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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Child carers tell Productivity Commission to leave ratios alone

Matthew Raggatt Canberra child care managers have warned recommendations to overhaul the system would compromise children's safety.

Call for law certainty for employers to quiz convictions

Archie Tsirimokos  says an explicit reference to an employer's right to ask about convictions was warranted.

Matthew Raggatt A Canberra business leader has called for a law change to enshrine employers' right to ask about job applicants' convictions.

Blockheads unite for Lego extravaganza


Matthew Raggatt It's had its own movie and scores of online tribute videos, but there's nothing quite like seeing intricate Lego creations up close.

Sex offender suspended from Canberra Centre store after hiding conviction


Matthew Raggatt A convicted child sex offender has been suspended from working at a Canberra Centre clothes retailer after he failed to inform his employer of his criminal record until two months into the job. 

Canberra's Old Bus Depot Markets celebrate 20 life-changing years

Matthew Raggatt It has united strangers, put children through private school and led to renowned restaurants, and the Old Bus Depot Markets is now set to mark its 20th anniversary.

Think, cook, run as yoga instructors join MKR boys for health expo


Matthew Raggatt The crowd at Canberra's first Wellness to Wholeness Summit left with a broad bag of tips for a healthier lifestyle.

Thor turns power poles to perfect floorboards

Thor's Hammer timber recycler Sean Carmody prepares the surface of a pole in readiness for sale. Photo by Graham Tidy.

Matthew Raggatt After decades of feeding electricity to homes and businesses from the street, the timber from old power poles has been given a new inside life thanks to a Canberra joinery.

Canberra landscapers' prices plummet

Troy Sanderson, of Chisholm, who operates landscaping business Man Van Mower, pictured on the job.

Matthew Raggatt Canberra tradies have had to drop their prices to attract work, with landscapers the worst hit, new national data has found. 

Commonwealth Games stuck with Western host bias

Brisbane should hold its place on the world sporting stage with events like the Commonwealth Games.

Matthew Raggatt Sports academic warns monopoly on hosting event is hurting the Commonwealth Games' popularity.

Noisy nurses blamed for sleep loss in Canberra Hospital study

Canberra Hospital will soon use the Yacker Tracker to monitor noise levels in parts of the hospital to help patients get a good night's sleep.

Matthew Raggatt Patients lose two hours of sleep a night at Canberra Hospital due to higher than recommended sound levels, review finds.

Starlight rescuers call for shining compromise

Starlight sign rescue committee member Laurie McDonald with a piece of the Starlight sign that the ACT government is now taking ownership of the sign and will repair it and return it to the Federal Highway.

Matthew Raggatt Chances of the Starlight drive-in theatre sign being lit have taken a blow.

Iraqi Christians call for international troops and higher refugee intake by Australia


Matthew Raggatt Head of Australia's Iraqi Christians calls for international forces to be redeployed in his homeland.

Surge to join Lego men as final tickets on offer

Anthony McLauchlan, with some of his Lego that will be on display for the Brick Expo.

Matthew Raggatt What else could bring together Sponge Bob Square Pants, Princess Leia and Where's Wally?

Canberran uses water to revolutionise microscope lenses

Dr Steve Lee has transformed the field of microscope lenses using the natural shape of a droplet.

Matthew Raggatt New invention could put a high-powered lens in the pocket of every doctor, scientist and school kid in the world. 

Rally for Gaza calls for lasting ceasefire

Supporters of Palestine rally in Civic as the fighting in Gaza nears the end of its fourth week.

Matthew Raggatt "He is not Hamas, he's not a murderer, he's never held a gun."

Starlight sign to stand into dim future

Trevor Dickinson's <em>Starlight sign</em>

Matthew Raggatt The popular sign that marked the home of Canberra's first drive-in theatre will stand again, after a donation offer from the owners was accepted this week by the ACT government.

ACT an oasis as region's renewable energy projects fight to survive

Uncertainty remains around the Renewable Energy Target.

Matthew Raggatt Planned solar and wind farms in the ACT are being sheltered from the funding drought which endangers projects across the border.

Canberra man charged over attempted fraud of NAB


Matthew Raggatt A Canberra man has been charged after he allegedly lied to obtain $145,000 cash and attempted to deceive the NAB into giving him a loan.

Hundreds potentially on wrong side of their neighbour

Consulting surveyor Peter Shaw encourages Canberrans to have the boundary lines checked on their property.

Matthew Raggatt Hundreds of Canberra home owners could be overstepping their title boundary, risking an unexpected loss of small parts of land if found out, a surveyor has warned. 

Carluccio the charmer draws crowds to farmers market

Italian chef Antonio Carluccio makes a star appearance at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra. 
Photo Jay Cronan

Matthew Raggatt They travelled from far and wide to see the celebrity chef in action and Antonio Carluccio did not disappoint.