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Phillip Thomson

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

Boat people warning over Afghan aid cuts

Phillip Thomson AFGHANISTAN'S ambassador to Australia says cutting aid to his country may result in more asylum seekers trying to come to Australia by boat.

Chamber calls for cuts to health, education costs

Andrew Blyth, CEO of
the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Phillip Thomson A leading business group is lobbying the ACT government to reduce costs in schools and hospitals to rein in Canberra's ''gold-plated'' services.

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Music improves young minds

Dr. Anita Collins, Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education, at the University of Canberra.

Phillip Thomson When a pregnant Anita Collins worked through her 80,000-word thesis she often told people she was having two babies.

Doctor 'harassed' after he complained about flawed report

A Canberra Hospital anesthetist claims he has been harassed since lodging a complaint alleging medical records were used in a flawed study.

Phillip Thomson A long-serving anaesthetist at Canberra Hospital claims he has been harassed since lodging a complaint.

ACT laws put passive solar homes in the shade

Construction in the suburb of Wright in the Molonglo Valley.

Phillip Thomson Designs for blocks of land are being drawn up in new Canberra suburbs with little exposure to winter sunlight.

Parkes Way ahead in ACT intersection bingles

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Phillip Thomson It is confirmed. The two large roundabouts within a kilometre of each other along Parkes Way near the city are confusing bingle belts.

Speeders run free as police issue cautions in school zones

Phillip Thomson Police let off hundreds of drivers caught speeding through Canberra's school zones last year, new figures show.

Summernats helps car fans farewell loved ones

(left) Second in the Miss Summernats competition Monique Dignan- Smith, first Danah Wheatley and third Stacey Louise.

Phillip Thomson As people milled around cars at Canberra's long-standing gathering for motor buffs, it was a time for a few to remember the loved ones they had lost.

Zimbabwe embassy hits back at ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila

NEWS: please note: IMAGES ARE EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2013 12.01AM.   Zimbabwe Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila. 24th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Phillip Thomson The Zimbabwe embassy in Canberra has hit back at defecting ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila by saying she should have resigned straight after Robert Mugabe’s July 31 election win.

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Invasion of the New Zealand mud snail

These snails are roughly 0.5cm long.

Phillip Thomson Attack of the cloning snails might sound like the name of a B-grade movie, but it perfectly describes Adrian Dusting's research.

Asylum seeking Zimbabwe diplomat called 'treasonous'

Phillip Thomson THE ZIMBABWEAN ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has been labelled treasonous in her home country after her decision to seek asylum in Australia made headlines around the world.

Sri Lankan culture goes on display at high commission

The artist, Professor Sarath Chandrajeewa and Sri Lankan High Comissioner?Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe with the artwork

Phillip Thomson IT IS a terracotta artwork that took three months to complete, stands 6.3 metres tall, weighs 1750 kilograms and contains 380 tiles.

Martin Brady is all fired up for New Year's Eve in Canberra

Fireworks Australia director Martin Brady inspecting stage pyrotechnics that will be used in the Canberra New Years Eve fireworks display.

Phillip Thomson Martin Brady lives a life with the stars. If the pyrotechnics expert is not firing them into the air, he is working for them.

Zimbabwe ambassador to Australia Jacqueline Zwambila defects

Zimbabwe Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has asked the Australian Government for asylum because she fears for her safety if she returns to Zimbabwe.

Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia is seeking a protection visa so she can stay in Australia.

Zimbabwe embassy: Diplomatically speaking, it's quite a 'poky place'

The Zimbabwe Embassy at 7 Timbarra Crescent in O'Malley.

Meredith Clisby and Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's rented embassy building in O'Malley hardly compares with the palatial mansions enjoyed by other envoys in the suburb.

Boxing Day: The slowest day of the year - for some

Matt Bullock with Wendy Bullock, Edmund Bullock, 2, and Oscar Bullock, 4, relaxing by the pool at their Pearce home with dog Harper.

Phillip Thomson Boxing Day is slow for multimillionaire Matt Bullock, whose business this year processed $3.385 billion of internet transactions for other people.

Boxing Day shopping: retailers forecast cautious mood as job fears linger

Target hard goods manager Darren Gumm re-stocks the shelves for the boxing day sales.

Phillip Thomson Retailers expect cautious Christmas to continue into Boxing Day, even as thousands of customers flood into stores for bargains.

For Ryan Ruddick, the whitest Christmas on Earth comes with a hard slog

Canberra's Ryan Ruddick, working for Geoscience Australia in Antarctica, will spend Christmas on the cold continent before returning home.?

Phillip Thomson On Wednesday morning, Canberra scientist Ryan Ruddick will wake to the vast expanse of Antarctica: his very own white Christmas but hardly the kind Bing Crosby sang about

Christmas in Antarctica: Mawson Station chef Justin Chambers serves up tradition with a twist

Justin Chambers, the only chef at Mawson Station in Antarctica.

Phillip Thomson Justin Chambers will prepare a Christmas feast on the harshest continent on earth on Wednesday.

Shoppers' treat as Tragic Troubadors take poetic licence in Civic

Phillip Thomson For a bloke who approaches complete strangers and offers to read them a poem, Andrew Galan's knockback rate is surprisingly low.