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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Meet Duncan, your 'elegant' new friend in the parking lot


Noel Towell Meet the Duncan MX. If you work in Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, you’re going to be seeing a lot of each other this year.

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Green light given for Canberra water projects

The ACT and federal governments will finally sign off on an $85 million plan to save Lake Burley Griffin and Canberras other polluted waterways.

Noel Towell The ACT and federal governments will finally sign off on an $85 million plan to save Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra's other polluted waterways.

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Fraud on menu in Parliament, Senate inquiry told

Fiona Wright, who was in charge of W Catering at Parliament House.

Noel Towell Parliamentary authorities had evidence of "fraud" on a catering contract for the building but did not notify police, a Senate committee has heard.

Parliamentary parking perks will remain for now

Parliament House

Noel Towell Free car parking for staff at Canberra's Parliament House looks safe, for at least 13 months.

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CPSU says staff at IP Australia are under stress due to 'unreasonable' workloads

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Public servants at the government's trademark enforcement agency are being targeted by a performance management taskforce as they struggle to cope with ''unreasonable'' workloads, the public sector...

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Unionism's retired ranks dust off their cards

Bill Book, Jane Timbrell, Kim Sattler, and Ged Kearney at the meeting of the Vintage Reds, Old trade unionists coming out of retirement.

Noel Towell A group of Canberra's retired workplace activists reckons the flames never really go out.

Supermarket for public servants proposed for Parliamentary Triangle in Barton


Noel Towell Developers are in talks with the National Capital Authority for a convenience store, and other retail shops.

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Foreign governments may lose diplomatic land in Canberra

Gai Brodtmann on a vacant block of land reserved for a embassy off Forster Crescent.

Noel Towell Foreign governments sitting on valuable Commonwealth land, sometimes for decades, in Canberra's diplomatic dress circle will be told to use it or lose it.

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Dream homes turn into nightmares for Canberra buyers

Tanya Nguyen of Wright (front), Bethany and James Liddall, Subhash Rewal,  Thuy Ha and her sister Thi Ha and Lorraine and David Anderson have been left with unfinished houses after paying Sublime big money to build their dream homes.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt The net is closing on a Canberra building company accused of leaving home buyers in the lurch with unfinished houses.

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Lend Lease cleared by ASIO building debacle report

Picture shows what appears to be a missing glass panel on the ASIO building, Canberra.

Noel Towell Lend Lease has been cleared of ripping off small Canberra builders who worked on the city's huge ASIO building.

CPSU wage claim could hit 23,000 jobs

Joe Hockey has warned that the age of entitlement is over.

James Massola, Noel Towell A union push for a 12 per cent pay rise for federal public servants could cost the jobs of more than 23,000 bureaucrats or hit taxpayers with an extra $1.

Australian Taxation Office public servants told redundancy pay-outs not an entitlement

Noel Towell The Australian Taxation Office’s 23,000 workers have been told by their bosses that redundancy pay-outs are not an entitlement.

More cadets lose out as public service tightens belt

Graduate dumped.

Noel Towell Another group of young would-be public service recruits have had their career dreams dashed by the wave of cuts hitting government departments.

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ATO staffer Thanh Vu loses appeal against porn sacking in Fair Work Commission


Noel Towell The public service has had another legal win in its battle against pornography in the workplace.

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Canberra Airport hopeful that lean time is coming to an end

Canberra Airport CEO, Stephen Byron.

Peter Jean and Noel Towell Slashing public service travel budgets has saved taxpayers more than $210 million over three years.

Coalition clocks up $1.8 million cab bills ... so far

Government departments are spending thousands of dollars each month on taxis.

Noel Towell Government departments are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each month ferrying public servants around in taxis.

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Graduates dumped from AusAID offered other jobs

More than half of the 38 young people dumped from AusAID's graduate program last year have been offered jobs in other areas of the public service.

Noel Towell More than half of the 38 young people dumped from AusAID's graduate program last year have been offered jobs in other parts of the public service.

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Paperwork demands sent labour hire firm packing from ACT


Noel Towell The Sydney labour hire company controlled by one of the city's crime figures made an abortive attempt to set up shop in Canberra.

Andrew Blyth, ACT business' new chief, will stir the possum with his views

Noel Towell Andrew Blyth is going to get under the skin of a few people in this town and looks like he's going to enjoy every minute of it.

Chamber's bloated schools, hospitals

Noel Towell Unions say calls by Canberra's business lobby to slash spending on public schools and hospitals are ''outrageous.''