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Canberra mornings: February 4, 2015

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Tony Abbott at the National Press Club. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's leadership has been rocked by a political earthquake overnight. 

The first backbencher calling for the PM to resign has emerged from the woodwork. Liberal MP Dennis Jensen is the first MP to publicly call on Mr Abbott to step aside.

The call comes after weeks of leadership speculation and rising panic on the government backbench about the Coalition's dire position.


Queensland backbencher Warren Entsch said he supported a party room ballot as soon as next week when parliament sits for the first time in 2015 - but he stopped short of calling on the prime minister to resign.

Meanwhile, deputy Julie Bishop has told her cabinet colleagues she will not challenge for the leadership.

According to some internal estimates, as many as 30 MPs have indicated their desire for a leadership change.


Retired Australian tennis players Todd Woodbridge and Wally Masur at the new Tennis ACT facility in Canberra. Photo: Jamila Toderas.

Retired Australian tennis players Todd Woodbridge and Wally Masur at the new Tennis ACT facility in Canberra. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Wally Masur had his first tennis lesson at Lyneham as an eight-year-old.

Now he wants to lead the Australian Davis Cup team in a tie at the redeveloped Canberra Tennis Centre

The first Australian to play Davis Cup tennis - and the first to become captain - has also tipped Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios as two or three years away from reaching his best. 

Road closures

There has been a collision at the intersection of Athlon Drive and Barr Smith Avenue at Bonython. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

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

What's on today

Hit TV comedy Mother and Son will be transported to the stage today.

Long suffering second son Arthur Beare is hoping for the chance to pursue a little fling with his new flame, Anita. However, his philandering brother, Robert, and manipulative mother, Maggie, have other plans.

Mother and Son opens at the Canberra Theatre Centre this afternoon at 1.30pm and is showing until February 28.

Canberra Life

Night Noodle Markets in Sydney.

Canberra's first Night Noodle Markets will tantalise tastebuds from the end of February. 

Now residents can look forward to sampling Asian street food from Brisbane, Melbourne and home during the markets.


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Pic of the day

Sharon Dei Rocini has metastatic melanoma and is keen to get the sun safety message out to the public. Photo: Jamila Toderas.

An aerial view of the ASIO building. Photo: Jay Cronan.


Today: It will be a partly cloudy Wednesday in Canberra with a forecast minimum of 8 degrees and a top of 25 degrees. Light winds will pick up in the afternoon. There's a slight chance of showers, so worth packing the umbrella just in case.

The rest of the week: Thursday, partly cloudy - min 11, max 23; Friday, mostly sunny - min 9, max 26; Saturday, mostly sunny - min 11, max 29; Sunday, sunny - min 13 max 33;