In a renewed debate, alcohol safety campaigners have accused the ACT government of taking too long to introduce tough measures to prevent violent attacks in the city, including 1am lockouts and restricted trading hours.
The calls come after a sickening one-punch attack outside a Civic convenience store around 3am on New Year's Day, which left a 20-year-old Braddon man unconscious with a shattered jaw requiring emergency surgery.
In other news...
- The Turnbull government has formally declined a request from the US to increase its military commitment in the Middle East campaign against Islamic State.
- ANU launches investigation into essay farm selling completed assignments to Chinese students in Canberra.
- Police say a woman who was a former housemate of murdered Evatt man Andrew Carville and the male owner of a ute found dumped at Molonglo Gorge are suspects in his killing.
- A Barton man will fight allegations he used dating websites to lure and sexually assault two women late in 2015.
- The real cost of those couple of seconds of inattentiveness in the kitchen: it's a leading cause of house fires in Canberra.
- Now to sport, Sam Stosur's run at the Sydney International has come to an abrupt end, bowing out in straight sets against qualifier Monica Puig.
- Richmond's Dustin Martin looks certain to line up in round one against Carlton after being cleared of any serious wrong-doing by an AFL investigation.
- NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley has shown Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin is firmly in the mix for a State of Origin debut this year after he was included in a 17-man NSW Emerging squad on Wednesday.
- Birthday sponge cakes sold at Woolworths and lamb chops prepared at Coles were among thousands of products found to be weighing less than what was promised on packaging, according to the National Measurement Institute.
- An avalanche in the French Alps hit a group of 10 schoolchildren and the person accompanying them on Wednesday, killing at least two people and gravely injuring three others, police said.
Parkes Way lane closures are in place, westbound between Clunies Ross Street and the Glenloch Interchange, until Monday.
Two lanes will be closed, except for during peak hours, when one lane will be closed. It will be back to three lanes before Monday's afternoon peak.
The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together. Until 24 Jan.
The Ainslie Arts Centre is hosting a week-long music workshop for girls aged between 10 and 17 years. More info here.
School holidays at the AIS means you can choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. Until 29 Jan.
See the year's best cartoons in Behind the Lines 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy.
David Pope: Touch or click through for editorial cartoons.
Today: Becoming cloudy. High (80%) chance of rain, increasing during the afternoon/evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Winds north to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning easterly in the evening. Min 21, max 34.
Friday: Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the early morning. Mostly sunny day. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h tending southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Min 8, max 22.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Min 8, max 24.
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