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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

University of Canberra would not ban mining company investments

University of Canberra.

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra follows an ethical investment policy but would not consider any blanket  ban on mining shares.

ANU losing top women in troubled School of Politics


Emma Macdonald The beleaguered Australian National University's School of Politics and International Relations continues to lose staff.

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...

Another heatwave: parents warned as temps rise

Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy With the ACT set to swelter through at least another seven days of temperatures above 30 degrees, authorities are warning Canberrans not to become complacent to the risks of extreme heat.

ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

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

NAPLAN: ACT school scores slip compared with peers


Emma Macdonald Spelling and numeracy at high school level continue to be the ACT's greatest educational weak points.

NAPLAN: Independent schools a point or two above the pack in My School rankings

Torrens Primary School Principal Sue Mueller with year 3 students have done brilliantly in the MySchool NAPLAN results.

Emma Macdonald The Canberra Times' league tables of ACT schools' literacy and numeracy scores continue to show that independent schools dominate their Catholic and government counterparts.

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Limit trauma of tragedy, parents told

A man pays tribute to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 15, 2012.

Emma Macdonald Education Editor Parents should monitor how much media coverage their children are exposed to in the wake of the horrendous school shooting in Connecticut so they do not become traumatised or overwhelmed, child...

Top of the class: high achievers honoured

ACT Senior Secondary Studies Recognition of Excellence awards. Danielle Farrell of Merici College won both an academic award and a community service award.
18th December 2012, Canberra Times photo by Karleen Minney.

Emma Macdonald Merici College student Danielle Farrell has had a very satisfactory year. Not only was she dux of the school but she found time for community service for which she was also honoured.

Swapping classes for army life is just par for the course

Reut Rotem,17 of Yarralumla.

Emma Macdonald Most year 12 graduates will be kicking back tomorrow and putting the stresses of a university entrance rank behind them, but not Reut Rotem.

Movers and shakers win some quiet time at last

ACT Opposition leader Zed Seselja at Lake Tuggeranong. He has been kayaking most days since receiving the Kayak as a Christmas present from his wife.

Emma Macdonald What some of the ACT's movers and shakers are up to as Canberra quietens down during the summer break.

Nobel prize astrophysicist enjoys the local flavour

Professor Brian Schmidt, at his property in Sutton.

Emma Macdonald Nobel prizes are nice, but astrophysicist Brian Schmidt says it is wonderful to be recognised ''at home''.

Pushing the boundaries of self-sustenance

FOOD AND WINE: Ricky Somerville of Wanniassa, Canberra with his aquaponics which includes fish and vegetables.  15th January 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Emma Macdonald Got a veggie patch? Maybe a compost heap? Perhaps you even have some chickens – but here's betting you aren't farming trout in your own backyard.

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Why work on the homefront won't count this year

Emma Macdonald The millions of hours that women put into unpaid household, voluntary and community work will go uncounted this year as the government axes the Bureau of Statistics Work, Life and Family Survey to...

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Not-so-glorious food in capital canteens

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Emma Macdonald ACT school canteens have produced the worst nutritional results of a nationwide analysis of food available to students.

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ACT children fare better on wellbeing than peers


Emma Macdonald Canberra's five-year-olds are slightly less vulnerable to developmental delays than other children across Australia.

No rivers of gold, but Canberra welcomes the trickle

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Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is one of few institutions celebrating very slim Budget pickings for the ACT.

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Non-government schools win big but PS staff feel the pinch

Minister for Education, Joy Burch MLA.

Emma Macdonald Non-government schools have received a windfall in the ACT budget while the number of education bureaucrats will be cut to help pay for new spending.

Painful reality of work mishap

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald Stephen Hellyer is an ACT construction site statistic.

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ACT gets an A for consistency

Canberra students

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.