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Canberra Times online journalist and producer Tegan Osborne

That's where we'll leave it folks. Thanks for joining us this morning - one down, four to go!

If you'd like to get in touch today, you can email us online@canberratimes.com.au or go online to Twitter or Facebook.

Recapping a few of the top headlines for you.

The Prime Minister's attempt to rescue Labor by claiming Tony Abbott would marginalise women has backfired - a new poll shows support for Julia Gillard among men has dropped.

British police are looking into pictures which show celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being physically restrained by her husband, Charles Saatchi.

The whirlwind transformation of Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan from booze brothers to Blues brothers is complete after Dugan was named in the NSW side on Sunday for State of Origin II.

And Canberra land prices are expected to rise as suburbs take over grazing land and hobby farms, according to a national economic study.

 

Canberra land prices are expected to rise as suburbs take over grazing land and hobby farms.
Canberra land prices are expected to rise as suburbs take over grazing land and hobby farms. Photo: Graham Tidy

If you fancy learning a new language you can now download the Mango languages app for ipod and ipad through Libraries ACT, according to TAMS on Twitter.

There's 49 languages you can learn. If you're heading overseas in the near future this could be worth a look.

 

This is rich.

Radio announcer Howard Sattler reckons he shouldn't have been sacked for questioning the sexuality of the prime minister's partner, saying Kyle Sandilands and Alan Jones have said worse and kept their jobs.

"What about these people - people who grilled a 13-year-old rape victim, a threat to hunt down a female journalist, harass the English nurse to subsequent suicide, say that Julia Gillard's father died of shame over her policies, that Ms Gillard should be bagged and dumped into the sea," Sattler told the Seven Network on Monday.

"Now don't you think my question paled into insignificance ahead of all those things?

"All those people are still on air. I've lost my job."

Sorry Howard... but that sounds a little bit lame. 

'You can confirm that Tim's not gay?': Sattler

Shock jock Howard Sattler asks the Prime Minister to confirm that boyfriend Tim Mathieson is not gay during a candid radio interview on Perth radio station 6PR.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat chases down Patrick Mills of the San Antonio Spurs.
LeBron James of the Miami Heat chases down Patrick Mills of the San Antonio Spurs. Photo: Getty

Canberra basketball star Patty Mills will miss the rest of the NBA finals due to injury. The San Antonio Spur has had to have surgery on his foot after an infection, and won't play in this morning's game or any other in the best of seven series.

We'll be live blogging game five this morning, so you can follow all the action against the Miami Heat here.

Paul Jurak has sent in some more great photos from his morning paddle on Lake Burley Griffin.

You can look through them below, and if you like those, there are plenty more in his blog here.

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From booze to Blues brothers. The instagram photo of Josh Dugan with Blake Ferguson.
From booze to Blues brothers. The instagram photo of Josh Dugan with Blake Ferguson. 

Josh Dugan - what a turnaround.

The former Raiders player, now feeling right at home with the Dragons, has secured himself a spot in the Blues line-up for Origin II.

He'll be reunited with former team mate Blake Ferguson, who's also been selected.

As sports reporter Jon Tuxworth puts it... "The whirlwind transformation of Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan from booze brothers to Blues brothers is complete."

Ginninderra Falls.
Ginninderra Falls. Photo: Tim the Yowie Man

Meredith Clisby brings us the story this morning that plans for thousands of new homes in west Belconnen could lead to the Ginninderra Falls being reopened.

The residential joint venture between the ACT government and local developer Riverview Group includes a proposal for a cross-border conservation area encompassing the falls' site.

How good would that be??

Back to sport! 

Yesterday the Matildas claimed the Centenary Cup with a 4-2 penalty-shootout win over New Zealand at McKellar Park, in front of a crowd of about 2000.

Very exciting stuff.

Australian goalkeeper Brianna Davey emerged as the hero, saving the opening two penalties before Samantha Kerr calmly slotted her spot kick to win it.

A little frivolity for you.

Who am I kidding? This is huge news. 

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West had a baby girl yesterday. There is no word on the name yet but "experts" say the first pictures could earn them $5 million.

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The Australian sharemarket is expected to open in negative territory despite surging higher on Friday as investors look to a speech by Ben Bernanke for clues on the future of US stimulus measures.

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Australian Dollar. One dollar coin, currency, money,  $1 coin, generic, one-dollar coins.  AFR Picture by REBECCA HALLAS

The Aussie dollar is slightly lower to 95.58 US cents, down from 95.90 in local trade on Friday.

It is also buying 90.90 yen, 71.61 euro cents and 60.8 British pence.

There are reports this morning that a huge explosion has shaken the Mezze military airport on the western edge of Damascus.

Ambulances were seen heading to the compound, a major base for President Bashar al-Assad's elite forces.

 

Anthony Albanese
Anthony Albanese  Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Back to what the pollies are up to today...

Federal Local Government Minister Anthony Albanese will be giving a keynote address in Canberra this morning, the start of a three-day assembly in the capital.

The Australian Local Government Association's National General Assembly kicks off this morning, with more than 1000 members in town for the event.

As part of the assembly members will be pledging their support for a September referendum to include local governments in the Constitution.

We'll have more on this on the site later today, and over the course of the next three days. 

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Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh.
Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Nine sitting members of parliament will be gathering at Parliament House today to declare their support for Walk Together.

Walk Together is an event taking place in 15 cities and regional centres next week, to "celebrate diversity and call for an end to the politics of fear, division and prejudice".

Andrew Leigh, Steve Georganas, Stephen Joes, Lisa Singh, Rob Oakeshott, Judi Moylan, Christine Milne, Scott Ludlam and Sarah Hanson-Young will be showing their support for the event for asylum seekers, refugees and other new Australians.

Brad Chilcott, National Director of Welcome to Australia, will be speaking at the event.

A group photographic exhibition of an overlooked area of Black Mountain will be opened at the CSIRO Discovery Centre tonight.

Seven photographers visited the site on the mountain over a year to explore the beauty and ecology of Black Mountain.

The exhibition will include printed and projected worked, displaying the experience of observation and creativity by the individuals and their collective experience. 

The photographers at work on Black Mountain.
The photographers at work on Black Mountain. 
Jason Day has been in contention on the final day at several majors, including this year's Masters.
Jason Day has been in contention on the final day at several majors, including this year's Masters. Photo: Getty Images

Australian golfer Jason Day is in contention at the US Open right now.

World No.3 Adam Scott, who became an instant national hero in April when he became the first Australian to win the US Masters, is almost out of contention.

Watch rolling coverage via our live blog.

Meantime, in AFL Round 12 results:

Carlton v Hawthorn 13.9.87 - 15.12.102

Richmond v Adelaide 16.14.110 - 10.12.72

Fremantle v Brisbane 12.14.86 - 6.10.46

Essendon v Gold Coast 17.13.115 - 11.6.72

Greater Western Sydney v Port Adelaide 6.14.50 - 19.11.125

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs 15.9.99 - 9.11.65

In NRL Round 14 results from the weekend:

St George Illawarra v North Queensland 16-22

Manly v Canterbury-Bankstown 30-32

Canberra v Penrith 24-12 (Woot! You can read the match report here)

Cronulla v Parramatta 32-14

South Sydney v Gold Coast 30-24 

Melbourne v Newcastle 16-14

Sydney Roosters v Warriors 12-23

Brisbane v Wests Tigers play tonight.

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