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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

'Lobbyists should reveal private talks with ministers'

Ross Peake Lobbyists should be forced to reveal their private discussions with ministers and senior public servants under a radical plan proposed to counter the influence of powerful vested interests

Canberra's Treasury Building could be sold to balance budget


Ross Peake An iconic building is among six Canberra properties that could be sold to help the Abbott government balance its budget.

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Public service Christmas shutdown at risk from Tony Abbott Government


Ross Peake Public servants' annual days off at risk from hardline approach to pay negotiations, says the union.

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Gough Whitlam's policies endured, press secretary Eric Walsh says

Gough Whitlam

Ross Peake Gough Whitlam was prime minister for a relatively short time, but the changes he made were long-lasting, a close aide says.

Funding cuts for War Memorial came on short notice

The Australian War Memorial.

Ross Peake Documents released under Freedom of Information confirm the Australian War Memorial was given only brief notice that funding would be cut for its travelling exhibitions, the Labor Party says.

Veteran Affairs Minister Michael Ronaldson, Australian War Memorial in row over travelling exhibition funding


Ross Peake A serious rift has arisen between the Veterans Affairs Minister and the Australian War Memorial about a funding cut for travelling exhibitions.

Good Samaritan: Aussie volunteer in Cambodia saves injured French traveller

Ross Peake An Australian volunteer in Cambodia has saved a terrified woman who was left naked and without food in a men's ward of a hospital after a traffic accident.

Centre for Policy Development attacks budget cuts to 'efficient' public service

Ross Peake While the federal public service is relatively efficient, it must become more innovative and develop an experimental approach, according to a report to be published on Thursday.

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Public Service cuts take bite into ACT economy says CommSec State of the States


Ross Peake The ACT’s economy has slipped dramatically in the national ratings as cuts in the public service bite into business confidence.

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Fallen soldiers to watch over 'powerful' Anzac Day dawn service


Ross Peake Haunting images of the faces of the 40 Australians killed in Afghanistan will be projected on the wall of the Australian War Memorial just before this year's Anzac Day dawn service.

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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