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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Tough times in building trades won't end soon, experts say

David Ellery An estimated 114 building and construction-related companies have gone to the wall in Canberra since the start of last year, leaving behind more than $80 million in debts, Australian Securities and...

Catholic homelessness hostel at 120 per cent of capacity

David Ellery If St Vincent de Paul's Samaritan House in Hackett was a luxury hotel, its directors would be laughing all the way to the bank.

Grand Mufti deplores Gaza violence

The Grand Mufti of Australia Professor  Ibrahim Abu Mohammed at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture to speak at the Bluestar 6th annual Social Harmony Iftar Dinner whilst Laura Tanata of Casey plays the harp.

David Ellery The Grand Mufti of Australia deplored the latest outbreak of violence in Israel and along the Gaza Strip during a visit to Canberra on Wednesday.

Canberra and Goulburn Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse says abuse victims are 'the new missionaries'

Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher
Prowse helps to dish out meals at the St Vincent de Paul Society's ,
Samaritan House Men's Shelter at Hackett. Cook John Barr is in the
kitchen with him.

David Ellery Archbishop Christopher Prowse is convinced victims will be key to the Catholic Church moving forward in the wake of sex abuse scandals.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane launches ANU's Mount Stromlo space facility

The launch of the space engineering facility.

David Ellery Doctors Stephen Hawking and Sheldon Cooper appeared to be the only significant absentees from the well-attended launch of a $30 million-plus instrumentation and technology centre at Mount Stromlo on...

Broomball fanatics take over Garema Place

Mikah Ramirez, 6, of the ACT Broomball Association.

David Ellery Players of what is arguably the ACT's rarest sport brought a glimpse of Canada to Skate In The City at Garema Place on Sunday.

Truth, Justice and Healing Council boss as mad as hell

Truth Justice and Healing Council chief executive Francis Sullivan.

David Ellery Francis Sullivan says the ACT's Catholics are angry over the way Church handled accusations of abuse at Marist College Canberra.

Catholic Church Insurance silent on Marist Brothers $9 million payout row

John Chute, also known as Brother Kostka.

David Ellery The Catholic Church Insurance company CCI is staying mum on whether or not it will seek to recover almost $9 million that may have been wrongly paid out on behalf of the Marist Brothers.

Hewatt machinery auctioned at Murrumbateman in wintry conditions

David Ellery It was 5.5 degrees at Murrumbateman at 9.30 on Thursday morning when the crowds began rolling up for the auction of $10 million worth of machinery owned by now defunct Canberra firm Hewatts and the...

Ramadan a time to reach out and share for many Muslim families

The Erdogan family of Farrer share an Iftar meal - the evening meal when Muslims break their fast at sunset during Ramadan. Handan Erdogan and Nurullah, 9, prepare food.

David Ellery For most Australians, welcoming strangers into your home to share a meal and talk religion would be an uncomfortable experience.

Gungahlin mosque site works under way

Vice president of the Canberra Muslim Community, Tanveer Khan, at the site of the Gungahlin Mosque. Workers in the background begin work on the footings for the building.

David Ellery Work is already in progress at the site of the Gungahlin Mosque.

Church places paedophile brother near children

Kostka Chute is 82 and lives in a retirement village in NSW.

David Ellery Kostka (aka John) Chute, a serial paedophile Marist brother was given accommodation by the church close to three schools on his release from prison in 2010.

Hewatt Earthworks' equipment fleet up for grabs

Hewatts equipment at Murrumbateman for auction

David Ellery Millions of dollars worth of earthmoving equipment owned by Hewatt Earthworks is to go under the hammer on July 10.

Hot and glamorous at National Capital Dancesport Championship at the AIS

Cheryl Smith, and Paul Zaidman.

David Ellery Fighting your way to the top in the highly competitive world of dance sport can be a body contact experience in more ways than one.

S'no business like snow business in the Snowy Mountains

A skiier makes the most of fresh snow at Thredbo resort at the weekend.

David Ellery Snow resorts are gearing up for the possibility of a mega ski season thanks to massive dumps over the weekend.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse - key profiles

Brother Kostka Chute.

David Ellery Key people in the Canberra hearings of the Royal Commissions into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse.

Bad memories rife at sex abuse royal commission hearing

Marist Brother Alexis Turton.

David Ellery Truth or tactic? David Ellery canvasses the inability of witnesses to remember.

Marist Brothers chief denies helping paedophile Greg Sutton flee the country

David Ellery Former Marist Brother provincial Alexis Turton has denied shipping a wanted paedophile out of the country to foil a police investigation.

Priest defends failure to mandate abuse reporting - commission wrap

Father Brian Lucas at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

David Ellery A senior Catholic priest has defended the church's failure to mandate the reporting of alleged criminal activity by clergy in the early 1990s.

Serial paedophile Gregory Sutton took young boy on overnight trip interstate

Marist Brother Anthony Hunt at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

David Ellery Lismore monastery superior did not suspect sexual abuse was the motive when serial paedophile Gregory Sutton took a young boy on an overnight trip interstate in 1986.