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:
- People earning more than $80,000 will be in the firing line if the federal government pushes ahead with a national debt tax, according to reports.
- A Canberra father allegedly kidnapped and repeatedly hit his 10-month-old son after earlier beating his mother and his partner, a court has heard.
- The bariatric wheelchair at Canberra Hospital is so vast that six-month-old William Reeve barely takes up one back corner of its base. But, official figures have revealed, by the time he reaches adulthood he stands a better-than-average chance of filling the mobility aid.
- Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being urged by Liberals to follow his own advice by scaling down his signature $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme in the interests of sharing the burden in the budget.
- The elusive black box of missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 would still be transmitting its location if the aviation industry had swiftly adopted recommendations to extend the battery life of the devices to 90 days.
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.
A 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.
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.’’
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.
Parents sending their children into ACT public schools will no longer have to wade through reams of paperwork after the introduction of an online enrolment process.
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.
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.