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Canberra Mornings Live: Friday November 28

Primrose Riordan 8:59 AM   All the latest local, national and world news, weather and traffic. See something? Tweet us @canberratimes or email us morningblog@canberratimes.com.au.

New lead on Weston café arson attack

Kambah couple Mark and Melissa Dunphy with daughter Olivia, 5, inside their Weston Creek cafe.

8:50 AM   Police have identified a car which they believe may have been used in a senseless arson attack at a Weston cafe in March.

Police investigate indecent assault in Batemans Bay

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7:17 AM   Police are appealing for witnesses after an alleged indecent assault in a public toilet at a park on Clyde Street in Batemans Bay on Thursday afternoon.

Cap on party donations removed

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   A proposed move by the Gallagher Government would pay candidates more for votes received.

ACT growth worst since Howard bloodbath

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Phillip Thomson 11:45 PM   Canberra'™s GDP growth is the lowest it has been since 1996.

Music program to receive funding from the ACT government

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11:45 PM   Music program to receive funding from the ACT government.

Mr Fluffy impact statement tabled in Federal Parliament

$50 million would be spent on audits and removing asbestos that poses an immediate risk to students and teachers.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Tears flowed in Federal Parliament on Thursday as owners of Mr Fluffy homes throughout the ACT witnessed their stories of personal tragedy being committed to Australia's political and historic record.

Sixth English centre in Gungahlin

New Life: Students Ahmad Al Rowais from Saudi Arabia and Dada Merritt from Hati at the centre at Dickson College.

Clare Colley 11:45 PM   New English `learning' schools boost aid to mainstream education.

Loose lips could land ex-ATO staffers in the slammer

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   But spilling the beans on corrupt colleagues encouraged.

Man accused of using Facebook to trick teen into sex pleads not guilty to blackmail

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Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   A man accused of pretending to be a woman on Facebook to trick a teen into having sex with him has pleaded not guilty to blackmail.

Study to measure liveability of Australian cities

Measuring: Canberra will take part in a national health study looking at what Australian cities liveable.

Natasha Boddy 12:01 AM   The ACT is set to take part in a major study to measure the liveability of Australian cities and what planning measures have the best impact on the health of locals. 

Fewer youth detained daily

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Henry Belot 1:00 AM   The majority of youth detained every night in ACT are indigenous.

Electricity retailer says ACT supply at risk

TPG has hired Lazard Australia to run an auction for the power company.

John Thistleton 7:16 PM   ActewAGL says more power blackouts are on the way because of proposed revenue cut.

Medics attack 'insulting' Katy Gallagher

The ACT Visiting Medical Officers’ Association president Dr Peter Hughes says Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is using “rubbery” figures to cover up dwindling numbers of private specialists working under contract in Canberra’s hospitals.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   ACT Health has defended the differing data called "rubbery" and "misleading" figure, saying the figures were based on "different questions".

Public service compo could go up

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Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Legislation would broaden Comcare beyond the mass of white collars.

ACT Jewish Community inaugurates its first rabbi

Rabbi Alon Meltzer at the National Jewish Memorial Centre.

David Ellery 6:48 PM   Alon Meltzer is the first rabbi in the Canberra congregation's 63-year history.

ACT spends $80,000 on light rail promotional videos

An artist's impression of the proposed Canberra light rail.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   "The videos were produced and paid for before the light rail business case was presented to the government which confirms that the business case was produced to justify light rail, not to provide objective advice.''

Gallagher open-minded on Senate spot

Resigned: Senator Kate Lundy at Parliament House.

Henry Belot and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Senator Kate Lundy’s decision to resign from politics at the next election surprised many senior ACT Labor Party members.

Costello pay again under spotlight

ActewAGL chief executive Michael Costello says he will take a 40 per cent pay cut if the utility's revenue raising is restricted as proposed by the energy regulator.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Michael Costello says his pay is a mere bagatelle compared to proposed cuts to ActewAGL's revenue raising.

New planning laws could remove appeal rights in tram corridor

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

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT Government has moved to abolish appeals and sidestep planning laws for its $800 million light rail project.

Principal groomed student using Grindr

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Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   A Catholic school principal from Young was found with an explicit picture of a 13-year-old Canberra boy he previously chatted with on social networking application Grindr.

'One of the worst collisions we have seen in the last few years'

NSW Police closed the Monaro Highway at Cooma Road.

Emma Kelly 5:19 PM   A motorcyclist killed in a high-speed head-on collision has been identified.

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Wind farm bids with ACT Cabinet

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Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Environment Minister Simon Corbell expects a decision on wind auction bids to be made within weeks.

Renewable energy bank boss linked to Uriarra solar company

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Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The head of the federal government's renewable energy finance organisation has defended his involvement and shareholdings in the company building a controversial solar farm at Uriarra Village. 

DFAT attempts day without acronyms

Canberra (CBR) gives rise to a language that is quirkier than most.

Primrose Riordan 2:55 PM   The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is attempting to succeed where most public servants have failed.

Who will replace Kate Lundy as the ACT's Labor Senator?

Senator Kate Lundy has announced her retirement from politics, but who will replace her?

Ross Peake 1:11 PM   A dream job is now available in Canberra – being paid $195,000 a year, and with a likely tenure of 10 years or more.

2014-style bikinis at pools to be OK

Jason Coker, 26, of Redhill, Tasha Cameron, 25, of Redhill, Salome Lines-Morison,18, of Narrabundah and Toby Graham,19, of Hughes at Manuka Pool on Wednesday.

Tom McIlroy 12:24 PM   Outdated decency laws are on the government agenda this week.

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