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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Catholic schools happy with budget boost

Emma Macdonald It might not be a done deal nationally, but the initial budget projections coming out of the Gonski school funding overhaul are giving Canberra's Catholic primary schools plenty to smile about.

Non-government schools win big but PS staff feel the pinch

Minister for Education, Joy Burch MLA.

Emma Macdonald Non-government schools have received a windfall in the ACT budget while the number of education bureaucrats will be cut to help pay for new spending.

Workplace safety nets record funding boost

ACT work Safety Commissioner (l-r) Mark McCabe with inspectors Cath Matthews, Niraj Mehta and Anthony Noakes.
The Canberra Times
03 June 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Emma Macdonald The government has made the ACT's biggest single investment in workplace safety across Canberra with a $5.7 million budget injection to increase the safety regulator’s reach.

Five-metre embankment collapses at site of 'unsafe' union protest

Wall at Belconnen workwite collapses

Emma Macdonald Part of a two-storey dirt embankment has collapsed over the weekend on a Belconnen apartment block building which last month was subject to a union protest over safety concerns.

Call for inquiry on school approvals

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Emma Macdonald ACT public education groups have called for an inquiry into how non-government schools are approved.

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Indigenous students receive UC boost


Emma Macdonald A program run though UC to mentor indigenous high school students into university has received a $400,000 funding boost.

$8m gift lets Grammar 'get serious' about Asia

Terry Snow donates $8 million to Canberra Grammar School

Emma Macdonald Businessman Terry Snow will give $8 million to his former school to build a striking new Asian century centre.

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Construction industry to pay more

Send them home safe

Emma Macdonald Insurance premiums for local construction workers are likely to jump in July.

Branching out? How to choose a safe job


Emma Macdonald If job safety is your primary concern in life, you should consider a career in computer sales or insurance broking.

ANU freezes non-academic hiring

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has frozen all new recruitment for non-academic administrative staff.

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Nepal's great lesson in recycling


Emma Macdonald Where do Canberra schools' old whiteboards go to die? Some end up as far away as Nepal.

Still room to improve on vaccination: Gallagher


Emma Macdonald Katy Gallagher says it's ''problematic'' that people still questioned the benefits of childhood vaccinations.

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Community rallies to help children of drowned couple


Emma Macdonald The Canberra community has rallied around Otilija and Orlando Shugg - the children of prominent Canberra authors and bloggers Kathreen Ricketson and Rob Shugg who died tragically last week in an...

Petition call to reinstate ABS survey on women

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick.

Emma Macdonald Nearly 1200 pre-eminent social researchers, academics and feminists and concerned citizens have signed a petition calling on the Australian Bureau of Statistics to reinstate its survey of how women,...

Drawn to Archer vision, artist cut fee

The Canberra Centenary balloon the Skywhale

Peter Jean and Emma Macdonald Artist Patricia Piccinini designed Skywhale for a reduced fee of $8800 and hopes the giant hot air balloon will travel the world.

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No rivers of gold, but Canberra welcomes the trickle

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Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is one of few institutions celebrating very slim Budget pickings for the ACT.

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Gallagher backs paid parking - but wants funds to stay local

News: Official opening of the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion at the National Arboretum, Canberra. ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher. 6th of May 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy Canberra workers and visitors to national institutions will be forced to cough up almost $74 million in new parking fees in the Parliamentary Triangle and at Acton over the next three years.

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Plans for pay parking for Parliamentary Triangle

5 November 2010 NEWS Canberra Times photograph by GRAHAM TIDY Story by John Thistleton Parking dramas in the Parliamentary Triangle. These vehicles parked on the grass in a small carpark off Federation Mall between the old and new Parliament Houses. SPECIAL 111

Emma Macdonald, Tom McIlroy Canberra workers and visitors to national institutions will be forced to cough up almost $74 million in new parking fees in the Parliamentary Triangle and at Acton over the next three years.

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Gallagher caution on school funds

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

Emma Macdonald On the eve of the federal budget, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has stressed the need for the ACT to put national Gonski education reforms ahead of a state and territory cash-grab.

Calls for Minister's sacking over new school approvals

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Emma Macdonald The ACT Government may consider legislative changes to the way in which new private schools are approved in the future following community unrest about the latest batch of approvals.

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