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Tegan Osborne: That's it from us this morning. Hope your morning is going well so far.

We'll be back tomorrow from 6.30am.

Here's a wrap of the top five 'most clicked' stories of the morning.

1. Counting continues in tight race for second Senate seat

2. RSPCA denies using concrete to kill rabbits

3. Raiders stars caught boozing before key match

4. Unreality TV mantrap exposes the sexual divide

5. Labor loses ground in vital Queanbeyan booths

Concrete was poured into warrens at the RSPCA ACT's Weston headquarters on August 28, creating a danger of rabbit suffocation or starvation.

Concrete was poured into warrens at the RSPCA ACT's Weston headquarters on August 28, creating a danger of rabbit suffocation or starvation.

Police are urging drivers to avoid Hindmarsh Drive in Lyons following a collision.

Emergency services are reportedly on the scene.

Novak Djokovic roars back into the men's final.

Novak Djokovic roars back into the men's final. Photo: Getty Images

If you're keen on the tennis this morning, you can follow the action as Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal takes on fellow top five titan Novak Djokovic in the US Open men's final via our live blog.

It's currently underway and Djokovic has consolidated his early break in the second set. The score is 2-6, 6-3, 2-0. He has won 65 points to Nadal's 64, hit 25 winners to 14, but committed 27 unforced errors to 14. 

Stephanie Anderson: Mike Kelly has thanked his supporters as the count continues in Eden-Monaro.

The latest figures issued by the Australian Electoral Commission has the Labor incumbent trailing his Liberal challenger Peter Hendy by 569 votes, though the final result may not be known for days.

We'll keep you updated on the bellwether seat as the day - and the count - progresses. Meanwhile, you can catch up on what we know so far here.

And the Australian dollar is higher as a stream of strong data out of China boosts confidence about the world’s second biggest economy.

The Aussie dollar was recently buying 0.9233 US dollars, and 0.6966 Euro.

The ASX is set to open higher buoyed by miners as the pace of growth in China appears to have bottomed.

 

In case you've just joined us, the battle for the second ACT Senate spot continues today.

Greens candidate Simon Sheikh is holding out hope for below-the-line votes, but Liberal candidate Zed Seselja has achieved one-third of primary vote.

Meantime, Liberal Peter Hendy has edged further in front as counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro.

Liberal candidate Peter Hendy at his Greenleigh home while counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro.

Liberal candidate Peter Hendy at his Greenleigh home while counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

If you're originally from Melbourne, this may be interest to you.

High-rating Melbourne breakfast radio duo Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek have quit as hosts of Nova 100's breakfast program.

The pair announced their decision to listeners on Tuesday morning's program.

"Hughesy and I have decided that this will be our last year on the show," Langbroek told listeners, "and we have loved it and still love it ... but let's face it, we've had big lives, we're tired – not of each other actually."

Quit: Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes will leave Nova after 12 years on air.

Quit: Kate Langbroek and Dave Hughes will leave Nova after 12 years on air. Photo: Supplied

Updating you on the weather this morning, right now it's 17.9C outside.

The forecast is for a top of 19C, although at the rate we're going so far it could well be higher.

The day will be mostly sunny.

If you've got a unique Canberra image, a news tip or a comment for us, please get in touch.

We'd love to hear from you.

Email online@canberratimes.com.au, tweet @canberratimes or go to our Facebook page.

The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere.

The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere. Photo: David Pope

Another native orchid shot from David Pope.

The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere.

The orchids are out on Black Mountain this morning. Pink fingers have sprung up everywhere.

Canberra Times editorial cartoonist David Pope has been up early this morning, and has sent in some pictures of the native pink finger orchids in bloom out on Black Mountain.

You've got to love spring in Canberra. Just beautiful.

Stephanie Anderson: If you have questions over the US response to the crisis in Syria, best to get an early night’s sleep.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will be taking part in a Google+ Hangout at 4am tomorrow, following Mr Kerry’s apparently offhand suggestion regarding chemical weapons in the country.

The online event also coincides with the anniversary of 9/11.

Google+ Hangout with John Kerry

Google+ Hangout with John Kerry Photo: Supplied

A Uruguayan man has been found alive after four months lost in the Andes.

