Canberra Now: Labor backbencher defects; lambs in people's clothing

 canberratimes.com.au  8/12/2018 8:32:08 PM 

The ACT parliament's youngest member said the decision was a long time in the making and came after his progressive politics caused ructions within the right faction.

Kirsten Lawson and Katie Burgess have the details here.

Staff told not to use troubled $100-million IT system

A Senate inquiry will probe the government's troubled multibillion dollar spend on IT projects.

A Senate inquiry will probe the government's troubled multibillion dollar spend on IT projects.

Photo: Supplied

The Human Services department has pulled staff off its troubled new child support payment IT costing at least $102 million and years in the making, as it tries to salvage the bungled upgrade.

Agency bosses have told most officials administering payments for 1.2 million children to avoid using its new technology, called Pluto, which quickly hit problems after its launch last year and has been blamed for a blow-out in call wait times.

Read the story by Doug Dingwall here.

ICYMI: How Kathleen survived alone for a week after a car crash

Kathleen Bautista survived for seven days after her car crashed in steep bushland near Canberra.

Kathleen Bautista survived for seven days after her car crashed in steep bushland near Canberra.

Photo: Fairfax Production

This incredible story appeared in Sunday's paper. You might remember the 2015 story of Kathleen Bautista who, after disappearing with barely a trace, was spotted in remote bushland west of Canberra seven days later. Emergency services thought they'd found a body - until she raised her hand.

Almost three years on, Kat shared her story of survival for the first time, speaking with Kimberley Le Lievre about the ordeal.

Lambs in people's clothing

Yass farmer Rachel Allen rugs up her day-old lambs in hand-knitted jumpers to help them survive the winter during the drought.

Yass farmer Rachel Allen rugs up her day-old lambs in hand-knitted jumpers to help them survive the winter during the drought.

Photo: Karleen Minney

Adoreable, right? Yass sheep farmer Rachel Allen ordered 10 hand-knitted jumpers for newborns, kitting them out last week.

As cute as they look, the move was one borne of desperation: as the drought wears on, newborn lambs have been rejected by their mothers because of the low feed available.

Canberra craft shop Crafty Frog is sending lamb jumpers to farmers around NSW and surrounding regions of the ACT to help protect lambs.

Read Andrea Martinello's story here. 

Wests Tigers end Canberra Raiders' season

Sam Williams and Joey Leilua show their disappointment in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

Sam Williams and Joey Leilua show their disappointment in Sunday's loss to the Tigers.

Photo: AAP

A terrible start has ended the Canberra Raiders' season, giving Wests Tigers a 16-point lead and it proved too hard to run down.

Wests put a week of turmoil behind them and ended a four-game losing streak to the Green Machine with a 22-20 victory at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

David Polkinghorne recaps the sad state of affairs here.

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Illustration: Pat Campbell

Illustration: Pat Campbell

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