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Canberra mornings live: Thursday December 18

Canberra Mornings Live

Primrose Riordan 7:04 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.

NSW inquiry says demolish Mr Fluffy homes

NSW Mr Fluffy inquiry chairman Fred Nile said the issue warranted the immediate attention of the NSW government.

Emma Macdonald 2:01 AM   The NSW Inquiry into Mr Fluffy has called for a demolition and buy-back scheme across the state, following the ACT's lead.

Public service FOI runaround exposed

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Markus Mannheim 10:47 PM   Report finds the Department of Human Service's FOI staff became secretive and obsessed with process.

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Police officer given suspended jail sentence for looking at child porn

In the balance: The scales of justice

Michael Inman 7:37 PM   A decorated ACT police officer has avoided jail after he accessed child porn online.

Second opinion that changed a life

Career: Dr Jessica King is the first Aboriginal graduate of the ANU Medical School.

David Winter 7:45 PM   In her career as a doctor Jessica King will be called on to provide a second opinion at some stage - and she'll understand why

New end-of-life initiative to help doctors give families what they want

Clinical nurse consultant Sue Quayle support project officer cancer ambulatory and community with the information DVD "What should health care professionals CONSIDER when planning your end-of-life care? at the Canberra Hospital.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   A new initiative is helping doctors to understand what is important to patients and their families at the end of their life.

Treasured objects tell stories of extraordinary Australians

Rosie Batty at the Australian of the Year awards exhibition.

David Winter 11:30 PM   A doll given to a six-year-old to comfort her after her mother's death and a briefcase carried by a woman when a bomb exploded in her train carriage in London nine years ago are among treasured objects of some extraordinary Australians.

Special focus needed for LGBTI and HIV-positive in aged care: report

Community: A significant concern identified by participants was an ongoing fear of discrimination by aged care organisations, staff and residents.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The report says LGBTI aged care residents in the ACT face social isolation, concerns of disclosure of their sexual orientation and other unique needs.

NSW inquiry calls for ACT-style buyback and demolition of Fluffy houses

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   A NSW inquiry has called for an ACT-style mass buyback and demolition of Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated homes in NSW, declaring them "ultimately uninhabitable".

Belconnen lolly shop burglar 'heartbroken' over crime, court hears

Evidence: Jeremy William Schwalm pleaded guilty to several charges of burglary and theft in the ACT Magistrates Court.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   A man who broke into a Belconnen lolly shop where his sister worked told a court he was heartbroken over the pain he'd caused his family.

Search for missing Canberra man Stuart Heddle intensifies

Jenny Heddle, the wife of missing Chisholm man, Stuart Heddle.

Henry Belot 6:20 PM   Stuart Heddle's wife has appealed to the public for help in finding him, four days after he disappeared.

Peter Slipper's appeal against his fraud conviction under way

Reports: Peter Slipper's legal team had sought to put further evidence before the court.

Michael Inman 6:15 PM   A judge has indicated he will not accept fresh evidence in Peter Slipper’s bid to overturn a conviction for defrauding the Commonwealth.

ATO scratchies scheme hits snag in sickies fight

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Scheme discriminates against public servants who don't show up, says union.

Gang-gang: The last Christmas party


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Before the last ever Christmas party at the ABC, demolition workmen had surrounded the complex with temporary fencing.

Canberra children touch Pakistan's High Commissioner's heart

Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia, Naela Chohan.

Henry Belot 6:08 PM   Pakistan’s High Commissioner was moved to tears by a tribute from local children after the murder of more than 130 children in Peshawar.

Canberra women have higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer

Member for Stretton Freya Ostapovitch believes there's a link between breast cancer and abortion.

Natasha Boddy 1:00 AM   The ACT had the country's highest incidence rate for breast cancer in women between 2005 and 2009, a new report reveals.

Mr Fluffy home owners angry and desperate

Bungendore Fluffy house owners Eddie Casey and and partner Dale Freestone with their children Leon, 3, and Grace, 1. Mr Casey gave a submission to the NSW inquiry.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The NSW Mr Fluffy inquiry has heard from Queanbeyan residents who feel duped by the estate agents who offered them asbestos-infested homes.

Plans lodged for Dickson car park redevelopment

The $56 million Domus Group/Coles  development, Lotus, will include 155 apartments.

Meredith Clisby 11:30 PM   Coles and Doma Group have submitted plans for the new Dickson Group Centre.

Controlled burn in Belconnen on Thursday


4:55 PM   Smoke is expected in Evatt as part of a controlled burn on Thursday.

Drunken visits to emergency departments a 'phenomenal burden'

Dr David Caldicott says  drunken visits to Canberra’s emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals.

Henry Belot 4:37 PM   A spike in drunken visits to Canberra’s two emergency departments has created a “phenomenal burden” for medical professionals

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - The saddest Christmas in history?

Around again: Christmas card, 1914.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   With the Great War underway Brisbane's anti-jingoism Worker thought 1914's was "The Saddest Christmas in History."

Canberra serial sex offender jailed

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Megan Gorrey 2:25 PM   A man who groped and indecently assaulted three women in Canberra has been sent to jail. 

Canberra Weekender: What's on December 19-21

Leah Baulch as Steffie Waters in a still from the Canberra movie The Competition directed and written by Simon Weaving, which is screening at Dendy Canberra until Christmas Day.

Jil Hogan 11:41 AM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Canberra mornings live: Wednesday December 17

Canberra Mornings Live

Primrose Riordan 10:11 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.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr sets up single agency to handle approvals for new businesses

Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell at City Walk in Civic.

Tom McIlroy 9:54 AM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr sets up single agency to handle approvals for new businesses - Access Canberra will include Canberra Connect

Grass fire blazes north-west of Canberra

A grassfire is burning near Sawyers Gully Rd, Mullion

Primrose Riordan 7:14 AM   The NSW Rural fire service has sent 30 trucks and five aircraft to fight a grass fire north west of Canberra.

ACT Year 12 Certificate awards on the rise

Canberra College year 12 student Jiheng Xu and Canberra Girls Grammar School year 12 student Vanessa Ma both received a Certificate of Excellence from the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.

Emma Macdonald   The number of ACT college students receiving a Year 12 Certificate has risen this year, while the percentage of students awarded a tertiary package remains steady at 63 per cent.

Enlighten 2015 full program announced and Night Noodle Markets launched

Polyphonic Electronic, a collaboration between an artist and a DJ, will feature at Enlighten.

Natasha Rudra   The Enlighten festival and the new Night Noodle Markets got their official launch away with some big news – that cult Sydney ice-cream maker Gelato Messina was looking to open in Canberra.

Public sector redundancy bill sails past $1 billion

Senator Mathias Corman denies he made any promise other than to do some thinking.

Noel Towell   The redundancy bill for departing public servants and other government workers will be more than $1.1 billion in just three years, the latest government data shows.

Man kneed pregnant fiance, threatened to kill her

Acting Justice Stephen Walmsley will hand down sentence later this week.

Michael Inman   A Narrabundah man who tried to kill his unborn child claimed he could not remember the attack, a court has heard.