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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Tutorials to stay while ANU holds a review

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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

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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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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.

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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!

$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

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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.