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Canberra Mornings Live: Monday June 17

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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.

 

Tegan Osborne: 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. 

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'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.

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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.

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Matildas edge New Zealand in shootout

The Matildas celebrate after the match. Photo: Graham Tidy

Tegan Osborne: 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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Kim Kardashian has given birth to a baby girl in Los Angeles five weeks before her expected due date.

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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.

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. 

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

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Port Adelaide secure their first win in five matches with a crushing 75-point win over a hapless Greater Western Sydney on Sunday.

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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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Raiders cruise past Panthers

Reece Robinson fared better than twin brother Travis as the Raiders ran out easy winners at home.

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Stephanie Anderson: Political leaders will be asked to put aside their differences today and back a strategic national research policy to build a stronger, smarter nation.

Members of the Research Alliance will be gathering at Parliament House to call on non-partisan support for science and all forms of research.

Professor Brian Schmidt and Professor Sandra Harding, from Universities Australia, will be among those calling for support after midday.

Stephanie Anderson: The winner of the 2013 Golden Toilet Brush Award will be announced today as Canberra’s cleaners gather to commemorate International Cleaners’ Day.

The infamous award, organised by the cleaners’ union United Voice, is given to the cleaning company or individual who has done least to give cleaners a fair go in Canberra.

The annual award is based on action over the preceding 12 months, according to ACT branch secretary Lyndal Ryan said.
“The majority of cleaners are from non-English speaking backgrounds which, in combination with their invisibility and the cost-cutting prevalent across the industry, makes them very vulnerable to exploitation,” she said.

From ACTION this morning.

The ACT Government says the Canberra centenary has boosted tourism to the Territory by 50 per cent.

In a statement released today, Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr said more than 2 million people visited the territory in the year ending in March this year. And in the March quarter, domestic visitor numbers were up 16.9 per cent on the same period last year - compared with a 0.8 per cent increase nationally.

Mr Barr said there was "little doubt" the many and varied centenary event were responsible for the boost in tourism. 

Robyn Archer at the launch of the National Trust Centenary of Canberra rally.

Robyn Archer at the launch of the National Trust Centenary of Canberra rally. Photo: Jay Cronan

The big news out of the UK overnight is that police are looking into pictures which show celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being physically restrained by her husband Charles Saatchi.

The photo has been plastered across the front pages of the British tabloids.

South African President Jacob Zuma says Nelson Mandela remains in a serious condition but is getting better.

Mr Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital for over a week receiving treatment for a lung infection.

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South African President Jacob Zuma says Nelson Mandela is getting better and wishes him a happy Father's Day.

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Stephanie Anderson: This year’s Federal Election is sure to be an interesting one, but time is ticking for the more than 1 million voters who are yet to enrol.

And for those missing voters who may find the whole process a bit daunting, enrolment can now be completed online.

Special Minister of State Mark Dreyfus launching online enrolment at Old Parliament House later today, where a first-time voter will be enrolling on a tablet.

Taking a brief look at world news.

There are serious fears of a proxy war developing in Syria with Britain and France pushing to arm the rebels while Russia refuses to stop arming the government forces.

Ahead of a summit in Britain today, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made some extraordinary comments that the West should not arm fighters who "not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and camera".

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak ahead of talks on Syria's civil war.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak ahead of talks on Syria's civil war. Photo: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Former minister Graham Richardson has claimed on The Today Show that Bill Shorten is considering switching his allegiance to Kevin Rudd, which would probably be the nail in the coffin for Gillard.

Richo said: "[Shorten] won't commit himself to doing it, but a least he's got to the stage where he's considering it. I've been telling him for the best part of the year that he's got to switch."

He's called on Shorten, often considered a future leader, to show "courage" and "real leadership" and and do what the vast majority of the population want.

Graham Richardson: powerbroker from the Hawke era.

Graham Richardson: powerbroker from the Hawke era. Photo: Belinda Rolland

Today's front page.

Today's front page.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: On today's front page....

Julia Gillard's controversial attempt to rescue Labor by claiming Tony Abbott would marginalise women and change abortion rights has backfired, with support among male voters collapsing.

Julia Gillard's venture into the so-called ''gender wars'' has been an unmitigated disaster with the voting public. The latest Fairfax-Nielsen poll shows she has won her government no new support among women.

To local news, and Canberra could be facing a nearly 70 per cent increase in dangerous bushfire weather in less than seven years as the result of climate change, according to Australia's Climate Commission.

Meantime, Indigenous Canberra families with young children have been living in community housing described as unsafe, "Third World" and worse than accommodation found in remote communities.

Stephanie Anderson: Just in case this morning’s poll results weren’t enough stress for the Gillard Government, students are also preparing to protest outside Parliament House.

Members of the National Tertiary Education Union will be gathering outside the main entrance to ask politicians to support a motion to reverse the $2.3 billion cuts to higher education funding, to be moved by Adam Bandt.

The union’s national president Jeannie Rea said that the vote on Mr Bandt’s motion this week would be the last opportunity in the current parliament for members to tackle the cuts.

A screenshot from the Weatherzone app this morning.

A screenshot from the Weatherzone app this morning.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: Staying with the weather for a second...

My Weatherzone app tells me it's snowing in Canberra.

Technical glitch? We think so. 

Tegan Osborne: There's a 60 per cent chance of rain today folks, with isolated showers predicted across the morning.

Winds today will be west to southwesterly and light and we're in for a 13 degree maximum.

It got down to -1.4 this morning at 1.13am and minimums are set to get colder as the week goes forward.

The mercury will get down to -2 tomorrow and Wednesday, with both days forecast for top of 13 degrees.

And by Friday, we'll be waking to minimum temps of -5 degrees. Eeep!

A photo of the jersey in Perth.

A photo of the jersey in Perth.

The Brumbies take on the British-Irish Lions tomorrow at Canberra Stadium, as part of the Lions' current tour.

But the Lions team isn't the only 'big ticket item' in town this week.

As part of Canberra's Centenary celebrations, a 9 metre by 9 metre British and Irish Lions jersey is touring the country.

The giant jersey will be on display at the National Arboretum today, and young local rugby players will gather with Centenary of Canberra and National Arboretum volunteers to be pictured with the jersey at 11am.

Tim Flannery.

Tim Flannery. Photo: Gene Ramirez

Professor Tim Flannery and the Climate Commission are holding a public forum tonight titled 'What does a changing climate mean for our future?'

The forum kicks off at 7.30pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

If you want to learn more about what climate change means for Australia and the world, it's a great opportunity to get an experts view on the subject.

Entry is free, but you do need to let them know you're coming as spaces are limited.

To do this head online or call 6159 7624.

Tegan Osborne: Good morning all - welcome to our live news blog on this chilly Monday morning.

We're set for a pretty cool week here in Canberra. It's down to 2C at the moment, and we're heading for a top of 13C.

I'll have more on the weather for today and the rest of the week for you shortly, as well as all the weekend sports results.

If you have something to share with us, it's easy to get in touch. We'd love to see any photos you've taken out and about this morning, or if you have a comment or news tip, send it on in.

You can email us online@canberratimes.com.au or head to Twitter or Facebook.

Let's get straight into it!

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