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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Uncertainty reigns for family rehab after federal budget

Matthew Raggatt The region's only residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for families has again been left in funding jeopardy.

Older men helped to sleep easier off street

Matthew Raggatt "You're always worried you might get bashed. It does your head in."

Disability advocates call for funds to explain NDIS

Matthew Raggatt Disability advocates have called for extra funding to allow them to help people confused about accessing the national disability insurance scheme. 

Parkwood Farm accepts final payment for barn egg conversion

Battery hen.

Matthew Raggatt The owners of the ACT's last commercial caged egg farm have received their final payment in the $7 million government deal to convert to barn eggs. 

Rebirth for region's renewables after RET deal

A swathe of planned renewable energy projects across the region may soon become a reality after a bipartisan deal on the Renewable Energy Target ended 18 months' uncertainty. Pictured is the Capital Wind Farm, operated by Infigen Energy, in Bungendore.

Matthew Raggatt The deep freeze for the ACT region's wind farm projects appears over.

Bushfire rebuilds under watch a decade later

There were 487 homes destroyed in the January 2003 bushfires.

Matthew Raggatt All but seven of the nearly 400 urban homes destroyed in the devastating 2003 bushfires have been rebuilt.

Canberra fish seller lost thousands in $40m South African cash move

FishCo Fish Market managing director John Fragopoulos with some Australian tiger prawns at his store at the Belconnen Markets in 2011.

Matthew Raggatt The judgment described evidence Mr Fragopoulos withdrew nearly $US30,000 from a money transfer store in Amsterdam on March 1, 2001, then returned with Mr Godfrey to a hotel where Mr...

Mr Fluffy mental health concerns as 'crisis points' loom

Matthew Raggatt Mr Fluffy homeowners hit by mental issues told to get help as major timelines approach.

Payday loans hurting Canberrans

Care Financial Counselling Service director Carmel Franklin has seen the number of troubled payday borrowers increase in the last two years.

Matthew Raggatt Call for database of payday borrowers and a cap on the number of short-term loans available to vulnerable credit users.

MBA building quality plan to target defects and improve reputation

Matthew Raggatt An online skills passport, planned to be in place in early 2016, will ensure consumers know exactly what training their tradespeople have, Matthew Raggatt reports.

"Uncharted waters" as interest rates fail to deliver: Howard

Former prime minister John Howard with Peter Costello, who were hurt by interest rate rises before the 2007 election, before the then treasurer delivered his eleventh Budget speech.

Matthew Raggatt Former prime minister John Howard, who famously declared in office interest rates would always be lower under a Coalition government, said the economy had changed since he led the country.

Teachers reject EBA offer and move towards strike action

ACT teachers strike outside the Legislative Assembly in September 2011. Industrial action as part of this year's negotiations is now a step closer.

Matthew Raggatt ACT public school teachers have rejected the government's recent industrial offer and taken the first step towards strike action.

Mother bailed after $4700 Hilfiger clothes damage

The David Jones store in the Canberra Centre .

Matthew Raggatt A mother of two has been charged after she allegedly caused nearly $5000 damage pouring a drink on Tommy Hilfiger clothes at the Canberra Centre.

Youth detention and supervision rates fall

Matthew Raggatt Investing in prevention and diversionary initiatives credited with aiding extended fall in numbers dealt with by youth justice system.

Corin promises doubled snow space for year two

Matthew Raggatt Popularity of snow area last year helped management decide what to improve.

Woden small businesses demand revamp

Brazilian Beauty Woden franchisee Anna Cuschieri said the business had needed to compete aggressively to stay in the market. 
30 April 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Times

Matthew Raggatt Woden Plaza retailers have cried out for an urgent revamp of the struggling precinct amid "worst in a decade" business conditions. 

Electrical union warns of safety fears if ActewAGL jobs cut

Electrical union exec warns of risk to public safety.

Matthew Raggatt A leading union representing ActewAGL staff will seek meetings with the company's management to warn job cuts risk public safety.

Waramanga accused bailed despite death threats

Domestic violence generic

Matthew Raggatt A man charged with assaulting his former partner has been granted bail despite threatening to kill the woman if she did not tell the truth about alleged cheating. 

Medical science student charged with drug offences

An Australian teenager died at a Sydney dance party after taking part in a ecstasy swallowing contest.

Matthew Raggatt Police find 170 capsules of ecstasy in car but suspect denies they are hers.

Bitcoin not biting for Canberra commuters on ACTION buses

Matthew Raggatt A failure by Canberra commuters to embrace alternative currency Bitcoin has resulted in the payment option being removed from ACTION buses.