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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

S'no business like snow business in the Snowy Mountains

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.

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.

Former Marist Brother unsure child sex abuse a crime, royal commission told

David Ellery A former Marist Brothers principal was "not sure" as late as 1989 that committing a sex act against a child was a crime, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard...

Former Marist Brothers principal "not sure" if sex acts against children were a crime

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David Ellery A former Marist Principal was "not sure" as late as 1989 that committing a sex act against a child was a crime.

Former Marist head denies cover-up, "horrendous failing"

Former Marist College principal Terence Heinrich appears before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

David Ellery A former Marist College Canberra headmaster says he did not demonstrate "a horrendous failing" in his supervision of staff by failing to detect widespread sexual abuse by Brother Kostka Chute in the...

Vice-principal suspected Marist Brother Gregory Sutton was abusing students but did not tell police

Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate

David Ellery Margaret O'Grady did not report her fears Brother Gregory Sutton was abusing children at St Carthage's Primary School in Lismore to the police, while she was vice-principal, because she had already...

Marist teacher says he can't recall Kostka molester accusation

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David Ellery A former senior teacher at Marist College Canberra cannot recall being told in 1986 that Brother Kostka Chute was a child molester but he stopped short of denying the conversation ever took place.

Child sex abuse inquiry: Marist Brothers lawyer questions credibility of witness

Witness Damian De Marco on Tuesday.

David Ellery A senior counsel representing the Marist Brothers questioned the credibility of a key witness at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Canberra on Tuesday.

Molester unmasked at child sexual abuse inquiry and apologises to victims

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David Ellery It has taken almost 30 years but two women, abused as 10-year-olds by then Marist Brother Gregory Sutton, have finally received an apology from their molester.

Marist child abuse victim wanted more compensation than $93,000 received

Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate

David Ellery The first witness to give evidence at the child sexual abuse royal commission hearing in Canberra says she was unhappy with the $93,000 compensation payment she received.

Almost $7 million compensation to Marist Brothers students sexually abused by Brother Kostka

Marist Brother John Chute, also known as Brother Kostka, leaves the ACT Supreme Court in 2008.

David Ellery The Marist Brothers have paid out $6.84 million in compensation to 38 former students who were sexually abused by Brother Kostka Chute.

Royal commission names guilty former Marist Brother

Commissioners Justice Peter McClellan and Justice Jennifer Coate.

David Ellery The suppression order protecting the identity of former Marist Brother Gregory Sutton found guilty of child abuse in 1996 has been lifted.

Former Marist leader to testify at royal commission

David Ellery Three of Brother Kostka's former Marist College Canberra students will testify before the Royal Commission.

Commodore Charles McHardie honoured for distinguished service

Canberra's Commodore Charles McHardie.

David Ellery Commodore McHardie says one of the joys of leading Combined Task Force 150 was knowing he'd made a difference.

Queens Birthday honours: Canberrans fare well in military awards

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David Ellery An unidentified Australian soldier who drew enemy fire to protect his mates in Afghanistan has become only the seventh person to be awarded the Star of Gallantry since its inception 23 years ago.

Lawyer lauds Canberra's role in exposing Catholic sex abuse scandals

Christian Brothers who were accused of sexual abuse were still allowed to work with children by being sent to day schools where there would be 'less opportunity' to offend.

David Ellery ACT lawyer Jason Parkinson says prosecution of a Canberra Marist Brother in 2008 was crucial in exposing the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal nationwide.

Former Cabberra student tells of being 'victimised' over Marist College abuses

Victimised: Former Marist student Dan Hopkinson.

David Ellery Having been "victimised" for trying to speak out about child abuse in the 1990s, Daniel Hopkinson is telling his story.

Archbishop prepares parishioners for 'horrendous' child sexual abuse stories

Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse has warned parishioners to brace themselves for

David Ellery Catholic Archbishop prepares parishioners for "horrendous stories" expected from child sexual abuse royal commission.