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Canberra Mornings Live: Monday, April 29

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Hamish Boland-Rudder: That's where we'll leave it this morning folks. Thanks for joining us. You can still check in on the homepage during the day for all the latest news. 

We're still looking into the reported "electrical" threat at Calwell. We'll have an update on the homepage shortly.

We'll leave you with a snapshot of what's catching your attention this morning. Here are our most-clicked stories:

A man has been killed and another seriously injured in a glider accident 20 kilometres north of Goulburn.

A man has been killed and another seriously injured in a glider accident 20 kilometres north of Goulburn. Photo: Louise Thrower

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency services are on their way to Calwell after receiving reports of what's been described as an "electrical threat".

Reports of an electrical threat or fallen powerlines on Outtrim Avenue was received at 9.17am.

Authorities are unable to explain exactly what the problem is just yet. We're looking into it and will bring you more.


Hamish Boland-Rudder: We've hit 9am without any major traffic incidents reported.

For our bus commuters, ACTION had a pretty smooth morning:



If you've got a traffic update for us, don't forget to get in touch via email to

The hacker's largest assault clocked in at 300 billion bits per second.

The hacker's largest assault clocked in at 300 billion bits per second. Photo: Rodger Cummins RCZ

Taking a look at world news... A Dutch citizen has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of launching what is described as the biggest cyber attack in internet history - from a bunker and had a van capable of hacking into networks anywhere in the country.

Tegan Osborne: Our blogger Paul Jurak has been out and about on his usual paddle of Lake Burley Griffin.

See more shots at Paul's Facebook Page and his Lake View blog.

From the lake on April 29. Click for more photos

Lake View: Monday, April 29

From the lake on April 29. Photo: Paul Jurak

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Tom Waterhouse is coming out strong regarding claims by former BFF John Singleton that Waterhouse knew Singleton's horse More Joyous had problems going into Saturday's All Ages Stakes but didn't say so. And then all hell broke lose.



There's been a bus breakdown, affecting passengers on route number 4.



Where are the pollies today?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will give a speech at the Per Capita think tank on the reform agenda in Canberra at 1pm today. She will talk about the massive and unexpected $12 billion budget black hole.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will continue his pollie pedal through South Australia.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: If you find yourself cruising through a school zone while you're out and about today, remember to slow down.

With the school holidays over, 40 km/h speed limits are back in force at all schools around Canberra between 8am and 4pm, and police are warning they will be enforcing them.

“ACT Policing targets every single school zone during each term. Motorists speeding in school zones risk receiving fines and losing demerit points,” Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said.

During the first school term this year, policed issued 350 motorists with fines, and a further 169 with warnings. The worst example was a 21-year-old allegedly caught at 82 km/h in a school zone in Bruce. Despite the number of fines, no children were hurt in school zones as a result of traffic.

Police will be enforcing school zone speed limits from today.

Police will be enforcing school zone speed limits from today. Photo: Supplied / ACT Policing

Tegan Osborne: Lovely sunrise shot from @handmademarket on Twitter. Thanks guys!

Tegan Osborne: Any Living Social users out there?

New just out is that the daily deal company has been hit by a cyber attack, that may have affected more than 50 million customers.

The company says customer data, including names, email addresses, date of birth for some users and "encrypted" passwords has been accessed.

Part of the warning message LivingSocial sent to subscribers.

Part of the warning message LivingSocial sent to subscribers.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: To save you sticking your head out the window unnecessarily, here’s the latest on the weather

Since our last update, Tuggeranong got a little colder – slipping to a low of 2.9 degrees just after 6.30am – before jumping up to 7.6 degrees just before 8am. At Canberra Airport the mercury hit 8.8 degrees at 7.55am.

By about 10am the temperature will be about 14 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, before hitting the forecast top of 22 degrees by lunchtime.

Rain could creep up from the south, with the chance of showers increasing through the day until mid-afternoon.


Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong.

Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong. Photo: Supplied

Finance Minister Penny Wong has spoken on ABC Radio this morning about the $12 billion budget black hole that has suddenly appeared due to lower-than-anticipated company tax revenue.

"There's certainly a new economic reality that the nation has to face. In terms of spending, our spending in the year to date is slightly under what we anticipated [even despite a big influx in asylum seekers]."

Vailma Orthelia Williams.

Vailma Orthelia Williams.

Stephanie Anderson: Police are still seeking help in finding an 88-year-old South Coast woman, who has been missing for a week.

Staff at a Batemans Bay dental surgery on the Old Princes Highway were the last to see Vailma Orthelia Williams, prior to her appointment on Monday, April 22.

Police were told that Mrs Williams rescheduled the appointment, telling surgery staff she was going to do some shopping and head home.

Before she left the surgery, she asked for directions to Beach Road.

Neither Mrs Williams nor her car, a red/maroon Toyota Corolla with NSW registration plates ZDF 155, have been seen since that time.

