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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..

Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson. Click for more photos

Remembering Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson.

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.

Tom McIlroy: 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).

 

Henry Belot: The royal commission hearing into child sexual abuses in the ACT will begin this morning.

Brother Alexis Turton, the former Provincial of the Marist Brothers who supported Brother Kostka Chute at his trial in 2008, is one of several senior members of the order who will give evidence.

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.

Henry Belot: 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

Henry Belot: A ''super computer'' has duped humans into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the ''iconic'' Turing Test.

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''.

Henry Belot: Peter Hartcher has turned his attention to Indonesia this morning:

In the final four months of his decade in power, Indonesia's President has given Australia a big, last gift.

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."

Henry Belot: 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.

"That's fantastic": Sheryl Sandberg says CEOs complained women now want to be paid the same as men.

"That's fantastic": Sheryl Sandberg says CEOs complained women now want to be paid the same as men. Photo: Bloomberg

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.

Henry Belot: 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?

Now we've entered winter, Kayak cameraman Paul Jurak has sat down and gone through all his photos from autumn and come up with his best

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.

A collection of Paul Jurak's images showcasing Canberra in Autumn. Click for more photos

Paul Jurak: Canberra in Autumn

A collection of Paul Jurak's images showcasing Canberra in Autumn. Photo: Paul Jurak

Henry Belot: 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.

Henry Belot: 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.

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.

Henry Belot: 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.

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Henry Belot: 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.”

NSW State Parliament Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward.

NSW State Parliament Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Henry Belot: A deadly McDonald's attack has highlighted fears about cults in China.

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.

''Whoever interferes will die!'': a woman is beaten to death by cult members in a Chinese McDonald's.

''Whoever interferes will die!'': a woman is beaten to death by cult members in a Chinese McDonald's. Photo: CCTV

Henry Belot: The Australian War Memorial have digitised the private papers of 150 people who served in the First World War.

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.

 

The Australian Grand Prix winner's trophy will be named in honour of triple world champion the late Sir Jack Brabham.

Brabham, who is unique in Formula One history as the only driver to win a world title in a car bearing his own name, the Brabham BT19, died at the age of 88 on May 19.

He is already recognised on the current trophy which carries a laminated studded timber trim replica of the steering wheel from his Cooper Climax racing car - the vehicle he used to win his first F1 World Championship in 1959.

Brabham will be given a state funeral on Wednesday at the Church of Christ on the Gold Coast.

Sir Jack Brabham.

Sir Jack Brabham.

How disturbing.

A company in the US has brought out a bulletproof blanket for schoolchildren to use in the event of a school shooting.

It is also designed to protect children from falling debris during natural disasters like tornadoes.

It's made from the same material used in military and law enforcement body armour, and has straps, like a backpack, that hold it in place.

Henry Belot: Tuggeranong local business leaders have formed the Tuggeranong & Regional Business Forum comprising businesses and employers in the Tuggeranong and surrounding regions.

Interim Convenor Michael Lindfield said “the forum is essentially replacing Business Tuggeranong that has been dormant and inoperative for several years now".

The forum will provide members with the chance to exchange information, identify partnerships opportunities, lobby government, and increase their networks.

The truck driver charged over a crash that left comedian Tracy Morgan in a critical condition and killed his friend had not slept for more than 24 hours prior to the accident.

The 35-year-old man has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

A criminal complaint filed in the case said that he had been awake for more than 24 hours before the crash.

Morgan, best known for his role in 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is in a critical but stable condition.

"More responsive": comedian Tracy  Morgan

"More responsive": comedian Tracy Morgan

Independent MP Geoff Shaw.

Independent MP Geoff Shaw. Photo: Joe Armao

Henry Belot: It's a big day in Victoria politics with the Labor opposition moving to ban independent MP Geoff Shaw from Parliament.

Labor is willing to negotiate with the Coalition on key legislation to ensure Victoria's shaky Parliament survives until the next election if Geoff Shaw is booted from office.

In a move certain to trigger more chaos and distractions for the Napthine government, the opposition will try on Tuesday to expel the balance-of-power independent from Parliament for misuse of his government vehicle.

Australia and Malaysia are still negotiating over the bill for the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Malaysian deputy defence minister Abdul Rahim has reportedly said the costs will be split 50-50.

But Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre head Angus Houston says negotiations over costs are still going on.

The federal government allocated $90 million for the search in its recent budget.

