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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Engineer, firm face most serious charges yet under Australia's toughest workplace safety laws

Ben Catanzariti with his mother Kay.

Noel Towell A NSW maintenance engineer faces up to five years in jail and his bosses could be fined $3 million over the death of a young Canberra building worker two years ago.

ATO's 'rotten' culture revealed

The report found that a third of ATO workers disagreed that a climate of trust and respect existed in their workplaces.

Noel Towell and Ben Butler The Australian Taxation Office's internal culture is so poor that its ability to do its job is in danger, according to a scathing internal report.

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Canberra's tallest building may be reinvented as aged-care facility

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell Canberra’s tallest building, Lovett Tower in Woden, looks to be heading for a genteel retirement; a possible conversions into an aged-care facility after its last public servant packs up their...

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End in sight after two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road

Duffy resident Ron Forrester has been campaigning to have Canberra' longest-running roadworks at the Cotter Road finished.

Noel Towell The motorists of Weston Creek and Canberra’s new Molonglo suburbs have endured more than two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road.

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Gold-plated? Not us, guv'nor, says DSS


Noel Towell The Department of Social Services has defended the $55 million budget for the fit-out of its new Tuggeranong building, saying the proposed spend is about right by recent public service standards.

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Customs pulls the pin


Noel Towell Canberra's struggling commercial property market has been dealt another blow.

Defence counselling service falls victim to cuts

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

Noel Towell Thousands of Defence Department public servants have had their workplace counselling services axed.

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Shopping in the triangle? It's a private matter

Noel Towell The federal government says it is up to the private sector to breathe commercial life into Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle.

Social Services' gold-plated new digs

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Noel Towell Public service bosses at the Department of Social Services want to spend $55 million on a ''gold-plated, Rolls-Royce'' fit-out job for their new offices in Canberra’s south.

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Government taking reports of bikie fuel fraud 'very seriously'

Fuel pump.

Noel Towell The Abbott government says it takes very seriously revelations of bikie gangs rorting millions from Commonwealth fuel subsidies.

$100,000 big day out for Australian tax bosses

Tax office.

Noel Towell Hundreds of Australian Taxation Office top brass soaked up $100,000 of five-star luxury at Canberra's Realm Hotel in March.

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Bikie excise scam allegedly using RAAF fuel supplies

Noel Towell A firm linked to an outlaw bikie gang used Australian Air Force fuel supplies in a diesel subsidy fraud that may have cost the Commonwealth millions of dollars, authorities have been told.

Public servant flees town after chainsaw attack

The scene at Flax House after the incident took place.

Noel Towell A terrified Department of Human Services public servant has left Canberra in the wake of last year’s chainsaw attack at the department’s Tuggeranong offices.

Hells Angels' trucking companies ripping off millions in fuel rebates

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Noel Towell Trucking companies controlled by criminal bikies have defrauded the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in fuel rebates, according to a Taxation Office investigation.

ACT Government in battle of wounded knee

sore knee

Noel Towell An ACT public servant’s sore knee has re-opened up the battle over what constitutes a public sector workplace injury.

DFAT's Jakarta stampede threatens quality of aid effort

Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs for Australia, addresses the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the Realization of the Millennium Development Goals and Other Internationally Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities - Round Table 1

Noel Towell The quality of Australia's $500 million aid effort to Indonesia is at risk from a "stampede" of local workers fleeing a "crippling work environment" imposed by Foreign Affairs bosses in Canberra,...

Defence calls in spin reinforcements


Noel Towell The Defence Department’s publicity battalion has called in reinforcements from the private sector, spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars on consultants for public relations...

PM&C's $20k a month for advice on sacking public servants

The elite department's average staff is being slashed by up to 400 out of a workforce of 2418.

Noel Towell The Prime Minister's cash-strapped Public Service Department has been paying consultants $20,000 a month to advise on how to slash its workforce.

Canberra Services Club contemplates leaving shellshock corner

Canberra Services Club President, Greg Ranse, outside the site of the old club.

Noel Towell It's not an easy thing - walking away from seven decades of history for Canberra's military services community.

Canberra braces for federal budget 'black Tuesday'

The Abbott government's first budget paints some dark days ahead for Canberra.

Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Canberra braces for a "black day" with the Abbott government's first budget set to hit the city hard.

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