Tegan Osborne: That's all from us today Canberra. We'll be back tomorrow at 6.30am.
Here's a wrap of the top five 'most clicked' stories of the morning.
Former ADFA cadets Dylan Deblaquiere, left, and Daniel McDonald, centre, leave the ACT Supreme Court. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Fleta Page: There are still delays on Gungahlin Drive this morning after two earlier accidents.
The scene of the first single-car crash at Belconnen Way is now clear, but tow trucks and street sweepers are on their way to clear the road at the Barton Highway overpass after a three-car accident around 8.20am.
South-bound traffic is still affected.
700 tickets were sold to die hard fans of the Rocky Horror Show, who attended the exclusive costume themed screening at Dendy Cinemas in Canberra on last night.
Anyone you know in these photos?
Rocky Horror Show screening
700 tickets were sold to die hard fans of the Rocky Horror Show, who attended the exclusive costume themed screening at Dendy Cinemas in Canberra on Monday night. Left: Kristi Jorgensen and Jasmine Brown. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
The Australian market looks set to open lower after Wall Street fell following a disappointing durable goods report which raised fresh concerns about the strength of the US economy.
Meantime, the Australian dollar is slightly lower after weak US economic data and worries over Syria pulled it in opposite directions overnight.
The Aussie dollar was recently buying 0.9022 US dollars and 0.6745 Euro.
Tony Abbott is yet to decide whether to debate Kevin Rudd live on the ABC program Q&A next week.
If he doesn't, Rudd will appear on the show on his own. Risky business, either way...
You can keep up with all the latest election news today, via Jacqueline Maley's live blog.
Tony Abbott under pressure to debate Kevin Rudd
Tony Abbott must decide whether to debate Kevin Rudd live on the ABC program Q&A next week, or allow Mr Rudd a free kick by appearing on his own.PT1M18S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2smmi 620 349 August 27, 2013
This is kind of odd...
Labor's advertising agency has hired spruikers in Prague, New York, Singapore and Bucharest to sell a fake product called "Abbott's Internet". It's slow, you won't get it until 2019 and by the time it's installed it will already be out of date. Get it?
Selling a fake product to people overseas to entertain an Australian audience seems an extraordinarily long-winded way of attacking Tony Abbott's broadband policy.
But with other features of Mr Rudd's campaign not sticking as well as he might have hoped, Labor's strategists are turning to their most popular policy in their hopes for a last-ditch revival.
Labor campaign ad: Abbott's Internet
A spoof advertisement for a fictitious internet provider called Abbott's Internet is Labor's latest weapon against the Coalition's broadband policy.PT1M54S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2smqm 620 349 August 27, 2013
Police are investigating a potential attempted abduction of a schoolgirl this morning - in a second incident this month involving concerning behaviour of a man driving a white van.
ACT Policing have confirmed they took a call from a member of the public after a distressed girl reported being asked to get into a van on a street in Macarthur in Tuggeranong.
The Centenarians: Embracing the Coming of Age, a film made by Kris Kerehona that tells the stories of five of Canberra's longest-lived citizens screens today at the National Film and Sound Archive at 10.45am as part of Silver Screen Film Festival.
Included in The Centenarians is the story of 92-year-old architect Romaldo Giurgola, who designed the new Parliament House.
Worth a look if you've got the time!
The Centenarians: a Canberra Centenary documentary
Filmmaker Kris Kerehona has documented the stories of five of Canberra's longest-lived citizens in his new movie The Centenarians: Embracing the Coming of Age, which will be shown at the Silver Screen film festival in AugustPT1M56S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2pz5l 620 349 July 15, 2013
Jenna Clarke: Southside chocoholics rejoice.
Max Brenner aka "Chocolate By The Bald Man" has confirmed he is set to open a new cafe and chocolate bar at the new Kingston Foreshore development.
No official open date has been set as yet but his people told us this morning to expect your blood sugars to peak "within the coming month".
