Amy Corderoy, Lucy Carroll Australians are in denial about their alcohol use, tens of thousands are potentially drinking at risky levels and those in the most danger are seemingly clueless they have a problem, the Global Drug Survey has found.
Esther Han, Inga Ting Rodents, bugs, filth and expired food have caused nearly 300 supermarkets, greengrocers and delis to be slapped with fines over the past six years, data from the NSW Food Authority shows.
HEATH GILMORE It is the great university purge. Nearly one in five domestic students will probably leave their studies by the end of their first year.
CONRAD WALTERS Drought kicked Cameron Rowntree in the gut this week. Spurred by the costs of feeding his cattle, the fourth-generation Walgett farmer thinned his herd by selling stock.
INGA TING Countries that rely strongly on private insurance to fund healthcare have more expensive health systems, the federal government's Commission of Audit has been told.
INGA TING Among taxpayers who claim a deduction for their generosity, the proportion of money given away by low-income earners is 11 times higher than that of wealthy taxpayers.
Nick Ralston, Amy Corderoy, Inga Ting Three-quarters of women killed in NSW die at the hands of loved ones, a statistic that has led the NSW Police Commissioner to warn that domestic violence is one of the ''biggest issues modern society has to face''.
Richard Cornish Salmonella poisoning has almost doubled in the past decade. Following a spate of local and international incidents, we investigate why this is happening.
DAN HARRISON Billions of taxpayers' dollars could be saved from the public health budget without reducing levels of service and care, according to a former head of the federal Health Department.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY 'Get rich quick'' schemes to sell schools in Sydney's inner suburbs over the past 20 years have backfired, parents and public education advocates say, with many of the remaining schools now close to full and the state government exploring the need for an inner-city high school.
Jacob Saulwick, Alexandra Back Public transport fare evaders cost NSW about $120 million a year, according to the first detailed survey of Sydney's bus, rail and ferry passengers.
Alex Nicholson Extreme sports have paved the way for Australia's hopes in the Winter Olympics.
JONATHAN SWAN The Coalition appears to be vastly better off than Labor, with the Liberals and Nationals making about $26 million more than their political opponents last year.
TOBY JOHNSTONE It is the only club in Sydney where Point Piper residents rub shoulders with the nouveau-riche of Kenthurst, where Mosman meets Matraville and Burwood and Birchgrove are equal.
ESTHER HAN Australians love steak, but our aversion to the bits left behind has made us one of the biggest purveyors of offal in the world.
Josephine Tovey, Inga Ting Parents with children in NSW selective schools pay voluntary fees on average five times the amount of those with children in comprehensive public schools, creating a stark inequality within the public school system, an analysis by Fairfax Media reveals.
INGA TING Higher prices for alcohol will do little to curb high-intensity drinking because binge drinkers commonly drink little or nothing on some days so they can binge on the weekend, leading public health experts warn.
Peter Munro Steroids have become the drug of choice for people who start injecting illicit substances, eclipsing methamphetamines and heroin in popularity among young men.
Matt Wade It has Taronga Zoo, Balmoral Beach and a higher annual income than several African nations. Mosman's postcode, 2088, has the largest combined taxable income in Australia - a handy $2.5 billion, the latest tax data shows.
Lucy Marks, Craig Butt, Caroline Zielinski Karen Di Stefano does not see her homosexuality as anything out of the ordinary. ''It doesn't define who I am,'' says Ms Di Stefano, who has lived with her partner Amanda Harris in Frenchs Forest for three years.
Caroline Zielinski and Craig Butt Caroline Jemison says a trip to her local shopping centre often leaves her wondering if she and her partner Fiona Campbell are the only lesbians in Airport West.
RACHEL BROWNE With premiums steadily rising, many people are cutting back their healthcare cover, writes Rachel Browne.
Rachel Browne, Michaela Whitbourn Almost half of donations to some popular charities are spent on fund-raising, prompting calls for more transparency as the Coalition prepares to abolish the body set up to regulate not-for-profit organisations.
AMY MCNEILAGE Looking at trends in this year's HSC results, one could be forgiven for thinking the results were from the 1950s.
AMY MCNEILAGE Almost 55,000 of the state's school leavers will find out their ATAR on Thursday. But it is doubtful many, if any, will truly understand the intricacies of how it was calculated.
NICK O'MALLEY One year after the Sandy Hook massacre, America is still fiercely divided over its gun laws.
MARK HAWTHORNE The story of Holden and its demise needs to be viewed through a global lens if it's to be fully understood.
NICK O'MALLEY Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States.
AMY MCNEILAGE Many of the world's most mathematically gifted teenagers come from countries with the most lucrative tutoring industries.
MATT WADE Sitting through lectures and tutorials may be worth more than you think: the wellbeing value of a university degree is nearly $1 million.
INGA TING Indigenous health has not improved at all in many areas of Australia over the past decade, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday showed.
