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Phillip Thomson

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

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.

Life after amputation: Canberra's amputee numbers are falling

Battler: By the time Judy McLeod  was was told she would lose her leg, she was used to overcoming challenges..

Phillip Thomson Canberra Hospital surgeons amputate more than one limb a day on average. While that sounds grim, they're performing 15 per cent fewer amputations than they did three years ago.

Meet Canberra's biggest Rabbitohs fan

Phillip Thomson Pat Kelly is such a big fan of the South Sydney Rabbitohs he has the team's logo stuck to at least five of his best legs. 

Roadside protest supports prison officers over needle program


Phillip Thomson Prison officers' supporters raise placards on the Monaro Highway ahead of bargaining.

An Olympic pool in the backyard? $563,980 water bill for Ainslie house

water bill

Phillip Thomson ActewAGL bill reveals ACT's worst ever metering mistake.

Parking boss's warning to Commonwealth public servants


Phillip Thomson Find out the Canberra parking boss's plans for post October 1 but you can't find out who his inspectors are.

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Feel the Power 2.0? 'We don't need it' says Canberra Business Council

Road User Services manager Kerry Kennedy with a ‘Feel the Power of Canberra’ number plate in 1998.

Phillip Thomson Still the stirring drum beat and get the feds to front up.

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'You're too bloody polite': Anthony Albanese tees off on Canberra tourism numbers

The federal government should be putting funds towards marketing Canberra, according to Anthony Albanese.

Phillip Thomson Labor warrior tells Canberra's tourism heavyweights they "just copped it" from Tony Abbott.

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ActewAGL backtracks on family's $3000 gas bill

Forced out: Deanna Emms had to leave her parents' apartment because ActewAGL cut off the gas after a bill dispute.

Phillip Thomson A Canberra family was for years billed for the wrong meter. Then they were told they owed $3000 because of it.

Chaplaincy scheme overhaul puts Canberra school welfare officer jobs in the firing line

Tony Abbott

Phillip Thomson The jobs of 25 school welfare officers in the ACT are under threat.

Green energy lobby steps up target pressure on Eden-Monaro MP

Under pressure: MP Peter Hendy

Phillip Thomson A green energy lobby group hopes hundreds of people will turn up to a community meeting as it attempts to undermine marginal electorate MP Peter Hendy in Eden-Monaro.