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Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday July 30

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Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond, including weather, traffic updates and what the capital is talking about.

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Well, that's a wrap.

Thanks for joining us today for our live blog, it's been a pretty busy one.

There's been a lot of crashes around the capital this morning, we'll keep you updated on this in a separate story on the site. Luckily, it doesn't look like anyone was injured in any prangs - but drive safe!

We'll be back from 6.30am tomorrow for another three hours of live news blogging - and if you have something to share with us in the meantime, get in touch.

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Big hair: Twenty-nine-year-old university student, Tim, joins the BB House.

Big hair: Twenty-nine-year-old university student, Tim, joins the BB House. Photo: Supplied

One last look at the weather before we head off.

We're up to 10.9C in Canberra at the moment, heading to a top of 15C.

We had about 5.2 millimetres of rain overnight, and there may be some scattered showers today. 

Tomorrow we can expect some morning fog before a partly cloudy day. It should drop to 3C overnight, with a top of 14C.

Thursday will be slightly cooler overnight, with a low of -1C, and a high of 15C.

 

Stephanie Anderson: It’s not only telemarketers that might interrupt your dinner tonight, as Labor supporters prepare to cold call voters across NSW.

The party put out the call for volunteers this morning to help out with the campaign action from 5.30pm.

Let us know if you get the call – we’d like to know what they had to say.

Just recapping the top local stories this morning:

Should we be changing the name of the Gold Coast ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games to remove it from its connection to a party lifestyle? Or would it just be far too confusing?

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Calls to change the name of the Gold Coast ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games because of its connection to the party lifestyle could make things "terribly confusing".

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Stephanie Anderson: A light pole has fallen following a crash in Isabella Plains this morning.

Drivers are being warned of delays following the two car collision on Ellerston Avenue and Drumston Street, which was reported shortly after 9am.

Emergency crews are on the scene, but there’s been no information released on injuries as yet.

We’ll bring you further details as they come to hand.

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency crews are on their way to a three vehicle crash on Yamba Drive this morning.

The collision between a truck and two cars in Mawson was called in around 9am.

Northbound traffic is being affected by the crash, which is blocking the road.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said ambulance officers had been called to the scene, but no information on potential injuries could be provided.

We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

The ACT Brumbies arrived home in Canberra yesterday after their spectacular finals win against the Pretoria Bulls in South Africa.

They were greeted by die hard fans, intent on getting a glimpse at the boys after their victory.

Next up, New Zealand - go the Brumbies!

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Brumbies welcomed home after win against Bulls

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen leaves the airport with wife Lauren and their daughter Eleanor. Photo: Melissa Adams

The last 10 months have been abnormally warm across the country - so are we headed for the hottest year on record?

The Bureau of Meteorology has painted a pretty hot picture for Australians as we see persistently warm temperatures, breaking all kinds of records in the past 10 months. 

Angelina Jolie - Hollywood's highest paid woman.

Angelina Jolie - Hollywood's highest paid woman. Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images

Angelina Jolie has topped the list of Hollywood’s highest earning women according to Forbes Magazine.

Jolie brought home $US33 million – followed by Jennifer Lawrence ($US26 million) and Kristen Stewart ($US22 million).

Jennifer Aniston ($US20 million) and Emma Stone ($US16 million) round out the top five.

Treasurer Chris Bowen is set to release an economic statement this week outlining various budget cuts and a plan to get the budget to surplus in 2016. It's seen as the last piece of housekeeping before an election is called.

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency crews have been kept busy with a few minor prangs throughout the city this morning.

In addition to crashes on Yamba and Hindmarsh Drives, crews were called out to Ainslie and Yarralumla after two collisions involving two vehicles

An ACT Policing spokesman said officers were called to Patterson Street in Ainslie shortly after 8am, where they are still waiting on tow trucks and street sweepers, while two cars were still on the road following a crash on Novar Street in Yarralumla.

Slow down out there!

The crash on Hindmarsh Drive has been cleared, according to ACT Policing's traffic Twitter account.

A Queensland woman, now living in Canberra, has been shocked to discover her birth certificate listed her sex as 'male'.

That wasn't all that was wrong with her birth certificate - it had her mother's surname, age and birthplace wrong, as well as her father's surname and her grandmother's full name.

And her older siblings were left off as well.

So what went wrong? Natalie Bochenski has the story.

The section of the birth certificate listing Sandra Doyle as male.

