Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Thursday, December 7, 2017

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Thursday, December 7, 2017

Good morning Canberra and happy Thursday.

We're expecting a warmer day in the capital today, with a top of 27 after an overnight low of 11. There's a possibility of late showers.

Here's what is making news in your city:

MLA says Milo 'very refreshing'

The Canberra Liberals' spokeswoman for multicultural affairs Elizabeth Kikkert called alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos "very refreshing" in a since deleted Facebook comment.


The incendiary British commentator visited Canberra on Tuesday as part of a whistlestop tour of Australia.

Katie Burgess reports on a public Facebook photo of Yiannopoulos at Parliament House, Mrs Kikkert wrote "He is pretty cool and very refreshing".

Katy Gallagher referred to High Court

The Senate has voted to refer ACT Labor senator Katy Gallagher to the High Court over her dual British citizenship.

Labor's manager of opposition business in the Senate asked to be referred on Wednesday, saying she believed she had taken all reasonable steps to renounce British citizenship by descent from her father but delays in processing her case by the UK Home Office meant she was a dual citizen at the time of nomination for the 2016 election.

Documents showed she was "at the date of her nomination for the 2016 election, a British citizen by descent" and that her moves to renounce in April 2016 took until August 16 to be completed by UK officials.

Canberra man arrested over huge drug haul

A 23-year-old builder who lived with his parents in the suburbs of Canberra was arrested on Tuesday, months after authorities intercepted more than 350 kilograms of ecstasy destined for Fyshwick.

Tamim Jamaal Nozhat faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Alexandra Back reports border force authorities in Sydney using X-rays spotted "anomalies" in a air cargo consignment of pool cleaner from Hamburg, Germany, heading to an industrial address in Fyshwick.

Mr Fluffy lessons urged

The ACT's Auditor-General has urged another audit into WorkSafe ACT's oversight of the Mr Fluffy asbestos eradication scheme, to ensure action was taken on recommendations on a previous audit.

Auditor-General Dr Maxine Cooper told a Legislative Assembly committee on Wednesday a government internal audit committee should examine the issue again, to help ensure WorkSafe ACT had taken on her recommendations.

Daniel Burdon reported the second of two audits into the Mr Fluffy scheme was considered on Wednesday.

Shakespeare comes to Tuggeranong and Glebe Park

Crowd-funding has helped lock in some outdoor performances of Shakespeare over summer in both Tuggeranong and in the centre of Canberra.

As of Wednesday afternoon, close to $6000 had been raised.

Megan Doherty reports the performances of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing will be on February 14 - Valentine's Day - and February 15 on the community stage in Tuggeranong Town Park Community Stage.


Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy is a political reporter for the Financial Review in the federal press gallery at Parliament House.

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