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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Road planned over asbestos dump

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.

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.