President Barack Obama got his funny on overnight in the US. Addressing an audience of Washington journalists and Hollywood celebrities at a ritual annual dinner, the US leader spared no jokes about himself.

"These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be," the president said at the black-tie dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "Time passes. You get a little gray."

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Stephanie Anderson: Rural Fire Service volunteers are working on extinguishing a number of small bushfires across the border this morning.

Volunteers have a five hectare blaze under control at Spring Creek Road near Bungendore, and an additional two hectare burn near the Kings Highway is also under control.

South towards Cooma-Monaro, firefighters have brought a five hectare blaze in the Tinderry National Park under control.

An eastern pygmy possum.

An eastern pygmy possum.

Stephanie Anderson: Regeneration works in the capital’s nature reserves appear to be working after staff found a rarely seen eastern pygmy possum while working on a dead tree recently.

The possum, listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, was found by ACT Parks and Conservation staff at Blue Range Hut campground off Brindabella Road, spokesman Brett McNamara said.

“It is very rare for our staff to see this majestic little creature,” he said.

“Indeed in nearby Namadgi National Park there have only been seven confirmed sightings of the animal. Finding this eastern pygmy possum in a popular recreation area suggests that population numbers may remain viable and healthy within the ACT.”

Mr McNamara said the sighting showed that regeneration efforts following the 2003 fires were working, after more than 80 per cent of the capital’s nature reserve areas were affected.

Tegan Osborne: A little more sport, for the footy fans... 

It wasn't an outstanding weekend for Canberra. Here's what went down over the weekend.

On Saturday in the NRL, the North Queensland Cowboys smashed the Canberra Raiders 30 to 12.

In the AFL, the Gold Coast Suns beat Greater Western Sydney 21.22 (148) to 16.8 (104) 

But on a brighter note in the Super Rugby, the Brumbies demolished the Western Force 41 to 7 at Canberra Stadium.

Brumbies wing Henry Speight flies through the air to score. Click for more photos

ACT Brumbies v Western Force, April 27

Brumbies wing Henry Speight flies through the air to score. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

<i>Style</i> Autumn/Winter edition is out today.

Style Autumn/Winter edition is out today.

Pick up the Canberra Times today for your copy of Style, a 52-page glossy magazine featuring the capital's best fashion.

The latest edition features the capital's creative collective in Fashfest, as well as a sneak peek inside the wardrobe of stylish local Richard Luton.

The magazine also includes tips from Canberra's professional stylists on finding your own style, and a look inside the capital's newest big-name fashion store Zara.

Tegan Osborne: Those traffic lights in Bindubi are apparently up and running again.

Stephanie Anderson: There was been a suspicious car fire in Queanbeyan overnight, in that ute believed to be stolen.

The Holden Ute was left on Woodridge Parade, where police found it burning. 

Dr Philip Spradbery inspecting a European wasp nest found at the National Art Gallery in January.

Dr Philip Spradbery inspecting a European wasp nest found at the National Art Gallery in January. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Hamish Boland-Rudder: Territory and Municipal Services are warning Canberrans to keep an eye out for European wasps, after reports of nests streaming in from all over the city.

The reason extra vigilance is needed?

This is the time of year wasps begin “queen rearing”, according to TAMS wasp expert Dr Philip Spradbery, and each nest is capable of producing thousands of new queens, which would then go on to build new colonies in summer.

“The tell-tale sign of a nest is a steady stream of wasps flying in and out of a hole leading to where the nest is hidden away. Wasp nests are usually located underground or are built into the structure of the house,” Dr Spradbery said.

If you spot a nest at home, make sure you call in a qualified pest control expert to treat it (don’t do it yourself!), and if you see one in a public place, report it to TAMS on 02 6162 1914.


The London papers are reporting on the contents of the suicide note left by British nurse Jacintha Saldanha who died last year after being the victim of a prank call by two Australian 2DayFM DJs.

It read: "Please accept my apologies. I am truly sorry. Thank you for all your support. I hold the radio Australians Mel Greig and Michael Christian responsible for this act. Please make them pay my mortgage. I am sorry.''

Sydney radio station 2Day FM presenters Michael Christian and Mel Greig being interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw.

Sydney radio station 2Day FM presenters Michael Christian and Mel Greig being interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw. Photo: Channel Nine

Hamish Boland-Rudder: For the sports fans, here’s a catch-up of what happened overnight, and what's going on today…

In the world of European football, Arsenal’s fourth and final Champions League place in under threat from Tottenham Hotspur after a 1-1 draw with newly-crowned Premier League Champions Manchester United; in Italy, Juventus is on track for a successful title defence after beating Torino 2-0 in the Turin derby, and; Lyon stayed on top of Saint-Etienne after a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

In AFL, the Adelaide Crows will learn the full extent of a knee injury in star forward Taylor Walker.

