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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Westside container village left a wallflower at Floriade

Emma Macdonald The promised throngs of new customers to Canberra's beleaguered Westside container village have largely failed to materialise despite high hopes from the ACT Government that Floriade would see the...

Universities deserve better, say vice-chancellors

Professor Ian Young, vice-chancellor of the ANU.

Emma Macdonald Canberra's vice-chancellors expressed relief and resignation at the government shelving controversial plans to deregulate fees.

University of Canberra moves into the top league in world rankings

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra is ranked in the 501-600 band in the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education ranking of 800 institutions, winning a place for the first time.

Mentors support maths and science teachers

Emma Macdonald A national science and maths teaching conference is matching mentors to teachers in order to give them the confidence to tackle tough subjects.

Farrer Primary School special needs student fencing under question

The fencing around Farrer Primary special needs unit.

Emma Macdonald Principal says perimeter fence would allow "increased inclusiveness and integration for our students with special needs".

War correspondents' memorial in a perfect place

Shirley Shackleton and Peter Greste lay wreaths for war correspondents and their families at the dedication of the War Correspondents Memorial.

Emma Macdonald The wife of news cameraman and murdered member of the Balibo Five Greg Shackleton said that the dedication of a new memorial to commemorate the sacrifices made by Australian war correspondents...

ACT palliative carers bring comfort to the home

Jim James, 81, at home in Gordon after leaving the hospice earlier in the day.

Emma Macdonald When 81-year-old Jim James thinks of palliative care, he doesn't think of the quiet corridors of Clare Holland House, or a dimly-lit hospital ward in the Canberra Hospital.

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Cage inquiry raises more questions than it answers

Emma Macdonald A quote to build the $5195 autism cage in a Canberra school, was received by the school in February this year - calling into question the official timeframe and level of information provided to the...

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker resigns

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker has resigned, saying he had achieved his broad vision.

Emma Macdonald University of Canberra boss Stephen Parker is resigning after nine years in the top job.

ANU cracks top 20 universities worldwide

Australian National University

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has made the top 20 universities in the world - and ranks within four places of Yale - according to the latest and largest international league table.

When Mr Fluffy forces children from their homes

The Rohrlach family read the Mr Fluffy book. Rebecca and Matthew with son Trent, two.

Emma Macdonald At least 100 of the Canberra families affected by Mr Fluffy have had to uproot young children from their homes and neighbourhoods. How do you explain to a child what is happening and why?

Peak body warns ANU over 'beleaguered' music school

ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young who carried out savage staff and budget cuts at the School of Music in 2012.

Emma Macdonald The Musicological Society says that ongoing instability at the School of Music is impacting negatively upon the status of the profession nationally and internationally.

Childcare centre sleeping pill probe finds fault with staff

Emma Macdonald The childcare centre where three pre-schoolers ingested sleeping tablets has been found at fault - having breached national regulations around record keeping and staff failing policies set around...

Academic warnings to management on mental health risks at music school



Emma Macdonald ANU management was told last year by School of Music academics that the school was chronically understaffed and that staff were concerned about the poor treatment of the head of school, Peter...

School principal loses her job over student cage inquiry


Emma Macdonald The head of the school where a cage was erected for a 10-year-old autistic student has lost her job as principal.

School of Music students turn on management

Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor of the ANU, was jeered by angry School of Music students.

Emma Macdonald Irate School of Music students jeered the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University Professor Ian Young at crisis talks between management, students and staff on Thursday.

Demolition of Page Mr Fluffy house being considered after 'suspicious' fire

House fire on Neumayer Street in Page.

Emma Macdonald The future of a fire-damaged Mr Fluffy home in Page is in flux with authorities seeking to make contact with the owner, described by neighbours as a hoarder.

Mum and kids hit the books after Smith Family leg-up

anayah Howe of Ngunnawal with her children who attend Ngunnawal Primary School from left, Demitrio aged 8 and Tyson aged 6.

Emma Macdonald As a foster child growing up in Goulburn, Tanayah Howe tries not to remember her unhappy and disrupted school days. Now she is determined her sons will have a much better education.

Canberra Mr Fluffy asbestos: a suburb-by-suburb guide to the demolitions

Mr Fluffy demolition schedule - suburb by suburb over the next three years.

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government has released its demolition schedule for Mr Fluffy homes over the next three years.

Staff rate ANU poorly on leadership and change

Emma Macdonald An internal staff survey at the Australian National University provides damning results for management.