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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Canberra house cleared for asbestos but the deadly dust still lurks

Emma Macdonald A Pearce home owner is seeking legal advice after buying a home formally cleared by the ACT government of having Mr Fluffy asbestos, only to find out that was an administrative mistake and there is...

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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Learning about engagement is new ground for study

Students studying - generic photo Think Stock for HSC Best Wishes feature.

Emma Macdonald The ACT will spearhead new research into how parents should best engage with their children's learning.

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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ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

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

ACT schools say there's no formula for NAPLAN improvements

Emma Macdonald NAPLAN success a combination of motivating teachers to make a difference, and making school a happy and inviting place for the children.

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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!

New asbestos removal audit

This property in Bradfield Street is due to be demolished because of the asbestos it contains.

Emma Macdonald The government is reviewing records of asbestos removal across homes in the ACT from the mid-1980.

Burch calls review on new school approvals

Labor candidate for Brindabella Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The ACT government has increased its accountability when it assesses new non-government schools.

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Schools autonomy trial scaled back

Students student in class.

Emma Macdonald The number of Canberra schools taking part in a financial autonomy trial has been dramatically scaled back.

Fears of asbetos in commercial buildings

News: Workers wrap a plastic shield over a house in Downer for the safe removal of asbestos. 22nd of July 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald The ACT government has never checked non-residential buildings for a deadly form of asbestos.

Tutorials to stay while ANU holds a review


Emma Macdonald Australian National University Vice-Chancellor Ian Young has backed away from cuts to tutorials across the College of Arts and Social Sciences, instead referring the matter for a formal review.

Christian schools group defends approvals

ACT Budget 2013 ACT Minister for Disability Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Christian Schools Australia has accused public education groups of running a bullying campaign against the ACT government for approving three new religious schools, saying class warfare and religious...

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ANU vice-chancellor says news of tutorial cuts caught him by surprise

Vice Chancellor of the ANU Professor Ian Young at the opening of the National computational infrastructure Climate High Performance Computing Centre
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31 July 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Emma Macdonald Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Young has told students he had no idea tutorials were under threat at the College of Arts and Social Sciences - only hearing about it when contacted...

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ANU review to gauge value of large forums

ANU Deputy Vice Chancellor Marnie Hughes-Warrington.

Emma Macdonald A review tutorials at the ANU will consider the consultation process as well as the evidence for and potential risks of large forums.

$25m to move medical school across campus

John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU.

Emma Macdonald The ANU will spend $25 million moving its medical school 500 metres across campus.

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Protesters threaten ANU open day


Emma Macdonald Australian National University students are threatening to disrupt one of the university's major public relations events by protesting budget cuts during Saturday's open day.

Centenary celebrations get a visa to Canberra's embassies

Botswana High Commission staff members Punam Malik, Arlene Corcyra, Nilda Servando, Manivone, Sodina Bun at the launch of the Windows to the World at the Botswana High Commission.

Emma Macdonald Australia's diplomatic community is celebrating Canberra's centenary by opening their doors to the public.

ANU strike averted as budget cut fears peak


Emma Macdonald Australian National University staff have stepped back from the brink of strike action after negotiations over a pay rise resumed late on Friday afternoon.

Should English and maths be mandatory? Go figure

Year 12 student Gemma Bonnici, who hasn't studied maths at college.

Emma Macdonald Gemma Bonnici is convinced she need never study maths again.

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