Malaysia has spent $A9.3 million on fuel and food for equipment and personnel in the search, its transport minister told reporters.

"The cost that we had to bear is relatively small compared to the other assets given by other countries used in the search," he said.

Malaysian officials will be in Canberra today to discuss the next phase of the search.

Henry Belot: The world's oldest man, a retired chemist and parapsychologist, has died in New York City at the age of 111.

Alexander Imich died Sunday at his home in Manhattan, according to his niece, Karen Bogen of Providence, Rhode Island. She said she visited him a day earlier with her sister and several of his close friends.

AP has the story.

Henry Belot: It's a fine line between being a rogue and well, being rouge.

Van Dyken pictured with Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen in 2001.

Van Dyken pictured with Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen in 2001. Photo: AP

Former Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken is recovering in hospital after severing her spine in an quad-bike accident, her family said in a statement on Monday.

The family said Van Dyken crashed her all-terrain vehicle on Friday night and was airlifted to an Arizona hospital to undergo surgery and was in good spirits.

"An amazing team of doctors performed emergency surgery to repair her spine and stabilise her," the statement said.

Van Dyken, 41, is one of the most decorated Olympic swimmers of all time, winning six gold medals during her glittering career in the pool.

Henry Belot: A man armed with a gun threatened staff and stole cash from the Spar Supermarket on Barraclough Crescent in Monash yesterday afternoon.

Police say the man entered the loading dock area of the supermarket around 5.45pm and allegedly pointed a gun at the store's supervisor before demanding to be taken to the safe.

The man forced the employee into the office and gained access to the safe, leaving with a sum of cash before fleeing the area.

Police were called to the supermarket a short time later and established a crime scene. Forensic officers conducted an examination of the premises and CCTV footage.

The police K9 dog unit located a scent of the man in the green belt area between Cockcroft Avenue and Wheadon Street. The offender is described as being around 6 feet tall and weighing around 80-85kg.

Police are urging anyone who may have been in the area of the Spar supermarket to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Reza Barati

Reza Barati Photo: Kate Geraghty

Claims that processing of asylum seekers had been under way for weeks before violence engulfed the Manus Island detention centre are challenged by a secret recording of a meeting of security supervisors as tensions built to crisis point.

During an hour-long briefing of senior staff, the then acting regional manager of security provider G4S, John McCaffery, said he had been told that no refugee status determinations would take place "for the foreseeable future" because of lack of funds.

The revelation casts doubt on Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's assertion on January 16 that processing had recommenced on Manus and been underway for three or four weeks.

The recording also reveals that, contrary to stated policy, there were at least three unaccompanied minors among the 1300 detainees on the island before the violence that culminated in the death of Reza Barati and injuries to scores of others.

Michael Gordon has the exclusive.

Henry Belot: They're the Raiders of the lost spark...

Canberra proved why it's been aggressively chasing big-name recruits after a stuttering attacking display in a 28-4 home loss to Brisbane on Monday night. 

In front of just 8094 fans, the Raiders (4-9) lacked the polish to trouble the in-form Broncos, and will enter this week's bye with their season in disarray. 

A dejected Josh McCrone after the 28-4 loss to Brisbane.

A dejected Josh McCrone after the 28-4 loss to Brisbane. Photo: Melissa Adams

Lil' Kim.

Lil' Kim.

We all love a good (ie: bad) celebrity baby name.

And this one's a doozy.

Lil' Kim has had a baby girl, naming her Royal Reign. That's gotta be one of the strangest we've heard in a while.

An inquiry into the fatal Manus Island detention centre riots will kick off with evidence from security firm G4S.

Officials from the company and the Department of Immigration will appear before a Senate inquiry in Canberra today to give their take on the violence that led to Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati's death.

G4S has claimed several factors led to the February 18 riots including the federal government's resettlement policy and stalled processing of refugee claims.

It says it warned the department days before tensions rose of its need for more guards and better infrastructure.

The inquiry will later hear from former G4S guard and whistleblower Steve Kilburn, Salvation Army management and the man who conducted a government review into the riots, Robert Cornall.

Henry Belot: A female kangaroo named Mirka escaped from a zoo west of Montreal at the same time Prime Minister Tony Abbott landed in Canada. Coincidence?

Quebec police are seeking help from Canadians to locate the zoo. No confirmation on whether the kangaroo was aware of the Prime Ministers visit.

The siege in North Hollywood is over, and the gunman has been arrested.

