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Phillip Thomson

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Kindergarten teacher reading to children generic school.

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


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.