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I hoped to use my brain to protect my body - but I'm running out of time

"Like the protagonist in Flowers for Algernon, I will be both scientist and patient."

Emma Pierson 10:15 PM   'Like the protagonist in Flowers for Algernon, I will be both scientist and patient,' I wrote when I was 20. But the more I learn, the more I worry that we may never find a singular cure.

Veil lifts on daily abuse faced by Australian Muslims

Mariam Veiszadeh.

Lucy Battersby 10:02 PM   Bearded old men and women in headscarfs are the main targets of brave Aussie patriots. And, report finds, politicians' actions appear to stir up Islamophobia.

'Not just reading to learn but learning to read'

Students at Harrisfield Primary School in Noble Park in Victoria.

Henrietta Cook, Eryk Bagshaw 1:00 AM   High schools must focus on the reading skills of teenagers if literacy and numeracy results are to improve, authority says.

ACN loses director, funding until January

Former TAFE NSW Hunter Institute general manager Samantha Martin-Williams.

Sarah Danckert 4:42 PM   Australian Careers Network has revealed the federal department of education has extended the freeze over its funding.

Sour taste for Canberra bashers

Work-life balance - Canberrans are happy with the balance they have.

Phillip Thomson 4:12 PM   Bag Canberra all you want, but more than two-thirds of workers here have something those in other cities do not.

Privacy hooliganism: Alan Jones and the NSW police


Public Eye 3:42 PM   We know we shouldn't take this broadcaster seriously. So why does the NSW government?

Archbishop Hart says church suppressed abuse complaints

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart conceded the church left parishioners exposed to abuse.

Beau Donelly 3:40 PM   Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart has admitted the Catholic Church buried complaints against clergy accused of sexually abusing children and misled parishioners by allowing paedophile priests to resign for health reasons.

Hotel worker Michael Nolan sacked over Facebook post to Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford: "I'm sick and tired of women being held responsible for the actions men choose to take."

Megan Levy 12:51 PM   A Sydney hotel supervisor has been sacked? from his job after making a sexist and offensive comment on Facebook about Fairfax Media columnist Clementine Ford.

Gallagher slams 'joke' APS report

Senator Katy Gallagher said the report "has removed almost all analysis that you would expect from a world leading, highly regarded apolitical public service".

Phillip Thomson 12:29 PM   Katy Gallagher likens State of the Service report 'to a document that would be given top billing in a 'Hollowmen' episode'.

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Aboriginal languages to become new HSC subject

Walgett students perform a reconciliation dance.  The new languages course will ''help maintain a critical part of Aboriginal cultures.''

Eryk Bagshaw 10:10 AM   Aboriginal languages will become a new HSC subject from 2016, a decade after the indigenous languages policy was introduced. 

Surfers' girlfriends en route to Mexico

Andrea Gomez and Adam Coleman had planned to meet in Guadalajara.

6:17 AM   The families of two missing Australian surfers in Mexico are hoping dental records and cuttings of dreadlocks from the pair will help determine if two charred bodies found inside a burnt-out van are their remains.

Lost Australian climber found safe on New Zealand's Mt Taranaki

Two alpine teams have been deployed on foot to search for an Australian man lost on Mt.Taranaki.

Jeremy Wilkinson   A sole Australian climber who got lost for hours on Mt Taranaki has been found, rescuers said late on Monday night.

Melbourne Archdiocese failed to respond to paedophile priests

Archbishop of Melbourne Denis Hart told the royal commission a "paralysis" plagued the Catholic Church's response to abuse allegations for decades.

Beau Donelly   Vulnerable children were in danger of being targeted by paedophile priests because a "paralysis" plagued the Catholic Church's response to abuse allegations for decades, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart said.

Ex-super fund managers face criminal charges over union leaks

Maria Butera is facing charges of giving false and misleading evidence to the Royal Commission Into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Ewin Hannan   Two top ex-employees of one of Australia's largest superannuation funds are facing up to five years in jail after being charged with lying to the union royal commission.

