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Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury's Labor-Greens pact stable despite policy grumbles

Ross Peake Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury are now halfway through the four-year term of the parliamentary agreement that allowed Labor to retain power. How well is the arrangement operating?

The future of public housing in Canberra

Ross Peake The debate over changes to public housing in Canberra has been raging for years. While tearing down dilapidated units is undoubtedly good news for developers, what will does it mean for the...

High price of housing could squeeze key workers out of ACT

ACT Shelter executive officer Leigh Watson.

Ross Peake Low-paid workers in key areas such as aged care may be forced out of the ACT because they are not able to afford housing.

The battle to save Dickson grove in Canberra

Power to the people.

Ross Peake ''Power to the people'' the late, great John Lennon did sing. They were listening extra hard in Canberra reports Ross Peake.

Protest may save threatened Dickson park

Canberrans have been enjoying Dickson Pool for many long, hot summers. Now a small park near the pool is under threat from developers.

Ross Peake A small park at Dickson under threat from bulldozers may be saved after a strong community protest against its imminent destruction.

Concerns to be raised at meeting over Dickson car park

Ross Peake The plan to cut down 27 trees for a “temporary” car park in Dickson is expected to draw strong objections during a community meeting on Wednesday evening.

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The future of Woden's town centre: will it be heaven or hell?

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Ross Peake Woden town centre is a land of contrasts, with sparkly glass-sided buildings and abandoned windswept squares.

Hopes for hipster precinct in revamp of Woden town centre

Bondi Hipster Christiaan Van Vuuren who is a comedian who mocks the hipster subculture.

Ross Peake Work is about to begin on several projects for the revamp of Woden town centre including the long overdue construction of a new bus interchange.

Refugee embassy to pop up for protest rally

John Minns, of the ANU, said refugees were being

Ross Peake Refugee advocates will set up a "refugee embassy" outside the office of the Immigration Department in Belconnen on Tuesday to protest against Australia's treatment of asylum seekers.

Proposed 'temporary' car park draws residents' ire

The carpark outside Woolworths Dickson.

Ross Peake Dickson residents say a ''temporary'' car park to be built on a busy corner at the shopping centre will create dangerous traffic conditions, vandalise a tree-lined park and be too far from most shops.

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Gloomy outlook for construction in the ACT

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said the report omitted some major projects and that the ACT government's record $2.5 billion infrastructure investment in the 2014-15 ACT budget was driving construction in Canberra.

Ross Peake All current major construction projects in the ACT will be completed by next year “leaving a stark pipeline beyond the next two years”, according to a report published on Thursday.

Trauma centre aims to give neglected and abused children a big helping hand

Ross Peake Neglected and abused children in Canberra can now go to a friendly, cosy place to see health professionals.

Ceremonial occasion as Mark Binskin succeeds David Hurley as Chief of Defence Force

Incoming Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and outgoing Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley.

Ross Peake The Federation Guard took to the field for a formal change-of-command ceremony for the Chief of the Defence Force.

Grocery wars intensify as more supermarkets emerge in the suburbs

Not so super: Go Bananas fruit shop owner Khaled Alaj says he'll be forced to close with two new shopping centres proposed in Dickson.

Ross Peake As the grocery war intensifies, Canberra already has the nation’s the highest floor space for supermarkets per capita.

Grocery wars: chain reaction

Ross Peake The challenge for greater competition has been accepted as supermarket chains increase their focus in the suburbs, writes ROSS PEAKE.

Impact of federal budget on the ACT

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher after signing an Asset Recycling Agreement in Parliament House.

Ross Peake What is the impact of the federal budget on the ACT?

Role models at home by the US embassy's old oak tree

Celebrating the former First Lady as well as contemporary women in leadership,  her excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, will plant a native gum tree on the Embassy grounds, as when Mrs. Roosevelt planted an oak 70 years ago.

Ross Peake Quentin Bryce was praised as a role model for women and girls and a strong defender of human rights.

Top take-up rate for the national broadband network is in the ACT

The fibre wire that is being used for the NBN.

Ross Peake The ACT continues to lead the nation in the take-up rate for the national broadband network fibre.

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Contract will put paid to free parking

A contract has been signed to put pay parking in central Canberra.

Ross Peake A multimillion-dollar contract has been signed to put paid parking in central Canberra in a move that will affect thousands of commuters.

Cabinet papers 1986-87: Police had concerns over casino for ACT

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Ross Peake Police had serious concerns that a casino in Canberra would attract interstate criminals, professional gamblers and ''cheats''.