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Canberra Mornings Live: Friday July 19

Canberra Times online journalist and producer Tegan Osborne
Andrew O'Keefe
Andrew O'Keefe 

That's it from us this morning Canberra. Thank you for joining us.

Hope you have a lovely weekend - stay warm and dry.

If you're wondering what everyone else has been looking at, here's what's been getting you clicking.

Our top three stories right now are:

Public service unions have lost an appeal against an industrial tribunal decision they say threatens the job security of 25,000 Australian Taxation Office workers nationwide.

The Bullet Train for Australia is doing away with its celebrity free policy and offering Andrew O’Keefe a plum role in the party.

And our breaking news story - that police have closed down a city post office after suspicious powder was discovered.

Lee Gaskin sports reporter
Professional golfer, Brendan Jones, gets in a bit of practice and some time with his six-year-old son, Kieran, at the ...
Professional golfer, Brendan Jones, gets in a bit of practice and some time with his six-year-old son, Kieran, at the Royal Canberra course before heading to Scotland for the British Open. Photo: Graham Tidy

Canberra golfer Brendan Jones will need a strong second round to make the cut at the British Open in Scotland.

Jones is tied for 119th after shooting a seven-over par, 78 in the opening round at Muirfield on Thursday night.

Jones will be in the fourth-last group to tee off late on Friday night Australian time.

American Zach Johnson leads the field at -5, while Adam Scott is the leading Australian at even par.

6TH SEPTEMBER- 2012 -NEWS -STORY STEPHANIE ANDERSONN- THE CANBERRA TIMES- PHOTO BY MELISSA ADAMS.
 Police investigate a ...

Police have closed down a city post office after suspicious powder was discovered.

ACT Policing have shut down Moore and Alinga Streets near the office after the suspicious package was reported at 8.16am.

An ACT Policing spokesman said no staff were being allowed in or out of the building after a "letter was opened and white powder fell out".

It is expected that a HAZMAT unit will be sent to the scene.

We know you Canberrans love your markets... and there's another one to add to your to-do list this weekend. The Mid-Winter Celebration Markets are on at the Belconnen Arts Centre from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday.

All the usual suspects will be there, as well as mulled wine (yes please!) and local musicians for entertainment. Entry is free too!

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Bruce Holland Photo: Seven Local News

This is terrible...

A 64-year-old man choked during a State of Origin pie-eating contest in North Queensland this week.

A regular at the Bushland Beach Tavern for years, he had taken just a few bits of the chilli pie when he choked and collapsed.

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One person has been taken to hospital following a series of crashes on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning.

Traffic is still banking up following the initial four car collision near Hindmarsh and Lady Denman Drives, near the Cotter Road overpass, shortly before 8am.

An ESA spokeswoman said ambulance officers treated one woman at the scene before transporting her to the Canberra Hospital with minor injuries.

One of the northbound lanes is still open, but traffic is banking up as a result of the closure.

Drivers are also being delayed following two additional accidents on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning.

An ACT Policing spokesman said there was another “bumper to bumper” prang near the National Zoo, while a car and a bus had collided close to Lady Denman Drive.

Another person has been transported to the Canberra Hospital with minor injuries following a single vehicle crash on London Circuit near Hobart Place shortly before 8am.

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Around the region, here's where the mercury is sitting right now. 

Canberra: 11.9

Braidwood: 11.1

Cooma: 9.6

Goulburn: 12.1

Nowra: 14.8

Perisher Valley: 4.6

Thredbo top station: 2.7

Tuggeranong: 11.5

There's a chance of thunderstorms today in Canberra.

We're in for a top of 14C and winds of 40km per hour in the middle of the day.

False alarm folks!

The ever alert Defence staffers smelt smoke in their building on Russell Drive this morning, prompting a call to emergency services at 8.30am.

But it turned out the smoky smell was just a hard working contractor working with a grinder on the roof.

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Today's front page.
Today's front page. 

On the front page of today's newspaper...

The retail business of Canberra's troubled Yarralumla Nursery will be sold to private owners as the ACT government moves to restructure the loss-making enterprise.

The ACT's jail was close to capacity on the night of its first prisoner suicide, government figures show.

They pulled on the retro ''heavy, cotton jerseys of a playing strip revolution'' to relive their championship memories and the last links to the ACT Brumbies' golden era are determined to deliver success to a new generation.

And parents of a primary student have lost their bid to force a private northside school to accept their enrolment.

Fire fighters are on their way to a reported fire in the Defence offices in Russell.

The alleged fire in a building on Russell Drive was reported at 8.30am, and is believed to be in a building between four and seven storeys tall.

We’re waiting on further confirmation from ESA, we’ll keep you up to date as information comes to hand.

There's stacks of centenary events on this weekend - starting today!

The Majura Women's Group has marked Canberra's first century with a year-long project of styling themselves in past fashions, and capturing this in photography. The photos marking each decade will be on show from Friday 19 July, and exhibition entry is free. 

The group is a self-run volunteer organisation providing opportunities for people at home with young children, and has been running for nearly 30 years.

Women: celebrating a century of women is on at the Belconnen Arts Centre foyer, kicking off at 5.30pm tonight.

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Andrew O'Keefe
Andrew O'Keefe 

The Bullet Train for Australia is doing away with its celebrity free policy and offering Andrew O’Keefe a plum role in the party.

The party is extending O’Keefe an offer to become the official Bullet Train for Australia national spokesperson and candidate in the lead up to the federal vote, following the Weekend Sunrise host’s recent on air support for the party.

The move comes less than a month after party president Tim Böhm vowed to avoid "career politicians, B-grade celebrities or washed-up sports people".

“We’ve tried to contact Andrew, but no response,” Mr Böhm told Fairfax Media this morning.

“We’d love to have him on board and up front helping to steer the Bullet Train campaign to the ballot box.”

The party will also be running Senate candidates in the ACT, as well as House of Representative candidates for the seats of Canberra and Fraser.

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Our photographer Graham Tidy went along yesterday as the Brumbies players met fans for a signing session and BBQ.

The meet and greet was ahead of Sunday's final at Canberra Stadium against the Cheetahs. 

Were you there? Did you get snapped? Are you in love with Pat McCabe?

Leave a comment on the blog or tweet us @canberratimes 

The Bullet Train for Australia is doing away with its celebrity free policy and offering Andrew O’Keefe a plum role in the party.

The party is extending O’Keefe an offer to become the official Bullet Train for Australia national spokesperson and candidate in the lead up to the federal vote, following the Weekend Sunrise host’s recent on air support for the party.

“We’ve tried to contact Andrew, but no response,” president Tim Böhm said.

“We’d love to have him on board and up front helping to steer the Bullet Train campaign to the ballot box.”

The party will also be running Senate candidates in the ACT, as well as House of Representative candidates for the seats of Canberra and Fraser.

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Traffic is banking up on the Tuggeranong Parkway following a four car collision this morning.

Authorities were called to the scene of the crash near Hindmarsh and Lady Denman Drives, near the Cotter Road overpass, shortly before 8am.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said one of the northbound lanes was still open, but traffic was banking up as a result of the closure.

There’s no word on potential injuries yet, but we’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

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Emergency services are at the scene of a crash in the city this morning.

Crews were called to the single vehicle accident on London Circuit near Hobart Place shortly before 8am.

No information is available on injuries yet, however an ACT Policing spokeswoman said traffic should not be affected.

We’ll bring you further details as they come to hand.

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