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Canberra mornings: January 12, 2016

Today's top stories

Incredible talent and creativity... David Bowie performs at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2003. His songs will live on.
Incredible talent and creativity... David Bowie performs at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2003. His songs will live on. Photo: Domino Postiglione

In a crushing blow to many retirees, nearly 35,000 public sector pensioners around Australia have had their pensions either reduced or cut off entirely since the beginning of the month, Centrelink has confirmed.

Retirees groups say the cuts have left many below the poverty line and welfare advocates say it is unfair to "move the goalposts" after people have already retired and have little or no ability to change their circumstances.

In other news...

Now to sport:

Road closures

A large truck fire has shut down the Hume Highway, forcing traffic to be diverted towards Canberra.

Hibberson Street in Gungahlin is closed today and tomorrow for asphalt works. Action buses are not affected.

If you see any accidents or have any info on the morning commute, let us know whenever it is safe to do so: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

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 David Pope

David Pope: Touch or click through for editorial cartoons. 

Weather

Today: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming westerly 20 to 30 km/h in the middle of the day then shifting easterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening. Min 18, max 36.

Wednesday: Hot and mostly sunny. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h shifting northwesterly in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening.. Min 15, max 38.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of rain, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Min 21, max 36.