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Michael Inman is a courts reporter for The Canberra Times

CFMEU official who allegedly solicited bribes could front royal commission Wednesday

Michael Inman Canberra construction industry veteran said rumours of union issues had only cropped up in recent years.

Tales of tragedy and union support to hit Canberra letterboxes

Jayson Bush was left in a back brace after an accident at the Nishi apartments.

Michael Inman A grief-stricken mother, crushed family, and injured worker will vouch for the good work of the construction union this week, as the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption holds...

Entry to Canberra construction market bought through bribes, royal commission into trade unions hears

CFMEU flag on a Canberra building site.

Michael Inman A Sydney tiler allegedly paid bribes to a construction union official to get work in Canberra because "that's the market", the royal commission has heard.

Repeated complaints about dogs in public housing before mauling

Jack Hartigan, now aged 11, has filed civil action against the ACT Government after he was mauled by dogs. He is with his parents, Patrick Hartigan and Joanne Mangan.

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman Govt received string of complaints about pit bulls for more than five years before savage attack on child, court hears.

CFMEU snubs royal commission into trade unions

The construction union has stormed out of royal commission into trade unions.

Michael Inman The construction union expected to boycott the commissions hearing until Thursday in protest of what it claims is a lack of procedural fairness.

Lawyers open to trials in shipping container courtrooms

Michael Inman and Tom McIlroy The Canberra legal community is open to practising in temporary shipping containers during redevelopment of the ACT Supreme Court.

Lawsuit after boy mauled by dogs at ACT Housing property

Michael Inman Jack Hartigan's first playdate was a milestone that turned into a nightmare when he was savaged by two American pit bull terriers. Now he is seeking compensation for the damage.

HECS-style scheme for lawsuits would improve access to justice, says Professor Stephen Parker

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker proposes a HECS-style scheme for civil lawsuits.

Michael Inman A HECS-style scheme to fund civil lawsuits could improve access to justice and instil confidence in democracy, a Canberra academic says.

Money for indigenous business allegedly stolen to pay for fast cars, property and overseas travel

Michael Inman More than $1.3 million of federal funds earmarked to kickstart Indigenous businesses was allegedly stolen to fund a lavish lifestyle of overseas travel and luxury cars.

Former Zimbabwean ambassador wins $180,000 in defamation case against freelance writer

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Zimbabwean ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila, and her lawyer Jon May leave court.
The Canberra Times
Date: 10 July 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Michael Inman The former Zimbabwean ambassador won $180,000 in damages against a freelance writer who published false claims she had stripped in front of embassy staff.

Blood links accused man to massage shop robbery, court hears

Dramatic CCTV footage shows a staffer of a Civic massage store sustaining cuts to her forearm when she tried to stop a man taking cash from the store.

Michael Inman Police have used blood to link a Cook man to a robbery at a Civic massage business last month, a court has heard.

Accused arsonist suffered mental illness at time of fires: psychiatrist

Which way the scales of justice fall will depend on whether the accused is found to be guilty and if so if it is believed he was so unwell at the time that he did not know what he was doing was wrong.

Michael Inman A forensic psychiatrist says a Canberra man accused of lighting two fires during a total fire ban was suffering from a mania and psychotic symptoms at the time.

Man in Petterd Street Page standoff with police had been there to babysit: court hears

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Michael Inman A Kambah man involved in a three hour standoff with police on Tuesday had been at the Page home to babysit, a court has heard.

Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector: survey

An online poll of members of the Master Builders ACT reported verbal and/or physical intimidation by the ACT branch of the CFMEU on Canberra building sites.

Michael Inman Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector, a survey of stakeholders says.

Man to stand trial for allegedly forcing vulnerable migrant in sexual servitude

The man maintained not guilty pleas to the charges.

Michael Inman A Canberra man will stand trial on allegations he forced a vulnerable migrant into sexual servitude.

Owner of maggot-infested, malnourished dog not restricted from having pets: RSPCA

The RSPCA say they found

Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman "Lucky" was put down as a result of severe neglect. His owner was fined less than $500 and avoided restrictions on keeping pets.

NRMA supports ACT's zero-tolerance drug-drive regime

The unimpaired motorbike rider involved in this accident was charged with drug-driving over traces of cannabis.

Michael Inman The ACT Government and NRMA have defended the territory's drug drive laws, as the zero-tolerance regime is criticised for dragging unimpaired motorists before Canberra's courts.

ACT director of public prosecutions needs independent oversight: Jack Pappas

Jack Pappas wants an independent body to review prosecutorial decisions made by the ACT office of the DPP and costs orders introduced for those unfairly or improperly prosecuted in the Supreme Court.

Michael Inman Independent oversight of Canberra's prosecutors and a costs recovery mechanism in the ACT Supreme Court could improve the administration of justice in the capital, a veteran defence barrister says.

CFMEU urges probe into sham contracts, phoenixing and tax dodging on ACT sites

Michael Inman and Meredith Clisby The construction union has asked three government bodies to investigate sham contracting, tax dodging, and phoenixing in the ACT formwork industry.

Housekeeper injured at The Lodge exaggerates symptoms, but still wins compensation

A former housekeeper at the The Lodge will continue to receive workers' compensation.

Michael Inman A former housekeeper who hurt her back working at The Lodge will continue to receive compensation.