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We're about 4 degrees away from the forecast top of 20 degrees. There's similar temperatures forecast for tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by this morning, we'll be back here from 7am tomorrow for another three hours of live news updates.

Here's what's got you all clicking on the site this morning..

Henry Belot: A quick update on the Tuggeranong Parkway before we wrap up the blog.

An ACT Police spokeswoman said southbound traffic is now slowing to a halt near the Bruce Stadium. Delays are expected to continue for some time.

Street sweepers are responding to the collision as there is fluid and debris on the road. A tow truck is yet to remove the cars from the road.

An ACT Emergency Service Agency spokesperson said no one has been taken to hospital following the collisions.

Henry Belot: Do we need transparent texting to avoid walking into inanimate objects?

Apple have secured the patent for transparent texting, a function that enables a device's camera to "continuously capture and present video images as a background within a text messaging session currently being displayed by the device".

Does walking and texting need a new app or do we need to do one thing at a time?

Does walking and texting need a new app or do we need to do one thing at a time? Photo: Flickr.com/comedynose

Here's a selection of photos from the Kayak Cameraman, aka Paul Jurak, this morning.

He made it out for a quick paddle on this cool but stunning Monday morning.

You can see more of his work on his Facebook page.

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Henry Belot: Almost two months after fire destroyed parts of the Sydney Building, the Phoenix bar is still not open, caught up in what owner Sean Hannigan describes as a nightmare of red tape.

The pub had planned to reopen on March 26 with a "resurrection gig" the following night, after building a new stage and closing off half of the venue in the no-go zone of the Sydney Building.

Phoenix Bar

Phoenix Bar Photo: Elesa Lee

Henry Belot: Back in September 2011, Prime Minister Tony Abbott was loading goods into a container in Fyschwick. He's now at it again some 8,000km away in Tokyo, albeit in one of Japan's finest slim-line high-vis vests.

Henry Belot: Changes to the rules surrounding taxpayer-funded travel by ACT politicians won't stop a controversial study tour by Liberal MLAs Vicki Dunne and Giulia Jones.

Despite this month's tour of prostitution laws in France, Sweden and South Korea causing the entitlement to be scrapped, a spokesman confirmed Mrs Dunne's husband and a staffer from Mrs Jones' office would still take part in the $35,000 tour.

Read the full report here.

Vicki Dunne

Vicki Dunne Photo: Katherine Griffiths

There's not much time left to get your entries in for the Running Festival, in Canberra this weekend.

The 5km and 10km events are being held on Saturday, while the half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon are on Sunday.

There's distances ranging from 5km to 50km - head to the website to enter.

Warren King

Warren King Photo: Stuart Walmsley

Henry Belot: Defence Materiel Organisation chief executive Warren King has come out fighting against criticisms of his $9.5 billion-a-year agency and has defended his 6500 public servants.

"There's a chattering class out there that have this Goldilocks syndrome. A lot of things are being said about DMO performance, which are just not accurate."

"I'd like the debate about the challenges ahead to come from some sort of sensible foundation," he said

Veteran WA Labor senator Mark Bishop has warned that his party could be overtaken by the Greens as the dominant progressive party in that state in the wake of its "disastrous" WA Senate performance.

Former WA premier Geoff Gallop issued a similarly bleak warning on Monday, saying Labor faces an "existential crisis" and will never again govern in its own right without major party reform.

Matthew Knott has the story.

Labor Senator Mark Bishop with colleague Senator Doug Cameron. Senator Bishop has attacked his party over its poor showing in the WA Senate byelection.

Labor Senator Mark Bishop with colleague Senator Doug Cameron. Senator Bishop has attacked his party over its poor showing in the WA Senate byelection. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Henry Belot: FIFA has ignored the calls of two US Senators who want to see Russia banned from this years World Cup in Brazil and to strip the nation's right to host the 2018 event.

“Since Russia has similarly displayed a brazen disrespect for fundamental principles of FIFA and international law, I hope you will agree that it doesn’t deserve the honor of either hosting the World Cup or participating in one,” said the Republican senators.

Henry Belot: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has selected three BBC programmes the state is willing to consider showing its people: Dr Who, Top Gear and Teletubbies.

