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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

New vehicle to elect independents to the ACT parliament

Kirsten Lawson An interesting concept, says Michael Moore: A party without a policy and the party people are not allowed to stand for election

Joy Burch ex-staffer Maria Hawthorne reveals questions from police

Former ACT government staffer Maria Hawthorne.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson The former staffer at the centre of a police investigation into the conduct of Joy Burch's office has broken her silence.

Tram business case risks a white elephant project, says ANU academic Leo Dobes

The announcement this month of the winning bidder to build and operate Canberra's tramline.

Kirsten Lawson The economic benefits of the Gungahlin tram project may have been exaggerated through one-sided counting of impacts that go well beyond the tram itself, an Australian National...

Ainslie Fluffy owner devastated by inflated price for cleared land

Kirsten Lawson Ainslie land offered to Fluffy owner for $715,000, just $10,000 less than paid for the same block with a three-bedroom house a year earlier.

West Basin bike-hire business Mr Spokes bought out by ACT government

Kirsten Lawson The government is exploring options for new boat and bike hire operations at the lake.

Liberals say they will challenge any 'extortionate' tram cancellation fees in the courts

Kirsten Lawson 'They may as well go into the middle of Northbourne Avenue and set fire to piles of money': Andrew Barr

Mark Parton joins Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson's staff to beef up his social media presence

Kirsten Lawson Mark Parton joins Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson's staff to beef up his social media presence

Nature strip vegetable garden draft guidelines published by ACT government

Canberrans Jim Laity and Chanla Khanthavongsa, who have grown vegetables on their nature strip for 10 years, with government approval.

Kirsten Lawson Plants, shrubs, gravel, garden edging, temporary fencing allowed without approval, but tomatoes could be tricky

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Canberra Metro announced as Capital Metro light rail tender winner

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

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The international consortium that will build Canberra's controversial light rail network has been revealed.

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Staying put on Mr Fluffy block costs owner dearly

Mr Fluffy home owner, Ray Roberts, has refused to take part in the government buyback and has paid for his own demolition and rebuild without any compensation.

Kirsten Lawson For Ray Roberts, staying put on the Giralang block he has called home for almost 40 years, has cost him dearly.

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Andrew Barr to push ahead with reshuffle despite no outcome in Joy Burch police investigation

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is mulling over the ministerial team to take into this year's election.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Andrew Barr is going ahead with a reshuffle of his cabinet despite an ongoing police investigation into minister Joy Burch's office.

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Ambulance operator calls for competition in patient transport

An ACT emergency ambulance: A private operator says money could be saved and patients could be moved more quickly if private operators were allowed to transport non-emergency patients.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT "certainly not what we would see as a friendly place to do business", says ambulance operator

Unions ACT hits out at Canberra CBD group over city centre

Seeking money in Garema Place: Canberra CBD has called on the government to deal with beggars and charity workers in the city.

Kirsten Lawson "They're asking for millions more to do the job we're already paying them to do."

Businesses call for West Basin delay, control of begging and charity collectors in city centre

Kirsten Lawson Canberra CBD has called on the ACT government to delay the tram until the city centre's population at least doubles, and has pointed to falling land values and neglect of the city centre.

Stanhope stymied in FOI bid on renaming of Fraser electorate

Former ACT Labor leader Jon Stanhope is no more enlightened about the decision to change the name of the Fraser electorate to Fenner.

Kirsten Lawson Jon Stanhope has been stymied in his attempts to find out more about the decision to change the name of the Canberra electorate of Fraser to "Fenner", with documents released under freedom...

Statesman Hotel puts a plan for apartments and offices at the Curtin shops

Kirsten Lawson Hotel urges the government to finalise plans for the Curtin shops

Canberra's apprentice electricians not being given basic skills, says national electricians group

Ongoing concerns are being raised about the training of apprentice electricians at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

Kirsten Lawson The standard of CIT training has been the subject of significant complaints for some years.

Library of Australian science and Fenner Archive closed

The Shine Dome, housing the Basser Library and Fenner Archives. The closure has upset scientists.

Kirsten Lawson A decision to close the Academy of Science's library of scientific manuscripts and personal papers has upset scientists.

Cap on political spending signals start of ACT election year

Unions ACT has pulled its tram advertising off ACTION buses, signalling the start of the election year when all spending must be accounted for.

Kirsten Lawson New $40,000 cap on political spending takes effect on January 1.

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Bon Scott Crescent and Jimmy Little Street, fancy living in a Moncrieff street named after an idol?

Bon Scott performing in 1977.

Kirsten Lawson Moncrieff's streets to be music themed, named after dead Australian musicians and entertainers.