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Three partners growing garlic near Michelago south of Canberra are one of the reason farmers markets across Australia have doubled from 2004 to 2011, and now number about 150; people will pay a premium for fresh local produce.

Our reporter John Thistleton will be heading out to 'Ingelara' on Wednesday to meet one of the partners, John Pye and will ask him why they allow some of their best garlic to sit for a month and turn as black as a jellybean...

A bipartisan group of federal MPs have told the Egyptian Ambassador that the jailing of journalist Peter Greste in Egypt has appalled and outraged Australians.

And the chair of Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Teresa Gambaro has demanded the Ambassador explain what he is doing personally to lobby for Mr Greste's freedom.

Dr Hassan El-Laithy appeared before the committee at Parliament House late Tuesday afternoon in a private session. MPs are forbidden from discussing what took place at the meeting but sources from inside the room have told Fairfax Media, on the condition of anonymity, that the Ambassador was sent a "strong" message.

Australian journalist Peter Greste.
Australian journalist Peter Greste. Photo: AFP

Apple fans, there may be an announcement for you coming out soon.

Bloomberg is reporting that the company is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9 inch version of the iPad for 2015.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has been working for more than a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices.

The iPad may be about to get bigger.
The iPad may be about to get bigger. 

Hilltop Hoods have just announced their largest domestic tour to date, the ‘Cosby Sweater Tour’, which is Stage 4 of their 2014 world tour.

The tour kicks off in October and will see them play 21 dates, even passing through The Old Mount Gambier Gaol. They'll be in Canberra on October 30 at AIS arena; tickets go on sale 11am Monday, September 1.

Barry Drive has been reopened after the earlier collision between a bus and a cyclist.


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David Pope has weighed in on proposed new security laws this morning.

Aaron Paul with his Emmy.
Aaron Paul with his Emmy. Photo: AFP

Here's a look at the top stories on the site this morning.


Federal Parliament is in session again today and Judith Ireland is again blogging proceedings in the Politics Live blog.

After an icy start to the day for Sarah Hanson-Young, Judith is covering what's happening inside the building - right now the House of Reps continues to debate the Fair Work Amendment Bill.

Know anyone who has worked at Red Rooster in the last few years?

The roast chicken joint will have to repay more than $645,000 to 3140 current and former employees – nearly half its workforce – after a self-audit taken in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The repayment is the largest among companies doing self-audits, according to the FWO Ombudsman. Every single Red Rooster employee who was audited was underpaid, the FWO confirmed.

The audit was instigated after complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman from Red Rooster employees about underpayment of wages.

All Red Rooster employees whose wages were audited had been underpaid.
All Red Rooster employees whose wages were audited had been underpaid.  Photo: Viki Lascaris

Don't get hysterical yet. It's not official. But rumours are swirling that power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z will be headed to Australia.

Their 'On The Run' stadium tour has had 19 North American dates so far, with an estimated 850,000 people watching the pair on stage.

Fairfax has put in calls to their label and promoter - and of course, keeping an eye on social media for any news of a tour Down Under.

Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Beyonce, Jay Z and Blue Ivy at the MTV Video Music Awards. 
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Corin Forest covered up the snow yesterday to protect it from washing away in the rain, but the snow play is on again for young and old today. With moisture still around, the alpine slide remains closed though.


In case you missed it, the Chop Shop, the crowd-funded art and music venue slated for Braddon, could be open in early September as organisers and the ACT Government work together to lift the stop work notice that has left the project in limbo for a month.

The Chop Shop is the brainchild of artists Pat Rose and Sancho Murphy, who planned to open a temporary gallery, bar and live music venue in an old mechanic's workshop on Lonsdale Street that is set to be torn down in January 2015.

They created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 for the project - a goal that was broken with a week to spare, eventually raising $17,380.

Pat Rose, Sancho Murphy and Patrick Dillon in the warehouse that will become The Chop Shop pop-up bar and gallery.
Pat Rose, Sancho Murphy and Patrick Dillon in the warehouse that will become The Chop Shop pop-up bar and gallery. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Canberra's Wallett sisters, Hannah and Alice, had a big weekend.

Alice, 21 was cycling in the first stage of the Tour of Kings Valley, eventually won by Canberra's Bec Wiasak, when a vehicle came into contact with her back wheel, causing her to be thrown off.

Later older sister Hannah kicked 14 goals for the Belconnen Magpies in the Canberra Women's AFL. 

It put her in the top four goal-kickers in Australian football matches across the country on the weekend -former AFL bad boy Brendan Fevola kicked 16 - and saw her rocket to the top of the competition's goal kickers in the last regular game of the season.

Contrasting fortunes: Canberra sisters Alice  and Hannah Wallett.
Contrasting fortunes: Canberra sisters Alice and Hannah Wallett. Photo: Jay Cronan

Wow. This is an incredible story.

A woman, armed with only a sickle and spade, has fought a leopard. And won.

The 56-year-old villager in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, was fetching water when she was attacked by the leopard that had been hiding in nearby bushes.

Armed with rudimentary tools, she was forced to fight to the death. You can read the full story of how she won the battle here.

To the death: A 56-year-old Indian villager used farming tools to fight a leopard which attacked her in the northern ...
To the death: A 56-year-old Indian villager used farming tools to fight a leopard which attacked her in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Photo: Getty Images

An update to that crash in Acton; ACT Ambulance officers are treating a male cyclist in his 50s for head injuries.

He's about to be transported to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition, meanwhile another ambulance is on its way to the scene to treat a female patient on a bus with chest pain.

I'm chasing details on what actually happened.


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Australia's biggest food festival - Good Food Month - is coming to Canberra as a standalone event for the first time this year.

Mark your diary for October, when Canberra's best chefs and restaurants will be hosting special dinners, lunches, talks and masterclasses throughout the month. This year's celebrity guest star is Frank Camorra from MoVida in Melbourne, who is coming to Canberra for a one-off dinner at Parlour Wine Room on October 22.

Other highlights include a sake-matching dinner at fine dining Japanese restaurant Iori, a barbecue dinner at Temporada and a gin dinner at Pod Food.

The official program is out now in today's Canberra Times or online at with a full list of events.

Emergency services are on the way to a motor vehicle accident in Acton. We'll bring you more news once they report in from the scene:


Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is the latest pollie to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

She's been non-partisan in her nominations, challenging her boss Christine Milne, Palmer United Party boss Clive Palmer and Liberal's Scott Morrison to follow suit.

It's still looking a bit cloudy out there, but the Bureau of Meteorology says there's only a 30 per cent chance of rain today; Erin Bennett tweeted this picture of 'Bruce'.


The Brumbies appear to be split over the future of Pat McCabe.

Coach Stephen Larkham confirmed on Wednesday morning that his career was over, following diagnosis from a specialist that the 26-year-old had fractured his neck for the third time.

Larkham told ABC radio that McCabe had made the decision he's not going to play again - but the Brumbies told The Canberra Times a short time later that no decision had been made.

The club also tweeted out its statement to its followers:

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