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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Ikea heads to Canberra

Noel Towell It’s a done deal: Ikea is coming to Canberra.

Majura Parkway roadworks hit contractor pothole

Noel Towell Canberra's biggest construction project, the $288 million Majura Parkway, was plunged into turmoil on Monday with the road's key contractor threatening to walk away from the job.

Majura Parkway project facing crisis as earthworks contractor set to abandon job

A Hewatt Earthworks scraper onsite at the Majura Parkway.

Noel Towell The $288 million Majura Parkway faces major delays and potential cost blow-outs of tens of millions of dollars with its main earthworks contractor set to abandon the job.

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Ethical behaviour guides on app

The Ethicos Group is in the final stages of developing a smartphone anti-corruption app.

Noel Towell Australian politicians and public servants tempted by bribery or corruption can soon turn to a mobile moral compass if their own consciences are found to be wanting.

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Public Trustee poised to sell elderly woman's home

85 year old Louise Haberkorn, outside her
home in Downer, with her daughter, Petra McManus of Gungahlin.

Noel Towell The ACT Government has tens of thousands of dollars of Louise Haberkorn's money, now it wants to sell her house.

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Paid parking, global warming: It's time to pool in Canberra

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Noel Towell Car sharing has never come naturally to Canberra's public servants but one young local entrepreneur and the city's global warming activists want to change all that.

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Corrective Services blasted after prisoner handcuffed to bed for five days

Silver hand cuffs

Noel Towell The ACT's Health complaints authority has blasted the processes that led to a prisoner being handcuffed for five days to a bed at Canberra Hospital in 2012.

Paid parking in Parliamentary Triangle: Workers chase big pay rises to cover fees

Public servants will need pay rises of nearly $400 this year just to cover the cost of parking in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Noel Towell Rank-and-file Canberra public servants will need pay rises of nearly $4000 this year just to cover the cost of parking.

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Former police officer's 25-year-old worker's compo claim thrown out

Gavel

Noel Towell A former federal police officer has failed in his bid for compensation for injuries he sustained on his way to work.

Drivers find ways to bypass dreaded new parking fees

These vehicles parked in the unsealed open car park between the National Library and the Lake shore.

Noel Towell Householders around Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle are already cashing in on the paid parking regime around the precinct, according to a private sector parking broker.

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Anxious wait for Sublime Developments creditors owed $2.5m

court

Noel Towell The conduct of the owners of failed Canberra builder Sublime Developments will be investigated after a court ordered the company be wound up this week and called in the liquidators.

NASA cost-cutting panics staff at space centre

To mark 50th anniversary of Deep Space Network, the head of NASA Mr Charles Bolden visits the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, Tidbinbilla.

Noel Towell There were plenty of smiles for the cameras this week as Canberra's Deep Space Communication Complex celebrated its 50th birthday.

Philip Pocock punished for views on homosexuality

Philip Pocock

Noel Towell Tribunal will be asked to decide if a psychologist has the right to call for the criminalisation of gay sex.

Exodus of public servants from Woden gathers pace

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy ACT government says it can do little to stem the bleeding of jobs from the precinct.

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Welcome to Woe-den: tallest tower to empty as public service job cuts hit hub hard

The Lovett tower in Woden, current home to the federal environment and veteran's affairs departments.

Noel Towell, Meredith Clisby and Fleta Page Canberra’s tallest building, Woden’s Lovett Tower, is set to become a near-empty shell when hundreds of public service occupants move out in two years.

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Fears for Centrelink welfare fraud teams as ABS is brought in to run audit

Noel Towell The nation's last line of defence against welfare fraudsters is under threat from public service cost-cutting.

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Master Builders Association calls for inquiry to root out rogue operators in ACT

Jerry Howard, Deputy Executive Director of Master Builders Association of the ACT.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt An independent inquiry into Canberra's building industry is the only thing that can rid the capital of the "rotten apples" ripping off home owners, suppliers and tradies, the peak builders' body says.

Another company accused of failing Canberra home owners

Homeowners Ling Palm with her husband Nicholas Palm and design consultant Angela Penhallow.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt Another Canberra home builder is accused of leaving a trail of debt disputes and half-built houses around the city.

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Debts of failed builder Sublime may soar to $2.5 million

Tanya Nguyen of Wright a long with other homebuyers throughout Canberra back L-R ,  Bethany and James Liddall , Subhash Rewal,  Thuy Ha and her sister Thi Ha and  Lorraine and David Anderson have been left with unfinished houses after paying Sublime big money to build their dream homes.

Noel Towell Failed Canberra builder Sublime Developments may owe up to $2.5 million to home buyers, tradesmen and suppliers around the capital, according to the company's administrator.

Canberra's gang-gang cockatoos under threat from smugglers

Noel Towell The Canberra region's beloved gang-gang cockatoos are being targeted by criminals who smuggle native birds out of the country.