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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Bungendore family face ruin after their horrific Fluffy discovery

Emma Macdonald Canberra couple Eddie Casey and Dale Freestone were well aware of Mr Fluffy asbestos when they bought a home in August, but even a full check did not prevent them from falling victim.

INXS creative force Andrew Farriss comes to the ANU

Andrew Farriss of INXS

Emma Macdonald INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss is spending 2015 in Canberra as a fellow at the Australian National University School of Music.

Nishi fall fine could set record

Jayson Bush, who was injured in a construction site accident in 2012.

Emma Macdonald The high-profile accident of young ACT construction worker Jayson Bush, who fell down a shaft in the Nishi building in 2012, is in court and could set a record in work health and safety penalties.

Fluffy public meetings amid social media meltdown

Emma Macdonald The ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce will hold two public forums for Mr Fluffy owners.

NAPLAN - ACT has highest withdrawals from testing in the nation

Hughes Primary School year 3 students, from left, Mercedes Ellis, Allie Booth, Vivian McCarthy and Declan Murphy.

Emma Macdonald The ACT has continued its national dominance of literacy and numeracy testing according to the latest results. But it is battling an increasing trend of parents withdrawing their children from NAPLAN.

Fluffy owners seek urgent meeting with Andrew Barr

Treasurer Andrew Barr is set to take the reins of the ACT as chief minister.

Emma Macdonald Mr Fluffy families have demanded an urgent town hall meeting with the incoming Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

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Mr Fluffy Ainslie cottage owner trying to cling to land

Ainslie homeowner Fiona Matz with her two sons Tim, 9, and Alex, 7.

Emma Macdonald Fiona Matz bought a small and sunny weatherboard cottage last year as a fresh start to a relationship breakup and a haven in which to bring up her two young sons.

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Construction worker injured in accident at Canberra House


Henry Belot and Emma Macdonald A man has been hospitalised after a ceiling collapsed on him at Canberra House.

Commonwealth Bank gives $2.5 million to Fluffy customers

Mr Fluffy home owners Joanne and Peter Berry are pleased with Commonwealth Bank offering its customers $10,000.

Emma Macdonald The Commonwealth Bank will provide nearly 250 customers affected by the Mr Fluffy crisis a $10,000 special assistance payment.

University of Canberra vice-chancellor happy deregulation bill is dead

Emma Macdonald University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker has been inundated with messages of support from academics around the country for his hard line against the Federal Government’s higher...

Canberra the most 'university town' in the country, say UC and ANU

Professor Stephen Parker says universities are the way forward economically for the ACT.

Emma Macdonald Canberra is the most “university town” in all of Australia, with the University of Canberra and the Australian National University producing the statistics to confirm it.

Mr Fluffy impact statement enshrined in Hansard

$50 million would be spent on audits and removing asbestos that poses an immediate risk to students and teachers.

Emma Macdonald Tears flowed in Federal Parliament on Thursday as owners of Mr Fluffy homes throughout the ACT witnessed their stories of personal tragedy being committed to Australia's political and historic record.

Christmas gift guide for Canberra: Women

Uberkate cuff wide $565 www.uberkate.com.au

Emma Macdonald Editorial staff at The Canberra Times share their ideas for buying presents for Relax magazine readers.

University of Canberra's new Master of High Performance Sport announced

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has 17 enrolments for a new Master of High Performance Sport which was announced on Wednesday.

Christmas gift guide for Canberra: Colourful toys

Frozen Musical Magic Dolls $69.99 Toys R Us Majura Park

Emma Macdonald Editorial staff at The Canberra Times share their ideas for buying presents for Relax magazine readers.

Suicide increasing among ACT children


Emma Macdonald An analysis of the deaths of ACT children shows suicide is on the rise.

New start for owners of Mr Fluffy asbestos home in Kambah

Chris Sims and Charmaine Sims with their son Zac Sims 3 and daughter Alma 20 months are moving on from Mr Fluffy after buying a new home in Kambah.

Emma Macdonald A Kambah couple are moving on from their Mr Fluffy home.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher puts banks on notice over Mr Fluffy asbestos loans

Demolition: Mr Fluffy homes to go.

Emma Macdonald A call for leniency around charges and repayments may help Mr Fluffy owners over the next few months.

International conference says NSW must follow ACT Government's Mr Fluffy asbestos demolition

Workers demolish a home in Farrer which was found to contain Mr Fluffy loose-fibre asbestos insulation.

Emma Macdonald International Conference on Asbestos Awareness commends ACT Government's decision to abolish all Mr Fluffy homes – calling on NSW to follow suit.

Inaugural gender equity fellowship rewards motherhood in science research

Julia Ellyard  holds  her 2-year-old twin boys Leo Turner (left), and Max Turner (right), with her eldest  Alex Turner, 5.

Emma Macdonald Dr Julia Ellyard, who juggles a young family with a high-level career in medical research, will find her life eased after she was granted a new fellowship.