And in League, the investigation into drugs in sport continues with ASADA set to interview a group of 10 players from the Cronulla Sharks, the first of 31 NRL players, including some from Canberra, to be questioned in the investigation.


Sharks captain Paul Gallen.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen. Photo: Getty Images

Tegan Osborne: In more news likely to make Canberra's public servants quake in their boots, Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to reveal a massive $12 billion hole in the federal budget this morning.

Ms Gillard had two options - making significant chops to programs like the $6 billion Gonski education reforms and $14 billion disability insurance scheme, or to take it on the chin and hand down a deficit.

Looks like she's choosen the latter.

Facing a Hobson's choice: Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Facing a Hobson's choice: Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: Mal Fairclough

Tegan Osborne: Another update on the traffic lights out Bindubi.

Tegan Osborne: More than 15,000 Canberra music fans got their dance on at Groovin the Moo yesterday...

Were you there? If so, you may have been snapped by our photographer. 

Where's Wally?(L-R) Drew Alsford, 25 and Diana Richardson, 26 both of Fraser at Groovin The Moo. Click for more photos

Groovin The Moo at the University of Canberra

Where's Wally?(L-R) Drew Alsford, 25 and Diana Richardson, 26 both of Fraser at Groovin The Moo. Photo: Melissa Adams

On the front pages of the major newspapers:

The Australian Financial Review reports that federal Treasury has told the Gillard government that weaker revenues will slice $12 billion from the budget ­bottom line this financial year, but the Prime Minister says the government must continue with plans for big increases in education and disability spending.

The Age in Melbourne reports that Australians could vote in a referendum on gay marriage in September under a radical proposal being pushed by independent MP Tony Windsor and supported by the Greens and other crossbenchers.

The Daily Telegraph reports that only three of the 238 men convicted of having sex with a child under 10 in the past decade have been jailed for what the government has set as a standard minimum term of 15 years.

The Australian reports that a new "safe pay" tribunal for truck drivers is in limbo, doing little more than researching and consulting, as the states and territories refuse to cede power to the national regulator.

Tegan Osborne: There are some lights out at Bindubi this morning according to ACT Policing.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: Around the nation on Monday…

The 1000 kilometre Pollie Pedal, supported by cycling politicians including Tony Abbott, continues to make its way through South Australia after departing from Adelaide on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has come out in support of Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting this year, despite threats of a boycott from Canada over Colombo’s human rights record.

Former paralympian Dave Kacka begins his attempt to become the first person in the world with quadriplegia to fly solo around Australia. He’s due to depart from Tooradin Airfield in Victoria.

And we're keeping an ear to the ground in Sydney, where there will be a major international tour announced this morning.

Tegan Osborne: Today's cartoon from Matt Adams...

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Hamish Boland-Rudder: Around the world in 80 words…

A fire in the rubble of a collapsed factory in Bangladesh has killed the last remaining survivors, after the owner of the complex was arrested at a border crossing with India.

There has been a gas explosion in an apartment complex in northern France, which killed at least two and injured nine more.

And Australia will join the leaders of India, Canada and Britain in Glasgow next year at a ceremony to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, according to a leaked report published in a British newspaper.


Today's front page.

Today's front page.

Tegan Osborne: On today's front page...

Labor’s $12 billion hole in budget

Collapsing revenue from lower company profits has blown a $12 billion hole in the federal budget this financial year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard will reveal on Monday.

Flight path no problem for these ground birds

In the rising noise and dust stirring up on Canberra’s eastern edge from roadworks and airport expansion,there’s a place for everyone.

Union to fight Tax Office on job cuts

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

Action urged to cut health expenses

Australians are being hit withsome of the highest out-of-pocket costs for health care in the world and the ACT can be one of themost expensive parts of thecountry in which to receive care. 

Horses have bolted from Waterhouse-Singleton tie-up

At 4.28pm on Saturday, horse trainer Gai Waterhouse sent an urgent textmessage to her bookmaker son Tom,in Melbourne. “Need to speak immediately,”she wrote, and Tom, who was working at his Moonee Ponds betting centre, duly complied.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: It dipped to a cool 3.8 degrees at the airport shortly before 6am and 3.2 degrees in Tuggeranong, but Canberra is headed for a partly cloudy Monday with top of about 22 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

There is a 30 per cent chance of some light rain about town, but it will likely total less than 1 millimetre. The Bureau is also forecasting light west to north westerly winds, which will pick up to about 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day before easing again this afternoon.

There is a chance of more rain and showers through to Friday, with tops of 21 degrees predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday, before things get a little chillier later in the week.

Tegan Osborne: Good morning Canberra. Welcome to a new week and thanks for joining us this Monday morning. 

Right now it's about 4.3 degrees in Canberra's centre and 3.7 in Tuggeranong. We'll bring you a more detailed wrap in just a moment.

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  • I am so impressed with Canberra Mornings Live. Keep up the great work CT.

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