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The Last Impresario

Gracie Otto makes mark with directorial debut The Last Impresario

The Last Impresario: Michael White and Kate Moss.

LINDA MORRIS 11:59pm She's the lesser-known daughter of a famous performing family, but with her documentary portrait of fabled English showman Michael White, Gracie Otto is at last making a name for herself.

Love Your Garden

Hello possums, welcome to our home

Possums live in family groups and  suburbia is a safe place for them to make a home.

Jason Hodges 10:59am If you have experienced what a family of possums can do to your garden, I can understand your frustration.

Title Deeds

Jennifer Hawkins buys in Newport

Jennifer Hawkins

LUCY MACKEN 10:39am Title Deeds: The supermodel and her husband get in the renovating mood, again, while a few interesting off-market deals surface in Vaucluse.

All ovens blazing in pizza wars

Pizza.

Alexandra Cain How can small pizzerias capture a slice of the market in the face of the major chains' $5 pizza deals?

Punishment, not reward, awaits the honest politician

Daniel Flitton

DANIEL FLITTON Politicians rank between door-to-door spruikers and insurance salespeople as a profession inspiring trust. Maybe this reputation is deserved, the mounting cost of deliberate obfuscation, spin and outright lies. But part of the real reason politicians are regarded so poorly must be because honesty so rarely brings reward.

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Green square traffic problems

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JAMES ROBERTSON Getting a good night's sleep for 20,000 residents is impossible, and they fear it will only get worse.

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Green square traffic problems

JAMES ROBERTSON Getting a good night's sleep for 20,000 residents is impossible, and they fear it will only get worse.

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Luxury

What is it really like inside the VIP?

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STEVE COLQUHOUN Does true VIP treatment at a top nightclub live up to its extravagant promise?

Union protest at Barangaroo: 1000 workers walk off the job

Union protest: about 1000 workers have walked off the Barangaroo site.

ANNA PATTY 1:42pm Dispute over suspension of union delegate as workers down tools until Monday.

More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to fight in Gaza

An Israeli tank fires a 155mm shell towards targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Dozens of Israeli reservists have refused to fight in Gaza.

1:40pm More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians.

Tiger mojo to test Eagles' mettle in AFL

Justin Chadwick 1:41pm West Coast will be aiming to keep their slim finals hopes alive when they confront an in-form Tigers outfit in Perth on Friday night.

Business outrage as MH17 probe progresses

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 1:38pm As investigators start recovering data from the MH17 black boxes and identifying bodies, an Australian business has banned exports to Russia.

Ex-cop guilty of lying about bender

Lauren Farrow 1:33pm Former NSW policeman Robert John Reid has been found guilty of misleading the Police Integrity Commission.

Margaret River rebel act leads to injuries for Harley passenger

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LIAM DUCEY 1:43pm Revving a Harley Davidson motorcycle in front of the Margaret River Police Station has led to a man being airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

Treasurer Joe Hockey stands by accuracy of controversial biography, calling it 'fair dinkum'

Treasurer Joe Hockey

JAMES MASSOLA 1:30pm A defiant Joe Hockey says he won't apologise for an authorised biography that reveals he believed his first budget was too soft and in which cabinet colleagues Malcolm Turnbull and Ian Macfarlane are criticised.

NRL set to double serious injury payouts

1:19pm The NRL has announced plans for a new interim player insurance scheme, which would double the maximum insurance payout for career-ending injuries.

I was forced to set woman alight, Sydney teen tells court

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PAUL BIBBY 1:13pm A Sydney youth has described how he was ordered at gunpoint to douse a young woman with petrol and then set her alight, telling a judge "I still don't believe that I've done what I've done."

Israel faces increasing pressure to halt Gaza war

US Secretary of State John Kerry with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Jodi Rudoren 1:15pm Israel faced new political and economic pressures Wednesday to negotiate a halt to the Gaza war, with its rising toll of death and destruction, as ceasefire talks ground forward and airlines extended their suspension of flights.

Brumbies name unchanged side for Tahs

1:15pm The Brumbies have named an unchanged match day 23 for their semi-final against the Waratahs in what will be a huge boost to the side's chances.

Memorial service for Canberra MH17 victim Liliane Derden

Canberra mother Liliane Derden.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN 1:05pm MH17 victim Liliane Derden was remembered as a devoted mother who was taken far too soon.

WA doctors say suspended Nitschke was 'risk to public health'

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has been suspended from practising over his alleged handling of a WA man who committed suicide.

LEANNE NICHOLSON 1:33pm The WA AMA says the right decision was made to suspend the registration of euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke over his links to the suicide of a young and healthy WA man man.

I'm here to win the Moto3 title: Miller

Roje Adaimy 12:58pm Australian teenager Jack Miller is intent on winning the Moto3 world championship, but believes it'll come down to the season's last race in Spain.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott opens new cafe at Australian War Memorial

Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks the opening of the cafe.

DAVID ELLERY 12:53pm Prime Minister honours soldier killed in Afghanistan at opening of Poppy's cafe.

St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey out for the season with knee tendonitis

Tom Hickey's frustrating season has come to an end.

DANIEL CHERNY 1:04pm St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey as been diagnosed with knee tendonitis and won't play again in 2014.

League

Manly should release Steve Matai says Kieran Foran

Manly teammates Kieran Foran and Steve Matai.

James MacSmith 12:46pm Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has conceded player contractual issues are afflicting the NRL competition leaders and has called for Sea Eagles management to allow centre Steve Matai to make a big money move to the Warriors.

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Results

Facebook beats Wall Street targets off mobile ad growth

Mobile advertising revenue grew 151 per cent year-over-year for Facebook.

Alexei Oreskovic 12:43pm Facebook now counts 1.5 million advertising customers and the company's ad business saw strong growth across all of its geographic regions, COO Sheryl Sandberg says.

Lions keen to sink rising Suns

Jim Morton 12:44pm Sibling rivalry is intense in Queensland with the struggling Brisbane Lions desperate to dent Gold Coast's AFL finals hopes.

Reinvented Kelis Rogers bares her soul to good effect

Kelis Rogers and her band have added new flavour to some of her best-loved tracks.

GEORGE PALATHINGAL 1:19pm Kelis Rogers' reinvention as a soul diva works far better than you might expect. Given her creative restlessness, though, this incarnation may not last for long, so best enjoy it while you can.

Manly should release Matai: says Foran

James MacSmith 12:39pm Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has admitted internal ructions are afflicting the NRL club and says the Sea Eagles should release Steve Matai to the Warriors.