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Canberra Mornings Live: Wednesday, March 27

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A final blog update for you on two crashes in Canberra this morning.

In the city, the intersection of Alinga Street and West Row has been reopened after a bus and car collided. 


At about 8.40am two cars collided in Fadden, delaying traffic at the intersection of Bugden Ave and Partridge St. 

An ACT Policing spokesman said the accident has been cleared and the road reopened.


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An update from ACT Policing on the bus and car crash in Canberra's CBD.

It seems the crash was at the intersection of Alinga St and West Row, not Alinga and Moore as previously reported.


An ESA spokesman said an ambulance is at the scene of the crash assessing those involved for injuries.

If you feel like disappearing for a while today, find out how in the latest New Journal of Physics. It reveals that scientists in the US have created a miniature version of Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. Physicists at the University of Texas say they’re a step closer to a cloak that could hide a person in broad daylight. Their research has so far produced an ultra-low profile cloak, made of a new kind of material called a meta-screen. It works by scattering and cancelling out incoming waves, and the researchers were able to use the cloak to shield an 18cm cylindrical rod from microwaves.


Harry Potter in his cloak of invisibility.
Harry Potter in his cloak of invisibility. 
John-Paul Moloney.

The Rex on Northbourne will be the scene for the climax of a political stoush that has at times had a touch of Game of Thrones (minus the gore and nudity of course) about it, and has even flushed out in legal advice to support Zed Seselja a quote from Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth - "what's done, cannot be undone''. But the hotel has its own political history and drama, once providing a bed for a sitting US president, Lyndon B Johnson.  And he certainly went all the way with the hospitality of the city, according to a recollection by a former police chief, Ron Dillon, retold in 2007 by Canberra Times editor-at-large Jack Waterford.

"[Dillon] once had a fairly drunk Lyndon Johnson under his coat in the back seat of a police vehicle, taking him back to the Canberra Rex from a boozy night with Harold Holt at The Lodge. No one, certainly not the students camped outside the hotel, knew, because the official American car had swept in, surrounded by security, hours before and been ritually shouted and waved at,'' Waterford wrote.

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A car and a bus have collided in Canberra's centre this morning at the intersection of Moore and Alinga Streets.

An ACT Policing spokesman said the crash happened at about 9.10am. 

It's unclear whether anyone was injured.

There are reports that a section of the road is closed - if you're in a hurry, perhaps avoid the area.

More shortly.

A good morning on the buses. Just two cancelled services in the morning run of 726.

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If you pass through Fadden in Canberra's south to get to work, you may need to re-plan your route this morning.

There's been a two car collision at the intersection of Bugden Ave and Partridge St, reported at about 8.40am.

Police are warning drivers to expect major delays.

An ESA spokesman said nobody was injured.

Police are at the scene and fire fighters are on the way.

We'll bring you more shortly.

John-Paul Moloney.
Gary Humphries and Zed Seselja.
Gary Humphries and Zed Seselja. Photo: Colleen Petch

The newsroom will be working late tonight to cover The Stink, also known as the Liberals' preselection battle between Gary Humphries and Zed Seselja.  Lisa Cox will be keeping an ear our out for pre-meeting rumbles out of both camps, and tonight Noel Towell and Ross Peake will be camped out at the Rex as the meeting gets underway.  But before then there's plenty of news happening.

Emma Macdonald will be at the Master Builders Association press call this morning where they'll release their response to the work safety inquiry. That's bound to cause a stir.  Another interesting one will come from property reporter Stephanie Anderson, who is looking at a local architect's concerns that bank valuations are biased towards large, inferior quality homes.  

Tomorrow is our last print edition before we give the presses a rest for Good Friday, so reporter Matthew Raggatt is working on an essential guide to Easter services, including the traditional messages from the city's Christian leaders.   And of course we'll be digging deeper into today's stories, including our exclusive this morning about the dramas with the salary of ACTEW director Mark Sullivan.  As always, our readers are a terrific source of news tips, so if there's something we should be looking into, drop us a line.

Beautiful images from Lake Burley Griffin this morning, from our blogger Paul Jurak.

Each morning Paul takes a paddle in his kayak on Lake Burley Griffin and shares what he sees on his photo blog Lake View.

See more shots from today here.

From the lake on March 27.
From the lake on March 27. Photo: Paul Jurak
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An accident at Fadden - expect major delays. More on this soon.

John-Paul Moloney.

Might a mighty mite make a difference? ACT Parks and Conservation are hoping so as they prepare today to release the Broom gall mite into a property near Williamsdale hoping it'll go on a seek and destroy mission against invasive weed Scotch Broom.  The mite has been given to the ACT free of charge as part of a partnership with a range of government organisations, including the CSIRO. 

While the canetoad experience might cause we ordinary folk some concern about transplanting one organism to a new place to control a pest, Parks and Conservation director Daniel Iglesias says the mite feeds and develops almost exclusively on Scotch Broom and has been successfully used in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.  The ACT Government has budged almost $2 million this year to tackle weeds such as St John's Wort, Blackberry, African Lovegrass and Paterson's Curse.

Our reporter Emma Macdonald has given us the heads up this morning.

At 11am today, the Master Builders Association will reveal its response to the ACT's independent inquiry into unacceptable death and injury rates in Canberra's construction industry.

Emma spoke to the MBA ahead of the release of their response. You can read the story here.

Will have more for you after 11am on the homepage.

If you missed the Rte 318 from Lanyon at 8.21am, you didn't really. Next bus in 20 minutes.

An update on the Rte 11 from Calwell

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If you hear a thunderous roar overhead this morning, don't panic. A Super Hornet will be buzzing about.

From our reporter Tom McIlroy this morning...

More than 2400 University of Canberra students have closed their books for the last time and will this week don academic robes for graduation ceremonies at Parliament House.

Graduates of the faculty of business, government & law and the faculty of health were recognised at the first of eight ceremonies yesterday.

Did you or someone you know get snapped? Check out our photo gallery.


Emergency services are still trying to determine the cause of a house fire in Evatt overnight.

Crews were called to the home in Sheehy Street just before 9.45pm, where they found a small fire in the bedroom.

A spokesman said there were no injuries and damage was minimal.



If you're waiting at Calwell Shops for the Rte 11, you have time for another coffee.


Don’t get caught with a full bin over Easter.

Territory and Municipal Services has advised that residents who normally receive garbage and recycling collection services on Friday will have these collections on Saturday March 30, 2013.

Bins must be placed on the kerb by 7 am on Saturday 30 March 2013. All other collections will continue as normal.

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