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Productivity Commission's public sector myth-busting

Public Eye 12:15 AM   Finally, an official denial of the nonsense at the heart of the government's wage bargaining policy.

Heat is in the air: spring to burst onto the scene

If it doesn't feel like spring yet - it should do soon.

Peter Hannam 9:07 PM   After the coolest winter in years, the mercury is ready to rise, forecasters say.

Yongah Hill detainee in hospital after reports of self-harm

Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition.

Neelima Choahan 7:57 PM   An Afghan man detained at a West Australian detention centre required hospital care amid reports that he tried to take his own life.

IT 'disaster' could have built 20 schools

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10:  NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli poses with School Children at Condell Park Public School in Condell Park on September 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

Eryk Bagshaw 6:40 PM   The bungled roll-out of a new IT system across the state's public education system could have built up to 20 new schools.

Health Check: do you need to stretch before and after exercise?

Josh Hazelwood (L) stretches with Nathan Lyon during an Australian nets session.

Rob Herbert 6:28 PM   Does stretching increase flexibility, reduce the risk of injury, reduce soreness and enhance sporting performance?

Is the 'mad genius' a myth?

There are parts of the brain that control the number of spontaneous thoughts someone has, and how much they daydream or let their minds wander.

Quincy Wong 6:28 PM   The link between neurotic unhappiness and creativity has been highlighted in revelations of the personal battles of artists, writers, musicians and other people pursing creative endeavours.

Busy bushfire season ahead for Australia's most populous regions

NSW Rural Fire Service crews prepare in the Blue Mountains in August.

Peter Hannam 12:15 AM   Another year of above-average fire risk is on the way as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with a strengthening El Nino.

Sailor considers appeal after losing compensation case over unwanted pregnancy

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Mark Russell 5:54 PM   Lawyers representing a sailor who sued the Department of Defence over an unwanted pregnancy are considering appealing a judge's decision to throw the case out.

This cheap drug could save your life

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Amy Corderoy 8:00 PM   An inexpensive drug could hold the key to saving the lives of heart attack survivors

Girl hoses down train passengers when asked to turn down her music

A female passenger dampened down etiquette expectations on a Melbourne train.

Liam Mannix 4:42 PM   Commuters copped a spray - of water - from a woman on a train on Friday after they asked her to turn down her pounding R&B music.

The concrete house that survived a wildfire unscathed

John Belles watched from inside his concrete house as wildfires burned across his property.

Madeleine Wedesweiler 12:15 AM   A Washington man's concrete house survived without a scorch mark after a wildfire burned through his property.

Gay couples throw ring into the hat

Gay-themed ad campaign

Beau Donelly 3:07 PM   A luxury jeweller is the latest company to throw its support behind marriage equality by becoming the first Australian business to use real gay couples in a mainstream advertising campaign.

MH370 flaperon finding called into question

The debris found on Reunion Island in July was covered in barnacles.

Michael Koziol 11:36 AM   "Goose barnacles" suggest key evidence could not have travelled as speculated, says science writer.

7-Eleven: Allan Fels says model dooms franchisees and workers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 25:  A general view of an employee working behind the counter serving customers at the 7-Eleven store in South Yarra on August 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Arsineh Houspian/Fairfax Media)

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert, Klaus Toft 8:56 AM   7-Eleven Australia has come in for heavy criticism from former consumer watchdog Allan Fels and the Fair Work Ombudsman office after revelations of systemic exploitation of workers at the company's stores.

Property developer goes from the penthouse to the jailhouse

Nati Stoliar celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances.

Kate McClymont   Although Sydney property developer Nati Stoliar once resided in the most palatial homes in the nation, on August 19 he celebrated his birthday in greatly reduced circumstances – a jail cell in Nevada.

7-Eleven stores in strife

Many 7-11 stores would either lose money or barely break even if the correct wages were paid.

Adele Ferguson, Sarah Danckert, Klaus Toft   Internal documents shows the financial plight of hundreds of 7-Eleven stores around Australia

The loss of a legend

Bart Cummings and Darren Beadman.

Chris Roots   Joe Agresta might not be most famous or influential figure to pay tribute to Bart Cummings following his death at 87, but he probably knew him the best.

7-Eleven: wage fraud cover-up from head office

Evidence of wage fraud is being stored at 7-Eleven's corporate headquarters.

Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckert   A massive cover-up of employee exploitation is being run out of 7-Eleven corporate headquarters, a joint investigation by Fairfax media and Four Corners can reveal.

Cummings family accept offer of state funeral from NSW

Legendary trainer Bart Cummings.

Patrick Bartley   The family of champion trainer Bart Cummings have accepted the offer of a state funeral from the NSW government.

ATO cracking down on rental claims

Weakened: The ATO has cut 17.5 per cent of its workforce, claims the Community and Public Sector Union.

The Australian Tax Office is cracking down on people claiming excessive deductions on their rental properties.

Outback fashion rules on Cup day

Fashions on the Field winners strut their stuff on raceday at Kununurra, in East Kimberley, Western Australia.

Daisy Dumas   Cup Day marks the end of the race season - and the dry season - in Kununurra, north east WA.

Public servants go thirsty as depts' budgets dry up

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Noel Towell   Public servants in Canberra have been told to buy their own office tea and coffee as the Abbott Government's cutbacks start to bite.

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Peter Greste and al-Jazeera colleagues sentenced to three years' jail by Egyptian court

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Journalist Peter Greste in Canberra
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Esther Han   Peter Greste "shocked, outraged, angry" at the three-year jail sentence handed down by an Egyptian court on him and his two Al Jazeera colleagues.

Greste found guilty by Cairo court

Australian journalist Peter Greste.

Tim Elliott   Australian journalist Peter Greste and his two Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been sentenced to three years in prison by an Cairo court.

Amal Clooney says Al Jazeera, Peter Greste guilty verdict 'sends a dangerous message'

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy and his lawyer Amal Clooney before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo.

Esther Han   Amal Clooney has slammed the three-year prison sentences handed down by an Egyptian court to three Al Jazeera journalists, including Australia's Peter Greste.

Australians are shunning beer at a greater rate

Growing trend: Craft beer isn't going away any time soon.

Esther Han   As summer rolls around, Australians naturally drink more beer. But each yearly peak in consumption is dropping at a greater rate.

Women being 'upsold' into labiaplasty cosmetic labia surgery

Doctors are now advised to give women seeking genital surgery a mirror, and a lesson on just how much variation there is among women.

Amy Corderoy   Women are being 'upsold' invasive genital surgeries by unscrupulous cosmetic clinics that do not properly inform them about the risks, or whether the surgery might be unnecessary, experts say.

Cancer risks for age and gender revealed

Neuberger Berman's Jeff Majit says Australian healthcare comapnies are the hottest sector for M&A activity.

Alana Schetzer   People will be able to find out for the first time what their risk of developing cancer is based on their age and gender, after a ground-breaking study.

Childcare centre ban takes the cake

Birthday cupcake

Cosima Marriner   A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

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Ignoring the end-of-budget-year splurge

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Markus Mannheim 12:15 AM   What will it take to convince a government to scratch the surface of this problem?