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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Mr Fluffy causes ACT budget deficit to blow out by $600 million

Asbestos removal.

Kirsten Lawson The Mr Fluffy hit to the ACT government budget is bigger than anticipated, with the deficit expected to blow out by $600 million over two years.

Struggling Exhibition Park corporation disbanded, control back with the bureaucracy

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government has moved to bring the struggling Exhibition Park back under direct control of the bureaucracy.

Mr Fluffy $750 million appropriation Bill tabled in Legislative Assembly


Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister warns of a deterioration in the Budget deficit to the tune of "hundreds of millions of dollars" as a result of the Fluffy buyback.

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First valuations of Mr Fluffy asbestos homes begin

Kirsten Lawson The Mr Fluffy home valuations are underway, with an ambitious target of getting through as many as 800 valuations, two per home, by Christmas.

Uriarra solar farm applicants linked to failed NSW green electricity retailer


Kirsten Lawson The men heading the controversial bid to build a solar farm near the Uriarra village were senior players in a failed NSW green-power company.

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Gungahlin light rail tram link may get lump sum from ACT government

Kirsten Lawson Despite the ACT government's repeated insistence that its contribution to the cost of the tram will be an annual payment to the operator, it will also consider paying a lump sum covering half the...

AFP, ASIO review security at ACT Assembly

Kirsten Lawson ACT Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne says the attack on the Canadian parliament by an armed intruder was `a very, very scary experience', writes Kirsten Lawson.

Buy-back has not warded off legal action, as Fluffy owners consider suing

Kirsten Lawson Some 1021 Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra have owners hanging out for decisions.

Gungahlin reach looks to extend well into inner north or Belconnen at next election

Gungahlin Market Place,

Kirsten Lawson ACT Electoral Commission releases population projections for 2016 election and a web tool that allows people to draw their own electoral boundaries and see where the numbers fall, calls for...

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ACT Government bans builders from removing asbestos

Kirsten Lawson New rules to close existing legal loopholes will take effect on January 1.

ACT's Jon Stanhope back and in the job queue

Back to base: Jon Stanhope relaxes at home in Bruce after returning from Christmas Island.

Kirsten Lawson Former chief minister Jon Stanhope is back in Canberra not only on the hunt for a job but with so much unfinished business you can't imagine him out of public life for long.

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Light Rail to deliver $1 billion in benefits: ACT Government

Katy Gallagher.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT government has released its business case for the proposed light rail from Gungahlin to Civic, saying the project will deliver $1 billion in benefits for the territory.

Melbourne and Gold Coast tram operator sets up in Canberra to bid for light rail project

Project director Kieran Street says people will see the benefits of light rail in Canberra once the line is in place.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Keolis Downer has put together a consortium in a bid to build, own and operate the $800 million, 12-kilometre tram line from Gungahlin.

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Taskforce taking hands-off approach to contents of Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated homes

Kirsten Lawson There's no way to guarantee contents are safe, says Asbestos Taskforce head Andrew Kefford, but decisions are in the hands of owners

Tears from Chief Minister and Fluffy homeowners in Assembly debate

Katy Gallagher says one homeowner told her how hard it was to admit she had a Fluffy home and see people react with emotions from horror to sympathy.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has been moved to tears at the distress faced by families whose homes are contaminated by asbestos.

Mr Fluffy home owners will be forced to seal dwellings if they stay

Clean-up: Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson People who want to stay in their Mr Fluffy homes beyond the first half of next year are likely to be forced to seal the homes to the point where they will not be able to use basic items including...

Government will allow unit titles to boost value of Fluffy land

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher

Kirsten Lawson Most Fluffy blocks look to be subdivided or sold as unit titles

No decision yet on what to do with Mr Fluffy owners' possessions

Andrew Kefford: His Mr Fluffy report

Kirsten Lawson There is no way to make homes contaminated with loose-fill asbestos safe to live in, the ACT Asbestos Taskforce has concluded in an uncompromising report, released on Tuesday.

Mr Fluffy houses will be demolished, says Chief Minister Katy Gallagher

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Senator Eric Abetz.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher wants every one of the 1021 Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra demolished within five years.

UC researcher backs light rail to boost land values, health and productivity

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

Kirsten Lawson David Flannery believes light rail provides a wonderful opportunity to reinvigorate Canberra.

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