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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Childcare budgeting pain for Gungahlin parents: MP poll

Emma Macdonald Gungahlin families are less likely to support paying more for childcare in order to boost the wages of childcare workers.

Emma Griffiths helps launch Women in Media in Canberra

Family way:  ABC online editor and convener of the Women in Media Group Emma Griffiths with her children Lewis, 2 (left), and Sylvie Johnson, 4.

Emma Macdonald The front-line journalist is putting her weight behind moves to improve life for women in the industry, Emma Macdonald.

Des Carroll's last sculptures 'steel' the show at Handmade Market

Emma Macdonald A Ganmain sculptor has lost his battle with cancer but his memory will live on in his remarkable art.

Road planned over asbestos dump

Asbestos ready to be buried in Canberra in the 1990s.

Emma Macdonald A massive asbestos waste dump in Gungahlin that contains the original Mr Fluffy asbestos removed from more than 1000 Canberra homes in the 1980s is being tested before the ACT government builds a...

Mr Fluffy asbestos found on children's clothes and toys in Canberra home

Another Canberra home has been placed in a lockdown by ACT WorkSafe.

Emma Macdonald A Canberra family with young children has been exposed to deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos that had fallen behind their wardrobes.

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Kingston: Where all the cool kids go

Ellie Raymond and Effie Kochinos, owners of the new hip cafe in Kingston, Penny University.

Emma Macdonald On guard! Those hipsters have broken from the confines of Lonsdale Street, Braddon, and staged a southside invasion!

Islamic school denied registration after highly critical review

Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Proposed new Islamic school will not take enrolments this year after failing to plan for basic teaching, curriculum or child-safety requirements.

Canberra still pays highest childcare costs in Australia


Emma Macdonald Canberra families continue to pay the highest costs for childcare in the nation with local families also requiring more childcare services than the other states or territories.

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Thousands sign up for ANU online MOOC courses

ANU astronomer Dr Paul Francis, ANU south asianist Dr McComas Taylor and ANU astronomer Brian Schmidt filming a video at the ANU media studio for a Massive Online Open Course as part of ANUx.

Emma Macdonald Nearly 15,000 students from 88 countries have enrolled in the Australian National University's first ever online courses.

NAPLAN: ACT school scores slip compared with peers


Emma Macdonald Spelling and numeracy at high school level continue to be the ACT's greatest educational weak points.

CIT fashion courses bursting at the seams, but help at hand

Emma Macdonald Whether it is shows like Project Runway, the current crafting craze or the buzz of Fashfest, Canberra's ranks of would-be fashion designers are bursting at the seams.

ANU's policy centre gets $5m boost

Emma Macdonald In one of the most significant donations ever given to the Australian National University, philanthropist and communications strategist Harold Mitchell has given $2.

Philanthropist gives $2.5m to ANU policy think tank

Harold Mitchell
Photo Michele Mossop
Tuesday 25th October 2011
Harold Mitchell is very optimistic about the future

Emma Macdonald In one of the most significant donations ever given to the Australian National University, philanthropist and communications strategist Harold Mitchell has given $2.

ACT to move on shoddy engineers

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald The ACT could become the second jurisdiction in Australia to register engineers in an attempt to crack down on shoddy operators who have been responsible for serious construction collapses in the...

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International duo share ATAR honour

Narrabundah College student  Rongkai Tian.

Emma Macdonald Two international students who spoke English as a second language and arrived in Australia at the start of Year 11 have achieved Canberra's equal top Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 99.95.

On course for bright futures after ATARs


Emma Macdonald For the 2786 ACT students who completed year 12 and studied for a tertiary entrance score, the wait is finally over.

Almost 90 notices issued in workplace safety blitz


Emma Macdonald At least 88 improvement and infringement notices – amounting to up to $50,000 in fines – were issued on Wednesday after a work safety blitz on building sites in Harrison.

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Record-breaking safety breaches in Harrison blitz

construction site

Emma Macdonald ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe has confirmed a record number of 120 notices for safety breaches have been handed down after Wednesday's blitz in Harrison.

Anger as second blitz finds more Work Safety breaches

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe has expressed dismay that work sites in Harrison continue to breach safety regulations despite being the subject of two blitzes in two months.

Focus on individuals brings success

Students at Burgmann College, Gungahlin, have performed well in the latest NAPLAN results. Students at after school activities, play on yard equipment. In the foreground are L to R, Lachlan Furini, 5, Alison Riley, 8 and Kate Riley, 5.

Emma Macdonald Burgmann Anglican School has shot up remarkably in just 15 years.