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Canberra Arts Diary for week beginning October 3

Your guide to the best visual and performance arts happenings in the national capital.

Young Australians arrive to deliver aid message to politicians

More than 350 young Australians form the words End Poverty on the lawns in front of Parliament House.

Jakob Glenn 5:26pm More than 350 passionate young people from around Australia rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday, condemning mooted cuts to foreign aid spending.

DHS outsourcing prompts Senate ire

PHILLIP THOMSON 5:45pm Senators criticise payments outsourcing.

Holiday traffic delays after Hume Highway truck rollover


EMMA KELLY 5:11pm Holiday traffic is being delayed on the Hume Highway near Goulburn after a truck rollover.

New part-time traffic lights on busy Wanniassa roads, Erindale Drive

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4:38pm New early morning traffic signals have been installed in Wanniassa on the eastern entry to the Sternberg Crescent and Erindale Drive roundabout as part of upgrades to Ashley and Erindale Drive.

Teenagers arrested for throwing rocks at cars at Emu Bank, Belconnen


3:16pm Police have arrested two young people for throwing rocks at cars in Belconnen.

'Kill Climate Deniers' perfectly predicts Brendan Smyth's outrage

'Kill Climate Deniers' play predicted Brendan Smyth's outrage months ago.

BEN WESTCOTT 2:31pm A controversial play which has provoked savage criticism from across Australia almost perfectly predicted the response of opposition Arts spokesman Brendan Smyth more than four months ago.

Canberra (Long) Weekender: October 3-6

Take the opportunity to visit Government House and its grounds when it opens its doors on Sunday for its annual open day.

JIL HOGAN 6:14pm Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Comedian Bill Bailey brings Limboland to Canberra

Out on a limb: Bill Bailey in a publicity shot for his new show Limboland.

JIL HOGAN 12:30pm Bill Bailey is shocked to discover the nation's capital is often left off the touring schedule of international acts.

Man fined $2500 for failing to take his dog to a vet

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MICHAEL INMAN 12:24pm A Dickson man who failed his dog to a vet after it broke its hind leg in four places has been fined $2500 for animal cruelty.

Magistrate criticises DPP's 'appalling' waste of resources in Vojneski case

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 12:00pm A magistrate has criticised the "appalling waste of public resources" in the prosecution's approach to an assault case involving Canberra murderer Aleksander Vojneski.

Two dead in NSW south coast crash

Two people have died after a three-car crash on the NSW south coast.

6:11pm Two people have died in a crash on the NSW south coast on Thursday morning.

Philip Clark remains king of breakfast radio in Canberra

ABC radio's Philip Clark topped Canberra's breakfast radio ratings.

HENRY BELOT 5:03pm Philip Clark remains the most popular breakfast radio host on Canberra’s airwaves.

Government green lights ACTTAB sale to Tabcorp

Sale wins green light.

TOM MCILROY 6:11pm The competition watchdog won't block betting giant Tabcorp's $105 million purchase of ACTTAB from the ACT Government. 

Kayak cameraman Paul Jurak's Lakeview: Thursday, October 2

Thursday, October 2, 2014.

PAUL JURAK 9:43am It's a perfect day to get out and enjoy the school holidays with Floriade in full bloom.

Opening of Kate Barker's A Scouts Handbook


8:21am About Town: Scenes from the opening of Kate Barker's A Scouts Handbook exhibition at the ANCA Gallery in Dickson.

Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday October 2

Canberra Mornings live.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN 7:00am 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.

ACT achieves targets for cancer surgery waiting times


NATASHA BODDY 9:45am More than 90 per cent of patients with malignant bowel, breast and lung cancer in the ACT received surgery within a recommended 30-day period, a major report has found.

ANU moves up in global university rankings

ANU rises up the global rankings.

EMMA MACDONALD 8:21am The Australian National University has continued its strong international standing, moving up three places in the latest power rankings.

Canberra women among country's most influential

Department of Health Secretary Jane Halton.

8:52am Prominent and powerful Canberrans have been ranked among Australia's 100 most influential women.


Questacon demonstrates 3D printing of body parts

Future shock: Professor Gordan G Wallace discusses 3D BioPrinting at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre.

IAN WARDEN 11:45pm It's amazing to think that today's youngsters will inherit a world in which 3D photocopying of bodyparts will be commonplace.

ACT poker machine target to be replaced by ratio


TOM MCILROY 11:45pm The number of poker machines operating in the ACT will fall in coming years, as the government replaces an aspirational target of 4000 machines with a ratio of 15 machines per 1000 adults.

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NSW police will no longer attend minor crashes


MEGAN GORREY 11:30pm Territory drivers who cross the border into Queanbeyan or other parts of NSW and have a prang might no longer need to phone police.

'Absorb' shines light on luminous quality of glass at Canberra Glassworks

Curator Olivia Meehan with works that will be in the Absorb exhibition at the Canberra Glassworks.

SALLY PRYOR 11:30pm A new show explores the optical effects of light and glass.

Public service redundancies outstrip resignations for first time since Howard government

Job security in the public service is declining and conditions are under assault.

Noel Towell and Markus Mannheim 9:58am Doubt cast on government claims of reducing the bureaucracy's numbers through "natural attrition".

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Canberra to play important role in beach safety this summer


HENRY BELOT 11:30pm Lifesavers on the NSW South Coast are busy preparing for another summer and have urged Canberrans to swim at patrolled beaches this long weekend with temperatures set to pass 25 degrees.

Bunda Street traders annoyed as ACT government stymies spring rush

Dolce & Salato staff member Michelle Robinson with manager Makayla Wyatt.

