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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Friday May 19, 2017

Well, hello Friday! 

You have made it to the end of the working week, but I hope you remembered your brolly. Heavy rain is forecast today, in fact half a month's worth of rain is predicted to fall over the next two days

Expect up to 25mm today and another 20mm on Saturday. Sunday is tipped to be sunny and dry with a top of 17 degrees, so keep your outdoor fun for the end of the weekend. 

Lucky on this wet day, there's plenty of news to read.  

ACT short-changed by the federal budget

Labor's Andrew Leigh says Canberra has been shortchanged by the federal budget.

Labor's Andrew Leigh says Canberra has been short-changed by the federal budget. Photo: Louise Kennerley

In Melbourne they said Sydney was being spoilt rotten. In Sydney they felt the federal budget was nation building.

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But, in terms of funding, Canberra looks to be stuck in the slow lane.

Tom McIlroy explains how the ACT is receiving the lowest share of any state or territory in three categories of road funding.

Police are calling it one of Australia's biggest white collar fraud investigations

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston will be charged over the alleged fraud.

ATO Deputy Commissioner Michael Cranston will be charged over the alleged fraud. Photo: Rob Homer

Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Tax Office Michael Cranston allegedly tried to pressure colleagues to cut a deal with his son after learning he was the subject of a $165 million tax fraud investigation.

Among the items seized as proceeds of crime were 25 motor vehicles, including luxury cars and racing cars, 12 motorbikes, 18 residential properties, two aircraft, $1 million from a safe deposit box, firearms, jewellery, bottles of Grange wine and artworks.

Nick McKenzie explains how authorities are scrambling to seize more, but may not recover all the funds

'Flawed' pokies scheme overstates money returned to community

Souths Juniors Leagues Club, Kingsford, Sydney. People playing Poker Machines on Sunday morning. Generic. Gambling, Betting, Money, Taxes, Photo: Quentin Jones. 5 Aug 2012.

 Photo: Quentin Jones

New research is accusing Canberra clubs of not giving enough pokies profits back to the community. 

The Monash University found the ACT's scheme, which requires clubs to give 8 per cent of poker machine profits to community groups, to be deeply flawed, opaque and misleading.

Kirsten Lawson looks at how clubs are claiming coaches and players wages, physiotherapy and massage payments as "community contributions"

A wet day to Walk Safely to School

Macquarie Primary School students Amber Hnatiuk, Sahara Waiariki-Wilson, Katilin and Samuel Baker?and Finn Crombie, and Manaia and Jai Waiariki-Wilson with father Wayne Wilson.

Macquarie Primary School students Amber Hnatiuk, Sahara Waiariki-Wilson, Katilin and Samuel Baker and Finn Crombie, and Manaia and Jai Waiariki-Wilson with father Wayne Wilson. Photo: Emily Baker

A national step towards better health. Today is National Walk Safety to School Day and students across the country will be hot-footing it in before the bell rings.  

ACT students have a downpour to contend with - let's hope it doesn't put a dampener on the day. 

Emily Baker has the story

Dad's working too much

Geoff Beckett and Gemelu. Oh oto: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Geoff Beckett and his two year old daughter Gemelu. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

A new ANU study has found a third of Australian children believe their dads work too much. The unique study compared both the child's and their father's opinion on work life balance. 

Finbar O'Mallon has more.

Today's cartoon

David Pope. May 19, 2017

David Pope