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Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

It's a 'failure' to build more cells at ACT jail

Ross Peake Building more cells at the ACT's prison is a sign of policy failure, according to former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.

Stark statistics on Indigenous people in ACT jail, says Jon Stanhope

At the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, CEO Julie Tongs with adviser, Jon Stanhope.

Ross Peake The levels of chronic illness within the Aboriginal community are on average four times worse than in the non-Aboriginal community, Ross Peake writes.

Gungahlin's 'digital divide' set to end

Peter Elford, president of the Gungahlin Community Council, at the site of the digital divide.

Ross Peake The "digital divide" in Gungahlin is set to end although the completion day for the work remains unknown.

A special Christmas for special ACT children

Zara Davidson of Harrison with some of the teddy bears to be given out at the Canberra Special Children's Christmas Party at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Ross Peake An enormous pile of stuffed teddy bears was waiting for excited children at a special Christmas party in Canberra on Sunday.

ACT's Catherine Carter moves on from blokey world of property development

Outgoing Property Council executive director Catherine Carter.

Ross Peake Catherine Carter breaks off, mid-sentence, to suggest I turn around to see a tableau unfolding – two firies, wearing their red braces, chatting to a young woman with kids.

Canberra family still managing to smile, with the help of Vinnies team

Sean and Eerika Donovan at their Gordon home, with their three boys, Riley, 3, Caden, 2, and nine-month-old Asher.

Ross Peake The charity has provided a home in Tuggeranong for the family of five while they wait for government housing.

ACT environment champion Wendy Rainbird takes her work to the international stage

Wendy Rainbird at Farrer Ridge nature reserve where she has worked as a volunteer for many years.

Ross Peake Wendy Rainbird has channelled her passion for the environment into working tirelessly for more than two decades to help preserve and improve Farrer Ridge.

Jon Stanhope appalled by ACT federal seat renamed from Fraser to Fenner

Professor Frank Fenner, who died in 2010.

Ross Peake One of the ACT's two federal seats will be named Fenner to honour Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner.

Community objects to proposed tall towers in Gungahlin

An artist's depiction of the Gungahlin Central Park project

Ross Peake The Gungahlin Community Council is stunned by the decision to build three tall residential towers on the edge of the town centre.

Canberra father named as national carer awards finalist

Canberra city

Ross Peake A Canberra father has been named as one of the territory's finalists for the national carer awards.

New strategy needed to battle our ice "epidemic"

Senator Vern White, from Canada, is a visiting fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and an expert on restorative justice.

Ross Peake The Canberra community is being urged to adopt different ways of handing out justice, to break the ice "epidemic".

Here's how you break the nation's thirst for ice, and reduce crime

Canadian senator Vern White is a visiting fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and is an expert on restorative justice

Ross Peake Restorative justice – bringing a victim of crime face-to-face with their offender – cuts crime, Canadian campaigner says.   

Anti-vaxxers flood federal inquiry with complaints about compulsory injections

ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja, chairman of the committee reporting on the No Jab, No Pay Bill, said all submissions were being read and considered.

Ross Peake  Thousands of people objecting to the compulsory vaccination of their children are bombarding a federal inquiry into the plan and could disrupt a hearing next week.

'Shout from the rooftops' about Canberra's welcome to new citizens

ACT Multicultural Affairs Minister Yvette
Berry says there is no room for complacency.

Ross Peake  Canberra is finding new ways to celebrate its cultural diversity.

Canberra is booming, despite mixed economic signals: report

The ACT is best on housing finance and economic growth but performs poorly on construction work done.

Ross Peake The CommSec Research State of the States report shows that the ACT economy is bouncing back.

In the ACT the Green Army is gold for young people

A team from Conservation Volunteers Australia at work at Ginninderra Creek, Evatt. Supervisor Brian Butler (left) with participants Tom Byles, 18, of Burra, centre and Amanda Williams, 21, of Lyneham.

Ross Peake   This year's budget allocated extra cash for the Great Barrier Reef at the expense of other environmental programs, including the Green Army.

ACT"s Green Army helping save rare species

A team from Conservation Volunteers Australia at work at Ginninderra Creek, Evatt. Supervisor Brian Butler, left, with participants Tom Byles, 18, of Burra, centre, and Amanda Williams, 21, of Lyneham.

Ross Peake Green Army kicking goals

Canberra Grammar student wins "Pens Against Poverty" competition

Leo Barnard is the winner of the inaugural Pens Against Poverty competition run for Anti-Poverty Week.

Ross Peake Canberra Grammar student wins "Pens Against Poverty" competition

Warning about further cuts to the public service in ACT due to budget 'red ink': report

Public servants have opportunities everywhere.

Ross Peake A "sea of red ink" could see the federal public service hit with another round of job cuts, a new report warns.

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Inside the ASIO vault: What the secret files say about Gough Whitlam and the dismissal

Ross Peake The leak of a sensitive document by a federal Attorney-General to Canberra Times writer Jack Waterford is detailed in a history of ASIO being released on Friday.