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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.

Canberra Costco to open petrol station

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Fleta Page and Noel Towell Canberra petrol could soon get considerably cheaper with Costco to open a petrol station next to its Majura Park store.

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Carol Mills plans retail revolution for Parliament's shop

Carol Mills in the Parliament House Gift Shop with some Canberra made products.

Noel Towell Canberra products seen as the key to turning around Parliament's struggling shop.

Telstra takes over Medicare, Centrelink call centres

Noel Towell Telstra will start taking over Centrelink and Medicare call centre services from the federal government in six weeks.

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Tony Abbott's indigenous takeover in 'disarray'

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

Bosses tell triangle public servants they're on their own with parking fees

Tough luck: Finance workers at the John Gorton Building will not be getting any parking subsidies.

Noel Towell No help from above for thousands of bureaucrats.

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Parking in the Triangle, it's a lottery

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Noel Towell A ballot will be used to allocate precious spaces to DFAT public servants.

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Sex offender has parole hearing a week before facing court on murder charge

Noel Towell and Michael Inman Parole hearing just days before trial.

Exile on Childers Street for 'excess' Treasury public servants

The Treasury Building in Parkes on King Edward Terrace.

Noel Towell The 35 public servants who have lost their jobs at Treasury have been sent into offices in Civic.

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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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.