Tegan Osborne: That's it from us today. We'll be back tomorrow from 6.30am.
Have a good one.
Independent Senate candidate, Emmanuel Ezekiel-Hart, at his home and office in Belconnen. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Stephanie Anderson: One man has been hospitalised after a series of crashes throughout the capital this morning.
The man was transported to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition after fracturing his leg in a two car collision at Kings Avenue and National Circle, Barton, around 8.40am.
An ESA spokesman said another patient was also assessed at the scene.
No other injuries were reported from a later crash in O’Malley.
Updating you on that crash at O'Malley on Hindmash Drive. The road is now clear.
Update collision Hindmarsh Dr. Roadway is now clear— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 3, 2013
In case you missed it earlier - Aussie Lleyton Hewitt has been bundled out of the US Open.
He put up a tough fight, but Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny eventually won 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5.
Keep up to date with the latest federal election news today, via Judith Ireland's live blog.
Stephanie Anderson: Drivers are being urged to avoid the Hindmarsh Drive after a crash in O’Malley this morning.
Emergency crews were alerted to the two vehicle collision in the Woden bound lane, near the intersection with Tyagarah Street, shortly after 9am.
An ACT Policing spokeswoman said a vehicle was still on the road and traffic was banking up.
No information on injuries has been provided as yet, but we’ll keep you up to date as details come to hand.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s brother is backing a Liberal National Party candidate because he isn’t an Anglo-Saxon.
Greg Rudd, who is an independent senate candidate, has shot a Youtube video urging voters in the Labor-held Queensland electorate of Rankin to support the LNP’s David Lin.
Mr Rudd believes Mr Lin, who immigrated to Australia in 1988, is the best candidate.
He says the seat of Rankin has become very multicultural over the years and the time is right to have a non-Anglo Saxon Member of Parliament representing the seat.
Not a great morning on the roads.
There's been another two-car crash - this time in O'Malley in Canberra's south. Avoid Hindmarsh Dr and Tyagarah St intersection if you can.
2 vehicle collision at intersection of Hindmarsh Dr and Tyagarah St O'Malley. Emergency Services. Avoid the area— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 3, 2013
Our kayaking blogger Paul Jurak has been out on Lake Burley Griffin this morning and has sent in some shots.
Seems it was a a little foggy in the wee hours today. Here's a sneak peak - we'll have a full blog post up for you later this morning.
In the meantime, see more photos on the Kayak Cameraman's Facebook page
From the lake today. Photo: Paul Jurak
If you can can bring yourself to switch on a TV again after this Saturday's federal election, this could well be worth a watch.
Production company Working Dog, the team that brought us shows like Frontline and The Hollowmen, are turning their sights on federal and state politics.
The company has a new political satire in development for the ABC - whidh includes "desalination plants, very fast trains broadband networks and property developments" - the stuff which typically features in political promises.
The series, titled Utopia, will air in 2014.
Working Dog's old tricks
Frontline (1994-95, 1997): Working Dog's acclaimed series starring Jane Kennedy as reporter Brooke Vandenberg, Steve Bisley as news editor Graeme Prowse, Tiriel Mora as reporter Martin di Stasio and Rob Sitch as host Mike Moore.
Stephanie Anderson: Updating you on that earlier post about the crash in Canberra's south...
Emergency crews are on the scene of a two car crash in Barton.
ACT Policing have little detail on the collision at Kings Avenue and National Circle, reported around 8.40am, but a spokeswoman said no road closures were in place.
We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.
Stephanie Anderson: A woman has been taken to hospital following a crash across the border this morning.
Emergency crews were called to the two vehicle collision on Uriarra Road around 8.30am.
A Queanbeyan Police spokesman said one woman had to be freed from the wreckage and has since been taken to hospital. No details have been made available on her injuries.
Looks like there's been a two-vehicle crash in Barton, at Kings Ave and National Circuit. Avoid if you can.
2 vehicle collision intersection of Kings Ave and National Cirt Barton. Emergency services attending.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) September 3, 2013
We're in for a mostly sunny one today, with a top temperature of 23C.
There should be some light winds about, becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the afternoon.
