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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

No more free parking for Canberra public servants

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.

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.

NMA still hopes Kennedy collection is within reach

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Noel Towell Museum still hopes to secure a $26 million hoard of national treasures earmarked for sale overseas.

Army officer's 'argy bargy' conviction overturned by High Court

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Noel Towell An army officer court martialled over "argy bargy" at army headquarters in Canberra in 2010 has had his conviction overturned by the highest court in the land.

Terence Higgins takes dim view of Eureka rebels

Former ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Terence Higgins.

Noel Towell The rebels of the Eureka Stockade might have been in trouble if they had found themselves in Terence Higgins' court.

Lawyer Greg Isolani will appeal tribunal's snub to abused soldier


Noel Towell A former soldier horrifically injured in a brutal sexual initiation ritual 23 years ago has lost a bid for workers' compensation.

Australian Tax Office to shed 900 jobs across Australia

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Noel Towell The Australian Taxation Office will cut 900 jobs in the next seven months, staff were told late on Wednesday

Chinese billionaire makes a move for Canberra Casino

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Noel Towell Canberra could be set for a taste of the high-rolling gambling experience with a Chinese billionaire making a move for the capital's casino.

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'Displaced persons' first in line for jobs: commission

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Noel Towell Public service authorities have issued a plan to deal with a wave of employment refugees in the wake of the Abbott government's cuts to the bureaucracy.

Public service exit rate a trickle

251 public servants have left their jobs since the Abbott Government was elected.

Noel Towell, Markus Mannheim Only 251 federal public servants have left their jobs since the Abbott government was elected, most with redundancies.

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AusAID staff complain of machine gun miming amid DFAT takeover

Peter Varghese.

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.

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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.