The selection has reportedly taken months of negotiation with the British government and has been hailed by Foreign Secretary William Hague as "a good way to improve understanding about the outside world within such a closed society".

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 took another unlikely turn on Sunday with a Malaysian government source suggesting the plane avoided Indonesian air space to avoid radar detection.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media, said Indonesian authorities confirmed that the plane did not show up on their military radar. The plane could have deliberately flown around Indonesian airspace to avoid detection, or may have coincidentally travelled out of radar range, he said.

The revelation came as searchers hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet raced toward a patch of the southern Indian Ocean to determine whether a few brief sounds picked up by underwater equipment came from the plane's black boxes, whose battery-powered pingers are on the verge of dying out.

Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston speaks to the media during a press conference about the search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth on Sunday.

Retired Australian Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston speaks to the media during a press conference about the search operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth on Sunday. Photo: AP

Henry Belot: A quick update on the two car collision outside the Evatt Primary School on Heydon Crescent, Evatt.

An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesman said one female has been transported to hospital with a minor wrist injury. We'll keep you updated with further information. 

Henry Belot: Southbound traffic on Tuggeranong Parkway remains congested following two separate accidents on the road in the last hour.

Police are reporting only one lane is open for southbound motorists. An ACT Emergency Services Agency spokesman said ACT Fire and Rescue units attended the scene although there appears to be no serious injuries.

A quick look at politics this morning...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will meet Japan's emperor at his palace and be formally welcomed to the country ahead of an announcement on the outcome of free trade talks in Tokyo. He was photographed by Fairfax's Alex Ellinghausen on a morning jog a short time ago.

Bill Shorten won't be delivering a landmark speech on party reform in Melbourne today due to a death in the family. He was going to urge his party to end the need for its members and candidates to be union members to boost the overall ALP membership, according to text from the address.

Labor, the Australian Greens and the Palmer United Party are each likely to have picked up one seat in WA's re-run senate election, while the Liberals have seized two seats - but it is the elusive sixth spot that has many on edge, and counting will resume today.

Tom McIlroy: It's going to be another busy sitting week at the ACT Legislative Assembly.

As Chief Minister Katy Gallagher gets ready to join Australia Week in Asia, part of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's massive trade mission, Treasurer Andrew Barr is keeping things local.

He is heading to the new Gungahlin Enclosed Oval later this morning to officially launch the facility.

It has been designed for give football clubs from all major codes the opportunity to play matches at a high quality facility in central Canberra.

The grandstand has seating for about 1150 people, including more than 500 under cover seats.

Team and officials will have new change rooms, as well as public toilets, canteen and storage for clubs and maintenance staff.

Katy Gallagher

Katy Gallagher Photo: Jeffrey Chan

A road train carrying highly toxic chemicals has burst into flames after crashing on the Nullarbor Plain in remote WA late last night.

The truck, with two trailers, was heading west when it crashed into bush on the Eyre Highway, about 100 kilometres west of Eucla ABC has reported.

Eucla Police wearing protective breathing gear spent the night dousing the vehicle in foam, but say the fire keeps reigniting.

Damage has been estimated at $800,000.

A hunt is underway for the driver, who fled the scene.

Henry Belot: Andrew Barr will launch the new Gungahlin Enclosed Oval this morning with local sports representatives.

The facility will allow local football clubs from all major codes to play matches at a high quality facility located right in the centre of their community.

The oval provides seating for around 1150 people with roughly half of those seats now under cover. The oval has additional provisions for change rooms, public toilets, a canteen, and improved storage for maintenance staff.

Megan Gorrey:

Thousands of people have attended church services across Rwanda ahead of a week of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the country's genocide.

It comes as France pulled out of commemorative events following accusations of French involvement in the massacre by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Hundreds packed out a Mass at Sainte-Famille Catholic church in the capital of Kigali to remember those who died in the church itself or elsewhere in the African country.

More than 800,000 people - mostly minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus - died at the hands of Hutu extremists in 1994.

Most of the victims of the genocide were attacked with machetes during 100 days of slaughter that began shortly after Hutu President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down over the Rwandan capital.

