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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

ANU's Siding Spring Observatory reopens after fire

Emma Macdonald The Siding Spring Observatory in Coonabarabran was reopened to the public on Monday following the completion of extensive post-bushfire safety works by the Australian National University and the...

Inspectors step up as ladder and scaffold safety is top priority

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Emma Macdonald Construction workers using ladders and working from heights on scaffolding will be the target of a new compliance and inspection campaign by the ACT Work Safety Commission starting this week...

ACT children fare better on wellbeing than peers


Emma Macdonald Canberra's five-year-olds are slightly less vulnerable to developmental delays than other children across Australia.

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Students dig into 'fossils'


Emma Macdonald Students at the ANU are challenging management's decision to keep secret details of its investment in coal, oil and gas.

Salaries soar for 'super teachers'

Macquarie Primary School Teacher Amanda Hawkins.
The Canberra TImes
28 March 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Emma Macdonald Thirty-year-old Canberra teacher Amanda Hawkins never went into the profession for the money.

Builders call for random worksite drug, alcohol tests

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Emma Macdonald The Master Builders Association has called for random drug and alcohol testing on Canberra construction sites and pulled back from supporting a target to reduce injuries as part of its response to...

MBA calls for random drug, alcohol testing


Emma Macdonald The Master Builders Association has called for random drug and alcohol testing on Canberra construction sites as part of its response to the Government's independent inquiry into safety.

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Insurer set to pass safety levy costs on to employers

GIO Holdings.

Emma Macdonald GIO, has confirmed it is likely to pass the cost of new levies to improve construction industry safety.

Builders group to question safety report

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Emma Macdonald Builders group to reveal its response to the ACT's independent inquiry into high construction death and injury rates.

Gambling on the nature of things

Sean Carroll and Brian Schmidt, and a bottle of port - contributed pic for Canberra Times.

Emma Macdonald Betting on the Nobel prize probably began when the first one was awarded in 1895.

The people of UC brought to life

News: University of Canberra 'Peoplescape' exhibition - A forest of life-sized corflute figures representing the people who?ve made the University of Canberra unique over its 45-year history. Dr Tom Calma stands next to his corflute replica.  25 March 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald The grassy slope of the University of Canberra Concourse is always a popular place to sit when the weather is nice.

ACT indigenous school retention rate slips

Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The ACT's indigenous retention rates to year 12 have fallen despite a national surge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reaching year 12.

Bill still unpaid one year after college wrecking ball

The Deck Restaurant cafe manager Louise Robinson.

Emma Macdonald Nearly one year after Australian National University students caused more than $8000 damage to a restaurant during a drunken college ball, the owner of the Deck at Regatta Point is still waiting for...

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Not-so-glorious food in capital canteens

Canteen food.

Emma Macdonald ACT school canteens have produced the worst nutritional results of a nationwide analysis of food available to students.

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Injured ANU researcher left short by insurance

ANU PhD researcher Daryl Wesley suffered serious injuries and spent two and a half months in hospital after a fall in the Northern Territory while researching Aboriginal Rock Art.
The Canberra Times
05 March 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Emma Macdonald A PhD researcher who fell down a cliff while doing fieldwork in the Northern Territory has gone into debt to cover his medical expenses, because insurance payments from the Australian National...

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Focus on individuals brings success

Students at Burgmann College, Gungahlin, have performed well in the latest NAPLAN results. Students at after school activities, play on yard equipment. In the foreground are L to R, Lachlan Furini, 5, Alison Riley, 8 and Kate Riley, 5.

Emma Macdonald Burgmann Anglican School has shot up remarkably in just 15 years.

Parents sweating on kids swotting won't foster inspiration

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Emma Macdonald It's no surprise to anyone that savvy publishers are cashing in on NAPLAN nerves.

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Keeping score: students studying by the book

ACT Branch president of the Australian Education Union Glen Fowler with copies of a naplan style workbook readily available in bookshops around Canberra.

Emma Macdonald The federal government's My School website produces its fair share of losers when schools are shown to underperform in literacy and numeracy tests.

Independent schools dominate rankings

The Canberra Boys Grammar School senior campus at Red Hill.

Emma Macdonald The Canberra Times league tables of literacy and numeracy performance across all schools in the ACT continue to show the dominance of independent schools over government and Catholic schools.

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Anger as second blitz finds more Work Safety breaches

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Emma Macdonald ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe has expressed dismay that work sites in Harrison continue to breach safety regulations despite being the subject of two blitzes in two months.