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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Barr expects public service to shrink then grow

Alp national conference: Ammendment for equal rights for same sex marriages.Senator Penny Wong has thanked her delegates for voting for same-sex marriages.Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Andrew Barr

Noel Towell Predictions of tough economic times in store for Canberra are "overly pessimistic," according to ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr.

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Gallagher shakes up top-level bureaucrats

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher at her home in Lyneham.

Noel Towell The ACT's second most senior public service official will be moved to another job as Chief Minister Katy Gallagher reshuffles the territory's bureaucracy.

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100 men 'scarred' by ACT colleges

Jason Parkinson.

Noel Towell More than 100 Canberra men have come forward saying they were abused while at school at two Canberra Catholic colleges between the 1970s and 1990s.

Wake-up call as homelessness rises

Amber Clarke was aasited by Mission Australia.

Stephanie Anderson, Noel Towell The rate of homelessness in the ACT has jumped by 70 per cent in the past five years, a figure that community agencies are labelling a ''wake-up call'' for the government.

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Rights watchdog to investigate case of handcuffed patient

Health Services Commissioner Mary Durkin.

Noel Towell ACT prison and health authorities face an investigation by the territory's Human Rights Commission after a mental health patient spent several days chained to a bed.

ACT Treasury, Chief Minister and Cabinet departments to combine

Noel Towell Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is to merge two ACT Government departments and create a new one.

Green light keeps Labor on the rails

David Pope illustration after Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury agreed to back a Katy Gallagher led Labor government after the 2012 ACT election

Noel Towell ACT Labor leader Katy Gallagher has become the first state or territory Labor leader to retain power for more than two years after cutting a deal with balance-of-power Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury on...

Minister for real power may cause problems

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Noel Towell Sole surviving ACT Greens representative Shane Rattenbury emerged from the ruins of his party's near electoral wipeout last month with real power. Yesterday, he showed he has learnt to use it.

Safety in numbers as support, supply guaranteed

10th February 2012, News, Noel Towell story,   CANBERRA TIMES photo by KARLEEN MINNEY. Speaker of 
the ACT Legislative Assembly Shane Rattenbury responds to news of the ACT Liberal parties serious breaches of legal obligations with regard to staff attendance records.

Noel Towell Shane Rattenbury's parliamentary deal with ACT Labor guarantees supply and confidence for a Katy Gallagher-led government.

Rattenbury flexes real muscle in negotiations

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher along with Andrew Barr and Shane Rattenbury all smiles after putting pen to paper and  sign an agreement to form a government at the ACT Legislative of Assembly, Canberra

Noel Towell Sole surviving ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury emerged from the ruins of his party's near electoral wipeout last month with real power; and today he showed that he has learned to use it.

North side work site shut down over safety breaches

Noel Towell Builders at a construction site in Canberra are expected to work all weekend to fix safety breaches after the work safety authority shut the site down this morning.

Deadbeat tenants send neighbours to counselling

public housing

Noel Towell Antisocial behaviour by Canberra public housing tenants is forcing neighbours to seek psychological help for trauma, according to the ACT Ombudsman.

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Bookies back Rattenbury to support ACT Labor

Noel Towell Bookies are backing balance-of-power MLA Shane Rattenbury to support Katy Gallagher as the ACT’s new Chief Minister.

Staff complain patient was shackled to bed

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Noel Towell Health authorities say a patient at the new Adult Mental health Unit was handcuffed to a bed for several days last month because he was a risk to the public and to health workers.

Boundaries, underrepresention could be fixed: commissioner

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green.

Noel Towell ACT residents are much more under-represented politically than other Australians and the city's electoral boundaries are causing distortions that need to be reformed, the Electoral Commissioner said...

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Tax issues flare up as talks begin

Katy Gallagher and  Zed Seselja

Noel Towell The ACT's political war over tax reform continued to rage yesterday as formal negotiations began between the two main parties and the balance-of-power Greens.

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Rates, tax reform back in spotlight in ACT negotiations

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher at a post election get together at O'Connor.

Noel Towell Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says she is committed to the 20-year tax reform agenda passed in this year's ACT budget.

About face: Liberals put tax reform on the bargaining table

Liberal leader Zed Seselja

Lisa Cox, Noel Towell The Canberra Liberals say their promise to repeal ACT Labor's tax reforms is now open to negotiation as they bid to form government with sole Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

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Rattenbury calls deadline and prepares for talks on pivotal role

Greens' MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Noel Towell, Lisa Cox The ACT's political kingmaker, Shane Rattenbury, has warned voters to brace for a wait of several days before they know who will form government.

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Preferences point to Corbell's return

121020 NEWS Canberra Times Photograph by Graham Tidy Story by Tallyroom staff. ACT Election, Tallyroom action. Labor's Simon Corbell.

Noel Towell, Lisa Cox Long-serving Labor minister Simon Corbell has held on to his Molonglo seat by about 1500 votes over Labor candidate Meegan Fitzharris, last night's penultimate count of preferences show.