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Doctors say 'junk' insurance needs to go

3:21 PM   Doctors have called for reform of the private health insurance industry, claiming "junk" policies are clogging the hospital system.

'Seeing their grief was more than I could cope with'

Stephen and Sue Neville are part of the new trial.

Harriet Alexander 2:13 PM   Sue Neville accepted her cancer, endured the treatment and stared down the prospect of imminent death, but she could not cope with the sympathy of friends.

Anthrax was sent to Australia, says US

US authorities have discovered part of a batch of anthrax was sent to Australia in 2008.

2:11 PM   US authorities have discovered a batch of the lethal bacteria anthrax, dating back to 2008, some of which was sent to Australia.

Australian women joining Islamic State not just 'jihadi brides': study

Hayat Boumeddiene, ex-wife of of Paris attack terrorist Amedy Coulibaly. She reportedly fled to Syria after the attack.

Patrick Hatch 1:03 PM   Australian women joining Islamic State are motivated by more than just the prospect of becoming a "jihadi bride", a new study suggests.

There is power in a (gay) union

 john birmingham dinkus

John Birmingham 11:59 PM    You'd think a bloke like the PM, so fond of getting about in his Speedos, would be all over gay marriage, but while he hasn't shut down the debate with an emphatic "Nope, nope, nope", he hasn't offered the gay community much.

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Bourke's legacy of a life in the law

Brian Bourke

Steve Butcher 12:15 AM   After 62 years a lawyer - including more than five unbroken decades as a barrister - Brian Bourke chuckles that his life faces testing for possible traces of mould and pest activity.

Controversial fence plan given green light despite architect's opposition

An AFP officer stands guard at the front of Parliament House in Canberra.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   The National Capital Authority has given the go-ahead to a controversial plan to build a fence around the ministerial wing at Parliament House.

The biggest scandal in the history of the most popular sport on Earth

FIFA president Sepp Blatter remains defiant.

Rick Feneley 12:15 AM   Bribery, racketeering, money-laundering … It's not the mafia but football, and Australia will not escape the scandal that taints two generations of the world's most popular game. Rick Feneley reports.

Same-sex marriage: the case for and against

Rory O'Neill, known by the drag persona Panti, celebrates Ireland's decision to back gay marriage in the world's first national referendum on the issue.

Beau Donelly 7:20 PM   Shawn Callahan, 50, has always been supportive of legalising gay marriage. This view was galvanized two years ago when his eldest daughter, Alex, told him she was gay.

Tribal Mind: Game of Thrones set to song

Jon Snow: 'Wildlings, you make my heart sing, you pull your bowstrings...'

David Dale 6:57 PM   David Dale The Tribal Mind 

Soccer fans demand refunds after long wait for Chelsea tickets

Sydney FC player of the year Milos Dimitrijevic, whose  side is due to play Chelsea on Tuesday.

Beau Donelly 6:44 PM   Ticketek customers have demanded refunds after being left in limbo for weeks because the company failed to send out pre-ordered tickets in time for a major soccer match.   

New tools tune up the brain

Guinea pig: Amy Corderoy gets hooked up to the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machine.

Amy Corderoy 12:00 AM   Stevan Nikolin once participated in a scientific experiment that involved him spending eight hours with needles in the base of his tongue.

One in five migrant workers on 457 visas could be underpaid or incorrectly employed

The Fair Work Ombudsman has uncovered suspected exploitation in the cases of 20 per cent of 560 migrant workers examined in a recent report.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter 5:28 PM   One in five migrant workers in Australia on 457 visas are being underpaid or employed in jobs they are not qualified for, a workplace audits has revealed.

'It was the best moment of my life'

Frances Zammit is waiting for a second kidney transplant after her first transplant was rejected.

Michael Koziol 4:46 PM   Frances Zammit remembers the phone call. After eight years of waiting, she would be getting a new kidney – and with it, a new life.