Red Rapid Rte 200 (8.26am from DFO) will not operate due to cancellation. Next service at 8.38am may be delayed due to congestion. — ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 3, 2013
The latest ReachTEL poll has found almost 75 per cent of Australians believe a coalition victory is imminent on Saturday.
The poll, conducted last night, shows the coalition maintaining an election winning 52-48 two-party preferred vote over Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s struggling Labor team.
The poll found a whopping 74.2 per cent of voters, including almost half those voting Labor, believed the coalition will win.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is ahead of Mr Rudd as preferred PM, with 53 per cent saying he would do a better job.
Illustration: Michael Mucci
Canberra Times editor-at-large Jack Waterford writes this morning that if elected on Saturday Tony Abbott will not become a ravening wolf, as the Labor Party might have us believe.
"Labor has argued, unconvincingly it seems, that as soon as he is elected prime minister we will see the real Abbott springing out of the confines previously concealed by his ambition, the skills of his closest minders, and the mendacity of the media. Then, it is said, we will all regret what we have wrought....
"From the moment he (Abbott) is plonked in the Lodge or Kirribilli House, he will be thinking that he is a mere 1000 days away from the next gruelling election campaign. The stuff of that campaign, most probably, will be his words and actions in the meantime. He will be instantly regirding himself - or exercising self-control - to make sure that he does not stuff that up."
Some updates from ACTION.
Rte 710 (8:22am from Belc BS) will not operate due to cancellation. This is a the final morning 710 service— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 3, 2013
Rte 52 (7:30am from Hibberson St) will not operate due to cancellation. Next service at 7:54am— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 3, 2013
Peak riders of Blue Rapid 300 series (Belc to Woden between 7.27-8.25am) may experience a 5 min delay/congestion due to a service disruption— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 3, 2013
Rte 312 (7:27am from Tugg BS) will not operate due to cancellation. Next service at 8:28am— ACTION Bus Alerts (@ACTIONbusAlerts) September 3, 2013
Stephanie Anderson: Kevin Rudd has put in a last minute pledge for funds to finance the party’s online campaign.
In an email sent to supporters this morning, the Prime Minister asked for donations to reach millions of voters through social media platforms.
"Just $5 from you and your friends will help us reach more than 12 million Australians over the next three days through hugely popular platforms like Facebook," it read.
The plea comes just hours before the television and radio blackout on political advertising, which comes into effect at midnight.
September 4 email from Kevin Rudd Photo: Supplied
Clinton Jones Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Jones set fire to dwarf entertainer Blake Johnston at a South Melbourne pub a day after the team’s AFL season ended.
Johnston wasn’t seriously hurt in the incident and has decided not to press charges.
Local Year 12 students continue their two-day ACT Scaling Test today, which began yesterday morning.
If you're wondering how to prepare a nervous Year 12 student in your household for their exam today, take a look this article by Emma Macdonald.
Chewing gum can do wonders, it seems!
Gungahlin College Year 12 students Tarryn McClenahan-Brown, Peta Finglas- Watson, Brooke Commons, Louis Grant and Katherine Zeman chat while they eat their breakfast, before starting their ACT Scaling Test. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
$2 will be donated for every burrito or bowl purchased at Zambreros today, to help provide meals to Nicaraguan orphans. Photo: Kirk Gilmour
If you're looking for an easy lunch today, why not have Mexican and support a good cause?
Today is annual Plate for Plate day at Zambreros.
Throughout the year, Zambreros donates a meal to someone in need everytime a burrito or bowl is purchased. Since Zambreros was formed by Sam Prince in 2005, over one million meals have been provided to people living in poverty around the world.
But today an extra $2 will be donated for every burrito or bowl purchased, to help provide 100,000 meals to Nicaraguan orphans through a partnership with Stop Hunger Now and ORPHANetwork.
Have you signed up for the Canberra Times Fun Run yet? No? Well get to it.
With the fun run fast approaching, personal trainer Lee Campbell has some tips for completing your first fun run.
Mr Campbell, 41, has signed on as the Heart Foundation ACT ambassador for the Canberra Times Fun Run.
