That's it from us on the blog this morning, we'll be back from 7am tomorrow for another three hours of news for you.
We'll leave you with this cartoon from David Pope today.
Here's a look at the top stories on the site this morning..
- One of Britain's best-known comic actors Rik Mayall has died at his London home.
- A broad range of everyday fees paid by Canberrans will rise on July 1, increasing the cost of drivers' licences, number plates and parking permits.
- Tony Abbott is seeking a conservative alliance among "like-minded" countries, aiming to dismantle global moves to introduce carbon pricing, and undermine a push by US President Barack Obama to push the case for action through forums such as the G20.
- The brother of Australia's Customs and border protection chief Michael Pezzullo will be sentenced for corruption charges on Tuesday in a development Labor and the Greens say the agency boss should have disclosed at a recent Senate estimates hearing.
- The federal government has bagged an unprecedented $360 million from household bank accounts since a controversial change to unclaimed money laws, figures from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show.
In late news from the police, a Jerrabomberra man has been tied up and assaulted by two men who smashed their way into his home earlier this month.
The two men entered the home on Bicentennial Drive about 7.30am on Sunday June 1.
Police said the two men threatened and bound the 36-year-old male resident and assaulted him whilst demanding cash.
He handed over some cash and the men left the premises.
Police believe that that this was not a random attack and the offenders have targeted the victim. We'll have more on this on the site shortly.
In a final look at the weather for the rest of today and through to the weekend.
Today, it will be cloudy, with light winds east to southeasterly, and a top of 15 degrees. Just before 10am, it's 10.4 degrees.
- Wednesday: 1C, 15C. Morning fog clearing to a mostly sunny day.
- Thursday: 0C, 14C. Morning fog, partly cloudy day.
- Friday: 6C, 11C. Cloudy, areas of rain.
- Saturday: 2C, 12C. Cloudy, isolated showers.
- Sunday: -1C, 13C. Cloudy.
ACT politicians are getting ready for tonight's seventh Virtual Community Cabinet tonight on Twitter.
All five ACT Government ministers will gather in the cabinet room at 7pm tonight to answer questions in real time from members of the community about what issues are important to them.
“As we all live out our busy lives the government has to change the way it engages with the community and the twitter cabinet is a fantastic opportunity for ministers to answer questions from locals in a live setting, online,” Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said.
Members of the community can tweet ACT Government Ministers live with their questions between 7.00pm and 8.00pm.
“The government is working hard to make Canberra a digital city and online engagement with the electorate is a key component of delivering on this vision for our city,” the Chief Minister said.
To participate in Twitter Cabinet use the hashtag #actvcc when you send a tweet, and follow the @ACTVCC account. You can also tweet Ministers individually: Katy Gallagher (@KatyGMLA); Andrew Barr (@ABarrMLA); Simon Corbell (@SimonCorbell); Joy Burch (@JoyBurchMLA); and Shane Rattenbury (@ShaneRattenbury).
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The royal commission hearing into child sexual abuses in the ACT will begin this morning.
The hearings, set down for nine days, will also take evidence from former teachers from Canberra and Lismore and past and present high-ranking Catholic church and Marist Brothers officials.
British icon Stephen Fry, who starred with Rik Mayall in Blackadder, has described the man as "a prince among men" while travelling across the Atlantic ocean.
It's one of hundreds of tributes from friends, colleagues and collaborators of Mayall to be tweeted this morning
Crossing the Atlantic with wifi. Simply distraught to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. An authentic comedy genius and a prince among men.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 9, 2014
Five machines were tested at the Royal Society in London to see if they could fool at least 30 per cent of their interrogators into thinking they were human during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations.
The test was devised in 1950 by World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, who said that if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, it was ''thinking''.
Peter Hartcher has turned his attention to Indonesia this morning:
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono invited Prime Minister Tony Abbott to a meeting, and then to a dinner of Aussie beef, last week on one of Indonesia's many resort islands.
It was the strongest possible sign that he had forgiven Australia its transgressions and wanted to restore full co-operation.
"Australia should be very happy about that," says an Indonesia expert, Greg Fealy of the Australian National University. "Because if Prabowo were elected, it could be very unpredictable."
Mark Zuckerberg and other members of Facebook's board have been sued by a shareholder who claimed a policy letting them annually award directors more than $US150 million ($160.4 million) of stock each if they choose is unreasonably generous.
