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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

AusAID staff complain of machine gun miming amid DFAT takeover

Noel Towell Friday's "hostile takeover" of AusAID by Foreign Affairs was never expected to go smoothly but nobody thought DFAT public servants might want their new colleagues dead.

Taxpayers left with $100m Comcare compo bill


Noel Towell Taxpayers have been left with a bill of nearly $100 million in the past year as the cost public service workers' compensation claims continues to climb.

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Public servant loses sex injury compo claim


Noel Towell The public servant denied compo for injuries sustained in a sex session says she has moved on.

Probe on Woolies' Giralang claims

Woolworths are trying to meet a 'commonsense' outcome.

Noel Towell The ACT govt has called in its lawyers to look at allegations that it was misled by Woolworths

War returns to Woolies site

The derelict Giralang shops.

Noel Towell Giralang supermarket row deepens amid claims the minister and the community were misled.

Rents fall for first time in 15 years

Noel Towell Canberra's runaway residential rental market has cooled for the first time since the recession of the 1990s, according to official federal government figures.

Electricity bills rise by 34 per cent in the ACT

Noel Towell Canberra families have seen their annual electricity bills surge by 34 per cent, or more than $460 a year on average, in the past three years according to new research by a leading charity.

Human Services faces sickie struggle

Noel Towell Human Services bureaucrats notch up three weeks of no-shows in the past financial year.

Treasury payouts used to cut $20m

Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson.

Noel Towell Treasury bureaucrats are being offered payouts of up to $134,000 to walk away from their jobs as the department resorts to redundancies to try to balance its budget.

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Housing to keep the ACT afloat

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Noel Towell Economists say Canberra will have to rely on its buoyant housing market as public service job cuts begin to bite.

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Factions still have 'too much power'

Jon Stanhope

Noel Towell Labor's federal caucus has had a "nasty factional brawl over the spoils of defeat", says former chief minister Jon Stanhope.

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No baby bonus as Kiwi dad told NZ is not a state of Australia

No baby bonus as Kiwi dad told NZ is not a state of Australia.

Noel Towell A New Zealand man who has not been to Australia for seven years has failed in a bid to claim this country's baby bonus.

Centrelink faces customer service crisis

Noel Towell Australia's welfare system is facing a customer service crisis with Centrelink call centres taking up to 16 minutes to answer phones and tens of thousands of cases waiting months to be reviewed.

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Rattenbury was briefed over rabbit warren concreting

Concrete was poured into warrens at the RSPCA ACT's Weston headquarters on August 28, creating a danger of rabbit suffocation or starvation.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy ACT’s minister for animal welfare backs Canberra’s RSPCA amid the fallout from resignation of chief executive Michael Linke.

Warnings about RSPCA ignored, say staff

Michael Linke.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy Workers at Canberra's RSPCA say they tried to raise alleged problems at the group's Weston Creek compound in 2010.

Canberra RSPCA chief executive Michael Linke resigns

Michael Linke.

Matthew Raggatt, Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy The chief executive of the RSPCA ACT Michael Linke has announced he is leaving the organisation.

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Ex-RAAF woman loses compo bid

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Noel Towell A woman who said that years of sexual harassment in the air force contributed to a psychological illness has failed in her bid for compensation.

Reforms lead to rise in ACT bureaucrats breaching codes

Noel Towell The ACT government sacked 16 of its bureaucrats last year for breaching its public service code of conduct.

Apologies for bullying in order, probe finds


Noel Towell The Canberra Institute of Technology owes an apology to victims of workplace bullying there over the years, according to the territory's Public Service Commissioner.

Challenge to public housing scheme fails

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Noel Towell A group of long-term Canberra public housing tenants have failed in a legal bid to buy their inner-south homes.

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