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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Unions warn there are many more federal public service jobs to go

Ross Peake Tens of thousands more federal public service jobs could be lost to outsourcing and privatisation, unions warn.

Canberra woman wins award for house warming – and cooling

Solace Creations owner Karen Porter.

Ross Peake Business entrepreneur Karen Porter says an energy efficient house is like throwing a doona on the bed.

Grocery wars: chain reaction

Ross Peake The challenge for greater competition has been accepted as supermarket chains increase their focus in the suburbs, writes ROSS PEAKE.

Grocery wars intensify as more supermarkets emerge in the suburbs

Not so super: Go Bananas fruit shop owner Khaled Alaj says he'll be forced to close with two new shopping centres proposed in Dickson.

Ross Peake As the grocery war intensifies, Canberra already has the nation’s the highest floor space for supermarkets per capita.

Federal government told public service should be 'cut once and cut quickly'

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Ross Peake The Abbott government has been told to “cut once and cut quickly” to reduce the length of time public servants are worried about job security.

Ceremonial occasion as Mark Binskin succeeds David Hurley as Chief of Defence Force

Incoming Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and outgoing Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley.

Ross Peake The Federation Guard took to the field for a formal change-of-command ceremony for the Chief of the Defence Force.

Advice to new recruits from Senate's old soldiers

senators Ricky Muir and Glenn Lazarus.

Ross Peake Memo new senators taking their places next week: leave your egos at the door, join a committee, think hard about your legacy and, maybe, put on a military uniform.

John Hewson urges Joe Hockey to take a breather – at a coal-fired power station

Dr John Hewson at the Climate Institute's

Ross Peake Former federal Liberal Party leader John Hewson has hit out at Joe Hockey for criticising wind farms, saying the Treasurer should drive past a coal-fired power station and have “a bit of a...

Pope Benedict treated me unfairly, say sacked bishop Bill Morris

Former bishop William Morris.

Ross Peake A sacked Catholic bishop will tell a Canberra audience this week he was treated unfairly by Pope Benedict.

Richard O'Brien: the pluck of the Irish in calling Canberra home

 Former Irish Ambassador Richard O'Brien at his home in Nicholls.

Ross Peake The first thing you notice when you walk into Richard and Bernadette O’Brien’s house in Canberra is the mass of Waterford crystal sparking in the warm winter sun.

ACT's retail sector weakest in nation as budget cutbacks bite

Ross Peake ACT's retail sector is now the weakest in the nation.

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Details of NDIS trial roll-out in ACT waiting for federal sign-off

The National Disability Insurance Scheme will soon be rolled out in the ACT.

Ross Peake A media blitz is about to begin in Canberra to tell people with disabilities when they can begin buying services under the NDIS.

Disabled want to make decisions for themselves

Director of floating beach wheelchairs  Bob Parker shows Margrit Carter and David Carter, both of Evatt, how it operates at the Control and Choice Expo at EPIC.

Ross Peake It's bright yellow and floats and was one of the stars at the disability expo in Canberra on Thursday.

Control and choice: People with disabilities granted more flexibility

Ann Procter, centre, and her daughters Susie, left, and Alison with grandson Liam.

Ross Peake The “biggest change since Medicare” is about to sweep into Canberra.

Impact of federal budget on the ACT

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher after signing an Asset Recycling Agreement in Parliament House.

Ross Peake What is the impact of the federal budget on the ACT?

Capital's economy better placed to cope with cuts than in 1996, say business leaders

Ross Peake Canberra's government and business leaders are hoping the city's revamped economy will not sink to the levels of 1996.

Federal government will not help fund new ACT convention centre

Snubbed: Tony Abbott has overlooked the need for a new convention centre in Canberra.

Ross Peake The federal government has snubbed the ACT's bid for funding to prepare a case for a new convention centre.

Foster care changes designed to help all parties

Ross Peake Big changes are coming for foster care in the ACT that will benefit both children in care and the adults who look after them.

How will ACT fare in the federal budget?

Ross Peake Katy Gallagher is bracing for Canberra to receive a "big hit" in Tuesday's federal budget but is predicting the impact will not be as bad as the federal cuts in 1996.