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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Human Services faces sickie struggle

Noel Towell Human Services bureaucrats notch up three weeks of no-shows in the past financial year.

Treasury payouts used to cut $20m

Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson.

Noel Towell Treasury bureaucrats are being offered payouts of up to $134,000 to walk away from their jobs as the department resorts to redundancies to try to balance its budget.

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Factions still have 'too much power'

Jon Stanhope

Noel Towell Labor's federal caucus has had a "nasty factional brawl over the spoils of defeat", says former chief minister Jon Stanhope.

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Housing to keep the ACT afloat

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Noel Towell Economists say Canberra will have to rely on its buoyant housing market as public service job cuts begin to bite.

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No baby bonus as Kiwi dad told NZ is not a state of Australia

No baby bonus as Kiwi dad told NZ is not a state of Australia.

Noel Towell A New Zealand man who has not been to Australia for seven years has failed in a bid to claim this country's baby bonus.

Centrelink faces customer service crisis

Noel Towell Australia's welfare system is facing a customer service crisis with Centrelink call centres taking up to 16 minutes to answer phones and tens of thousands of cases waiting months to be reviewed.

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Rattenbury was briefed over rabbit warren concreting

Concrete was poured into warrens at the RSPCA ACT's Weston headquarters on August 28, creating a danger of rabbit suffocation or starvation.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy ACT’s minister for animal welfare backs Canberra’s RSPCA amid the fallout from resignation of chief executive Michael Linke.

Warnings about RSPCA ignored, say staff

Michael Linke.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy Workers at Canberra's RSPCA say they tried to raise alleged problems at the group's Weston Creek compound in 2010.

Canberra RSPCA chief executive Michael Linke resigns

Michael Linke.

Matthew Raggatt, Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy The chief executive of the RSPCA ACT Michael Linke has announced he is leaving the organisation.

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Ex-RAAF woman loses compo bid

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Noel Towell A woman who said that years of sexual harassment in the air force contributed to a psychological illness has failed in her bid for compensation.

Reforms lead to rise in ACT bureaucrats breaching codes

Noel Towell The ACT government sacked 16 of its bureaucrats last year for breaching its public service code of conduct.

Apologies for bullying in order, probe finds


Noel Towell The Canberra Institute of Technology owes an apology to victims of workplace bullying there over the years, according to the territory's Public Service Commissioner.

Challenge to public housing scheme fails

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Noel Towell A group of long-term Canberra public housing tenants have failed in a legal bid to buy their inner-south homes.

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Public housing 'should be kept for needy'

The Stuart Flats in Griffith.

Noel Towell Allowing middle-class tenants in public housing to buy their homes to avoid eviction is wrong, says the REIA.

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Merging PS keep pay rates, for now

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Thousands of public servants displaced by the axing of their departments will not have their pay and conditions slashed - for now, according to the federal government.

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Boarding house plan turns back clock

Restaurateur Mr Serif Kaya.

Noel Towell One of Canberra's leading restaurateurs is planning a property investment that takes a tradition from the city's early days and drags it into the 21st century.

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Tenants buy way out of eviction

Noel Towell Middle-class public housing tenants marked for eviction under an ACT government crackdown are simply buying their homes from the housing department rather than move out.

Grant not linked to dinner recruitment: Libs

Zed Seselja.

Noel Towell The boss of Canberra's Havelock Housing Association helped organise a Liberal Party election campaign event two weeks before Senate candidate Zed Seselja pledged $130,000 of taxpayers' money to the...

Ready to raise curtain on vintage show

Wedding cake toppers.

Noel Towell The ACT Labor government's latest crack at legislating for same-sex marriage feels like a new production of a much loved classic.

Warnings of trauma in federal job cuts

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Noel Towell Bosses have been warned of the psychological impact on workers of the staffing cuts in the wake of the Coalition's election victory.