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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Corbell backs Civic station but questions Mt Ainslie tunnel

Noel Towell A high speed rail station in Civic is the best option for a Canberra leg of the proposed project, according to the ACT Government.

Plan for Mt Ainslie train tunnel

Mount Ainslie taken from the lawns of Parliament House.

Noel Towell The federal government will be asked to consider a very fast train line that travels into the heart of Canberra via a tunnel through Mount Ainslie.

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Mortgage insurers 'gouge' on premiums

Frank Zumbo

Noel Towell Canberra's home owners are being ''gouged'' by mortgage insurance companies who reaped more than $14 million in premiums last year but paid out just $146,000 in claims.

Losses on pokies put at $181m

Poker machine.

Noel Towell Canberra's gamblers lost a record $181 million on poker machines in the past financial year, according to the Gambling and Racing Commission.

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Waiting time for elective surgery slows

Under the knife.

Noel Towell There are 220 Canberrans who have been waiting more than 12 months for elective surgery in the city's hospitals, according to the ACT Auditor-General.

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Another hedge devastated by Canberra's shrub war

Kate Gumley with her hedge that has been at their Ainslie property in Canberra since 1997.

Noel Towell Another casualty in Canberra’s front yard hedge war has emerged - a magnificent 60 metre specimen in Ainslie’s heritage-listed Corroboree Park.

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Libs put heat on academic over latest rate claims

A Canberra Liberals truck being used to spread one of their campaign messages.

Noel Towell The Canberra Liberals have stepped up their attack on a university economist who cast doubt on the party's ''triple your rates'' election slogan during October's territory election.

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Fears law may shield paedophiles


Noel Towell Convicted paedophiles could be operating under cover of witness protection programs, the ACT Ombudsman says.

Gardner, management disagree on sacking reason

Jorian Gardner.

Noel Towell Controversial Canberra radio announcer Jorian Gardner was sacked on Wednesday by local AM station 2CC in disputed circumstances.

Twelve child deaths from families known to authorities

Noel Towell Seven Canberra children have died in the past three years despite being the subject of official Child Protection Reports in the last years of their lives.

We'll all be pruned: alarm over massacre in the suburbs

Resident of Stokes Street, Griffith, Kim Chapman, inspects a
neighbour's front hedge
On the corner of LaPerouse Street and Stokes Street.

John-Paul Moloney, Noel Towell Four and half years since the last Canberra hedge war, the scars for residents of Stokes Street in Griffith are still healing.

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Hungry beast of Braddon escapes TAMS trim

Leon Arundell of the North Canberra Community Council is forced to walk on the grass due to the over grown hedge that covers the footpath on Chapman Street in Braddon.

Noel Towell This could be the hedge that reignites Canberra's front yard shrubbery war.

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Libs take aim at long lunch breaks

Opposition leader Zed Seselja at the ACT Legislative Assembly during question time.

Noel Towell The ACT Labor-Greens government used the first day of debate in the new Assembly to ''nobble'' a key committee and give politicians longer lunch breaks, according to the opposition.

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Giulia with a G rejects 'nagging' feminism

News. Liberals MLA Giulia Jones before question time at the ACT Legislative Assembly.  27 November 2012     Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Noel Towell The ACT's new shadow women's minister has used her maiden Assembly speech to outline her conservative vision for home, family and a white picket fence.

Community sector funding boost 'not remotely' possible

Generic pic. Pedestrians walk past a homeless man sheltering from the rain on Market St in Sydney. 
SMH NEWS 02122010 Photo: Wolter Peeters

Noel Towell A $25 million funding boost for Canberra's community sector is "not remotely" possible, according the ACT Government.

Newcomers included in Seselja's shadow cabinet

ACT Liberal leader Zed Seselja announces his new team.
26th November, 2012
Canberra Times photo by Karleen Minney.

Noel Towell Canberra Liberals Leader Zed Seselja has unveiled his shadow cabinet on the eve of the first debates of the ACT’s eighth Legislative Assembly.

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'Rhetorical arthritis' in the debate on republic


Noel Towell The Australian Republican movement is being held captive by outdated nationalist rhetoric, the audience at the movement's annual keynote address on Saturday in Canberra will be told.

Department to step in over council dispute

Matthew Watts, left, and Shirley Gourgaud.

Noel Towell The ACT government's justice department is to intervene in the bitter battle for control of the Belconnen Community Council.

Canberra remembers 'gentle but great' Courtenay

Australian author Bryce Courtenay, speaking at ANU in February.

Noel Towell, Chris Dutton Canberra is mourning the death of one of its most famous citizens, internationally famous author Bryce Courtenay who succumbed to stomach cancer late on Thursday, aged 79 years.

Raid on company over site death

The Catanzariti family. Barney, Ben and Kay.

Noel Towell Police investigating one of Canberra's recent workplace deaths have raided a NSW company as part of their inquiries.