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Canberra mornings: March 26, 2015

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Canberra Hospital staff who are ready to take industrial action from Monday over pay and conditions. Pictured are Peter Velloza (retrieval specialist), Will Matthiesson (anaesthetist), Mark Oliver (intensivist), Jamie Cristie (emergency specialist), Bronwyn Avard (intensive care director), Dilip Nithyanandam (anaesthetist), Marta Kot (intensive care specialist), Heman Tse (anaesthetist), Stuart Stapleton (Calvary emergency director), and Lanie Stephens (anaesthetist). Photo: Rohan Thomson

Canberra Hospital staff who are ready to take industrial action from Monday over pay and conditions. Photo: Rohan Thomson

More than 30 senior doctors from Canberra Hospital are preparing to launch strike action on Monday, calling on ACT Health to guarantee their current pay and conditions amid long-running industrial negotiations.

Representatives of the group, which includes specialists, intensive care and emergency department doctors, anaesthetics, radiation and oncology staff and retrieval crews, have called for meetings with Health Minister Simon Corbell.


On Tuesday, ACT Health received notice of plans for ongoing industrial action for an indefinite period from midnight on Monday, March 30.  The group has received authorisation to strike from the Fair Work Commission.



Blake Ferguson looks on before the start of the round one NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters. Photo: Getty

Canberra Raiders chief executive Don Furner has no regrets about taking a tough stance on former stars Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan, but reckons "other clubs pay lip service" when it comes to setting the right example for the game

A week after Dugan came back to haunt his old side, Raiders fans will once again think what might have been when their side faces Ferguson in Sunday's clash with the Sydney Roosters. It's the first time the Raiders will go up against Ferguson since the NSW representative had his contract torn up for a series of off-field incidents two years ago.

Road closures

9.33am: The closures on Kingsford Smith Drive at Melba have now finished after that nasty crash and all roads are back open.

9.05am: There has been a two car crash in Civic on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit. One car is stuck in a lane, so watch out for traffic there.

8.46am: Two patients have been taken to the Canberra Hospital after that crash on Kingsford Smith Drive. One woman had to be freed from a car and was placed on a spine board as a precaution. She was taken to hospital with lower back pain. The other patient was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

8.14am: There has been a two car collision on Kingsford Smith Drive and Bainton Crescent in Melba. Traffic is being turned around at this stage and northbound lanes are blocked.

Fairbairn Avenue will be closed between Northcott Drive and Majura Road, and Morshead Drive will be closed to northbound traffic between Fairbairn Avenue and Pialligo Avenue from 6.30pm to 5am each night this week as work on the Majura Parkway continues.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Federal Parliament is sitting this week. Former chief minister Katy Gallagher has officially taken office as the ACT's newest senator and will be sworn into the federal parliament about 9.30am today.

Learn about the aerial reconnaissance during the Dardenelles campaign with Gallipoli From Above at the Australian War Memorial at 12 noon.

Spend your lunch hour listening to music - the free Lunchbox Concerts series begins at the ANU School of Music today at 12.45pm.

Canberra Life

Nathan Pope has lost 32kgs in the last 12 months and is preparing to run the half marathon as part of the Canberra running festival. Photo: Rohan Thomson

ANU researcher Dr Andrey Miroshnichenko was inspired by the surface of the Nishi building. Photo: Graham Tidy

Like hundreds of commuters Andrey Miroshnichenko drives past the Nishi building every day on his way to work.

But the ANU physicist now looks at the building in a whole new light after he and a team of researchers were able to re-create its unusual zigzagging exterior on a small scale to provide the breakthrough they needed on their quest to put a perfect bend in light.

"One day… about September or October last year I looked at it and thought this is exactly what we need for our next step," he said.


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Pic of the day

Uriarra residents Aaron Agnew, Rod Sloan, Michael Friedrich, Janice Watt with Evie, 8, and Jess Agnew celebrate an announcement that a solar farm will not be build near their town. Photo: Matt Bedford

Peter Greste with his mother and father Lois and Juris Greste in Canberra. Photo: Jay Cronan

Australian journalist Peter Greste and his family have come to Canberra to say thank-you.

The foreign correspondent, who spent 400 days in Tora prison in Cairo, wants to thank the politicians, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff and diplomats who secured his release.

And he wants to thank the journalists who kept his story on the front pages until Egyptian authorities finally allowed him to walk free on February 1, 2015.


Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra on Wednesday with patchy fog in the early morning , a forecast minimum of 7 degrees and a top of 23 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Friday, sunny - min 4, max 21. Saturday, partly cloudy - min 3, max 23. Sunday, partly cloudy - min 7, max 25. Monday, sunny - min 5, max 27.