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Debt woes set Ainslie clubs stiff challenge


Noel Towell The Ainslie Group of licensed clubs has parted company with its chief executive and been forced to refinance up to $5 million in debt as it struggles to pay for a costly revamp to one of its venues.

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New technology for cataract surgery in Canberra

News. Laser surgery for the treatment of cataracts with new equipment
at the Capital Day Surgical Centre in Barton. July 12th. 2013 Canberra
Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


Noel Towell It's the big and expensive machine from America that promises to take the human factor out of cataract surgery in Canberra.

Private hospital goes into administration


Noel Towell Healthcare workers at a private hospital in Canberra’s south face an uncertain future after its owners called in administrators this week.

No payout for bureaucrat depressed after keeping job

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Noel Towell A Canberra public servant was left with a psychological illness - after his bosses said he could keep his job.

Auditor slams Canberra's car parking

ACT Auditor General, Maxine Cooper.

Lisa Cox and Noel Towell The ACT government is failing in almost every aspect of its management of the territory's car parks, a new report has found.

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Young draining out of the basin

Left-right Jhie Gough, 29 and his mate Jarrod Deaton both moved from Leeton to Canberra.

Noel Towell Young people are walking away from the Murray-Darling Basin at nearly twice the rate of other rural and regional areas of Australia and Jarrod Deaton is not surprised.

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Agencies grappling with social sites code

Noel Towell Government agencies are facing a painful learning curve as they grapple with their workers' behaviour on social media.

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Gillard says China ASIO breach reports 'inaccurate'

The ASIO building.

Noel Towell The alleged hacking of plans of Canberra's new ASIO building came despite the most stringent security.

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Ply owed $42m to tradies, court told

The Nishi Building.

Noel Towell Canberra builder Ply had debts of more than $42 million, much of it to hundreds of small builders and tradesmen in Canberra, when it collapsed in March, the Federal Court has heard.

Canberra should look to US for embassy plans: Brodtmann

Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann.

Noel Towell A US-style "free market" approach should be used to allocate land to Canberra's international embassies, according to Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann.

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Man's bullying claim dismissed


Noel Towell A tribunal has ruled that public service managers can use ''robustness'' without being labelled bullies.

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PS workers face more scrutiny of behaviour


Noel Towell New information-sharing powers for public service bosses will mean federal government workers face more scrutiny of their behaviour, attendance and even web browsing.

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Push to lure university students to Canberra


Noel Towell The ACT govt says Canberra's univs will benefit from a new program to promote the tertiary sector.

Family's marching orders trouble YWCA

Connie Parkes and her six children are about to be evicted from their home in Gungahlin.

Noel Towell The YWCA of Canberra has had enough of Connie Parkes and her children.

Woman denied compo, 30 years after elevator crushed man to death

Elevator door

Noel Towell A former Canberra public servant has lost a bid for workers' compensation lodged 30 years after she allegedly witnessed a fatal workplace accident.

'A 007 licence to kill': whistleblowing exemptions dangerous

Public service dinkus dink

Noel Towell Exemptions from new whistleblowing laws could give Australia's intelligence agencies “a 007 licence to kill” approach, according to one of the nation's leading public sector corruption...

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Union betraying members: Seselja

Australian Liberal Party politician?Zed Seselja talks to Phil Thomson about his immigrant history.

Noel Towell Liberal Senate candidate Zed Seselja has hit back at the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union after its local branch declared it would actively campaign against him in the federal election.

Junior tax officers stretched: union

The Australian Taxation Office building. ATO tax department generic.
AFR Picture by STAFF

Noel Towell A cull of dozens of senior ATO officials has left junior staff to "match wits" against vastly more experienced corporate tax experts, according to a public sector union.

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Union set to take DHS to tribunal


Noel Towell Union threatening to take legal action in its dispute with the government's biggest department over the ''casualisation'' of its workforce.

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Subcontractors draw portrait of litigation

The Richards brothers L-R Wayne and Craig of Erincole building services, Queanbeyan mortgaged both their homes to save them from bankruptcy during the build of the National Portrait Gallery, Parkes Canberra.

Noel Towell The Richards brothers wish they'd never heard of the National Portrait Gallery or John Holland Group, the national construction company that built the institution.