Earlier, police surrounded a man with a rifle who led them on a high speed chase through the suburb and across rooftops. Read more on the arrest at the Los Angeles Times.

Coles workers are seeking a 5 per cent pay rise, after last week's minimum wage decision set a new bottom line for wage claims.

The union representing most Coles workers, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association, is seeking a 5 per cent pay rise from the ­Wesfarmers-owned Coles, which is in the early stages of bargaining with the unions representing some 80,000 workers.

SDA national secretary Joe de Bruyn said a successful wage claim in retail, including Coles, would need to include annual raises in excess of the 3 per cent increase granted in the national minimum wage case.

 

The Australian dollar is higher, helped by encouraging signs for the Chinese economy.

At 7am, the local unit was trading at 93.55 US cents, up from 93.37 cents on Friday, before the Queen's Birthday public holiday.

Over the weekend, official figures showed that China's trade surplus in May was larger than expected, a sign that its economy might not be as weak as recent data had suggested.

Henry Belot: 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.

Former Customs officer Fabio Pezzullo will be sentenced after agreeing to plead guilty to perjuring himself before Australia's corruption watchdog during an investigation into a corrupt ring of Customs officers at Sydney Airport.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service CEO Michael Pezzullo.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service CEO Michael Pezzullo. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Henry Belot: The wreck of Watson remains burnt out in the middle of an oval for the second week running. Any takers?

Henry Belot: Animal Liberation ACT has rejected Shane Rattenbury's claim that this year's kangaroo cull is the same as last years.

The government had hoped to begin shooting on eight reserves on May 14, but was forced to put the cull on hold when Animal Liberation ACT challenged it in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Animal Liberation spokeswoman Carolyn Drew said she was astounded by the Minister's position.

‘For the first time, the Tribunal held that animal welfare and the unintended mortality of non-targeted kangaroos were relevant considerations," she said.

"That means that finally, the devastating effect of the culls on the hundreds of young joeys who are separated from their shot mothers and who are left to die slow painful deaths from starvation or predation, is acknowledged."

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Henry Belot: What's the talk of Canberra on our opinion pages this Tuesday?

You say:

"If Sunday penalty rates were reduced, one would expect to see a similar reduction on the 10 per cent surcharge that many restaurants currently apply on Sunday."

Read all letters to the editor.

We say:

"Now that the unsavoury details of these cases are public knowledge, many Canberrans will be wondering whether the ACT fire service's management team has learnt from the... The public... expects the fire service to protect its members as well as the community."

Read today's editorial.

Henry Belot: Inmates at Canberra's jail are watching their weight headed into winter.

Corrections ACT has confirmed dessert with the evening meal has been reduced from nightly to four times a week.

But that does not mean the inmates are going hungry as there is a tasty selection of meals on offer over the two-week rotating menu. The culinary choices at the Hume facility change each season as the inmates pre-order their selection a week in advance.

Here's a snap of the jail this morning with a trademark Canberra sunrise.

Henry Belot: The union representing the ACT’s 340 firefighters says claims of sexism and bullying among emergency service crews do not resonate with its members.

United Firefighters Union ACT branch secretary Dave Livingstone has reacted angrily to the release of Freedom of Information documents outlining an internal investigation which found some firefighters did not take seriously respect and equity training. 

On Monday, it was reported a review of sexual harassment in the ACT fire service by consultant Clive Haggar found an uphill battle to change the attitudes of some firefighters

Tom McIlroy has the story.

Megan Gorrey: The discomfort of muscle soreness, numb hands, weight loss, chafed skin and blisters has been Marco Bottari's constant companion in recent months.

And that's all been before he really pushes his body to its limit to pedal 700 kilometres from Canberra to Sydney to benefit the Cancer Council ACT.

Mr Bottari, 28, is part way through an intense nine-month training regime ahead of the non-stop ride he has planned for August 21.

Yet the Torrens fitness enthusiast reckons the soreness and exhaustion he's set to experience will be nothing compared to what his late father endured during a battle with cancer two years ago.

With less than three months to go, Mr Bottari has already raised $3500 towards his goal of $10,000 to aid cancer research in the territory.

Marco Bottari of Torrens will be riding from Canberra to Melbourne to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Marco Bottari of Torrens will be riding from Canberra to Melbourne to raise money for the Cancer Council. Photo: Melissa Adams

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Henry Belot: Could you build a replica Queen Elizabeth from lego?