Raul Fernando Gomez Cincunegui, 58, was spotted by Argentine officials on Sunday flying into the remote mountain area by helicopter to check snow levels.

Mr Gomez had been sheltering in a mountain refuge 9,300ft above sea level, in the shadow of Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside the Himalayas and ran out of the hut and managed to attract their attention.

He survived the ordeal by eating rats he caught in a homemade trap, as well as raisins and sugar left in the hut.

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This week's column by Jenna Price is a good read.

Inspired by this week's season premiere of The Bachelor Australia, she's flipped the coin.

Her column is a little piece of fiction about what it might be like if your 'typical' Aussie, twenty-something single female were the focus of the show.

"Now she's a schoolteacher. She can deal with 25 kids at once, all competing for attention.

Behaviour-management techniques are key for dealing with large groups of boys who really should be running around the playground for 30 minutes before they attempt to sit in class and pay attention.

Or before they spend any time with a woman and attempt to pay her serious attention...."

Read the full column here.

Unreality TV mantrap exposes sexual divide

Unreality TV mantrap exposes sexual divide

Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal has won the first set of his US Open final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-2, in 42 minutes.

In the 37th meeting between the two titans of tennis, Nadal broke early to lead 2-1, and he maintained his dominance throughout the set.

The game is ongoing - we'll keep you updated.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Photo: Reuters

Former ACT Greens MLAs say the proliferation of minor parties hurt their party's vote in the federal election, but remain optimistic Simon Sheikh can still clinch the ACT's second Senate seat.

Former ACT Greens Leader Meredith Hunter said on Monday the Greens' territory campaign was "incredibly run" but the national tide towards conservative parties had been reflected in the local vote.

"Last time we were at about 16-18 per cent in the house of reps seats," she said.

"This time it has dropped back.

"It's a bit of a reflection that there were a lot of people in the community veering across to the conservatives."

A spate of incidents led police to attend three Canberra primary schools on Monday.

ACT Policing is investigating the cause of two small fires at Garran Primary School which led all students and staff to be evacuated.

Police also attended the St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder after the remains of an exploded tin were found on the lawn near the front office.

Police also attended Ngunnawal Primary School on Monday after a domestic issue.

The remains of an explosive device that was set of in front of the front office of St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder.

The remains of an explosive device that was set of in front of the front office of St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

If you've ever wanted to learn more about cloud computing, you have an opportunity to do so today at the University of Canberra.

Expert in the field Dr Timothy Chou from Stanford University is giving a talk explaining the basics of cloud computing, the fundamental economics that underpin it and its implications for the global service economy.

The talk takes place today from 3pm to 5pm in the Clive Price room in Building 1.

Registration is essential - find out more here.

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer speaks to the media on election night at Palmer Coolum Resort, at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast.

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer speaks to the media on election night at Palmer Coolum Resort, at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: Michelle Smith

Mining magnate Clive Palmer says he won’t win the Queensland seat of Fairfax because the electoral system is corrupt.

The Australian Electoral Commission website has Mr Palmer as the frontrunner in the race for the Sunshine Coast seat, with 51.83 per cent of the vote after preferences.

But the Palmer United Party (PUP) founder says his Liberal National Party rival Ted O’Brien is likely to get over the line by a few hundred votes.

‘‘I’d be highly surprised if I won,’’ he told AAP today.

Mr Palmer says he’d be highly surprised if he won because voting irregularities and the security of the ballots will prevent it.

He says his party will block Tony Abbott’s policy agenda in the Senate unless there’s electoral reform.

An update from ACTION.

Experts say a painting found in a Norwegian attic was painted by Vincent Van Gogh.

It comes after two years of investigations including the use of new research techniques.

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Reporter Luke Mogelson who is believed to be on a refugee boat headed to Australia.

Reporter Luke Mogelson who is believed to be on a refugee boat headed to Australia.

In case you missed this yesterday - two New York Times journalists on assignment have made the perilous passage from Indonesia to Christmas Island on an asylum seeker boat.

American journalist Luke Mogelson and Dutch photographer Joel van Houdt made the voyage to document asylum seekers' experiences.

