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    The double act working to save a heritage precinct


    Home and Away actor Shane Withington and mother of three Suzette Meade are fighting to save a heritage site from...

    Home and Away actor Shane Withington and mother of three Suzette Meade are fighting to save a heritage site from overdevelopment.

    Australia, we need to stem the decline in STEM subjects


    Renowned physicists are drawing crowds and science shows are rating well, but the school subjects collectively known as STEM languish....

    Renowned physicists are drawing crowds and science shows are rating well, but the school subjects collectively known as STEM languish. Why?

    'I'm a feminist, but...': comedian Deborah Frances-White on her new book


    The Aussie behind The Guilty Feminist, a podcast with 50 million downloads, chats to us about her physical approach to confidence and her guiltiest...

    The Aussie behind The Guilty Feminist, a podcast with 50 million downloads, chats to us about her physical approach to confidence and her guiltiest pleasures.

    What do you do for money, honey: The problem with food fraud


    With Australian-made "organic" products flying under the radar, fraudulent honey is likely only the tip of the...

    With Australian-made "organic" products flying under the radar, fraudulent honey is likely only the tip of the iceberg.

    Canberrans set to have their say on waste to energy


    Canberra needs to start generating energy from waste if we are to meet our 90 per cent resource recovery...

    Canberra needs to start generating energy from waste if we are to meet our 90 per cent resource recovery target.

    Morrison lacks whatever it takes


    Scott Morrison is in the Abbott and Turnbull class for dud captain’s calls and has shaken confidence in his judgment and his...

    Scott Morrison is in the Abbott and Turnbull class for dud captain’s calls and has shaken confidence in his judgment and his instincts.

    Miracle only strategy that can help Liberals


    Given the number of influential Christians in the Coalition government, a miracle in the Wentworth byelection could be seen as an integral part of their election...

    Given the number of influential Christians in the Coalition government, a miracle in the Wentworth byelection could be seen as an integral part of their election strategy.

    'Terrifying' symptoms: Nauru medical records expose delays in transfers for treatment


    Chronically ill refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru have waited years for overseas medical transfers recommended by their doctors, a dossier of medical records...

    Chronically ill refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru have waited years for overseas medical transfers recommended by their doctors, a dossier of medical records shows.

    Whose side is the government on?


    The actions of the Morrison government over the past week can only be described as an...

    The actions of the Morrison government over the past week can only be described as an omnishambles.

    When heritage becomes a dirty word, even in Ku-ring-gai


    Development controversies are often about community resistance to the willingness of authorities to push communities toward developers and development. In Ku-ring-gai, it's a different...

    Development controversies are often about community resistance to the willingness of authorities to push communities toward developers and development. In Ku-ring-gai, it's a different story.

    Canberra cancer patients wait longer for treatment


    Waiting times for cancer treatment in the capital have risen sharply, according to ACT Health's annual...

    Waiting times for cancer treatment in the capital have risen sharply, according to ACT Health's annual report.

    Progress Scott Morrison doesn't want to advertise


    Dozens of asylum seekers arrived in Australia this week. There's been a subtle change in...

    Dozens of asylum seekers arrived in Australia this week. There's been a subtle change in approach.

    College students chosen as the voices of light rail


    The students' voices will be heard on light rail announcements when trams begin taking passengers from Gungahlin to the...

    The students' voices will be heard on light rail announcements when trams begin taking passengers from Gungahlin to the city.

    Sydney Opera House celebrates 45 years as 'Our House'


    Forty-five years ago today, the Queen cut the big red ribbons that billowed from the giant white sails to open the Sydney Opera...

    Forty-five years ago today, the Queen cut the big red ribbons that billowed from the giant white sails to open the Sydney Opera House.

    Monarchy given bump of popularity


    How quickly the royal pregnancy delirium set in, weaving its malignant...

    How quickly the royal pregnancy delirium set in, weaving its malignant magic.

    The Canberra tree that ‘ate’ a garden rake. Really!


    And it turns out, your Akubra-clad columnist discovered, there are a surprising number of trees worldwide that have partially devoured...

    And it turns out, your Akubra-clad columnist discovered, there are a surprising number of trees worldwide that have partially devoured objects.

