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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

New rules 'won't hit' childcare places, fees

Noel Towell The ACT government has hit back at claims of reductions in numbers of childcare places and higher fees under national quality standards for the industry introduced by the federal government.

Britain's Douglas Haig Fellowship rides into battle in defence of their man

The ACT Government has been asked to reconsider the name of Haig Park in light of the British Field Marshall’s blood-soaked reputation.

Noel Towell The debate over the name of Haig Park in Canberra’s inner-north has gone international.

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Federal privacy authorities called in over Centrelink breach

Noel Towell Federal privacy authorities have been called in after Centrelink left full personal and financial details of clients lying around at a Brisbane suburban railway station last month.

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Push to remove Douglas Haig's name from park

Director of the Braddon Forum Peter Conway and Director of Alpha Commercial Property Petros Drakakis at Haig Park.

Noel Towell A move by residents of Canberra's inner north to rename a local park looks set to re-open the bitter 100-year debate over Australian casualties in World War I.

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Psychologist Philip Pocock's anti-gay crusade hits a legal hurdle

Philip Pocock

Noel Towell A Canberra psychologist has lost his legal bid for the freedom to call for the criminalisation of gay sex and to legalise discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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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Axed public servants head south

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Noel Towell Adelaide is emerging as the safe haven of choice for senior Commonwealth bureaucrats sacked by the federal government.

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Defence public servants warned to expect long wait for a pay offer

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Noel Towell The Defence Department has told it 20,000 public servants that they should expect a long wait for wage talks to begin.

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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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Engineer, firm face most serious charges yet under Australia's toughest workplace safety laws

Ben Catanzariti with his mother Kay.

Noel Towell A NSW maintenance engineer faces up to five years in jail and his bosses could be fined $3 million over the death of a young Canberra building worker two years ago.

End in sight after two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road

Duffy resident Ron Forrester has been campaigning to have Canberra' longest-running roadworks at the Cotter Road finished.

Noel Towell The motorists of Weston Creek and Canberra’s new Molonglo suburbs have endured more than two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road.

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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.

Parliamentary babies may be out in the cold as childcare centre set to close

Unions say the childcare shortage in the territory is

Primrose Riordan and Noel Towell New paid parking laws and security restrictions are being blamed for the potential closure of childcare services at Parliament House.

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Soldiers, sailors and Air Force members' pay in the firing line

Defence Minister David Johnston.

Noel Towell Australian soldiers, sailors and Air Force personnel may be facing the same below-inflation wage offer as their civilian Defence Department counterparts.

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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Shopping in the triangle? It's a private matter

Noel Towell The federal government says it is up to the private sector to breathe commercial life into Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle.

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

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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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Customs pulls the pin

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Noel Towell Canberra's struggling commercial property market has been dealt another blow.

Public servant flees town after chainsaw attack

The scene at Flax House after the incident took place.

Noel Towell A terrified Department of Human Services public servant has left Canberra in the wake of last year’s chainsaw attack at the department’s Tuggeranong offices.

Ikea heads to Canberra

IKEA is headed to Canberra.

Noel Towell It’s a done deal: Ikea is coming to Canberra.

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