He says with the current obesity and diabetes figures in Australia, getting out and going for a walk or a run during the day is very important for improving the average Australians lifespan.
"And it also puts you in a great state of mind,” he said.
Lee Campbell, personal trainer, has signed on to be the Heart Foundation ACT ambassador for The Canberra Times Fun Run. Photo: Jay Cronan
Fairfax Media chairman Roger Corbett told ABC's Lateline program last night that Kevin Rudd was "discredited" as prime minister after being sacked by his colleagues and the Labor Party should have stuck with Julia Gillard.
''Here's a man that's really done the Labor Party enormous damage, destabilised it, and is now wishing to present himself to the Australian people as a prime minister,'' Mr Corbett said.
''I don't think the Australian people will cop that.''
Fairfax chairman Roger Corbett says Labor should have stuck with Julia Gillard. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer
Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Taliban in October last year, says 'pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism'.
The 16-year-old has officially opened a new library in Birmingham in the UK.
The teen now attends Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham.
Malala opens Europe's largest library
RAW VISION: The Pakistani school girl, who survived being shot by the Taliban, says 'pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism'.PT1M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2t3vp 620 349 September 4, 2013
Bridget and Frances Abbott as seen in the September issue of Harpers Bazaar Australia. Photo: Sam Hendel/Harpers Bazaar Australia
Jenna Clarke bring us an interesting story this morning on the difference in election coverage between major newspapers and the lifestyle glossies.
While the papers have been getting down and dirty, it's all been very polished and polite between Australia's magazine covers.
Local editions of style bibles Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar took two very different approaches to dealing with the 2013 race to The Lodge.
But both combined combining these high-powered and high-profile subjects with high-fashion.
Stephanie Anderson: There are only three days until the election and our political leaders are doing their best to keep up the pace of campaigning.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be hitting the trail in Victoria today, while Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will be on the hustings in Sydney.
Closer to home, Greens leader Christine Milne will be giving an election address at midday.
Stay tuned to canberratimes.com.au for all the political news as it unfolds today.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says Labor will never ‘‘pull up the white flag’’ on climate change and it is the wrong time to change direction on the issue.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has vowed to repeal Labor’s carbon tax, which is now transitioning to an emissions trading scheme, if the coalition wins Saturday’s election.But Labor says it won’t back away from this policy.
The coalition has hinted it may resort to a double dissolution if Labor and the Greens thwart their mandate to axe the tax.
Mr Rudd says Labor remains committed to its course of action on climate change, including the emissions trading scheme.
‘‘If we in Australia turn our back on it, it licenses everyone around the world to do the same,’’ he told the Nine Network on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks to the media in Launceston on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Meares
Around 1000 people will be working on polling booths in Canberra on Saturday.
They are hired by the Australian Electoral Commission to check names and usher people to the privacy of polling booths.
Ian Gordon, who is in charge of the commission's operation in the ACT, estimates the cost of staging the election in the territory at $950,000. For that money, voters will have a choice of 86 polling places in the territory.
On the ballot paper, they will face more choice than the last election.
Stephanie Anderson: Police are investigating a fire which caused extensive damage to a home at Narrabundah Long Stay Caravan Park last night.
Officers were called to the scene at the caravan park around 8.20pm, where emergency crews were already attempting to contain the fire inside a home.
No one was home at the time of the blaze, which caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.
Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire. We’ll keep you updated as more information comes to hand.
His dream run is over.
Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after suffering a sapping five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.
Hewitt was twice within sight of his first quarter-final since 2006 before falling 6-3 3-6 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 7-5 in a tension-filled four-hour cliffhanger.
Lleyton Hewitt of Australia returns to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Photo: ADAM HUNGER
US President Barack Obama has won strong backing from key Republican leaders for military strikes against Syria, even as Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied for support in the Senate.
Washington has dramatically closed ranks to send a message to President Bashar al-Assad that chemical weapons must not be used.
The developments in Washington comes as the UN refugee agency released grim new statistics about the more than two-year-old conflict, saying more than two million Syrians have now fled the violence.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. Mr Boehner said he will support the president's call for the US to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use. Photo: AP
Greens' Senate candidate Simon Sheikh. Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Greens will unveil a campaign today to restore full funding to the National Capital Authority to make sure Canberra does not miss out on tourism dollars next year.
