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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Second Yass farm property found to contain Mr Fluffy asbestos

Kirsten Lawson The second Yass area house found to be contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos is a rural property near the Canberra border, the Yass Valley Council has been told.

Government moves to allow form of 'cashless gambling' on poker machines

Minister Joy Burch.

Kirsten Lawson Authorities moved late last year to allow a form of "cashless gambling" on poker machines in Canberra, in another unheralded change to gambling in the territory.

ACT Labor split on Norfolk self-government

Jon Stanhope is fighting a grassroots action to win Labor support for self-rule on Norfolk Island.

Kirsten Lawson Norfolk Island Chief Minister Lisle Snell has applauded Jon Stanhope's intervention to back self-government on the island, hitting out at Canberra Labor MP Gai Brodtmann as ill-informed and her...

More than 100 Fluffy homes now owned by the government

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Kirsten Lawson With more than 100 Fluffy homes now in government hands, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has stepped up his pressure on the owners holding out on the mass buyback.

Vast majority of clubs install new cash machines after ATM withdrawal limit set

Cash-out machines are helping problem gamblers get around the law governing the amount that can be withdrawn from an ATM.

Kirsten Lawson Most of Canberra's clubs are now using cash machines which critics say are a way to dodge the $250-a day limit on ATM withdrawals.

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ACT Government reassures Owen Flats tenants they will not be evicted

The Owen Flats on Northbourne Avenue.

Kirsten Lawson Housing Minister Yvette Berry has moved to assure the 1350 public housing tenants living in blocks earmarked for sale and demolition that none will be evicted and all will have a say about where they...

Labor and Liberal scrap cap on donations, boost public funding

The Greens'  Shane Rattenbury fought a lone battle against the changes.

Kirsten Lawson Labor and Liberal combined on Thursday to scrap the $10,000 limit on donations to political parties and boost public funding from $2 a vote to $8 a vote.

Asset sales reap $60 million from Abbott government for Canberra light rail

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

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson Canberra light rail project will receive a $60 million boost from the Abbott government as territory agrees to range of asset sales. 

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Fluffy laws allow tenants and landlords to break leases

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will table new laws on Thursday to allow tenants and landlords to break leases on Mr Fluffy houses.

Commissioner for standards likely to investigate Joy Burch affair - a complaint by Assembly members

Minister Joy Burch.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Assembly's commissioner for standards, retired Supreme Court judge Ken Crispin, looks likely to investigate the Joy Burch Menslink affair.

Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury pushes ideas to make Canberra more self-sufficient in food production

Vegetables.

Kirsten Lawson Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury has put forward ideas to boost food self-sufficiency in Canberra, including a local abattoir, more land for urban gardens and freeing up nature strips for growing...

Joy Burch explains approach to Menslink

Minister Joy Burch.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIroy Education Minister Joy Burch has made a statement to the ACT Assembly on the Menslink affair, admitting that she asked the youth mentoring group to write a reference for her son's court case but...

Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson calls for inquiry into Joy Burch Menslink affair

 Education Minister Joy Burch's involvement in her son visiting schools with the youth mentoring group Menslink is the subject of a call for an inquiry by Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson.

Kirsten Lawson Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson has called for an inquiry into the Menslink affair in which Education Minister Joy Burch's son visited schools with the youth mentoring group last year without a Working...

Study to probe national Medicare database and state-held cancer databases in attempt to get to the bottom of Mr Fluffy health risk

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Kirsten Lawson Researchers aiming to assess the health impact of living in Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated homes will seek access to the national Medicare database and state-held cancer databases from around the...

Education Minister Joy Burch won't answer questions on bailed son's visits to Canberra schools

Kirsten lawson, Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy Education Minister Joy Burch went to ground on Thursday, refusing to answer questions about her son's visit to Canberra schools while on bail for aggravated robbery.

The ACT government insists new planning laws will apply only to light rail

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson The wording of the new planning legislation has raised community fears about which infrastructure is being targeted, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr clarifies that it will apply only to light rail.

Menslink fined for allowing Education Minister Joy Burch’s son into schools without a Working with Vulnerable People card

Lloyd Burch.

Kirsten Lawson Lloyd Burch spoke in schools after his conviction for a knife-point robbery.

Labor Party unites against Jon Stanhope

Jon Stanhope relaxes at home in Bruce after returning from Christmas Island.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Labor Party has closed ranks against former chief minister Jon Stanhope's attempt to rekindle debate on selling the Labor clubs, with almost every elected politician, national and local,...

ACT Legislative Assembly staff make way for eight extra politicians

Liberal member Vicki Dunne.

Kirsten Lawson Hansard and library staff, finance and corporate services staff and the education office will be rehoused in a public service building so more politicians can be kept on-site in Canberra.

Planning laws bypassed to make way for the tram line

An artist's impression of the proposed Canberra light rail. The ACT Assembly looks set to pass new planning laws for the line.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Assembly looks set to pass new planning laws on Tuesday that give an effective carte blanche to tram-related construction within 1 kilometre of the light-rail corridor - including seven new...

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