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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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.

Former ACT Liberal senator Gary Humphries to be appointed to Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Gary Humphries was ousted from his role as Liberal senator for the ACT in 2013.

Noel Towell Attorney-General George Brandis to announce former Senate colleague for $460,000-a-year job on the federal tribunal.

Katy Gallagher: the impossible princess of ACT politics

Katy Gallagher: Likely to be selected unopposed as the next Labor Senate candidate for the ACT.

Noel Towell If Katy Gallagher always seemed that little bit different from most politicians it could be because for the first half of her political career, it looked like she wasn't really trying.  

Katy Gallagher resigns: Meegan Fitzharris most likely to her spot - if she wants it

Noel Towell and Kirsten Lawson There is one woman who is most likely to take Katy Gallagher's spot - but only if she wants it.

Claims Goulburn police academy recruits unprepared to use firearms

Teachers at the Police Academy say recruits are being left dangerously unprepared for crime-fighting duties.

Noel Towell Lives are being put at risk on NSW streets because of a dumbing-down of teaching programs at the state's Police Academy, according to insiders at the training college.

Private car parks on the way, but don't expect cheaper rates

The first day of paid parking caused problems for public servant Emilie
Rohan, who was forced to call the help line when the parking machine ate her coins.

Noel Towell Private sector moves into national precinct parking market.

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Car no longer king as free parking ends

National Capital Authority chief Malcolm Snow tries a newly installed parking ticket machine outside the National Library.

Noel Towell National Capital Authority chief Malcolm Snow says parking in Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle changes forever from Wednesday morning.