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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

ACT Libs pledge to restore nurses for Canberra special schools

Emma Macdonald The ACT Opposition has pledged $500,000 to put five nurses into four Canberra special schools if they win the next election.

Teachers' pay dispute gets ugly as government accused of cheating

Emma Macdonald The teacher's union is accusing the government of being underhand in pay negotiations by offering a used-car deal.

ANU tops Australian universities in latest league table

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has topped the country for the number of top-ten globally ranked subjects in the latest and largest ever university league table.

Teachers likely to refuse pay deal

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald ACT teachers are unlikely to accept a 12 per cent pay offer while they continue to work longer hours than Australian and international averages.

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Teachers to be offered a 12 per cent pay rise first day back at school

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald Teachers returning to ACT Government schools on Monday will be offered a 12 per cent pay rise, although the Australian Education Union has yet to appraise the deal.

ACT teacher under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with student

Police tape

Emma Macdonald An ACT college teacher and grandfather who is in an alleged sexual relationship with a former student who has just turned 18, is being investigated by the Education Directorate.

Nurses warned ACT Health they were putting children at risk in special schools

Emma Macdonald The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation warned ACT Health officials in January that it was dangerous to remove nurses from special schools across Canberra because it would put students at...

Nurses return to special school taking pressure off teachers

Emma Macdonald Two full-time nurses will be reinstated in a Canberra special school after a trial of a nursing telephone hotline left teachers in charge of complex medical procedures.

ACT government high schools claw back majority of students

Emma Macdonald ACT Government high schools have clawed back their majority share of Canberra students after five years in which there were more teenagers in private high schools than public.

Staff and children locked out of Artemis Early Learning Centre in Fyshwick

Parents turned up to find Artemis early learning centre closed on Monday morning.

Emma Macdonald Staff and children were unexpectedly locked out of the Artemis Early Learning Centre in Fyshwick on Monday morning because of a lease disagreement between the building owner and centre operator.

Mr Fluffy archives quarantined because of asbestos

ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce head Andrew Kefford is keen to access the files.

Emma Macdonald Hundreds of thousands of historical documents relating to Mr Fluffy asbestos have been quarantined for the past few months due to the presence of amosite filed in ACT Government archives.

Inquiry announced into Canberra school that caged autistic student

Emma Macdonald Three experts will also look into how Canberra is responding to an unprecedented number of students with disabilities and special needs.

P&C voice recalls learning struggles amid autism cage outrage

Hugh Boulter at his home in Flynn.

Emma Macdonald ACT P&C vice-president Hugh Boulter suffered a head injury at age six which affected his eyesight and overnight gave him a moderate learning disability.

Professor Michael McRobbie awarded University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year

ANU Alumni of the year, Professor Michael McRobbie AO FAHA, a global leader in higher education and President of Indiana University.

Emma Macdonald Professor Michael McRobbie has been awarded one of the University of Queensland's highest honours – Alumnus of the Year. Emma Macdonald reports.

Memories of Mr Fluffy homes captured in photographic book

Lola and Graeme Wykes at their Kambah home, which will feature in a photographic book capturing Mr Fluffy homes and their owners' experiences.

Emma Macdonald A photographic record of the pain and anguish of Canberra families leaving Mr Fluffy homes will be immortalised in a book.

Shock and sadness at 'cage' for Canberra school boy with autism: Ricky Stuart

Chris Wilson, Kirsten Lawson and Emma Macdonald Use of a "cage" used to contain a Canberra school child in a classroom has sparked debate about the treatment of disruptive and special-needs children in mainstream schools.

Child reportedly contained in cage-like structure at ACT primary school

Serious allegations: ACT minister for education Joy Burch, right, and director-general of the ACT Education and Training Directorate, Diane Joseph.

Emma Macdonald The ACT Education Department is investigating reports a child was contained in a cage-like structure at an ACT Primary school

A woman in a man's man's world

 Group Captain Cate McGregor.

Emma Macdonald From the "bloke's bloke" into a far more diminutive and graceful blonde, Cate McGregor has learned about being "manterrupted", ignored and sidelined. Emma Macdonald reports.

Directors of indigenous housing organisation Southside Housing to face Federal Court

Emma Macdonald Canberra indigenous housing organisation allegedly mismanaged and run to benefit corporation directors.

Political dress to hit catwalk at Fashfest

Emma Macdonald Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann lives and breathes federal politics. Now she’ll be wearing it too.