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Phillip Thomson

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

Four exhibitions should boost ACT tourism this summer

Ryan Stokes chairman of the National Library with Russell Crowe at the opening of Mapping our world exhibition at the National Library.

Phillip Thomson RUSSELL Crowe cannot do it on his own but with the help of Elvis, the Incas and cricket, Canberra tourism could avoid another dead summer.

Home-made dishes off menu at school events

The ACT government's food safety bureaucrats have turned their attention to school fetes, telling parents they cannot sell their homemade quiches any more.

Phillip Thomson ACT food safety bureaucrats have turned their attention to school fetes, telling parents they can no longer sell their homemade quiches.

Finding favour at farmers' markets

Wayne Skein from the Apple Shed in Tumut with some of his produce at the Northside Farmers Market.

Phillip Thomson When life serves you bruised fruit, make juice.

Gas bottles: BBQ war's second front

North Canberra and Gungahlin Cricket Club operations manager Steve Moore removes a gas bottle from the club.

Phillip Thomson ACT Sporting clubs have been told they can not store gas bottles at their grounds and volunteers must bring them to and from games.

Long wait for Mt Stromlo

Phd student, Tammy Roderick, at the Mt Stromlo observatory.

Phillip Thomson A decade after a bushfire destroyed buildings on Mt Stromlo, the green shoots are sprouting.

Hush surrounds fatal error


Phillip Thomson A catastrophic error appears to have killed a Canberra Hospital patient in the past year.

Charity barbies under fire

Beef sausages barbecue cambray snags single use only apelgren

Phillip Thomson Charities and sporting clubs in the ACT are being forced to turn volunteers into food safety supervisors at barbecues.

Medical blunder leaves mother blind


Phillip Thomson A MEDICATION blunder following routine surgery at Canberra Hospital means Susan Ring will probably never again see the faces of her children.

The day a $17,000 electricity bill arrived in the post

Mr Yarub Jamiel disappointed with his latest electricity bill of excess of $25000  per quarter.
The Canberra Times
02 November 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Phillip Thomson Huge power bill sparks dispute.

Drop in seniors discounts due to retail dip

Seniors shopping.

Phillip Thomson A DOWNTURN in retail trade is being blamed for a 50 per cent fall in the number of businesses listing themselves as offering discounts to Canberra seniors.

From fire and heartbreak, Buchanan conquers the world

Phillip Thomson Dual world champion bike rider Caroline Buchanan is a fighter who never gives up.

Friends through ups and downs

Phillip Thomson When Israel's ambassador to Australia, Yuval Rotem, returns home this week he will take a small part of this country with him.

Coalition turns back on sports hub pledge

Phillip Thomson The Coalition has confirmed it will not honour the $10 million pledged for the second half of a sports hub in Canberra.

Golden staph killed Hue Le

Phillip Thomson Hue Le's family has finally been handed the findings of a coronial inquest into her death.

Buses still missing govt targets

Phillip Thomson One in three Canberra buses is not running on time.

ACT Health accidents leap from 14 to 74

Phillip Thomson There has been a fivefold increase in the number of reported accidents involving ACT Health staff.

Time to eat cake as city turns 175

Children play on a large snail in the sensory garden.

Phillip Thomson It was such a work of art, it moved from the realm of cake to monument.

ACT case sparks police pepper spray embargo

Phillip Thomson Police across the country could be prevented from using pepper spray to defend themselves as a result of a legal case against a Canberra Australian Federal Police officer.

Department rebranding costs millions

Phillip Thomson MANDARINS should not be precious about using outdated letterheads to save money under the Abbott government, says one former high-ranking public servant.

Soldier walks tall for his mates

Phillip Thomson A roadside bomb in Iraq robbed Liam Haven of his sight in 2008 and the road to recovery was hard.