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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Memories of Mr Fluffy homes captured in photographic book

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.

Peter Greste celebrating freedom with politicians and press


 Peter Greste with his parents Lois and Juris Greste in Canberra.

Emma Macdonald Australian journalist Peter Greste and his family have come to Canberra to say thank-you.

Transport chaos is tipped for students and public servants over the Anzac Day holiday weekend

Emma Macdonald With government workers having Monday off and a shortage of bus services for school students, this year's Anzac Day holiday is causing some concern.

Parents to get say on plain-English school report cards

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Emma Macdonald The ACT government wants to know what parents like to read on their children's school report cards.

Another Mr Fluffy home confirmed in the Hume Shire

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Emma Macdonald Another Mr Fluffy home has been discovered in the Hume Shire – halfway between Wagga and Albury.

Elderly Mr Fluffy victims want reprieve from five-year limit on staying in their homes

Emma Macdonald About 30 frail and elderly Mr Fluffy residents are pleading for government flexibility around a five-year time-limit on them remaining in their homes.

Couple spends 62 years in a home, now Mr Fluffy forces them out

Emma Macdonald The beautiful family home that Sylvia and Alan Kelly have spent 62 years in is slated for demolition by 2020 because of Mr Fluffy asbestos.

ACT schools falling behind on league tables

ACT schools are falling behind on basic literacy and numeracy.

Emma Macdonald The ACT continues to underperform across high school numeracy, spelling and writing.

Multiple Birth Awareness Week puts focus on family life's double delights

News- 6th May 2015. Twins project. Canberra Times photo by Karleen Minney. Athena Cains of Curtin is surrounded by twins, her husband David (blue shirt) and his twin brother Paul (striped shirt), and sons Will and Sam (glasses)

Emma Macdonald Athena Cains married a twin and gave birth to twins. So she understands their closeness and innate connection.

Canberra Girls' Grammar top of the table in My School literacy and numeracy results

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Emma Macdonald Canberra Girls' Grammar has dominated league tables of ACT school performance based on its 2014 literacy and numeracy results across the primary and high school years.

A league of league table opponents attack comparison of My School results

Australian Education Union ACT secretary Glenn Fowler wants the newspaper to stop publishing school rankings.

Emma Macdonald Australian Education Union ACT Secretary Glenn Fowler usually reads The Canberra Times. But at this time of year he refuses to – preferring instead to line the bottom of a bird cage with its...

Farrer Primary jumps a combined 253 places on ACT school league tables

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Emma Macdonald Farrer Primary has risen a combined 253 places across league tables of ACT literacy and numeracy results for Year 3.

Pink-haired shock tactics put fate of women in Australia and Africa in focus

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in Australia chief executive Lucy Perry is happy to stand out for a cause.

Emma Macdonald Hamlin Fistula chief executive Lucy Perry has a theory that ordinary women can do extraordinary things.

NAPLAN scores: The ACT schools that add value

Wanniassa School Year 4 students Rani Measham and Charleigh Byrne, right, go about their class work.

Emma Macdonald Wanniassa School, Holy Trinity Primary and Canberra Grammar are among 20 schools which have taken their students above and beyond the average when it comes to literacy and numeracy.

My School 2015 goes live with 20 Canberra schools applauded

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Emma Macdonald The My School website has been updated overnight to allow parents to look up details of schools across the nation - most notably their performance in literacy and numeracy as well as financial...