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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT prisoners spend just five hours a week in rehabilitation, says auditor

Kirsten Lawson Prisoners in the ACT's over-stretched prison are are at risk of boredom and drug use due to the limited programs on offer.

GST decision leaves another budget headache for ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr, centre, on Friday with South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill, left, and Troy Pickard, the president of Australian Local Government Association.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's 2015-16 budget is $130 million worse off after Friday's GST carve-up.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr hopes for a freeze on GST carve-up to save $130m

Kirsten Lawson Andrew Barr hoping for a GST freeze but a formula change would be bad news for the territory.

Fluffy dual occupancy should apply to all suburban blocks, says Property Council

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Property Council wants more lenient dual occupany rules for Mr Fluffy blocks extended across the city, allowing people to divide standard residential blocks into two titles.

Marcus Fillinger finishes North Pole marathon in 14 hours after helping his dogs

Canberran Marcus Fillinger in the North Pole Marathon.

Kirsten Lawson One of his huskies was sick, so Marcus Fillinger stopped to look after him. And then he finished the marathon – at -41C.

Training organisations failing security guards and childcare workers, says union

Kirsten Lawson Trainers are failing people in security and childcare, signing off on qualifications for people with inadequate skills or little chance or getting a job, the United Voice union says.

Gaming Minister Joy Burch opts for voluntary code of practice on eftpos machines in clubs

Kirsten Lawson Clubs ACT expects to issue new advice to clubs this week on the use of Eftpos-style cash machines in the city's licensed clubs, requiring club staff to handle either the card or the cash when people...

Work begins on expansion of Canberra Hospital emergency department

Paramedics at Canberra Hospital's emergency department in 2012.

Kirsten Lawson Bigger emergency department to include separate children's area

Dual occupancy and strata title to be allowed on nearly 800 Fluffy blocks

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government has released planning changes that allow dual occupancy on 770 Fluffy blocks around the city, increasing their resale value and putting them further out of the reach of owners.

Yvette Berry sets the bar high on declaring gifts but others not so diligent

Yvette Berry declares gifts worth as little as $10.

Kirsten Lawson Labor's newest minister Yvette Berry is setting the bar high on declaring gifts, filling out the paperwork for gifts worth as little as $10.

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Yarralumla development threatens grand entry to Government House: landscape architects

The government's plan for Yarralumla, showing the new entrance to Dunrossil Drive.

Kirsten Lawson The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has blasted the planned Yarralumla extension as a threat to the nationally significant entry to Government House.

Three per cent pay rise for ACT politicians

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is forecasting a budget deficit of $770 million this financial year.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Remuneration Tribunal has backed off a plan for a 6 per cent hike in polticians' pay, opting instead for a 3 per cent hike in pay for Canberra's politicians, or an extra $4000 a year on their...

Shane Rattenbury plan to shake up debates in the Assembly, allowing the public to have a say

Greens' Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson The public may be invited to submit issues for Assembly debate during each sitting week if Greens' Shane Rattenbury plan to shake up debates is accepted. Kirsten Lawson reports.

Braddon bar's Tranny Bingo granted permit as government looks to change rules for raffles and 'low-risk' lotteries

Kirsten Lawson The transvestites at The Hopscotch Bar may soon be able to claim that their show changed government policy.

New Yarralumla suburb 'the wrong development on the wrong site': council

An artist's impression of the Yarralumla Brickworks development.

Kirsten Lawson The Inner South Canberra Community Council says the Yarralumla extension is 'the wrong development on the wrong site'.

Canberra's greenhouse gas emissions fall, but there's a long way to go

Solar panels at the Royalla plant in the ACT.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT will have to significantly accelerate its cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to meet an ambitious 2020 target, a report on its progress shows.

Canberra Metro and Activate tram consortiums meeting local contractors

An artist's impression of the proposed Canberra light rail.

Kirsten Lawson Local construction companies are hoping for fair and inclusive consideration from the shortlisted tram consortiums.

Shock and sadness at 'cage' for Canberra school boy with autism: Ricky Stuart

Chris Wilson, Kirsten Lawson and Emma Macdonald Use of a "cage" used to contain a Canberra school child in a classroom has sparked debate about the treatment of disruptive and special-needs children in mainstream schools.

Child placed in cage: Canberra parents says schools can't cope with special needs students

Parents say the education system is failing children with special needs.

Kirsten Lawson News of a cage-like structure being used to constrain a Canberra school child has come as no surprise to some parents.

April 27 holiday for ACT public servants but beware parking inspectors


Kirsten Lawson Weekday parking rules and charges will apply on April 27, despite the day being a holiday for ACT public servants.