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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

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.

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

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