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Breakfast with Ross Solly on 666 ABC Canberra gives you everything you need to start the day - local, national and world news, great music and lots of laughs. Tune in to 666 from 5:30am for great guests, regular news updates and an in-depth look at the issues of the day.




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Stuck in the middle with who? Budget to target public service management jo

Tomorrow's federal budget will provide for $580m in savings from the public service over four years. In pursuit of this objective, the government will target 'middle management' jobs - those at executive level (EL) 1, EL 2 and senior executive service (SES). Elliott Dunn headed out into the splendour of a Monday morning sunrise (see left) to ask Canberrans - public servants and otherwise - what they make of the news. A sensible place to look for savings, or a risk to front line services?...

Duration: 00:04:02

The Hip-Hop-Eration Crew

There are many interests one might pursue in the Winter of their lifetime. Hip hop dancing is not a popular choice. But for a group of New Zealanders aged between of 66 and 96, it's just the thing to keep them active in their old age. Billie Jordan formed the crew by driving around retirement homes persuading residents to join her on the dance floor. Now, they're raising the money they need to go to the US to the world hip hop championships. 666 Breakfast spoke to Billie Jordan to find out...

Duration: 00:03:12

Aussie girl helps Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The conflict in Syria is now in its third year and the number of refugees fleeing into neighbouring states is in the millions. Host countries and non-government organisations are struggling to keep up under the pressure. Claire Seaward is an Australian working with Oxfam to support Syrian refugees. Claire told 666 Breakfast that she has seen a lot of things during her time with Oxfam, but this is the worst. Claire is based in Lebanon, where the numbers of refugees is nearly a fifth of the...

Duration: 00:04:08

On the road: a relocation for ACT public servants?

Yesterday, Tony Abbott spoke on radio in Geelong about the delivery of the NDIS, the importance of regional economies... and his wish to relocate as many public servants as reasonably possible out of the ACT and into the regions and communities they serve. The Opposition Leader explained the idea in these terms: ''I'm all in favour of trying to ensure that at least some government agencies aren't in the national capital because I think it's important - particularly when they are service...

Duration: 00:04:58

Tim the Yowie Man treks to the Southern Cloud wreckage

Local air crash sites are in the news with the continuing campaign to improve access to the Air Disaster memorial in Canberra. However, one of our country’s most famous plane wrecks is much much much harder to get to. It’s a 4-5 hour drive and three hour walk (including a bush bash) into some of Australia’s most rugged country in northern Kosciuszko National Park to the wreck of the Southern Cloud – Australia’s first major civil aviation disaster. Co-owned by aviation pioneer Charles...

Duration: 00:03:27

12 billion reasons to dump Gonski and NDIS?

We all know that the Gillard Government won't be giving us a surplus anytime soon. But today, the Prime Minister will reveal that Australia's fiscal position is not as bad as we all thought. It's actually worse. By about $12 billion. That's the drop in government revenue estimates, since the October 2012 budget update. Nevertheless, Ms Gillard is digging in, vowing that this latest fiscal flummoxing will not deter her government from its important (and expensive) reform agenda, including...

Duration: 00:03:56

The lowdown on the slow down to 40km/h

TAMS Minister Shane Rattenbury is bringing a 40 km/h speed limit to the town centres of Civic, Belconnen and Tuggeranong. Starting in a matter of weeks, the new limit will apply within the Civic retail district, around the ANU, and in the commercial hub of London Circuit, Cooyong Street and Marcus Clarke Street. Affected streets in Belconnen include Benjamin Way, Chan Street and Lathlain Street. In Tuggeranong, the limit will lower for the shopping precinct around Athllon Drive, Anketell...

Duration: 00:04:14

Tick, tick, tick.... boom! Or bust? Australia's population hits 23 million

According to the population clock on the Bureau of Statistics' website, Australia will have 23 million people in it tonight. Theoretically, we'll reach the milestone just as Margaret and David are wrapping up another wonderful episode of 'At the Movies'. I do enjoy their banter. But anyway. With an annual population growth rate of 1.7% - the fastest in the developed world - doesn't that ticking of the clock make for some terrific thinking music, as we ponder: is our population record a...

