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Indonesian president says Bali nine executions will not be this week

Jewel Topsfield 5:29 AM   Indonesian president Joko Widodo says the executions of 10 drug felons, including Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, will not be this week but will be soon.

My School: state's big improvers revealed

Eighty five per cent of year 5 students at Seven Hills North Public School were in the top three bands for reading and writing.

Alexandra Smith 5:17 AM   Parents, grandparents and even families who have long left Seven Hills North Public can always be found in the school's classrooms.

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Journalist chronicled contribution of Greeks to building the nation

Kosta Nikolopoulos.

Victoria Kyriakopoulos 3:27 AM   Political journalist Kostas Nikolopoulos, who has died in Melbourne aged 67, was one of the most influential and respected voices of Melbourne's Greek community.

Bali nine execution: Julie Bishop says 'clock cannot be turned back'

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop arrives for question time on Wednesday.

Leanne Nicholson 2:01 AM   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has vowed to fight to the end to save the lives of Bali nine ringleaders Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan who were transported to Kerobokan prison to taken to Nusakambangan island, where they are to be executed by firing squad.

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Billion-dollar research facilities on verge of closure without promised funds

An IMOS ocean glider surfaces in water north-west of Western Australia to transmit data.

Nicky Phillips 1:53 AM   Australia's research community has implored Tony Abbott to deliver the $150 million he promised to a group of world-class research facilities in the last federal budget, warning many facilities are preparing to close, a situation that will have "immense" consequences for the country's research effort.

Tasmania bushfire burns out of control, but emergency level downgraded

Tasmanian Fire Service.

12:51 AM   An out-of-control bushfire continues to burn in northern Tasmania, but the emergency level has been downgraded as it moves east of the town where it threatened homes.

Australian woman killed in avalanche in Austria

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12:12 AM   An Australian woman has died after becoming caught in an avalanche in Austria.

The many faces of Sydney: Love at first kick

Bound for Thailand: Keet Miller, 22, and his girlfriend, Caitlin Worldon.

Lucy Cormack 9:35 PM   Joining his local football club as a kid, Keet Miller, 22, had no idea it would lead him to his future sweetheart.

Spectrum Now: Robbie Williams concert shoot in Bangkok recalled

Showing in the Spectrum Now exhibition: 
Robbie Williams.

Sophia Phan 9:23 PM   More than a decade on Fairfax photographer Steven Siewert vividly remembers the moment he shot singer Robbie Williams in Bangkok in 2001. 

Market boost for Melbourne's north – now build the link

 Epping.

Jason Dowling 7:50 PM   The fresh food heart of Melbourne is set to move – more than a decade after the government decided it was a good idea – and have an immediate impact on Victoria's road network with calls for the urgent completion of the Metropolitan Ring Road.

Abbott's ADF backdown sparks civilian fury

Abbott backdown: ADF offered more dosh.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Defence public servants are incensed at being left behind by the government's ADF backdown

Post-it not. How the sticky-note helps public servants evade scrutiny

Post-it notes can fall off files.

Noel Towell 6:41 PM   The humble Post-It note has emerged as a powerful weapon used by the Australian Public Service to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny and Freedom of Information laws.

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Special commission to investigate greyhound racing

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Natalie O'Brien 6:09 PM   The greyhound racing industry, its management and some of its barbaric, secret practices, including live baiting and shooting unwanted dogs, are to be investigated in a new and wide-ranging inquiry with royal commission powers.

NSW election 2015: Private colleges to profit from taxpayers at the expense of TAFE

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Alexandra Smith 12:00 AM   Private colleges could next year profit as much as $200 million from NSW taxpayers under plans from Labor and the Coalition to force TAFE to compete for public funding, an analysis shows.

High-density housing lessons applied to quarter-acre block

The two-level tower for the children with bookroom at ground level and a suspended net for them to peer into the backyard.

Michael Bleby 5:06 PM   Denser living on the suburban quarter-acre block does not mean building a large mausoleum-type structure.

Embarrassing: Parly triangle parking sign bungle

The confusing, flashing parliamentary triangle parking sign.