Nick Kyrgios says his game has improved over the past month. Photo: Dennis Grombkowski
Fleta Page: Canberra's Nick Kyrgios is off to a brilliant start in his US Open first round match.
He's playing David Ferrer of Spain - the first six games were on serve before Ferrer, the world No.4, broke the thumping serve of the 18-year-old former Daramalan College student.
Ferrer was up 5-3 and came out to serve for the first set, only to have his serve broken back by Kyrgios.
The match is being televised on Fox Sports 3
An 18-year-old man from Palmerston has been arrested and charged over the alleged assault of two children under the age of 16.
The man was arrested yesterday at 4.30pm by detectives from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team.
Police say the alleged offences took place April and August last year.
The man will face ACT Magistrates Court this morning, where police will oppose bail.
Fleta Page: Traffic chaos on Gungahlin Drive this morning with a second accident - this time on the Barton Highway overpass with three cars involved.
An earlier accident at Belconnen Way (police previously advised it was Ginninderra Drive) was blocking a city-bound lane, causing traffic to build-up.
This second accident is blocking two city-bound lanes. No injuries have been reported.
Some good news from ACT Policing this morning.
A young boy reported missing yesterday has been found safe and well.
UPDATE: Missing boy - Kasun has been FOUND! Thank you for your help, he is safe and well.— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) August 26, 2013
There's been another crash on Gungahlin Drive this morning, this time involving several cars on the bridge over the Barton Highway.
Collision - GDE again, on bridge over Barton Hway. 5-6 cars involved. Also City Bound. Please avoid the area. Traffic delays expected.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) August 26, 2013
Canberra Liberals are accusing Labor’s Kate Lundy of telling ‘‘lies’’ after a Fairfax Media analysis said she made a false claim about the Coalition’s policy on the public service jobs.
The development came as Employment Minister Bill Shorten blitzed the ACT where Labor has a firm hold on the two lower house seats and one Senate spot, while the Greens are attempting to end the Liberal’s hold on the second Senate position.
The fact analysis was conducted on Senator Lundy’s tweet last Friday that the “Libs have confirmed” a cut of 20,000 jobs.
Zed Seselja. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
A new centre to improve national teaching will be opened at the University of Canberra next year.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Education Joy Burch announced the new centre yesterday, following an agreement signed between the Commonwealth Government, the ACT and the University of Canberra.
The $26 million centre will specialise in teaching skills and applied research, to support the National Plan for School Improvement.
Fleta Page: Territory and Municipal Services will have further discussions this morning to try to find a solution to the rubbish that remains uncollected in a number of Canberra suburbs.
While rubbish collection returned to normal yesterday, bins which were supposed to be emptied last Friday are still full, the by-product of a strike by members of the Transport Workers Union.
Those suburbs with Monday to Thursday bin collections have been unaffected.
Some more ACTION Bus updates for you.
Peak riders of Blue Rapid 300 series (Belc to Tugg between 8.09-9.15am) may experience a 2 min delay/congestion due to a service disruption.— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) August 26, 2013
Red Rapid Rte 200 (8:06am from Fyshwick/DFO) will not operate due to cancellation. Next service at 8.16am may be delayed due to congestion— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) August 26, 2013
Rte 313 (7:41am from Fraser West) will not operate due to cancellation. Next service at 8:10am.— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) August 26, 2013
The ACT Government is conducting a review of its Water Sensitive Urban Design Code and regulations that affect water-related developments, in light of the government's commitment to maintain a 40 per cent reduction in water usage in new developments, refurbishments and extensions.
The review will look at how the Water Sensitive Urban Design code affects housing affordability, and examine the possibility of increasing the range of permissible options to achieve the target while giving flexibility to developers to lower development costs.
As part of the public consultation a community workshop will be held this afternoon from 5.30pm to 8.30pm in the Ground Floor Function Room at Dame Pattie Menzies House (North), 16 Challis Street Dickson.
Attendees should RSVP to email@example.com.
