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Phillip Thomson

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

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

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


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

News. ?Car lodged in the wall of the Lodge in Canberra after a collision at 8am on Saturday Morning. ?22 March 2014 Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

Jeffrey Chan
Photographer - The Canberra Times

9 Pirie Street, Fyshwick, ACT, 2609


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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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?