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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Children can help Canberra become a more caring city

Ross Peake Speakers at a conference in the ACT Legislative Assembly this week illustrated how children are central to the promotion of restorative practices.

ACT police chief learnt a valuable restorative justice lesson early on

ACT Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers at the restorative communities conference at the Legislative of Assembly.

Ross Peake Rudi Lammers sat on the floor of a suburban house when he witnessed a life-changing act of kindness.

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Economic report card on Canberra delivers mixed messages


Ross Peake Despite retail trade in the ACT making a surprising recovery, the territory's economy will receive a mixed report card when two high-profile assessments are released on Monday.

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Grave new world - natural burials coming to the ACT

Ross Peake People may soon have the choice of a burial that is kinder to the planet.

Vinnies appeals for warm clothes for Canberra's homeless

Vinnies is stepping up its appeal for warm clothes for Canberra's homeless.

Ross Peake Vinnies is stepping up its appeal for warm clothes for Canberra's largely unseen homeless people, as the national capital prepares to face more rainy days and freezing nights.

New hope Immigration Department will stay at Belconnen

 Department of Immigration and Border Protection might be on the move from Belconnen.

Ross Peake The fight to keep the massive Immigration and Border Protection Department in Belconnen may be almost over – and possibly won.

Belconnen set to fly high

Belconnen Community Council chairwoman Tara Cheyne would like to turn Emu Bank from an area of fast-food chains into a premier dining destination.

Ross Peake Canberra's town centres have grown at different rates. Belconnen has good prospects, but a cloud hangs over it.

Hall Museum fights even harder against threat of high rent

At the Hall School Museum, community members are concerned that the ACT Government will start charging rent for the buildings they occupy. From left, museum curator, Phil Robson, David Hazlehurst from the Village of Hall and district progress association and John Kenworthy from Rotary.

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

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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.