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Homicide in Calwell

ACT Policing is treating the death of a woman in Calwell this afternoon (Saturday, February 28) as a homicide. Police were called to the Duggan St apartment block around 4.40pm, responding to reports of a disturbance at the location. Upon attending, police found a female victim who had suffered critical injuries and was deceased. A […]

Clubs chief bemoans editing of quotes

CLUBSACT CEO Jeff House has seen fit this morning to issue his “unedited statement” following a story in the daily paper about the Gambling and Racing Commission’s decision to introduce ticket-in to the ACT’s poker machines. He says the “Canberra Times” story included edited versions of his quotes. “Notwithstanding the right of media outlets to edit […]

Fluffy buyback hits the halfway mark

ACTING Chief Minister Simon Corbell says more than half of all ‘Mr Fluffy’ homeowners have accepted the offer made by the ACT Government for their houses to be purchased through the Buyback Program. “I am pleased to advise that 511 homeowners of the total 1021 affected properties have accepted an offer made by the ACT […]

Joy Burch cuts red tape on poker machines

JOY Burch says the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission is recommending the introduction of Ticket-In Ticket-Out gaming. Ticket-In Ticket-Out enables gaming credits to be transferred from one machine to another using a ticket, negating the need for cash payouts. The Commission has also advised that gaming machine revenue has continued to steadily decline since September. […]

Nicole at Fadden Pond

On Fadden Pond with Nicole Lawder

THE Liberals’ Nicole Lawder has organised a team to clean up the Fadden Pond precinct in Fadden on Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday. “Rubbish in and around Fadden Pond is an ongoing concern and after organising a clean up last November, we’ll be using Clean Up Australia Day this Sunday as another opportunity to […]

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Bridge strengthening for big trucks gets the nod

LIBERAL Senator Zed Seselja has welcomed funding under the Commonwealth Bridges Renewal Programme to upgrade local bridges. “The Federal Government funds to upgrade our local bridges will make using them safer and more reliable, while also being a major boost for freight providing major benefits for the community and the region,” Zed said. “In particular, […]

Alleged Gowrie mugger arrested

ACT Policing has apprehended a 17-year-old male from Canberra’s south following an aggravated robbery in Gowrie yesterday (26 February). About 11:10am, a male walking along the underpass near Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive, Gowrie, was approached by two males. One male was carrying a baseball bat in a backpack and made demands for the victim’s […]

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Anyone up for an ant walk?

ACT Parks and Conservation Service is encouraging members of the public to join local ant expert Ajay Narendra at the Mount Majura reserve to learn about the vital role ants play in the ACT. “Ants play a leading role in the environment as predators and scavengers and they also have highly social organisation and amazing […]

Grattan on Friday / Liberals sweat over timing of next tilt against Abbott

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra CANBERRA, thanks to politics being its main industry and the politicians being non-residents, is the quintessential fishbowl. When a leadership change is contemplated, people watch keenly to see who dines out with whom. So it was duly noted when Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Greg Hunt were together on […]

Corbell floats child sex offence proposals

SIMON Corbell is seeking community views on proposals to strengthen the ACT’s child sex offender laws. He says the proposed amendments will give police special powers to better monitor and manage registered sex offenders. “The reforms aim to reduce the likelihood of convicted child sex offenders re-offending, and provide more support to authorities during the […]

Gowrie mugging

ACT Policing has apprehended a 17-year-old male from Canberra’s south following an aggravated robbery in Gowrie yesterday (26 February). About 11:10am, a male walking along the underpass near Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive, Gowrie, was approached by two males. One male was carrying a baseball bat in a backpack and made demands for the victim’s […]

Witnesses wanted to Reid assault

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the assault and robbery of a 21-year-old woman in Reid in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 22). The woman had been walking on Corranderrk St, Reid around 5.15am on Sunday when she noticed a man following her. She was physically accosted by the man in parkland off […]

Cheap lunches. The CIT Cafe

A friend tipped me off to cheap lunches at the CIT Cafe and I have to admit it’s a bit of a hidden gem. Every Wednesday the hospitality students at CIT practice what they’re learning (it should be noted they’re heavily supervised) and the public can come in and get a $10 meal. Beers are […]

Peter Slipper not guilty

JUSTICE Burns has judged that former Speaker of the House of Representative Peter Slipper is not guilty of rorting cabcharge vouchers to visit Canberra Region wineries. I accept that the evidence before the Magistrate was capable of raising, as a rational inference, the proposition that the appellant undertook each of the three journeys for purposes […]

National Institutions get new board members

COMMONWEALTH Arts Minister George Brandis has announced the appointment of three new members to the governing bodies of the National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and National Portrait Gallery of Australia. “Mr Ezekiel Solomon AM has accepted an appointment to the Council of the National Gallery of Australia. Mr Solomon has extensive experience […]