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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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.

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.