Duration: 00:03:47

Recapping the winners and losers this weekend...

The Federal Government wants to take $2.8bn from university level funding and put it towards $12bn of extra funding for schools. Is it robbing Peter to pay Paul... or a smart move to aim funds where they're most needed? Canberrans vented their well-considered and articulate spleens with Elliott Dunn Talking this morning:

Duration: 00:04:13

A long wait for a fast train... and a tunnel of love?

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the latest piece in the federal government's plan for a high speed rail network linking the cities of eastern states. Elliott Dunn asked Canberrans if there were on board with the idea, or would rail against it. Of course, he wasn't quick enough to use those puns in his actual questions, as you can hear:

Duration: 00:04:24

Local pollies in the running for promotion... who are Canberrans backing?

With several ministerial 'openings' in the wake of the Gillard Government's leadership spill, those with 'fed pols' in the blood are today waiting to hear which Labor parliamentarians will get a (friendly) tap on the shoulder. Who are the voters backing to rise up the ranks? Canberrans shared their tips with Elliott Dunn Talking this morning...

Duration: 00:04:39

Gillard gets a Crean slate, and Labor has no Rudd on its hands... and vario

Well, wasn't that an interesting day at work for our federal pollies. What does Canberra make of the latest shenanigans up on the Hill?

Duration: 00:03:46

Does youthful mean useful? Calls for wage boost for young(ish) retail worke

Should a 20-year-old retail worker be paid the same as a 21-year-old? What about an 18- or 19-year-old? Elliott Dunn Talking this morning. And he done it by asking Canberrans whether younger retail workers deserve a bigger pay packet.

Duration: 00:05:05

Canberra spills its guts on the Labor leadership

Canberrans have a hearty appetite for political intrigue. Even when it's a story stuck on loop, playing out over and over again in the public domain. This morning, Elliott Dunn (Talking) walked the chilly streets of Civic to ask Canberrans who should lead Labor to the federal election. He expected to get a few rolled eyes and exasperated sighs... but instead, he got this:

Duration: 00:04:15

Dugan's done it again... is it time for the Raiders to jettison Josh?

There's little doubt that Canberra Raiders Josh Dugan has plenty of talent.

Duration: 00:03:39

One very big day for Canberra's 100th ... but did the guests enjoy the part

Everything about yesterday was big. Big music. Big fireworks display. Big inflatable letters. Big queues for kebabs.

Duration: 00:03:46

Canberra as it might have been...

(Words by Tim The Yowie Man) There were ten finals sites for the capital, from which Canberra was chosen. Most of us know that Canberra could have ended up at Dalgety or Lake George or even Armidale. But prior to the final ten there were many other locations vying for to be a finalist, including, believe it or not a tiny village (consisting two shops and a handful of dreamers) nestled in the green (and psychedelic hills) of the Byron hinterland. The village was called Jasper and in 1906 in a...

Duration: 00:02:13

Thin skins and popular poplars... Canberrans have their say

Being the Ambassador for 666 ABC Canberra Breakfast is busy work.

Duration: 00:03:50

The PM checks into Rooty Hill ... what do Canberra's "westies" think?

Much is being made of Prime Minister Julia Gillard living out of a Rooty Hill hotel for the week, as she heads the government's charge to charm voters in western Sydney... Elliott Dunn asked a few Belco locals for their thoughts - have a listen

Duration: 00:03:32

Donate4Life Walk

The Gift of Life's DonateLife Walk took place in Canberra this morning, with thousands of locals braving the wet conditions to take part. One person who had a special reason to be involved, was Jon Seccull, who travelled from Ballarat to take part. Jon's son Ethan died tragically in 2011, and Jon and his wife Michelle decided to donate Ethan's organs. They now work to raise awareness within the community of organ and tissue donation. Niav Owens went to Regatta Park to meet Jon, and to have a...
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