The Labor Left's relegation of Simon Corbell into last place in an internal vote was either a mistake or an orchestrated move against the deputy chief minister.

One in five babies taken into care in Canberra are Aboriginal

Winnunga Nimmityjah chief executive Julie Tongs:

Kirsten Lawson Government says one year is long enough for families to sort out their problems before losing their children permanently.

More women on sports boards would reduce corruption, doping, says researcher

Kirsten Lawson More women on sporting boards is likely to lead to less corruption, doping and match-fixing, sports researcher Catherine Ordway says - but not, she argues, because women are more ethical.

Electrical industry frustrated at lack of action on complaint about CIT course

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The industry board for the electrical industry has asked the ACT education directorate to investigate a complaint about the electrotechnology course at the Canberra Institute of Technology,...

No compensation for Stromlo Stomping Grounds for container village build

Kirsten Lawson A blind man on a galloping horse could see it didn't go to plan: LDA

Wednesday morning peak worst for Canberra cyclists

Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy and Markus Mannheim New online database of bike crashes in Canberra shows when and where they most occur.

Inner south residents worried about high-rises replacing public housing flats

Kirsten Lawson Residents say the government is over-developing its inner south blocks to maximise their sale value.

Former Labor minister John Hargreaves hits back at Jon Stanhope

Former ACT Labor leader Jon Stanhope, calling for Labor to curtail the power of unions and factions.

Kirsten Lawson Union official John Lomax received a lengthy ovation from delegates at ACT Labor's annual conference.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr pledges 100 per cent renewables by 2025

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says a move to 100 per cent renewable energy would drive more growth in research and corporate jobs.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Labor believes a target of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 is achievable and will commit to making Canberra the first Australian capital to be powered that way.

Lakeside container village reverts to government control

The controversial  Westside container village was intended to bring life to the area but has been dubbed a

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government has taken back control of the controversial Westside container village from Stromlo Stomping Grounds, which has struggled with months of delays, criticisms and complaints over...

Former chief minister Jon Stanhope slams party corruption and factionalism

Former ACT Labor leader Jon Stanhope: The unions and factions have corrupted Labor and robbed it of talent.

Kirsten Lawson Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has delivered his strongest condemnation yet of his party.

Rule change allows high-profile Canberrans to stand for Labor preselection

Tara Cheyne, expected to stand for Labor preselection in Belconnen where she is a challenge to Mary Porter.

Kirsten Lawson Indian community leader Deepak-Raj Gupta has confirmed he will stand and and the face of the Fluffy campaign Brianna Heseltine is tipped also

Rye Park wind farm developers offer cash grants to neighbours to get project back on track

Kirsten Lawson The developers of the Rye Park wind farm near Yass are extending the largesse beyond landowners hosting turbines to offer cash grants to neighbours, in an effort to get their project back on track.

ATM industry urges ACT government to scrap $250-a-day withdrawal limit in clubs

Poker machines.

Kirsten Lawson Industry says it as a blunt instrument that targets everyone visiting clubs, not just problem gamblers.

Ice is the worst drug out there, an Aboriginal health service forum is told

Former ice users Micah Hill, left, and Matthew Wilson, both of Canberra, at the Aboriginal health service's forum on Tuesday.

Kirsten Lawson "You're not yourself when you're on ice, you're like your evil twin," says a former user, who has turned his life around after several suicide attempts.

Mr Spokes bike hire company says ACT government is a 'bunch of bullies'

Kirsten Lawson Owners say they have been unfairly treated by the LDA, which is trying to force them out.

More than 1100 Canberrans losing $10,000 plus a year on gambling

Poker machines: 1100 Canberrans are losing more than $10,000 a year on gambling,

Kirsten Lawson Research finds most of the money is lost on poker machines - and the amount is likely significantly underestimated.

The things you learn in opposition: Simon Corbell on his time in Parliament

Simon Corbell won't contest the 2016 election.

Kirsten Lawson After 13 years in government, Simon Corbell says his early years in Opposition were some of his most rewarding.