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Helping hands for all those doing it tough

Natasha Boddy, Phillip Thomson The rising cost of living has led to a surge in people seeking help from the ACT's welfare sector.

Public service a 'disappearing art', says former mandarin Gary Sturgess

Public service observer Gary Sturgess.

Phillip Thomson Former mandarin Gary Sturgess has voiced concerns about the ability of bureaucrats to speak truth to power.

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Workaholics: 20 questions too much like hard work

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Phillip Thomson Does work excite you more than family? Do you think about work while falling asleep?

Walls around The Lodge are "piss weak": security experts

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Phillip Thomson The wall around the The Lodge appears "piss weak" and bollards must to be installed out the front or questions need to be asked about whether Tony Abbott is safe to be there, security experts say.

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Record run for parliamentary triangle's most heavily fined driver

Parking ticket on car.

Phillip Thomson The mysterious owner of a Subaru has notched up a record only Canberrans would appreciate.

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Costs add up as more cyclists take to public roads and suffer tumbles

Falling off your bike in Canberra can earn you as much as a year sitting at your desk, it shows.

Phillip Thomson Cyclists claiming money from the ACT Insurance Authority after coming off their bikes have been paid as much as $100,000 each.

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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.

Build firms' failures leave $80 million debt in Canberra

Worker at construction site.

Mark Sawa, Phillip Thomson More than one in every five ACT business collapses has from the construction sector, leaving a combined $80 million trail of debt.

CSIRO workers pedal-push for sufficient bike bays at Black Mountain

Phillip Thomson Beleaguered CSIRO staff in Canberra are demanding no less than 300 bicycle storage bays at their new Black Mountain site.

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Mystery Subaru racks up a parking fine a fortnight in parliamentary triangle

Phillip Thomson The mysterious owner of a Subaru has notched up a record only Canberrans would appreciate.

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Lost and pound: Krieger the weimaraner and owner reunited

Phillip Thomson Lack of security cameras at an ACT government animal shelter has been highlighted after a confusing case involving a lost dog.

Diesel markings on ACT sports fields continue to concern

Liberal MLA Steve Doszpot.

Phillip Thomson DIESEL is still being used to mark playing areas in the ACT despite continuing environmental and safety concerns.

Four exhibitions should boost ACT tourism this summer

Ryan Stokes chairman of the National Library with Russell Crowe at the opening of Mapping our world exhibition at the National Library.

Phillip Thomson RUSSELL Crowe cannot do it on his own but with the help of Elvis, the Incas and cricket, Canberra tourism could avoid another dead summer.

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.

Horror legend in Canberra for The Exorcist anniversary

Phillip Thomson Harvey Weinstein might have let us down, but the queen of horror came through for Canberra on Saturday.

Cancer survivor to climb own Everest

Phillip Thomson Elite cyclist Brendan ''Trekky'' Johnston climbed his own mountain when he overcame cancer.

Owner of failed gay bar in Canberra in no hurry to try again

Phillip Thomson The owner of a Canberra gay bar that closed its doors after four months says he will not be trying it again any time soon.

Shoppers' treat as Tragic Troubadors take poetic licence in Civic

Phillip Thomson For a bloke who approaches complete strangers and offers to read them a poem, Andrew Galan's knockback rate is surprisingly low.

Martin Brady is all fired up for New Year's Eve in Canberra

Phillip Thomson Martin Brady lives a life with the stars. If the pyrotechnics expert is not firing them into the air, he is working for them.

Productive times for this community guardian

Phillip Thomson Electrician-turned-social worker Mark Ransome has been working a tough beat for the past three years.