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Paid parking in Parliamentary Triangle: Workers chase big pay rises to cover fees

Noel Towell Rank-and-file Canberra public servants will need pay rises of nearly $4000 this year just to cover the cost of parking.

Welcome to Woe-den: tallest tower to empty as public service job cuts hit hub hard

The Lovett tower in Woden, current home to the federal environment and veteran's affairs departments.

Noel Towell, Meredith Clisby and Fleta Page Canberra’s tallest building, Woden’s Lovett Tower, is set to become a near-empty shell when hundreds of public service occupants move out in two years.

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Exodus of public servants from Woden gathers pace

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy ACT government says it can do little to stem the bleeding of jobs from the precinct.

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Supermarket for public servants proposed for Parliamentary Triangle in Barton


Noel Towell Developers are in talks with the National Capital Authority for a convenience store, and other retail shops.

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Taxpayers left with $100m Comcare compo bill


Noel Towell Taxpayers have been left with a bill of nearly $100 million in the past year as the cost public service workers' compensation claims continues to climb.

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Chinese billionaire makes a move for Canberra Casino

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Noel Towell Canberra could be set for a taste of the high-rolling gambling experience with a Chinese billionaire making a move for the capital's casino.

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Army officer's 'argy bargy' conviction overturned by High Court

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Noel Towell An army officer court martialled over "argy bargy" at army headquarters in Canberra in 2010 has had his conviction overturned by the highest court in the land.

Canberra City Bowling Club likely to be sold

Canberra Bowling Club, Braddon.

Noel Towell Another piece of Canberra’s early history looks set to be lost, with the Canberra City Bowling Club to be bulldozed or sold off.

No more free parking for Canberra public servants

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Noel Towell The era of free car parking for public servants in Canberra is over, no matter the part of the city in which they work.

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Canberra schoolgirl writes to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to complain about Cory Bernardi's use of commodity

IVF child, 16 year old Hannah Webb has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott seeking reassurance that she is not a

Noel Towell Hannah Webb is not asking for much from Prime Minster Tony Abbott - just an assurance that he does not think of her as a commodity.

Debt woes set Ainslie clubs stiff challenge


Noel Towell The Ainslie Group of licensed clubs has parted company with its chief executive and been forced to refinance up to $5 million in debt as it struggles to pay for a costly revamp to one of its venues.

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Few women, no night life - how things have changed

Former Public Commissioner Andrew Podger with Health Department graduate Ellen Ferrington-Michaelis outside the the city's first surviving public service building the National Archives.

Noel Towell Andrew Podger has more stories to tell about the public service in Canberra than most, while Ellen Ferrington Michaelis is just starting on her collection of memories of the bureaucracy's place in...

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Grounds for optimism as cafe waits on result

Brew Bar owner Peter Giannitsios at work at the Anketell Street store in Tuggeranong.

Noel Towell Keep on brewing a decent cup of coffee, and life will go on.

Counting the cost of 'argy bargy'


Noel Towell An outbreak of ''argy bargy'' at army headquarters in Canberra three years ago has left a legal officer with a military conviction on his service record and a legal bill for tens of thousands of...

Warnings of trauma in federal job cuts

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Noel Towell Bosses have been warned of the psychological impact on workers of the staffing cuts in the wake of the Coalition's election victory.

Grant not linked to dinner recruitment: Libs

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Noel Towell The boss of Canberra's Havelock Housing Association helped organise a Liberal Party election campaign event two weeks before Senate candidate Zed Seselja pledged $130,000 of taxpayers' money to the...

Public housing 'should be kept for needy'

The Stuart Flats in Griffith.

Noel Towell Allowing middle-class tenants in public housing to buy their homes to avoid eviction is wrong, says the REIA.

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Contractor on ASIO building to be wound up


Noel Towell Administrators will move to wind up a Queanbeyan building company caught up in the disputes over ASIO's new building.

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Comcare set to sideline agencies


Noel Towell Commonwealth departments could be sidelined from managing public servants on workers' compensation.

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Labor's last stand

Noel Towell Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan's sixth budget has no big election-year sweeteners.