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Public servants at Australia's three biggest departments are missing out on a total of $1 million in gross wages every week they refuse to agree to pay offers already on the table, an analysis of publicly available figures shows. 
This dollar figure will grow as more controversial pay offers below 1.5 per cent a year are put forward and a stalemate between bureaucracy's workforce and the Abbott government continues.
Public servants from the three largest departments are forgoing more than $50 million a year because agreements - and pay offers already on the table - are going unsigned.
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'I'd rather just see people put valuables on the roof ... at least your car won't get smashed'

Police are fed up with Canberrans leaving valuables in cars - see how your suburb fares in car break-ins.
'I'd rather just see people put valuables on the roof ... at least your car won't get smashed': Police fed up with Canberrans leaving valuables in cars.
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Canberra motorists are most likely to smash their car on busy stretches of road around suburban shopping precincts on the territory's northside, crash data has shown.

Roads ACT figures, released under Freedom of Information laws, have revealed the 20 most dangerous roads in the territory, largely due to the frequency and severity of crashes.

We've mapped all the hot spots for you.
Canberra motorists are most likely to smash their car on busy stretches of road around suburban shopping precincts on the territory's northside, crash data has shown.
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Join Stephanie Peatling as she live blogs the first day of Parliament for 2015, for all the latest as Tony Abbott faces Liberal leadership spill threat/
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The owner of a popular Dickson vegetarian restaurant was morally opposed to wiping out a cockroach infestation because it would have involved "killing little insects".

Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant was on Thursday fined $16,000 for eight food safety breaches.
The owner of a Dickson vegetarian restaurant, fined $16,000, after he failed to wipe out a a cockroach infestation because it would have involved “killing little insects”.
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The Abbott government will become the most expensive to run on record, despite its catchphrase policy of "smaller government" and an austerity drive that will shed more than 16,500 public sector jobs.
Departmental expenses – money used to manage government programs – are forecast to soar to an historic high after the 2016 election, reaching more than $70 billion a year.
Departmental expenses - the money needed to manage government programs - to soar to an historic high after the 2016 election.
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Plans are on track for 400 public servants to leave Woden this year and one community representative said the town centre was facing a "perfect storm".

The territory's Chief Minister Andrew Barr has confirmed the mass exodus will go ahead as the 400 workers from ACT Shared Services move to Gungahlin.
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Many recoil in horror at the thought of handling a dead body. Others are intrigued by life in a mortuary. 

When mortuary supervisor Josh Wallace and assistant Michelle Keevers inevitably turn to discussing work, the response is usually divided. 

"People either want to know more about it or they don't want to know anything about it," Mr Wallace said. 
Many would recoil in horror at the thought of handling a dead body. 
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This could be Canberra's UFO-inspired convention centre of the future - if someone can cough up the $500 to $700 million to build it.
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Cities of the world designed to be "instant capitals" like Canberra all share the same flaw of being "over scale", as if they're created for a "special species of people four metres high".

That's the view of internationally renowned Danish architect and author Jan Gehl who visited Canberra this week to share his vision for making cities liveable.

Mr Gehl also weighed in on light rail.
Internationally renowned Danish architect and author Jan Gehl visited Canberra on Thursday and Friday to share his vision for making cities liveable.
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Anti-gambling campaigners have blasted a decision by ACT Gaming and Racing Minister Joy Burch to scrap the $20 note limit for poker machines, allowing gamblers to use $50 notes.
Ms Burch made the change on December 22 but there was no announcement.The move was not mentioned in the package of changes to poker machine law released in October.
The decision to scrap the $20 limit has taken problem-gambling groups by surprise.
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About 4000 Department of Immigration and Border Protection staff could be shifted out of Belconnen in a move that would be economically "disastrous" for the town centre.
The large department wants 80,000 square metres of building space in one precinct within a 10-kilometre radius of Capital Hill so it can consolidate its 5500 staff throughout the territory. 
Tender documents show the department will use Canberra's weak commercial real estate market, which includes high amounts of empty office space, to push building owners for a free fit-out and fewer rent increases. 
The massive Department of Immigration could be moving out of Belconnen, and this would be a massive blow for the town centre as it looks for an 80,000 square metre building to consolidate its staff.
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