Phillip Thomson 1:49 PM   "No parking offenders will be fined" was dodgy. But this one takes the cake.

Bali nine: Black Sabbath legend appeals to Bali's metalhead president for clemency

Black Sabbath's Tommy Iommi.

Peter Vincent 1:28 PM   Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has appealed to metal-loving Indonesian president Joko Widodo to spare the lives of the two Australians on death row.

Knox former head 'sorry' but the eyes have it

FitzSimons dinkus.

Peter FitzSimons 12:56 PM   Dr Ian Paterson's authority was as unimpeachable as his seeming integrity, a man whose piercing eyes were so powerful, so pervasive, he was known as "Snake". A glare from him could turn an errant boy, including this one, into a pillar of salt at a distance of 100 metres on a dark day.

Multitalented model had a life on the move

Bobo Faulkner.

Harriet Veitch   Bobo Faulkner, who has died in England aged 73,  had her ups and downs. From days when the longest trip she made was to the dole office, to international travel, from modelling to television, from England to Australia to America and back to England, she had a life constantly on the move.

Animal magnetism as mystery woman tracks down dog-walker for date

Barista William Chalmers says he loves meeting people.

A crowd gathered for a planned rendezvous of a mystery woman and the dashing shirt-less dog walker who captured her eye in New Zealand last week.

'Truly awful': Centrelink, Medicare apps slammed

The Medicare Express Plus app has been panned by some users of it.

Noel Towell   Apps are so bad they are getting claimants kicked off benefits, users have complained.

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Mother of killed Australian Ashley Johnston did not know he was on the frontline against Islamic State

Amanda Johnston didn't know her son was fighting ISIS until she learnt he'd been killed.

Heath Aston   The mother of the first Australian to die in battle against Islamic State has spoken of her heartbreak in discovering her son was fighting for the Kurds in Syria at the same time as receiving the devastating news he had been killed on the frontline.

Actor turned background TV role into 'everybody's favourite alien'

Leonard Nimoy, Mr Spock of Star Trek

Leonard Nimoy, who has died aged 83, was an obscure character actor in films and on television before achieving celebrity as the logical, emotionless alien Mr Spock in the 1960s television series Star Trek.

Children swamp emergency departments

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Julia Medew   Young children and people aged in their 20s are visiting Victorian public emergency departments in greater numbers than the elderly, a surprising new study that calls for more resources to better match demand has found.

Hundreds of millions in environment levies sitting idle in government coffers

Victorian Environment Minister, Lisa Neville.

Benjamin Preiss   Hundreds of millions of dollars in environmental levies paid by Victorians has been sitting idle in government coffers.

Fairfax Media says sorry

Fairfax Media

The Age has reached a settlement with the young man wrongly identified in a photograph as part of its coverage of the police shooting of Numan Haider in Endeavour Hills.

'Regrets, I have thousands': King's headmaster apologises for 'insensitive' remark

Tim Hawkes

Rick Feneley   King's headmaster Tim Hawkes has apologised to his school community and admitted he was stupidly insensitive to say he had “no regrets” about his actions almost 30 years ago at Knox Grammar, where he failed to report the sexual abuse of a Year 8 boarder.

To help battle 'small penis anxiety', study determines 'normal' range for size

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Nicky Phillips   Forget all the images you've seen in adult films and the 'lifelike' drawings scrawled on public bathrooms, there is now a scientific guide as to what constitutes an average penis size - and hopefully it will put some men at ease.

'Maker knew for years hip implants were faulty'

Joseph Pereira is part of the class action against medical giants DePuy and Johnson & Johnson.

Paul Bibby   The medical corporation that manufactured thousands of faulty hip replacement implants was well aware that the poor design of the device was causing serious medical complications years before it took any action to recall them, a major class action has been told.

Growth of Australians heading overseas falls below trend

Australians heading overseas for short-term periods rose 3.15 per cent in October, 1.95 per cent in November and 2.48 per cent in December.

Jamie Freed   The number of Australians heading overseas rose in the last three months of 2014 but at a rate below recent historical trends for the period, suggesting the lower dollar and weak confidence may be starting to hit foreign trips.