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...
- Fans and fellow artists are paying tribute to pop legend David Bowie, who died last night after an 18-month battle with cancer.
- The Australian sharemarket plunged to two and a half year low and dragged the year's losses to more than $100 billion as doubts mount over China's economy.
- Meanwhile, "We have become a nation of no commitment": A debt management agency says Canberrans have the highest average debt in administration throughout Australia, with $34,279 of personal debt.
- Direct flights may soon operate from Canberra to Singapore, with a connecting flight to Wellington, according to media reports this morning.
- In crime, a Canberra man accused of a weekend shooting allegedly boasted to police that the wounded man would be dead if he had pulled the trigger.
- Computer glitches that raised more than 70,000 bogus welfare debts and the collapse of the vital weather bureau website are the result of "chronic underfunding" of government departments, the main public sector union says.
- But with the bureau up and running again, it let us know that Canberra's hot streak is set to continue, as a heatwave of temperatures in the mid-to-high 30s was tipped to swelter the capital until Friday.
Now to sport:
- Andy Murray has challenged Nick Kyrgios to break into the top 15 world tennis players by the end of the year. While in local tennis, Alex De Minaur highlighted his immense potential in a three-set loss at the Canberra ATP Challenger.
- And the ACT Brumbies stepped away from their title ambitions to pay a touching tribute to a teammate on Monday.
- And Lionel Messi beat Cristiano Ronaldo to win the 2015 Ballon d'Or award for world player of the year. Ronaldo beat him for the prize the past two years.
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.
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.
David Pope: Touch or click through for editorial cartoons.
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.