 

Rwanda anniversary: Worshippers during a Sunday service at the Chapel Mbyo on Sunday.

Rwanda anniversary: Worshippers during a Sunday service at the Chapel Mbyo on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Henry Belot: There's been another two vehicle collision on Canberra's roads, this time just outside Evatt Primary School.

An ACT Police spokeswoman said the collision occurred on Heydon Crescent and is now causing traffic congestion outside the school. Police report fuel has spilled onto the road as a result of the collision. Motorists are being asked to avoid Heydon Crescent if possible.

ACT Fire and Rescue are currently on scene.

Henry Belot: What's the talk of Canberra on our opinion pages this Monday?

You say:

"One profoundly hopes that witnesses from all church organisation at the Royal Commission recognise their accountability to a higher court as well as to Australian law, and do not pretend there is a legal escape clause for moral failure."

Read all today's letters to the editor.

We say:

"As grim as times may seem for federal public servants, their lot is about to worsen. It is now certain they will not receive a pay rise, as they might have reasonably hoped to, on July 1, when their existing wage agreements expire"

Read today's editorial.

Interim coach Andrew McFadden.

Interim coach Andrew McFadden. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The Warriors have announced the appointment of Andrew McFadden as acting coach following the departure of Matthew Elliott with immediate effect.

The Warriors announced McFaddden, the assistant coach, has been appointed acting head coach to the end of the 2014 NRL season and said Elliott had resigned.

In a statement, Warriors chairman Bill Wavish acknowledged Elliott's personal qualities, skill and intellect.

Henry Belot: A further update on the car crash on Tuggeranong Parkway in Belconnen.

The incident was a two vehicle collision and southbound traffic on the Tuggeranong Parkway is now at a standstill. An ACT Police spokeswoman said the the right lane of traffic is blocked.

Police also report an separate incident 500 metres south of the initial collision on the Tuggeranong Parkway near the Zoo, but have no additional details to report at this stage.

Motorists are being urged to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.

Henry Belot: Canberra Airport opened its doors to the public on Sunday, and they came in hordes.

So many of them that the usually sleepy weekend roads were crammed. There were tail-backs up to five kilometres for much of the morning. About 24,000 people, mostly families, attended the open day, taking the opportunity to have a close look at modern and historic jets.

Tony Goad and son Thomas, 6, look at the F35 at the Canberra Airport open day. Click for more photos

Canberra Airport open day

Tony Goad and son Thomas, 6, look at the F35 at the Canberra Airport open day. Photo: Jay Cronan

Henry Belot: The ACT government says it will be slowing Canberra's rapidly expanding healthcare budget, after a new report showed health spending has doubled over the past 10 years.

The new data, from a report released on March 24 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, showed the ACT government's health funding had increased by more than 7 per cent annually on average between 2002 and 2012.

Reporter Ben Westcott has put together some impressive data graphs for you on funding - check them out on his story.

The mercury is slowing climbing to the forecast maximum of 20 degrees.

At 8.30am, it was 12.2 degrees in the capital.

Today, it's forecast to be partly cloudy, with winds south to south to southeasterly, and light tending east to southeasterly 15 to 20km/h in the morning, then becoming light in the evening.

There's no rain forecast in Canberra today or tomorrow, with showers set to return from Wednesday.

Australian golfer Matt Jones has produced two of the shots of his life to storm to a playoff victory over Matt Kuchar at the Shell Houston Open and book the last ticket to the Masters.

Jones claimed his first US PGA Tour win by chipping in for a birdie from 30 metres in a sudden-death playoff to continue a golden run for Australians, who have now won four of the last eight events.

"It's amazing," Jones said.

"It's been a while coming, been out here for seven years now, and it's good to finally get one as I've had a few chances. I'm quite happy right now."

Masters hopes fading: Matt Jones.

Masters hopes fading: Matt Jones. Photo: Getty Images

In the latest news on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, aircraft and ships are being diverted to the southern end of the Indian Ocean search region in a bid to verify reports of potential black box signals.

Separately, an Australian search vessel, the Ocean Shield, detected an "acoustic event" about 300 nautical miles north of the Chinese signal reception area.

