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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Tony Abbott's indigenous takeover in 'disarray'

Noel Towell PM's Indigenous Affairs group in "the doldrums".

Canberra's tallest building may be reinvented as aged-care facility

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell Canberra’s tallest building, Lovett Tower in Woden, looks to be heading for a genteel retirement; a possible conversions into an aged-care facility after its last public servant packs up their...

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Foreign missions told to use their diplomatic land in Canberra to build embassies or lose it

Acting high commissioner Asima Rabbani looks at the progress on the Pakistani high commission.

Noel Towell and Primrose Riordan Foreign governments who have been sitting for decades on a little piece of Australia in Canberra's diplomatic precinct will soon be sent a blunt warning: use it or lose it.

Bullies: $4.5 million. CSIRO: Nil

CSIRO headquarters.

Noel Towell The CSIRO has paid lawyers $4.5 million to investigate bullying allegations that dogged the organisation for years but without a single instance of workplace bullying recorded.

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Social Services' gold-plated new digs

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Noel Towell Public service bosses at the Department of Social Services want to spend $55 million on a ''gold-plated, Rolls-Royce'' fit-out job for their new offices in Canberra’s south.

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Gold-plated? Not us, guv'nor, says DSS


Noel Towell The Department of Social Services has defended the $55 million budget for the fit-out of its new Tuggeranong building, saying the proposed spend is about right by recent public service standards.

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Canberra braces for federal budget 'black Tuesday'

The Abbott government's first budget paints some dark days ahead for Canberra.

Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Canberra braces for a "black day" with the Abbott government's first budget set to hit the city hard.

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Canberra City Bowling Club likely to be sold

Canberra Bowling Club, Braddon.

Noel Towell Another piece of Canberra’s early history looks set to be lost, with the Canberra City Bowling Club to be bulldozed or sold off.

Foreign governments may lose diplomatic land in Canberra

Gai Brodtmann on a vacant block of land reserved for a embassy off Forster Crescent.

Noel Towell Foreign governments sitting on valuable Commonwealth land, sometimes for decades, in Canberra's diplomatic dress circle will be told to use it or lose it.

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Welcome to Woe-den: tallest tower to empty as public service job cuts hit hub hard

The Lovett tower in Woden, current home to the federal environment and veteran's affairs departments.

Noel Towell, Meredith Clisby and Fleta Page Canberra’s tallest building, Woden’s Lovett Tower, is set to become a near-empty shell when hundreds of public service occupants move out in two years.

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Exodus of public servants from Woden gathers pace

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy ACT government says it can do little to stem the bleeding of jobs from the precinct.

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Paid parking in Parliamentary Triangle: Workers chase big pay rises to cover fees

Public servants will need pay rises of nearly $400 this year just to cover the cost of parking in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Noel Towell Rank-and-file Canberra public servants will need pay rises of nearly $4000 this year just to cover the cost of parking.

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CSIRO bully accusations 'dodgy', says executive


Noel Towell Some of the bullying and harassment claims from within the CSIRO are ''pretty dodgy'', according to a senior executive.

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Public housing in line of fire

Shooting at Block 4 Stuart street flats, Kingston. ACT forensic police officers at the scene. The bullet hole.

Noel Towell, Hamish Boland-Rudder and Christopher Knaus The troubled Stuart Flats public housing complex in Canberra's inner-south is at least a decade away from redevelopment, despite its history of drugs, crime and poverty.

Camera speed traps put back to August

Speed Red Light Camera

Noel Towell Canberra's second point-to-point speed camera system planned for the city's south, will be delayed by at least eight months, the ACT Government has conceded.

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ACT poll funding breaches incur fines

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Lisa Cox and Noel Towell Two industry lobby groups face fines from electoral authorities after breaking political funding laws in last year's territory election.

No relief in sight for users of Parkes Way

The Parkes Way roadworks have been delayed by 6 months.

Noel Towell Canberra commuters face more months of traffic misery on Parkes Way with a building company collapse and bad weather blamed for the delay.

Woman denied compo, 30 years after elevator crushed man to death

Elevator door

Noel Towell A former Canberra public servant has lost a bid for workers' compensation lodged 30 years after she allegedly witnessed a fatal workplace accident.

Auditor slams Canberra's car parking

ACT Auditor General, Maxine Cooper.

Lisa Cox and Noel Towell The ACT government is failing in almost every aspect of its management of the territory's car parks, a new report has found.

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Woman loses bid for compensation over witnessing accident


Noel Towell A former Canberra public servant who claims she was left psychologically damaged by witnessing a fatal industrial accident in the city 30 years ago, has lost another bid for compensation.