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.
And the most-clicked on the site so far today:
- A Queensland woman now living in Canberra has expressed her shock at discovering she had been listed on her birth certificate as a man - as well as numerous other major mistakes.
- Malcolm Turnbull has no prospect of leading the Liberal Party to the election, despite a recent surge in media speculation and public interest. And the reason is a simple one.
- Lea Michele has broken her silence on the death of her boyfriend Cory Monteith.
- And Big Brother kicked off last night - the ninth season - and Natalie Bochenski went along to the taping on the Gold Coast. Here's her account of the three-hour sensory assault.
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.
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:
- The federal government will announce reforms today to the retirement income of tens of thousands of retired Australian military personnel.
- One of melanoma patient Daniel Paton's dying wishes was to raise awareness about the cancer, his doctor has said, a day after the 27-year-old died at Calvary Hospital.
- The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will spend months investigating the source of smoke that forced an emergency landing at Canberra Airport on Monday.
- ACT Education Minister Joy Burch has come under internal party fire over her handling of private school registration and public school autonomy.
- Staff at Canberra's adult mental health unit have filed 65 reports about attacks on workers since the new unit opened last year.
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?
Gold Coast: Change the name
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".
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.
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.
2 car collision intersection of Ellerston Av/Drumston St Isabella Plains. Emergency Services attending. Expect delays— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) July 29, 2013
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.
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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 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.
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.
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Update re collision Hindmarsh Dr. Roadway is now clear.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) July 29, 2013
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 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.
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.
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