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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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'

The imperative to

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

call centre

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

Philip Pocock

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


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

Public service

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?


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


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.

Defence public servants warned to expect long wait for a pay offer


Noel Towell The Defence Department has told it 20,000 public servants that they should expect a long wait for wage talks to begin.

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Axed public servants head south

public service.

Noel Towell Adelaide is emerging as the safe haven of choice for senior Commonwealth bureaucrats sacked by the federal government.

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Staff forced to reapply for jobs in Treasury spill and fill

Primrose Riordan and Noel Towell Public servants on maternity leave and new graduates from the Treasury Department are being forced to apply for their own jobs.

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Bullies: $4.5 million. CSIRO: Nil

CSIRO headquarters.

Noel Towell The CSIRO has paid lawyers $4.5 million to investigate bullying allegations that dogged the organisation for years but without a single instance of workplace bullying recorded.

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Soldiers, sailors and Air Force members' pay in the firing line

Defence Minister David Johnston.

Noel Towell Australian soldiers, sailors and Air Force personnel may be facing the same below-inflation wage offer as their civilian Defence Department counterparts.

Fair Work Commission puts brakes on Tax Office sackings

Concerned: CPSU deputy national president Alistair Waters.

Noel Towell The workplace tribunal has put the brakes on a plan by the Australian Taxation Office to sack dozens of staff who keep tabs on the country's $500 billion in self-managed superannuation funds.