The section of the birth certificate listing Sandra Doyle as male. Photo: Supplied

Stephanie Anderson: The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition are both expected to be in Melbourne today.

Kevin Rudd is expected to be on hand at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 launch.

Mr Rudd will be addressing the media at the Docklands shortly before 10am, but sadly it doesn't look like he'll be taking any questions.

It may not have been a drenching, but there would be at least some Canberrans who welcomed the rain overnight.

The capital received 5.2mm since 4pm Monday. and more isolated showers have been predicted throughout the day, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Bureau said Canberra was expected to reach 15 degrees today before dropping slightly to a high of 14 degrees tomorrow.

The world’s first laboratory-grown beef burger will be served in London next week, costing its developer more than $250,000 to produce.

No word on who will test the Frankenburger, which is made from meat grown from the stem cells of a cow.

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency crews are on their way to a crash on Hindmarsh Drive this morning.

The two car collision near Mugga Lane in Symonston was called in shortly before 8.30am and is reportedly blocking one eastbound lane.

An ACT Policing spokesman said ambulance crews had been called to the scene of the crash, but said it was believed to be a relatively minor crash.

We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

There's been another crash this morning in Narrabundah, that has partially blocked Hindmarsh Drive.

Stephanie Anderson: A driver escaped injury following a single vehicle crash on Yamba Drive this morning.

Crews were called to the scene of the accident near Hindmarsh Drive shortly before 7am.

An ESA spokeswoman said no one was injured during the crash, which has since been cleared from the roadway.

Yesterday we brought you the news that terminally ill cancer Daniel Paton died on Sunday, just days after marrying his sweetheart Ashlea Hanson as a final wish.

Daniel was diagnosed with melanoma last July, and the cancer spread throughout his body eventually claiming his life.

It was a heartbreaking story, and in Australia too many people die from melanoma-related illness.

We've spoken with Daniel's doctors about the risk of melanoma, and factors involved.

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It was the dying wish of terminally ill patient Daniel Paton to marry his girlfriend Ashlea Hanson and on Tuesday night they decided to make the commitment.

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"Cory will forever be in my heart": Lea Michele posted this photo on Twitter.

"Cory will forever be in my heart": Lea Michele posted this photo on Twitter. Photo: Lea Michele/Twitter

Actress Lea Michele has broken her silence over the death of her Glee co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith.

Monteith died of a heroin and alcohol overdose at a Vancouver hotel earlier this month.

Lea took to Twitter to express her deep gratitude to her fans since Monteith's death.

Today's cartoon by David Pope.

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David Pope

Editorial Cartoon 13.4.14 Photo: David Pope

Stephanie Anderson: The Australian Computer Society is urging politicians to invest in the digital economy in the lead up to the federal election.

Society president Nick Tate said the government needed to recognise investments in information and communication technology as another path to growing the economy.

“Like our regional partners, we need to recognise that the digital economy has become the key component of the economy and we need government to support this vital growth area,” he said.

A government commitment to open data was also among the key issues identified by the group.

Australian shares are expected to open flat after US stocks fell on weak housing data and ahead of a key Fed meeting, while European markets were steady ahead of a busy week of earnings news.

The Aussie dollar is buying 92.01 US cents, down about half a US cents on yesterday's local close.

It's also buying 89.97 yen, 69.32 euro cents and 59.89 British pence.

Stephanie Anderson: Two nights remain for contracted shooters to finish the ACT Government's annual kangaroo cull and protesters have made their intentions clear.

Earlier this month, ACT Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said it was possible the cull could fall short of its target of 1244 kangaroos due to repeated legal delays and protesters' interruptions.

Cosmic Barbie: Big Brother 2013 compare Sonia Kruger.

Cosmic Barbie: Big Brother 2013 compare Sonia Kruger. Photo: Supplied

Miss the season launch of Big Brother series nine last night?

Don't worry. Natalie Bochenski watched it for you (nice of her, right?).

Check out her recap here.

Stephanie Anderson: We may not have an election date, but the questioning has already begun for candidates in this year’s federal election.

Eden-Monaro voters will be gathering at the Queanbeyan Kangaroo Club later this morning to listen to sitting Labor member Mike Kelly, Liberal Party candidate Peter Hendy and Greens candidates Catherine Moore.

The meeting organised by the ACT Branch of the Superannuated Commonwealth Officers Association follows news that Mr Kelly could step up to Defence Minister if Labor wins at the polls.

ACT Senate candidates Chris Sant, Zed Seselja and Simon Sheikh will also be facing questions tomorrow night at a Q and A event at the Australian National University.

