Latest National news

White House lifts 40-year-old ban on cameras during public tours

By Megan Cassella 5:19 PM   Tourists may now use their smart phones and compact cameras to photograph inside the presidential mansion

Demand for omega-3 wiping out krill stocks: Sea Shepherd

Krill stocks threatened by demand for omega-3, Sea Shepherd claims.

5:06 PM   Australia's production of omega-3 health supplements is having a devastating impact on krill stocks in Antarctic waters, a marine conservation group says.

Shock horror: A wedding portrait unlike any other

This wedding photographer managed to catch a perfectly timed shot during his backwards slip.

5:03 PM   Sometimes the best photographs are the ones we take by accident.

Identity of mystery 'Australian' woman with amnesia revealed

"Sam" appeared on US television to try to solve the mystery of her past. She has now been identified as Ashley Menatta.

Lisa Visentin 2:44 PM   A mystery woman, whose identity had perplexed the FBI, Interpol and thousands of online amateur sleuths, has been named after her nephew saw her call for help in the avalanche of media coverage that her plight generated.

Prepare to DIE, Defence public servants told

Defence worker

Noel Towell 2:06 PM   Giant department has unveiled its new set of acronyms and not everybody is impressed.

Comments 14

Australian photographers take the plunge

Evoking a dreamlike state: Eau 4 by Graham Shearer.

Ella Rubeli 1:36 PM   Some photographers hold their breath while pressing the shutter, but Michaela Skovranova has to deprive herself of oxygen for minutes at a time.

Entries open now: Bill Henson to judge prestigious Bowness Photography Prize

Previous winner of the Bowness Photography Prize, 'Venus' by Petrina Hicks

Ella Rubeli 1:17 PM   The prestigious Bowness Photography Prize is open for entries and will be judged by Australian artist Bill Henson.

'If they don't attend their visits here I go after them'

 Kiara Bloxsome, and her six-month-old son Carter, whose family have been patients of the  Mount Druitt Aboriginal Medical Service for four generations. The service has lost funding.

Harriet Alexander 4:30 PM   For decades it has looked after the health of much of Sydney's Indigenous community from Ermington to Lithgow. But the days are numbered now for the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney.

CuddleCot cooling system helps bereaved parents grieve for babies

The Cuddle Cot

Konrad Marshall 10:47 AM   The bassinet looks like any other, but it is not.

'War for people' to break out in public service

The proportion of public service workers 50 years of age and over has increased over time.

Noel Towell 10:09 AM   Public service bosses warned to hold on to what they've got as a "retirement tsunami" looms

Comments 11

'He had a real spark for life'

Reece Harding.

Rory Callinan 11:59 PM   His parents believed it was the rapes and beheadings by Islamic State fighters that prompted Reece Harding to die fighting for the Kurdish peshmerga in Syria.

Hillsong critic arrested at conference

Tanya Levin was arrested outside a Hillsong conference.

Kate Aubusson 11:23 PM   An outspoken critic and former church member was arrested for trespassing at Hillsong's national conference in Homebush on Tuesday.

Public servants 'played god with Vietnam ballot'

Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer wants those responsible for National Service ballots used to draft men into the army during the Vietnam War to come clean.

David Ellery 8:05 PM   National Service ballot organisers 'played god' in drafting over 60,000 men says former deputy PM.

Immigration and Customs public servants strike

Customs and Immigration CPSU members hold a stopwork rally in Belconnen.

Latika Bourke and Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   Stopworks have been held across the country on the first day of the Australian Border Force.

Comments 12

Defamation case highlights need for law to adapt to social media

Treasurer Joe Hockey leaving the court during the defamation case against Fairfax Media.

Michaela Whitbourn 7:53 PM   Treasurer Joe Hockey's defamation win against Fairfax Media over posts on Twitter has highlighted the need for Australian law to evolve to deal with defamation on social media, legal experts say.

Dental surgery breaches endanger thousands

The Gentle Dentist clinic at Campsie. Photo: Facebook.

Amy Corderoy and Kate Aubusson 7:34 PM   NSW health authorities fear 11,000 patients from two Sydney dental clinics could have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis because of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation.

