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Tax Office warns against phone scam

THE ATO is warning the public to be aware of an aggressive phone scam circulating where fraudsters are intimidating people into paying a fake tax debt over the phone by threatening jail or arrest. Second Commissioner Geoff Leeper says the ATO is very concerned about taxpayer privacy and is reminding people of the key differences […]

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Grattan / Barnaby Joyce worries about Asians thinking of Australia as 'decadent' if gays marry

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra WHEN Leader of the House Christopher Pyne told the Black Hand dinner – a get-together of moderates at the recent Liberal federal council – that a bill for same-sex marriage would go forward to parliament in the second half of this year, people present cheered. A little over a week […]


Men run amok with aggravated burglaries

TWO men in a white Toyota Camry are alleged to have been responsible for three aggravated burglaries in Wanniassa, Mitchell and Mawson early this morning. About 5am, police received a report that two men had used a crowbar to force the front doors of the Coles Express Service Station on Sangster Place, Wanniassa, robbing the […]

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Pialligo waste fire

FIREFIGHTERS have returned to Canberra Concrete Recyclers, Pialligo Ave, Pialligo to work on continuing to extinguish a fire in a pile of builders waste. ACT Fire & Rescue was notified last night at 8 o’clock by an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call and went to the scene to begin operations in putting out the fire. […]

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Master Builders butting heads with the CFMEU

The Master Builder’ Association says CFMEU members tore up their membership cards at a protest in Dickson today. According to the Executive Director of the MBA ACT Kirk Coningham more than 50 construction workers, including eight formwork companies and their employees, protested outside of the ACT CFMEU’s offices against union attempts to force them out […]

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Common Ground opens in Gungahlin

ANDREW Barr, Shane Rattenbury and Yvette Berry have opened “Common Ground” in Gungahlin, a unique housing project intended to tackle homelessness in Canberra. The Government has invested $13 million into the project, which provides 20 units for people experiencing homelessness, and a further 20 units offered as affordable rental accommodation. “Common Ground would not have […]

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Liberals ask what the Manuka land swap is all about

STEVE Doszpot says the Barr government needs to better explain its land swap plans involving the Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre (MOCCA), Telopea Park School and the Canberra Services Club. “Many residents in Manuka and Griffith have raised concerns about the lack of transparency from the Barr government. The land swap issue has been problematic causing […]

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Grattan on Friday / Abbott will look tricky if he tries to abort the same-sex marriage bill he encouraged

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE prime minister is suddenly looking like a throwback to Tony Abbott, health minister, when he was fighting trenchantly against losing ministerial power over the abortion drug RU486. Driven by the wish to keep the support of Liberal conservatives, on whom his leadership depends, and by his personal moral views, […]

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Grattan / Abbott caught in no-win situation on same-sex marriage

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott’s office took quite a while to respond to Sky News’ Wednesday report that a group of backbenchers from across the parliament planned to bring forward a same-sex marriage bill on August 11, with the party room considering a week later whether Liberals should get a conscience vote. When […]