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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

NSW parliament to investigate the extent of Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in NSW homes

Kirsten Lawson and Emma Macdonald The NSW parliament will investigate the extent of Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in NSW homes, a  move that boosts the likelihood of a state-wide hunt for the deadly loose-fill insulation.

Katy Gallagher admits flaw in ACT government's approach to Mr Fluffy asbestos notification

Katy Gallagher in 2005:

Emma Macdonald ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher was warned personally and on multiple occasions since 2005 that Mr Fluffy home owners were at risk of coming into contact with the deadly insulation.

Katy Gallagher defends asbestos record

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Emma Macdonald ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has defended her handling of asbestos  over the past decade, saying no jurisdiction had done more to highlight and promote safety than the ACT.

Tradies and homeowners happy with tagging of contaminated Mr Fluffy homes

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald Canberra’s tradespeople will ultimately pay the highest price for exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos, the CFMEU says.

Mr Fluffy group demands crisis support and demolition

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Emma Macdonald The owners of homes contaminated by Mr Fluffy asbestos have presented a list of demands to the ACT Government.

Fashion designers rally for cause on anniversary of sweatshop disaster

Emma Macdonald It may seem on Thursday that a number of people rushed out their doors with their clothes on inside out.

Mr Fluffy asbestos infiltrates like sand through the hourglass

ACT work safety minister Simon Corbell.

Emma Macdonald Mr Fluffy asbestos infiltrates houses like “sand migrating through an hour glass”, study shows.

Drowning in backyard pools still a risk for children in winter

Emma Macdonald Just because the temperature has plummeted does not mean children are not at risk of drowning in backyard pools.

Asbestos roof ruins business, says mechanic

Worksafe's Mark McCabe.

Emma Macdonald An asbestos sheet roof which has caused the temporary closure of two businesses on Woolley Street in Dickson for over three months is being replaced this week.

ACT workplace death case the first to charge manager

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said this case would be a turning point for the ACT and Australia.

Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to charge a senior company manager over the death of a worker in a workplace accident.

Major changes for education in ACT budget

Generic education budget

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government has committed to a major change to the Canberra Institute of Technology, winding back the Woden campus and developing a new campus in Tuggeranong to meet demand for training and...

Culture war brews over Wig & Pen's move to ANU's Llewellyn Hall

Wig and Pen.

Emma Macdonald A culture war is brewing over plans by the popular inner-city pub, the Wig & Pen, to relocate from its Civic location to the ground floor of the Australian National University’s School of Music.

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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!

Canberra's inner south gets a makeover

News: Socrates Kochinos and Frank Comdi owners of the new cafe/bar Little Brooklyn due to open next week in Green Square, Kingston.

Emma Macdonald It's Kingston, by way of Paddington in Sydney and with a certain detour through Fitzroy in Melbourne.

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Worksafe investigating over asbestos in Dickson building's ceiling

Emma Macdonald WorkSafe ACT has ordered the owners of a building in Woolley Street Dickson to either remove or seal a large commercial roof space after finding loose asbestos fibres were falling from asbestos...

'Mr Fluffy' asbestos in Ainslie shops

Ainslie shops

Emma Macdonald Loose asbestos insulation, of the kind used by the now infamous “Mr Fluffy”, has been confirmed in the roof of the Ainslie shops.

Asbestos warnings for more than a thousand homes issued by ACT government

Removing asbestos from a local site.

Emma Macdonald The owners of 1049 Canberra homes that were exposed to Mr Fluffy asbestos in the 1970s will be urged by the ACT Government to have their homes professionally inspected for remnants of the potentially...

Businessman Graham Tuckwell revisits Turner Primary School

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Graham Tuckwell, visits his old
school, Turner Primary and meets with students and reminisces over
some old school photographs.

Emma Macdonald Billionaire businessman Graham Tuckwell credits his success to Turner Primary School.

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Mount Ainslie inspiration

Emma Macdonald Private Capital: Famous landmark helps Xiang Lei win University of Canberra’s children’s book competition.

ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

Emma Macdonald The ACT remains the highest performing state or territory for literacy and numeracy.