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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Adding it up: 86 polling places, 1000 workers, $950,000 in costs

Ross Peake About 1000 people will be working on polling booths in Canberra on Saturday to ensure the election goes smoothly.

Push to provide more places to shop in parliamentary precinct

Generic Canberra Photos pictured is Parliament House on Capital Hill in Canberra looking from Commonwealth Bridge today Tuesday 14th of July 2009.

Ross Peake A parliamentary committee will be given the green light to investigate the lack of shops in the parliamentary zone.

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New Lifeline CEO Carrie Leeson says revenue biggest challenge

Carrie Leeson.

Ross Peake Lifeline Canberra’s new boss was astounded when she entered the cavernous warehouse used to sort books for the organisation’s bookfairs.

Canberra refugee protesters accuse federal government of piracy for sending back Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Refugee Action Committee

Ross Peake The federal government may be guilty of piracy, according to the organisers of a protest on Canberra’s main thoroughfare against refugees being sent back to Sri Lanka.

Canberra woman wins award for house warming – and cooling

Solace Creations owner Karen Porter.

Ross Peake Business entrepreneur Karen Porter says an energy efficient house is like throwing a doona on the bed.

Tuggeranong's westward push being reviewed by National Capital Authority

NCA chief planner Andrew Smith said if new suburbs were built west of the river it would rejuvenate the  Tuggeranong precinct.

Ross Peake The push to build bridges across the Murrumbidgee to expand Tuggeranong westwards is gaining momentum with the idea now being examined by the National Capital Authority.

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.

Gai Brodtmann supports brickworks development

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Ross Peake and Primrose Riordan Federal MP Gai Brodtmann has come out in support of a large-scale housing development in her suburb involving the former Canberra brickworks, although local opposition to the proposal is growing.

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Push for 'more humane policy' on asylum seekers

Ross Peake The views of at least 1300 Canberra people who want urgent changes to asylum seeker policy will be put to federal MPs at Parliament House on Thursday

Richard O'Brien: the pluck of the Irish in calling Canberra home

 Former Irish Ambassador Richard O'Brien at his home in Nicholls.

Ross Peake The first thing you notice when you walk into Richard and Bernadette O’Brien’s house in Canberra is the mass of Waterford crystal sparking in the warm winter sun.

Advice to new recruits from Senate's old soldiers

senators Ricky Muir and Glenn Lazarus.

Ross Peake Memo new senators taking their places next week: leave your egos at the door, join a committee, think hard about your legacy and, maybe, put on a military uniform.

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.

Pope Benedict treated me unfairly, say sacked bishop Bill Morris

Former bishop William Morris.

Ross Peake A sacked Catholic bishop will tell a Canberra audience this week he was treated unfairly by Pope Benedict.

Canberra's possums cute and cuddly, but such pests too

A possum caught in a Canberra bedroom

Ross Peake Is there any possible way we can rid ourselves of the ''problem'' of possums in Canberra? Or are they just too cute to be a pest?

Andrew Barr's partner goes feral over possums

Neil Harvey with one of his possum boxes outside a home in Griffith.

Ross Peake Anthony Toms, the partner of ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr, has begun a campaign to have the law changed to stop possums – ‘‘evil fur balls’’ - eating his veggie garden.

Joe Hockey attacks wind turbines as 'utterly offensive'

Not a fan: Joe Hockey and a wind farm near Lake George.

Ross Peake and Peter Hannam Treasurer Joe Hockey has attacked windfarms as “utterly offensive and “a blight on the landscape” in the latest sign that the Abbott government has support for the renewable energy...

Federal government will not help fund new ACT convention centre

Snubbed: Tony Abbott has overlooked the need for a new convention centre in Canberra.

Ross Peake The federal government has snubbed the ACT's bid for funding to prepare a case for a new convention centre.

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?