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Inquiry to decide on release of secret Cunneen tapes

Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.

Sean Nicholls 12:21 AM   A decision on whether explosive phone taps involving crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen are made public could be taken as early as Monday amid calls by Labor MPs on a parliamentary committee to move for their release.

PM's son a creditor of failed $100m tech firm

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull bought $1 million worth of shares in PlayUp shareholder Revo Nominees in mid-2012, but ...

John Stensholt 12:01 AM   Shareholders are angry that the Prime Minister's son, Alex Turnbull, has emerged as one of only three secured creditors in PlayUp, the failed sports technology company.

Public servant injured psychologically by performance appraisal

The Australian Customs Service was reorganised in 2015.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Customs official says she "feared reprisals" if she didn't click the "agree" button.

Whooping cough cases more than double in Canberra

Whooping cough cases in Canberra surged last year, but authorities say the rise is consistent with historical patterns.

Natasha Boddy 12:00 AM   The ACT struggled through a dramatic rise in whooping cough last year, as figures reveal cases more than doubled in 2015.

WHO told to sanction outbreak dissenters

China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organisation, left, and David Nabarro, UN Special Envoy on ...

Ross Peake 12:00 AM   An Australian infectious diseases expert is calling on the World Health Organisation not to remain "a toothless tiger".

The fix: public servants vote for one pay rise, get another

Senator Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment and Minister for Women.

Noel Towell 12:00 AM   They said 1.5 per cent a year was all public servants would get. But that wasn't quite true.

50 years ago today, Australia went decimal

Decimal conversion time, 1966. Toys in old and new prices.

Staff reporter 4:16 PM   Australia changed to decimal currency with hardly a hitch. The smoothness of the change, the efficiency of business people and the good humour of the public delighted Decimal Currency Board officials.

Men more likely to avoid chlamydia tests than women

Young people are the most likely to contract chlamydia - and the least likely to follow up with testing.

Hannah Francis 12:15 AM   One in five Australians ignores a GP's request for a chlamydia test - and men are the worst offenders.

Christmas and Easter oysters shucked from the menu

Pacific oysters have been rocked by Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.

Deborah Gough 3:07 AM   Easter and Christmas celebrations will feel the knife with confirmed reports of a virus that has locked down the Tasmania oyster industry.

How the Shane Warne Foundation fell apart

Shane Warne enjoys Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley racecourse in October 2014.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston   Despite the constant denials about the true state of the Shane Warne Foundation, the former cricket champion was fronting a charity with big problems.

Children of Tara Nettleton and terrorist Khaled Sharrouf are starving

Karen Nettleton says her grandchildren are trapped in Syria and starving.

Natalie O'Brien   Karen Nettleton has revealed she has sent money to her grandchildren in Syria in a desperate bid to keep them alive.

Outrage as Lone Pine ceremony at Gallipoli axed

The Lone Pine service at Gallipoli in 2014.

Julie Power   The federal government's┬ádecision to axe Anzac Day ceremonies at Lone Pine in Gallipolli has been described as "sacrilege" to veterans, which would outrage all Australians.

In the name of love

When friends of Melbourne grandmother Kristina Love googled her name, they found it had been taken on "by a large number ...

John Elder   Do people called Love have more heart than the rest of us?

Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle: who is up and who is down

The recently appointed Deputy Leader of the Nationals Senator Fiona Nash, now promoted to a cabinet role.

James Massola   Some surprise faces make their way into ministry positions.

Health star ratings don't match canteen treat rules

Back on the menu: Under the traffic light guidelines some treats are considered "amber" or "right-light" foods and could ...

Cosima Marriner   Treats could be back on the menu if the health star food rating system was introduced in school canteens.

Food brands 'game' health star rating scheme

Brand packaging amended: The star rating system aims to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy food options.

Cosima Marriner   Is that tin of Milo rated 4.5 stars for nutrition? Or just 1.5 stars?

Support for hospital's stand against baby's return to Nauru

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital refuses to release injured refugee baby to return to Nauru.

Lisa Yallamas   Hospital staff served late night snacks to the handful of people keeping vigil in support of the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital decision to refuse the return of an injured, asylum-seeker toddler to off-shore detention in Nauru.

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PR war over fires in Tasmania's world heritage area takes to the air

Mount Oakleigh, near the Overland Track, last week.

Adam Morton   Not for the first time, a war is being fought over Tasmania's world heritage wilderness. As fire burns across the state, this time it is being fought from the air.

Melbourne MS sufferer who refused dialysis treatment dies, aged 55

Anthony at home in Keilor East last week.

Anthony Virgona, the Melbourne man who turned down life-prolonging medical treatment after years of suffering from a crippling degenerative disease, has died.

Dear Sydney, drop by for a drink some night. Love, Melbourne

Enjoying the nightlife in Hosier Lane in Melbourne's CBD.

Michael Coulter   Melbourne revels in the late-night delights that Sydney's lockout laws have eliminated.

Hospital refuses to discharge asylum seeker toddler to prevent return to Nauru

The Lady Cilento Hospital is refusing to release a baby, who was injured while in detention in Nauru.

Nicole Hasham   A Brisbane hospital is refusing to discharge an asylum seeker toddler who has been recovering from burns injuries, in a bid to prevent the Turnbull government from returning her to immigration detention at Nauru.

Trimming the fat: how we could save billions

Australia's health care system is captured by providers and their lobby groups.

Jessica Irvine   Australia's health network is cheap and effective by international standards, but powerful vested interests are rorting the system.

'Unfair changes' to APS pay deal threaten stats

CPSU president Alistair Waters described the interviewers as "hard working, low paid Australians.

Phillip Thomson   Most of them are grandparents with "harsh employment conditions". And they're about to vote on a new deal.

NDIS ACT rollout improves but numbers underestimated

Complaints about the NDIS are slowing down as more Canberrans have their plans approved.

Clare Colley   The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the ACT is on track with complaints slowing down.

Immigration backs away from staff consolidation

Mike Pezzullo, secretary Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Phillip Thomson   Split-campus option raised in new tender, after old approach to market was torn up.

Doctor fears hidden measles threat after anti-vaxer seeks covert help for her infected child

Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Brunswick and East Brunswick in the past week.

Beau Donelly   Surgeon warns of dangers of unreported cases after a mother sought medical advice about infected baby on a secret anti-vaccination social media page.

Steve McQueen and the making of Le Mans

Steve McQueen's dream project was Le Mans, about the 24-hour endurance race in France.

Stephanie Bunbury   intro here

School friends remember Tara Nettleton as a reckless, funny teenager

In social media posts dedicated to Tara Nettleton, friends shared photos of their early years at Chester Hill High School.

Natalie O'Brien   School friends of the late Tara Nettleton, the widow of Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who has died in Syria, have paid tribute to the 31-year-old and recalled their fun days together as the "Cheso girls".

What's not to love? A Valentine explainer

Valentine's Day
Heart Shape ...

John Elder   Some people regard Valentine's Day a crass exercise in commercialism, others enjoy it as an excuse to go cross-eyed at one another. John Elder explores the roots of romance.

How Nene King's life with two 'lovely' men ended in bitter court battle

Nene King says her life 'went off the rails' after her third husband's death.

Mark Russell   She'd turned her back on the glamorous magazine world and was sharing her home with a couple who, she thought, 'really cared for me and looked after me'. Then her credit cards started bouncing...