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Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

ACT government continues engagment with Islamic community

Tom McIlroy ACT politicians will convene a community conference on radicalisation next month as efforts to continue engagement with members of Canberra's Islamic groups are strengthened.

Canberra emergency departments face pressure ills amid search for remedies

Canberra Hospital Emergency Department.

Natasha Boddy and Tom McIlroy Health authorities are at a loss to explain the record demand as pressure mounts on emergency facilities.

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Tough new laws provide for jail sentences over dog attacks


Tom McIlroy Owners of dogs that cause serious injury face fines of up to $15,000 or a year in prison under tough laws that sailed through the ACT Legislative Assembly on Thursday.

Light rail promotional merchandise costs $14k

Some 2000 foam model trams were purchased, at a cost of $5648.

Tom McIlroy Canberra's light rail line won't commence services to Gungahlin until 2019, but the Capital Metro Agency has already spent more than $14,000 on promotional merchandise including foam and cardboard...

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Canberra Hospital to move patients as fallback for busy wards

Canberra Hospital has asked Chief Minister Katy Gallagher to consider the new protocols.

Natasha Boddy and Tom McIlroy Canberra Hospital is considering changes to deal with growing patient numbers, as a leaked email reveals the hospital frequently operates at more than 95 per cent capacity.

Stalemate over needle exchange hampering prison officers' pay talks

Tom McIlroy ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has called on the Community and Public Sector Union to progress enterprise bargaining negotiations for prison officers, before resolving a long-standing dispute...

Campaign calls for ACT government to divest fossil fuel interests


Tom McIlroy Religious leaders, trade union members, health associations and environmental campaigners will seek to deliver an open letter to Treasurer Andrew Barr on Thursday, calling on the ACT Government to...

ACT Parliament to debate euthanasia with another call for repeal of Andrews Bill

Liberal member Vicki Dunne.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Euthanasia to be debated again on Thursday, when the ACT Assembly calls on Speaker Vicki Dunne to write to the Commonwealth demanding the repeal of the "Andrews Bill", which bans territories from...

Wilson Parking to refund parking fines issued in Woden and Civic after breach

Wilson Parking Australia will refund some paid fines and waive unpaid notices issued between February and April this year.

Tom McIlroy The private operator of car parks in the city and Woden will refund fines issued to Canberra drivers and donate $10,000 to charity, after breaching consumer laws.

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Ticket scalping: Government plans changes to new major-events bill


Tom McIlroy New measures to combat ticket scalping included in proposed major events laws put forward by the ACT Government will be subject to last minute changes, the Attorney-General says. 

Collector and Tarago residents take wind farm protest to the Assembly

Terry Lovelock from Collector protests out the front of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Residents of Collector and Tarago took their opposition to wind farms to the ACT Assembly on Tuesday.

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Canberra tram line gets the green light for an estimated $800 million

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The tram line from Gungahlin to the city has been given the green light, with a private consortium to be appointed to build, own and operate for at least 20 years, Capital Metro Minister Simon...

International light rail players scout Canberra project

Tom McIlroy Some of the world's biggest transport infrastructure companies will consider expressing interest to be involved in the development of Canberra's light rail line, including the joint-venture which...

Canberra's $780m light rail line gets final go ahead, business case to be released

An artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy Canberra's light rail line from the city to Gungahlin has received the government's final approval.

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Residents fighting Jupiter wind farm plan Canberra protest

Concerned land owners at Mt Fairy

Tom McIlroy Land owners continuing their self-described "David and Goliath battle" to stop a $400 million wind farm development.

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Mr Fluffy clean-up puts brakes on infrastructure projects

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Tom McIlroy The ACT government will shelve or delay major infrastructure projects announced in the June budget as it prepares for a more than $300 million clean-up bill for Canberra's Mr Fluffy asbestos homes.

Canberra security under review after raising of terror alert

Katy Gallagher: Raising awareness.

Tom McIlroy Canberrans could see some increased security as a result of the federal government's decision to increase Australia's terrorism alert level, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said on Friday. 

Cross-border efforts on push for medical marijuana

Tom McIlroy Greens minister Shane Rattenbury could reconsider his proposed model for the introduction of medical cannabis in the ACT, as a community consultation period on draft legislation comes to an end.

Pay parking improvements slow in Canberra after Auditor-General's report


Tom McIlroy Just three of 12 recommendations in report have been fully implemented.

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Canberra scalping bill concerns online ticket trading site


Tom McIlroy The ACT Legislative Assembly is set to consider new major events laws next week, as plans to ban ticket "scalping" for sporting games and other events attract concerns from online traders. 

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