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Half day strikes to hit public service in June

Noel Towell 10:53 AM   John Lloyd said 'low level' industrial action has had little effect, now one union is escalating its campaign.

Family tricked IS recruit into returning home

Asher Abid Khan

Peter Mitchell 10:47 AM   Asher Abid Khan was restless and living in Sydney when he began researching ways to travel to Syria or Iraq to join terror group Islamic State, according to US prosecutors.

Announcing the June Clique Challenge: your brief and video tutorial

The Clique June Challenge theme is "Emotion". The deadline for this Challenge is Monday 22nd June at 12 noon AEST. To enter visit www.cliquephotos.com.au. Prize include a Nikon 1 J5 camera, $500 Nikon equipment voucher and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

10:31 AM   Joy, happiness, sorrow, sympathy, fear, pride, rage, affection, excitement, empathy, ... your brief for the June Clique Challenge is to create an entry with a heightened sense of emotion.

IS fighter's wife and children seek return to Australia

Khaled Sharrouf, whose family reportedly want to return to Australia.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Nick Ralston 7:55 AM   Notorious Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf's wife and children, including his son who was photographed holding a severed head, are seeking to return to Australia.

The kids not waiting for coding to be in the curriculum

Students (from left) Sarah Vandebberg, Georgia Grasso, Angie Liu, Erika Dudkin and Alice Shang at Tara Anglican girls school learn to code.

Eryk Bagshaw 1:34 AM   The federal parliament is talking up the value of coding and it being in the national curriculum. Amanda Hogan and her class of eight isn't waiting.

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'Project Tetris' and the Department of Finance

Most Influential - Tetris

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Department looks to 1980s Soviet-made video game for inspiration. Or does it?

Sometimes we need to get tough on terror: Fontana

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana.

Michael Bachelard 8:12 PM   Police know they might strain relations with the Muslim community by bashing down doors, but sometimes options are limited, says counter-terror chief.

Lloyd's probe can't locate source of leak

Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Investigation hits brick wall: "The inquiry concluded that there was no evidence available that would support a finding that any commission employee leaked the relevant information to the journalist."

Australia's outlook turns drier as Indian Ocean set to reinforce El Nino

Dry times loom for southern Australia if the weather models prove correct.

Peter Hannam 8:03 PM   Prospects are firming that the El Nino event taking hold will mean a drier Australia, with conditions in the Indian Ocean likely to reinforce those in the Pacific, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Rosie Batty backs domestic violence leave

Rosie Batty.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 6:27 PM   Australian of the Year Rosie Batty has thrown support behind a powerful industrial campaign to give domestic violence victims an extra 10 days of annual leave from work.

Myopia fears for Australian students

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Eryk Bagshaw 4:53 PM   One of Australia's leading eye specialists has called for action to stop spiralling levels of short-sightedness.

Religious leaders call for deep post-2020 carbon cuts

Archbishop Philip Freier at St James Church in West Melbourne. He and other religious leaders are lobbying the Federal Government on Climate Change issues. Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 26TH MAY 2015

Peter Hannam 4:36 PM   Leading religious figures have called on the Abbott government and Labor to commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gases after the current goal expires in 2020.

The speech on dying you were prevented from hearing

Rodney Syme

Michael Short 2:48 PM   Below is an edited version of a speech on dying by Dr Rodney Syme that was, in effect, censored.

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Company cleaning public service buildings slams wage cuts

Cleaning with bleach has been linked with incidences of the flu and tonsillitis.

Phillip Thomson 2:15 PM   First the cleaners complained after losing $6000 a year. Now the cleaning companies have gripes.

How loud traffic noise can make you fatter

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Living next to a busy road could increase the risk of obesity, the first research into the effects of noise pollution on waistlines has found.

Another APS wage deal crushed in vote

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood  claimed the vote as a significant win for her union.

Noel Towell   Public servants at the Department of Industry have rejected a new wage deal in three-to-one workplace ballot drubbing.

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Estimates targets 'misleading' public service union

Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd

Phillip Thomson   Public servants are missing out on pay rises up to 7 times better than one cost of living index, senator says.

Border Force faces pay mutiny

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood says the anger was palpable among frontline Customs officers in particular.

Noel Towell   ¬†Public servants transferring from Customs are 'going ballistic' over a move they say will leave them thousands of dollars out of pocket.

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'Dipshit': senior public servant lets loose

Senator Bill Heffernan during a Senate Estimates Hearing at Parliament House Canberra on Monday 26 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Phillip Thomson   Angry bureaucrat kept waiting at Senate estimates hearing uses the time to pen letter.

Game changer

New emoji are about to be added to the Unicode family.

A new legion of emoji are about to arrive. 

Spending on Parliament House security shows "incompetent budgeting"

Paid parking at Parliament House was introduced to discourage public servants from trying to park for free.

Ross Peake   The failure to spend money earmarked for the security upgrade at Parliament House was incompetent budgeting, a Senate estimates hearing was told on Monday.

First rats, then bog rolls

Toilet paper.

Noel Towell   Department replaces controversial rats icon ... with toilet paper.

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Doctors hope new treatment for brain cancer will spare people's memories

Patients with brain tumours can be treated with new technology that spares the memory.

Julia Medew Health Editor   Every year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with brain tumours and usually they are secondary to other cancers found in their bodies.

Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher defends Catholic Church and Cardinal George Pell over response to child abuse claims

Archbishop Anthony Fisher has written a letter to the Sydney archdiocese.

Kate Aubusson   Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher has defended Cardinal George Pell over his handling of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Pressure on car parks at Parliament House escalates

Parking at Parliament House is under pressure.

Ross Peake   Pressure on reserved car parks at Parliament House has risen after paid parking was introduced, including in the public car park, although most don't stay long enough to pay the fee.

Monis spent his life trying to achieve 'significance'

Man Haron Monis was using the name Michael Hayson Mavros, his former solicitor has said.

Paul Bibby, Nick Ralston   In September 2014 he wrote a letter to George Brandis 'seeking legal advice to send a letter to Caliph Ibrahim, head of Islamic State'.

Senators question giving private data to research company

Katy Gallagher.

Ross Peake   Labor senators have questioned how their email addresses, and those of their staff, were provided to a private research company. The company is being paid around $22,000 to survey Senators, MPs and their staff on the work of the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Single FoI costs taxpayers $80,000

Doug Cameron says a review into freedom of information requests is a waste of money.

Phillip Thomson   It's an average Australian's yearly salary, but one request for information sent this amount of money into the pockets of consultants.

Short shelf life in digital age

The iPod has passed its peak, new data shows.

Esther Han   We're prone to thinking old box TVs and film cameras are antiquated technologies. But DVD players, digital cameras and iPods have also passed their zenith.

Young doctor blows the whistle on senior 'bully' neurosurgeon

Helen Maroulis.

Julia Medew   A young doctor has accused a senior Melbourne neurosurgeon of being "extremely abusive" towards staff at Monash Medical Centre and says the hospital did not want to know about the constant fear she felt while working there.