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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Sue Packer to head 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.

Mr Fluffy descendants express sympathy for affected families

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Emma Macdonald The descendants of the man who started Canberra’s original Asbestosfluf insulation business, which subsequently became Mr Fluffy, have expressed their deep sympathy for the more than 1000...

Mr Fluffy health crisis: Canberra family faces asbestosis diagnosis

The Mr Fluffy Owners and Residents Action Group has more than 300 members after setting up last month.

Emma Macdonald At least one Canberra family is grappling with a family member being diagnosed with asbestosis – the likely result of exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos which they installed in their home in...

Lyons family puts home on market to discover asbestos in kitchen and hallway

The Ross family: Nathalie with her children, Charlie, 8, Grace,13, and Lulu, 5, outside their family home which is contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald When her husband moved to Queensland for work, Nathalie Ross intended to put the family home on the market and find something smaller for herself and the three children.

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...

Queen's Birthday Honours - Des Ball

Australian National University Professor Des Ball.

Emma Macdonald Australian National University Professor Des Ball has been recognised for his massive contribution to global defence and security.

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.

Learning about engagement is new ground for study

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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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Women are the biggest budget losers

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Emma Macdonald The National Foundation for Australian Women has declared the 2014 federal Budget a disaster for women from all walks of life.

Canberra house cleared for asbestos but the deadly dust still lurks

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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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ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

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

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.

$25m to move medical school across campus

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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

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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.

ANU strike averted as budget cut fears peak

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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.

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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!

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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