Michaela Whitbourn The man accused of murdering his fiancee by throwing her off the balcony of their Hyde Park apartment may have improved his chances of being found innocent by being tried without a jury.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY It is the "baffling contrast" in gender equality in Australia: girls generally outperform boys at school, and are more likely to hold a bachelor degree, but men continue to earn more than women in the workplace and overwhelmingly dominate leadership roles.
MATT WADE Statistics charting progress across Australian election years tell an interesting story, writes Matt Wade
AMY CORDEROY Children as young as 12 who live in areas saturated with liquor outlets are more likely to drink than their peers, researchers say.
Dan Harrison Melburnians are being admitted to hospital at the highest rates in the nation for conditions that should not need hospital treatment.
INGA TING We've never been more preoccupied with what, where and how to eat, so why are we fatter than ever and less capable of preparing food for ourselves? Here are the facts and figures.
MATT WADE As Sydney house prices break records, economists warn that $1 million suburbs are the new normal.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY More than 200 public schools in NSW, many in low socio-economic areas, will receive less funding next year under the new Gonski-inspired model, despite an overall $100 million boost to the sector.
AMY CORDEROY Australia has had the biggest jump in new HIV cases in two decades, leading experts to call for urgent action to tackle the disease.
NICK MILLER The British capital is losing some of its allure.
ESTHER HAN Charities are turning away more than 10,000 people seeking food parcels and free meals every month in NSW - nearly half the hungry mouths being children - because of depleted food stocks, a national report shows.
Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.
AMY MCNEILAGE HSC students are increasingly choosing subjects such as legal studies and construction with their eye on a future job, at the expense of languages and complex maths subjects.
Amy Corderoy A nine-year-old boy has killed himself and two other children have attempted suicide while taking a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, federal drug authorities have said.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Brisbane Broncos are officially the most successful team in rugby league history.
SARAH WHYTE The growing empires of Australia's two big supermarkets have been branded an international oddity amid a prediction pharmacies may be their next conquest.
GLENDA KWEK There's no doubt house prices are high - but are we already in bubble territory? Here's a checklist.
RACHEL BROWNE Our federal cabinet might have only one woman but since the 1980s equal employment opportunity has been in place. We look at women who have moved to the top of their professions on this 'level' playing field.
Jonathan Swan, Bianca Hall, Rick Feneley Labor would have been reduced to a parliamentary rump had it not replaced Julia Gillard with Kevin Rudd as prime minister, according to leaked internal polling.
Matt Wade The lopsided gender balance of Tony Abbott's cabinet has caused a stir. But how does it compare with the Australian population on other major demographic characteristics such as age, religion, schooling and occupation?
DANIEL FLITTON Opinion Australia needs to make sure it spends wisely when it helps overseas.
NICK O'MALLEY Early on Monday afternoon in the US most of the nation was gripped by the notion that while one gunman was "down" in the DC Navy Yard others might be on the lose. That suggested the mass shooting may have been a terrorist attack.
Jacob Saulwick, Conrad Walters Sydney's 20-somethings are fast ditching their cars for public transport, previously unpublished figures show, revealing the trend is widespread in the city.
ESTHER HAN When it comes to exports, South Australia's Barossa reigns supreme over every other wine region in Australia. Last financial year alone, it splashed the world with 12 million litres worth $110 million.
Craig Butt and Benjamin Preiss There is no such thing as a free lunch; or a free education.
AMY CORDEROY The number of schoolchildren drinking alcohol has fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, a large study of NSW students has found.
Cosima Marriner, Craig Butt One-third of Sydney childcare centres have no vacancies, forcing some parents to wait nearly two years for a place, with neither Labor nor the Coalition outlining a solution to the childcare crisis experts say is hampering women's workforce participation.
GLENDA KWEK Australia is the most expensive country for international students, ahead of the US and UK, but the falling currency and improved visa processes could soon seen a resurgence in numbers.
Ardyn Bernoth Where is Sydney's hottest, most happening eat street? If you thought Crown Street, Surry Hills, think again. The city's George Street takes the crown as Sydney's star culinary strip. And the CBD is our dining epicentre.
EMMA PARTRIDGE Less heroin use, a booming economy and tougher policing have led to a 59 per cent drop in robberies across NSW in the past decade, new figures show.
Julie Power Energy companies are cracking down on people who can't pay their power bills, as experts warn ''energy poverty'' is intensifying.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY The number of students from non-English speaking backgrounds gaining admission to Sydney's top selective high school has fallen significantly in the past two years.
ESTHER HAN Despite his family growing peaches and lemons on the fringes of Sydney for nearly 50 years, Warren Rowles says the farming tradition will end with him.
Tim Barlass The number of dog attacks on people in NSW has increased threefold since 2007 but funding for companion animal issues has been cut in the latest budget.
