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

Zed Seselja v Katy Gallagher: the rivalry is back on

Phillip Thomson and Scott Hannaford The resurrection of the biggest rivalry in territory politics between Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja has sparked speculation it could endanger the Liberals' ACT Senate spot but past election results...

Embassies are under pressure to subdivide land or move to suburbs

Canberra MP Gai Brodtmann.

Phillip Thomson High costs are forcing some embassies to look at alternatives, such as downsizing their land or moving to premises in cheaper parts of Canberra.

Public service job cuts mean Canberra's growth lowest since John Howard's 1996 bloodbath


Phillip Thomson Canberra'™s GDP growth is the lowest it has been since 1996.

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Fireworks in roof may have started house fire in Mawson

Fire truck.

Phillip Thomson It appears fireworks stored in the roof of a house may have started a fire on Sunday.

Roman Talikowski honoured at Canberra ceremony for saving Jews from ghetto

Jack Talikowski accepts a Righteous Among the Nations medal on behalf of his father the late Roman Talikowski.

Phillip Thomson The Holocaust memorial centre has bestowed on him the Righteous Among the Nations award, and the baby girl he saved from the Nazis' clutches, now an elderly woman, sent a video of thanks.

Low pressure system hits Canberra with torrential downpour

Triathlon compeditors compete in the cycling leg along Parkes way in the rain on Sunday morning.
16 November 2014
Photo: Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times.

Phillip Thomson A cool snap with strong westerlies and heavy rain has kept the ACT emergency services busy.

Geelong takes Canberra PS jobs, and now our famous cat Zanda Panda

Zanda the cat.

Phillip Thomson The claws are out in the battle between Canberra and Geelong.

Jacqui Lambie shares another misappropriated image without permission

Jacqui Lambie

Phillip Thomson Senator Jacqui Lambie has been criticised for sharing a heavily altered Canberra Times cartoon to suit her own political campaign.

Old Parliament House petanque hopes dashed by National Capital Authority

Capital Petanque Club members Sebastian Rosenberg and Ivo Dstyn.

Phillip Thomson Modern players of an ancient game will soon be homeless.

$2000 a day to have a baby? Couple warns of health insurance fine print

It is important for overseas visitors coming to Australia to read the fine print in insurance policies.

Phillip Thomson An overseas couple in Canberra is warning other parents-to-be about the fine print in insurance policies.

Public servants prepare for escalation in industrial action

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood.

Phillip Thomson Federal public servants have been told to get ready for an escalation in industrial action in what will be a drawn out campaign. 

Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin may include Canberra in Australian spending spree

NEW BRAND: Billionaire Wang Jianlin is starting an upmarket Chinese hotel brand in Australia with a $900 million resort on the Gold Coast.

Phillip Thomson From Catherine Zeta Jones to the capital's touted convention centre. What next for $27b man?

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Energy bills may turn down potters' kilns

Phillip Thomson The Canberra Potters' Society is investigating whether it should reduce temperature of its kiln down because its electricity bill is so high. 

Three fires in 15 minutes

ACT emergency services attend a fire.

Phillip Thomson Woman arrested over spate of fires early Sunday morning.

Kayaks, dogs and dusk in Canberra Times lake photo competition

HEART OF GLASS:  A pristine place to go for a glide.

Phillip Thomson Lake more than an ornament.

Hundreds of dogs go to Floriade

Gilbert the pug at Floriade's Dogs Day Out.

Phillip Thomson A pooch, a pram and some petals, what more do you need?

Floriade: stop and smell the roses, but begin with a walk

Crowds bask in the sunshine at Floriade on Sunday

Jil Hogan and Phillip Thomson Avoid Floriade frustration. Park and walk, say organisers.

Ngunnawal lounge room fire deemed suspicious

ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer Paul Swain comes out of the hot house.

Phillip Thomson Police were called in on "suspicious" Ngunnawal fire on Sunday morning.

Author Paul Daley: 'I don't buy ISIS is an existential threat'

This week journalist and author Paul Daley's political thriller Challenge becomes available in bookshops.

Phillip Thomson Writer talks about the ability to talk genuinely about terrorists without the fear of being labelled treacherous.

Legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright to close Canberra office


Phillip Thomson Norton Rose Fulbright plans to continue servicing federal clients from Sydney and Melbourne when its Civic office closes this year.