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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for July 18, 2017

Good morning Canberra.

Welcome to another work day. The weather bureau predicts a chilly start of 0 degrees with an eventual top of 12. There's a 50 per cent chance of showers in the late afternoon and evening, too.

Grab a coffee and let's take a look at the headlines.

Unions warn against super department

Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood has warned against the plan.

Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood has warned against the plan. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Public service unions have warned against the government's plans for a new national security super-department, detailing fears the plan could prove disruptive, costly and result in less effective outcomes.

The Turnbull government will meet today to discuss establishing a UK Home Office-style department bringing together ASIO, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force.

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Community and Public Sector Union boss Nadine Flood told Tom McIlroy she held serious concerns about the effectiveness of the "significant public policy changes".

Ms Flood, who represents Immigration staff and some administration and support workers within the AFP, said the model being considered could be unwise. Read more here.

'OMG I HAVE THE BEST IDEA'

Fraud accused Jessica Kate Anderson, 29, leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after she was granted bail on Monday.

Fraud accused Jessica Kate Anderson, 29, leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after she was granted bail on Monday.

A woman accused of fleecing ActewAGL customers of more than $10,000 sobbed as she was released on bail yesterday.

Megan Gorrey reports that 29-year-old Jessica Kate Anderson faced court earlier this month after it was alleged she skimmed $13,000 from ActewAGL customer accounts, along with her colleague Taylor Jade Geoghegan, 20.

Court documents alleged the women, who were employed as contractors in the company's call centre, devised the plan in a series of exchanges on their ActewAGL work email accounts.

"OMG I HAVE THE BEST IDEA," Ms Geoghegan allegedly wrote in an email to her colleague on March 30. Read more here.

Melbourne woman found dead 'member of ADF'

Members of the buck's party at the Oaks on Market on Sunday. The men pictured were not taken into custody.

Members of the buck's party at the Oaks on Market on Sunday. The men pictured were not taken into custody. Photo: Luis Ascui

It has been reported a woman found dead at an ACT group's Melbourne bucks party was a member of the Australian Defence Force.

Reporters at The Age write police have ruled out foul play after the woman was found dead at the Oaks on Market apartment Sunday morning.

The men have been released without charge.

Read more here.

Off-shore detention costs $5 billion

The government, including Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have floated the idea of changes to the visa system.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Newly-released figures show offshore detention has cost Australia at least $5 billion since 2012.

The latest overall price tag for offshore detention, detailed by Tom McIlroy, includes departmental costs and capital works on Manus and Nauru, peaking in 2015-16.

That's not all. Last year a report by Save the Children and Unicef found taxpayers had spent as much as $9.6 billion on offshore immigration enforcement since 2013, while a Parliamentary Library report released in 2016 found Manus Island had cost taxpayers about $2 billion since it was reopened – more than $1 million for each of the 2000 people who have been imprisoned there.

Read more here.

'I can multi-task!'

Wayne Herbert has cerebral palsy and is gay and will speak at this year's TEDX event. Photo by Karleen Minney.

Wayne Herbert has cerebral palsy and is gay and will speak at this year's TEDX event. Photo by Karleen Minney. Photo: karleen minney

Lifestyle editor Bree Winchester described her chat with Wayne Herbert as a personal episode of ABC's You Can't Ask That.

The author of Anecdotes of a Disabled Gay, who is gay and has cerebral palsy, said when he told people those two facts about himself they were 'shocked'.

"They're like 'What? Both at the same time?' and I'm like 'Oh yes! I can multi-task!'"

Mr Herbert will speak in Canberra in September - read more here.