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Phillip Thomson

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

Multiple public servant pay rises imminent


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

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Strike of Israeli embassy workers enters third week

Israeli embassy.

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.

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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Mystery Subaru racks up a parking fine a fortnight in parliamentary triangle

Parking dramas in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Phillip Thomson The mysterious owner of a Subaru has notched up a record only Canberrans would appreciate.

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Property insurance bill hits $11m

Phillip Thomson Storms, fires, lightning, thieves and overflowing sewage helped push the government's property insurance payouts to $10.9 million in the past year.

CSIRO workers pedal-push for sufficient bike bays at Black Mountain

Phillip Thomson Beleaguered CSIRO staff in Canberra are demanding no less than 300 bicycle storage bays at their new Black Mountain site.

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Record run for parliamentary triangle's most heavily fined driver

Parking ticket on car.

Phillip Thomson The mysterious owner of a Subaru has notched up a record only Canberrans would appreciate.

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Jobs offer high-paying opportunity to Mingle

Professional minglers.

Phillip Thomson The ACT public service has two jobs paying $100,000-plus a year for bureaucrats who want to mingle - with a capital M.

Canberra doctor fights ActewAGL over $25,000 power bill

Yarub Jamiel received a power bill for $25000.

Phillip Thomson THINK your home electricity bill is high?

Australia can learn nothing from Fiji public service, says academic

Professor Brij Lal from the Australian National University.

Phillip Thomson AUSTRALIAN public servants can learn nothing from Fiji's bureaucracy, says a Fijian academic expelled from the country and now based in Canberra.

Musician gives flying performance at festival

Troy Brady performs original solo guitar songs inspired by stories of Indigenous railway workers at the National Archives.

Phillip Thomson IT was a busy weekend for Troy Brady. He was singing in Canberra on Saturday night before flying home to Cairns, hopefully before a forecast cyclone hit parts of north Queensland.

Lost and pound: Krieger the weimaraner and owner reunited

Phillip Thomson Lack of security cameras at an ACT government animal shelter has been highlighted after a confusing case involving a lost dog.

Canberra Hospital compensation payouts still on the rise

Phillip Thomson Canberra Hospital has been forced into another major compensation after a five-year-old girl was badly disfigured.

Tempting treats in the bush capital

Phillip Thomson Canberra needs to sell itself to the world and, not surprisingly, needs a public servant to get the job done.

More patients sue Canberra surgeon Richard Hocking

Phillip Thomson Five patients are now suing Canberra orthopaedic surgeon Richard Hocking in the ACT Supreme Court.

Enlighten Festival sets record for opening night

The National Gallery of Australia.

Phillip Thomson Enlighten festival organisers say Friday was the biggest opening night of the event since it started four years ago.

Young Fraser sings on grandfather's old stomping ground, tweet-less

Phillip Thomson At age 23 she is out-tweeted by her grandfather, former PM Malcolm Fraser, but that does not worry the woman who last night entertained a Canberra crowd with her voice.

IM chats cost public servants

Phillip Thomson Public servants beware of using the instant online messaging system at work when chatting to colleagues.

Enlighten: The Bulls win over Canberra

The Bulls are out for the Enlighten festival.

Phillip Thomson The Bulls are an a cappella group whose history is as entertaining as their act.

Two new patients sue embattled surgeon Richard Hocking

Orthopaedic surgeon Richard Hocking is being sued by two new patients over allegedly botching their hip replacement surgery.

Phillip Thomson Besieged Canberra orthopaedic surgeon Richard Hocking is being sued by two new patients for allegedly installing prosthetic hips incorrectly.