BEN WESTCOTT 11:30pm City traders are disappointed the revamp of Bunda Street came at time when tourists and locals had begun flooding into the area. Closing the road had been expected but it was `just the wrong time'.

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Fear fish-killing pathogen will spread from Yerrabi Pond to Murrumbidgee River

The Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

JOHN THISTLETON 11:30pm Anglers are being advised not to transfer small boats from Yerrabi Pond into other waterways to avoid spreading deadly pathogens that may be responsible for killing large numbers of Murray cod.

Southquay sites in Tuggeranong sell for almost $10 million

An artist's impression of Tuggeranong's Southquay development.

EMMA KELLY 11:30pm Three Canberra developers have bought a slice of the Tuggeranong waterfront development at a total cost of almost $10 million.

Early fire alert as households put on notice of bushfire threat

Ingo Wolf, 4, at the bushfire season launch. Behind him are two new ACT Rural Fire Service appliances, handed over
at the ceremony.

Jakob Glenn The imminent bushfire season has sparked warnings for thousands of households. All residents are being urged to prepare a survival plan for their families.

Canberra retail sales slump amid public service cuts


EMMA KELLY ACT retailers experienced the second-largest slump in trade in August as public service job cuts continue to pull back spending.

House destroyed in Bungendore fire

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EMMA KELLY A Bungendore house has been destroyed in an overnight blaze which has reignited on the property.

Ian Macdonald's public service tirade fires at Labor

Senator Ian Macdonald.

PHILLIP THOMSON Senator has a go at bureaucrats in "ivory towers".

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Revlon, ACT government pay out $6.6 million after men burnt in explosion

The Mitchell fire in 2009.

MICHAEL INMAN Cosmetic giant Revlon and the ACT government have paid out $6.6 million to three men critically injured after an explosion at a northside medical waste disposal facility.

Young woman taken to hospital after shed fire


A young woman has been taken to hospital following a shed fire in Fadden.

Canberra Muslims say Parliament House burqa ban would be discriminatory

Afghan women wearing the traditional burqa in Kabul

Megan Gorrey and Primrose Riordan Members of Canberra's Islamic community have panned talk of a burqa ban at Parliament House as discriminatory.

War crimes suspect Krunoslav Bonic to remain behind bars for more than a month, court hears

Krunoslav Bonic at the Anzac Day commemoration in Canberra in 2012.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS A war crimes suspect accused of offences against civilians during the Bosnian war could spend at least a month behind bars in the ACT before his first and only shot at release on bail.

Liberals outraged that 'Kill Climate Deniers' play is funded by the ACT government

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BEN WESTCOTT A theatrical production called 'Kill Climate Deniers' has been given $19,000 from the ACT government in the latest round of ArtsACT funding, producing strong reactions across Australia.

Drug diversion report identifies failings, government pledges to strengthen efforts

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Christopher Knaus and Michael Inman The ACT government has pledged to strengthen drug diversion efforts in the wake of a report identifying a series of failings.

Public servants snub paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle

The first day of paid parking caused problems for public servant Emilie
Rohan, who was forced to call the help line when the parking machine ate her coins.

HENRY BELOT Public servants beware: there is no grace period with the introduction of pay parking in the parliamentary triangle.

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Canberra Mornings Live: Wednesday October 1

Canberra Mornings live.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN 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.

Climate Council: bushfire season will be more intense and last longer


HENRY BELOT The ACT faces a greater risk of bushfires this summer as climate change brings longer fire seasons with more extreme risk days, according to a new report released by the Climate Council.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - Labor and War

Decorated: George Bernard Shaw statue.

IAN WARDEN One hundred years ago this week The Australian Worker offered "A note of hope in these distressful times".

Gang-gang: Ludwig Leichhardt's digital map

Fallen optimist: Ludwig Leichhardt in despair during his 1845 expedition. By Katharine Nix.

IAN WARDEN The "Australian Dictionary of Biography" has produced a digital map of Ludwig Leichhardt's expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in 1844.

Paid parking, penalty rate cuts savage low-paid workers

Queanbeyan resident Brian Kidman says he is very reliant on penalty rates and fears he could lose them.

ROSS PEAKE Low-paid workers in Canberra are going to be hit harder than public servants by paid parking and also face the possible loss of penalty rates.

Health group calls for insured patients to be billed at public hospitals

Pay up: People with private health insurance should pay for care in public hospitals, says an advocacy group.

BEN WESTCOTT Patients with private health insurance would be billed for treatment at public hospitals, if a health advocacy group has its way.

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Thin blue line between opportunities and pitfalls of social media

Social media platforms have proven to be effective channels for police.

MEGAN GORREY Privacy concerns and poorly informed commentary posted anonymously are among the issues for Canberra police in utilising social media to connect with the community.

Wanted Croatian war crimes suspect lived openly under Australian government's nose

Former Bosnian Serb general Radislav Krstic was found guilty of genocide on August 2, 2001, the first conviction by the Hague war crimes tribunal for the gravest crime on its statute.  Krstic, 53, was convicted for his role in the murder of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys after the fall of the U.N.-designated

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS A war crimes suspect accused of brutalising Muslim civilians during the bloody Bosnian conflict has been living freely under the noses of federal authorities in Canberra for a decade.

Increase in false alarms keep ACT Fire & Rescue busy

Bushfire numbers in the ACT dropped over the past year compared with the previous period.

BEN WESTCOTT ACT firefighters responded to more than 10,000 incidents in the 2013-14 year, but only 860 were actual fires

Warnings child abuse cases may be unreported ignored by ACT government

Child abuse: Fears of cases unreported.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN The ACT Government has failed to act on repeated warnings over a three-year period that child abuse cases may be left unreported if psychologists are not made mandatory reporters.

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