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Phillip Thomson

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

Quiet Georgian ambassador Vladimer Konstantinidi's wins against Russia

Phillip Thomson Two years ago a new foreign mission quietly arrived in Canberra, but its top diplomat is not afraid to take aim.

ACTEW Corp debt to hit $2.2 billion

ACTEW repair workers

Phillip Thomson Debt at ACT government-owned ACTEW Corp is set to increase by 20 per cent.

Malcolm Turnbull taunts Andrew Leigh

Malcolm Turnbull unleashed on Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh on Wednesday.

Phillip Thomson "You can imagine the electrodes going on to him," minister says of Leigh.

Can the Australian Mint always be Royal?

Dropping the word

Phillip Thomson Dropping the word "royal" from the Royal Australian Mint could be a costly mistake for its would-be buyers.

ACT Labor robo-polls on light rail

The costs of relocating underground pipes and wires for the Capital Metro project along Northbourne Avenue

Phillip Thomson Survey called "push poll" as cost of Northbourne Avenue works labelled "very very significant".

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Liberals say Canberra light rail network could cost $10.9 billion

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Phillip Thomson Canberra Liberals want to start debate on the cost of a light rail network.

Union says some ActewAGL staff could receive $30,000 pay cuts

An ActewAGL maintenance crew at work.

Phillip Thomson Ninety still unsure of future as staff restructured at energy supplier.

Thousands of Canberrans misled, says NBN Co heavyweight

nbn canberra rollout

Phillip Thomson NBN Co chief operating officer says rollout maps given to Canberrans were misleading.

Canberra braces for federal budget 'black Tuesday'

The Abbott government's first budget paints some dark days ahead for Canberra.

Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Canberra braces for a "black day" with the Abbott government's first budget set to hit the city hard.

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Bureaucrats face tough test to save jobs

Phillip Thomson A private company is about to pit bureaucrats against each other in a Canberra assessment centre as part of the public service’s largest ever ‘‘spill and fill’’.

ALP in ACT gets boost to member numbers

Phillip Thomson The Labor Party's ACT branch has received hundreds of new members since its resounding federal election defeat seven months ago and its three federal politicians are backing reforms put forward by...

National Archives' crackdown on massive backlog

Director-general of the National Archives, David Fricker.

Phillip Thomson The National Archives of Australia is dealing with such a massive bottleneck of requests for information potentially damaging to Australia’s national security it has called on Canberra’s...

Building up speed after exiting PS

Phillip Thomson Striking out to create a new type of business should be like driving down the highway at 110km/hr, said Matt Stimson, a 27-year-old putting together his own social network for Australian teachers...

Canberra Business Council slams federal government tender process

Phillip Thomson Public Service Reporter The Canberra Business Council has shot holes in the way federal public servants choose the best suppliers to meet billions of dollars worth of contracts and has been backed up by one of the nation's...

More PS staff kept in state of limbo

latest figures show a growing underclass in the Australian Public Service. CPSU National Secretary, Nadine Flood, said many people have been sitting on entry positions for years.

Phillip Thomson The latest figures point to a growing underclass in the Australian public service, with the number of bureaucrats in insecure jobs rising markedly even in the face of sporadic cuts to their ranks.

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Grandmaster Kasparov still has everything to play for

Garry  Kasparov, Russian chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion, speaks at the 2014 Doeberl Cup tournament.

Phillip Thomson Garry Kasparov, arguably the world's best chess player, says he will never be able to hide his intense dislike for Vladimir Putin.

Helping hands for all those doing it tough

Communities at Work Care and Share volunteers Ross Houghton and Gary Caitcheon (right) with Yellow Van driver Matthew Montesin (centre) unload a Yellow Van delivery.

Natasha Boddy, Phillip Thomson The rising cost of living has led to a surge in people seeking help from the ACT's welfare sector.

Clive Summerfield has the voice but the Tax Office seems not to be listening

Phillip Thomson Canberra entrepreneur Clive Summerfield says he has been ignored by his own government. He has rolled out his voice identification technology to New Zealand's tax office but the feeling has been...

ActewAGL staff face uncertain future amid 'spill and fill' job cuts

ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello and general manager of network services Rob Atkin.

Phillip Thomson ActewAGL is spilling and filling 135 jobs on top of abolishing 25 currently vacant positions and making 14 full-time staff redundant.

Public service a 'disappearing art', says former mandarin Gary Sturgess

Public service observer Gary Sturgess.

Phillip Thomson Former mandarin Gary Sturgess has voiced concerns about the ability of bureaucrats to speak truth to power.

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