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Canberra mornings live: Friday December 19

Primrose Riordan 8:19 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.

How cruel Kris Kringle ruined my public service career

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a Kris Kringle gift that was given to him by one of his colleagues as a mean-spirited prank.

Noel Towell 7:04 AM   Finance Department incident highlights hidden dangers of Secret Santa.

Patriots Defence League president allegedly spat on Canberra driver

Canberra man Aaron Raymond Dudeck, also known as Aaron Raymond Hudson, leaves ACT Magistrates Court after being granted bail.

Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   The local head of an Australian "patriots" league allegedly spat on a Canberra driver after watching the activities of a local Islamic centre this week, police say.

Cotter Dam expansion wins national award

The Bulk Water Alliance picked up the National Civil/Infrastructure Award - over $25 million for the Cotter Dam at the Master Builders National awards.

11:30 PM   The expansion of the Cotter Dam has cemented a national award.

Man jailed for attack on pregnant fiancee

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Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A man who kneed his pregnant fiancee in the stomach has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment.

NSW government endorses asbestos inquiry and announces crisis package

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy house in the Canberra suburb of Farrer. The ACT has already started its buy-back and demolition of Mr Fluffy homes.

Emma Macdonald 12:00 AM   The NSW government will on Friday announce financial crisis assistance for families affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and unveil a taskforce to look at a government buy-back, demolition, and owner rebuild scheme.

First Fluffy home owners accept buyback offer

The new mandatory tag for all Fluffy homes.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The first Fluffy home will be in ACT government hands on Friday, with 44 home owners accepting the government's buyback price.

Canberra Casino sale expected next week

FIRB approval has paved the way for the sale of the Canberra Casino.

Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   It's shaping up as a winning Christmas for Hong Kong billionaire entrepreneurs Tony and Justin Fung, with approval of their bid for Canberra's ailing casino expected to be announced early next week. 

Andrew Barr asks ACCC to investigate Canberra petrol prices

AT THE PUMP: Drive-offs were considered "significant" for many firms.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr has asked the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to investigate Canberra's high petrol prices. 

Katy Gallagher sets date for departure

Katy Gallagher

Tom McIlroy 7:34 PM   Katy Gallagher prepares to move to the Senate.

Mood-lifting Mount Taylor


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   In Thursday morning's dawn gloom you could tell from the body language of the astonished kangaroos of Mount Taylor that they wanted to ask me "What are you doing here? And at 5.30am? Are you mad?"

Expressions of interest close for tram line

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

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Affordability is a key concern for the expressions of interest that close for the Canberra tram line that close on Friday

Canberra's Grey advertising shuts its doors

Shutting shop: Grey Group Canberra general manager Tony Mansfield blamed a small, declining market for the decision to close.

Emma Kelly 7:00 PM   A changing market means advertising agency Grey Group Canberra is moving on after about 40 years.

Don't be complacent, tsunami experts warn

On alert: Co-director of the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre in the Geoscience
Australia building at Symonston, Daniel Jaksa

David Ellery 11:30 PM   Australian tsunami experts have warned the community not to become complacent about the risk of tsunami.

Endangered frogs released into Brindabella National Park

Each corroboree frog is measured and weighed before being released.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Two-hundred endangered northern corroboree frogs were released into Brindabella National Park on Thursday.

Government funding boost to help charities for Christmas

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell at City Walk in Civic.

David Winter 6:08 PM   A trio of Canberra charities have blamed the struggling ACT economy for an increase in demand for their services this Christmas, which has prompted a one-off government funding boost.

Police crackdown on drunken violence over summer

 ACT police chief Rudi Lammers and Police Minister Joy Burch launch the Safe Summer campaign at Braddon's Bentspoke Brewery on Thursday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT's top cop says police are adequately resourced to clamp down on drunken revellers this summer.

Stanhope new ACT Legal Aid chief


Michael Inman 5:55 PM   Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has been appointed president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

Missing man Stuart Heddle found dead

Stuart Heddle had been missing since Saturday.

Emma Kelly 5:19 PM   Police found the dead body of missing man Stuart Heddle on Thursday, after he went missing on Saturday.

DHS' 'crazy' command-and-control: Labor

Labor's Human Services spokesman Doug Cameron says the DHS is reluctant to supply basic information, even to the nation's Parliament.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   A "crazy" culture of command-and-control within the government's largest department has created an obsession with secrecy and suppressing information, according the the federal opposition.

Federal Government's APS pay policy cops another pasting

Public servants at the Financial Services Authority have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer made in line with the Abbot government's hardline wage policies.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Financial Service Authority the latest agency to reject wage offer made under bargaining policy.

Children with ADHD go without drugs for most of childhood


Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Australian families are reluctant to medicate children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a 20-year study has found.

Progress towards publicly-funded home births

Publicly funded homebirths in the ACT are a step closer.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Women may be offered a publicly-funded home birth service in the ACT if an insurance scheme moves forward.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. "Our sons are sent to slay each other"

Lynita Crofford portraying Emily Hobhouse

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   As war raged a century ago, Manchester suffragette Emily Hobhouse wrote a letter calling for peace to the women of Germany and Austria.

ACT judge reserves decision in Slipper appeal


Michael Inman 12:58 PM   Commonwealth prosecutor says Peter Slipper’s fraud conviction should stand because he broke the law.

Strangers join the search for missing Canberra man Stuart Heddle

A family photograph of Stuart and Jenny Heddle and their two children Jordan, 15, and Aidan 12, taken 2 years ago.

Henry Belot 12:32 PM   Friends of Stuart Heddle are coordinating a poster campaign to help locate the man who has been missing since Saturday.

Kate Lundy already has her job sorted after leaving politics

Senator Kate Lundy.

Henry Belot 11:51 AM   Outgoing ACT Senator Kate Lundy already knows which road she's taking when she leaves politics.

Pedestrian injured in Wanniassa crash


11:48 AM   A pedestrian has been injured after being hit by a vehicle in a driveway on Thursday.

Man who molested disabled girl sentenced to nine years in jail

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Michael Inman 11:32 AM   Man's selfish bid to corrupt a disabled child involved buying the young girl a vibrator, showing her pornography and molesting her.

'It will be totally blocked in peak hour'

The plan: An artist's impression of the proposed upgrade of Constitution Avenue, which will have new street trees.

Tom McIlroy 11:16 AM   Residents call on ACT Government to rethink plans for a one-way extension of city street.

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