Herald photographers share magical moments at Photos 1440 exhibition

Sword swallower Heather Holliday photographed at the Higher Ground festival.

Ella Rubeli   There are 1440 minutes in a day. In each of those minutes, a magical image has the potential to be captured and kept forever.

Hiring licence is yours to lose, APS bosses warned

"Redeployees" must be given hiring priority, even above other internal applicants.

Noel Towell   Hopes of a public service jobs bonanza have been dashed.

Dead joey stuffed in senior public servant's letterbox

Vision of the dead joey.

Phillip Thomson   CCTV cameras captured a dead joey being stuffed in the letter box of a highly-paid bureaucrat.

Sorry, John, John and John. This time the award goes to a woman

Cathy Foley ... winner of the Clunies Ross award.

Nicky Phillips   Physicist Cathy Foley and colleague Keith Leslie have been awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation.

Katy Gallagher grills Jane Halton over Immigration move

ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher has grilled the Finance Department.

Primrose Riordan   Senator Katy Gallagher demands an end to uncertainty over department's future.

Australia's winter likely to be drier and milder than usual as El Nino kicks in

Dry conditions in western Queensland may spread further over winter.

Peter Hannam   Most of Australia can expect a drier and warmer than usual winter as the influence of an El Nino takes hold – although the first few days of the season won't feel very balmy.

Abbott ridicules own party in coding gaffe

Students(L-R) Sarah Vandebberg, Georgia Grasso, Angie Liu, Erika Dudkin and Alice Shang, at Tara Anglican School in North Parramatta learn to code.

Eryk Bagshaw   The Prime Minister has made an embarrassing blunder, ridiculing part of his own government's investment in education.

Public service boss sorry for rats, bog roll affair

A screengrab showing a rodent icon, which was replaced by a toilet paper icon.

Noel Towell    DHS boss says sorry to public servants depicted as rodents, toilet paper.

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Child Support Agency writes to dad - 37 times in one day

Family law groups describe the volume of letters coming from the CSA as 'staggering'.

Noel Towell   Dads struggling to cope with the "deluge" of letters from a system that can't stop once it starts.

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Living with beauty and tragedy

Kate Dyer, consultant midwife at the Royal Hospital for Women Randwick.

Mark Dapin 12:15 AM    If Kate Dyer cries, it is usually when she is alone, in front of her computer, in the early hours of the morning.

Short bursts of exercise helps regulate type 2 diabetes, research shows

Mechanic Steve Aumann was part of a study that found short bursts of excercise helps to regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Craig Butt   Short bursts of exercise between periods of sitting down can help people with type 2 diabetes regulate their condition, new research has found.

Tough lesson for Sydney schools in federal budget cuts

NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli.

Eryk Bagshaw   Public schools in north and western Sydney could be hit hardest by budget cuts as Canberra strips up to $9.6 billion from NSW schools.

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No online contact between Monis and Islamic State

Man Haron Monis made extensive use of social media and emails in a bid to spread his opinions and beliefs.

Paul Bibby   An in-depth investigation of all online communications by Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis has found no evidence that he had any contact with Islamic State, the coronial inquiry into the siege has heard.

NSW universities donate to political parties

Three NSW universities have admitted to making political donations to major parties

Alexandra Smith   Three NSW universities have made political donations to major parties in a bid to "maintain relationships" with decision-makers.

Unions condemn Qatar World Cup

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MAY 27: A FIFA logo sits next to the entrance to the FIFA headquarters on May 27, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss police on Wednesday raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA football officials as part of a US investigation into corruption. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

Nick Toscano   Hundreds of Australian union delegates have "red-carded" global soccer body FIFA for its decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where migrant workers are kept in "slave-like" conditions.

Sticky Carpet

Seri Vida: Debut album launch.

Mary Mihelakos   Sticky Carpet: Normie Rowe's 50th anniversary, a MIFF world premiere, Melbourne Jazz Festival and more.