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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Hall Museum fights even harder against threat of high rent

Ross Peake The community-run Hall Museum is stepping up its fight against the ACT Government's plan to charge rent.

Calvary Hospital patients set to pay more after Medibank terminates contract

Medibank Private has terminated its contract with Calvary Health Care.

Ross Peake Thousands of ACT patients face the prospect of having to pay more for hospital care after Australia’s largest health insurer ended its contract with Calvary Health Care.

A tug-of-war is happening in the skies over Canberra

Ross Peake.

Ross Peake A tug-of-war is happening in the skies over Canberra, with the winner to decide the intensity of next summer's drought.

A key factor in housing affordability in Canberra is how fast land is released

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Ross Peake Why is it so hard to buy a house in the national capital where households have the highest disposable income in the nation?

How to save for your first home

First home buyer Dominic Aungles.

Ross Peake Dominic Aungles knows how to scrimp and save for his first home - it's called living with the parents.

Famous Menin Gate follows example of War Memorial to personalise list of dead

Ross Peake The organisers at Menin Gate in Ypres have been so impressed with the Australian War Memorial's Last Post ceremony in Canberra that they intend to copy one part of it.

CFMEU vows to fight threats of deregistration after being hit with big fines

Ross Peake The major construction industry union is vowing to fight any moves to deregister it after being hit with big fines for coercion.

Last Post ceremony at War Memorial draws huge crowds to hear sad stories

Representing the Bell family is Alan Hall of Melbourne after the Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for Flight Lieutenant John Napier Bell. 18th June 2015. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

Ross Peake Presentations of biographies of individual servicemen and servicewomen on roll of honour strike a chord.

Former ACT senator Gary Humphries now sits in judgment

Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Gary Humphries, at work.

Ross Peake It's quite a change of pace for former ACT Liberal senator Gary Humphries who now hears cases at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, writes Ross Peake.

Row at Dickson over new name for street

 Jane Goffman.

Ross Peake The proposed name for a street at the Dickson shopping centre will invite ridicule and imply "something noxious or harmful", the ACT government has been told.

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UC to help upgrade nurse training in Tonga

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Ross Peake The University of Canberra will help upgrade the training of nurses in Tonga, a move that may reach other nations in the Pacific, writes Ross Peake.

Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja in bitter stoush over gay marriage

Facing off again: Katy Gallagher and Zed Seselja.

Ross Peake and Latika Bourke The ACT's senators are involved in a personal stoush as tension mounts in federal parliament over gay marriage.

Controversial fence at Parliament House approved to improve security despite architect's opposition

Ross Peake The National Capital Authority has given the go-ahead to a controversial plan to build a fence around the ministerial wing at Parliament House.

No Liberal Party challenge to ACT senator Zed Seselja

Senator Zed Seselja, left and ACT Roads Minister, Mick Gentleman cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

Ross Peake Senator Zed Seselja will not be challenged for Liberal Party preselection for the election.

Pressure on car parks causes problems at Parliament House

Parking at Parliament House is under pressure.

Ross Peake Pressure on reserved car parks at Parliament House has risen after paid parking was introduced, including in the public car park, although most don't stay long enough to pay the fee.

Zed Seselja and Tony Abbott disagree on same sex marriage referendum

Ross Peake ACT Liberal Zed Seselja called on Sunday for a referendum on same sex marriage, before Prime Minister Tony Abbott ruled out holding the national vote.

Senate to question plan for security fence at Parliament House

Australian Federal Police officers at the entrance to Parliament House.

Ross Peake  The embattled Department of Parliamentary Services is expected to be questioned at Senate Estimates on Monday (may25) about the $108 million security upgrade at Parliament House.

Ghost house - former Yugoslavian embassy at Red Hill to be demolished

Macedonian ambassador Vele Trpevski  in front of the abandoned Yugoslavian embassy in Red Hill.

Ross Peake Luxury townhouses to be built on site of former embassy

Why the empty guardhouses at Parliament House?

Four unused security guardhouses on the perimeter of Parliament House are unkept and dirty.

Ross Peake Why are new gatehouses being built at Parliament House as part of a $108 million security upgrade when four of the original guardhouses are disused?

Planning consultant Jane Goffman's battle close to home

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Ross Peake It was a slow beginning for Jane Goffman as she morphed from behind-the-scenes professional to community activist and public provocateur.