The party's Senate candidate, Simon Sheikh, says Canberra's designer, Walter Burley Griffin, would be disappointed at the cuts to the authority's budget.
The authority is responsible for promoting Canberra, deciding how to develop significant areas such as Lake Burley Griffin and for maintenance programs.
Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre will be temporarily closed today for electrical works and the nature reserve’s electric barbecues will not be operating either.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve itself will still be open.
The visitor centre will re-open and electric barbecues will be back in operation tomorrow.
For more information go to tidbinbilla.com.au
Hamish Boland-Rudder: Finally, Canberra's bosses will soon have a chance to share their pain with their staff, families, and friends, thanks to the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Apparently one of the most common bits of feedback from the annual CEO Sleepout event is bosses asking why their workers can't join them for a freezing night sleeping on concrete to raise money for and awareness of homelessness.
So Vinnies have teamed up with local charity Communities@Work to announce a community version of the event to celebrate Canberra's centenary.
The Centenary Sleepout should be a little warmer than June's CEO-only event - it will be held on Friday, October 25 at the AIS. We'll bring you more details after their launch event later today, but if you're super keen you can register at their website.
2013 ACT Vinnies CEO sleepout
The 2013 ACT CEO sleepout was held in Canberra's Civic square, to raise funds and awareness about homelessness. Photo: Karleen Minney
Today's cartoon by David Pope.
"Zero hour for us begins with the first US cruise missile," Colonel Qassem Saadeddine, a member of the Free Syrian Army's high command, said from his post just across from the Turkish border.
Syrian President Bashar Assad's opponents are depending on the United States to end a stalemate in the 2 ½-year conflict as President Barack Obama seeks congressional approval to strike Syria for what his administration says was a sarin gas attack last month by the government in Damascus.
Obama urges Congress on Syria strike
RAW VISION: US President Barack Obama calls on Congress for a prompt vote on his resolution to authorise limited military strikes in Syria.PT0M40S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2t3up 620 349 September 4, 2013
Andrew Leigh. Photo: Jay Cronan
Labor MP for Fraser Andrew Leigh isn't even entertaining the thought his preferences might be distributed in Saturday's poll, after it was revealed his how-to-vote card preferences an anti-Islam party above the Greens and the Democrats.
Tuesday's Canberra Times reported that Mr Leigh's instructions for supporters included numbering the Rise Up Australia party third on the ballot paper, behind the Palmer United Party, but ahead of the Democrats, Greens, and Bullet Train for Australia.
Despite disagreeing with Rise Up’s politics, Labor has preferenced the party in its top four on how-to-vote cards for 15 seats, including Fraser in the ACT.
In a letter to The Canberra Times on Tuesday, Mr Leigh said the major parties’ preferences in Fraser were ‘‘irrelevant’’.
Sending porn through the work email system is not an automatic sacking offence, Australia’s employers have been warned.
The nation’s industrial tribunal says “special rules” do not apply to email porn peddlars in the workplace and the same unfair dismissal laws apply as with other forms of misbehaviour.
The full bench of Fair Work Australia has found that three Victorian postal workers were “harshly” dismissed after being caught using the Australia Post email system to distribute sexually explicit material around their workplace.
There's another warm day on the way. Right it's 4C outside and we're heading toward a top 22C.
The forecast is for a mostly sunny day with light winds.
Taking a look ahead at the rest of the week...
Thursday - Mostly sunny, max 23C.
Friday - Possible light shower, max 22C.
Saturday - Morning shower or two, max 20C.
Sunday - Partly cloudy, max 20C.
Tegan Osborne: Good morning Canberra. Happy hump day.
The countdown to the federal election continues today, as our pollies go into overdrive ahead of Saturday's big decision.
We'll bring you all the latest from the hustings shortly.
And there's lots of other news ahead too. Breaking news reporter Stephanie Anderson is back on deck today after several weeks holidays, so be nice to her.
We'll be with you until 9.30am. Let's get to it.