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Phillip Thomson

Phillip Thomson is a Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.

Chaplaincy scheme overhaul puts Canberra school welfare officer jobs in the firing line

Tony Abbott

Phillip Thomson The jobs of 25 school welfare officers in the ACT are under threat.

$17,000 energy bill man brings in his mates

An ACTEW bill belonging to Dr. Yarub Jamiel, of O'Malley.

Phillip Thomson The Canberra man disputing a $17,000 bill for six months' worth of electricity at his O'Malley home says not even a heart attack can make him give up the fight to lobby for more competition in the...

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'I dare you to stab yourself': grotesque self-harm video gets 56,000 YouTube views

A screengrab of YouTube vision.

Phillip Thomson and Christopher Knaus Video sharing site YouTube has failed to act on repeated requests to remove a grotesque video showing a troubled Canberra man severely stabbing himself in front of laughing young bystanders.

'Hidden' budget cut to National Capital Authority's funds

Finance minister Mathias Cormann has defended a

Phillip Thomson Documents show a little-known budget measure has cut $2.488 million from the National Capital Authority's funds.

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Eight storeys 'too high' at Yarralumla development

Malcolm Snow.

Phillip Thomson Building heights the latest battleground in controversial Yarralumla plan.

Subarus wreak havoc in Canberra car parks

It seems Subaru drivers are the worst offenders when it comes to parking infringements in Canberra.

Phillip Thomson What is it with these Subaru owners in Canberra?

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Parking madness: the crazy things Canberrans do to park their car

Drivers have been fined more than 1000 times in the past 18 months for parking in zones exclusively for community nurses and medical practitioners.

Phillip Thomson Energy rating stickers used to try to fool inspectors in Canberra as law breakers nudge doctors and nurses out of valuable car spaces.

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Gai Brodtmann asks for meetings with PM, Eric Abetz, Peter Dutton and others on Mr Fluffy

Generic asbestos.

Phillip Thomson Push for federal responsibility reaches the highest level.

Canberra Business Council slams federal government tender process

Phillip Thomson Public Service Reporter The Canberra Business Council has shot holes in the way federal public servants choose the best suppliers to meet billions of dollars worth of contracts and has been backed up by one of the nation's...

ALP in ACT gets boost to member numbers

Phillip Thomson The Labor Party's ACT branch has received hundreds of new members since its resounding federal election defeat seven months ago and its three federal politicians are backing reforms put forward by...

Building up speed after exiting PS

Phillip Thomson Striking out to create a new type of business should be like driving down the highway at 110km/hr, said Matt Stimson, a 27-year-old putting together his own social network for Australian teachers...

Liberals say Canberra light rail network could cost $10.9 billion

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Phillip Thomson Canberra Liberals want to start debate on the cost of a light rail network.

Can the Australian Mint always be Royal?

Dropping the word

Phillip Thomson Dropping the word "royal" from the Royal Australian Mint could be a costly mistake for its would-be buyers.

Malcolm Turnbull taunts Andrew Leigh

Malcolm Turnbull unleashed on Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh on Wednesday.

Phillip Thomson "You can imagine the electrodes going on to him," minister says of Leigh.

Home-made dishes off menu at school events

The ACT government's food safety bureaucrats have turned their attention to school fetes, telling parents they cannot sell their homemade quiches any more.

Phillip Thomson ACT food safety bureaucrats have turned their attention to school fetes, telling parents they can no longer sell their homemade quiches.

Asylum seeking Zimbabwe diplomat called 'treasonous'

Phillip Thomson THE ZIMBABWEAN ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has been labelled treasonous in her home country after her decision to seek asylum in Australia made headlines around the world.

Speeders run free as police issue cautions in school zones

Phillip Thomson Police let off hundreds of drivers caught speeding through Canberra's school zones last year, new figures show.

ACT laws put passive solar homes in the shade

Construction in the suburb of Wright in the Molonglo Valley.

Phillip Thomson Designs for blocks of land are being drawn up in new Canberra suburbs with little exposure to winter sunlight.

Young Fraser sings on grandfather's old stomping ground, tweet-less

Phillip Thomson At age 23 she is out-tweeted by her grandfather, former PM Malcolm Fraser, but that does not worry the woman who last night entertained a Canberra crowd with her voice.

Jobs offer high-paying opportunity to Mingle

Phillip Thomson The ACT public service has two jobs paying $100,000-plus a year for bureaucrats who want to mingle - with a capital M.