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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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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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.

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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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.

Liberals to swing PS axe, says Labor MP

Noel Towell Coalition has ''hit-list'' of senior public servants marked for the sack, according to Canberra Labor MP Andrew Leigh.

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.

Bitter airport feud ends with peace treaty

16 DECEMBER 2009, news, Canberra Times Photo by MELISSA ADAMS, story John Thistleton.
Chief executive of the Village Building company, Bob Winnel looks over south Tralee.  SPECIAL 0

Noel Towell One of Australia's longest and most bitter business feuds ended in a peace treaty signed in Canberra on Wednesday.

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'Intelligence is never too dear': Abbott on the $700m price tag

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott attended the opening of the ASIO headquarters in Canberra on Tuesday 23 July 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Noel Towell ‘‘Intelligence is never too dear,’’ quoted Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as he spoke at the opening of spy agency ASIO’s new $700million headquarters on Tuesday.

Public Service sickies on senator's hit list

Senator Brett Mason

Noel Towell Australian taxpayers could save $340 million annually if federal public servants took just two fewer sickies each year, a Coalition senator says.

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PS workers 'should be obliged to report fraud'

Brian Hood.

Noel Towell Government sector workers should be legally obliged to report any knowledge of workplace fraud or corruption, says Brian Hood.

ABS Year Book may be soon going online

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008 Year Book Australia.

Noel Towell The Australian Bureau of Statistics looks set to consign more than 100 years of tradition to the dustbin of history and stop printing the nation's statistical bible, Year Book Australia.

Unions lose redundancy case against Tax Office

Michael Lawler.

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Public service unions have lost an appeal against an industrial tribunal decision they say threatens the job security of 25,000 Australian Taxation Office workers nationwide.

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Department defends right to discipline employees

Noel Towell The Federal Government's biggest department has taken legal action to protect its right discipline employees without incurring workers' compensation claims.

Rudd's carbon axe falls on ACT

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Canberra will bear the brunt of 800 job cuts to the senior ranks of the public service as the federal government moves to pay for scrapping its carbon tax.