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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Canberra house cleared for asbestos but the deadly dust still lurks

Emma Macdonald A Pearce home owner is seeking legal advice after buying a home formally cleared by the ACT government of having Mr Fluffy asbestos, only to find out that was an administrative mistake and there is...

Upheaval blamed as ANU staff move to better-paying UC jobs

UC students, staff query rugby deal

Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is experiencing something of a brain drain as esteemed academics cross Belconnen Way for the University of Canberra.

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Builder left in the dark after call to asbestos hotline

News: Andrew Laird wants the government to notify builders which houses are mr fluffy houses before they start work on them, to avoid exposure to asbestos. 29th of March 2014. Canberra Times photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Emma Macdonald Canberra builder Andrew Laird told Mr Fluffy asbestos list unavailable "due to privacy reasons".

Dire warning on Mr Fluffy asbestos in Canberra homes

Removing asbestos from a local site.

Emma Macdonald Pressure to have ACT properties which have Mr Fluffy loose asbestos adhere strict safety measures.

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CIT fashion courses bursting at the seams, but help at hand

Emma Macdonald Whether it is shows like Project Runway, the current crafting craze or the buzz of Fashfest, Canberra's ranks of would-be fashion designers are bursting at the seams.

University of Canberra Students' Association risks going broke

The University of Canberra.

Emma Macdonald An internal review of the University of Canberra Students' Association has recommended a financial and governance overhaul as it risks going broke.

Tailor provides Canberra with high end suits

Designer Pip Morgan of Braddon Tailors will be showcasing its collection in this years Fashfest.

Emma Macdonald Don't assume the men's clothes on the Fashfest runway are all about cropped pants, exposed ankles and avant garde fabrics.

Parents in PJs: that's one way to get them involved in school activities

Students and parents at Maquarie Primary School setup for a movie in the school corridor.
(L-R) Nate Halpin (yr 4), Luke Halpin,  Clare 
Halpin (yr 3), Sophia Halpin, Oliver Walker (Kindergarten), Lianne Gyles, Nicholas Walker (yr1) Yvette Walker, and Bradley Gyles (yr5).

Emma Macdonald Macquarie Primary School principal Wendy Cave has a simple suggestion on how schools can better engage with parents: ''Turn on the lights, open the door and invite parents inside.''

Learning about engagement is new ground for study

Students studying - generic photo Think Stock for HSC Best Wishes feature.

Emma Macdonald The ACT will spearhead new research into how parents should best engage with their children's learning.

University paid parking 'rushed and poorly designed'

News.  Cooper Lodge student accommodation at the University of Canberra.  23 January 2014.  Canberra Times photo Jeffrey Chan.

Emma Macdonald The introduction of pay parking at the University of Canberra last week has been described as rushed and poorly designed according to staff and students who are now required to pay upwards of $3 to...

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NAPLAN: ACT school scores slip compared with peers

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Emma Macdonald Spelling and numeracy at high school level continue to be the ACT's greatest educational weak points.

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NAPLAN league tables give valuable Canberra snapshot

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Emma Macdonald Another round of NAPLAN testing has come and gone - and the sky has not fallen in.

NAPLAN: Independent schools a point or two above the pack in My School rankings

Torrens Primary School Principal Sue Mueller with year 3 students have done brilliantly in the MySchool NAPLAN results.

Emma Macdonald The Canberra Times' league tables of ACT schools' literacy and numeracy scores continue to show that independent schools dominate their Catholic and government counterparts.

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ANU probes Jewish students' harassment claims

Fleta Page and Emma Macdonald The Australian National University is investigating an alleged case of religious harassment that took place against Jewish students.

ACT schools top nation in literacy, numeracy

Emma Macdonald The ACT remains the highest performing state or territory for literacy and numeracy.

ACT schools say there's no formula for NAPLAN improvements

Emma Macdonald NAPLAN success a combination of motivating teachers to make a difference, and making school a happy and inviting place for the children.

Ainslie businesses ordered to close because of asbestos fears

Asbestos fears.

Emma Macdonald Two businesses at the Ainslie shops have been ordered to close by the ACT Workplace Safety Commissioner because of fears a cracked roof may allow deadly amosite asbestos to escape.

Royal visit: Why can't we show the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the real Canberra?

Royal visit

Emma Macdonald The Royal family are being served up the same itinerary that seems to be rolled out whenever high office descends on our gentle city... Forgive me if I drifted off momentarily.

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Private Capital

Mount Ainslie inspiration

Emma Macdonald Private Capital: Famous landmark helps Xiang Lei win University of Canberra’s children’s book competition.

Education union backs Joy Burch on tests for teachers

Education Minister Joy Burch.

Emma Macdonald The Australian Education Union not only backs new literacy and numeracy tests for qualified teachers, but also wants entry scores for education degrees raised and the qualification time increased.