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Bid for 38-hour public service week fails

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   The Abbott government has lost a legal bid to force public servants to spend an extra week-and-a-half at their desks each year.

Canberrans celebrate Australia Day with humour, sausages, and tweets

Hannah Birdsey with daughter Clementine Walsh 3 and husband Brendan Walsh with son Augusten Walsh, 5 of Watson enjoy the hottest 100 festivities at the National Portrait Gallery.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Canberrans celebrated Australia Day in different ways with many headed to the Commonwealth Park for relaxation, galleries for countdown themed exhibitions, or to the lake for a citizenship ceremony.

Canberra duo peaks a spot too soon in Triple J's Hottest 100

Canberra duo Peking Duk, who landed the No.2 and No.5 songs in the Triple J Hottest 100.

Emma Kelly 8:41 PM   Peking Duk finish second in the Australia Day music countdown in what was a stellar result for Canberra musicians.

Antiques star shares stage with PM

New Australian Hilary Kay at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Rond Terrace in Canberra.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The Australia-loving British TV star television star, while receiving her citizenship certificate and meeting Tony Abbott, said she hoped people wouldn't bring her things to value.

Waltzing into Australia with a tear in the eye


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One sensed that Prince Philip, just knighted by Australia, was there with us in spirit at Monday's Australia Day flag-raising and citizenship ceremonies at Rond Terrace.

'Glitoris' star calls for more women in Canberra music after numbers found to be low

Bassist in the all-girl band Glitoris Sophie Chapman performs only ''dressed'' in glitter to make a statement about body image.

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   A member of Canberra's answer to Pussy Riot, punk band Glitoris, is calling for more women to perform live music after her own survey of the local scene revealed just 16 per cent are women.

Day of mourning and hope at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Trek to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

Henry Belot and Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Some celebrated Australia Day with barbecues, baby pools and the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. Those at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy united in a national day of mourning.

Rosie Batty breaks down domestic abuse stereotypes

Rosie Batty earlier this month with a portrait of her beloved 11-year-old son Luke. She says his father, who killed him, loved him as much.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Rosie Batty's Australian of the Year title would elevate the issue of domestic violence across the country - helping dispel the myth that it only happened in certain families.

Some Northbourne Avenue trees could live until 2030

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

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Some Northbourne Avenue trees set to be cut down to make way for construction of the light rail line to Gungahlin could have remained for 20 years, a government commissioned assessment found in 2010.

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.

Tony Abbott congratulates new citizens on banks of Lake Burley Griffin

Tony Abbott congratulates the Devaprasanna family - who arrived from India in 2000 - on their Australian citizenship.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A British television star, a young family from Zimbabwe, and a Dutch scientist with dreams of becoming Australian of the Year were among 25 people who became Australian citizens on Monday.

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.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - Sinister Zeppelins bomb defenceless Norfolk

Namesake: Count Zeppelin with one of his dirigible airships.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The bombs dropped on St Peter's church in Yarmouth "evidenced extraordinary potency".

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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   Ian McPhee, about to retire, honoured on Australia Day.

Missing Sydney man found

Cecil Bowden

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