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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Autism cage inquiry stalled

Emma Macdonald Joy Burch hits back at claims that the inquiry into a student with autism being contained in a cage has been 'shambolic'.

Grease Monkey: Braddon's car yard heritage polished up for business

Grease Monkey in Lonsdale Street.

Emma Macdonald On an avenue which is being redeveloped at breakneck speed, veteran Canberra restaurateur Socrates Kochinos has pinned his heart on keeping some nostalgia on Lonsdale Street Braddon.

Canberra charity Send Hope not Flowers saving the lives of mums in Papua New Guinea

Barry Kirby: The maternal death rate has dropped by 78 per cent in part of PNG where the new program is in place.

Emma Macdonald Donations to a Canberra charity have helped turn Papua New Guinea's shocking maternal death rate around.

ANU Comcare bill hits $11 million this year

ANU slaims were awarded over a range of issues, including work-related physical injuries.

Emma Macdonald and Noel Towell The Australian National University has joined public service departments in having to foot massive new Comcare bills due to a rise in premiums by the federal workplace insurer.

Teachers commission poll showing the community is in their corner

Austrailan Education Union ACT branch secretary Glenn Fowler says it is good to see public support for teachers.

Emma Macdonald A new independent poll has shown a high degree of community support for ACT teachers – with the majority of Canberrans believing the profession is now "tougher than ever".

ACT budget 2015: Andrew Barr focused on urban renewal

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will hand down his latest budget on Tuesday

Emma Macdonald and Meredith Clisby Andrew Barr is styling himself as the "Mayor of Canberra" unveiling an infrastructure spend firmly focused on public housing and urban renewal in the suburbs.

ACT Budget 2015: Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Education funding for new schools in Gungahlin

Emma Macdonald Canberra's northern town centre will get a new primary school, and plans are underway for a new high school, too.

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

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.