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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Hungry beast of Braddon escapes TAMS trim

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

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.

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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Community sector funding boost 'not remotely' possible

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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.
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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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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.

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Noel Towell The Australian Republican movement is being held captive by outdated nationalist rhetoric, the audience at the movement's annual keynote address on Saturday in Canberra will be told.

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.

Water plan secures ACT's supply

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Noel Towell, Tom Arup Canberra's water supplies for the next 30 years have been secured by the Murray-Darling Basin management plan signed into law on Thursday by the Commonwealth, the ACT government says.

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Raid on company over site death

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

Libs' frontbench to be confirmed next week

21st October 2012, Story by Noel Towell , Canberra Times Photograph by, Colleen Petch,  Liberal leader Zed Seselja holds a bbq at his house this afternoon,

Noel Towell The Canberra Liberals will not announce the shadow cabinet until Monday, just one day before the Assembly returns.

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Council top post claimed by two

Matthew Watts, left, and Shirley Gourgaud.

Noel Towell The battle for control of the Belconnen Community Council has taken a bizarre turn with two council members now claiming the title of president.

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No action on electoral complaints 'sets dangerous precedent'

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green.

Noel Towell Police have declined to prosecute the Canberra Liberals over breaches of the Electoral Act in the lead-up to last month's territory election.

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Liberal move fails to hold in Belconnen Community Council

Noel Towell Control of the Belconnen Community Council has changed hands again after September's controversial election was declared invalid at a council meeting last night.

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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