The top soil from Manuka Oval is now being moved.

The top soil from Manuka Oval is now being moved. Photo: Melissa Adams

Lee Gaskin: Canberra will on Tuesday be confirmed as one of the host cities for the 2015 cricket World Cup.

The MCG is expected to be named to host the final when the official announcement is made at 10am in Melbourne.

Officials from the World Cup organising committee recently visited Manuka Oval to inspect upgrades to the ground.

The one-day tournament will feature 49 games in 44 days in February and March of 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

Kayak Cameraman Paul Jurak has sent through his best photos for the month.

Here's a teaser, we'll have a full gallery up shortly.

Lake View: July 30

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Lee Gaskin: Changes are expected to be kept to a minimum when the Canberra Raiders name their team to face the Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

Star centre Blake Ferguson is likely to be among the squad named at 4.30pm on Tuesday after returning with feeder club Mounties last weekend.

Prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs will also be a chance to come back from torn ligaments in his foot.

Ironically, he suffered the injury the last time the Raiders played the Storm in round eight.

The Raiders are 10-8 for the season and will be looking to maintain their unbeaten  record to stay in the top eight.

Canberra Raiders player Blake Ferguson during training at Raiders HQ.

Canberra Raiders player Blake Ferguson during training at Raiders HQ. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Josh Dugan with baby Jaxon.

Josh Dugan with baby Jaxon.

Josh Dugan has revealed the first photo of his newborn son - and his name - via social media.

Dugan uploaded a photo of his son Jaxon to Instagram yesterday - along with these words:

“Got to see my lil man today couldn’t be more happier right now! Love him to death. #Jaxon,”

Taking a look at the weather for the rest of the week.

Rest of Tuesday: 15C. Partly cloudy, isolated showers.

Wednesday: 3C, 14C. Patchy fog, partly cloudy day.

Thursday: -1C, 15C. Morning fog and frost. Sunny day.

Friday: 2C, 14C. Mostly sunny. Areas of morning frost.

Lee Gaskin: Excitement is building as the ACT Brumbies have returned to Canberra to prepare for Saturday's massive Super Rugby final against the Waikato Chiefs. 

The Brumbies arrived to a rousing reception at Canberra airport on Monday from their 26-23 win over the Pretoria Bulls in South Africa last weekend.

Champion flanker George Smith and fly half Matt Toomua remained in Sydney on Monday night, but will rejoin the squad for a light training run on Tuesday. The Brumbies fly out for New Zealand on Wednesday night.

Brumbies player Joseph Tomane signs autographs for Josh Hancock,7 and Ben Hancock,5.

Brumbies player Joseph Tomane signs autographs for Josh Hancock,7 and Ben Hancock,5. Photo: Melissa Adams

In local news, Education Minister Joy Burch has come under internal party fire over her handling of private school registration and public school autonomy.

The weekend's ACT Labor conference passed two motions relating to Ms Burch's education portfolio after months of criticism by stakeholders including the Australian Education Union, ACT Council of Parents & Citizens Associations and Save Our Schools.

The conference discussed Ms Burch's oversight of non-government school registration, and one delegate - believed to have links with the AEU - moved a motion that community and stakeholder groups be enabled to appeal if they opposed a new private school being approved in Canberra.

Emma Macdonald has the story here.

People smugglers are busier than ever before, Michael Bachelard has reported.

A people smuggler source has revealed the marketing spiel that has already driven 1300 fresh asylum seekers to Christmas Island since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his tough new ''PNG solution'' on July 19.

And an Iranian asylum seeker in Cisarua has said the smugglers are ''deceiving'' their passengers by telling them that, after one year, ''they will be sent [from PNG] to another country, for example, Canada, New Zealand''.

In the NRL, the Wests Tigers were smashed by the Manly Sea Eagles overnight, pushing Manly into third spot on the ladder.

Manly coach Geoff Toovey admitted his side was building nicely towards what will be a ninth straight finals campaign.

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The Manly Sea Eagles cast aside Wests Tigers 36-18 in an entertaining clash at Campbelltown Stadium to leapfrog Melbourne Storm into third on the NRL ladder.

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Stephanie Anderson: A Queanbeyan home has sustained substantial damage following a fire last night.

Emergency crews were called to the house on Uriarra Road around 6.30pm, where flames had broken out in the front room.

A Queanbeyan Police spokesman said no one was injured in the fire, believed to have started after a resident left clothes too close to heating. There was substantial smoke and water damage to the front room.

