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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

ActewAGL profits fall as users become smarter

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy A continuing drop in energy use by Canberra householders has seen a $6.6 million decline in profits for ActewAGL

Abbott to axe jobs within weeks

Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell The Coalition plans to start axing federal public service jobs just three weeks after it is elected.

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Public servants 'to embrace' leave plan

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Noel Towell Public servants are expected to embrace Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme in "overwhelming numbers".

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'Waste' claim is rubbished

Opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell One of the Coalition's central claims about waste in the public service, that a department spent more than $180,000 studying ergonomic chairs, is wrong.

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Less pay, more rewarding: pitch to public servants

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Noel Towell The ACT public service has launched an informal recruiting drive among federal bureaucrats.

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Abbott to move agency, but which one?

Opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell Mystery surrounds the identity of the public service agency the Coalition has earmarked for relocation from Canberra to the NSW central coast.

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Drug reform party takes a gamble

The Senate candidate for the Drug Law Reform Party, prison guard, Paul Cubitt, hands out party leaflets in Civic.

Noel Towell Paul Cubitt knows more than most about how drugs destroy lives.

Greens make case for sacked ASIO spy

The former Canberra ASIO operative who says he was sacked by the spy agency for falling in love with the wrong woman.

Noel Towell The Australian Greens have come to the aid of a former ASIO secret agent who says he was sacked for falling in love with the wrong woman.

ASIO 'sacked' worker after romance

Noel Towell A former Canberra ASIO operative says he was sacked by the spy agency for getting the timing wrong.

Senior executives will bear the brunt of health department job cuts

Secretary of Department of Health and Ageing Jane Halton.

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Job cuts at the Department of Health and Ageing will hit its bosses hardest, the department has confirmed.

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Health bosses share in $5.7m bonus

Public Service salaries.

Noel Towell Top executives at the federal Department of Health and Ageing shared a $5.7 million performance bonus in the 12 months to June last year.

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ACTEW hoping review will clear murky waters

The wall at the Cotter Dam.

Noel Towell Water utility ACTEW hopes to silence its critics with an independent review of the ''value for money'' of the Cotter Dam and Googong pipeline projects.

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ACTEW asked to tighten business practices

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Noel Towell The ACT’s water utility ACTEW has been asked to consider making changes to the way it runs its business in the wake of the executive pay controversy.

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Report comes down hard on CSIRO critics

Sophie Mirabella.

Noel Towell Accusations continue to fly in the wake of a report on bullying and harassment at peak science organisation CSIRO.

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AFP officer denied overtime compo

Noel Towell An AFP officer has failed in her legal bid to be paid tens of thousands of dollars in overtime while she was away from work on sick leave.

CSIRO must act on bullying: report

Noel Towell Commonwealth science organisation CSIRO must do more to combat bullying in its workplaces, an independent report has found.

New AFP system developed in Israel

Noel Towell Canberra police will fight crime using a computer system developed in Gaza and the West Bank.

Ikea believed to be assembling package for Majura Parkway

Ikea Innaloo Perth

Noel Towell The flat-pack furniture revolution looks set to arrive in Canberra with Swedish giant Ikea understood to be in talks with the ACT government over a massive block in the city's east.

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PS sex injuries 'not the govt's responsibility'

Sex worker.

Noel Towell Comcare lawyers argues that the "vigorous" sex which left a Canberra public servant injured was a personal choice, and she should not be liable for workers' compensation.

Unions give up legal battle over Tax Office job security


Noel Towell Australian Taxation Office unions have given up their legal battle against an industrial tribunal decision they say threatens the job security of the ATO's 25,000 public servants.

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