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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Homestead promises continued growth for soldiers' service

Matthew Raggatt A rapid first year of growth has ended with Soldier On moving the battlefield to Crace.

Canberra schools confident of teacher quality as review targets 'fictitious' ATARs

Teaching graduates.

Matthew Raggatt Canberra schools have no complaints about their teaching graduates, says the ACT Principals Association's Michael Hall.

Joy Burch backs private colleges in ACT

Minister Joy Burch.

Matthew Raggatt Education and Training Minister Joy Burch has welcomed federal moves to crack down on private colleges, but said she was unaware of any shoddy providers in the ACT. 

National book sales defy digital trend

Impact Comics owner manager Mal Briggs saw a 10 per cent increase in sales last year.

Matthew Raggatt Children's books and tales of political intrigue proved popular in Canberra last year, when a national rise in book sales was recorded.

New arrivals at Australian Defence Force Academy put on military show

February 28 2015.

Australian Defence Force Academy year one officer cadets and midshipmen parade.  

Canberra Times photo by Matt Bedford.

Matthew Raggatt The newest arrivals at the Australian Defence Force Academy have put on their first show, with planes, helicopters and the chief of the Defence Force playing a part in the opening year parade on...

Man refused bail after threat to kill wife over child access

Matthew Raggatt A Canberra man has been refused bail after facing court on allegations he threatened to kill his former partner because she would not give him immediate access to their child.

US universities target Australian students

Samantha Cooper spent six months on exchange at Pennsylvania State University in 2013.

Matthew Raggatt Facing fee regulations in their homeland, Australian students may find doing degrees in the United States cost-effective, expert says.

Leigh calls on multinationals like Airbnb to pay fair share

The extra verification has been added to prevent criticism that unregulated sites like Airbnb leave peoples personal security at risk.

Matthew Raggatt There is little tax revenue to gain from share economy companies like Airbnb, which are already subject to tax laws, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says. 

Plum crop shows prunes poised to be a NSW export boom if demand continues

Prunes on the Grangers' Kingsvale farm. 

21 Feb 2015
photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Matthew Raggatt Though the demand for prunes this year is at an all-time high, a long-time grower warns against mass plantings or new entrants to the industry based on the US market.

Trust and legitimacy gone in modern politics?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Matthew Raggatt Tony Abbott is the latest politician to promise and fail to deliver, a leading ethicist says.

Report to reveal builder red flags as unit approvals plummet

MBA deputy executive director Jerry Howard said homeowners should do their research and avoid paying bottom dollar if they wanted quality work.

Matthew Raggatt A new report promises to reveal any concerns about builders as a fall in building approvals increases competition.

Uncovered Old Parliament House graffiti is a reminder of the nuclear fight of the 1980s

Graffiti uncovered last year on Old Parliament House appears to be from the mid-1980s, when the NDP was at its peak.

Matthew Raggatt An homage to nuclear disarmament and a punk band were found on Old Parliament House.

Hand-built Harmonie a trove of German history

Rear from left, Ilona Kamm, Dieter Kamm, Elvera Lupke, Kevin Bramboeck, Friedhelm Lupke, front from left, Ursula Voege, Klaus Scharrer and Hartmut Schroeder at the Harmonie German Club with the Stammtisch table, which has the names of the foundation board members attached on plaques.

Matthew Raggatt Behind the beer and pork knuckle, there are some pioneer stories to be heard at the German club.

Former ACT chief minister Gallagher poised for step up and step back

Katy Gallagher, enjoying some tea in Chifley, will return to the political scene as a senator next month.

Matthew Raggatt She has never spent a day in opposition, so what does popular former chief minister Katy Gallagher hope to achieve in the Senate?

Nitro motorcycle star after 'redemption' in capital

International motocross legend Travis Pastrana will return to Canberra this month as part of the daredevil Nitro Circus team.

Matthew Raggatt He's put his life on the line for more than a decade to thrill crowds worldwide, but extreme sports legend Travis Pastrana thinks he owes something to Canberrans.

Arrests at Canberra Airport tripled in one year

Canberra airport.

Matthew Raggatt and Niall Boyle Better surveillance has seen an increase in arrests at Canberra Airport. Matthew Raggatt and Niall Boyle report.

Number of ACT college seniors caught cheating increases by a third

Cheating increases.

Matthew Raggatt Teachers are getting much better at picking up plagiarism in students' work, Matthew Raggatt reports.

Fashion and fine yarns promised by racing blueblood at Black Opal Experience

Horseowner Danielle Cleary, with fellow owner and husband Matthew, has created the Black Opal Experience event which will combine fine fashion and stories of racing glories past at Hotel Realm on February 15.

Matthew Raggatt She's mucked out stables and owned several race winners, now Danielle Cleary is on a mission to create a more elegant and educated generation of racegoer.

Australian Nanny Association confident in-home carers will get rebate

Matthew Raggatt Advocates for the nation's nannies have expressed increased confidence in-home care will be included in the upcoming childcare package, opening up avenues for the thousands of black market nannies.

Mixed retail confidence as job cuts, uncertainty and red tape slow spend

Matthew Raggatt Business confidence and retail spending figures can bounce around from month to month, and sometimes contradict each other.