They were intercepted on a boat carrying 57 asylum seekers on Monday and taken Christmas Island, reportedly sunburnt and exhausted. The pair were quizzed by Australian Federal Police but had valid visas and were promptly released.

The scale of the Coalition's border protection challenge has been underlined by the arrival of three asylum seeker boats in as many days.

Former trade minister Richard Marles has told ABC's Lateline, while Anthony Albanese would be a great Labor leader he believes Bill Shorten’s leadership is crucial for the party.

It came as former health minister Tanya Plibersek urged her colleagues not to rush into choosing their next leader, saying whoever is picked must be in it for the long haul.

Speaking on Q&A Ms Plibersek urged her Labor colleagues to present a united front, and said they need not just to choose someone who can take them to the next election and potentially win and be prime minister, but also someone who would be around for two terms of longer if that was their fate.

Bringing forward big ticket items like the Australia Forum and direct international flights and a resurgent property sector will help the territory's transition under the incoming Coalition Government, says Canberra Airport's managing director Stephen Byron.

In the wake of warnings of the Coalition's public sector cuts triggering a recession, Mr Byron says the ACT economy can withstand deeper efficiency drives.

''I think the challenge for us is not to talk down the ACT economy,'' he said.

John Thistleton has the story here.

 

America may have opened the door to a diplomatic solution to avoid airstrikes on Syria, with an apparently offhand suggestion from US Secretary of State John Kerry being taken up by Russia and other allies.

Mr Kerry told reporters in London that if the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad immediately surrendered all his chemical weapons to international control he could avert the Obama administration's drive for an attack.

Now, Syria's key ally Russia has proposed that Syria place its chemical weapons under international control for their destruction.

US secretary of State John Kerry in  London ...  if the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad immediately surrendered all his chemical weapons to international control he could avert US airstrikes.

US secretary of State John Kerry in London ... if the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad immediately surrendered all his chemical weapons to international control he could avert US airstrikes. Photo: AFP

Kate Carnell.

Kate Carnell. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stephanie Anderson: Former ACT Chief Minister Kate Carnell has spoken out about the importance of good mental health in the workplace.

Speaking on World Suicide Prevention Day, the beyondblue CEO said depression, anxiety and other mental health problems have a huge impact on productivity in the workplace.

“It is estimated that depression alone causes six million lost working days and 12 million days of reduced productivity each year and also costs Australian businesses $12 billion annually in lost productivity and staff turnover,” she said.

“Having a mentally healthy workplace boosts productivity because staff take fewer sick days, are more engaged and stay in their jobs longer.”

The organisation also announced it will be providing male-dominated workplaces with free or heavily-subsidised training sessions to improve the mental health of workers.

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The Youth in ACTion for Suicide Prevention Network will be holding an event to mark the day at the UC Refectory at the University of Canberra, from 11am to 3pm.

As part of the event messages of hope will be written on red balloons, which will be tied around the refectory.

More information here.

Today's cartoon is by Matt Adams.

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Road work continues today on Hibberson Street in Gungahlin.

Both lanes of the road will be closed temporarily today while asphalt work takes place.

There's also a temporary restriction on parking at the taxi and loading zones. Alternative parking, including disability parking bays, are available at Gungahlin Marketplace. 

Access to the shopping centre will be maintained and detour signage will be in place.

Labor MPs look likely to install Bill Shorten as party leader under a consensus plan designed to avoid a ballot.

Former deputy prime minister Anthony Albanese remains in the frame with strong support in the parliamentary caucus, but is said to favour standing aside to allow Mr Shorten through and avoid a contest.

And amid desperate calls for unity within the Labor party, former minister Craig Emerson has unloaded a torrent of bile, describing Kevin Rudd as a destabilising influence who had it in his nature to undermine.

Mr Rudd would inevitably stalk the next leader, too, Mr Emerson said.

Full story by Mark Kenny.

Potential new leader: Bill Shorten.

Potential new leader: Bill Shorten. Photo: Wayne Hawkins

Stephanie Anderson: And on the subject of election signage, we hear that some movie fans got a little cheeky in the lead up to Saturday’s vote.

Apparently the pranksters had been pasting the face of Nicholas Cage – actor, producer and butt of many jokes – over those of political candidates.

