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Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Palm Sunday rally for refugees with Jon Stanhope

Ross Peake Newly-minted ACT Senator Katy Gallagher will campaign for the Labor Party to soften its harsh policy on asylum seekers, at its national conference this year.

Election tally board finds a home at Old Parliament House

A section of the massive national tally board goes into storage.

Ross Peake The iconic tally board from the former national tally room, previously used for federal elections, will become part of history at Old Parliament House.

Katy Gallagher promises to stand up for Canberra

Katy Gallagher is congratulated by Senate president Senator Stephen Parry at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

Ross Peake New senator Katy Gallagher says she's not going to stand for the second-rate treatment dished out to Canberra by the Abbott government.

Nurses say hospital staffing levels 'decided by postcode'

Ross Peake Nurses will run a pop-up stall on Wednesday to call for staffing levels at Queanbeyan Hospital to be lifted to the same level as metropolitan hospitals.

NSW election - the buzz around the ACT

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Ross Peake Canberra’s denizens could be forgiven for not caring there’s an election battle happening just outside the territory’s borders.

Canberra light rail on international stage

Ross Peake Canberra's proposed light rail project will be given a boost at a conference on Thursday when it is compared favourably with a global renaissance for tram lines in smaller cities.

Restorative justice program in ACT a success

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Ross Peake When a victim of crime comes face to face with their offender under a program being run in Canberra, the results can be explosive but mostly, they leave happier.

A new 'Canberra Alliance' to hold government to its promises

Ross Peake A "Canberra Alliance" of more than 40 groups, including churches, environmental activists and unions, is expected to be formed to ensure grassroots voices are heard on community and national issues.

Canberra Treasury building could be sold to balance budget


Ross Peake Iconic building among six Canberra properties which could be sold to help the Abbott Government balance its budget.

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Dickson shopping centre development to be a slum?

Ross Peake The Dickson shopping centre development will result in small bedsitters perched on top of the new supermarkets only one story above noisy loading bays and smelly garbage compactors, according to...

How Canberra MPs see Queensland electoral tsunami

ACT Liberal Zed Seselja says the message from the Queensland election to Tony Abbott is not to take re-election for granted.

Ross Peake In aftermath of the Queensland election, federal and territory politicians draw strong parallels between agressive styles of Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman and say cuts to public service were a...

Jon Stanhope launches tirade against Bill Shorten over asylum seeker treatment

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Ross Peake Former Labor ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has launched an angry and emotional tirade on his party  for its treatment of asylum seekers.

Who will replace Kate Lundy as the ACT's Labor Senator?

Senator Kate Lundy has announced her retirement from politics, but who will replace her?

Ross Peake A dream job is now available in Canberra – being paid $195,000 a year, and with a likely tenure of 10 years or more.

Donations in Kind recycles school kits for Vanuatu children

Island support: Rotary's Donations in Kind program member  Brian Goldstraw sends medical and educational equipment to developing countries.

Ross Peake Canberra volunteers are sending second hand educational and medical equipment to countries near Australia.

Kindness at heart of mission to get resuscitaires to Vanuatu

Ross Peake The death of a premature baby in Vanuatu inspired Ross Peake to do something about it - but it was harder than he thought.

Pay parking to be introduced for visitors to Parliament House

New order: Parliament House parking will come at a price.

Ross Peake Work will begin on Monday to erect boom gates in the public car park at Parliament House as pay parking reaches another national institution.

Public transport report boosts case for Canberra light rail, ACT government says


Ross Peake The ACT government is using a national report on public transport to bolster its case for light rail.

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Bikies to descend on Canberra in protest 'freedom ride'

Ross Peake Thousands of bikies from all over Australia will descend on Canberra next week to protest against what they describe as draconian and controversial laws which ban meetings of bikie gang members.

Sacked Bishop Bill Morris to campaign for ordination of married men

<i>Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three</i>, by William Martin Morris.

Ross Peake Sacked Catholic Bishop Bill Morris is now well enough to visit Canberra to speak out against his treatment.

High achiever Samantha Kourtis has passion for healthcare

Extra care: ACT Telstra Business Woman of the Year, Samantha Kourtis, measures a patient for a
pressure bandage.

Ross Peake Samantha Kourtis' passion for helping others has earned her Charnwood pharmacy the title of Australian Pharmacy of the Year and she is ACT's Telstra Business Woman of the Year.