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Debate over male teacher shortage

Phillip Thomson JUST 24 per cent of teachers in Canberra's public schools are men but, one academic says, the focus should be on having good teachers and not on their gender.

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.

Property insurance bill hits $11m

Phillip Thomson Storms, fires, lightning, thieves and overflowing sewage helped push the government's property insurance payouts to $10.9 million in the past year.

Gas bottles: BBQ war's second front

North Canberra and Gungahlin Cricket Club operations manager Steve Moore removes a gas bottle from the club.

Phillip Thomson ACT Sporting clubs have been told they can not store gas bottles at their grounds and volunteers must bring them to and from games.

ACT Capital Metro light rail spin to cost $1m

ACT Transport Minister Simon Corbell.

Phillip Thomson The ACT light rail project could spend nearly $1 million over five years to help sell the project to Canberrans.

Sacked maid takes on Peru embassy in Australia

Ewa Kretowicz, Phillip Thomson A MAID sacked by the Peruvian embassy in Canberra is facing possible deportation amid claims she was mistreated by her employer.

Paul Donaghue, Magnet Mart founder, starts new golf club business

Phillip Thomson After selling up, Magnet Mart founder Paul Donaghue has redirected his drive into a new business

For Ryan Ruddick, the whitest Christmas on Earth comes with a hard slog

Canberra's Ryan Ruddick, working for Geoscience Australia in Antarctica, will spend Christmas on the cold continent before returning home.?

Phillip Thomson On Wednesday morning, Canberra scientist Ryan Ruddick will wake to the vast expanse of Antarctica: his very own white Christmas but hardly the kind Bing Crosby sang about

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.

Parkes Way ahead in ACT intersection bingles

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Phillip Thomson It is confirmed. The two large roundabouts within a kilometre of each other along Parkes Way near the city are confusing bingle belts.

Notorious stretch to get lights upgrade

Dr Andrew Leigh.

Phillip Thomson Belconnen Way has a dark history of drivers who have been killed and injured along its stretch.

Knee surgery led to women losing legs

Elma McDonald, at her home in Lyneham.

Phillip Thomson Two women lose legs after infections stemming from simple elective joint replacements in Canberra hospitals.

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Mill that could have been greener on other side of politics

South East Fibre Exports pty ltd General Manager Peter Mitchell gives a tour of the pulp mill in Eden

Phillip Thomson Inside a dark metal monster Peter Mitchell talks about how two renewable energy projects on this land were killed.

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Crash sends young woman to hospital

Phillip Thomson Crash at Mitchell sends one young woman to hospital, potentially with broken legs.


Police allege sex attack

MICHAEL INMAN and PHILLIP THOMSON A 35-YEAR-OLD Amaroo man was refused bail in the ACT Magistrates Court yesterday after being charged with sexual assault offences.

Saving with smart homes

Phillip Thomson THE lawnmower is replaced with a blower vac and someone else's electricity bill is a vital piece of information.

Shannon beats the odds with miracle early arrival

Shannon Manunui; when she dropped well below her birth weight of 420 grams, she was not much bigger than a can of Coke.

Phillip Thomson When tiny Shannon Manunui was born at 26 weeks gestation via emergency cesarean at Canberra Hospital, nobody expected her to survive.

Cancer patient waits two days

Margaret Rees.

Phillip Thomson A CANCER patient suffering severe breathing difficulties waited for two days in Canberra Hospital's emergency department before being admitted to a ward.

Girls saved from drowning

The AFP's Paul Reynolds at the Yerrabi Pond near where he helped rescue two girls yesterday.

Phillip Thomson, Stephanie Anderson OFF-DUTY firefighter Neil Maher was walking with his daughter and dog in Gungahlin when he heard screaming and saw a girl bobbing up and down in swirling stormwater.

Auction Watch

Signs of confidence emerge

83 Banambila Street, Aranda sold at auction today for $830,000. Auctioneer, Phil de Fegely.

Michael Inman and Phillip Thomson FOUR registered bidders battled for the right to call 83 Banambila Street, Aranda, home yesterday, with the four-bedroom property selling under the hammer for $830,000.