Craig Butt Big drop in affordable rental properties for traditionally low-cost areas of Melbourne's south-east.
Adam Carey, Craig Butt Two rail lines diverge in Altona North; some take the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.
Aisha Dow and Craig Butt Every Victorian ratepayer will have to find more this year - an average of $76 per household.
Adam Carey and Craig Butt Overcrowding on peak-hour trams has eased in the past year but remains a stubborn problem on a number of Melbourne routes.
CONRAD WALTERS When The Guardian marked its centenary, its editor penned an essay that declared "comment is free, but facts are sacred".
The main points from this year's New South Wales state budget, delivered by Treasurer Mike Baird.
Jewel Topsfield, Craig Butt and Henrietta Cook Every one of Victoria's 1522 state schools would receive funding increases over the next six years 'if the state signs up to the Gonski reforms'.
AMY CORDEROY Doctors at one of Sydney's top hospitals say emergency and resuscitation beds that are desperately needed for patient care are lying dormant because of funding shortfalls.
MATT WADE The cost of mental illness to Australia's collective wellbeing has reached $190 billion a year - equivalent to about 12 per cent of the economy's annual output.
CONRAD WALTERS In Code Land, California, where artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris spends much of his time, 10,000 daisies can sway in unison and birds with identical plumage can soar across the sky in parallel lines. But it would be awfully boring.
Craig Butt Welcome to GovHack, a nation-wide carnival of innovation that drew people to work with public government data.
Marc Moncrief and Craig Butt He was half-naked, his body was broken and Michael Walker could not remember a thing.
Craig Butt Hundreds of computer tinkerers, journalists, techno-boffins and curious others are gathering in cities across the country to point their skills at government data.
See if your favourite restaurant is on the state's name and shame list.
Nino Bucci, Craig Butt and Jared Lynch Family violence has again been used to explain a leap in the state's crime rate.
RACHEL BROWNE Australian immunisation rates are lower than those of many developing countries including Rwanda, Eritrea and Bangladesh, according to a global report.
Craig Butt and Aisha Dow Serious injuries among middle-aged cyclists have almost tripled in Victoria since 2000, analysis of Transport Accident Commission data shows.
Marc Moncrief and Aisha Dow Researchers have identified the five areas in Melbourne where cyclists are most likely to be killed or seriously injured.
Explore this year's federal budget to see where the money comes from and goes to.
STEPHANIE PEATLING The Coalition's paid parental leave would be among the most generous in the world both in its length and the amount it paid to parents.
CONRAD WALTERS Surely, Excel must have a formula to calculate who does the most dinner dishes. Or takes out the trash the most frequently, while it's raining, in winter, when children are bellowing.
MATT WADE How many surgeons does it take to earn a billion dollars? Surprisingly few, according to the latest tax figures.
Craig Butt and Thomas Hounslow The Twitter accounts of Julia Gillard, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd and other prominent politicians are being targeted by ''spam bots'', dramatically inflating their follower numbers.
Tim Barlass An extract from the diary of Aubrey Wiltshire, a bank officer from Melbourne who served with the 22nd Battalion, D Company, AIF. Wiltshire was 24 years old when he boarded HMAT Ulysses on May 10, 1915.
Jason Dowling and Adam Carey More people are driving solo in Melbourne's choked peak-hour traffic, with thousands of motorists being fined every year for driving in bus or transit lanes.
See every Australian tornado visualised in this marvelous interactive feature by our colleagues at the Border Mail.
Bevan Shields The Coonabarabran fire in South Australia is bigger than about 75 different countries, including Luxembourg, Samoa and Singapore. Compare its size to your home town on our interactive map.
RACHEL OLDING Halfway along a dirt road between Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert, a little sea of shimmering corrugated iron roofs marks the hottest place in Australia.
AMY CORDEROY Behind the healthy and wealthy facade of the northern beaches lies a secret problem: alcohol.
Karen Thorne Bondi Beach cleared, shark sightings forcing swimmers out of Manly's surf, a lifeguard knocked off his board at Dee Why – Sydneysiders heading to the beach could be excused for feeling under threat.
Ten Sydney suburbs account for almost 30 per cent of the city's gun violence.
Nearly 70,000 asylum seekers have tried to reach Australia since 1990. More than 1500 have died along the way.
How would you balance the books? Have a go at being the Treasurer with our interactive.
How Australia got to 23 million.
Browse through data on Australia's population to see how we live.
Our interactive map compares modes of travel in the Victorian capital.
Our interactive tour of the attack, the terrorist and the lives lost.
Revealed: Politicians' gifts, trips and tickets. A searchable database.
Friends with money: the global social phenomenon.
Map the links between Australia's top companies.
Australian startup innovation goes to Silicon Valley.
The road home for Aussie soldiers injured in battle.
Visualise all the numbers in the 2012 Federal Budget.
Searchable database: How NSW schools rank.