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Canberra mornings: February 16, 2015

Today's top stories

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<p>Ben O'Bryan, Michael Romei and dog Lulu at their duplex home in Yarralumla. Photo: Rohan Thomson</p>
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo: Michele Mossop

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken to his official YouTube channel to ramp up the rhetoric, and flag a possible national security crackdown.

Referencing the Sydney siege, he said people who might be a threat to Australia have been getting "the benefit of the doubt" for too long.


"There's been the benefit of the doubt at our borders, the benefit of the doubt for residency, the benefit of the doubt for citizenship and the benefit of the doubt at Centrelink," he said.

More on those comments here.


Brumbies players (from left) Ruan Smith, Ben Alexander and Jean-Pierre Smith. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Manuka Oval has ramped up security in preparation for the Cricket World Cuppositioning guards on the field 24 hours a day to protect the pitch in the build-up to the first match on Wednesday.

Security guards are being used to prevent intruders from ruining the playing surface as part of a risk-management strategy and ICC anti-corruption measures.

Road closures

Update 9.30am: The collision on Parkes Way between Edinburgh Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue has been cleared and lanes have been reopened.

8.46am: Avoid Parkes Way. Traffic is heavy in the area after a car and a motorbike collided on Parkes Way between Edinburgh Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue. Police said they believe there is one injury. One lane is blocked on the way from the city to Belconnen.

8.35am: Police said there has been a collision on Parkes Way, west bound just before the on ramp to Commonwealth Avenue bridge. Avoid the area if possible.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

The speed limit of a section of Baldwin Drive in Kaleen between Ginninderra Drive and the southern end of Maribyrnong has been changed from 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr in line with the rest of Baldwin drive.

ACT Parks Conservation Service will start using specially trained rabbit detection dogs at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary to help control the bunnies from tomorrow.

.Canberra Life

Rowan Brennan, a former Canberra Raiders player turned real estate director, said everything had been done

Amina Alhassan, 21, with her brother Muhammad, 14, at the National Multicultural Festival in Civic. Photo: Matt Bedford

Tens of thousands of people of all walks of life converged on the city centre for the 19th annual National Multicultural Festival on Saturday.

Balloons, beers and beef sticks kept punters entertained, as Hawaiian music and Sri Lankan cuisine went cheek by jowl.


Today's David Pope

Pat Campbell Canberra Times editorial cartoon

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Pic of the day

Canberra Capitals veteran Jess Bibby will play her 370th WNBL game on tonight at the AIS Arena. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Birmingham pigeon breeder Charlie Diedo at home in Narrabundah. Photo: Rohan Thomson


Today: There is a possible shower or storm expected today in the afternoon or evening. The forecast is for a minimum is 12 degrees and its top 30 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Tuesday, shower or two - min 16, max 31; Wednesday, possible shower - min 15, max 29; Thursday, partly cloudy - min 15, max 28; Friday, shower or two - min 15, max 26.