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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

UC denies it's a soft ATAR touch

Noel Towell, Eryk Bagshaw, Ben Langford and Michael McGowan  But some course almost filled with school leavers who have not made the official cut.

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It's on for young and old as Canberra closes in on 400,000

People gather for the Australia Day fireworks on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Canberra's population was hovering around 392,000 in the middle of 2015 and will probably reach 400,000 within the next 12 months.

Noel Towell Canberra's population is expected to surge past 400,000 in 2016 as the city shrugs off the worst of the public service cuts and decades-old demographic trends become things of the past.

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Canberra life just capital for Belconnen couple Jenny and Geoff Williams

Jenny and Geoff Williams are happily retired in Canberra.

Noel Towell For an increasing number of Canberra retirees, there's no place like home

All in an Australia Day's work for Canberra's housing heroes

Noel Towell Booming house building sector helps lift local economy off floor.

Public servants owe it to taxpayers to turn up on Monday, says ACCI chief Kate Carnell

When people sickies, or unscheduled absences, when they're not sick, the work falls to their colleagues.

Noel Towell Public servants urged not to chuck sickies on Monday.

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Canberra businesses are the nation's most confident: Sensis

Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson: despite business optimism in the ACT, SMBs are still feeling left out.

Noel Towell Canberra businesses lead the nation for optimism, according to annual survey.

Government asks Supreme Court to quash finding on 'racially discriminatory' medical intern policy

A government application to the Supreme Court to overturn a finding of racial discrimination in the government's medical intern policy was filed on Tuesday.

Christopher Knaus and Noel Towell ACT government ups the ante in legal battle after policy found to racially discriminate against foreign-trained doctors.

Simon Corbell mulls judicial changes to ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal

Attorney-General Simon Corbell is considering NSW-style reforms to the ACAT.

Noel Towell Putting a judge in charge of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal has raised some concerns for legal insiders.

ANU Comcare bill hits $11 million this year

ANU slaims were awarded over a range of issues, including work-related physical injuries.

Emma Macdonald and Noel Towell The Australian National University has joined public service departments in having to foot massive new Comcare bills due to a rise in premiums by the federal workplace insurer.

Centrelink shaves seconds off 17-minute phone waiting times

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Noel Towell Centrelink shaves 26 seconds off average phone waiting times.

ATO to fight sickies by staying in touch

The ATO is one of the worst performers in terms of absenteeism among the big Commonwealth departments.

Noel Towell  The Australian Taxation Office hopes friendly reminders to its workers might be the key to busting its "high levels of workplace absence".

Employment authorities plan audit blitz on Canberra businesses

Noel Towell Fair Work authorities are planning an audit blitz on retail and service businesses in the capital.

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Eric Abetz 'indulged in lurid fantasies' about injured public servant, barrister says

Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in

Noel Towell Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in "lurid fantasies" about a public servant who claimed workers' compensation for injuries sustained while having sex in a motel room, the woman's barrister...

'Income recession': New NATSEM study shows Canberra families face tough times

Canberra's households are more than $2500 worse-off on average last year, according to a new study of Australia's standard-of-living.

Noel Towell Canberra families are facing an “income recession”, with the city’s households more than $2500 worse-off on average last year, according to a new study of Australia's...

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Finance Department in fresh pitch for new state-of-the-art building

The John Gorton Building.

Noel Towell The Finance Department hopes to sway a sceptical Parliament to spend hundreds of millions of dollars so it can bring its 1800 workers together under one roof.

King George V and the sk8tr kidz spark move to skateboard-proof Canberra's national memorials.

Christian Sheldrick and Tony Caruana from the Canberra Skateboarding Association, who are upset that the NCA is ''skateboard proofing'' the national monuments in the triangle.

Noel Towell NCA moves to skateboard proof Canberra's national memorials.

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CSIRO scientists threaten walk-out over pay, conditions

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has made it clear that the wage deal would be in line with the federal government's tough public sector bargaining guidelines.

Noel Towell Thousands of CSIRO scientists have started a campaign of action to force their bosses to the negotiating table over pay and conditions.

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200 ACT public servants still off work as feds crackdown on compo

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Tom McIlroy and Noel Towell  Comcare dumped: More than 150 public staff off work were paid for up to five years while their claims went unresolved.

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Bringing sexy back to ACT politics

Fiona Patten and Jorian Gardner.

Noel Towell Australian Sex Party scores in Melbourne, looking to pick up seats in Canberra.

Former leader Gary Humphries gives Canberra Liberals an angry tune-up

Former leader Gary Humphries says Canberra Liberals are heading toward their fifth successive defeat unless the party reforms itself.

Noel Towell and Michael Inman Dead people on the Canberra Liberals' membership lists a symptom of wider malaise, says former leader.