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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Tradies and homeowners happy with tagging of contaminated Mr Fluffy homes

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

Sue Packer to head ACT government's asbestos reference group

Dr Sue Packer will be the chair of the ACT government’s asbestos reference group.

Emma Macdonald Former Canberran of the Year Dr Sue Packer will chair the ACT government’s asbestos reference group.

Road planned over asbestos dump

Asbestos ready to be buried in Canberra in the 1990s.

Emma Macdonald A massive asbestos waste dump in Gungahlin that contains the original Mr Fluffy asbestos removed from more than 1000 Canberra homes in the 1980s is being tested before the ACT government builds a...

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.

Constitution Avenue widening shut down over safety concerns

Work on the $42 million upgrade and widening of Constitution Avenue has been temporarily halted.

Emma Macdonald Work on the $42 million upgrade and widening of Constitution Avenue has been temporarily halted by WorkSafe ACT following a number of safety concerns.

Major changes for education in ACT budget

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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.

Editors Edwina McCann, Kellie Hush, Helen McCabe concede influential fashion title to Duchess Kate Middleton

Harpers bazaar Ed Kellie Hush with Vogue Ed Edwina McCann at Parliament House to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Emma Macdonald Often described as fashion royalty, the editors of the country's most influential fashion magazines had to concede the title on Thursday when they came face-to-face with the Duchess of Cambridge.

Parents in PJs: that's one way to get them involved in school activities

Students and parents at Maquarie Primary School setup for a movie in the school corridor.
(L-R) Nate Halpin (yr 4), Luke Halpin,  Clare 
Halpin (yr 3), Sophia Halpin, Oliver Walker (Kindergarten), Lianne Gyles, Nicholas Walker (yr1) Yvette Walker, and Bradley Gyles (yr5).

Emma Macdonald Macquarie Primary School principal Wendy Cave has a simple suggestion on how schools can better engage with parents: ''Turn on the lights, open the door and invite parents inside.''

Empire Building Group site shut down in Wright

Worksafe's Mark McCabe.

Emma Macdonald A building site in Wright operated by Empire Building Group has been shut down over a raft of safety concerns.

CIT fashion courses bursting at the seams, but help at hand

Emma Macdonald Whether it is shows like Project Runway, the current crafting craze or the buzz of Fashfest, Canberra's ranks of would-be fashion designers are bursting at the seams.

Dire warning on Mr Fluffy asbestos in Canberra homes

Removing asbestos from a local site.

Emma Macdonald Pressure to have ACT properties which have Mr Fluffy loose asbestos adhere strict safety measures.

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ACT gets an A for consistency

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Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first state or territory to introduce national reporting standards across core subjects through the primary and high school years.

Weapons of choice for students scaling test success?

News.  from left Gungahlin College year 12 students Tarryn McClenahan- Brown, Peta Finglas- Watson, Brooke Commons, Louis Grant and Katherine Zeman having a chat while they eat their breakfast before starting their AST Moderation Exam.  The school provided the students with breakfast before the exam to better prepare them for the day.  3 September 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Emma Macdonald Whether it is feeding students a hearty breakfast prior to sending them into the examination hall, or teaching them yoga and relaxation techniques to keep them calm once they’re in there, ACT...

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Scaffolder stripped of licence after building site collapse

Emma Macdonald A scaffolder has lost his licence for a year in a first for ACT Work Safety inspectors who are cracking down on fall risks.

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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!

'Mr Fluffy' asbestos in Ainslie shops

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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.

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Elvis sighting on King Edward Terrace!

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Emma Macdonald Luckily, local Elvis impersonator Andrew Leonard, aka Lemvis, has a new powder blue suit.

Teaching light years from stuffy rooms and three Rs

Gowrie Primary School students and teacher Lyn Cleaver holds a photo of her great grandfather was one of the first local teachers in the area as part of World Teachers Day.

Emma Macdonald Lyn Cleaver's teaching career has been vastly different to that of her grandfather-in-law Fred Cleaver - and for that she is grateful.

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Specialist nurses ready for surge of cancer from asbestos

Nurses from around Australia have just completed a 3 month online national nurses education program.

Emma Macdonald It's the cancer that is about to hit Australia in a deadly wave. Mesothelioma, a usually fatal disease caused by exposure to asbestos.