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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Sublime Construction victims still wait for payouts a year after collapse

David Ellery Some victims of the Sublime Constructions and Development collapse are still waiting on home warranty insurance payouts from QBE almost 12 months after the Canberra-based building company went into...

Perth survivor's tale of courage, stoicism and endurance

Former Sub Lieutenant of HMAS Perth, Gavin Campbell attends the 73rd Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait at the Australian War Memorial.

David Ellery HMAS Perth survivor, Gavin Campbell's gun never fired a shot on the night the ship engaged a Japanese invasion fleet during the Battle of Sunda Straight 73 years ago.

The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal should not go back to correct past errors, historian says


David Ellery Members of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal were not historical Terminators who could go back in time to reinvent the past a Canberra historian said on Wednesday.

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Former army chief goes into bat for dishonourably discharged soldiers at honours tribunal hearing

People denied service medals because of misconduct were the victims of an injustice, an inquiry has been told.

David Ellery Up to 10,000 service men and women denied awards and campaign medals by the military establishment at the end of World War II because of misconduct were victims of injustice, a Defence Honours and...

Land shortage, $703 million Mr Fluffy buyback, spark fears of home price explosion

Master Builders Association residential sector acting chairman Marc Roland has sounded a warning about the lack of available land for housing development in Canberra.

David Ellery A looming land drought, the impact of a $703 million spend by 1021 Mr Fluffy victims, and soaring building costs could see very sharp rises in the price of ACT homes.

Fisher car enthusiast Reg Johnson pursues Mustang perfection on a strict budget

Reg Johnson and his restored Mustang at his home in Fisher.

David Ellery Reg Johnson's 1966 Mustang GT is more than treasure and pleasure, it's his superannuation. David Ellery reports.

Australian War Memorial puts World War I howitzer on public display

A WWI howitzer,
weighing 7.5 tonnes, being lowered into place in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial.

David Ellery A gun bigger than any currently in use by Australian forces is now on public display in Canberra.

Royal commission highlights strides made in handling sexual abuse matters - rabbi

Rabbi Alon Meltzer says  protection of the vulnerable is at the core of Jewish belief.

David Ellery Canberra's Jewish communities place the highest possible priority on the safety of children in their care and go to great lengths to insure abuses such as those exposed by recent Royal Commission...

Canberra culture hits street for multicultural festival party

Ben Norman, aka Lord Otto Sexburger, samples some of the food at the Canberra multicultural festival.

David Ellery A mix of multicultural harmony and gastronomic delight made for a fun festival.

Mr Fluffy payments will top $700 million

An advertisement for Mr Fluffy.

David Ellery Direct compensation payouts to Mr Fluffy homeowners are expected to top $700 million according to Asbestos Response Taskforce figures.

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Gerondal ruling prompts ACT government review of land regulation

A neglected and unfinished home in Yambina Crescent, Warramanga, in 2013.

David Ellery The ACT government is considering tougher town planning regulations for Canberra after its latest attempt to resolve a 40-year-old home extension saga that has cost ACT taxpayers more than $100,000...

Tuggeranong couple leading Canberra's electric car charge

The Holden Volt can travel 68km on a charge and only uses petrol if it runs out of electricity – which is rare.

David Ellery Unlike many Canberrans, Margaret and Michael Thompson never lie awake at night worrying about petrol prices.

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Failure to launch mars Yerrabi Pond development say residents

David Ellery Protracted delays in the development of prime waterfront blocks along the Yerrabi Pond foreshore have stopped one of Gungahlin’s most attractive precincts from realising its potential...

Gang gang: Menzies, master of wit

David Ellery It is impossible to write an article on Menzies without revisiting his famous wit.

Canberrans pay more for goods but less for homes as unemployment rises and wage increases fall

David Ellery An emerging value gap between house prices in Canberra and the other capital cities could kickstart a fresh building boom in the ACT within the next 12 to 18 months CommSec chief economist, Craig...

Abandoned building sites 'no man's land', neighbours told

A Sublime Construction and Development sign in Crace.

David Ellery The ACT government says it can do little or nothing to enforce the clean-up of a building site abandoned by workers almost a year ago and now described by neighbours as “an accident waiting to...

Toddler frightened and crying when saved from drain

Gordon stormwater drain.

David Ellery The toddler swept hundreds of metres  down a storm water drain in Gordon on Saturday was frightened and crying when he was plucked from the water, witnesses involved in his rescue have said.

Garry Buckley takes Canberra's spirit of Elvis to Parkes festival

 Canberra’s best known Elvis tribute artist, Garry Buckley.

David Ellery Canberra Elvis impersonator Garry Buckley who took out the award for best Elvis lookalike at Parkes in 2007, and he is returning this weekend.