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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Economist rejects 3500 jobs claim for tram project

Kirsten Lawson A former Treasury official says jobs figures are much lower than commonly quoted and in any case you don't build a tram line because it creates jobs.

Canberra politicians split on boat turnbacks

Kirsten Lawson Labor Members of the ACT Assembly split on boat turnbacks at the party's national conference on the weekend, with Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Joy Burch backing Bill Shorten's position on...

Capital Metro tram construction strategy in the firing line

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

Kirsten Lawson The closure of the London Circuit courts carpark for four years of tram construction is attracting widespread opposition.

Lifetime risk of mesothelioma from Fluffy asbestos homes 16 in 100,000

While the risk of mesothelioma from living in an asbestos-contaminated house is small, an expert says anything greater than 1 in 100,000 is unacceptable.

Kirsten Lawson The figure translates to just one extra mesothelioma case among people who have lived in Fluffy homes over the past 40 years

$2.7 million top price for a Fluffy home, with an average close to $700,000

A Mr Fluffy asbestos house in Wanniassa wrapped in blue hoarding on Friday.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government paid a top price of $2.73 million for one Fluffy house, with an average across the homes of $693,000.

Inner south residents question plan to bring Telopea Park under ACT control

The National Capital Authority plans to hand over planning control of Telopea Park to the ACT.

Kirsten Lawson Telopea and Haig Parks are to be handed to the ACT government for planning control under new NCA plan

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr backs compromise on same-sex marriage

Kirsten Lawson ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr appears to be supporting Labor's compromise position on same-sex marriage, which will allow a conscience vote this parliament but a commitment to legalise...

1200 sign petition supporting right to protest outside Canberra abortion clinic

Kirsten Lawson Nearly 1200 people have signed a petition opposing a plan to outlaw protests outside Canberra's clinic.

Inquiry gives Canberrans another chance to debate the return of Fluffy dual occupancy

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman declined to tick off recommendation for Fluffy dual occupancy.

Kirsten Lawson Mick Gentleman has declined to tick off on the Fluffy dual occupancy plan, sending it instead to a committee inquiry.

Ainslie shops building owner in a bind on Mr Fluffy asbestos in roof

The flat above Edgar's Inn at the Ainslie shops still has Fluffy asbestos in the roof.

Kirsten Lawson The roof above a popular Canberra pub has Mr Fluffy asbestos. And unlike other properties, the owner is still waiting for a solution.

ACT Labor's union membership rule in national conference sights

Kirsten Lawson The ACT is the only jurisdiction to enforce a rule which means anyone in a job where there is a union must prove union membership when they join the Labor Party.

Earlier bar closing times in the city on the cards to combat alcohol abuse and assaults

Doctors, nurses and paramedics prepare to take care of an intoxicated male in the emergency department at Calvary Hospital after he collapsed at a nightclub.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT Government is considering earlier closing times for bars in the city and more radical measures such as setting minimal prices for alcohol in bottle stores to combat increasing...

Right to Life rejects "ratbag" plan to ban vigils outside Canberra abortion clinic

Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse, centre, attends a prayer vigil outside the Moore Street abortion clinic in March.

Kirsten Lawson Right to Life rejects suggestions that they intimidate women, saying they simply hold peaceful group prayers.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr supports calls for a higher Medicare levy

Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Monday

Kirsten Lawson Governments must raise extra revenue to pay for health, says Andrew Barr, not ruling out an increase in the GST

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Shane Rattenbury prepares to ban anti-abortion protests outside Canberra's abortion clinic

Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson The Greens' Shane Rattenbury is moving to outlaw protests near Canberra's abortion clinic, releasing draft legislation today aimed at putting an end to the regular vigils...

Jeremy Hanson asks gambling commission to investigate CFMEU official's pokies spend


Kirsten Lawson Liberal leader Jeremy Hanson has written to the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission asking it to investigate former CFMEU and Labor Party official Halafihi Kivalu's claim that the...

Melbourne Building physiotherapist upset at plans to close London Circuit carpark

Kirsten Lawson Another Melbourne Building business has called on the ACT government to abandon plans to turn the London Circuit carpark into a compound during tram construction, saying it will not only...

Caravan park and 480-bed tourist accommodation given green light at Exhibition Park

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government has given the go-ahead for a caravan park and tourist accommodation for up to 480 people at Exhibition Park.

ACT to hold a new auction this year to fund more wind farms

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell at the Acciona wind farm at Gunning. He has announced a second wind auction would be held this year.

Kirsten Lawson Wind farm projects in the Canberra region received new hope on Wednesday when ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell announced a second wind auction would be held this year.

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Federal directive on solar threatens commercial rooftop projects in the ACT, says Simon Corbell

Kirsten Lawson Tony Abbott is public enemy No 1 on renewable energy says Simon Corbell.