The main search, though, centres on the region where a Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 received a pulse signal with a frequency of 37.5 kHz - similar to flight recorders - on Friday and again on Saturday, within two kilometres of each other.

Air Chief Marshal (ret) Angus Houston stressed there has not been verification that any of the acoustic events reported are linked to the missing flight's black box, and that in the search's 30 days there have been numerous leads that have failed to locate the missing plane.

The location of the signal picked up by Chinese ship Haixun 01 is southeast of the official search areas for MH370. It is at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude.

The location of the signal picked up by Chinese ship Haixun 01 is southeast of the official search areas for MH370. It is at 25 degrees south latitude and 101 degrees east longitude. Photo: Google Earth

The federal government should collect unpaid debts from students after they die, a report by an influential panel has found.

The Grattan Institute study showed the government could collect about $800 million a year by 2017 if it recovered student debts from deceased estates and those living overseas.

The report considered a range of options for recovering "doubtful debt" – government money loaned to university students that is unlikely to be repaid. "The amount exceeds a billion dollars a year, and is expected to grow significantly in coming years," it said.

The report cites predictions that $7.1 billion of the $30.1 billion outstanding Higher Education Loan Program debt at June 30 last year will not be repaid.

Students only begin repaying their higher education debt once their income passes a minimum threshold, and the debt is written off when they die.

Henry Belot: The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter is in Wagga this morning transporting a patient from the Young Hospital. We bet they'd have a pretty good view of the sunrise this morning.

There's been a crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway near  Lady Denman Drive this morning.

Police are reporting that lanes are blocked - please avoid the area.

A man has been stabbed to death in a Melbourne home overnight.

The man, aged in his 30s, was found with stab wounds in a home in Melbourne's west on Sunday night.

Ambulance officers treated the man for more than half an hour, but he was not able to be revived.

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested.

Joel Edwards.

Joel Edwards. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Lee Gaskin: Canberra Raiders forward Joel Edwards will have a head scan to check for possible bleeding on the brain after his second concussion in as many weeks.

Edwards was stretchered off within the first 10 minutes of Canberra's 12-6 loss to the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night.

Raiders club doctor Wilson Lo said Edwards was fine when he saw him on Sunday, but believed he was highly unlikely to be fit to face the Newcastle Knights this Saturday.

Kangaroos and Origin back-rower Josh Papalii could be a chance to return from an ankle injury against the Knights.

Henry Belot: Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has said a trade trip to Shanghai will provide an opportunity to present the 'City to the Lake' infrastructure project to numerous Chinese investors alongside Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

The Chief Minister also defended the public interest of the overseas trip as "an opportunity we cannot afford to miss in the next ten years".

"If you choose the right one [trade trip] and you make sure you've got the right meetings in place they can be very worthwhile but you do need a tight schedule, you need to work hard, and you need make sure you're in the right room," she told ABC radio.

Legislative Assembly reporter Tom McIlroy has more on the trip here.

Henry Belot: ACT Brumbies interim chief executive Doug Edwards has blamed Friday night's poor attendance on wet weather rather than a lack of interest among Canberra sports fans.

"It poured and you couldn't expect a big  crowd to go - it rained for two days," he told ABC radio. "I'm not losing too much sleep about what happened on Friday night."

He did admit however that small crowds at Canberra Stadium are a particular concern for the Brumbies.

"We don't have the capacity for small crowds and to absorb that type of thing. We're working hard to find where we can make money and save money," he said.

There were plenty of empty seats at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.

There were plenty of empty seats at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.

Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after a duel with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in a floodlit night race full of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel battles.

The win - in Formula One's 900th grand prix - was the Briton's second in a row, the 24th of his career and also a second successive one-two for a team in a class of their own and with two drivers free to race each other from start to finish.

Mercedes have now won all three races so far in 2014.

Second win in a row: Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Second win in a row: Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Photo: AFP

The Australian dollar has bounced on the back of key US employment figures.

At 7am, the local currency was trading at 92.85 US cents, up from 92.36 cents on Friday.

Look at those cheeks!

The royals have briefly touched down in Sydney on their way to New Zealand this morning, with Channel Nine snapping this shot of Prince George.

