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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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...

Royal commission into unions hears recordings about alleged 'bribes'

Former CFMEU organiser Halafihi

David Ellery The former union official at the centre of allegations of bribery in the Canberra construction sector says secretly recorded phone conversations in which he discussed a contractor's debts were just...

Ex-CFMEU organiser Kivalu expelled from union after royal commission claims

Counsel assisting Jeremy Stoljar: fears of cartels for key trades in Canberra.

David Ellery Silent former CFMEU organiser "Fihi" Kivalu was the centre of attention on day three of union royal commission hearing in Canberra

Australian War Memorial explores what happened when modernism met total war

<i>Bomber Crash</i> by Frank Hinder, one of the paintings on display at the Australian War Memorial's <i>Reality in Flames</i> exhibition.

David Ellery How Australia's modernist artists rose to the challenge of World War 2.

St Christopher's Catholic Cathedral precinct redevelopment launched

David Ellery The $35 million St Christopher's Cathedral Precinct at Manuka has been launched.

ACT to revise solar access rules as extra home costs build up towards $50,000

David Ellery The two-year-old solar access provisions could add from $15,000 to $50,000 to the cost of building a home in Canberra but changes are under way.

ANU students uncover World War I training trenches

Master of Archeological Science
students at the ANU, at a dig in the Jerrabomberra Wetlands where remains of army training trenches are being excavated. A shotgun shell casing found at the site.

David Ellery ACT archaeologists and politicians want Canberra's piece of the Somme to go on public view by the battle's centenary next year.

Historic tree airlifted out of bush to star in new ACT park shelter

David Ellery Airlifted tree a monument to the hardihood of the Commonwealth Territory's first surveyors.

Canberra WWI widow linked to National Museum's Sunbury autograph quilt

Doreen Godtschalk is one of the last surviving WWI war widows living in Canberra. The National Museum has purchased a rare 1894 Autograph quilt. Mrs Godtschalk's family paid to have their names embroidered on it.

David Ellery World War 1 widow meets an even older past at National Museum archive

Anzac records go international on Britain's Imperial War Museum website

David Ellery Australia's World War I records have been exposed to an international audience thanks to a new link on Britain's Imperial War Museum website.

Queen's Birthday Honours: Agent Orange campaigner Graham Walker honoured

News. Order of Australia recipient, Graham Walker at his Curtin home.

David Ellery Graham Walker has been made a member of the Order of Australia for his efforts to make the Australian War Memorial correct a statement, in Volume III of its official history of the Vietnam War, that...

Canberra housing becoming less affordable as number of investors with more than five homes rises sharply


Meredith Clisby, Primrose Riordan and David Ellery Canberra may have so far avoided the housing bubble that Sydney and Melbourne face, but the number of investors with more than five properties has risen sharply, and Canberra's most affordable...

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Soldier On a practical response to PTSD victim distrust of ADF, Veterans Affairs

Former head of the army lieutenant general Professor Peter Leahy says some veterans are reluctant to seek help through the ADF and the DVA.

David Ellery The runaway growth of organisations such as Soldier On, Mates for Mates and Walking Wounded doesn't mean Defence and the Department of Veterans Affairs are not doing their best to help ex-servicemen...

Same sex marriage not the end of the world says Archbishop Christopher Prowse

Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse says that

David Ellery The world won't end if or when Australia adopts same-sex marriage but it will change, and people need to be careful what they wish for, Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse believes.

Gang Gang: On This Day May 28

A lighthouse is battered by waves during stormy weather in Newhaven on the southern coast of England.

David Ellery Plane travel beats a migrant ship any day of the week.

Gang Gang: Vietnam: Where did that 50 years go?

It's hard to believe that it's half a century since the first  Australian combat troops set off to fight the Vietnam War.

David Ellery Vietnam: Where did that 50 years go?

Gang Gang - Feeding the birds and the soul

Gang-gangs and king parrots feeding at an apartment block in Barton.

David Ellery Meet the birds of Barton.

Gang Gang - was Jane Pascoe the oldest English emigrant to NSW

David Ellery Was Jane Pascoe the oldest person to migrate to NSW between 1860 and 1888?