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Phillip Thomson

Phillip Thomson is a Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.

Push to keep Department of Social Services in Tuggeranong

Phillip Thomson The federal government should knock down and rebuild the existing Department of Social Services national office in Tuggeranong, says Senator Zed Seselja.

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Life after amputation: Canberra's amputee numbers are falling

Battler: By the time Judy McLeod  was was told she would lose her leg, she was used to overcoming challenges..

Phillip Thomson Canberra Hospital surgeons amputate more than one limb a day on average. While that sounds grim, they're performing 15 per cent fewer amputations than they did three years ago.

Meet Canberra's biggest Rabbitohs fan

Phillip Thomson Pat Kelly is such a big fan of the South Sydney Rabbitohs he has the team's logo stuck to at least five of his best legs. 

Chaplaincy scheme overhaul puts Canberra school welfare officer jobs in the firing line

Tony Abbott

Phillip Thomson The jobs of 25 school welfare officers in the ACT are under threat.

Subarus wreak havoc in Canberra car parks

It seems Subaru drivers are the worst offenders when it comes to parking infringements in Canberra.

Phillip Thomson What is it with these Subaru owners in Canberra?

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Parking madness: the crazy things Canberrans do to park their car

Drivers have been fined more than 1000 times in the past 18 months for parking in zones exclusively for community nurses and medical practitioners.

Phillip Thomson Energy rating stickers used to try to fool inspectors in Canberra as law breakers nudge doctors and nurses out of valuable car spaces.

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National Archives' crackdown on massive backlog

Director-general of the National Archives, David Fricker.

Phillip Thomson The National Archives of Australia is dealing with such a massive bottleneck of requests for information potentially damaging to Australia’s national security it has called on Canberra’s...

Parkes Way ahead in ACT intersection bingles

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Phillip Thomson It is confirmed. The two large roundabouts within a kilometre of each other along Parkes Way near the city are confusing bingle belts.

Property insurance bill hits $11m

Phillip Thomson Storms, fires, lightning, thieves and overflowing sewage helped push the government's property insurance payouts to $10.9 million in the past year.

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.

Defence Department: Uniforms may get some jobs reprieve

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston.

Phillip Thomson Abbott government appears to be quarantining uniformed personnel from looming Defence job cuts.

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The day a $17,000 electricity bill arrived in the post

Sunday
Mr Yarub Jamiel disappointed with his latest electricity bill of excess of $25000  per quarter.
The Canberra Times
02 November 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Phillip Thomson Huge power bill sparks dispute.

Skywhale price soars sky high

September 21, 2013. Photo by Elesa Kurtz. Rob McKinnon with his son Ricky(5) enjoy a kick around while the Skywhale inflates at the Governor-General?s Centenary Family Picnic Day

Phillip Thomson Community groups are being asked to pay to have Skywhale appear at their events.

Third GP in regulator's sights

Phillip Thomson AUSTRALIA'S medical watchdog has clamped down on half the doctors at one general practice in Canberra, records show.

Police pursuit of speeding car filmed by teenage passengers

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Phillip Thomson AN ACT driver who allegedly reached speeds of 140km/h when fleeing police has been caught and charged, and his son and nephew filmed the pursuit on a mobile phone.

Cyclists taken for a ride

Maureen Bronjes had her brand new $4000 Trek bike stolen a week ago.

Phillip Thomson BICYCLE thefts in Canberra increased by 12 per cent in the past year, according to police.

Bike black spots named

ANU lecturer, Julie Clutterbuck of Downer, at the Wakefield Street and Northbourne Avenue intersection, Dickson.

Phillip Thomson Canberra cyclists are involved in four recorded collisions a week and a number of them happen on a small stretch of busy road.

Company in strife as surgeons head for exit

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Phillip Thomson A COMPANY that spent millions of dollars buying orthopaedic practices across Australia and is now fighting a legal battle with numerous Canberra surgeons has been facing a financially uncertain...

Collision-prone highway fails AAA rating test

The intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway.

Phillip Thomson The Barton Highway is below international standard, with almost 100 smashes a year.