Re-elected Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh was one of those targeted.

Have you got a photo of these altered signs? We’d love you to flick them through to online@canberratimes.com.au

Stephanie Anderson: The votes are still being counted for some seats, but the time for election signage has well and truly passed.

The deadline for removing signs was 6pm last night, 48 hours after the close of polls on Saturday.

Political candidates who are yet to remove their election material may face fines, including a collection fee for seized signs.

We’ll bring you more details on this as the morning progresses.

But let us know if you’ve seen any signs still up around Canberra. Hit us up at online@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

Lovely sunrise shot from @handmademarket on Twitter this morning. Thanks!

Glenn Lazarus’ switch from the front-row to the upper house of politics has caught former teammates off-guard, but caterers have been warned to be well prepared for the rugby league great’s impending arrival.

Lazarus is on the verge of making the shock transition to the senate and winning a seat for the Palmer United Party.

The party had won 10.32 per cent of the primary vote in Queensland, before preferences are counted, giving the party 0.72 of a senate quota.

Raiders legend Steve Walters played alongside Lazarus, and admitted the news Lazarus had moved into politics had come from left field, but not as much as the one catering staff should expect when he arrives in the national capital with larger than life PUP leader Clive Palmer.

‘‘The first thing the caterers need to do is stock up that canteen and get a bit more food in at Parliament House,’’ Walters joked.

 

Former Rugby League Player and now Palmer United Party Candidate for the Senate in Queensland Glenn Lazarus.

Former Rugby League Player and now Palmer United Party Candidate for the Senate in Queensland Glenn Lazarus. Photo: Harrison Saragossi

The Canberra Times Spring Photo Competition is officially under way.

The weather is so delightful out there at the moment, you have no excuses not to get snapping.

Here's some early entries to get you inspired.

Find out how to enter the competition here.

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Canberra Times readers Spring photocomp 2013

Pollen dusted bee. Photo: Adrian Kelson

You can examine the latest election results from around the country using our interactive map.

Type in the candidate or seat in the search field, or zoom in to find the electorate.

Meantime the battle for the seat of Eden-Monaro is also ongoing.

Liberal challenger Peter Hendy has edged further in front as counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro, which may yet retain its famous bellwether status.

Mr Hendy's thin lead over sitting Labor MP Mike Kelly was extended to 569 votes, on a two-candidate preferred basis, on Monday evening after a routine recount of polling day ballots.

Full story by Stephanie Anderson and Noel Towell here.

Liberal candidate Peter Hendy at his Greenleigh home while counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro.

Liberal candidate Peter Hendy at his Greenleigh home while counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Greens candidate Simon Sheikh.

Greens candidate Simon Sheikh. Photo: Rohan Thomson

The race for the second Senate seat between Liberal candidate Zed Seselja and Greens candidate Simon Sheikh continues.

Mr Sheikh is still holding out hope for below-the-line votes, but Mr Seselja has achieved one-third of primary vote.

Full story by Ross Peake here.

 

There's the possibility of a late shower today but the weather should be mostly sunny otherwise.

We're heading towards a top of 19C and can expect northwesterly winds of between 20 to 30 km/h, tending westerly and between 30 to 45 km/h in the morning.

What about the rest of the week? It's going to be a little cooler than last week.

Wednesday - Party cloudy, max 15C

Thursday - Mostly sunny, max 15C.

Friday - Possible shower, max 15C.

Tony Abbott’s chief of staff Peta Credlin will face the ACT Magistrates Court today to answer a low-level drink driving charge.

The 42-year-old blew 0.075 when she was caught by police outside her Canberra home after Mr Abbott's budget reply speech in May.

She's expected to plead guilty.

Peta Credlin: "The fiercest political warrior ever."

Peta Credlin: "The fiercest political warrior ever." Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tegan Osborne: Why hello Canberra. Thanks for joining me bright an early this Tuesday morning. 

The race for the second ACT Senate seat continues today, as does the battle for Eden-Monaro.

We'll bring you the latest on both ongoing sagas shortly, as well as all the other news of the morning.

Right now it's 14.3C outside. Let's get blogging.

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