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Helping hands for all those doing it tough

Natasha Boddy, Phillip Thomson The rising cost of living has led to a surge in people seeking help from the ACT's welfare sector.

Clive Summerfield has the voice but the Tax Office seems not to be listening

Phillip Thomson Canberra entrepreneur Clive Summerfield says he has been ignored by his own government. He has rolled out his voice identification technology to New Zealand's tax office but the feeling has been...

ActewAGL staff face uncertain future amid 'spill and fill' job cuts

ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello and general manager of network services Rob Atkin.

Phillip Thomson ActewAGL is spilling and filling 135 jobs on top of abolishing 25 currently vacant positions and making 14 full-time staff redundant.

Public service a 'disappearing art', says former mandarin Gary Sturgess

Public service observer Gary Sturgess.

Phillip Thomson Former mandarin Gary Sturgess has voiced concerns about the ability of bureaucrats to speak truth to power.

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Workaholics: 20 questions too much like hard work

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Phillip Thomson Does work excite you more than family? Do you think about work while falling asleep?

Save Gaby's: campaign to find iconic eatery a new home

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Gabriel Wilk at his takeaway shop (Gaby's Takeaway) in a Barton Carpark. After 27 years, the National Capital Authority is trying to kick them out to make more space for car parking.
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Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times

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Phillip Thomson and Ben Westcott The National Capital Authority has offered to act as a broker to find another location for the longstanding Barton burger joint Gaby's Takeaway.

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Union presses for review of ACT nurses' odd shifts

Phillip Thomson The union representing the territory's large nursing workforce has called for a review of rosters.

Public servants hopeful after military pension victory

Retired public servant, Ian Hooley at home in Gordon.

Phillip Thomson Tens of thousands of military pensioners who will now have their benefits indexed in line with the age pension.

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Defence Department: Uniforms may get some jobs reprieve

Defence Minister Senator David Johnston.

Phillip Thomson Abbott government appears to be quarantining uniformed personnel from looming Defence job cuts.

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First Brodburger now Gaby's: NCA gives more marching orders

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Gabriel Wilk at his takeaway shop (Gaby's Takeaway) in a Barton Carpark. After 27 years, the National Capital Authority is trying to kick them out to make more space for car parking.
Filed: Thursday, 27 March 2014 11:06:39 am 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times

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Phillip Thomson Not only will public servants be paying for parking in the Parliamentary Triangle but they will soon lose a longstanding lunching joint.

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Push to keep Department of Social Services in Tuggeranong

Phillip Thomson The federal government should knock down and rebuild the existing Department of Social Services national office in Tuggeranong, says Senator Zed Seselja.

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Walls around The Lodge are "piss weak": security experts

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Phillip Thomson The wall around the The Lodge appears "piss weak" and bollards must to be installed out the front or questions need to be asked about whether Tony Abbott is safe to be there, security experts say.

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ASIO and ASIS put out the 'help wanted' sign

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Phillip Thomson Are you a skilled public servant but can't find a job? Then you should become a spy.

Galahs, foxes and parachutists all reported as airport hazards

Qantas plane at Canberra airport.

Phillip Thomson Canberra Airport has had its fair share of issues reported to Australia's air safety watchdog in the past year.

Foreign diplomats live life in the fast lane on ACT's roads

ACT Police traffic operations.

Phillip Thomson They can navigate the most sensitive foreign policy dramas in the world but Canberra's roads can bring even the most hard-nosed negotiators undone.

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Debate over male teacher shortage

Phillip Thomson JUST 24 per cent of teachers in Canberra's public schools are men but, one academic says, the focus should be on having good teachers and not on their gender.

Build firms' failures leave $80 million debt in Canberra

Worker at construction site.

Mark Sawa, Phillip Thomson More than one in every five ACT business collapses has from the construction sector, leaving a combined $80 million trail of debt.

Multiple public servant pay rises imminent

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Phillip Thomson More than 16,000 ACT public servants should soon receive multiple pay rises as protracted negotiations near completion.

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Costs add up as more cyclists take to public roads and suffer tumbles

Falling off your bike in Canberra can earn you as much as a year sitting at your desk, it shows.

Phillip Thomson Cyclists claiming money from the ACT Insurance Authority after coming off their bikes have been paid as much as $100,000 each.

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Strike of Israeli embassy workers enters third week

Phillip Thomson Public Service Reporter Do not go to the Israeli embassy in Canberra except in the case of death or a life-threatening problem.