A teenager has died after doing burnouts in Sydney's west overnight.

Police arrived at a street in Marsden Park to find the body of an 18 year-old on the road and a blue Holden Commodore on its roof nearby.

Three other occupants of the car allegedly fled the scene but were located a short time later and are now talking with police.

Shot dead: Bassil Hijazi.

Shot dead: Bassil Hijazi. Photo: Facebook

Our colleagues at the SMH have more this morning on one of the men killed in a drive-by shooting overnight.

Bassil Hijazi, 19, was gunned down in Sydney's south overnight - two weeks after he survived being shot in the neck in an ambush.

Christian Benitez

Christian Benitez Photo: Getty Images

A 27-year-old soccer player has died of heart failure in Qatar, the Ecuadorean Football Federation said.

Christian Benitez, Ecuador's striker, had complained of strong stomach pains before being rushed to hospital where he later died. 

Stephanie Anderson: A woman injured when a maxi taxi crashed into her car over the weekend is now in a stable condition.

The 24-year-old was previously critical after the crash on Saturday, when the two vehicles collided in Barton.

She remains in Canberra Hospital.

In NRL news, former Cronulla player Isaac Gordon is pursuing legal action against the club, revealing he was told by the Sharks doctor he might have died as a result of the side-effects of the substance he was given at the club.

Gordon, who was at the Sharks in 2011 when sports scientist Stephen Dank ran a supplements program, is seeking compensation after suffering a mysterious blood-thinning disorder that left him with severe bruising from the ankle to the groin of one leg that was tested for cancer, and wants those responsible to be held accountable.

The 26-year-old, who also revealed that he had met ASADA officials in his Gladstone home in April, was informed by then club doctor David Givney after suffering a cork in the round 10 game against the Sydney Roosters in 2011 that his blood ''was so thin that if I had copped a knock to the head I could've died on the field''.

Isaac Gordon

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Stephanie Anderson: Drivers can expect some short delays on Yamba Drive following a crash this morning.

Crews were called to the scene of the single vehicle crash near Hindmarsh Drive shortly before 7am.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said one lane of northbound traffic has been blocked by the vehicle.

No information was available on injuries as of 7am, but we’ll keep you updated as more details come to hand.

Scott Fardy of the Brumbies wins a line-out.

Scott Fardy of the Brumbies wins a line-out. Photo: Paul Kane

In sport news, Chris Dutton speaks with Scott Fardy about his decision to have one more crack at his professional rugby career.

This decision is seeing him prepare for the biggest month of his life as the Brumbies play for a Super Rugby title, and he joins the Wallabies for the first time.

"It's been a crazy 18 months but I've really enjoyed it," Fardy said.

Read more here.

 

Stephanie Anderson: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will spend months investigating the source of smoke that forced an emergency landing at Canberra Airport yesterday.

A Wagga bound Qantas flight departed Sydney about 11.30am, but was diverted to the capital due to smoke in the cockpit.

Fifty passengers were evacuated while the pilot and co-pilot were taken to the Canberra Hospital for a check up.

An investigation into the incident is expected to take three months.

Fiji has delivered a stinging rebuke to the Rudd government over its plans to resettle asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea as the first group of boat arrivals are scheduled to leave Christmas Island for Manus Island on Tuesday afternoon.

Fiji's Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said Australia's policy was ''high-handed'' and ''arrogant'' and threatened to destabilise Melanesian societies.

It comes as the first group of asylum seekers to be affected by Labor's hardline new policies are expected to be flown from Christmas Island, late on Tuesday.

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Villagers near Papua New Guinea's temporary detention centre have told ABC's 7.30 program they fear for the future of Manus Island once asylum seekers start arriving under Australia's new policy.

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Two men have been killed in separate shootings in Sydney's south, but police do not believe the incidents are linked.

A 19-year-old man who had been shot several times was treated by paramedics after officers were called to an address in Albyn Street, Bexley about 9.45pm on Monday.

He was taken to St George Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Specialist forensic officers are at the scene of the incident.

In a separate incident in Earlwood about 9.30pm, police and emergency services responded to reports of shots being fired at a Charleston Avenue address.

A 35-year-old man sustained several gunshot wounds and was transferred to St George Hospital where he underwent surgery, but he died early on Tuesday.

There's been a crash this morning -it's pretty wet out there, so drive safe!

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull Photo: Janie Barrett

Malcolm Turnbull has no prospect of leading the Liberal Party to the election, despite a recent surge in media speculation and public interest.

