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Phillip Thomson

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

Jobs offer high-paying opportunity to Mingle

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?

Australia can learn nothing from Fiji public service, says academic

Phillip Thomson AUSTRALIAN public servants can learn nothing from Fiji's bureaucracy, says a Fijian academic expelled from the country and now based in Canberra.

Musician gives flying performance at festival

Phillip Thomson IT was a busy weekend for Troy Brady. He was singing in Canberra on Saturday night before flying home to Cairns, hopefully before a forecast cyclone hit parts of north Queensland.

Enlighten: The Bulls win over Canberra

The Bulls are out for the Enlighten festival.

Phillip Thomson The Bulls are an a cappella group whose history is as entertaining as their act.

Lost and pound: Krieger the weimaraner and owner reunited

Phillip Thomson Lack of security cameras at an ACT government animal shelter has been highlighted after a confusing case involving a lost dog.

Canberra Hospital compensation payouts still on the rise

Phillip Thomson Canberra Hospital has been forced into another major compensation after a five-year-old girl was badly disfigured.

Tempting treats in the bush capital

Phillip Thomson Canberra needs to sell itself to the world and, not surprisingly, needs a public servant to get the job done.

More patients sue Canberra surgeon Richard Hocking

Phillip Thomson Five patients are now suing Canberra orthopaedic surgeon Richard Hocking in the ACT Supreme Court.

Enlighten Festival sets record for opening night

The National Gallery of Australia.

Phillip Thomson Enlighten festival organisers say Friday was the biggest opening night of the event since it started four years ago.

Young Fraser sings on grandfather's old stomping ground, tweet-less

Phillip Thomson At age 23 she is out-tweeted by her grandfather, former PM Malcolm Fraser, but that does not worry the woman who last night entertained a Canberra crowd with her voice.

IM chats cost public servants

Phillip Thomson Public servants beware of using the instant online messaging system at work when chatting to colleagues.

Two new patients sue embattled surgeon Richard Hocking

Orthopaedic surgeon Richard Hocking is being sued by two new patients over allegedly botching their hip replacement surgery.

Phillip Thomson Besieged Canberra orthopaedic surgeon Richard Hocking is being sued by two new patients for allegedly installing prosthetic hips incorrectly.

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.

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.