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Experts: Gardiner assisted by new friends online

Movements: In the lead up to his disappearance, Matthew Gardiner reportedly became friends online with a person who constantly posted about the Kurdish oppression.

Rachel Olding 6:08 PM   An Australian politician who reportedly escaped the country to join the war in Syria would have been assisted by new friends he made online, terrorism experts believe.

Non-stop march around ASIO headquarters to protest indefinite detention

Inmates at Melbourne immigration transit accommodation in Broadmeadows on Sunday. (Digitally altered image)

Daniel Flitton 6:01 PM   Protesters will march non-stop around ASIO headquarters in Canberra for 32-hours to draw attention the plight of at least 32 refugees locked in indefinite detention.

Wind farm at Gullen Range a 'mess' as matter heads back to court

The Gullen Range wind farm case has already had one directions hearing in court.

Louise Thrower 4:47 PM   The continuing legal fallout over the Gullen Range wind farm is shaping up as a "colossal mess," says one observer.

She got there eight hours early to reserve a seat, but walked out after one set

Nick Kyrgios lets his temper flare during his five-set thriller against Andreas Seppi.

Chris Dutton 2:10 PM   His mum can't confiscate his phone when he smashes racquets anymore, nor can she survive the tension of an epic match.

South Coast hit by string of home invasions

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Primrose Riordan 1:15 PM   Three violent home invasions in the past week in Bermagui and Narooma have shaken locals on the NSW South Coast.

Man, 69, dies in car crash near Wagin

The rolled Mazda in the background flipped after colliding with this burnt out Holden Commodore

12:37 PM   A 69-year-old Woodanilling man has died after his car collided with another vehicle, before rolling down an embankment in Wagin on Sunday afternoon.

Mental health checks for alleged BWS bandit

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Christopher Knaus 11:24 AM   Woman who allegedly robbed a liquor store of Jim Beam and cigarettes has been sent for mental health checks.

Queanbeyan unit fire causes $50,000 damage

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11:15 AM   Police are investigating the cause of a fire which also forced the evacuation of neighbouring units.

Women dominate Australian of the Year honours in Canberra

2015 Senior Australian of the Year, Jackie French.

Megan Gorrey 7:19 AM   Rosie Batty, the Victorian mother whose courage shone a light on domestic violence victims, is Australian of the Year.

Crowds flock to Australia Day Live concert in Canberra

Sophie Rainbow, Vanessa Ryan, Rachel Toohey and Julia Cronan on the lawns of Parliament House for the Australia Day announcement and concert.

Megan Gorrey 9:46 PM   They toted Australian flags, small children and eskies full of beer as they rolled out the pinic rugs in the front yard of Parliament House.

AO for Questacon founder Mike Gore

The idea for Questacon came from Dr Gore's 1976 visit to the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Clare Colley 12:30 AM   The hundreds of thousands of people who visit Questacon each year have Professor Mike Gore to thank for bringing the much-loved institution to life.

Art-loving diplomat receives Australia Day honour

Australia day honoree: Di Johnstone (right) at an exhibition of repatriated South African art from the Ifa Lethu Foundation.

Sally Pryor 12:15 AM   Former diplomat Di Johnstone is honoured for helping to repatriate South African art and for services to the Canberra community.

Take tobacco out of supermarkets: Eros

Manager of the Ainslie IGA Manuel Xyrakis with the cigarette stands he tried to remove from his supermarket.

Scott Hannaford 11:30 PM   The ACT has about 300 age-restricted premises which include pubs, clubs, TABs, adult stores and brothels and it's been mooted cigarette sales should be restricted to these sites. Scott Hannaford reports.

Public servants take power to India's slums

Emma Colenbrander, left, of Pollinate Energy and Clare Condon are India bound. Ms Condon is travelling to India in March to volunteer for the Pollinate program.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Pollinate team members visit communities where their products are sold and provide ongoing support. Tom McIlroy reports.

A marathon resolution for the new year

Megan Walters of Macgregor plans to run her first marathon this year.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Running a marathon is on numerous bucket lists – but how many of us have actually crossed the line?

Former museum director delighted at recognition

Craddock Morton.

Sally Pryor 12:15 AM   Craddock Morton is almost ashamed to admit how much he actually enjoyed his career, especially now that he's been honoured for his work.

Auditor-General Ian McPhee honoured with AO

Auditor-General of the Australian National Audit Office Ian McPhee at his home in Manuka.

Phillip Thomson 12:30 AM   Ian McPhee, about to retire, honoured on Australia Day.

Missing Sydney man found

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John Thistleton   ACT Policing ask for help to find missing man.

ACT government out-of-home care tender begins

'The new strategy represents a major change to the current system, fundamentally changing the way help is provided to carers and service providers to support vulnerable children and young people,' says Mick Gentleman.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Service providers will be called to tender for the ACT government's newly restructured strategy for care of children living out of home, as efforts to deal with increasing demand and fewer foster carers in the Canberra community begin.

New Calvary private hospital on the cards for Canberra

Calvary Hospital's Bruce campus could expand, with a new facility planned.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Calvary Health Care ACT has revealed plans to build a new 100-bed private hospital on its Bruce campus.

Richards awarded Order of Australia Medal for service to people with disability

Canberra's Sally Richards has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for improving the lives of people with a disability.

Emma Kelly 12:30 AM   A decade of innovation has transformed countless lives, including her own.

Blen McInnes says Woden flood memorial has been neglected

The Woden flood memorial.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   While the rest of Canberra celebrates Australia Day, retired police officer Blen McInnes will be thinking of the seven victims of the Woden flood and his role in the rescue effort on January 26, 1971.

The late Professor John Freney appointed as officer of the Order of Australia

Dr John Freney after he received his PhD in agricultural science from the University of Melbourne in 2014 at the age of 85.

Clare Colley 12:30 AM   Professor John Freney's research into the optimal soil conditions for rice production changed lives in south east Asia.

NSW police confiscate Harley Davidson motorbike at Yass

NSW have confiscated a motor bike at Yass.

John Thistleton   Police confiscate rider's Harley Davidson at Yass.

Non-native 'weeds' picked to shade Barangaroo walkway

Divisive: An impression of the Barangaroo Central Waterfront Promenade with the disputed trees.

Anne Davies   The western promenade at Barangaroo is to be planted with a non-Australian tree species that has been classified as a weed.

Deborra-lee Furness explores Turrell exhibition at National Gallery of Australia in Canberra

Deborra-lee Furness, wife of Australian actor Hugh Jackman, visited the James Turrell: A retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia on Saturday evening.

Kimberley Granger   Hugh Jackman is expected to fly in to Canberra for the announcement of Australian of the Year. Wife and adoption campaigner Deborra-lee Furness visited the James Turrell exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia on Saturday.

How Sweet it is

Optimist: Dancer Charity (Verity Hunt-Ballard) belts out a tune in Sweet Charity.

Ron Cerabona   The award-winning production of "Sweet Charity" is coming to Canberra. Here's a sneak preview.

Not geeks or nerds, Cancon gamers prefer 'history buffs'

Jay Lajtar, from Orange NSW, takes a closer look at the miniatures figures at Cancon 2015.

Kimberley Granger   History buffs have gathered from across Australia and the world to attend Cancon, a miniature gaming convention in Canberra.

They're not going to the chapel but they're going to get married.

Jenny Seymour, left, and her wife Jeannette Walsh married at the British High Commission on September 26, 2014.

Georgina Connery   Six same-sex couples have legally tied the knot in the past six months in Canberra.