The reason is a simple one: there is no venue for a party meeting to even consider a change of leaders.

The Rudd government has decided that it will call an election before the date that Parliament was due to return, according to authoritative sources.

In the absence of the scheduled return on August 20, the parliamentary Liberal Party will not be gathered in one place before polling day.

Tony Abbott is assured to remain leader although he is not the people's choice, according to polling.

In national news, young children and pregnant women may be sent to Manus Island, the government has confirmed, despite it being warned eight months ago that pregnant women risked losing their babies, or their own lives, by taking anti-malaria medication.

Three asylum seekers who miscarried after being detained on Manus blame anti-malaria medications they took before discovering they were pregnant for losing their unborn babies.

The spectacular diamond heist in the French resort of Cannes has been valued up – to about 103 million euros, or $A148 million, AFP has reported.

Initially, the stolen goods were thought to be worth about 40 million euros.

It makes it France's biggest diamond heist, eclipsing a 2008 incident in which three men stole almost every item on display at a Paris exhibition, which was valued at 85 million euros.

In the US, law enforcement authorities rescued 105 children and arrested 150 pimps and other people in the largest child sex-trafficking crackdown in US history, the FBI said.

Authorities used social media websites and classified advertisements as they set up the sweep, according to Ron Hosko, an assistant director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The three-day operation covered 76 cities and included 230 federal, state and local law enforcement groups, he said at a news conference today in Washington.

Two trains have collided head-on in western Switzerland, injuring 40 passengers, at least five of them seriously, police say.

The driver of one of the trains was still unaccounted for and thought to be inside the wreckage, at Granges-près-Marnand in the canton of Vaud, police spokesman Jean-Christophe Sauterel said.

It comes just a week after 79 people were killed in a train crash in Spain, one of the worst crashes in decades.

Two trains have collided head-on in Granges-pres-Marnand in Western Switzerland.

Two trains have collided head-on in Granges-pres-Marnand in Western Switzerland. Photo: AFP

In Baghdad, car bombs mainly targeting Shiite-majority areas of Iraq have killed at least 48 people, security and medical officials say, taking the July death toll to more than 780.

More than 3000 people have been killed in violence since the beginning of the year, according to Agence France-Presse figures based on security and medical sources.

On Monday, 11 car bombs hit nine different areas of Baghdad, seven of them Shiite-majority, while another exploded in Mahmudiyah, south of the capital. Two more car bombs exploded in Kut, while two hit Samawa and another detonated in Basra, all south of Baghdad.

The attacks wounded at least 226 people.

Wave of attacks: A van destroyed by a car bomb in Basra on Monday.

Wave of attacks: A van destroyed by a car bomb in Basra on Monday. Photo: AP

Pope Francis has hit the headlines, after he said that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation.

"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Francis said, according to media reports.

His comments came in an unprecedented 80-minute news conference with reporters on his plane returning from a papal visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, in which he spoke openly about everything from the troubled Vatican Bank to the greater role that he believed women should have in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis talks with journalists as he flies back to Rome after his visit to Brazil.

Pope Francis talks with journalists as he flies back to Rome after his visit to Brazil. Photo: Reuters

In world news, archaeologists have discovered a mysterious coffin-within-a-coffin from the same Leicester car park where England's King Richard III was famously buried for 500 years.

Experts returned to the site of the former Grey Friars Church at the beginning of July to learn more about the area, only to find a full intact stone casket with a lead coffin inside.

A marquee sits over the spot where the remains of King Richard III were found in a car park in Leicester, England.

A marquee sits over the spot where the remains of King Richard III were found in a car park in Leicester, England. Photo: Getty

Canberra Times front page, July 30.

Canberra Times front page, July 30.

On today's front page...

Staff at Canberra's adult mental health unit have filed 65 reports about attacks on workers since the new unit opened last year.

The federal government will announce reforms on Tuesday morning to the retirement income of tens of thousands of retired Australian military personnel.

Passengers of a Qantas flight diverted to Canberra Airport on Monday due to smoke in the cockpit have described the nervous minutes before the plane landed. 

And fans have shown out in force for the ACT Brumbies as they arrived home from South Africa last night.

Lucy Rickard: Morning all - we're back with another three hours of live news blogging.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news from around Canberra, the nation and the world, as well as bit of wrap of what you missed overnight.

At the moment it's 9.1C in the capital, expecting a top of 15C with a shower or two.

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