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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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.

It's all about jobs as records topple

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David Ellery The ACT government is relying on record capital spending of $2.5 billion over the next four years to help shield the Canberra economy.

Focus on the big picture thinking a welcome change

David Ellery The Canty family of Torrens has a lot riding on what has been billed as the most significant ACT budget in decades.

Transport set for $70 million spend

Andrew Barr.

David Ellery Tuesday’s budget allocated almost $70 million towards improved transport services and infrastructure, not including the light-rail project.

General Bridges move from Duntroon to AWM for Gallipoli Centenary

General Bridges' impressive set of honours and medals, which have been on display at the college since March 3, 2003, are being lent to the War Memorial for the duration of the centenary of Anzac.

David Ellery Major-General William Bridges' grave at Duntroon is to be the setting for a solemn ceremony on Saturday.

Gungahlin renderer the mouse that roared

: Luis Sanchez, of Sanchez Rendering & Constructions, one of the only contractors to get payment from Sublime builders before they went broke.

David Ellery Luis and Maria Sanchez know firsthand what happens when the relationship between a builder and a contractor goes south.

Erindale Pharmacy backs reservists in the workplace

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David Ellery Erindale Pharmacy won a Defence Reserve's National Employer Support Award after being nominated by employee, sapper Luke Peacock.

Love them or loathe them, shipping containers are here to stay

Natasha Purvis inside her accommodation at ANU.

David Ellery Whether you think they're visual pollution, or a good use of public space, shipping containers are not going anywhere.

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Full steam ahead: celebrating Canberra's centenary of train travel

The Centenary of the Railway to Canberra is celebrated with a steam engine ride from the Canberra Railway Museum in Kingston to Queanbeyan station and return.

David Ellery The romance of the age of steam lured hundreds of Canberrans to the Railway Museum on Sunday.