They are set to arrive in Wellington in New Zealand just before noon with locals hoping to catch a glimpse of the new parents expected to be lining the streets.

On the tour, the famous couple will dabble in some wine tasting at a Queenstown vineyard, race America's Cup yachts, meet Sir Peter Jackson and take a spin in an amphibious car.

They'll be in Canberra on April 24 and 25 as part of their 10-day Australian tour, which kicks off on April 16.

Prince William, Catherine, pose with their son Prince George.

Prince William, Catherine, pose with their son Prince George. Photo: Getty Images

A roadside bomb killed two Afghan election workers and one policeman and destroyed dozens of ballot papers on Sunday, police and an election official said, the day after an election that ended without any major violence despite Taliban threats.

Around 60 percent of eligible Afghan voters cast their ballots across the country in a presidential vote hailed as a success by Afghan and Western officials.

Although the Taliban failed to pull off major attacks on election day itself, some fear insurgents are preparing to disrupt the ballot-counting process which is due to take weeks in a country with basic infrastructure and a rugged terrain.

In the first such attack since polling closed on Saturday night, a bomb hit a car carrying election staff and ballot papers in Khanabad district of the northern Kunduz province, police said.

Now for the count: Despite Taliban threats major violence was averted.

Now for the count: Despite Taliban threats major violence was averted.

Another stunning shot from Paul Jurak out on the lake today.

Canberra Times front page, April 7, 2014.

Canberra Times front page, April 7, 2014.

On today's front page..

The ACT government has the fourth-highest insurance premium of 120 government organisations covered by Comcare.

Aircraft and ships are being diverted to the southern end of the Indian Ocean search region for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in a bid to verify reports of potential black box signals.

The ACT government says it will be slowing Canberra's rapidly expanding healthcare budget, after a new report showed health spending has doubled over the past 10 years.

A Crown prosecutor, dressed in wig and gown, strode into a Canberra courtroom late last month carrying a precedent from Victoria. The precedent, for the first time in the ACT, allowed an expert to tell a jury it is not uncommon for rape victims to ''freeze'' during an attack.

The ACT government is selling land around the contaminated Koppers site without telling some potential buyers, including a childcare service, about the nearby pollution.

Parliament is looking for someone armed with a big stick to keep the new-look Senate under control.

What may be Europe's first lesbian-only burial place has opened in a forested Christian Lutheran graveyard in the German capital.

The final resting place will give gay women a place to share in the afterlife, said Astrid Osterland of Safia, an association primarily for elderly lesbians.

The burial ground is part of the 200-year-old Georgen Parochial cemetery in Prenzlauer Berg, a district in the east of the once-divided city near Alexanderplatz square.

Activists listen to the recital of a poem as they attend the opening ceremony of a lesbian-only cemetery in Berlin.

Activists listen to the recital of a poem as they attend the opening ceremony of a lesbian-only cemetery in Berlin. Photo: AFP

Just a week after headlines grimly declared him a ''quadriplegic'', Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon has declared he is determined to walk his bride down the aisle.
The 22-year-old announced his engagement to girlfriend Teigan Power on Sunday from Melbourne's The Alfred hospital.

''This girl is my soldier, I am truly overwhelmed with the support and wishes from everybody in the rugby league society and the community at large,'' McKinnon wrote in an Instagram post.

Megan Gorrey: Canberran cricketer Rene Farrell has taken two English scalps to help the Aussies romp home to victory in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Dhaka.

Two-time defending champions Australia powered to a six-wicket win over old foes England to win its third consecutive title in the competition on Sunday.

Sarah Coyte grabbed 3-16 in her four overs and Ellyse Perry and Farrell claimed two wickets each to restrict England to a modest 8-105 after Australia won the toss and elected to field.

Elated: Rene Farrell (right) is congratulated by her teammates after dismissing Natalie Sciver of England.

Elated: Rene Farrell (right) is congratulated by her teammates after dismissing Natalie Sciver of England. Photo: Getty Images

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten. Photo: Paul Kane/Getty.

Labor leader Bill Shorten has postponed a speech on union membership following a death in the family.

