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Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

No compensation for unsuccessful Capital Metro light rail consortium bid

Tom McIlroy The ACT government won't pay compensation to the losing consortium bidding to build the city to Gungahlin light rail line.

New child sexual abuse statutory authority proposed for the ACT

Tom McIlroy A new independent authority to oversee legal reporting requirements for child abuse could be established in the ACT.

Direct international flights could unlock Canberra for freight: Barr

Tom McIlroy Canberra's new direct international flights will unlock freight opportunities for the Canberra region.

Andrew Barr tells Malcolm Turnbull to leave Canberra alone

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has slammed the federal government's

Tom McIlroy and Katie Burgess The ACT's Chief Minister has lashed out at the federal government's "pork-barrelling" of public service, while calling for an end to the "Canberra bashing".

ACT Assembly launches youth suicide inquiry

Inquiry launched: Opposition mental health spokeswoman Giulia Jones.

Tom McIlroy A Legislative Assembly committee will conduct an inquiry on the rising rate of youth suicide in the ACT.

Protest planned over ACT government foster care changes

ACT Children and Young People Minister Chris Bourke.

Tom McIlroy A group of foster carers and families from around Canberra will protest changes to the ACT foster care system on Thursday.

Lodge renovations audit to consider political interventions in contracts

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy at the newly renovated Lodge.

Tom McIlroy  The government won't say if it will make public an audit into massive cost blow outs in renovation works at The Lodge.

Andrew Barr defends police investigation into Joy Burch affair

Kirsten Lawson, Tom McIlroy and Markus Mannheim Chief Minister Andrew Barr had defended a police investigation into Joy Burch's ministerial office.

Lodge renovation costs grow to $11.61 million as auditors called in

Tom McIlroy The growing price tag for renovations at the prime minister's official Canberra residence has grown again, this time to $11.61 million.

Joy Burch ex-staffer Maria Hawthorne reveals questions from police

Former ACT government staffer Maria Hawthorne.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson The former staffer at the centre of a police investigation into the conduct of Joy Burch's office has broken her silence.

Fight over plan to block Joy Burch from Assembly roles

Tom McIlroy The heated politics of the Joy Burch affair are set to overshadow the first Assembly sitting period as the opposition seek to block the dumped minister from committee positions and the deputy...

ACT government says it is wary of mooted TAFE changes

Tom McIlroy The territory government will seek more information over a mooted federal takeover of TAFE funding.

Canberra Hospital searched after threatening phone call

Tom McIlroy Parts of Canberra Hospital have been searched after a security threat on Wednesday morning.

Patients wait longest in ACT hospital emergency departments

Tom McIlroy  The proportion of patients seen on time in Canberra's emergency departments are the lowest in the country.

Federal Liberals donate to local branch ahead of the ACT election

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson

Tom McIlroy The debt-laden ACT Liberals received a $30,000 boost from the party's federal branch last financial year.

ACT government faces calls for more psychologists in Canberra schools


Tom McIlroy The Australian Education Union and advocacy groups have called on the ACT government to increase the number of counsellors and psychologists in Canberra's schools.

Spanish-made trams to run on Canberra's city to Gungahlin light rail line

An artist's impression of the Capital Metro Gungahlin tram line showing the light rail stations.

Tom McIlroy Canberra's light rail line will feature trams produced by Spanish firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.

Canberra Metro announced as Capital Metro light rail tender winner

An artist's impression of the Gungahlin interchange of Canberra's proposed light rail network.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The international consortium that will build Canberra's controversial light rail network has been revealed.

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Asbestos concerns over Northbourne House redevelopment

Tom McIlroy Residents near the Northbourne House office block want it to be redeveloped in line with Mr Fluffy asbestos removal rules.

Food bank plan for Canberra's overdue library fees

Tom McIlroy Canberra's libraries will clear unpaid fines for overdue books in exchange for food donations to OzHarvest.