Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday, April 10
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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday, April 10

One more blog to go for the week folks. Henry and I will be back tomorrow from 7am. 

Join us again as we bring you all the news, as well as the heads up on what's happening around town over the weekend.

We'll leave you with a wrap of the top five stories on the site at the moment. 

1. Public servants to lose tax-free pay when working overseas       

2. Cotter Dam is filling Canberra with drought confidence 

3. Bob Carr's Diary takes aim at Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd for mistakes    

4. Oscar Pistorius defends memory lapses as he is grilled by prosecution

5. Defence staff worried over back pay as award negotiations delayed

 

There's been a crash at the intersection of State Circle and Canberra Avenue near Parliament House.

ACT Fire and Rescue units are on route to the scene.

The incident was reported at 9.53am.

Police are asking for public assistance to locate a stolen 1963 Fender Telecaster.

The guitar was taken from a white Mazda 6 station wagon at the Tuggeranong Community Centre car park on Sunday 16 March between 9.30 and 10.30pm.

Those with information can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

The guitar was taken from a white Mazda 6 station wagon at the Tuggeranong Community Centre car park on Sunday March 16

The guitar was taken from a white Mazda 6 station wagon at the Tuggeranong Community Centre car park on Sunday March 16

Photo: ACT Policing

Gareth Hutchens brings us the news this morning that the head of the tax department responsible for collecting the federal government’s minerals resource rent tax has just quit her position, throwing doubt over the agency’s ability to collect the tax.

Stephanie Martin, a deputy commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office, was until last month heading the ATO’s resource rent tax team which had responsibility for collecting the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and Petroleum Resource Rent Tax.

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What's ahead in national politics today?

Tony Abbott has been personally assured by China's Premier Li Keqiang the country is determined to conclude trade negotiations as soon as possible.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has blasted the US Congress for holding up IMF reforms saying the delay has weakened America’s standing in the world.

Former senior Labor senator Bob Carr has used his latest book to say Julia Gillard was selfish not to hand over the prime ministership to former leader Kevin Rudd.

The ICAC public inquiry into corruption allegations continues in Sydney.

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson will visit Darwin along with the Australian Human Right Commission team to conduct an inquiry into children in detention centres.

Salvation Army Major Gary Masters said the disposal of illegally dumped goods across the nation was costing the organisation $5 million a year in removal fees.

''This is valuable money that could be better spent providing services for vulnerable communities in Canberra,'' he said.

New security measures at the Salvos Store at Fyshwick. Security
 cameras have been installed to help prevent theft and illegal dumping.

New security measures at the Salvos Store at Fyshwick. Security cameras have been installed to help prevent theft and illegal dumping.

Photo: Graham Tidy

A young female scientist accused of fabricating data made a tearful apology live on Japanese television for "mistakes" in her research, but insisted her ground-breaking conclusions on stem cells were accurate.

Haruko Obokata, 30, blamed her youth and inexperience for errors in her methodology, but said she had managed to create the building-block cells capable of growing into the specialised cells of the brain, liver, heart or kidneys.

The ACT Supreme Court has heard Lloyd Edwin Burch, 20, drank two litres of beer with friends in Phillip in October last year, before entering the Ali Baba store armed with a knife.

He produced the knife, threatened violence against staff, and demanded money.

Full report here.

Charged: Lloyd Edwin Burch leaves the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday.

Charged: Lloyd Edwin Burch leaves the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday.

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Canberra Services Club is considering redevelopment after its club near the oval burnt down in 2011. It has an agreement with Defence Housing Australia to build a new club and residential housing.

A feasibility study will also include a proposal to relocate Manuka Arts Centre to Kingston, including ArtSound, a 24-hour community radio station and recording studios.

A residents group says Manuka Oval's expansion threatens to dislodge community groups in the precinct and compromise heritage values.

A residents group says Manuka Oval's expansion threatens to dislodge community groups in the precinct and compromise heritage values.

Photo: Graham Tidy

The ACT government will announce sweeping new drug legislation today, including a crackdown on synthetic drugs and changes to drug trafficking laws.

Attorney-general Simon Corbell says the new legislation will ensure the right people are punished for drug crimes.

All up, 44 new synthetic psychoactive substances will be made illegal, including N-Bomb which was responsible for the death of 17-year-old NSW man Henry Kwan in 2013.

The legislation will also change the amount of certain drugs ACT residents can carry before facing serious drug trafficking charges.

If they are passed, Canberrans will be able to carry three times as much ecstacy and twice as much cocaine without being labelled drug traffickers.

It should be noted however, that carrying any amount of any illegal substances is still illegal.

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