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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

ANU bully claims taken to Human Rights Commission


Emma Macdonald Bullying and gender discrimination claims within the Australian National University are being examined.

Culture war brews over Wig & Pen's move to ANU's Llewellyn Hall

Wig and Pen.

Emma Macdonald A culture war is brewing over plans by the popular inner-city pub, the Wig & Pen, to relocate from its Civic location to the ground floor of the Australian National University’s School of Music.

Lyons family puts home on market to discover asbestos in kitchen and hallway

The Ross family: Nathalie with her children, Charlie, 8, Grace,13, and Lulu, 5, outside their family home which is contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald When her husband moved to Queensland for work, Nathalie Ross intended to put the family home on the market and find something smaller for herself and the three children.

Queen's Birthday Honours - Des Ball

Australian National University Professor Des Ball.

Emma Macdonald Australian National University Professor Des Ball has been recognised for his massive contribution to global defence and security.

Major changes for education in ACT budget

Generic education budget

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government has committed to a major change to the Canberra Institute of Technology, winding back the Woden campus and developing a new campus in Tuggeranong to meet demand for training and...

ACT workplace death case the first to charge manager

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe said this case would be a turning point for the ACT and Australia.

Emma Macdonald The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to charge a senior company manager over the death of a worker in a workplace accident.

120 families sign up for Mr Fluffy lobby group


Emma Macdonald More than 120 Canberra families living in homes affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos have joined a new lobby group – and potentially a class action – to push their case for compensation for...

Constitution Avenue widening shut down over safety concerns

Work on the $42 million upgrade and widening of Constitution Avenue has been temporarily halted.

Emma Macdonald Work on the $42 million upgrade and widening of Constitution Avenue has been temporarily halted by WorkSafe ACT following a number of safety concerns.

Breast screening extended by 3000 women in the ACT

Teresa Luke at BreastScreen ACT, Civic. Ms Luke was 42 when she discovered a lump she assumed was breast cancer.

Emma Macdonald The ACT is set to receive an additional $1.1 million in Commonwealth funding to enable it to expand free mammograms to older women.

Women are the biggest budget losers


Emma Macdonald The National Foundation for Australian Women has declared the 2014 federal Budget a disaster for women from all walks of life.

Empire Building Group site shut down in Wright

Worksafe's Mark McCabe.

Emma Macdonald A building site in Wright operated by Empire Building Group has been shut down over a raft of safety concerns.

Mr Fluffy asbestos found on children's clothes and toys in Canberra home

Another Canberra home has been placed in a lockdown by ACT WorkSafe.

Emma Macdonald A Canberra family with young children has been exposed to deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos that had fallen behind their wardrobes.

Mr Fluffy asbestos found in bags under house


Emma Macdonald Three bags of old Mr Fluffy asbestos have been stored under a home in Macgregor – presumably left behind.

'Mr Fluffy' asbestos families form action group to lobby ACT government

Spokesperson for the 'Mr Fluffy' owners and residents action group, Brianna Heseltine, with her baby Marcus.

Emma Macdonald Brianna Heseltine has stepped forward to become the public face of Canberra households affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Canberra's universities brace for the good - and the bad - in budget

Tuesday’s education budget will be welcomed by the Australian National University, but not so the University of Canberra.

Emma Macdonald Tuesday’s education budget will be welcomed by the ANU, but condemned by UC.

Student wellbeing most vital, says expert

NAPLAN tests take heavy toll (Thumbnail)

Emma Macdonald Maths performance in NAPLAN is important but should not come at the cost of student wellbeing.

Asbestos roof ruins business, says mechanic

Worksafe's Mark McCabe.

Emma Macdonald An asbestos sheet roof which has caused the temporary closure of two businesses on Woolley Street in Dickson for over three months is being replaced this week.

Drowning in backyard pools still a risk for children in winter

Emma Macdonald Just because the temperature has plummeted does not mean children are not at risk of drowning in backyard pools.

Mr Fluffy asbestos infiltrates like sand through the hourglass

ACT work safety minister Simon Corbell.

Emma Macdonald Mr Fluffy asbestos infiltrates houses like “sand migrating through an hour glass”, study shows.

The reality of childbirth in PNG

A new mother with her child in Papua New Guinea.

Emma Macdonald and Karleen Minney Women in Australia almost never die during childbirth, and even our largest maternity hospitals might have such a loss only every couple of years.