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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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.''

Cuts hit Defence, welfare hardest

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Noel Towell Australia's defence and social welfare bureaucracies bore the brunt of Labor's spending cuts, new figures show.

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Crace home owners score stamp duty win over government

L-R  Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozbeh Araghi of Crace have won a court battle over stamp duty and are set to receive $20,000 back from the Government.

Stephanie Anderson and Noel Towell Having a $17,000 bill slashed to $20 is reason to celebrate in anyone's language but for one Canberra couple it's a financial boon that has come with a fair bit of stress not to mention cost.

ACT government loses stamp duty case


Noel Towell The ACT Government could be hit with demands for refunds of millions of dollars it reaped in stamp duty on house-and-land packages in Canberra's north after accepting defeat in a landmark legal case.

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Australian Tax Office set to quit regional offices

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Noel Towell The tax Office looks set to walk away from its presence in regional Australia.

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DIY tax plan 'may hit' families

The Australian Tax Office.

Noel Towell Australian families could end up paying for the ATO's plans for big businesses to supervise their own tax returns.

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Australian public service needs staff despite 'hiring freeze'

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Noel Towell Despite a "hiring freeze", Government departments have been quietly given the green light to recruit or keep some of their temporary and casual workers'.

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Canberra schoolgirl writes to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to complain about Cory Bernardi's use of commodity

IVF child, 16 year old Hannah Webb has written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott seeking reassurance that she is not a

Noel Towell Hannah Webb is not asking for much from Prime Minster Tony Abbott - just an assurance that he does not think of her as a commodity.

Changes to Land Rent scheme a boost for newcomers

James Petterson, with his wife Sarah, and 16-month-old Rachael, outside their home in Bonner.

Noel Towell Households earning up to $160,000 a year can now get a taxpayer-assisted helping hand into Canberra's housing market, courtesy of the ACT government.

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Library accused of omitting key charts from exhibition

Historian and author Peter Trickett in front of the National Library of Australia with a replica of a recently- acquired map that the National Library has excluded from the exhibition Mapping our World.

Noel Towell One local scholar said the ground-breaking Mapping Our World exhibition was actively concealing early chapters in the story of the mapping of this continent.

Woolworths battle goes to High Court

The derelict Giralang shops.

Noel Towell The battle over a planned Woolworths supermarket at a local shopping complex in Belconnen will go to the highest court in the land.

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Canberra City Bowling Club likely to be sold

Canberra Bowling Club, Braddon.

Noel Towell Another piece of Canberra’s early history looks set to be lost, with the Canberra City Bowling Club to be bulldozed or sold off.

AusAID graduates thrown tenuous jobs lifeline

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Noel Towell A career lifeline thrown to dozens of dumped AusAID graduates by the Foreign Affairs Department will not end the controversy, the public sector union has warned.

600 jobs in limbo as ATO reshapes

Australian Taxation Office.

Noel Towell The Australian Taxation Office to close offices in search for solution to thousands of empty desks.

Sacked AusAID graduates to take DFAT to Fair Work Commission

Noel Towell Department of Foreign Affairs faces legal action over its dumping of young people hired by the AusAID before they even started work.

No more free parking for Canberra public servants

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Noel Towell The era of free car parking for public servants in Canberra is over, no matter the part of the city in which they work.

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Former public servant who lied to get boss sacked may face criminal action

Noel Towell A federal public servant sacked for making false bullying allegations against his boss could also face criminal action for claiming workers' compensation for mental stress caused by the "harassment".

Godwin Grech gives $2000 to SIDS and Kids appeal

Godwin Grech.

Noel Towell The ex-Treasury man is back in the limelight for a good cause.

Huge swell in public sector

The territory government's wages bill has grown by $685 million in 6 years.

Noel Towell Employment in the ACT's public sector has exploded by 30 per cent in six years, far outstripping the other states and territories.

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Sandi Logan, Immigration Department spin doctor, quits job

Noel Towell Immigration's long-serving spin doctor Sandi Logan has quit, saying he is taking a 12-month sabbatical.