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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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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...

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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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.

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.

Calvary Public pays out $15m

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Phillip Thomson MORE than $15 million in compensation has been quietly paid to two disabled Canberrans in the past nine months because of medical negligence at Calvary Public Hospital when they were children.

Raging fire, flood the settings for bravery

Banks couple, Jodie and Jason Roff, are to receive a bravery award from the Governor General for rescuing an elderly couple from a burning house.

Phillip Thomson WHEN Jason and Jodie Roff went house hunting they had no idea they would rescue an elderly couple from a burning house and become heroes.

From fire and heartbreak, Buchanan conquers the world

Phillip Thomson Dual world champion bike rider Caroline Buchanan is a fighter who never gives up.

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

Mr Yarub Jamiel disappointed with his latest electricity bill of excess of $25000  per quarter.
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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.

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Read all about it: Charnwood lifts

Phillip Thomson ONLY a few years ago at Charnwood-Dunlop School there was a trickle of students leaving year 6 who could not read.

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Rider's pain felt 17,000km away

Caroline Buchanan is distraught and in tears  after a disappointing ride in the womens final, where she placed fifth.

Phillip Thomson THE TEARS of one of Canberra's biggest Olympic medal hopes were replicated 17,000 kilometres away early yesterday morning as BMX time-trial world champion Caroline Buchanan failed to win a medal.

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Hitting the road for a good cause

Phillip Thomson WITH a head not much bigger than a tennis ball and a 60 per cent chance of surviving, Cooper Arnold emerged into the world at Canberra Hospital weighing just 1100 grams.

Saving with smart homes

Phillip Thomson THE lawnmower is replaced with a blower vac and someone else's electricity bill is a vital piece of information.

Auctions springing to life

auction Watch By Phillip Thomson SPRING has brought with it some promising results for auctioneers on the Canberra property market.