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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

$17.6 million facelift for 40-year-old Belconnen High School.

Emma Macdonald ACT Education Minister Joy Burch will announce on Monday a $17.6 million facelift for 40-year-old Belconnen High School.

Crisis psychologist likens Mr Fluffy to nuclear disaster

Dr Rob Gordon says the very nature of asbestos makes it an insidious psychological enemy.

Emma Macdonald Canberra families affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos could take several years to recover psychologically and needed the community's patience and understanding when they were suffering acute stress and...

Demolition of Mr Fluffy homes to begin

Head of the Asbestos Response Taskforce Andrew Kefford has confirmed the removal of  more than 100 asbestos contaminated homes will begin next week.

Emma Macdonald Five homes are poised for demolition from next week because of the Mr Fluffy scandal.

WorkSafe Commissioner Mark McCabe gains new staff and powers to combat Mr Fluffy

Emma Macdonald Two new inspectors will work with another five to monitor the ACT's demolition scheme as it rolls out from next week.

Manuka Oval wants its events louder, lighter and later

Manuka Oval lit up for the first day/night Prime minister's XI match against the West Indies in 2013.

Emma Macdonald Manuka Oval has been accused of sounding like a rock stadium. Now it wants to be one.

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Heartless cuts to special diet kids

Zakariah Adam, 3,  with his sister Nevaeh Siena, 1, mum Jasmine Matthew and grandmother Helga Rosenthal.

Emma Macdonald Three-year-old Zakariah looks like any other kid. But a lamb chop could send him into a coma.

Gungahlin schools filling up fast

Lisa Ramsay with her children Jacob (7 yr2), and Heidi (6 yr1), concerned about the enrolment squeeze in Gungahlin.
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Emma Macdonald Parents are feeling anxious that by the time their children are ready to enrol at primary school, there may be no room.

ANU pulls unauthorised job ad for school of music

Peter Tregear, head of the ANU School of Music in Canberra.

Emma Macdonald Australian National University management embarrassed by a job ad that appeared to replace the head of the school of music, Peter Tregear.

Community meets in anger on Manuka land swap

Paul Haesler, President of Telopea P&C at the Telopea tennis courts which are used by the school.

Emma Macdonald More than 100 members of the Telopea Park School and Manuka Occasional Childcare Association communities have expressed their anger over a proposed Manuka land swap at a public meeting on Wednesday...

INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss composing at ANU

Tim and Andrew Farriss at the 2014 ARIA Awards.

Emma Macdonald It is not every day your music class gets to play an iconic international rock ballad with the man who wrote it.

Teachers cast historic no confidence vote in Joy Burch

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald Canberra's government teachers have called on Andrew Barr to sack Joy Burch as Education Minister, passing a no confidence motion in her and questioning her competence.

Teacher student sex - laws under the microscope


Emma Macdonald ACT college teacher sacked after investigation into a sexual relationship with a former student.

Spate of crime at University of Canberra

Staff and students have been urged to be vigilant following half a dozen

Emma Macdonald The University of Canberra has warned students and staff to take personal safety measures after a spate of robberies and hold-ups on campus.

ACT Libs pledge to restore nurses for Canberra special schools

ACT Liberal Education spokesman Steve Doszpot.

Emma Macdonald The ACT Opposition has pledged $500,000 to put five nurses into four Canberra special schools if they win the next election.

Teachers' pay dispute gets ugly as government accused of cheating

Emma Macdonald The teacher's union is accusing the government of being underhand in pay negotiations by offering a used-car deal.

ANU tops Australian universities in latest league table

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University has topped the country for the number of top-ten globally ranked subjects in the latest and largest ever university league table.

Teachers likely to refuse pay deal

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald ACT teachers are unlikely to accept a 12 per cent pay offer while they continue to work longer hours than Australian and international averages.

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Teachers to be offered a 12 per cent pay rise first day back at school

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald Teachers returning to ACT Government schools on Monday will be offered a 12 per cent pay rise, although the Australian Education Union has yet to appraise the deal.

ACT teacher under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with student

Police tape

Emma Macdonald An ACT college teacher and grandfather who is in an alleged sexual relationship with a former student who has just turned 18, is being investigated by the Education Directorate.

Nurses warned ACT Health they were putting children at risk in special schools

Emma Macdonald The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation warned ACT Health officials in January that it was dangerous to remove nurses from special schools across Canberra because it would put students at...