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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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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Majura Parkway grinds to a halt

A Hewatt Earthworks scraper onsite at the Majura Parkway.

Noel Towell and Henry Belot Vital earth-moving work on Canberra's $288 million Majura Parkway project stopped on Wednesday morning amid fear that a deal between two building firms to keep the job moving had collapsed.

Ikea heads to Canberra

IKEA is headed to Canberra.

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

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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


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


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


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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