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Canberra mornings: January 11, 2016

Today's top stories

DFAT's assistant secretary of staffing, Sally Mansfield (centre left), with some of the department's recent grads.
DFAT's assistant secretary of staffing, Sally Mansfield (centre left), with some of the department's recent grads. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Some good news to start the day: The federal bureaucracy is expanding its graduate ranks after last year's intake dropped to the lowest level in a decade.

Almost all of the Australian Public Service's 10 biggest employers have hired more grads for the coming year than in 2015, when the Abbott government's tight limits on recruitment were still in place.

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What's on today

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together. Until 24 Jan.

The Ainslie Arts Centre is hosting a week-long music workshop for girls aged between 10 and 17 years. More info here. 

School holidays at the AIS means you can choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. Until 29 Jan.

See the year's best cartoons in Behind the Lines 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

TODAY'S CARTOON

Bruce Petty: Touch or click through for editorial cartoons. 

Weather

Today: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Min 15, max 35.

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a shower in the afternoon. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then shifting easterly in the evening. Min 15, max 35.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a shower in the afternoon. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then shifting easterly in the evening. Min 18, max 36.