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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Labor loses ground in vital Queanbeyan booths

Noel Towell and Stephanie Anderson Liberal challenger Peter Hendy has edged further in front as counting continues in the seat of Eden-Monaro, which may yet retain its famous bellwether status.

Long wait in bellwether seat

Noel Towell Liberal challenger Peter Hendy leads by a wafer-thin margin as counting continues in the knife-edge seat of Eden-Monaro.

Murdoch attacks public sector

News Corp Chief Executive and Chairman Rupert Murdoch sits without his jacket after being attacked with shaving cream, during a parliamentary committee hearing on phone hacking at Portcullis House in London in this July 19, 2011 file photo.

Noel Towell Rupert Murdoch says public sector workers are "sucking the life" out of the nation's economy.

Coalition will sharpen PS razor

The razor is coming to the public service.

Noel Towell The Coalition will hit the public service with a bigger efficiency dividend if elected on Saturday, ripping another $428 million from departmental budgets.

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Paedophiles preying on innocence of selfies

Noel Towell Child sex offenders are some of Australia's earliest adopters of technology, according to the nation's top child protection cop.

Capital stuck in economic rut


Noel Towell ACT government economic planners have been told to prepare for recession in Canberra as a Coalition victory in Saturday's election looks ever more likely.

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Hard times, tough calls: Lifeline in the thick of it

A Lifeline counsellor on the phone.

Noel Towell Canberrans with money worries are swamping the city's leading suicide counselling service.

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Clubland warns of rise in pokies tax

Canberra Southern Cross Club.

Noel Towell One of Canberra's largest club groups has warned that the ACT's clubs are at risk of being taxed to death amid worsening economic conditions.

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ACT businesses fear for the future

Andrew Blyth, CEO of
the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, out the front of a building for lease in Phillip.

Noel Towell Business confidence in the future of the ACT economy is in free fall, the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry says.

Anger at Defence cull of 14000 kangaroos

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Noel Towell The federal government has killed nearly 14,000 kangaroos on a military firing range near Canberra in the past four years.

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Grounds for optimism as cafe waits on result

Brew Bar owner Peter Giannitsios at work at the Anketell Street store in Tuggeranong.

Noel Towell Keep on brewing a decent cup of coffee, and life will go on.

ACT facing recession: report


Noel Towell Planned Coalition cuts to the public service could plunge Canberra into an economic nightmare worse than the downturn of the mid-1990s, according to a new think tank report.

ActewAGL profits fall as users become smarter

ACTEWAGL line worker climbs an old timber power pole.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy A continuing drop in energy use by Canberra householders has seen a $6.6 million decline in profits for ActewAGL

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'Waste' claim is rubbished

Opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell One of the Coalition's central claims about waste in the public service, that a department spent more than $180,000 studying ergonomic chairs, is wrong.

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Public servants 'to embrace' leave plan

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Noel Towell Public servants are expected to embrace Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme in "overwhelming numbers".

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Abbott to axe jobs within weeks

Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell The Coalition plans to start axing federal public service jobs just three weeks after it is elected.

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Less pay, more rewarding: pitch to public servants

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Noel Towell The ACT public service has launched an informal recruiting drive among federal bureaucrats.

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Abbott to move agency, but which one?

Opposition leader Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell Mystery surrounds the identity of the public service agency the Coalition has earmarked for relocation from Canberra to the NSW central coast.

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Drug reform party takes a gamble

The Senate candidate for the Drug Law Reform Party, prison guard, Paul Cubitt, hands out party leaflets in Civic.

Noel Towell Paul Cubitt knows more than most about how drugs destroy lives.

Greens make case for sacked ASIO spy

The former Canberra ASIO operative who says he was sacked by the spy agency for falling in love with the wrong woman.

Noel Towell The Australian Greens have come to the aid of a former ASIO secret agent who says he was sacked for falling in love with the wrong woman.