Visitors to Old Parliament House celebrated the Queen's birthday public holiday in style on Monday, using a photo from 1954, five colours and 92,000 pieces of Lego.

More than 2500 visitors helped to recreate a photo of the Queen and then-prime minister Robert Menzies, taken during her 1954 visit to Australia, using only Lego blocks.

Overall, about 92,170 individual Lego pieces were used to create the artwork.

Yusen Bai, of Weetangera, David Boddy from the Brickexpo, Xielan Ouyang,  of Turner, and Quentin Qian, of Hackett,  take a closer look at the mega Lego Queen.

Yusen Bai, of Weetangera, David Boddy from the Brickexpo, Xielan Ouyang, of Turner, and Quentin Qian, of Hackett, take a closer look at the mega Lego Queen. Photo: Melissa Adams

Tributes are flowing on social media for Rik Mayalll, star of The Young Ones, who has died at age 56.

Our own editorial cartoonist David Pope has even dug out one of his pieces from 2010, after the election.

Queensland's injury crisis has deepened and Canberra's season is getting worse after Raiders star Josh Papalii was ruled out of Origin II after suffering an ankle injury in a 28-4 loss to Brisbane on Monday night.

The back rower's hopes of playing at ANZ Stadium on June 18 were dashed when he succumbed to the same syndesmosis issue which sidelined him earlier this year, just moments after being named in an extended 22-man Maroons squad.

Raiders teammate Anthony Milford is on the cusp of his Origin debut after also being named, and looks set to battle for the bench utility spot with Broncos half Ben Hunt.

The 19-year-old insisted he'll be fine for selection, despite copping a knock to his knee and limping noticeably for the final 25 minutes against Brisbane, whom he will join next season.

Raiders player Reece Robinson in action. Click for more photos

Canberra Raiders v Brisbane Broncos

Raiders player Reece Robinson in action. Photo: Melissa Adams

David Ellery: The Royal Commission into institutional responses to sex abuse begins at the Canberra Magistrates Court at 10am this morning.

Some very senior Marist Brothers and Catholic Church official have been called to give evidence in regard to Brother Kostka and an offender identified only as ZA.

A number of victims from Canberra and Northern NSW, where both men worked at one time, have also been called.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times Photo: LA Times.

Henry Belot: Police in Hollywood are currently surrounding a man with a rifle who just led them on a high speed chase through the suburb and across rooftops... follow live at the Los Angeles Times.

Henry Belot: Can you imagine a brewery with no beer?

The owners of Braddon’s newest brewery, Bentspoke, have been forced to pull extra shifts to avoid a beer shortage after Canberrans almost drank the place dry over the weekend.

Brewer Richard Watkins, the former head brewer at the cult brewpub Wig and Pen in Civic, said about 3000 litres of beer were poured from his six tanks in just two days.

“I’ve definitely got some work to do and I’ll be in here brewing all day from Tuesday through Thursday just to make sure we’ve got enough beer to keep the place open,” he said.

“It’d be pretty funny if we owned a brewery with no beer, rather than a pub with no beer.”

The Bentspoke brewpub opened its doors in Braddon on Friday, and has been packed since. 

Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon. Click for more photos

Bentspoke Brewing Company opens in Braddon

Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon. Photo: Rohan Thomson

  • Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon.
  • Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon.
  • Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon.
  • Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon.
  • Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon.
  • Inside the new Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon.
  • Owners of Bentspoke Brewery in Braddon, Tracy Margrain, and Richard Watkins ahead of their opening.
  • Inside Bentspoke Brewing Company.

Henry Belot: It was a little dark down at Lake Burley Griffin just after 7am this morning. This dog may have found it a little cold too. It's currently 2.2 degrees outside.

Michael Inman: A timeframe for submissions on whether the Full Court of the ACT Supreme should receive further submissions on the Eastman Inquiry is expected to be set today.

Confused yet?

Last month, inquiry head Justice Brian Martin recommended David Eastman's conviction for the 1989 murder of ACT police chief Colin Stanley Winchester be quashed.

The full bench have been asked to decide whether the inquiry's findings should be followed.

But the Office of ACT Director of Public Prosecutions has sought to be heard on whether the conviction should be overturned.

Eastman's legal team, predictably, say the court cannot receive further submissions.

Hopefully this will all be a bit clearer by the end of today's hearing. We'll bring you more as it comes in.

