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Drivers find ways to bypass dreaded new parking fees

Noel Towell Householders around Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle are already cashing in on the paid parking regime around the precinct, according to a private sector parking broker.

Green light given for Canberra water projects

The ACT and federal governments will finally sign off on an $85 million plan to save Lake Burley Griffin and Canberras other polluted waterways.

Noel Towell The ACT and federal governments will finally sign off on an $85 million plan to save Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra's other polluted waterways.

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Foreign governments may lose diplomatic land in Canberra

Gai Brodtmann on a vacant block of land reserved for a embassy off Forster Crescent.

Noel Towell Foreign governments sitting on valuable Commonwealth land, sometimes for decades, in Canberra's diplomatic dress circle will be told to use it or lose it.

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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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Godwin Grech gives $2000 to SIDS and Kids appeal

Godwin Grech.

Noel Towell The ex-Treasury man is back in the limelight for a good cause.

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.

Private hospital goes into administration


Noel Towell Healthcare workers at a private hospital in Canberra’s south face an uncertain future after its owners called in administrators this week.

'Intelligence is never too dear': Abbott on the $700m price tag

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott attended the opening of the ASIO headquarters in Canberra on Tuesday 23 July 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Noel Towell ‘‘Intelligence is never too dear,’’ quoted Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as he spoke at the opening of spy agency ASIO’s new $700million headquarters on Tuesday.

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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Boarding house plan turns back clock

Restaurateur Mr Serif Kaya.

Noel Towell One of Canberra's leading restaurateurs is planning a property investment that takes a tradition from the city's early days and drags it into the 21st century.

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New technology for cataract surgery in Canberra

News. Laser surgery for the treatment of cataracts with new equipment
at the Capital Day Surgical Centre in Barton. July 12th. 2013 Canberra
Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


Noel Towell It's the big and expensive machine from America that promises to take the human factor out of cataract surgery in Canberra.

Canberra should look to US for embassy plans: Brodtmann

Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann.

Noel Towell A US-style "free market" approach should be used to allocate land to Canberra's international embassies, according to Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann.

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Fraud 'spotters fees' could save billions


Noel Towell and Markus Mannheim Billions of dollars could be recovered with US-style laws offering ''spotter's fees'' to whistleblowers.

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Labor's last stand

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

Family's marching orders trouble YWCA

Connie Parkes and her six children are about to be evicted from their home in Gungahlin.

Noel Towell The YWCA of Canberra has had enough of Connie Parkes and her children.

Green light for speed cameras on Athllon Drive

Average speed cameras have commenced on Hindmarsh Drive.

Noel Towell Canberra's second point-to-point speed camera system - on Athllon Drive between Tuggeranong and south Woden - will be announced today.

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Last drinks: city's louts face all-bar ban


Noel Towell, Christopher Knaus Drunken troublemakers in Canberra could find themselves banned from bars across the city - even ones they have never visited - under a scheme being considered by the ACT government.

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Briggs to lead probe of building site safety

Noel Towell Former public service commissioner Lynelle Briggs will lead a major inquiry into health and safety laws on Canberra's building sites.

Tragedy stirs mother's plea for work safety

The Catanzariti family.

Noel Towell The mother of a young builder killed on a Canberra worksite in July will make a public plea today for the city's employers to place greater value on the lives of their workers.

Workers' safety protest becomes memorial march

Rally in Civic Square.

Noel Towell It was billed as a protest but turned into a memorial service as about 600 construction workers marched on the Legislative Assembly this morning to demand improved safety on Canberra's building sites.