Rte 312 (7:49am from Spence) will not operate due to an earlier disruption. Next service at 8:09am. — ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) August 26, 2013
Fleta Page: Traffic is very heavy on Gungahlin Drive, city bound after a single car accident near the Ginninderra Drive turn off.
No injuries have been reported but the car is currently blocking the road, with traffic backed up toward Mitchell.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, Sharknado – the made-for-television B-movie that ate Twitter – is taking a bite out of the big screen in Australia.
The schlock-horror movie, about a tornado that sucks a school of man-eating sharks out of the Pacific Ocean and hurls them onto the flooded streets of Los Angeles, will screen at selected cinemas, including Hoyts Woden, on September 13.
Selected Hoyts cinemas in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT have scheduled one-off Sharknado screenings for Friday, September 13.
Sharknado: Coming to our screens on Friday the 13th.
In case you missed our earlier post, a family was forced to flee their burning house in Flynn last night after a fire apparently broke out in an electric wall heater.
Two adults, two children and a dog safely evacuated from the house, but the three bedroom house sustained smoke and heat damage, estimated to be worth $200,000.
There's been a collision on Gungahlin Drive this morning at Bruce, in the city bound lanes. A vehicle is currently blocking the road. Perhaps avoid the area if you can. We're chasing more details for you.
Collision - GDE, Bruce City Bound. Vehicle currently blocking the road. Emergency Services enroute.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) August 26, 2013
The Wiggles have announced a national tour – and they'll be heading to Canberra.
The Ready, Steady, Wiggle concert will be headed to AIS Arena on Wednesday, December 11 – the fourth stop on their nine-date tour.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 6 through Ticketek.
The Wiggles are headed off on a national tour. Photo: Vicky Hughson
We're hearing reports this morning that bins in some areas of Canberra have been collected this morning, after a garbage collection strike last week left rubbish mounting for many families.
Many inner-city homes missed out on a collection last week, after the Transport Workers Union advised that garbage collection workers were striking on Friday.
Has your bin been collected? Tweet us @canberratimes or leave a comment on the blog.
David Robertson is one of many residents in the inner North and South who have been left without a rubbish collection, and he reckons it's not good enough. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Today's front page.
On today's front page of the newspaper...
More than 90 per cent of older couples and three-quarters of older singles in Canberra live in a house with three or more bedrooms, making the ACT the least successful state or territory for downsizing.
Canberra Liberals are accusing Labor Senator Kate Lundy of telling ‘‘lies’’ after a Fairfax Media analysis said she had made a false claim about the Coalition’s policy on public service jobs.
Nearly a lifetime spent writing about, teaching and researching urban planning and housing hasn’t convinced Professor Patrick Troy of conventional thinking on downsizing for retirement.
It’s a case of the dog, the diplomat, his maid and the vet – and in downtown Taipei, it’s the talk of the town.
And the well-heeled streets of Red Hill will stink before the end of the week, residents say. The ACT government is exploring ways to remove, over the coming days, the rubbish of inner-city homes which missed out on a collection last week.
Canberra Business Council says tenders should be called for a high speed rail link between Sydney and Canberra, rather than waiting 17 years.
Labor's High Speed Rail Advisory Group recommends building a $23 billion link from Sydney to Canberra first, to create enough momentum for the overall east coast project, rather than focusing on a 30-year timeframe for the entire $114 billion project.
The latest report sets a much quicker timeframe of 17 years to fire the public's imagination.
Business council chief executive Chris Faulks said there was no need to wait 17 years.
You can read the full story from John Thistleton here.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd builds blocks at an early learning centre in Sydney on Monday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Fleta Page: Another day on the campaign trail for our pollies...
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will start his day campaigning in Newcastle, while Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be in Sydney talking to the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
Mr Rudd will speak about global and regional economic and security challenges and the role foreign and security policy plays in nurturing domestic prosperity and jobs growth.
In Canberra, Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek will debate Shadow Minister Peter Dutton on the topic of health at the National Press Club.
