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GOULBURN:Another Christian Brother who taught at the St Patrick’s College, Goulburn has been charged with historical sex offences.

At 10am Monday, the 65-year-oldfrom Mulgoawas charged with two counts ofsexual assault/indecent assault on a person under 16 under his authority, after presentinghimself at Goulburn Police Station. Read more.

BRAIDWOOD:It’s the end of four long years of study for Andrew Crisp and Bill Hatzis, who havebothrecently completed their Certificate Three in Cabinet Making.

The pair studied at Bruce CIT while completing their apprenticeship at Mr Crisp’s father’s business,Lyle Crisp Joinery. Both will continue working for the business this year. Read more.

QUEANBEYAN:The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council put forward their bold plan on Monday to attract public service agencies across the border and transform the regional city’s centre. Read more.

YASS:With students going back to school for 2017, Yass Valley Library can offer assistance with homework questions, projects and reading requirements.

When school homework requires information the Yass Valley Library is the place to come to! The library has junior non-fiction books that are specially written for school students and cover a wide range of subjects. Read more.

CANBERRA:The Downer Community Association (DCA) is increasing calls for a restoration of the suburb’s long-neglected village square.

The calls have been made as construction of the nearby Downer shopping centre nears completion, replacing the old shops which havebeen closed since 2004 after the previous owners failed to renew the lease. Read more.

Roads and rail:The Southern Highlands rail line is running on time this morning and there are no delays on the roads.

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Emily Jayne Collie and her partner Tom Keating were on holiday in Phuket together. Photo: Facebook/@tommy.keating.5

►Police say thepartner of a 20-year-old Victorian woman killed when two jet skis crashed at high speed in waters off the Thai resort island of Phuket will be chargedwith reckless driving causing death.

►MELBOURNE:A briefof evidence compiled by detectives investigating claims of sexual abuse made against Ballarat’s Cardinal George Pell has been returned to prosecutors for review.

Cardinal George Pell.

►HUNTER: Children entering kindergarten in 2017 will be old enough to have their own kids inschool by the time the state’s education maintenance backlog is caught up, new figures reveal.

Labor has accused the Berejiklian government of failing“a generation ofchildren” after documents released under freedom of information laws revealed there is $775 million in outstanding maintenance on the state’s schools. Read on

NSW shadow education minister Jihad Dib

► MOUNT ISA:Mount Isa MP Robbie Katter has flagged concerns about the lack of consultation in the North West regarding a Bill investigating the impact of FIFO on communities.

Regional public hearings on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 are set to be held this month but not one of them will be in the North West Minerals Province.

Robbie Katter has expressed his disappointment at the North West missing out on FIFO hearings.

► MUDGEE:A disturbing social media post regarding the death of a number of dogs in Gulgong, has sparked an investigation.

The post on theMudgee Community Grouppage claimed–“a Navara Utility, with a canopy, parkedin Gulgong -which had four dogs in the back, wasleft for the majority of the day with no water.”

Photo: iStock

►KATHERINE: Adecision to make some UHF radios illegal from June this year has been reversed.

A decision has been reversed over the use of 40 channel UHF radios, or citizens band (CB) radios, which was set to begin in June this year. Picture: ACMA

►BENDIGO: Bill Johnson never expected to be involved in a crash.

The closest the Eaglehawktruck driver of 25 years had come to an accident was attending crash scenes during his volunteer work with the CFA.

So when a car was suddenly coming straight at his truck on the Midland Highway in Goornong on Sunday afternoon, it was unknown territory. Read on

Bill Johnson says nothing could have prepared him for the moment a car was coming straight at his truck. Picture: DARREN HOWE

National news►Conservative MPs are scrambling to prevent a push byLiberal MPs to allow a free vote onsame-sex marriage, warning “this is not a fight we should be having now”.

The chances of the issue being debated in the partyroom meeting scheduled for this week receded on Monday, swamped by the revelation that South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi plannedto resign as soon as Tuesday and set up a new party.

Same-sex marriage is being debated by the Liberal Party, again. Photo: Chiang Ying-Ying

► An international yachtsman was allegedly duped intothe biggest cocaine bust in Australian historywhen his first mate suddenly changed the co-ordinates of theirboat, his wife says.

Hamish Thompson is arrested by police after they allegedly seized 1.4 tonnes of cocaine from the yacht Elakha. Photo: Australian Federal Police.

►A Sydney Uber driveraccused of raping a woman in the back seat of his car says she called him handsome and asked to have sex while he protested that he had a family.

Muhammad Naveed arrives at Sydney’s Downing Centre during the trial. Photo: Kate Geraghty

►A safe drug-injecting room for Melbourne will be considered by the Andrews government after a spate of overdose deaths.

Political support for the controversial idea is gathering pace amid concern that the government’s tough-on-crime approach has taken the focus off harm minimisation.

Photo: Jason South

National weather radarInternational news► WASHINGTON:There’s madness in the method of this White House. But what’s the objective – is itmerely to give Donald Trump’s critics whiplash, or is it an opening blitzkrieg of ordersand insults that calculatedly defines a new ‘normal,’ by which the outrageous becomesjust irritating?

The short answer is – Americans can’t be sure.

US District Judge James Robart is a Republican appointee known for his sharp legal mind. Photo: NBC News

►INDONESIA:Indonesian President Joko Widodo is slated to visit Australia at the end of this month, with Jakarta confirming its outgoing ambassador Najib Riphat Kesoema had been asked to stay on for the presidential trip.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo being interviewed by Fairfax journalists Jewel Topsfield and Peter Hartcher at the presidential palace in Jakarta in November 2016. A visit planned at that time was cancelled due to unrest in the Indonesian capital. Photo: Jefri Tarigan

On this dayThe faces of Australia: EmilyErnestiIn October 2014, Emily Ernesti was a regular 13 year old who attended school, hung out with her friends, played sport, and always had a smile on her faces.

UnfortunatelyEmily’s life was ripped apart when, after several weeks of feeling unwell, a test revealed that she had a brain tumor. Read on

Emily Ernesti had a tough Christmas being stuck in hospital due to swelling in her brain, but continued to have a smile on her face despite the situation.

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