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Canberra mornings live: Tuesday December 23

Canberra Mornings Live

Primrose Riordan 9:40 AM   Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

RSPCA sends kittens packing to pet stores after cat surplus

Only three months ago, the RSPCA had no cats available for adoption. Now they have too many to house.

Henry Belot 8:55 AM   Staff at Canberra’s RSPCA depots are handing select kittens to pet stores to avoid a catastrophic cat surplus, just months after having no cats to give.

What's open and when in Canberra this Christmas

Christmas shops guide

Luca Lombardo 8:02 AM   Last minute beer run? Forgot a present for Aunty Ethel? Someone sprained an ankle in backyard cricket? Here's a handy guide to what's open and when in Canberra this Christmas period.

Kevin Andrews takes flak for 'no interest' in the military comment

Declaration: Incoming Defence Minister Kevin Andrews does not recall making the "no interest" remark.

Heath Aston, Latika Bourke 9:57 PM   Incoming Defence Minister Kevin Andrews is under fire for an apparent lack of interest in all things military.

Bank extends Mr Fluffy relief package to Queanbeyan residents

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The National Australia Bank has extended its Mr Fluffy relief package to Queanbeyan and NSW residents after initially restricting the initiative to Canberrans.

Lightning strike might have caused house fire

A home in Menzel Crescent, Dunlop, was struck by lightning.

Henry Belot 7:58 PM   Fire crews battled a house fire in Dunlop on Monday afternoon believed to be caused by a lightning strike.

Minister backs ACT emergency services after claims of leadership ructions emerge

Support: ESA Commissioner Dominic Lane and Police and Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch during a tour of the ESA's Fairbairn headquarters on Monday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Newly minted Emergency Services Minister Joy Burch has reiterated her support for the ACT Emergency Services Agency management, after allegations of bullying and tensions amid the agency's senior leadership emerged.

Sci-tech

Science minister's cabinet role must be backed with action

The science community wants words backed with action from Ian Macfarlane.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Science may be back in federal cabinet, but the science community wants the words backed with action from the government.

Car crashes into Charnwood house

A man crashed his car into a garage in Traill Place, Charnwood.

Henry Belot 6:14 PM   Man, aged 71, escapes injury in the incident at Traill Place.

Gang-gang: Birds and insects

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Canberra's humans have fled for the season but thank goodness the city's wildlife is newsworthy.

Family of Canberra MH17 victim face tough Christmas

Liliane Derden and daughter Chelsea Gibson.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Five months after losing their mother in the MH17 tragedy, Chelsea and Cassandra Gibson are bracing themselves for their first Christmas without her.

What do Canberra kids want this Christmas? Lego and Frozen, says Santa

Santa working hard at Westfield, Belconnen.

David Winter 11:30 PM   Canberra children ask Santa for anything Frozen or Lego this Christmas.

ACT technology and security upgrades called for

ACT auditor-general Maxine Cooper said controls over government computer systems and passwords should be strengthened to end weaknesses and reduce the risk of fraudulent access.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Key holes in the ACT government's information technology infrastructure and processes present security and data protection risks to critical information, a new audit has found. 

Families upset over special needs early intervention 'bill'

Weston Creek mother Jennifer Merriman has been told her her son Rhye's NDIS package will be billed for term four of the ACT government-provided early intervention service.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Confusion continues to reign for families transitioning on to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Light rail bidders line up for Canberra

An artist's impression of the Gungahlin light rail interchange.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT government has named four private business consortium groups who will be considered for the building of Canberra's $800 million light rail line. 

100 Years Ago

Fox terriers: "brimful of health and spirits".

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   A fox terrier, of the second most adorable breed of dog (after God's chosen breed the English Springer Spaniel), was in Melbourne's news 100 years ago this week.

Rebels bikie accused of bashing Finks granted Christmas bail

CCTV of Rebels fight with Finks at Belconnen Mall

Michael Inman 2:15 PM   Three Rebels bikie gang members accused of attacking and stripping two Finks members of their colours will face aggravated robbery charges, a court has heard.

Shooting victim must now move from Mr Fluffy government unit

Police shooting victim Jonathan Crowley's government flat is a Mr Fluffy house.

Michael Inman 1:44 PM   A police bullet left Jonathan Crowley a quadriplegic, now he's been caught up in the Mr Fluffy saga.

Two women arrested for alleged spitting, racial abuse

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1:22 PM   Two women in their 40s arrested after alleged racial abuse incident at Weston service station.

Araluen's road less travelled

Tour therapy: The quaint Gundary Store, Moruya.

Tim the Yowie Man 11:45 PM   There's historical adventure to be discovered on the Araluen Road to the south coast, reveals Tim the Yowie Man.

Kambah grass fire deemed suspicious

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11:09 AM   Police are seeking witnesses to a fire at the back of a BMX track in Kambah on Sunday afternoon.

Canberra mornings live: Monday December 22

Canberra Mornings Live

Primrose Riordan 10:03 AM   Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

DHS spends $500,000 to recoup $6000 disputed child support

A "scandalous waste of taxpayers' money": Nick Xenophon.

Noel Towell   Independent Senator Nick Xenophon says the case is a “scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money…to protect the butt of the department".

ACT pulls plug on commercial solariums

Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from the new year.

Clare Colley   Commercial solariums will be banned in the ACT from January 1 and while new data shows most Australians support the move one Canberra operator says the ban will destroy her livelihood.

Rocky ride for Santa as thunderstorms forecast

Alice, 7, Matthew, 10, and Laura, 9, of Canberra enjoy ice-cream by the lake to cool down on Sunday.

Georgina Connery, Clare Colley and Henry Belot   Thunderstorms roll into Canberra replacing a weekend of sunshine and soaring temperatures.

QBE finally starts to pay out home warranty claims to victims of building company collapse

Al Locus and Emma  Snowden and their extended family continue to live in cramped conditions.

David Ellery   QBE has finally begun processing insurance claims for victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse.

Christmas carols in Tuggeranong Town Park

Katelyn Short 10, from Isabella Plains.

About Town: Celebrating Christmas with the Salvation Army in Tuggeranong Town Park.

Auditor-General critical of cemeteries management

The death of loved affects the quality of the rest of your life, and can have a long-term impact on your mental health.

Tom McIlroy   ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper is concerned about the management and sustainability of the territory's public cemeteries, finding errors in financial statements and confusion over maintenance costs. 

Weston master plan released at last

Weston Creek Community Council chairman Tom Anderson.

Kimberley Granger and Tom McIlroy   The long-awaited Weston master plan has been released with a site pin-pointed for a new petrol station to the north of the town centre.

Fire chief accused ESA commissioner of bullying and then quit months later

Former ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain after training in the hot house.

Christopher Knaus   Deep tensions within the ACT's emergency services leadership saw the territory's fire chief formally accuse his commissioner of bullying and harassment months before prematurely quitting the agency.