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Canberra mornings: January 27, 2016

Today's top stories

Overseas migrants and a buoyant housing market have saved Canberra's economy from plunging into recession as the Australian Public Service shrinks, according to CommSec's quarterly State of the States report.

Road closures

11.27am: We've been told an earlier police operation which closed Chandler Street in Belconnen is now over. 

11.24am: We're wrapping up now but a two-car crash is impacting traffic on Northbourne Avenue at the intersection with Gould Street in Turner. One vehicle is still on the road. 

11.23am: An earlier crash in Curtin is all clear. 

10.25am: There are still some traffic issues in Curtin after that earlier crash, so you may want to avoid Carruthers Street still.

9.57am: Traffic is backing up in Carruthers Street, Curtin after a two-vehicle crash. The northbound lane near Argyle Place is completely blocked. 

9.54am: Looks like there's been a crash at Carruthers Street, near Mair Place in Curtin. Emergency services are on scene. 

The anticipated frenzy around Metro Petroleum's Go2 Rewards fuel promotion will mean traffic travelling to Metro Petroleum in Fyshwick will need to access Barrier Street from the Newcastle Street entrance and exit via Ipswich Street. A reduced speed limit of 40km/h will also be in place.

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

What's on today

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is making its way to Canberra's central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns. Until 21 Feb.

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 Pat Campbell

Touch or click through for editorial cartoons.


Today: Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers or some patchy rain, chiefly in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming northerly 15 to 20 km/h in the afternoon. Max 23.

Tomorrow: Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds. Min 15, max 28.