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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Contractors disturb asbestos at Berridale Public School

A sign warns of the danger of asbestos contamination.

Emma Macdonald Students at Berridale Public School may have been exposed to asbestos as workers cut into bonded asbestos sheeting in the first week back at school.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young announces departure from the ANU

Emma Macdonald Controversial vice-chancellor, who instituted massive funding cuts at the ANU, announces he will not seek a further term.

Love locks to be removed by National Capital Authority

Emma Macdonald and Sally Coen The heartfelt declarations of lovers, young and old, engraved in a row of brass locks on Aspen Island footbridge will be removed on Friday by the National Capital Authority.

Mums return to school with kindy kids in tow

Sisters Michelle Aiken, left, and Alison Bond prepare Cooper and Imogen, both 5, for their first day of school at St Francis of Assisi Primary - the same school they attended as children.

Emma Macdonald Monday is the start of a new academic year across schools in Canberra and at St Francis of Assisi in Calwell  it seems to be a case of keeping it in the family.

Government offers $3 million for Forrest fluffy home

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Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy The ACT Government has offered a Forrest family $3 million to buy back their Mr Fluffy-affected home.

Kambah residents in a Mr Fluffy cul-de-sac nightmare

Resident Mick Farrelley stands in the quiet Kambah cul de sac where four of the nine houses contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald Four out of nine homes in a quiet Kambah cul-de-sac are contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Rosie Batty breaks down domestic abuse stereotypes with her bravery over son Luke's murder

Rosie Batty earlier this month with a portrait of her beloved 11-year-old son Luke. She says his father, who killed him, loved him as much.

Emma Macdonald Rosie Batty's Australian of the Year title would elevate the issue of domestic violence across the country - helping dispel the myth that it only happened in certain families.

Commercial bakery one of several facing work safety prosecution


Christopher Knaus and Emma Macdonald Buttercup Bakery is facing a criminal charge after a prime mover crashed into a customer picking up stale bread at its Fyshwick depot.

Looters warned to beware of the red paint sprayed on Mr Fluffy homes

Red spray paint has been applied to a sofa in a Mr Fluffy house.

Emma Macdonald What happens when a Mr Fluffy home is surrendered to the Government? They are locked down and spray painted to make them loot-proof.

Opposition questions asbestos healing farm deal

Emma Macdonald The ACT Opposition says the government needs to come clean about the extent of asbestos contamination at the proposed indigenous bush healing farm – having used call in powers to push it...

ACT Health contractors unearth asbestos on 'healing farm' site

From left,  Ben Broers, Margaret Whittem, David Whittem, Michael Shanahan, Robbie Wallace, and Alex Colquitt.

Emma Macdonald Contractors hired by ACT Health to work on a government-owned property at Miowera may have been exposed to asbestos.

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Main round uni offers next week

Emma Macdonald More than 88,000 students will receive a university offer next week as part of the main round of offers.

Fluffy owners demand their land

Emma Macdonald A petition calling for the ACT government to allow Mr Fluffy owners to knock down and rebuild their homes on their existing blocks of land has received nearly 1000 signatures.

Eight critical incidents in ACT government schools

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Emma Macdonald There were eight critical incidents involving danger or harm to ACT government school students last year, according to information released under Freedom of Information legislation.

Andrew Kefford, the ACT bureaucrat combating Mr Fluffy

Emma Macdonald Nothing could have prepared career public servant Andrew Kefford for dealing with the crisis.

NSW government endorses asbestos inquiry and announces crisis package

Emma Macdonald The NSW government will on Friday announce financial crisis assistance for families affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and unveil a taskforce to look at a government buy-back, demolition, and...

NSW inquiry calls for ACT-style buyback and demolition of Fluffy houses

Workers demolish a Mr Fluffy home in Farrer.

Kirsten Lawson and Emma Macdonald A NSW inquiry has called for an ACT-style mass buyback and demolition of Mr Fluffy asbestos-contaminated homes in NSW, declaring them "ultimately uninhabitable".

NSW inquiry says demolish Mr Fluffy homes

NSW Mr Fluffy inquiry chairman Fred Nile said the issue warranted the immediate attention of the NSW government.

Emma Macdonald The NSW Inquiry into Mr Fluffy has called for a demolition and buy-back scheme across the state, following the ACT's lead.

ACT Year 12 Certificate awards on the rise

Canberra College year 12 student Jiheng Xu and Canberra Girls Grammar School year 12 student Vanessa Ma both received a Certificate of Excellence from the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.

Emma Macdonald The number of ACT college students receiving a Year 12 Certificate has risen this year, while the percentage of students awarded a tertiary package remains steady at 63 per cent.

Canberra's top year 12 students learn to balance study with having fun

Top year 12 students Jiheng Xu of Canberra College and Vanessa Ma of Canberra Girls Grammar School.

Emma Macdonald The ACT's joint top year 12 students share a love of maths, chemistry and physics, and this year both achieved the highest possible ATAR score.