Canberra Mornings Live: Monday June 23

Canberra Mornings Live: Monday June 23

Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

And that's a wrap for the morning blog this Monday. Be sure to join us from 7am tomorrow morning as we keep you updated with latest news in Canberra and beyond.

Watch out for a wild weather change after lunch today. There will be strong winds and rain arriving in the territory from 2pm. Catch up on the full weather details here.

Have a wonderful day.

Australia is forecast to be among the three fastest-growing economies in the developed world this year, making it harder for the central bank to convince currency investors it isn’t about to raise interest rates.

The RBA must differentiate itself from its counterparts in New Zealand and the UK, which have signalled their economies may need higher borrowing costs, according to Westpac.

Australia’s record-low benchmark rate hasn’t stopped foreign-exchange markets driving its dollar up 1.8 per cent in the past month, the best performing Group-of-10 currency ahead of the kiwi and the pound.

Read more on our markets live blog.

The comments of David Ipp, QC, come amid a sensational ICAC inquiry into the Liberal Party's alleged laundering of illicit campaign finance by routing cheques via Canberra, where there is no dedicated corruption-busting agency.

"It is so screamingly obvious that there is a breakdown in trust at the moment and that the only way of maintaining trust or recovering the trust is to demonstrate that there are adequate means of discovering corruption so that the public can be confident that what the government is doing is not tainted by dishonest behaviour," Mr Ipp told ABC-TV's Four Corners.


Attacked: Retired corruption commissioner David Ipp speaks out about criticism he faced.

Attacked: Retired corruption commissioner David Ipp speaks out about criticism he faced.

Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste, a reporter for Qatar-based Al Jazeera, will learn his fate today with an Egyptian court expected to rule on whether he spread false news in support of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Most people have experienced what it is to lie awake at night worrying about how to make ends meet. But the world's super-rich are not lacking sleep over fears of losing money - but of having too much.

One in seven multimillionaires or billionaires is worried their wealth could be depriving their children of drive and ambition, says a study which affords a rare glimpse into the minds of the ultra-rich.

The richer the individual the greater those fears, the survey suggests, and only health concerns rank higher in the minds of the wealthy elite. According to the study, by the law firm Withersworldwide, this is an anxiety which, for some families able to live off investments, is tearing them apart.

Many of the super-rich are now putting their faith in new business ventures or charity initiatives to hold their family together.

Withersworldwide's report, The Meaning of Wealth in the 21st Century, draws from surveys of more than 4,500 individuals and detailed interviews with members of 16 very wealthy families from Europe, Asia and North America.

It's not easy being wealthy, apparently.

It's not easy being wealthy, apparently.

Photo: iStock

Shiite fighters paraded in Baghdad at the weekend in a dramatic show of force aimed at their Sunni opponents, who took control of a Syrian border crossing.

Washington's new diplomatic bid also aims to repel insurgents, whose lightning offensive has displaced hundreds of thousands and put Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki under growing pressure. Mr Kerry is expected to travel to Iraq, although details of the visit are not known.

Government security forces were holding on in several areas north of Baghdad, but officials said insurgents led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group had seized one of three official border crossings with Syria.

Fighters in the Shiite militia known as the Mahdi Army march past a map of Iraq in Baghdad as part of a show of force.

Fighters in the Shiite militia known as the Mahdi Army march past a map of Iraq in Baghdad as part of a show of force.

Photo: New York Times

“I was deprived of natural justice as I was in no way able to appeal the judgments or decisions that were made,” Bill Morris says.

He was forced out of his position in Toowoomba after a group of conservative “temple police” parishioners complained directly to the Vatican about his preaching which included discussion about ordaining women and married men.

He has written a book about his experience – Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three – but says he has no bitterness. Instead he has learnt to “breathe underwater”.

Police allege the 43-year-old's licence was already suspended when she crashed her Range Rover into three other cars before the vehicle rolled onto its side in Bellevue Hill on Saturday night.

Meares was allegedly more than three times over the blood alcohol limit at the time.


Just a reminder of the wild weather ahead this afternoon. Here's a look at the BOM's official weather warning. You can read the entire warning here.

An undercover investigation by London's The Daily Telegraph and Channel Four's Dispatches programme found that the President of Ghana's Football Association agreed for the team to play in international matches that others were prepared to rig.

The team is currently competing in the World Cup finals in Brazil, and on Saturday pulled off a 2-2 draw against Germany, in what was seen as one of the most entertaining games of the tournament so far.

However, it can be revealed that the African team had been lined up to play in international fixtures whose results would be fixed by corrupted officials.

Match fixing shadow: Ghana have impressed during the World Cup.

Match fixing shadow: Ghana have impressed during the World Cup.

Photo: AFP