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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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.

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.