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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

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.

Contract will put paid to free parking

A contract has been signed to put pay parking in central Canberra.

Ross Peake A multimillion-dollar contract has been signed to put paid parking in central Canberra in a move that will affect thousands of commuters.

PM holding line - no indication of conscience vote

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Ross Peake Despite furious demands for national leadership on gay marriage, Prime Minister Tony Abbott remained mute on Thursday amid the tumultuous reaction to the High Court's unanimous decision to strike out...

Same-sex marriage bill overturned: reaction to the High Court judgment

Australian High court hands down ruling on same sex marriages. Ivan Hinton, spokesperson.

Lisa Cox, Michael Inman and Ross Peake Reaction to the High Court's decision on same-sex marriage laws.

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Same-sex marriage laws overturned by High Court


Michael Inman, Lisa Cox, Ross Peake The High Court has overturned Australia’s first same-sex marriage law.

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Gloss wears off National Capital Exhibition

the Regatta Point building, which now houses the National Capital Exhibition.

Ross Peake The National Capital Exhibition overlooking Lake Burley Griffin is losing its attraction for visitors to Canberra, particularly for those from overseas.

Canberrans urged to save money by catching public transport rather than drive to work

ACTION bus at the Civic Interchange.

Ross Peake Canberra's commuters could save thousands of dollars a year by catching the bus to work, says a report to be published on Thursday.

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Blow for nuclear veterans as Human Rights Commission rejects complaint

Alan Batchelor Maralinga nuclear testing veteran with a box of evidence related to case in Canberra.

Ross Peake Servicemen exposed to nuclear bomb testing at Maralinga have been dealt a final blow in their fight for justice.

Australian War Memorial jobs threatened by funding squeeze

Australian War Memorial.

Ross Peake Memorial will have to shed jobs even as it stages commemorations for the centenary of Anzac, if the federal government does not relent.

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ACT may soon get a third seat in federal Parliament

Ed Killesteyn

Ross Peake Canberra may soon have a third seat in federal Parliament due to its booming population.

Top take-up rate for the national broadband network is in the ACT

The fibre wire that is being used for the NBN.

Ross Peake The ACT continues to lead the nation in the take-up rate for the national broadband network fibre.

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Role models at home by the US embassy's old oak tree

Celebrating the former First Lady as well as contemporary women in leadership,  her excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, will plant a native gum tree on the Embassy grounds, as when Mrs. Roosevelt planted an oak 70 years ago.

Ross Peake Quentin Bryce was praised as a role model for women and girls and a strong defender of human rights.

Dam years away from capacity

Cotter Dam.

Ross Peake and Peter Jean The new Cotter Dam is expected to take another two to three years to fill to its 78 gigalitre capacity.

Eureka rebellion should be 'central legend' of patriotism, says MP Andrew Leigh

MP Andrew Leigh.

Ross Peake The revolt at the Eureka Stockade is Australia's greatest story and deserves far greater prominence, according to ACT Labor MP Andrew Leigh.

High-speed rail to get boost on national agenda

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Ross Peake Federal Parliament is expected to be told this week of a political breakthrough on high-speed rail.

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Seclusion, restraint of mental health patients can fuel fears, ACT forum told

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Ross Peake Locking a distressed person in a padded cell when they are hearing voices could be the worst possible treatment, a conference in Canberra has been told.

ACT economy on the rise despite public service cuts

Andrew Barr

Ross Peake The purchasing power of Canberra households continues to rise as the national capital entrenches its position as the seat of high-income earners.

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ACT alone as gloom builds in housing sector

Construction in the ACT has slowed.

Ross Peake The ACT economy may be entering a gloomy period, with building approvals slowing in contrast to national trends.

Mike Kelly withdraws from Senate race

Mike Kelly speaks to media after the announcement that Liberal Peter Hendy, has won the poll for Eden-Monaro.
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Ross Peake Queanbeyan-based Mike Kelly is pulling out of the contest to fill the Senate position vacated by former Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

'Known Unto God' to remain at Tomb of Unknown Soldier at War Memorial

The wreath that President of the United States of America, Barack Obama,  layed in the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Australian War Memorial.

Ross Peake Criticism has forced the Australian War Memorial to keep the inscription ''Known unto God'' on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.