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Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Australian Medical Association warns of cannabis risk from Greens plan

A cannabis plant.

Tom McIlroy Canberra-based doctors do not support a proposed medical marijuana scheme for the ACT, representatives of the Australian Medical Association told a Legislative Assembly committee. 

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green reappointed

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green was first appointed in 1994.

Tom McIlroy Long-serving ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green has been reappointed to the role for another five years, after a merit-based recruitment process. 

Controversial anti-drugs group opposes medical marijuana plan

A cannabis plant.

Tom McIlroy An anti-drugs lobby group has told the Legislative Assembly that medical marijuana could act as a "Trojan horse" for illegal drug use in the ACT and any change to current laws could prompt an...

Calls for better use of overseas dental systems in the ACT

Tom McIlroy An ACT Legislative Assembly report has warned of the risk to patient safety from poor quality imported dental devices including crowns, bridges and dentures.

ACT government awaits Fair Work ruling on Canberra Hospital doctors' strike

Tom McIlroy ACT government won't be "soft target" in industrial negotiations with senior doctors preparing to strike from Canberra Hospital.

Doctors at the Canberra Hospital prepare to strike on Monday

Tom McIlroy More than 30 senior doctors from the Canberra Hospital are preparing to launch strike action on Monday.

Senator Katy Gallagher ready for day one in parliament

Tom McIlroy Former chief minister Katy Gallagher has officially taken office as the ACT's newest senator. 

Almost 90 per cent of Fluffy homes join government buyback

Tom McIlroy Nearly 90 per cent of Canberra homeowners caught up in the Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos crisis have signed up to the government buyback scheme, as special arrangements are considered for elderly and...

Millionaires in government's sights for ACT concession review

Tom McIlroy The prospect of millionaires receiving ACT government concessions is driving the current review for budget savings, Andrew Barr conceded on Monday. 

The portrait Malcolm Fraser never wanted you to see

The portrait of Malcolm Fraser by Sydney artist Bryan Westwood at Old Parliament House. Mr Fraser reportedly loathed it at first sight.

Tom McIlroy When Malcolm Fraser oversaw the introduction of Australia's first freedom of information law in March 1982, he might not have imagined how quickly the reform would come back to haunt him.

International experts warns of the risks of Australian online voting tools

Online voting.

Tom McIlroy Australia and other countries are a decade or longer away from safe methods of online voting in elections and current tools pose a serious risk to democratic processes, researchers warn.

Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury proposes medical marijuana scheme in Canberra

Tom McIlroy Palliative Care Australia has weighed into the cannabis debate, as chief executive Liz Callaghan argued Australians with specific symptoms should have access.

AMA and drug experts weigh in on ACT medical marijuana scheme

Medicinal marijuana.

Tom McIlroy The Australian Medical Association has expressed concern about a proposed medical marijuana scheme for the ACT, calling for more clinical research and for a national approach to cannabis being used...

More than 980 pages of documents needed to explain Lodge delay

The Prime Minister's Canberra residence, The Lodge. February
4th. 2015

Tom McIlroy, Markus Mannheim The Finance Department says it created 980 pages of documents explaining why refurbishment works at The Lodge were delayed by a year.

Malcolm Fraser dead: Canberra pauses to remember its 22nd prime minister

Museum of Australian Democracy community engagement coordinator Katie Wallis and public programs coordinator Steve Murkett set up a condolence book for former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.

Tom McIlroy, Henry Belot and Clare Colley Politicians, community leaders and the public paused around Canberra on Friday to remember former prime minister Malcolm Fraser, who has died at 84. 

Serious leaks sees outdoor closures at Canberra Olympic Pool

Aquatic co-ordinator Adrian Van Lith at Canberra Olympic Pool.  The two outdoor pools will be closed between the 1st of April till 30th of October, both pools are leaking and attempts will be made at repairing the two pools.

Tom McIlroy The future of outdoor swimming at the Canberra Olympic Pool complex are in doubt as the ACT government investigates how to stop serious leaks first detected in August 2013.

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ActewAGL warns regulator of plans for 200 possible job losses

Tom McIlroy As many as 200 people could lose their jobs from ActewAGL's electricity distribution division if a draft ruling by the Australian Energy Regulator stands, the company has warned. 

Canberra South Motor Park sale scuttled after offer withdrawn


Tom McIlroy The proposed sale of the Canberra South Motor Park falls through after the offer for sale was withdrawn.

Infrastructure lobby slams Liberal position on light rail contracts

ACT opposition leader Jeremy Hanson.

Tom McIlroy The ACT Liberal opposition could hurt Australia's national infrastructure program, a lobby group warned on Wednesday. 

Canberra Racing Club says planned relocation should not be reconsidered for years

Jockey Brendan Ward, second from right, riding Basilus to victory in race four at Queanbeyan.

Tom McIlroy All or part of Exhibition Park could be developed and the Canberra Harness Racing Club moved as the ACT government considers development opportunities and consolidation Canberra's three racing codes.

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