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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Welcome to Woe-den: tallest tower to empty as public service job cuts hit hub hard

The Lovett tower in Woden, current home to the federal environment and veteran's affairs departments.

Noel Towell, Meredith Clisby and Fleta Page Canberra’s tallest building, Woden’s Lovett Tower, is set to become a near-empty shell when hundreds of public service occupants move out in two years.

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Fears for Centrelink welfare fraud teams as ABS is brought in to run audit

Noel Towell The nation's last line of defence against welfare fraudsters is under threat from public service cost-cutting.

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Another company accused of failing Canberra home owners

Homeowners Ling Palm with her husband Nicholas Palm and design consultant Angela Penhallow.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt Another Canberra home builder is accused of leaving a trail of debt disputes and half-built houses around the city.

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Master Builders Association calls for inquiry to root out rogue operators in ACT

Jerry Howard, Deputy Executive Director of Master Builders Association of the ACT.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt An independent inquiry into Canberra's building industry is the only thing that can rid the capital of the "rotten apples" ripping off home owners, suppliers and tradies, the peak builders' body says.

Debts of failed builder Sublime may soar to $2.5 million

Tanya Nguyen of Wright a long with other homebuyers throughout Canberra back L-R ,  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 Failed Canberra builder Sublime Developments may owe up to $2.5 million to home buyers, tradesmen and suppliers around the capital, according to the company's administrator.

Canberra's gang-gang cockatoos under threat from smugglers

Noel Towell The Canberra region's beloved gang-gang cockatoos are being targeted by criminals who smuggle native birds out of the country.

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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