More than 90 per cent of older couples and three quarters of older singles in Canberra live in a house with three or more bedrooms, making the ACT the least successful state or territory for downsizing in the nation.
An analysis of 2011 Census data by Peter Mares, of the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, has shown ACT residents are much more likely than those interstate to be ''rattling round'' in a big home as they aged.
Across the country 62 per cent of homeowners aged 70 and above lived in three-bedroom homes or larger, whereas the figure for Canberra was 77 per cent.
The national figure for couples of that age staying in their bigger than necessary homes was 82 per cent, but in Canberra it was a striking 93 per cent staying put.
Pat Troy of Reid is one of the many Canberrans choosing not to downsize to a smaller home. Photo: Melissa Adams
The prosecution on Monday closed it case against Daniel McDonald, 21, and Dylan Deblaquiere, 20, in relation to the so-called "Skype incident", on the ADFA campus in March 2011.
Acting Justice John Nield sent the jury home an hour early after the defence chose not to call any further evidence, telling juror's it was his practice to hear both Crown and defence closing submissions on the same day.
The two defendants have pleaded not guilty to using a carriage service in an offensive manner.
McDonald is also charged with committing an act of indecency on a fellow cadet.
Stay tuned to the Canberra Times site for updates throughout the day.
Former ADFA cadets Dylan Deblaquiere, left, and Daniel McDonald, centre, leave the ACT Supreme Court. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
On the subject of David Pope, he's been tweeting pictures of the sunrise this morning.
We thought we'd share.
Sunrise on Black Mountain pic.twitter.com/DDHXnVuxLA— David Pope (@davpope) August 26, 2013
Today's cartoon by David Pope.
Fleta Page: There was another fire overnight, with a house on Bird Street in Flynn severely damaged.
Two adults, two children and a dog safely evacuated from the house, with no injuries reported.
Emergency services were called shortly before 2am.
ACT Fire & Rescue Crews extinguished the fire, but the three bedroom house sustained smoke and heat damage, estimated worth $200,000.
The fire appears to have started in an electric heater and spread through the flat roof space.
There was no damage to neighbouring properties.
It comes just a day after a family home in Nicholls was completely destroyed by fire.
Paranoia... you could win a double pass.
The winners of our Dendy Film giveaway, which was run through our morning blog on Friday, have been announced.
Kellie Massouras, Lisa Chadderton, Geniene Webster, Kerry Hay and Anna Dunne are our five lucky winners, who will be heading along to the advanced screening of Paranoia on Wednesday night.
Congratulation to our five winners - we had dozens of entries, so thanks to everyone who got involved and entered!
To world news...
The US says chemical weapons have been used against Syrian civilians and is warning US President Barack Obama will demand accountability for this ‘‘moral obscenity’’.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was still examining evidence, but left no doubt that Bashar al-Assad’s regime would be blamed.
‘‘What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality,’’ he said in a televised statement
‘‘Let me be clear. The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity.
Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AP
There's been an update on the spate of shootings in Canberra's north, with police searching two properties in relation to the third shooting in three weeks.
Police revealed for the first time the three suspected motives in the unrelated shootings, ACT Policing confirmed two search warrants had been executed on Monday morning relating to a shooting in Ngunnawal on Friday.
Detective Superintendent Brett McCann said properties were searched in Belconnen and Gungahlin and detectives were now aware of a likely motive.
“At this stage, detectives believe that this incident is drug related and may be in relation to money which has allegedly been stolen,” he said.
Let's take a look at the weather for Canberra for the week ahead.
It looks like the rain is headed back, and it's here to stay, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
It should be partly cloudy today, with a top of 18C.
And there will be showers for the next five days, with maximums hovering between 18C and 21C.
Tegan Osborne: Morning all - welcome to another three hours of live news blogging.
We'll be checking in on the federal campaign trail, which has ticked over into its fourth week. There's only 11 days left until the election.
We'll also have all the latest overnight news for you, as well as any local traffic incidents and all the weather for Canberra for the next few days. At the moment, it's 2.3C.
Let's get into it!