Raji Sukumaran, the mother of Myuran Sukumaran and Michael Chan, the brother of Andrew Chan among the families of both Bali Nine members and Australian consular officials on board a boat headed for to Nusakambangan. Photo: Kate Geraghty
BALI NINE: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were delighted to see their siblings and parents during an emotional five hour encounter on Monday, the first since the Bali nine duo's transfer from a Bali jail to the place of their planned execution.
The reformed drug smugglers have been treated well by their Indonesian guards on Nusakambangan's Besi prison, Fairfax Media understands, in contrast to the humiliation of their paramilitary transportation to the penal island on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, a court decision delaying the round of executions could be made this week. Indonesia is waiting on the outcome of a review of the case of a Filipino migrant on death row, Attorney-General HM Prasetyo has revealed.
But in a potential blow for the Bali nine leaders an Indonesian court has rejected a legal challenge by a Nigerian on death row based on the same reason given for the dismissal of a similar challenge by Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran last month. Lawyers for the two Australians are appealing the ruling on Thursday.
- Two survivors of the attack that allegedly killed Tara Costigan are "recovering well", their family says.
- The Ainslie club group has a fight on its hands over plans to sell the Canberra City Bowling Club on prime Braddon land.
- Public servants at the Department of Foreign Affairs have been warned not to think of themselves as too special among their fellow bureaucrats.
- Australians are "sick of being lectured to by the United Nations", Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said after a report found Australia's treatment of asylum seekers breaches an international anti-torture convention.
- Treasurer Joe Hockey says he was not intimately involved in the set up and running of a Liberal party fundraising body despite his name and image being used to recruit members, during evidence in his defamation suit against Fairfax Media.
- No lease and an uncertain future clouds the development of the Majura Valley.
Jack Wighton was sent to the sin bin during Sunday night's match against the Sharks . Photo: Renee McKay
Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart believes niggling frustrated Jack Wighton into punching Cronulla's Sosaia Feki on Sunday night, insisting it would have been nipped in the bud before tempers flared if it was Billy Slater or Greg Inglis.
Wighton and Feki were sin binned in the second half of Canberra's 24-20 win after Wighton landed a right-hander on Feki's chin.
The Raiders fullback was charged with grade-one striking, but escaped suspension after taking the early guilty plea and 93 carryover points.
- Bangladesh knocked England out of the Cricket World Cup with a 15 run victory. England's loss mean they won't progress through the group stage.
- Ricky Stuart says props David Shillington and Shannon Boyd remain "well and truly" in his plans despite their omission from the Raiders round-one win at Cronulla.
- Former Wallaby and Queensland Red Greg Martin says his old province risks becoming Super Rugby "laughing stocks" and thinks ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham was right to call them "not up to Super Rugby standard".
- Canberra Racing chief executive Peter Stubbs says the $275,000 Black Opal Stakes lived up to its elevation to group 3 level - but it will be another year before he knows whether the move to two weeks before the $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes was a good one.
9.23am: There has been a crash on Isaacs with the southbound lane on Yamba drive blocked. "Please avoid the intersection of Yamba Drive and Dorsch Street, Isaacs due to a collision at that location," police said.
8.51: The crash on Morshead Drive has now been cleared, police have said.
8.44am: There has been a crash on Morshead Drive in Russell.
Morshead Drive, Russell is very slow for traffic due to a 2 car collision at that location. Please avoid the area and take care on the roads — ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) March 9, 2015
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Early risers can catch a slice of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, which continues to inflate colour into the capital's sky from 6am.
An almost 300-hectare hazard reduction burn south of the Googong Reservoir today may spread more smoke over the ACT.
Alisi Ulavalu of Waramanga, Louyna Ulavalu of Waramanga, Mahe Hala, 4, of Queanbeyan and Lucas Ulavalu, 3, of Waramanga. Photo: Melissa Adams
Hordes of families and friends braved the heat to soak up the colour of Canberra Day celebrations in the capital on Monday.
What could have easily been mistaken for a crowd enthralled by headline act SAFIA was in fact hundreds of families with young children gathering at the event's new location on the Patrick White Lawns to catch lively performances by the Octonauts and DJ Felixx.
Long lines weaved across the grass outside the National Library of Australia as the young and young-at-heart tackled hoops, a tug-of-war, jumping castles, a slippery dip and some dizzying spinning tea-cups.
Meanwhile Canberrans of all ages danced in the dark, glow sticks aplenty, as part of the No Lights No Lycra Rave CBR party, as local bands headlined by SAFIA drew a younger adult crowd outside.
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The Canberra Balloon Spectacular has been a photographer's delight since lifting off on Saturday. Photo: Jay Cronan
Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra with a forecast minimum 10 degrees and a top of 28 degrees.
The rest of the week: Wednesday, partly cloudy - min 13, max 31; Thursday, mostly sunny - min 13, max 29; Friday, cloudy - min 10, max 22; Saturday, partly cloudy - min 8, max 27