ACT News

Canberra mornings: January 14, 2016

Today's top stories

Dimity and her sone Skandar Phillips cools off in the Fujiko Nakaya Fog sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia ...
Dimity and her sone Skandar Phillips cools off in the Fujiko Nakaya Fog sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden. Photo: Jay Cronan

In a renewed debate, alcohol safety campaigners have accused the ACT government of taking too long to introduce tough measures to prevent violent attacks in the city, including 1am lockouts and restricted trading hours.

The calls come after a sickening one-punch attack outside a Civic convenience store around 3am on New Year's Day, which left a 20-year-old Braddon man unconscious with a shattered jaw requiring emergency surgery.

In other news...

Road closures

Parkes Way lane closures are in place, westbound between Clunies Ross Street and the Glenloch Interchange, until Monday.

Two lanes will be closed, except for during peak hours, when one lane will be closed. It will be back to three lanes before Monday's afternoon peak.

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: Becoming cloudy. High (80%) chance of rain, increasing during the afternoon/evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning easterly in the evening. Min 21, max 34.

Friday: Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the early morning. Mostly sunny day. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h tending southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Min 8, max 22.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Min 8, max 24.