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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

ANU jumps six places in world uni rankings

Emma Macdonald ANU has clawed back six places to come 64th in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Tradies and homeowners happy with tagging of contaminated Mr Fluffy homes

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald Canberra’s tradespeople will ultimately pay the highest price for exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos, the CFMEU says.

Sue Packer to head ACT government's asbestos reference group

Dr Sue Packer will be the chair of the 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.

ANU ranking slides on respected global research league table

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has continued its slide down international performance rankings, falling 8 places on the most rigorous research league table.

Road planned over asbestos dump

Asbestos ready to be buried in Canberra in the 1990s.

Emma Macdonald A massive asbestos waste dump in Gungahlin that contains the original Mr Fluffy asbestos removed from more than 1000 Canberra homes in the 1980s is being tested before the ACT government builds a...

Family endures Canberra winter in Mr Fluffy home with no lights, heating

Annabel Yagos, of Fisher, with her two children six-month-old Charlotte  and Jacob, 2.

Emma Macdonald It is not ideal to bath very young children in an unheated bathroom to the dim glow of a camp light during a Canberra winter. But Annabel and Jonathan Yagos have no choice.

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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...

Assessors failed to detect blue asbestos in family's home

Crammed into a small serviced apartment: The Ziolkowski family.

Emma Macdonald Call it Mr Fluffy paranoia or a mother's intuition, but Lisa Ziolkowski sought four different asbestos assessments before receiving confirmation that it was present in every room in her home, bar the...

Mr Fluffy group demands crisis support and demolition

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Emma Macdonald The owners of homes contaminated by Mr Fluffy asbestos have presented a list of demands to the ACT Government.

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...

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.

ACT workplace death case the first to charge manager

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said this case would be a turning point for the ACT and Australia.

Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to charge a senior company manager over the death of a worker in a workplace accident.

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.

Culture war brews over Wig & Pen's move to ANU's Llewellyn Hall

Wig and Pen.

Emma Macdonald A culture war is brewing over plans by the popular inner-city pub, the Wig & Pen, to relocate from its Civic location to the ground floor of the Australian National University’s School of Music.

Businessman Graham Tuckwell revisits Turner Primary School

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Graham Tuckwell, visits his old
school, Turner Primary and meets with students and reminisces over
some old school photographs.

Emma Macdonald Billionaire businessman Graham Tuckwell credits his success to Turner Primary School.

Education union backs Joy Burch on tests for teachers

Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The Australian Education Union not only backs new literacy and numeracy tests for qualified teachers, but also wants entry scores for education degrees raised and the qualification time increased.

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Emma Macdonald Private Capital: Famous landmark helps Xiang Lei win University of Canberra’s children’s book competition.

ANU probes Jewish students' harassment claims

Fleta Page and Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is investigating an alleged case of religious harassment that took place against Jewish students.