In a complaint filed on Friday night in Delaware Chancery Court, Ernesto Espinoza said the board was "essentially free to grant itself whatever amount of compensation it chooses" under the social media company's 2012 equity incentive plan, which also covers employees, officers and consultants.Back to top
Thailand's curfew has been lifted an 10 islands and coastal districts, but still remains in the capital of Bangkok.
The islands and resorts now without the curfew are among the most popular destinations for tourists in Thailand.
Chiang Mai – a popular destination for trekking and visiting tribal villages in the north – is also still under curfew, as there have been some political protests since the coup on May 22.
Thailand's Tourism Association made a plea to assure visitors that tourism remains unaffected since the National Council for Peace and Order took over the country, with all airports and tourism-related businesses and services remaining open as usual.
Visitor numbers to Thailand have been down since the coup on May 22.
After a wave of reader emails, The New York Times has relocated Silo Bakery to the Saturday intinerary for 36 hours in Canberra. It wouldn't be the first time someone has been confused by their opening hours.
I guess this counts as an extra mention for the Kingston small business?
I have been treated to many gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and even bedazzled by hot air balloons drifting on Lake Burley Griffin during the balloon festival. Canberra has been awash with a wonderful spectrum of colours as we have transitioned from summer into winter. I hope that you enjoy my photostory of autumn.
You can flick through them here - there are some pretty spectacular shots in there.
The final preparations are being made for the Parliament House Mid-Winter Ball, held on June 18.
But did you know that as part of the ball you can bid for tickets to dine with Tony Abbott at the Lodge, Kirribilli or the PM's dining room at Parliament House? You can also bid to dine with both Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek, with Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull, or with Clive Palmer.
But don't worry, 100 per cent of the bidding fee will be donated to local charities. Bidding starts from $5000 to dine with Abbott, and upwards of $3000 for everyone else.
South Korean star Psy, the man behind Gangnam Style, has teamed up the America rapper Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg) to drop a new single called "Hangover".
Initial signs are the video may be a bigger online hit than Gangnam Style.
The video, which debuted in the US on Jimmy Kimmel Live, has already received 13.4 million views despite being released just two days ago. The video clip features the stars testing out various Korean cures for their hangovers.Back to top
Scientists have called for more research into hair dyes and perming products to assess whether they contain a harmful substance which has been linked to causing cancer.
The comments come after researchers found that hairdressers had a high concentration of a type of carcinogenic chemical in their blood.
Toluidines are supposed to be banned from EU products, but the Swedish study found that hairdressers who apply light-colour permanent dyes or perform perms on their clients seem to be exposed to certain types of the compounds.
It's time for a quick look at the federal politics headlines this morning.
Tony Abbott is seeking a conservative alliance among "like-minded" countries, aiming to dismantle global moves to introduce carbon pricing, and undermine a push by US President Barack Obama to push the case for action through forums such as the G20.
The federal government has bagged an unprecedented $360 million from household bank accounts since a controversial change to unclaimed money laws.
The world's two largest economies - China and the US - are increasingly adopting carbon trading to cut greenhouse gas emissions, contrary to suggestions by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that other countries are not introducing schemes.
Clive Palmer has extended an olive branch to Tony Abbott on his paid parental leave scheme, flagging he could support a compromise deal put forward by Nationals Senator John Williams.
Canada and Australia 'like family': Abbott
Tony Abbott has praised Canada's approach to climate change, and emphasised the close ties shared between the two countries.
NSW planning minister Pru Goward is setting up shop in Goulburn some 2,600 days after winning her seat in state parliament.
A spokesman from Ms Goward’s office confirmed the minister would soon relocate her headquarters from Bowral to Goulburn.
“The lease hasn’t been signed, so I can’t give details of exactly where it is at this stage, but we’re very excited,” he said. “It’s in a good location. All going well, Ms Goward will be in there around the end of August."
"We’ve found a suitable building that’s well located. As soon as we’re allowed to tell everyone where it is, we’ll be shouting it from the rooftops.”
Wu Shuoyan was waiting for her husband and their seven-year-old son at a McDonald's when she posted a note on a social media site: "I met some crazy people."
Twenty minutes later, she lay dead on the floor, beaten to death with a metal pole. Authorities say the perpetrators were six members of a religious cult, including a middle-age man, his two grown daughters and his 12-year-old son, who became angry when Wu refused to give them her phone number.
The project aims to draw together information and sources related to individuals and to present that information in one place. The Memorial will progressively add to the list in coming years as they digitise more letters and provide Australians with a unique account of war.
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