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David Ellery

David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

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

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...

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.