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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Belconnen suburbs move into new Gungahlin electorate

ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson Liberal Speaker Vicki Dunne and transport spokesman Alistair Coe have their home suburbs shifted into a new Gungahlin-based electorate, under new boundaries that divide the city into five electorates.

Hospital cafe goes to new owners after 20 years

Cafe Hoz owner Richard Butler,  who finishes a

Kirsten Lawson Twenty years running the Canberra Hospital cafe has put Richard Butler firmly in touch with what's important in  life, and after losing the cafe tender he plans to spend time "down the beach and...

Politicians await news of their electoral fate as commission prepares to announce new boundaries

Alistair Coe

Kirsten Lawson As the Electoral Commission prepares to release its biggest redistrbuton in 20 years next week, Canbera's politicians are keenly awaiting news of their fate.

Drivers' deal not up for negotiation for two more years, says union

Kirsten Lawson The Transport Workers Union says the bus drivers employment agreement doesn't expire for two more years, making the ACT Government's calls for more flexibility moot.

National tourism body urges sale of ACTION buses and faster progress on City to the Lake

Kirsten Lawson Pointing to a slide in Canberra's tourist numbers, a national tourism group has urged the ACT Government not to delay its City to the Lake project, to push ahead with the tram and to sell the bus...

ACT Assembly launches an inquiry into the future of the clubs industry

ACT Gaming Minister Joy Burch says she does not want to delay gaming reform, despite the establishment of the new inquiry.

Kirsten Lawson ACT Assembly sets up an inquiry into the future of the clubs industry

Chief Minister Andrew Barr holds out threat of ACTION bus sale

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Andrew Barr is holding out the threat of selling the ACTION bus network if he can't achieve the reforms he wants. 

Uriarra solar farm relocated to Williamsdale

A solar farm under construction at Royalla. A similar development at Uriarra has concerned residents.

Kirsten Lawson Residents celebrate decision to relocate solar farm.

Downer housing development decision with planning minister


Kirsten Lawson Planning officials recommend development of up to 300 townhouses and apartments on former Downer Primary School site, despite residents' concerns.

ACT government signs up to guarantees worth hundreds of millions on wind farms

Kirsten Lawson Guarantees amounting to as much as $266 million between the three wind farms if the ACT government were to pull out or change its feed-in tariff now.

ACT government rejects call for higher taxes on poker machines

Falling poker machine revenue is hurting ACT clubs.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government ignored key planks of its own tax review in its decision not to boost poker machine taxes.

Firearms tranquilliser expert Marcus Fillinger questions half million dollar cost of kangaroo fertility trial

Environment Minister Simon Corbell has announced a fertility trial involving up to 200 kangaroos.

Kirsten Lawson The kangaroo fertility trial will include capturing kangaroos to check the extent of bruising and injury from being shot with a dart.

Simon Corbell announces two shortlisted consortiums for tram line

light rail

Kirsten Lawson The race to build Canberra's tram line is down to two bidders, among them some of the world's biggest train companies.

Government reviews concessions across the board in search for savings

Chief Minister Andrew Barr says the amount handed out in key concessions has increased 9 per cent a year over the past five years.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Andrew Barr has foreshadowed a crackdown on concessions and discounts, in a search for savings for a budget deep in the red

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Government delays introduction of poker machine trading scheme

Kirsten Lawson The new poker machine trading scheme keenly awaited by the city's clubs has been delayed.

ACT government to conduct kangaroo fertility trial

Kirsten Lawson The Government plans to begin field trials of a kangaroo fertility drug by July, to determine whether it can deliver the vaccine effectively by dart.

New Yarralumla suburb will carve off top of forested ridges to flatten site

Yarralumla brickworks.

Kirsten Lawson Yarralumla residents are angry about what they say is a planned massive flattening out of the landscape behind the suburb, removing as much as 7m from the tops of the forested ridges between...

Marcus Fillinger puts hat in ring as an independent, running for the roos

Marcus Fillinger, who will stand as an independent in the 2016 ACT election.

Kirsten Lawson Wildlife advocate Marcus Fillinger will stand as an Independent in the 2016 ACT election, taking the fight directly to the only Green in the Assembly, Shane Rattenbury.

Security cameras to watch illegal dumpers at recycling depots

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will upgrade surveillance of recycling drop-off points so it can catch and prosecute people dumping rubbish illegally.

Capital clubs have little choice but to sell their land: Jeff House

The Canberra Bowling Club in Braddon.

Kirsten Lawson Canberra's clubs are left with few options but to develop their land in lieu of gambling revenue, said the chief executive of Clubs ACT.