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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Night shift nurses call for equal rates after pay 'oversight'

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell disputes the claim there was an oversight in raising a night penalty rate.

Matthew Raggatt Nurses working the overnight 12-hour shift at Canberra Hospital have attacked the ACT government for failing to fix an "oversight" which has cost them more than $1000 each a year.

With God on his side, or to the side?

One of five Labor candidates preselected in  Ginninderra, Gordon Ramsay, at Kippax Uniting Church on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt We talk to the Labor candidate trying to swap the pulpit for a seat in Parliament next year.

Two-storey Mr Fluffy dual occupancies being forgotten

Matthew Raggatt New Fluffy blocks are offering new challenges and may destroy character it is alleged.

Canberra Hospital seeks donations to spread Christmas tree presence

Harley Cusbert, 6, decorating a tree from The Christmas Tree Truck, which will provide 30-35 artificial trees for Canberra Hospital to be sponsored by the public.

Matthew Raggatt Artificial Christmas trees are being used for the hospital because infection control is an issue in the ward and clinical areas. Matthew Raggatt explains.

Underground oil tanks to be removed from five schools

Matthew Raggatt The program to remove or decommission 22 underground oil storage tanks from Canberra public schools will soon be completed.

Man who stabbed woman, made kill threat refused bail

A 45-year-old man allegedly stabbed and punched a woman and swung a baseball bat at her.

Matthew Raggatt A Dickson man who allegedly stabbed a woman he was in a casual relationship with, threatened to kill her and broke a window in an attempt to escape police has been refused bail. 

Nurses happier with ED triage streaming process at Canberra Hospital

Nurses at Canberra Hospital have been able to exercise their clinical judgment more widely during triage and streaming at the emergency department, the nurses' union has said.

Matthew Raggatt The key focus for ACT Health is to provide the safest and best quality care for every patient, every time.

Warnings to reduce speed and cut drink driving from the fatal car crash resting place

Matthew Raggatt One of the hard things about working in the crash team is quite often having to prosecute otherwise nice people.

Canberra childcare provider points to oversupply of places

Canberra parents have 13 more long day care centres to choose from than a year ago.

Matthew Raggatt Canberra's largest provider of paid childcare has claimed the city has an oversupply day care.

Woden master plan promises business and residential growth

Matthew Raggatt Business and community groups back long-awaited planning document to rejuvenate Woden.

Nurses say supervised injecting room only way forward for prison program

The common room in the sentenced section of the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Matthew Raggatt Nurses give reluctant and conditional backing for supervised injecting room at Canberra's jail.

Canberra cafe Patissez unveils freakshakes mark II to continue dessert decadence

The five new shakes are Freakshake 2.0, Freaky Blue Ballz, BanoFreak, FruityFreak, Cookies n Freaks and Freakin Nutz.

Matthew Raggatt The Manuka 'freakshakes' which attracted international attention are evolving.  

Hospital occupancy rates fall to record lows - but a new counting method was used

The Canberra Hospital had an average occupancy rate of 88 per cent last year.

Matthew Raggatt ACT government says comparisons cannot be made to previous results, then trumpets 'improvements'. 

18-year-old Canberra man charged with shooting up car

Matthew Raggatt 18-year-old accused of shooting up a vehicle has claim for bail rejected.

Dumped girlfriend allegedly set fire to ex's car after two-month relationship

A text message read in court said the woman used

Matthew Raggatt A garage and Subaru WRX were destroyed in the early morning blaze at her former boyfriend's home.

Truck crash upshot: quick fix to Acton tunnel $260,000 before repairs begin

Matthew Raggatt Roads ACT spent $260,000 on emergency works to the Acton tunnel after a truck crashed into it last month.

Carillon and Parliament House contenders for Canberra version of Monopoly

Gerard Abideen, the ACT Monopoly champion, has welcomed the news the capital could have its own Canberra-centric Monopoly board within two years.

Matthew Raggatt Mugga Way could take Mayfair's place and Skywhale could become a token when Canberra gets it board game in 2017.

Billycart fate depends on steam power in quest for success at Centennial Parklands race

Aaron Dixon of Braddon, Dimitri Markakis of Belconnen and Mitchell Searle of Belconnen with their two-seater billy cart.

Matthew Raggatt A Thomas the Tank Engine-inspired billy cart made with wheelbarrow tyres will represent Canberra in a $35,000 race for glory on Sunday.  

Bail refused over $3000 Louis Vuitton theft

Matthew Raggatt A man charged with punching a woman before stealing her $3000 handbag outside a Civic hotel has been refused bail. 

Woden School remains without full-time nurse after healthcare review

Matthew Raggatt A parent has praised the work of the replacement health assistants, buts says a full-time nurse is still needed.