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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Strong views on voting changes and Australian political parties feature in new interactive exhibition

Australians have strong views on changes they want made to the political system.

Ross Peake University of Canberra research to be unveiled on Wednesday shows Australians have strong views on changes they want made to the political system.

Guardian angel Sandra Mahlberg is ACT Senior Australian of the Year

Sandra Mahlberg, ACT Senior Australian of the Year, with photos of some of the children brought to Australia for medical aid.

Ross Peake Can you imagine a child in Australia who was suffering from severe incontinence being left untreated until they were 14 years old?

Canberra's drink-drivers facing harsher punishments

Police routinely breath test drivers. Drink drivers could face increased penalties when they appear before the courts.

Ross Peake, Christopher Knaus Canberra's drunk drivers face a possible doubling of the length of time they are forced off the road.

War widow Kellie Merritt renews campaign for Iraq war inquiry after death of husband Paul Pardoel

Kellie Merritt will make her first public appearance since the death of her husband, Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, in the Iraq war.

Ross Peake War widow Kellie Merritt will make a personal appearance in Canberra to renew her criticism of the Iraq war.

Entrepreneur Kerry Stokes' great Australian journey

Ross Peake A new biography exposes some myths as it explores the legends surrounding Kerry Stokes.

Defence wants to build helicopter training base at Jervis Bay and Nowra

An Army helicopter rehearses for Riverfire in Brisbane.

Ross Peake The construction of a helicopter training base at Jervis Bay airfield, part of the ACT, and Nowra, that makes greater use of simulators will be scrutinised by federal parliament's public works...

AWM reviewing security after shooting in Canada

The Last Post Ceremony concludes at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Ross Peake The Australian War Memorial is reviewing security following the terrorist shooting of a soldier guarding a war memorial in Canada.

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Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury's Labor-Greens pact stable despite policy grumbles


Ross Peake Katy Gallagher and Shane Rattenbury are now halfway through the four-year term of the parliamentary agreement that allowed Labor to retain power. How well is the arrangement operating?

ACT unionists protest against cuts in penalty rates in Canberra on Thursday

Ross Peake ACT unionists protest against cuts in penalty rates in Canberra on Thursday

Prison needle exchange row is holding up guards' pay rise, says Community and Public Sector Union

Back pay and a new agreement for prison officers were being delayed by the debate over a needle and syringe exchange program inside the Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Ross Peake The prison guards' bargaining agreement has expired but the needle exchange row is stopping it from being replaced.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove greets visitors at Government House open day

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove meets, rear from left, Paris Morris 12, Catherine Morris, Eleana Campbell, 1, front from left, William Campbell, 5, and Amity Morris, 7, during the Government House open day. Lady Lynne Cosgrove can be seen in the background in black.

Ross Peake Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove was surrounded with tight security as he greeted visitors to Yarralumla on Sunday.

Paid parking, penalty rate cuts savage low-paid workers

Ross Peake Low-paid workers in Canberra are going to be hit harder than public servants by paid parking and also face the possible loss of penalty rates.

The future of public housing in Canberra


Ross Peake The debate over changes to public housing in Canberra has been raging for years. While tearing down dilapidated units is undoubtedly good news for developers, what will does it mean for the...

Joggers beat cars onto Majura Parkway

Lifeline Canberra boss Carrie Leeson and Mount Majura Winery winemaker Frank van de Loo check out the Majura Parkway ahead of a fun run to be held there in November.

Ross Peake Runners and walkers will be given the unique opportunity to use the brand new Majura Parkway before it opens to traffic.

High price of housing could squeeze key workers out of ACT

ACT Shelter executive officer Leigh Watson.

Ross Peake Low-paid workers in key areas such as aged care may be forced out of the ACT because they are not able to afford housing.

Morris Carpenter: Why I came to Canberra after travelling the world

 Joanne Greenfield and Morris Carpenter with their children Ellen Carpenter, 8 and Owen Carpenter,10 at their family home in Hackett. They will become citizens on Wednesday at the Albert Hall.

Ross Peake The family of jailed cameraman Morris Carpenter are loving their new life in Canberra following Mr Carpenter's release.

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Albert Hall welcomes new citizens

Canberra's Albert Hall will host a citizenship ceremony this week.

Ross Peake A citizenship ceremony will be staged this week at Albert Hall – the same venue where the first citizenship ceremony in Australia took place in 1949.

Big yellow bus stops in Canberra R U OK campaign

Ross Peake A yellow bus will arrive in Canberra on Wednesday as its crew winds up a trip around Australia to “put mateship back on track”.

Canberra Times Fun Run 2014 raises more than $110,000 for charity

Fun run

Ross Peake The thousands of Canberra people pounding the pavement in crisp Spring weather have raised more than $110,000 for charity.

The political power of kitchen table conversations

Professor Bob Douglas at home in Aranda.

Ross Peake The opinions of Canberra's suburbs are credited with more importance than you might think.