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PS bullying case to go back to tribunal

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter A Canberra public servant who claims she was bullied by one-on-one counselling sessions with her manager has lost the latest round of her legal fight for workers' compensation.

Hockey says 12,000 cull just a start

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey outside Parliament House Canberra to appear on breakfast television shows on Wednesday 15 May 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

Noel Towell Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey says the loss of 12,000 public service jobs in Canberra would be just a "starting point" in the first two years of a Liberal government.

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Punters call for review of Ombudsman ruling

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Noel Towell The liquidator of collapsed betting agency Sports Alive says he is surprised by the ACT Ombudsman's decision to clear the territory's gambling authority for its alleged oversight of the bookie.

ACT public servants second only to WA in wage growth


Noel Towell Canberra’s public sector workers have enjoyed the nation's second highest wage growth in the past 12 months according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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Labor's last stand

Noel Towell Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan's sixth budget has no big election-year sweeteners.

Skywhale flown to UK for emergency surgery

Sunday Times  Crowd before the launch of former Canberra artist Patricia Piccinini's work Skywhale at the National Gallery of Australia.  11 May 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Peter Jean, Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy Skywhale was rushed to Britain several weeks ago, to ensure it would be ready for its public debut.

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Crime agencies broke surveillance law: report

Ombudsman Colin Neave.

Noel Towell Public Service Reporter Australia's federal crime fighting agencies still have work to do in complying with the law when using electronic surveillance on suspects, according to the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Skywhale tale grows by at least $100,000


Noel Towell and Larissa Nicholson ACT taxpayers are paying at least $100,000 more than the territory government has admitted for the controversial Skywhale hot-air balloon.

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Decision puts the 'om' into compo

Comcare has been told to pay for Ms Rope's mindfulness classes.

Noel Towell The federal government workers' compensation fund has been ordered to pay for group meditation classes for a former Canberra public servant who has not worked in 14 years.

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GRC in the clear over Sports Alive

Sports Alive collapsed four years ago.

Noel Towell The ACT's gambling authority has been cleared over its conduct in the $14 million collapse of bookmaker Sports Alive four years ago.

Ombudsman finds collapsed bookie misled authorities

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Noel Towell The ACT's gambling authority has been cleared over its conduct in the $14 million collapse of online bookmaker Sports Alive four years ago.

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Fraud 'spotters fees' could save billions


Noel Towell and Markus Mannheim Billions of dollars could be recovered with US-style laws offering ''spotter's fees'' to whistleblowers.

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Decision reserved on Comcare claim


Michael Inman and Noel Towell A compensation claim of a Canberra bureaucrat is in limbo after a judge reserved his decision on Friday.

Job cuts a rallying call for capital's unions


Noel Towell Canberra's union movement has been a sleeping giant for too long, unionists say, but they think that looming public sector job cuts could be the wake-up call it needs.

Korean spies link to AFP staffer


Noel Towell An Australian Federal Police employee has lost his unfair dismissal case.

Comcare set to sideline agencies


Noel Towell Commonwealth departments could be sidelined from managing public servants on workers' compensation.

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Territory may lose when compo paid from one pot

Fair Work Australia.

Noel Towell ACT taxpayers could be ''cross-subsidising'' workers' compensation payouts to federal bureaucrats, according to a new review of the Comcare insurance scheme.

Call to toughen up PS insurer

Former Defence Department boss Allan Hawke.

Noel Towell Commonwealth workplace insurer Comcare needs tougher medical supervision of the 10,000 bureaucrats now claiming workers' compensation, according to a new report on the scheme.

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No compo for woman who wouldn't work until boss was sacked


Noel Towell A Canberra public servant who refused to go to work unless her boss was sacked has lost the latest round of her fight for unfair dismissal compensation.

Contractor on ASIO building to be wound up


Noel Towell Administrators will move to wind up a Queanbeyan building company caught up in the disputes over ASIO's new building.

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