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Phillip Thomson

Phillip Thomson is a Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.

Canberra's diplomatic dawdlers: Iran, Russia and Bangladesh sparked into action by NCA

National Capital Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow pictured recently.

Phillip Thomson "Use it or lose it" sparks Iran to action in Yarralumla.

Floriade must stop killing trees if it is to stay in Commonwealth Park: National Capital Authority

National Capital Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow.

Phillip Thomson Ultimatum for Canberra's most popular event comes from planning boss.

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Hundreds turn up to 'suitcase rummage' at Acton

Phillip Thomson "There's a little bit of negotiating over prices - but everyone's pretty friendly."

Miss Muddy Canberra: 'Great pride in our mud'

Cara Cotter of Queanbeyan gets in amongst it during Miss Muddy at Thoroughbred Park Canberra.

Phillip Thomson Hundreds of women took part in Miss Muddy, a female-only fundraiser held at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Identical twins with dwarfism aim for new heights with crowdfunded invention

Melanie Stamell at her Dickson home. Ms Stamell and her twin sister Peta have invented a number of gadgets to make their life easier. This is a light switch adapter.

Phillip Thomson Two women, one tall problem, and a great solution. Now they want to take on the world.

Canberra's early childhood educators call for fair pay: Fed up workers march on Parliament House

Phillip Thomson Wiping noses and bottoms, looking after hundreds of people. All for as little as $9.85 an hour.

Fyshwick buildings evacuated after gas pipe rupture

Fyshwick buildings evacuated after gas pipe rupture

Phillip Thomson A 200-metre exclusion zone was put in place in Fyshwick after construction workers dug into a pressure pipe, causing a "massive gas cloud".

Yarralumla's Weston Park upgrades finished

Clair and Jake Gumley of Banks with one-year-old Penelope enjoy the sunshine in front of the new shelters and BBQ area in upgraded Weston Park.

Phillip Thomson What is a boulodrome? And where has a new one just been built in Canberra?

Crash on Tuggeranong Parkway: two taken to Canberra Hospital

Police tape.

Phillip Thomson Three people were injured when a single vehicle rolled over near the Tuggeranong Parkway.

First look inside Canberra's IKEA

More IKEA employees setting up rooms.

Phillip Thomson Look at the photos and video to see inside the store which is expecting 15,000-plus on opening day.

Top eight IKEA questions answered

An IKEA lunch of meatballs.

Phillip Thomson  Child-minding, furniture statistics and what's in the meatballs. Canberrans, here's the quickest guide you'll find.

'Don't feed the birds': Canberra's war on bird poo

Canberra's urban areas risk becoming as dirty as London's Trafalgar Square

Phillip Thomson Garema Place and Tuggeranong could start looking like Trafalgar Square, if we keep encouraging the birds, government says.

Duplication for NBN in Canberra?

There is a possibility broadband infrastructure in Canberra could be duplicated.

Phillip Thomson NBN might double up in the ACT. And one observer is not happy about it.

Redundancies 'by stealth' at Icon Water as Christmas job cuts loom


Phillip Thomson Icon Water workers expected lose their jobs after Christmas.

Back To The Future day: ANU hoverboard ready for Marty McFly's return

ANU science communicator Dr Graham Walker demonstrated a hoverboard at the ANU indoor sports centre. Henry Crane, 9, of
Weston gets a ride.

Phillip Thomson Canberran shows Marty McFly's floating skateboard can be done in any backyard.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr's directorate amasses public servants

Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Phillip Thomson The ACT public service's yearly report is out. Some directorates are shedding workforce grunt; one place is gaining.

Snake threat: Canberrans don't park here at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Calvary Hospital in Canberra is using signs to warn people of snakes in their car park as well.

Phillip Thomson Canberrans not wanting to meet multiple snakes at a time should not park their car here.

Hit-and-run in Canberra's south: Man hit in Tuggeranong suburb of Monash

Police car

Phillip Thomson In the early hours of Friday morning a man turned up at Canberra Hospital. Police were soon called.

University of Canberra staff member claimed compensation after restructure


Phillip Thomson Impact of University of Canberra's outsourcing to India and restructure come out in tribunal case.

What does Bill Shorten do with Katy Gallagher?

Katy Gallagher

Phillip Thomson Bill Shorten needs to aggressively update the frontbench.