Good morning Canberra.
TGIF. We’re looking at a pretty miserable day – the weather bureau says it’ll be a maximum of 22 degrees with a 100 per cent chance of showers. It doesn’t get much more certain than that.
Let’s take a look at what’s making news this morning.
US embassy dragged into Canberra dog attack investigation
Stirling dog attack victim Livia Auer is now taking legal action and is afraid to even check her mail without taking a weapon. Photo: Karleen Minney
Here’s a weird one. Two German Shepherds have been linked to three separate attacks in the past 18 months, but investigations have been hampered because the dogs live on a property owned by the US embassy.
Livia Auer, an attack victim, isn’t impressed.
She talked to Sherryn Groch about the attack, where she was bitten on her legs and backside.
Read more here.
Rainbow roundabouts ahead
Canberrans celebrate in Braddon after the marriage equality vote result. Photo: Rohan Thomson
The roundabout at the intersection of Lonsdale and Elouera Streets in Braddon will turn rainbow to celebrate Canberra’s resounding “yes” vote in the marriage equality postal survey.
It will be painted by volunteers over three days next week with paint supplied by the ACT government.
The most Canberra thing ever? A waste of money? A great idea to mark a wonderful moment in history?
Katie Burgess‘s story should help you decide.
Fight for same-sex marriage continues
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Related: our coverage of same-sex marriage continues. Here, James Massola explores the appetite for religious protections.
He writes that Peter Dutton made a significant intervention in the debate about legalising same-sex marriage, slapping down calls for sweeping changes to senator Dean Smith’s proposed law but suggesting a new “religious protections” bill may be introduced in 2018.
Nicole Hasham reports that gay and lesbian couples face a likely wait of at least two months before being allowed to tie the knot, as the landmark change passes through the hands of politicians, bureaucrats and the Governor-General.
And our Megan Doherty reports on the street party that was.
ACT to vote on mammal emblem
An eastern bettong at Mulligans Flat. Photo: Adam McGrath
The ACT is the only state or territory without a mammal emblem, and the government’s keen to correct the record.
A public consultation will kick off next year to help decide the best representative. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the obvious candidate for the emblem role was the eastern bettong, but also mentioned the brush-tail rock wallaby as a contender, and agreed the echidna was “worthy”.
Read Jack Price‘s story (and vote in our poll) here.