Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday April 29

Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday April 29

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.

That's it for the blog today. Thanks for joining us, we'll be back from 7am to 10am tomorrow to do it all again.

One final look at the weather for Canberra for the coming days. It's going to be cool and a bit wet, and there's the possibility of the first snowfall of the year at the Brindabellas.

Today, there's rain forecast from late afternoon, and becoming more likely in the evening.

It's predicted to hit 21 degrees.

Tomorrow, there's a forecast low of 9 degrees followed by a 16 degree, rainy day.

Before we head off, here's the top stories on the site this morning:

Asylum seekers on Nauru who are found to be refugees have been told they will be resettled on the island for five years where they will be given work rights and the opportunity to establish their own businesses.

document leaked to the Guardian from the Nauruan government says people found to be refugees will be resettled for a maximum of five years where they will have working rights. The maximum settlement period leaves it likely refugees will need to be resettled in a third country such as Cambodia, which is also looking likely to sign a deal with Australia to accept refugees.

Asylum seekers on Nauru.

Asylum seekers on Nauru.

Photo: Angela Wylie

Chris Martin has blamed his own “issues” for the ending of his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow. In an interview with BBC Radio, the Coldplay lead singer said fear got in the way of his happiness.

‘‘Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarising group because we do a certain thing very well,” Martin said. “About two years ago I was a mess, really, because I can’t enjoy the thing that we are good at and I can’t enjoy the great things around me because I’m burdened by this.

‘‘I’ve got to not blame anyone else and make some changes.’’

Conscious uncoupling: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin in the picture they released with their break-up statement.

Conscious uncoupling: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin in the picture they released with their break-up statement.

Temporary road closures may cause traffic delays on Majura Road and Fairburn Avenue, along with the intersection of Morshead Drive and Pialligo Avenue near Canberra Airport.

Aerial surveillance will get underway on Tuesday as New South Wales and the ACT cooperation to stop illegal dumping of rubbish.

Helicopter flights across the region come as part of a $58 million, five-year ACT-NSW Cross Border Illegal Dumping Program.

Funded by the ACT and NSW governments, the program is supported by local government authorities in the Yass Valley, Queanbeyan, Palerang and Cooma-Monaro.

Officials will identify difficult to reach places which could be used for illegal dumping in the border region, at a cost of $450,000.

Ginninderra MLA Yvette Berry said construction waste, asbestos and household and garden rubbish from Queanbeyan and Canberra was being dumped on public land.

“This is an ongoing problem which is not just unsightly, but poses risks to the environment and human health.

Australia's illicit drug trade is at an all-time high, with a record number of drug related arrests in 2012-2013, according to the latest report from the Australian Crime Commission.

The Commission's Illicit Drug Date report says law enforcement officials seized $2.7 billion worth of illicit drugs last financial year.

A record 100,000 arrests were made, and there were more than 86,000 seizures of illicit drugs.

And more than 19 tonnes of drugs were seized by police and border control agents.


Public school enrolments for next year opened on Monday. The new system is designed to speed up the process for both parents and schools.

The old system allowed parents to download the necessary forms from the internet, but then required them to print and fill them out, and return them to their local school. With the new system, parents just fill and submit the information online.

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch.

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch.

Photo: Rohan Thomson

An Australian tourist has been shot dead in Argentina by two men on motorcycles who attempted to snatch his bag, according to reports.

The victim, thought to be aged in his early 30s, was walking with two other tourists in a park in the city of Mendoza when the group was ambushed about 4pm on Monday, Argentinian media reported.

The thieves reportedly tried to grab the Australian's backpack but he resisted and fell to the ground during the struggle, according to Todo Noticias, an Argentinian news channel.

The thieves then opened fire on the Australian before fleeing on their motorcycle.