Mr Shorten was due to give a speech urging his party to loosen its ties with union movement in Melbourne on Monday.

That engagement has been cancelled in the wake of the unknown relative's death.

Mr Shorten's speech was aimed at reforming the party and increasing its membership from 44,000 to 100,000.

He was due to call on his party to introduce reforms at a time when the union movement faces corruption scandals and declining membership.

Henry Belot: A volcano in central Ecuador has spewed up a column of hot ash and smoke 10 kilometres high, increasing fears of an eruption.

Activity has been building at the Tungurahua volcano 130 kilometres south of the capital Quito since early February. On Friday (Saturday Australian time), experts reported a loud explosion that lasted for five minutes and an expulsion of ash.

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In India, Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist coalition is on track to win a thumping victory in the world’s biggest democratic elections according to opinion polls published the day before voting began in the far north-eastern provinces of Assam and Tripura.

Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition could be the first party to win a clear parliamentary majority since 1984, breaking the gridlock that has made the present parliament one of the most unproductive since India gained independence in 1947.

And if the polls are correct the deep-rooted Indian National Congress, the party of modern India’s founding fathers Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, could be reduced to its worst-ever result, with less than 100 seats in the 543-seat lower house.

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Tearful residents and aid workers in the flood-ravaged Solomon Islands are continuing to scour debris for bodies three days after flash floods tore through the capital Honiara.

Although the chances of finding more survivors appeared remote, officials said on Sunday they could not give up hope.

The death toll was put at 21, with aid agencies saying up to 40 people remained unaccounted for and about 49,000 had been displaced.

Locals walk amongst debris that was washed ashore near Honiara.

Locals walk amongst debris that was washed ashore near Honiara. Photo: Reuters

In world news, Ukraine accused Russia's President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the seizure of state buildings in two eastern Ukrainian cities by pro-Russia protesters on Sunday, in a further escalation of tension between Kiev and Moscow.

The protesters seized the regional government building in the industrial hub of Donetsk and security service offices in nearby Luhansk, waving Russian flags and demanding a Crimea-style referendum on joining Russia.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said police would restore order in both cities without recourse to violence. He accused Ukraine's ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, whose political base was in Donetsk, of conspiring with Putin to fuel tensions.

Pro-Russian supporters clash with members of the riot police as they storm the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

Pro-Russian supporters clash with members of the riot police as they storm the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photo: AFP

On the weather front, it's been another cool morning in Canberra, with the mercury dropping to 6.7 degrees at 6am. Just after 7am, it's 9 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a partly cloudy, 20 degree day. Here's how it's looking in the days ahead.

  • Tuesday: 7C, 20C. Partly cloudy.
  • Wednesday: 10C, 20C. Partly cloudy, patchy morning fog. The chance of showers.
  • Thursday: 11C, 21C. Partly cloudy, patchy morning fog. Isolated showers.
  • Friday: 11C, 20C. Cloudy, isolated showers.

Two men are fighting for their lives after one was shot in the head and the other in the back in central Sydney overnight.

Police say the men, believed to be a father and son,are in a critical condition in hospital after being treated at the scene of the shooting in Pyrmont on Sunday night.

Officers were called to Jones Street about 10.40pm, where they found the wounded men, one with a gunshot wound to the head and the other with one to the back.

Great news for Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews this morning.

He's just taken ORICA-GreenEDGE's first win on European soil for the 2014 season with a convincing bunch sprint victory at the Vuelta a La Rioja in Basque Country.

Henry Belot: The sunrise shots of Canberra appear in the blog a little earlier today given the change to daylight savings.

Good morning, Canberra.

It's time to kick off another week of the morning news blog.

We can expect a partly cloudy day in the capital today, with no rain forecast for today or tomorrow.

There's a weather wrap headed your way shortly.

Stick with us, we'll be blogging top national and world news, and bringing you all the latest news out of Canberra, for the next three hours.

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  • Cannot agree with your rose coloured assessment of the airport Open Day. The site was profoundly under-prepared for the crowd numbers with access to the site through a single gate. The lines to get on the aircraft were conservatively 30 minutes each (with little to distract during the wait), food queues similar. Four hours every two years seems parsimonious given the popularity.

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