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Markus Mannheim

Markus Mannheim edits The Public Sector Informant and writes regularly about government administration and policy.

Senior Canberra doctors set to take strike action over pay deal

Markus Mannheim Senior doctors at Canberra's public hospitals are set to protest against a proposed pay deal by refusing to bill private patients, talk to managers or teach junior staff.

Canberrans back tougher laws against marketing junk food to children

Markus Mannheim Most ACT residents want confectionery-free checkouts in supermarkets.

Canberrans favour tougher measures against obesity: survey

About a quarter of ACT children and more than 60 per cent of ACT adults are overweight or obese.

Kirsten Lawson, Markus Mannheim Overweight and obese Canberrans seem to be in big-time denial.

ACT spent millions buying back Mr Fluffy asbestos homes before it signed loan

Markus Mannheim The government purchased 19 properties despite its fears the proposed loan deal would collapse.

More than 980 pages of documents needed to explain Lodge delay

The Prime Minister's Canberra residence, The Lodge. February
4th. 2015

Tom McIlroy, Markus Mannheim The Finance Department says it created 980 pages of documents explaining why refurbishment works at The Lodge were delayed by a year.

ACT economy now the second-worst performing in Australia: CommSec


Markus Mannheim Uncertainty about jobs has shaken investors' confidence in Canberra.

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Elective surgery queues shorten but Canberrans still wait longer than most

Queues of people waiting for surgery are expected to lengthen as the population becomes older and more reliant on hospital care.

Markus Mannheim The typical ACT patient waits about seven weeks for an elective operation.

Forensic search of Dunlop home after Gabriella Woutersz admits to murdering mother

Dunlop murder

Markus Mannheim Investigators continued a forensic search of the scene of an alleged murder at the weekend, after the victim's daughter confessed to the killing in court.

Public school enrolments grow but Canberra parents still prefer private high schools

School's in: Parents are still taking time to choose schools  for their children.

Markus Mannheim Government primary schools and colleges expand, but high school enrolments continue to fall.

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Saudi Arabia diplomats rack up the most unpaid traffic fines

The Saudi Arabian flag flying outside the kingdom's embassy in Canberra.

Primrose Riordan, Markus Mannheim Middle Eastern nations and Russia amass most of the unpaid fines among the diplomatic community.

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Drunk, rude, speeding diplomats maintain privacy

International flags fly in Canberra at sunset.

Markus Mannheim Police were so concerned by some foreign diplomats' conduct they asked DFAT to formally counsel the relevant ambassadors.

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Canberra's public hospitals are Australia's most expensive

Patient in hospital bed.

Markus Mannheim An emergency patient admitted to an ACT ward costs more than twice as much to treat as patients in some states.

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Enrolment fraud 'commonplace' in Canberra as parents vie for preferred schools

generic child

Markus Mannheim Some Canberra parents choose to lie about their address to enrol their children in their preferred public school.

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Overcrowding looms as ACT public schools reach capacity

Enrolments in the north are booming, while Tuggeranong is losing students.

Markus Mannheim Nearly a quarter of Canberra's government schools are expected to be overcrowded within three years, an internal government report suggests.

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Canberrans miss out on benefits of power competition


Markus Mannheim Competition between power companies is not helping Canberrans, many of whom believe they must buy from ActewAGL.

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Education Directorate's strategy to relieve crowded public schools

ACT Education Minister Joy Burch.

Markus Mannheim The ACT Education Directorate says it monitors demand for its schools and ensures they are not overcrowded.

Canberra Centre's huge ads 'unlawful' but no one checked

Advertisements for beer and Canberra Centre stores on the outside of the building.

Markus Mannheim Canberra Centre's huge ads are 'unlawful', but no one ever checked.

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'Scores-on-doors' hygiene ratings will ease eating-out fears: poll

Mortar and pestle

Markus Mannheim One in five Canberrans have avoided eating out because they feared the meal would be unsafe, a survey has found.

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Mr Fluffy asbestos home owners fear backlash if properties are named

News. Fluffy Owners and Residents' Action group meeting at Namadgi School, Kambah. Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and  Andrew Kefford, Co-ordinator General of the Asbestos Response Task Forcespeak at the meeting. July 6th. 2014 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Markus Mannheim Most Canberra home owners whose properties may contain deadly asbestos fibres want the ACT government to prevent the public from knowing which houses pose a risk, the Chief Minister says.

Threat to sell 100-plus Canberra properties for land tax debts

For sale.

Markus Mannheim The ACT government could repossess more than 100 investment properties whose landlords have fallen into tax debt.

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