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

Ngunnawal lounge room fire deemed suspicious

ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain comes out of the hot house.

Phillip Thomson Police were called in on "suspicious" Ngunnawal fire on Sunday morning.

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

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

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...

Thousands of Canberrans misled, says NBN Co heavyweight

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Phillip Thomson NBN Co chief operating officer says rollout maps given to Canberrans were misleading.

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.

ACT Labor robo-polls on light rail

The costs of relocating underground pipes and wires for the Capital Metro project along Northbourne Avenue

Phillip Thomson Survey called "push poll" as cost of Northbourne Avenue works labelled "very very significant".

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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Going ballistic on top security

Top-class locksmith Trevor Leisk.

Phillip Thomson IT IS not hard to guess Trevor Leisk's clientele. Although the top-class locksmith with the Essex accent won't reveal his customers, it is important to note he works in a town of spies, diplomats,...

Heroes, miracles and survival

Zartash Sarwar, 13, of Palmerston, was rescued from drowning earlier this year from swift flowing waters at Yerabi Pond.

Phillip Thomson AS ZARTASH SARWAR lay on a hospital bed attached to a breathing machine, her parents could do nothing but pray for her to live.

Clubs ACT lobbies for more competitive business environment

Poker machines at Independant Gaming offices.

Phillip Thomson CLUBS ACT is lobbying the territory government to forgo new fees and charges on watering holes and eateries for the next three years.

Poll reveals ACT nearing oversupply of doctors

Dr Abul Hassan Syed who Bulk Bills says it is good for business.

Phillip Thomson EIGHTY-FIVE per cent of Canberra's GP practices are now taking new patients.