A summer marred by ministerial crises and the prospect of a higher GST has taken the shine off the Turnbull government, sending the Coalition's share of the vote below that achieved by Tony Abbott at the 2013 election
- High income earners are reluctant to part with their tax breaks in part because they think of themselves as battlers, new research suggests.
- Thousands of Commonwealth public servants have had their pay packets quietly topped-up above the levels they voted to accept last year.
- Canberra's two most expensive private schools charge more than $20,000 in annual fees for Year 12, but across the ACT non-government sector, most schools have implemented only modest fee increases.
- A South Coast psychologist had an improper sexual relationship with a vulnerable, complex patient who was said to fascinate him and give him a sense of "personal, clinical aggrandisement", a tribunal has heard.
- A leaked email has revealed details of the fight between Tropfest's founder and manager and the $500,000 budget hole which nearly brought the short film festival to its knees.
- What the hell is wrong with those daft women on commercial breakfast TV! Why are they winding up the ditzy dial? Virginia Haussegger asks - with some reluctance.
- In sport, Australia closing in on victory in first Test against NZ, Josh Hazlewood rising to the challenge of being the pace spearhead, after Adam Voges posted numbers that briefly made him better than Bradman.
- Wayne Bennett has offered one blunt suggestion to Laurie Daley should NSW want to improve their Origin fortunes in 2016 - pick Jarrod Croker.
9.19am: An ACT Emergency Services spokesman said there's nothing major happening at that Hazmat incident on Hoskins and Lysaght Streets in Mitchell and police say there's no impact on traffic. Of course, if you know differently, tweet us @canberratimes.
9.03am: There's a Hazmat incident on Hoskins and Lysaght Streets in Mitchell. Watch out if you're in the area!
Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is on at Canberra's central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns. Until 21 Feb.
See 2015's best political cartoons at the Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Today: Cloudy. Slight chance of drizzle in the morning. Light winds becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then tending westerly 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon. Min 14, Max 29.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Slight chance of a shower. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Min 12, Max 27.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning. Min 10, Max 26.