Canberra Now: Health inquiry slammed & dig threatens power pole

Happy Hump Day, Canberra.

We may only be halfway through the week, but at least the weather is delightful. Expect another warm, sunny day here in the capital at a top of 21 degrees.

So what's making news this morning? I'm glad you asked!

ACT health review labelled 'half-baked'

ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris, who announced the independent review on Monday.

Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Independent inquiry or witch hunt?

Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris says a full judicial inquiry into ACT Health, with similiar powers to that of a royal commission, could cause emotional distress to staff, but others say her alternative review doesn't go far enough.

After months of escalating concerns around governance and bullying, Ms Fitzharris announced an independent review into ACT Health's culture on Monday. Yet she fell short of announcing the judicial inquiry called for by the Australian Medical Association.

She spoke to health reporter Daniella White, who has the story here.

Neighbour left with concrete block in yard after dig threatens power pole

The resident had raised concerns about the hole which was about a metre away from the electricity pole.

Photo: Bloomberg

An inner south Canberra resident has been left with a large concrete block in her yard after an excavation next door threatened to bring down a power pole.

The resident, who did not want to be named, found a note in her letterbox from Evoenergy over the weekend saying excavation work next door left the pole in a "dangerous manner" and asking her to call the power company urgently.

Katie Burgess has the story.

'Witness K' to appear in court over spy case

Bernard Collaery, the lawyer involved in the East Timor spy scandal.

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The case of a former Australian spy and his lawyer charged with conspiring to breach intelligence laws will be held in open court - for now.

The spy, known only as "Witness K" will appear alongside barrister Bernard Collaery today at the ACT Magistrates Court at the highly unusal time of 4:15pm.

The charges against the spy and Mr Collaery come more than a decade after Witness K exposed a bugging operation against the East Timor government by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

Our court reporter Alex Back has more from this unusual case.

The women terrifying audiences - and tradies - around the world

Actresses Gwen Langenberg (left) and Silke Hundertmark pose for photos for The Canberra Times.

Photo: Karleen Minney

Don't go back to sleep, this story is bound to give you nightmares.

The stars of a harrowing new theatre show playing in Canberra this week sat down with our reporter Bree Winchester - and terrified a poor passing tradie in the process.

Do you have the stomach to sit through Horror?

Read the story here and find out.

Five things to do in Canberra this weekend

Unleash your inner dancing queen this Saturday.

Photo: Supplied

We may still be three days away (not that I'm counting) but the weekend already has a lot on offer.

From the opening of Floriade to an Abba Disco, Serena Coady's got your weekend plans sorted.

Today's cartoon:

Definitely my favourite of the week so far.

The Canberra Times editorial cartoon for September 12, 2018. 

Photo: David Pope
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