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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT budget presents many challenges for Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Andrew Barr is caught in a bind of a huge deficit and visionary plans as he prepares to deliver his fourth budget, writes Kirsten Lawson.

Molonglo and Lawson land overpriced by $100,000 or more: former Treasury official

Kirsten Lawson Households in Molonglo and Lawson paid prices at least $100,000 higher than they should have for their land, new figures suggest.

City to the Lake: waterfront park to be funded in 2015 ACT Budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on the site of a planned new lakefront park, the first stage of the West Basin redevelopment.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT government will begin the first stage of its City to the Lake project that will ultimately see high-rises and a swimming pool in the West Basin.

Ignore Barr and recognise Canberra on list, heritage experts urge

ACT Heritage Council chairman David Flannery: Yet to take a position.

Kirsten Lawson Heritage experts have rejected Andrew Barr's opposition and called for Canberra to be on the National Heritage List

Critics label Fluffy scheme unfair, confused and unlikely to save any lives

With the Fluffy demolitions to begin soon, a community council has called on the government to abandon its plan to rezone the blocks.

Kirsten Lawson Allowing Fluffy blocks to be subdivided is unfair on both owners and their neighbours, the Inner South Community Council says.

Union says most jobs will go at ACTTAB

Racing generic.

Kirsten Lawson ACTTAB is effectively being dismantled and staff are devastated, says the union.

ACT Tennis granted waiver of $860,000 payout for changing its lease

Work on the ACT Tennis sports club at Lyneham late last year.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Andrew Barr waived ACT Tennis's payout for changing its lease - a waiver worth $860,000 to the tennis club.

Answer to housing crisis lies in greater land release: former Treasury official

Former executive director of policy at ACT Treasury, Khalid Ahmed: Housing affordability at its heart simply requires higher land release.

Kirsten Lawson Canberra is in a unique position to deal with housing affordability, but it takes strong political commitment, says Khalid Ahmed

Norfolk Island delivers formal grievance motion to federal parliament

Kirsten Lawson The Norfolk Island Speaker presented a formal "remonstrance" to the Australian parliament on Monday, as part of its ongoing, but so far failed attempts to keep self-government on the island.

Westside Container Village 'a damp squib': National Capital Authority

Westside Acton Park

Primrose Riordan and Kirsten Lawson The head of the National Capital Authority has labelled the new Westside Container Village a "damp squib" and revealed the authority raised its concerns about the West Basin development with the...

The ACT budget is expected to deliver stamp duty joy but more rates pain

Kirsten Lawson If the Barr government sticks to its earlier plan, stamp duty will be cut by about $1200 from next week, but rates will rise from July 1.

Simon Corbell says $60 million in federal tram funding depends on ACT lump sum

An artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell says a lump sum payment for the the controversial project is 'highly likely' and reveals it is tied to $60m in federal funding.

Auditor warns of risk of catastrophic failure of water catchment

ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper  has raised concerns about risks to the lower Cotter drinking water catchment.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Despite significant improvements in the major lower Cotter drinking water catchment, major risks remain, including the risk of catastrophic failure of the catchment, ACT Auditor-General...

New CIT campus to be opened in Tuggeranong

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced a new CIT campus for Tuggeranong

Kirsten Lawson Woden to be downsized, but few details in CIT move

Westside Container Village tradies wait to be paid

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy  

Southern Cross Club hits out at targeting of clubs in fight against problem gambling

Kirsten Lawson The Canberra Southern Cross Club says it does not prey on problem gamblers and the government fails to appreciate the challenges in the industry.

Elementus seeks environmental exemption in new solar farm plan

Kirsten Lawson Elementus Energy will remove 203 mature trees to build its 34 hectare solar farm at Williamsdale on the Monaro Highway south of Tuggeranong.

Clubs industry pushed to the edge of survival, calls for an end to ad-hoc laws

Clubs ACT chief Jeff House: Clubs in critical decline.

Kirsten Lawson Canberra's club industry has called for an end to "ad hoc" and fast-changing poker machine policy, saying some clubs are in critical decline and struggling already to restructure without the...

Labor and Liberal parties sitting pretty in ACT's new five-member electorates

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green: Confirmed the five new Canberra boundaries for the 2016 election.

Kirsten Lawson The Electoral Commission has announced the final boundaries for next year's ACT election in the biggest shake-up since self-government.

Government outlines plans for 1288 new public houses across the suburbs

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government has outlined plans for 1288 new public housing dwellings around the city over the next five years, mostly in small developments of 14 to 25 homes.