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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Canberra veteran remembers World War Two and the price of peace

David Ellery To this day Derek Holyoake does not know if the bombing of Hiroshima was the right thing to do.

Menzies cabinet crash: Relatives remember Canberra's deadliest air disaster

Tim Brudenell White, the youngest grandchild of General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White, at the Air Disaster Memorial site.

David Ellery Canberra's deadliest ever disaster 75 years ago changed the course of Australian history. If a Hudson bomber carrying three members of the Menzies war cabinet had not crashed and burned near the...

Scrap plans to revive building industry 'star chamber', Canberra unionist says

David Ellery "Are they trying to trigger a double dissolution?" was the reaction of Canberra building union boss Dean Hall to government plans to resurrect John Howard's much-reviled Australian Building and...

Is this Canberra's perfect pea and ham soup?

David Ellery Guests at a slow food function in Acton on Sunday may have experienced Canberra's best pea and ham soup.

Royal Commission warns CFMEU ACT secretary to expect further questions

John Lomax arrives at the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning, with the support of CFMEU union members.

David Ellery The results of two court cases arising from the $60 million plus union corruption royal commission's visit to Canberra will determine whether or not the exercise was justified or just a...

CFMEU's Jason O'Mara defends union practices at Royal Commission

Jason O'Mara at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

David Ellery A senior ACT union official mounted a spirited defence against claims his organisation put its own interests above those of its members.

Dean Hall grilled in union royal commission over CFMEU's financial structures

CFMEU secretary Dean Hall couldn't say why his branch's survival was

David Ellery ACT CFMEU official unable to tell the royal commission why his branch's survival was publicly deemed dependent on financial support from Tradies clubs.

Canberra union profited from enterprise agreements, commission told

ACT CFMEU branch secretary Dean Hall denied the union set up a number of entities to hide its involvement.

David Ellery Canberra branch of CFMEU allegedly collected $1.2 million off the back of non-negotiable enterprise agreements.

ACT builder says he paid union official $30,000 to ensure construction 'progressed'

Commissioner Dyson Heydon at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

David Ellery A Canberra builder paid $30,000 into the bank account of the wife of a union organiser because he didn't want to get on the "wrong side" of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union.

Anti-union Canberra plumber `hostile and aggressive', says CEPU secretary

Advanced Plumbing and Drains boss Jason Hooper: his staff did not go ahead with a union enterprise agreement.

David Ellery Ant-union plumber "hostile and aggressive" CEPU boss told royal commission

Royal Commission into union corruption hears allegations of physical abuse

Commissioner Dyson Heydon at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

David Ellery A Canberra hearing of the Royal Commission into union corruption heard that an official shouted and barged into a woman after her staff voted against a union EBA.

Police called to eject CFMEU officials from work site over EBA row with Milins

ACT CFMEU secretary Dean Hall is alleged to have told a company it would not work on a project unless it had an enterprise bargaining agreement with his union.

David Ellery Canberra union leader told major builder he would not get contracts without a union enterprise bargaining agreement, commission told.

Plumbers trusted boss more than union to look after them, royal commission told

David Ellery Union accused of badmouthing Canberra plumbing company that didn't sign enterprise agreement.

Canberra plumber wrote union resignation letter for employees, commission told

Counsel assisting Jeremy Stoljar:

David Ellery Plumber who drafted union resignation letter for staff not anti-union, royal commission told.

Inspector tells union royal commission that CFMEU pressured him into stopping concrete pour

CFMEU ACT secretary Dean Hall.

David Ellery Inspector says he felt intimidated by union officials, and stopped the pour against his better judgement.

Two more CFMEU officials named at Royal Commission hearing


David Ellery Two more CFMEU officials named at Royal Commision hearing

CFMEU threatened to shut down building sites if company didn't agree to agreement, commission told


David Ellery Canberra building contractor tells royal commission union threatened to kick his company off building sites unless it agreed to pay inexperienced builders' labourers up to $90,000 a year.

Sydney contractor paid for 'ghost' CFMEU memberships, royal commission told

Former CFMEU organiser Halafihi

David Ellery Building contractor paid over $3600 to the ACT branch of the CFMEU for "ghost" memberships, royal commission told.

Ex-CFMEU official pleads not guilty to blackmail charges

Former CFMEU organiser Halafihi

David Ellery A former union organiser will fight allegations of blackmail after he told a royal commission he accepted $60,000 from a Canberra contractor.

Ex-CFMEU organiser Halafihi Kivalu arrested after damning tapes played at commission

Halafihi Kivalu gives evidence at the royal commission into unions.

David Ellery Ex-CFMEU ACT organiser and ex-ALP branch president Halafihi "Fihi" Kivalu had a tape recording of him discussing using "Russians from Sydney" to collect an unpaid kickback played to him at a royal...