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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Mr Fluffy homes to be tagged to protect tradies

Emma Macdonald Mr Fluffy homes will be required by law to have high visibility tags in their meter boxes.

ANU ranking slides on respected global research league table

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has continued its slide down international performance rankings, falling 8 places on the most rigorous research league table.

Sue Packer to head ACT government's asbestos reference group

Dr Sue Packer will be the chair of the ACT government’s asbestos reference group.

Emma Macdonald Former Canberran of the Year Dr Sue Packer will chair the ACT government’s asbestos reference group.

ANU launches new research centre, with some depressing ANUpoll results

ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Young says the new research centre

Emma Macdonald Australians are increasingly pessimistic about the country’s future, a new ANUpoll shows.

Mr Fluffy crisis: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher to announce reference group

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is expected to announce a 10-member Mr Fluffy Community Expert Reference Group on Tuesday.

Mesothelioma claims the life of Canberra electrician

Mr Jorritsma and his wife of 43 years, Stephanie, despaired about the future health of their three sons, all of whom have chosen professions that expose them to asbestos.

Emma Macdonald John Jorritsma died of mesothelioma on Wednesday after spending a career as an electrician drilling through asbestos sheeting and crawling under Mr Fluffy homes.

Family endures Canberra winter in Mr Fluffy home with no lights, heating

Annabel Yagos, of Fisher, with her two children six-month-old Charlotte  and Jacob, 2.

Emma Macdonald It is not ideal to bath very young children in an unheated bathroom to the dim glow of a camp light during a Canberra winter. But Annabel and Jonathan Yagos have no choice.

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Road planned over asbestos dump

Asbestos ready to be buried in Canberra in the 1990s.

Emma Macdonald A massive asbestos waste dump in Gungahlin that contains the original Mr Fluffy asbestos removed from more than 1000 Canberra homes in the 1980s is being tested before the ACT government builds a...

Assessors failed to detect blue asbestos in family's home

Crammed into a small serviced apartment: The Ziolkowski family.

Emma Macdonald Call it Mr Fluffy paranoia or a mother's intuition, but Lisa Ziolkowski sought four different asbestos assessments before receiving confirmation that it was present in every room in her home, bar the...

Commissioner moves to allay lockdown fears of Mr Fluffy homeowners in ACT


Emma Macdonald ACT Work Safety commissioner Mark McCabe said no further Mr Fluffy houses would be placed in lockdown because families may be too scared by the threat of being forced out of their home while asbestos...

Mr Fluffy descendants express sympathy for affected families


Emma Macdonald The descendants of the man who started Canberra’s original Asbestosfluf insulation business, which subsequently became Mr Fluffy, have expressed their deep sympathy for the more than 1000...

ANU appoints first female engineering dean

Professor Elanor Huntington.

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has appointed its first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Elanor Huntington.

Mr Fluffy group demands crisis support and demolition


Emma Macdonald The owners of homes contaminated by Mr Fluffy asbestos have presented a list of demands to the ACT Government.

Mr Fluffy health crisis: Canberra family faces asbestosis diagnosis

The Mr Fluffy Owners and Residents Action Group has more than 300 members after setting up last month.

Emma Macdonald At least one Canberra family is grappling with a family member being diagnosed with asbestosis – the likely result of exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos which they installed in their home in...

Tip fees waived for Mr Fluffy homes

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell.

Emma Macdonald The ACT government will waive tip disposal fees where houses containing loose-fill Mr Fluffy asbestos are either renovated or demolished.

$75 million building spree for ANU

The HC Coombs Building at ANU.

Emma Macdonald It is the end of an era for Australian National University Arts students who will leave the hexagonal post-war modernism of the HC Coombs Building for new $50-million purpose-built digs.

ANU budget surplus more than halved


Emma Macdonald The Australian National University’s latest annual report is a "better than expected result’’ despite cutting into its surplus.

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.