More women to be promoted in surgery to overhaul toxic sex-for-training culture

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has vowed to crack down on bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

Julia Medew   More female surgeons will be promoted and bullies in the profession will be "called out" as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tries to overhaul its reputation for being an "Anglo saxon boys club" where sex can be traded for training.

Australian meteorologist talks climate change, then and now

Then: John Zillman, in 1981. He  has seen climate science take leaps and bounds during his career.

Lucy Cormack   One of Australia's oldest meteorologists says there is one storm event during his career that stands out like no other.

Top vocational college may be shut down

AIPE's chief executive and owner, Amjad Khanche, said earlier this year that his Sydney-based college represented the best of the troubled industry.

Michael Bachelard, Eryk Bagshaw   One of Australia's largest private colleges allegedly signed up new students without their knowledge or consent, a government regulator has found.

Mexican state of Sinaloa: bountiful in soybeans, drugs, violence

Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, from Golden Bay in Perth, were surfing in Mexico.

Michael Koziol   When Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman ventured into the Mexican state of Sinaloa, they must have known they were entering one of the world's most dangerous territories.

State of the Service report

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Phillip Thomson   The rundown of the problems and good points for 150,000 federal public servants.

Surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman 'drove through Mexico drug cartel area'

Adam Coleman and his girlfriend Andrea Gomez.

Megan Levy   On the night of November 20, two men matching the descriptions of Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman were seen entering an all-night convenience store in the coastal Mexican city of Los Michos.

Truth first casualty - wartime gutter press

Anti-German fervour put green turtle soup in the firing line in 1915.

Ian Warden   There was a rabidly anti-German mood in the Australia of 1915 and 100 years ago this week it was being served and stoked by Sydney's rabid Mirror of Australia.

Dept votes yes to 'substandard' pay offer

Michaelia Cash is winning the bargaining war after DFAT's 'yes' vote.

Phillip Thomson   Government victory after elite department voted 'yes' to an offer union advised its members to reject.

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Sex abuse commission: School warned about predator priest

The Sabbath is on the move.

Beau Donelly   Senior Catholic Church officials warned a Melbourne principal that children were not safe to be left alone with the school's incoming priest, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

Striking bureaucrats ask Aussies for donations

Workers at Melbourne Airport stop work amid an industrial campaign for better pay earlier this year.

Phillip Thomson   "Unusual": Union to crowdfund donations so public servants can still be paid when they strike.

Privacy watchdogs to investigate soccer fans' details leak

Protest: a thousand Wanderers fans left Central Coast Stadium in protest.

Markus Mannheim   Soccer's governing body, police and a government agency to receive 'please explain' letters.

Fears for Aussie surfers missing in Mexico after 'bodies found'


Kate Hedley   The families and partners of two Golden Bay men missing in Mexico fear "a tragic event has occurred" after the van they were travelling in was found.

Police prey on victims of domestic violence

  Victoria Police

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker   Victorian police officers have been sexually preying on victims of domestic violence in a dramatic widening of the sexual harassment scandal facing the force.

Car-free housing encouraged in London

Richard de Cani rides a city tram.

Lucy Battersby   Car-park free apartments should be actively encouraged in big cities to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, as long as there is other transportation available, according to the man who plans London's transportation system. 

Claims costly MH370 search leaves Australia blind to illegal fishing

Civilian contractor Chris Langton, right, says the hunt for missing MH370 and operations relating to the shot down MH17 aircraft have soaked up funding earmarked for monitoring the Pacific.

Rory Callinan    Funding has been scrapped for civilian surveillance operations in the Pacific leading to claims Australia is blind to the movement of foreign ships and illegal fishing.

Defence should heed calls for public inquiry into drug


The Canberra Times   If Defence intends to continue supplying mefloquine to its personnel it has a duty of care to address the concerns being raised.