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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Respect and diversity workshop left me with PTSD, claims public servant

Noel Towell Bid for more compensation knocked back

Organised crime busters' wages and conditions to be smashed

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Noel Towell Public servants who fight organised crime for the Australian Crime Commission✓ have been asked to give up any pay rises for the next three years.

Parking in the Triangle, it's a lottery

NEWS: Pic shows the car park on the corner of ?Brisbane Avenue and State Circle, opposite DFAT. ?15th?April 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times
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Noel Towell A ballot will be used to allocate precious spaces to DFAT public servants.

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Barnaby Joyce slackness cost us our pay rise, say researchers

Noel Towell Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is being blamed for torpedoing a modest pay rise for public servants at the government's grains research body.

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Defence's 'bad apples' getting away with it: Senator

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.

Noel Towell Defence needs systems to stop the rorting, says Xenophon.

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Former minister's driver wins right to compo for injury sustained lugging bags

Noel Towell The federal government has failed in a legal bid to deny compensation to a Commonwealth chauffeur who hurt her shoulder carrying heavy bags for former defence minister Stephen Smith✓ while he...

Public servant claimed 500 physio visits for back and sues Comcare for more

A new study finds computers are better at reading pain in human faces.

Noel Towell A former Canberra public servant who has had more than 500 taxpayer-funded physiotherapy sessions is taking legal action to keep the treatment going.

Women scientists at CSIRO losing out to 'old boys' club'

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Noel Towell Research veteran says Australian women scientists face generations of missing out on top research jobs at the CSIRO “boys' club”.

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Casual call centre workers face government axe

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Noel Towell Casual workers at federal government call centres around Australia are the latest group of public servants facing cuts to wages and conditions.

It's the high life (expectancy) for public servants

New research public sector workers enjoy high life expectancy.

Noel Towell Public servants will live almost four years longer, on average, than other workers, according to new research.

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Britain's Douglas Haig Fellowship rides into battle in defence of their man

The ACT Government has been asked to reconsider the name of Haig Park in light of the British Field Marshall’s blood-soaked reputation.

Noel Towell The debate over the name of Haig Park in Canberra’s inner-north has gone international.

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Federal privacy authorities called in over Centrelink breach

Noel Towell Federal privacy authorities have been called in after Centrelink left full personal and financial details of clients lying around at a Brisbane suburban railway station last month.

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Psychologist Philip Pocock's anti-gay crusade hits a legal hurdle

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Noel Towell A Canberra psychologist has lost his legal bid for the freedom to call for the criminalisation of gay sex and to legalise discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Job losses as Treasury bosses tell staff of fate in spill and fill

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Noel Towell Up to 45 Treasury department public servants were told on Wednesday they were out of a job.

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More jobs pain for tax office

Australian Taxation Office.

Noel Towell The axe is hanging over the jobs of another 8000 public servants at the Australian Taxation Office.

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Push to remove Douglas Haig's name from park

Director of the Braddon Forum Peter Conway and Director of Alpha Commercial Property Petros Drakakis at Haig Park.

Noel Towell A move by residents of Canberra's inner north to rename a local park looks set to re-open the bitter 100-year debate over Australian casualties in World War I.

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Senator Mathias Cormann says public servants' super savings are safe with Abbott government

Noel Towell The federal Finance Minister says the retirement dreams of 160,000 public servants are safe with the Coalition government.

Public servants' super could be slashed by more than 30 per cent

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Noel Towell The federal government wants to strip the legal guarantees away from the generous retirement benefits of its tens of thousands of public servants.

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No Fair Work for Canberra?

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Noel Towell The loss of Canberra’s dedicated Fair Work Commissioner could not come at a worse time for the city’s workers or their bosses, the ACT government says.

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Forecast $100-plus jump in household gas bills to give Canberra the shivers

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Noel Towell Canberra's cold snap has been accompanied by another icy blast for more than 100,000 of the city’s households who will see their gas bills soar.