Bans on smoking and poor living conditions may spark riots, bosses warned

Members of Victoria Police and paramedics at Ravenhall prison where inmates rioted.

Rachel Olding 7:03 PM   Prison bosses in NSW have been given repeated warnings that smoking bans, crammed prison cells and terrible conditions may spark a riot similar to events in Victoria.

John Slater and his ‘Queen Mother with a common accent’: priceless

John Slater.

Richard Peterson 6:37 PM   John Slater was a man of great intellect and even greater facial impressions.

Another blow for Struggle Street

L-R Harley, 16 and Brock, 15, Sheehan, at Lomandra School in Campbelltown

Eryk Bagshaw   Brock Sheehan was expelled from three different schools before he came to Lomandra, where some of his classmates still can't read and they are in year 9. Now their last chance may have been taken away.

Comments 28

The poverty capital of Australia

A Council of Social Service of NSW  report has found disposable household income for the richest residents of NSW is nearly six times that of the poorest.

Amy Corderoy 12:15 AM   Sydney has the highest poverty rate of any capital city in Australia, according to a new report that shows the staggering gap between rich and poor in our state.

Aussie severence payments now safer


Phillip Thomson 11:45 PM   It just became much harder for companies to avoid making redundancy payments.

Bringing yoga to the West

Paramahansa Yogananda, the subject of the documentary Awake: The Story of Yogananda

Philippa Hawker   Awake: The Story Of Yogananda  

Clique is excited to announce that we are partnering with Mariner Boating Holidays to bring you the Clique Photo Cruise in May 2016.

The Clique Photographer of the Year 2015 wins a berth on the Clique Photo Cruise to Turkey in May 2016, with Mariner Boating Holidays, and over $6500 worth of professional Nikon photography equipment.

Sail down the southern coast of Turkey with a Fairfax Photographer on the Clique Photo Cruise

Objectors block out 'union of man and woman' words at civil weddings

We can't hear you: Abbey and Mitchell Johnston block their ears as the Marriage Act is read out during their wedding ceremony.

Michael Koziol   From wedding guests blocking their ears to celebrants apologising for their own words, straight couples are protesting Australia's ban on gay marriage in innovative ways.

Win a holiday to Turkey with a berth on the Clique Photo Cruise with thanks to our friends at Mariner Boating Holidays

The Clique Photographer of the Year 2015 wins a berth on the Clique Photo Cruise to Turkey in May 2016, with Mariner Boating Holidays, and over $6500 worth of professional Nikon photography equipment.

The Clique Photographer of the Year wins a prize valued at over $15,000 including a berth on the Clique Photo Cruise to Turkey with Mariner Boating and professional photography equipment from Nikon

Mystery 'Australian' woman found on US street with amnesia speaks

"Sam" appeared on US television to try to solve the mystery of her past. She has now been identified as Ashley Menatta.

Megan Levy   A mystery woman who turned up in a coastal Californian town suffering from amnesia says she has had vivid dreams about an unknown man.

Julie Bishop vows to get tough on Papua New Guinea money laundering

Lawyer Greg Sheppard explains how to avoid detection when making illegal payments to foreign politicians.

John Garnaut, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker   Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has promised that Australia will not be "a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption" in Papua New Guinea, as police in both countries probe the role of Australian lawyers there.

Hillsong conference shows interview with controversial US Pastor

'It's one of my greatest regrets in life' ... Controversial US pastor Mark Driscoll on his infamous suggestion that women were created to house a man's penis.

Kate Aubusson   Hillsong has played an interview with controversial US pastor Mark Driscoll at its national conference on a giant screen at Allphones Arena in Sydney this week despite Church organisers saying they had cancelled his appearance.

Joe Hockey's defamation win highlights legal pitfalls of social media

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Michaela Whitbourn   Joe Hockey has become the first Australian politician to successfully sue for defamation over a tweet.

China not fit for global leadership, says top Canberra official

Michael Thawley

John Garnaut and David Wroe   Australia's top public servant has dismissed any prospect of China leading the world, saying the economic giant is neither willing nor able to solve global problems.