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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Green to get gold for office

Shane Rattenbury.

Noel Towell Balance-of-power Greens politician Shane Rattenbury has been given more money to run his Assembly office than the Deputy Chief Minister and the Opposition Leader.

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Grieving mother calls for reforms

Ben Catanzariti.

Noel Towell The mother of a young builder killed on a Canberra worksite this year is taking her plea for work safety reform to the nation's politicians.

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Gallagher plea to PM as asbestos talks fail

Jamie Carpenter (front), and Garry Harriden, removing asbestos from a local site.

Noel Towell Talks aimed at resolving Canberra's buried asbestos crisis have collapsed with the territory government accusing the Commonwealth of double standards.

One-on-one meetings humiliated public servant: tribunal


Noel Towell An underperforming Canberra public servant was "bullied" by having her work problems addressed in private meetings with her superior, a Commonwealth tribunal has found.

Property tax falls short of forecasts

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Noel Towell The ACT government collected less than a quarter of the money it expected from its controversial ''change of use charge'' in the September quarter.

Labor told Greens to step up in last weeks

Meredith Hunter.

Noel Towell Labor Party officials warned the ACT Greens they were in danger in the last days before their near electoral wipe-out last month and urged them to try harder.

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Broaden inquiry, says advocate

Anita Phillips, public advocate, at her office in the City.

Noel Towell Government-run institutions are still failing in their duties to protect the youngsters in their care from abuse and neglect, according to the Public Advocate.

Government 'still failing' children in care: public advocate

Noel Towell The Royal Commission into institutional sex abuse should be broadened to examine other forms of neglect and abuse of children in care, according to ACT Public Advocate Anita Phillips.

Inquiry gives victim a distant hope of justice

Marist College Canberra

Noel Towell Even 20 years after he blew the whistle, this man is astounded at the ability of church authorities to protect the man who abused him and his Canberra schoolmates.

Barr unfazed by gloomy forecasts

ACT sports minister Andrew Barr.

Noel Towell Predictions of tough economic times for Canberra are ''overly pessimistic'', ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr says.

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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

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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.