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Phillip Thomson

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

Union says some ActewAGL staff could receive $30,000 pay cuts

An ActewAGL maintenance crew at work.

Phillip Thomson Ninety still unsure of future as staff restructured at energy supplier.

Thousands of Canberrans misled, says NBN Co heavyweight

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Phillip Thomson NBN Co chief operating officer says rollout maps given to Canberrans were misleading.

Canberra braces for federal budget 'black Tuesday'

The Abbott government's first budget paints some dark days ahead for Canberra.

Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Canberra braces for a "black day" with the Abbott government's first budget set to hit the city hard.

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Bureaucrats face tough test to save jobs

Phillip Thomson A private company is about to pit bureaucrats against each other in a Canberra assessment centre as part of the public service’s largest ever ‘‘spill and fill’’.

ALP in ACT gets boost to member numbers

Senator Kate Lundy.

Phillip Thomson The Labor Party's ACT branch has received hundreds of new members since its resounding federal election defeat seven months ago and its three federal politicians are backing reforms put forward by...

National Archives' crackdown on massive backlog

Director-general of the National Archives, David Fricker.

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

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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.
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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

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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

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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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