    WADA had 'failure of leadership' on Russian doping, ASADA boss says


    Amid allegations of backroom deals and bribery, Australia’s anti-doping chief has broken ranks with the global authority to demand reforms after the controversial decision to endorse Russia's testing...

    Amid allegations of backroom deals and bribery, Australia’s anti-doping chief has broken ranks with the global authority to demand reforms after the controversial decision to endorse Russia's testing regime.

    Brisbane film producer takes out lord mayor's top award


    A film producer, the co-founder of a virtual reality business and the company behind a high power electric car charger recognised by lord...

    A film producer, the co-founder of a virtual reality business and the company behind a high power electric car charger recognised by lord mayor.

    Dreamworld inquest's past two weeks dominated by two words


    Human error: the two words pointed to repeatedly as the cause of the fatal 2016 Dreamworld incident on the Thunder River Rapids...

    Human error: the two words pointed to repeatedly as the cause of the fatal 2016 Dreamworld incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride.

    Punters can bet on a wintry blast at Caulfield Cup


    It's odds on that racegoers heading to the Caulfield Cup on Saturday better rug up for a cool and cloudy...

    It's odds on that racegoers heading to the Caulfield Cup on Saturday better rug up for a cool and cloudy day.

    Downswing at Brisbane's golf courses as residents opt for putt putt


    Two of Brisbane’s major golf courses are not as popular as they used to be but Brisbane is set to gain another putt putt...

    Two of Brisbane’s major golf courses are not as popular as they used to be but Brisbane is set to gain another putt putt course.

    Australian man admits rape, kidnapping of British backpacker


    Marcus Allyn Keith Martin, 24, remanded in custody until his next court appearance in February when is he expected to be...

    Marcus Allyn Keith Martin, 24, remanded in custody until his next court appearance in February when is he expected to be sentenced

    Accused parental abduction ring organisers released on bail


    Police claim a yacht was going to be used to smuggle the children to New Zealand. The accused's lawyer argued he just wanted to use it in...

    Police claim a yacht was going to be used to smuggle the children to New Zealand. The accused's lawyer argued he just wanted to use it in retirement.

    Fairfax photos of the week


    A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald...

    A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.

    Financial planner guilty of murdering client with hammer


    The 35-year-old man unsuccessfully argued he should only have been convicted of manslaughter, because of poor mental health and his victim's blackmail...

    The 35-year-old man unsuccessfully argued he should only have been convicted of manslaughter, because of poor mental health and his victim's blackmail attempt.

    Guilty pleas flagged in bizarre Perth Zoo tortoise theft case


    A 29-year-old Vietnamese man charged with possessing three critically endangered tortoises stolen from Perth Zoo has indicated he intends to plead...

    A 29-year-old Vietnamese man charged with possessing three critically endangered tortoises stolen from Perth Zoo has indicated he intends to plead guilty.

    Whales Tohorā


    The new exhibition about whales reveals we still have a lot to...

    The new exhibition about whales reveals we still have a lot to understand.

    South Curl Curl SLSC centenary


    South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club will celebrate 100 years of saving...

    South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club will celebrate 100 years of saving lives

    Best moments at the Opera House


    Best moments at the Opera House to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of its opening - this...

    Best moments at the Opera House to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of its opening - this Saturday

    Perth man dies after crashing scooter into church wall in Bali


    Callan Everts was riding back to the villa he was staying at with his friends in Canggu when he crashed into the wall f a church in...

    Callan Everts was riding back to the villa he was staying at with his friends in Canggu when he crashed into the wall f a church in Kuta.

    Alleged baby basher faces Perth court


    A Perth father who allegedly bashed his newborn, leaving the infant with life- threatening injuries, has also been charged with possessing steroids and...

    A Perth father who allegedly bashed his newborn, leaving the infant with life- threatening injuries, has also been charged with possessing steroids and testosterone.

    Doctor allegedly kept slave with threats of acid and deportation to face death penalty


    A Melbourne doctor and sweet shop owner allegedly forced an Iranian refugee to work 14 hours a day for nothing by threatening to dissolve his body in acid or have him deported to face the death penalty, a tribunal has...

    A Melbourne doctor and sweet shop owner allegedly forced an Iranian refugee to work 14 hours a day for nothing by threatening to dissolve his body in acid or have him deported to face the death penalty, a tribunal has heard.