Good morning Bendigo! 03.05.14

Good morning Bendigo! Are you heading to Groovin The Moo today? 

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We will put it in a gallery on the Bendigo Advertiser website for all to see. 

TODAY'S WEATHER

A few showers with a top of 13 degrees.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Joe Hockey to force generations X and Y to work until 70

Australians born after 1965 will have to work until they are 70 before they are eligible for the age pension under changes announced by Joe Hockey, while the Treasurer has also warned there is "no such thing" as a free visit to a doctor or free welfare.

On Friday, Mr Hockey said nobody currently on the pension would be hit by the rise in the pension age in the federal budget but the change could struggle to pass through the Senate as Labor families spokeswoman Jenny Macklin accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of breaking a pre-election promise not to touch pensions.

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Tony Abbott backs out of trip to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has scrapped plans to make a flying visit to Bali to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono next Tuesday.

The meeting would have been the first between the pair since revelations last year that Australia had spied on Mr Yudhoyono, his wife and senior members of the government.

Mr Abbott had not formally confirmed plans to make the visit but Fairfax Media understands the Prime Minister was due to fly out on Monday and return late on Tuesday in a trip that would have gone some way towards taking the bilateral relationship out of the deep freeze.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Pete Seeger, US folk singer (1919-2014); Sugar Ray Robinson, US boxer (1920-1989); James Brown, US soul musician (1933-2006); Frankie Valli, American singer (The Four Seasons) (1934-); Christopher Cross, US singer (1951-); David Hookes, Australian cricketer (1955-2004); Ben Elton, British comedian and author (1959-); Christina Hendricks, American actress (1975-).

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1898 - Bread riots erupt in Milan, Italy, and are crushed with heavy loss of life.

1970 - Queen officially opens the new international terminal at Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport.

1988 - The White House acknowledges that first lady Nancy Reagan used astrological advice to help schedule her husband's activities.

2000 - Four hostages held by Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines are killed when government troops stumble upon the group.

2006 - An Armenian airliner carrying 113 people tumbles into the Black Sea harbor of the Russian resort of Sochi; Death of Earl Woods, father of Tiger Woods, aged 74.

2007 - At least 21 workers - most of them foreigners - are kidnapped in separate attacks in Nigeria's oil-rice delta region, leaving a Nigerian soldier dead.

2008 - Cyclone Nargis strikes Burma, killing at least 78,000 and leaving 56,000 others missing.

2011 - An international assessment says the ice of Greenland and the rest of the Arctic is melting faster than expected and could help raise global sea levels by as much as 1.5 metres this century, dramatically higher than earlier projections.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: Why did the cow cross the road?

A: To get to the udder side!

Have a great day,

Hannah

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