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

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

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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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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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.

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.

Department defends right to discipline employees

Noel Towell The Federal Government's biggest department has taken legal action to protect its right discipline employees without incurring workers' compensation claims.

'Intelligence is never too dear': Abbott on the $700m price tag

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott attended the opening of the ASIO headquarters in Canberra on Tuesday 23 July 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Noel Towell ‘‘Intelligence is never too dear,’’ quoted Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as he spoke at the opening of spy agency ASIO’s new $700million headquarters on Tuesday.

CSIRO must act on bullying: report

Noel Towell Commonwealth science organisation CSIRO must do more to combat bullying in its workplaces, an independent report has found.

Report comes down hard on CSIRO critics

Sophie Mirabella.

Noel Towell Accusations continue to fly in the wake of a report on bullying and harassment at peak science organisation CSIRO.

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Senior executives will bear the brunt of health department job cuts

Secretary of Department of Health and Ageing Jane Halton.

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Job cuts at the Department of Health and Ageing will hit its bosses hardest, the department has confirmed.

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ACT businesses fear for the future

Andrew Blyth, CEO of
the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, out the front of a building for lease in Phillip.

Noel Towell Business confidence in the future of the ACT economy is in free fall, the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry says.

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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High cost of dying hits capital

Gungahlin Cemetery.

Noel Towell The cost of burying Canberra's dead has surged past $5000 per burial for the first time as the city's cemeteries grapple with a $6.5 million maintenance liability.

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Green light for speed cameras on Athllon Drive

Average speed cameras have commenced on Hindmarsh Drive.

Noel Towell Canberra's second point-to-point speed camera system - on Athllon Drive between Tuggeranong and south Woden - will be announced today.

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Protest builds against school plans

Noel Towell Opposition is growing to bids by three religious schools to expand into Canberra's northern and western suburbs.

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Christian schools in cash grab: lobbyist

Noel Towell Two Christian schools planning to expand into Canberra's north and west have been accused by education lobbyists of a cynical grab for federal funding.

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Lawyers fight off insurance reforms

File photo. Canberra traffic.

Noel Towell Canberra's lawyers spent at least $131,000 on a multimedia campaign opposing attempts to reform the territory's compulsory motor insurance and workers' compensations schemes.

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Plan for 40km/h limit in Civic

Pic of David Hamilton near the 40km/h speed signs in Central Avenue Oak Flats for story on this street being the new addition to the permanent 40km/h zone.

Noel Towell ACT transport bureaucrats want to put the brakes on drivers in some of Canberra's busiest areas by imposing 40km/h speed zones on roads going through three major town centres.

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