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Phillip Thomson

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

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.

Speeders run free as police issue cautions in school zones

Phillip Thomson Police let off hundreds of drivers caught speeding through Canberra's school zones last year, new figures show.

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.

Zimbabwe embassy hits back at ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila

NEWS: please note: IMAGES ARE EMBARGOED UNTIL SATURDAY 28TH DECEMBER 2013 12.01AM.   Zimbabwe Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila. 24th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Phillip Thomson The Zimbabwe embassy in Canberra has hit back at defecting ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila by saying she should have resigned straight after Robert Mugabe’s July 31 election win.

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Martin Brady is all fired up for New Year's Eve in Canberra

Phillip Thomson Martin Brady lives a life with the stars. If the pyrotechnics expert is not firing them into the air, he is working for them.

Sri Lankan culture goes on display at high commission

Phillip Thomson IT IS a terracotta artwork that took three months to complete, stands 6.3 metres tall, weighs 1750 kilograms and contains 380 tiles.

Invasion of the New Zealand mud snail

These snails are roughly 0.5cm long.

Phillip Thomson Attack of the cloning snails might sound like the name of a B-grade movie, but it perfectly describes Adrian Dusting's research.

Asylum seeking Zimbabwe diplomat called 'treasonous'

Phillip Thomson THE ZIMBABWEAN ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has been labelled treasonous in her home country after her decision to seek asylum in Australia made headlines around the world.

Zimbabwe embassy: Diplomatically speaking, it's quite a 'poky place'

The Zimbabwe Embassy at 7 Timbarra Crescent in O'Malley.

Meredith Clisby and Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's rented embassy building in O'Malley hardly compares with the palatial mansions enjoyed by other envoys in the suburb.

Zimbabwe ambassador to Australia Jacqueline Zwambila defects

Zimbabwe Ambassador Jacqueline Zwambila has asked the Australian Government for asylum because she fears for her safety if she returns to Zimbabwe.

Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia is seeking a protection visa so she can stay in Australia.

Boxing Day shopping: retailers forecast cautious mood as job fears linger

Phillip Thomson Retailers expect cautious Christmas to continue into Boxing Day, even as thousands of customers flood into stores for bargains.

Boxing Day: The slowest day of the year - for some

Matt Bullock with Wendy Bullock, Edmund Bullock, 2, and Oscar Bullock, 4, relaxing by the pool at their Pearce home with dog Harper.

Phillip Thomson Boxing Day is slow for multimillionaire Matt Bullock, whose business this year processed $3.385 billion of internet transactions for other people.

For Ryan Ruddick, the whitest Christmas on Earth comes with a hard slog

Canberra's Ryan Ruddick, working for Geoscience Australia in Antarctica, will spend Christmas on the cold continent before returning home.?

Phillip Thomson On Wednesday morning, Canberra scientist Ryan Ruddick will wake to the vast expanse of Antarctica: his very own white Christmas but hardly the kind Bing Crosby sang about