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Phillip Thomson

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

Trans sex workers: Hankering to cross the divide

Phillip Thomson At least two types of people can earn $6500 a week in Canberra: senior public service executives and transgender sex workers.

Dental pioneer fears for service's future

Phillip Thomson, Megan Doherty Liz Dawson set up a dental practice for people too poor to afford treatment, but now she faces a problem.

Cut jobs now and be done, Abbott told

Phillip Thomson The head of the capital's business chamber has called for Tony Abbott to cut public service jobs as quickly as possible.

Diplomat to sing music's praises

Phillip Thomson Canberra singer-songwriter and diplomat has been named one of the country's live music ambassadors.

Runner takes it all in his stride

Phillip Thomson At 14 years of age Joshua Torley is a rising star in the world of running.

History faces a major assault

Phillip Thomson Just hundreds of votes stood between Mike Kelly and his ability to hold the 40-year bellwether status of Eden-Monaro.

Asylum seeker policy sends population of private jails soaring


Phillip Thomson Australia has a higher proportion of prisoners in privately run jails than any other nation a report says.

Road users urged to get on their bikes

Cycle City owner Garth Irons.

Phillip Thomson The ACT's warm weather has brought out an increasing number of commuter cyclists.

Raging fire, flood the settings for bravery

Banks couple, Jodie and Jason Roff, are to receive a bravery award from the Governor General for rescuing an elderly couple from a burning house.

Phillip Thomson WHEN Jason and Jodie Roff went house hunting they had no idea they would rescue an elderly couple from a burning house and become heroes.

Gauging the mood in crucial seat

Eden-Monaro Road Trip dinkus

Phillip Thomson In Australia's longest-standing bellwether seat, not even the echidnas are safe.

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Families live with loss as patient deaths investigated


Phillip Thomson and Matthew Raggatt When Suki Thurairajah turned up to Canberra Hospital in 2011 she was expecting to stay for four hours.

Success in Cooma comes without the politics

Jane Cay the founder of online fashion store Birdsnest in her factory and store in Cooma.

Phillip Thomson In the fashion stores and hairdressers of Cooma it can be hard to start a conversation about politics.

Mill that could have been greener on other side of politics

South East Fibre Exports pty ltd General Manager Peter Mitchell gives a tour of the pulp mill in Eden

Phillip Thomson Inside a dark metal monster Peter Mitchell talks about how two renewable energy projects on this land were killed.

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Eden-Monaro voters seeking change through stability

Moruya self funded retirees Jennifer Bridge and Brad Corkery on their property over looking the ocean.

Phillip Thomson Brad Corkery is one of thousands of Eden-Monaro sea changers wanting a stable economy.

It's a battle of the blokes in the nation's fabled seat

Jo McNamara.

Phillip Thomson In Queanbeyan the average family can be brutal on politicians and the McNamaras are no different.

Call for medical board to oversee nursing assistants

Call for medical board to oversee nursing assistants.

Phillip Thomson A large number of lower-qualified nursing staff across Australia are not overseen by the national medical watchdog and their numbers are increasing, reports show.

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Knee surgery led to women losing legs

Elma McDonald, at her home in Lyneham.

Phillip Thomson Two women lose legs after infections stemming from simple elective joint replacements in Canberra hospitals.

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Inferior hygiene 'killing patients'

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Phillip Thomson Hundreds of Australians dying or having limbs amputated each year because of infections they have developed in hospitals or clinics.

Extreme heat gives hope of rare cancer cure

Phillip Thomson MARCIA SHEAN'S head is wrapped in iced towels and she is completely awake when she is put into what can most easily be described as an oven.

Cyclists gear up for inaugural road tour

Phillip Thomson MORE than 250 cyclists are expected to take part in a four-stage competition through Canberra in September which will be broadcast by SBS.