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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Woolworths battle goes to High Court

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.

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

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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.

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

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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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