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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

No Liberal Party challenge to ACT senator Zed Seselja

Senator Zed Seselja, left and ACT Roads Minister, Mick Gentleman cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

Ross Peake Senator Zed Seselja will not be challenged for Liberal Party preselection for the election.

Pressure on car parks causes problems at Parliament House

Parking at Parliament House is under pressure.

Ross Peake Pressure on reserved car parks at Parliament House has risen after paid parking was introduced, including in the public car park, although most don't stay long enough to pay the fee.

Zed Seselja and Tony Abbott disagree on same sex marriage referendum

Ross Peake ACT Liberal Zed Seselja called on Sunday for a referendum on same sex marriage, before Prime Minister Tony Abbott ruled out holding the national vote.

Senate to question plan for security fence at Parliament House

Australian Federal Police officers at the entrance to Parliament House.

Ross Peake  The embattled Department of Parliamentary Services is expected to be questioned at Senate Estimates on Monday (may25) about the $108 million security upgrade at Parliament House.

Ghost house - former Yugoslavian embassy at Red Hill to be demolished

Macedonian ambassador Vele Trpevski  in front of the abandoned Yugoslavian embassy in Red Hill.

Ross Peake Luxury townhouses to be built on site of former embassy

Why the empty guardhouses at Parliament House?

Four unused security guardhouses on the perimeter of Parliament House are unkept and dirty.

Ross Peake Why are new gatehouses being built at Parliament House as part of a $108 million security upgrade when four of the original guardhouses are disused?

Planning consultant Jane Goffman's battle close to home

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Ross Peake It was a slow beginning for Jane Goffman as she morphed from behind-the-scenes professional to community activist and public provocateur.

Amateur radio enthusiasts to beam Anzac Day messages from Canberra

Amateur radio enthusiast Amanda Hawes will be camping out on Mount Ainslie on Anzac Day to do a commemorative broadcast.

Ross Peake In Saturday's pre-dawn darkness, amateur radio enthusiasts will climb Mount Ainslie to beam Anzac Day messages around the globe.

ACT economy shrouded by uncertainty

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Ross Peake The ACT's economy is shrouded by uncertainty, with with some people deciding to "hit the Hume" to leave Canberra and the retail sector flagging, according to an economic report released on Monday.

ACT economy's national ranking could slip further: CommSec Research

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Ross Peake The ACT economy's national ranking could slip further due to cuts in the public service, according to the latest snapshot of the national capital.

Hall Museum under threat from rent slug

Ross Peake The community-run Hall Museum, now hosting an emotional Anzac display, could close if the ACT government insists on charging rent.

PNG was a life-changing experience for Robyn Hendry

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Ross Peake Working in Papua New Guinea was a life-changing experience for Robyn Hendry, Canberra Business Chamber's new chief executive.

Lifeline says Canberra in 'crisis' as suicide rate climbs in wake of APS cuts


Ross Peake Lifeline Canberra calls on ACT government to do more to prevent suicide as PS cuts bite

ACT leads moves to soften ALP refugee policy

Ross Peake The left-leaning ACT branch of the Labor Party is pushing for changes to the party's policy on asylum seekers.

Bold change needed for child protection in the ACT


Ross Peake The ACT should follow New Zealand’s example by being bold enough to introduce family group conferencing to reduce the number of children going into care, according to a Canberra researcher.

Palm Sunday rally for refugees with Jon Stanhope

Crowds at the event.

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.