A video showing a mass sexual assault on a nearly naked woman in the midst of inaugural celebrations for Egypt's new president is testing his pledge to curb an epidemic of such attacks, with captured scenes of a police officer with a gun in his hand struggling against a crowd of men to extricate the victim.

At first a black shirt covered just her shoulders, her backside purple and black with bruises. Moments later, she is seen stripped completely, as her limp and reddened body is carried into a waiting vehicle.

Captured in a blurry two-minute video taken in Tahrir Square on Sunday and circulated via YouTube on Monday, the attack is forcing the new president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to confront a phenomenon many here had blamed on the collapse of the police force during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011: the recurring mass sexual assaults that have taken place amid the crowds that have gathered in Tahrir Square ever since.

Promised crackdown on sexual assaults ... Abdel Fattah al-Sisi talks during his ceremony to be sworn in as President of Egypt, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo.

Promised crackdown on sexual assaults ... Abdel Fattah al-Sisi talks during his ceremony to be sworn in as President of Egypt, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

Miss Universe Thailand has resigned less than a month into her reign after being harshly criticised on social media over her political comments and looks.

Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, tearfully announced on Monday she was giving up the title that would have allowed her to compete in the international Miss Universe pageant.

The actress and former talk show host said she was initially pleased to have won the title, but that the hail of brutal comments on social media blasting her outspoken political views and calling her fat had hurt her family.

Weluree was criticised for comments she posted on Facebook attacking the "Red Shirt" supporters of the former government, whom she accused of opposing Thailand's monarchy, and calling for the execution of their leaders.

Outspoken ... Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, announces she is relinquishing her title as Miss Universe Thailand during a news conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok.

Outspoken ... Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, announces she is relinquishing her title as Miss Universe Thailand during a news conference at the Renaissance Hotel in Bangkok. Photo: Reuters

Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday and at least 27 people were killed in a night-long battle at one of the country's most high-profile targets.

The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys prospects for peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Airport raid: Pakistani firefighters extinguish fires after militants attack Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

Airport raid: Pakistani firefighters extinguish fires after militants attack Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.

In world news, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has told his doctors and debriefers that he was repeatedly tortured by his Taliban captors and was kept in a cage for extended periods after twice trying to escape, according to US officials familiar with initial reports on Bergdahl's condition.

The officials cautioned that no conclusions have been reached about how Bergdahl was treated during nearly five years of captivity, and they said a definitive assessment of accounts from a young man whose psychological condition is fragile may never be possible.

What does seem clear, from intelligence reports over the years and accounts in addition to Bergdahl's own, is that he was frequently moved while in captivity and was traded among various groups of militants, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the closely held reports.

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video) Click to play video

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Taliban show video of Bergdahl's release

Video shown on Al-Emara, a Taliban website, shows the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl after five years of captivity in Afghanistan.

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Henry Belot: Travis Longmore is up early taking a picture of himself taking a picture. It's not a bad view from Kingston foreshore this morning. Watch out for the swans!

Canberra Times front page: June 10, 2014.

Canberra Times front page: June 10, 2014.

On today's front page..

Inmates at Canberra's jail have had dessert reduced on the menu as more and more are watching their waistlines.

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.

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.

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 weather today is expected to be partly cloudy, with a 20 per cent chance of rain.

It should reach a top of 15 degrees this afternoon. At 7am, it's 3 degrees.

Here's how it's looking for the rest of the week.

  • Wednesday: 1C, 15C. Morning fog clearing to a mostly sunny day.
  • Thursday: 0C, 14C. Partly cloudy, areas of morning fog.
  • Friday: 6C, 11C. Cloudy, areas of rain.

Local stocks are poised to open higher as both the Dow and S&P 500 closed at fresh highs yet again.

The Australian dollar is at 93.53 US cents, 95.88 Japanese yen, 68.81 Euro cents and 55.67 British pence.

On Wall St, S&P 500 +0.1%, Dow +0.1%, Nasdaq +0.2%.

Good morning Canberra, it's time to get blogging in this short working week.

Hope you all had a relaxing long weekend.

It's a cool morning in the capital today, with a top of 15 degrees forecast. There's a chance of a little morning drizzle before a partly cloudy afternoon.

We'll be here, bringing you the top headlines over the next three hours.

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  • To follow on from Friday's question - can the C/T provide details of the number of Double Demerit fines issued over the weekend (and a comparison with averages for the ACT)?

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