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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

ACTEW hoping review will clear murky waters

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.

ACTEW asked to tighten business practices

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Dripping tap

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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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.

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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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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Hendy campaign opens with index strategy

Liberal Eden Monaro Candidate, Peter Hendy.

Noel Towell Liberal hopeful for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy makes unapologetic pitch to region's services community.

Courts to decide two appeals by Comcare


Noel Towell Court to decide if public servants injured during sex sessions are entitled to workers' compensation.

Poll set for September 7 amid job fears

David Pope illustration 3 August

Mark Kenny and Noel Towell Kevin Rudd plans to visit the Governor-General on Sunday or Monday to seek approval for an election on September 7.

$600m ripped from PS budget

Treasurer Chris Bowen and Finance Minister Senator Penny Wong speak to the media after releasing the Economic Statement, at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday 2 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Noel Towell and Judith Ireland The public service is expected to rip out $600 million a year from its budget for three years without forced redundancies, according to the federal government.

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Dream gig for mild-mannered public servant amid finals fever


Noel Towell Being Brumby Jack is a lifelong dream come true for Chris Gonzales, the man inside the ACT Brumbies' mascot suit.

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PS chiefs chase one deal for all

money pay rise

Noel Towell Public service bosses want a single deal to dictate the pay, hours and conditions of Australia’s 168,000 federal bureaucrats.

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Few women, no night life - how things have changed

Former Public Commissioner Andrew Podger with Health Department graduate Ellen Ferrington-Michaelis outside the the city's first surviving public service building the National Archives.

Noel Towell Andrew Podger has more stories to tell about the public service in Canberra than most, while Ellen Ferrington Michaelis is just starting on her collection of memories of the bureaucracy's place in...

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Pension reforms spark anger

Mike Kelly

Noel Towell Retired public servants have dubbed the reforms to military pensions as ''amazingly divisive''.

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Commander hails victory for his men

Noel Towell Retired wing commander Geoffrey Schmidt says the men he once commanded in the RAAF's 75 Squadron had a victory on Tuesday, long after they left the forces.

Identity scam sparks new ATO unit

Geoff Leeper

Noel Towell A ''multi-pronged'' identity fraud attack on the ATO has led to the establishment of a new team of identity crime busters.

Aircraft noise makes council lose compass

Darryl Johnston.

Noel Towell End 15-year battle over future of Tralee housing development sparks confused response from Tuggeranong council.