Ross Peake

Ross Peake

John Howard quiet on any advice he may have given to Arthur Sinodinos

Ross Peake Former prime minister John Howard will not reveal if he advised his former chief of staff Arthur Sinodinos to stand down.

Tony Abbott faces challenge over dilution of racial discrimination laws

Ross Peake Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner will challenge Tony Abbott for the first time on Monday over the Prime Minister's push to water down racial vilification laws.

Kevin Rudd goes silent over official House portrait

Kevin Rudd.

Ross Peake Kevin Rudd is in no hurry to have his official portrait hung in Parliament House.

Sir William Deane remembers "remarkable" Nelson Mandela

Sir William Deane and Dr Nelson Mandela.

Ross Peake Former governor-general Sir William Deane has vivid memories of Nelson Mandela.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss gets high speed rail on track

Warren Truss

Ross Peake High-speed rail is a step closer, with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss committing the Coalition to preserving a land corridor.

Audit just a 'rubber stamp' for job cuts

Ged Kearney

Ross Peake The union movement says the federal government's commission of audit is determined to cut jobs and services by rubber stamping the Coalition's ideological approach.

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Abbott flags Arlington-style National war cemetery for ACT

Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.

Ross Peake Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a huge boost to the proposal to create an Arlington-style national war cemetery in Canberra

Planned public service cuts add to Canberra uncertainty

The sun sets over Parliament House, Canberra.

Ross Peake The Coalition is being urged to reconsider jobs cuts to Canberra's public service after Treasurer Joe Hockey said he was worried about the latest forecast for unemployment.

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Seselja ahead but Sheikh gains in race for second Senate seat

Simon Sheikh

Ross Peake The end is in sight, just, in the close contest for the ACT's second Senate seat. The Australian Electoral Commission says the result should be known by Wednesday week.

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Kelly urged to try for Carr's Senate spot

News  Former member for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly announcing his defeat to the Federal Election at Queanbeyan Park. 13 September 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Ross Peake Mike Kelly is being urged to put up his hand for the Senate vacancy expected to be created by the resignation of Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

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Seselja retains healthy lead over Sheikh

NEWS: Zed Seselja chats with one of his campaign volunteers Rich Armitage at a post BBQ at Zed's parents place. 8th SEPTEMBER 2013 .Photograph by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Ross Peake Liberal Zed Seselja has fallen fractionally below one third of the primary votes as counting continues in the tight ACT Senate race.

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Exhibit brings home war in Afghanistan

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Ross Peake The new Afghanistan exhibition at the Australian War Memorial is intended to become a place of healing. Veterans from the war will also find it is an emotional experience to visit the exhibition.

Afghanistan exhibition a tribute to our forces

The Dawn Service on Anzac Day inside the Australian War Memorial in 1984. Photographed by Heide Smith from her new book A Portrait of Canberra and Canberrans

Ross Peake Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott will cease election campaigning briefly on Tuesday evening to attend the launch of an Afghanistan exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

Public sector union halts support for ALP over budget cuts

National Secretary of The Community and Public Sector Union, Nadine Flood.

Ross Peake A crisis meeting of the public sector union is extending the suspension of its election campaign support of the Labor Party in protest at the federal government's plans to cut another $1.

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Abbott's bureaucrat bonus plan slammed by union

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

Ross Peake, Markus Mannhein and David McLennan Bonuses for senior bureaucrats should not be provided to produce a single outcome, such as reducing red tape, the federal Coalition was told on Wednesday.

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Concern about Centrelink's debt collection agencies

Commonwealth Auditor-General Ian McPhee. Source: Australian National Audit Office, 2013.

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Ross Peake The Auditor-General has raised concerns about the confidentiality of details given to private debt collection agencies who chase people owing money to Centrelink.

Rudd pitches Gillard out of home base

Removalists

Ross Peake As the removalist van arrived to move Julia Gillard out from The Lodge, just across the road Kevin Rudd was pretending to pitch a winner.

Lundy moves past PM's snub

Senator Kate Lundy.

Ross Peake ACT senator Kate Lundy is brushing off the snub of not being contacted by the PM when he was handing out jobs.

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An opportunity for the PM to clean his slate

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Ross Peake Kevin Rudd must put an end to shambolic management in his office if he wishes to rebuild relations with the public service.

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Law to shield whistleblowers

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.

Ross Peake Federal Parliament has finally passed landmark legislation to protect public servants who blow the whistle on government corruption and maladministration.