Turnbull answers questions at The Dam Hotel in Warnervale on the central coast. Photo: Wolter Peeters
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has directly confronted Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a crunch meeting about the government's woes before Wednesday's cabinet meeting.
The Communications Minister pressed the Prime Minister on how the government would extricate itself from its current leadership woes, and had an interesting response to Mr Abbott's reply.
- Three wind farms in Victoria and South Australia have won 20-year deals with the ACT government to supply a third of Canberra's electricity needs within two years. The deals are worth a of total of $68 million a year and will cost Canberra households an average of $93 extra a year on their power bills in 2020.
- Jailed journalist Peter Greste says he will not be silent on his jailed colleagues after being released from an Egypt's Tora Prison where he spent 400 days behind bars.
- The Abbott government has spent more than $1.2 billion to run detention centres on Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island in one year, newly released Senate Estimate documents show.
- Bali Nine members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have begged for a moratorium on their death sentences in a letter to the Indonesian government.
- Australia's Chief Scientist Ian Chubb is fast-tracking a public paper on the importance of childhood vaccination in order to try and combat misconceptions about their personal and public value.
- Delays in hearing animal cruelty cases are draining the RSPCA's already limited funds, tying up valuable kennel space, and preventing the charity from helping other animals. Meanwhile, a woman who starved and neglected her dogs because she was "scared of the brown one" was fined just $800 and is allowed to own pets again immediately.
Canberra Raiders player Mark Nicholls. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Forgotten Canberra Raiders prop Mark Nicholls wanted to know how he could crack the NRL again, so he walked into the coach's office and asked.
The former Junior Australian Kangaroos representative was Raiders rookie of the year in his debut 2012 season, playing 12 games straight, including two NRL finals.
A badly broken arm soured 2013, then last year, despite making the NSW Residents representative team, Nicholls didn't get a look in. Next month , it will be two years since the last of his 14 NRL games.
- The NRL is planning a radical move that could see up to 10 officials controlling games as early as round one of the 2015 season.
- While his older brother will lead the Australian pace attack at the cricket World Cup, high jumper Brandon Starc - not to be confused with the Game of Thrones character - aims to reach new heights of his own at the Canberra Track Classic at the AIS Athletics Track on Saturday.
- Michael Clarke's concedes he may not be fully primed for the World Cup. But his return from a hamstring injury gained more momentum during a practice match for the Cricket Australia XI against Bangladesh in Brisbane.
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Watson Arts Centre will again host the preview showing of the Bald Archy Prize 2015 from 10am today.
Sing-a-long to musical favourite Grease at Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas from 6pm at the Patrick White Lawns near the National Library.
Looking to the weekend, the AMB 100 Mountain Bike Marathon will roll through Stromlo Forest Park on Saturday with a variety of trail combinations.
Meanwhile, the Summerside Festival offers a number of dining, wining and cultural events over the next few days.
For more weekend events, see Canberra Life below.
Former X Factor winner Dami Im performs at Googfest on Saturday.
Summerside Festival delights, an X Factor star, jazz at parli and more Skywhale - Canberra is the place to be this weekend.
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Barber Steve Carbone and owner Steve Gamarra in Braddon barbershop, Groomed, the newest addition to Lonsdale Street's Ori building. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Today: It will be a sunny Friday in Canberra with light winds, a forecast minimum of 11 degrees and a top of 28 degrees.
The rest of the week: Saturday, mostly sunny - min 10, max 30; Sunday, sunny - min 14, max 33; Monday, possible shower developing - min 15 max 30; Tuesday, partly cloudy - min 15, max 33