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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Release Civic skyline from blandness: city planner

Ross Peake Civic should be released from the blandness of uniform building heights to allow it to develop a more interesting skyline, according to a city planner.

Ailing Casino Canberra may have hit the jackpot

Ross Peake A Hong Kong billionaire is about to throw a lifeline to the ailing Casino Canberra.

Parliament House security cuts in the pipeline

Ross Peake Spending on security at Parliament House in Canberra may have to be reduced along with cuts to other services in the building.

Memories of pride and joy as Governor-General Quentin Bryce says goodbye

Governor General Quentin Bryce.

Ross Peake Quentin Bryce recalled tears of sadness and joy as she reminisced about her five-year term as Governor-General.

'Lean years' coming for ACT with PS job cuts

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Ross Peake The cuts to the federal public service will hit Canberra harder than Holden's job losses will affect South Australia.

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Ministers forced to approve last-minute millions

Ross Peake Ministers were forced to approve tens of millions of dollars in last-minute spending on Parliament House just weeks before the opening.

Parliament portraits proving too popular?

Ross Peake The portraits at Parliament House of former prime ministers are proving to be a magnet for visitors wanting a picture of themselves with a famous Australian.

Labor plan was for Calvary to go private

Ross Peake The Hawke Labor government seriously considered breaking the promise to fund the operating deficit of Calvary Hospital, which would have closed all its public beds.

Canberra's Model citizens set to embrace new homeland on Australia Day

Ross Peake Almost 17,900 people from 155 countries will become Australian citizens in about 400 ceremonies on Sunday.

State of the States report prompts call to cut ACT costs

Andrew Blyth

Ross Peake Business groups are concerned about a drop in investment as the ACT government is urged to cut costs.

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Some of Parliament's customs have been overtaken by time

Ross Peake Senators from the major parties do not bother being in the chamber to cast a vote if told the division is a ''mickey''.

PS job nerves hit ACT economy

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Ross Peake and Meredith Clisby The ACT economy is showing clear signs of distress as the federal government cuts the public service, the latest economic data shows.

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Cabinet had to resolve future of Jervis Bay

Naval ships from several countries gather in Jervis Bay.

Ross Peake The Hawke government had to deal with the future of Jervis Bay as it wrestled with imposing self-government on the ACT.

Government buying cheap imports, manufacturers complain

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Ross Peake Paper and clothing manufacturers are complaining bitterly about the flood of cheap imports and calling for the Abbott government to have the political courage to ''buy Australian'' even as it slashes...

Flemming blames sacking on vendetta

Air Vice-Marshall, Jim Flemming.

Ross Peake The Air Force officer who was sacked as director of the Australian War Memorial says he was the victim of a left-wing vendetta.

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Democrats helped shape ACT electoral system

Gordon Scholes, pictured here at a press conference in September 1984.

Ross Peake As the ACT approached self-government, federal cabinet changed its mind after pressure from the Democrats on which electoral model to adopt for the Legislative Assembly.

Cabinet papers 1986-87: Police had concerns over casino for ACT

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Ross Peake Police had serious concerns that a casino in Canberra would attract interstate criminals, professional gamblers and ''cheats''.

Casino life interesting? A safe bet

Ross Peake Bernie Morris once saw a gobsmacking $1 million bet placed on the table where she was a baccarat dealer.

Hope for brain damage reversal in premature babies

Ross Peake It may be possible to partially reverse brain damage in premature babies, according to research to be published on Thursday.

National Arboretum Canberra visitor numbers tipped to soar

Ross Peake Almost half a million people have visited the National Arboretum Canberra since its opening in February.