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Phillip Thomson

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

National Archives' crackdown on massive backlog

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

Canberra entrepreneur Dr Clive Summerfield.

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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Workaholics: 20 questions too much like hard work

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Phillip Thomson Does work excite you more than family? Do you think about work while falling asleep?

Save Gaby's: campaign to find iconic eatery a new home

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 and Ben Westcott The National Capital Authority has offered to act as a broker to find another location for the longstanding Barton burger joint Gaby's Takeaway.

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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

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Photographer - The Canberra Times

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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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