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Morrison 'an embarrassment' to his school

Alexandra Smith 5:45 PM   Old boys from one of Sydney's most prestigious public schools say they are outraged and disgusted that the federal cabinet minister Scott Morrison will be a special guest at a fundraising event, warning it would be "an embarrassment" to the school to celebrate a man who has "so flagrantly disregarded human rights".

How SpongeBob Squarepants was brought to life in Australia

The superhero 3D versions of SpongeBob and his friends were created by Melbourne effects house Iloura.

Karl Quinn 4:46 PM   He was born and raised in Bikini Bottom, but the 3D CGI version of "SpongeBob Squarepants" was created in Melbourne.

Win a Nikon AFC Champions League sports photography workshop & press pass

WIN: A sports photography workshop with Fairfax photographer and Nikon-Walkey Award winner Brendan Esposito, and press pass for an AFC Champions League match.

4:06 PM   Your chance to photograph the Western Sydney Wanderers from the sidelines of an AFC Champions League match.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen'

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson 1:06 PM   Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Close combat: Lloyd v Flood

Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd

Phillip Thomson 1:06 PM   Public service commissioner debated union official Nadine Flood early Friday morning. And they didn't hold back.

Low pay offer hurt ADF's fighting edge say ADFA academics


Noel Towell 11:05 AM   Miserly pay approach potential threat to 'operational success', academics argue.

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'Cult of the lifer' is corrosive, says Pezzullo

Immigration Department head Michael Pezzullo.

Phillip Thomson 10:02 AM   Departmental loyalty at all costs is corrosive, says immigration boss who reveals brick wall he faced on rise to the top.

Concern over slow response to dangerous electric cable recall

Ann Savery and John Barbaric had hazardous Infinity cables installed in their renovated house, prompting them to rewire.

Esther Han 9:57 AM   Electricians are blaming the consumer watchdog for the slow industry and community response to an urgent recall of dodgy electrical cables that could start burning down homes in nine months time.

Doctor pioneered integration of psychiatry into hospital practice

Geoffrey Conron

12:31 AM   Geoffrey Conron was a pioneering doctor whose work helped integrate psychiatry into mainstream hospitals.

Shape: Designs for life

Field Experiments: Indonesia

Dan Rule 12:30 AM   The week's news from Melbourne's architecture and design scene.

Hard to pin down: Callum Morton's new set for the Melbourne Theatre Company

Callum Morton on the set he designed for the Melbourne Theatre Company production of <i>Endgame</i>.

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran 10:43 PM   In an age where design is elevated to the same status as art, Callum Morton happily flits between the two.

Lest we forget about work on Monday

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Noel Towell 10:28 PM   Thousands of federal public servants in have been handed an extra public holiday on Monday, April 27, while other are expected at their desks.

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No stem cell treatment for public servant's dodgy knee

Driving in a way that puts at risk the safety of a vulnerable road user - such as a cyclist - will attract heavy fines, disqualification or even jail time.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Former triathlete offered double-knee replacement instead.

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Government backs down from APS super

Superannuation is now off the bargaining table for APS agreements.

Noel Towell 7:12 PM   APS super off the table but battle over wages and conditions continues with both sides talking tough.

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Public servants caught in the middle on metadata laws

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Phillip Thomson 6:38 PM   Claims new metadata retention laws would make public servants both the perpetrators and victims of intrusive information gathering.

Business rejects unions' push for minimum wage rise

Unions are calling for the weekly minimum wage to be increased.

Nick Toscano 12:15 AM   Australian unions will push for a wage rise of $27 a week for the nation's lowest-paid workers, while business warn that granting the above-inflation claim will force job cuts.

WikiLeaks reveals local health and environment rules under threat

Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations are at "a make-or-break point" over the next month.

Philip Dorling   Australian health, environment and public welfare regulation, including plain tobacco packaging legislation will be open for challenge from largely US-based corporation, if a new  deal that is part of the Trans Pacific Partnership goes through. 


Carolyn Boyd   This week's cover property offers a vista of the whole city.

Playing at parenting: fun for the whole family

We need to let go of our maturity from time to time, discard our notions of what it means to be a grown up and to allow playfulness into the time we spend with our children.

Lauren Knight   Curiosity is an underrated quality in parenting but as we grow older, we tend to replace it with a need to be right, to have all the answers.

Online sale of breast milk must be regulated: experts

The trade of breast milk sold online is flourishing.

Esther Han   Breast milk sold on the internet is rarely screened for diseases and is a clear health risk, say researchers in London.

Kitchen Spy: Belinda Jeffery

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author Belinda Jeffery in her kitchen in her Mullumbimby home.

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Peter Barrett   Broadcaster, author and cooking teacher Belinda Jeffery has a well-stocked kitchen ready for hungry people who drop by.

Australian companies fail to report suspected corruption

The Senate committee inquiry into foreign bribery will start later this year.

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker   Accounting firm Deloitte has revealed it has investigated at least 100 potentially illegal acts involving local firms in the past two years.

$600,000 legal bill for public servant's motel sex romp

More than $600,000 was spent defending a workers' compensation claim from a public servant who was injured while she had sex in a motel room on a work trip.

Noel Towell   Taxpayers spent more than $600,000 defending a workers’ compensation claim against a 'libidinous' public servant injured while she had sex on work trip.

Kathy Jackson to argue use of union credit cards was entirely appropriate

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Nick Toscano   Whistleblower on corruption within the HSU denies any wrongdoing in new statement of defence.

Sex abuse survivors angry at opposition to redress scheme

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Paul Bibby   The Federal Government's opposition to a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse was an attempt to avoid paying compensation to victims and is akin to telling them "we don't want you to recover", abuse victims have told the Royal Commission.

Vote now in the Nikon People's Choice Awards

Each month we ask Clique members to vote for their favourite image from a selection of entries from the Clique March Challenge in the Nikon People's Choice Award. Voting closes on Tuesday 31st March at 10am AEST. The winner will be announced on the Clique Photos Facebook page, and will receive a $500 Nikon Store voucher.

Clowning Around: Our March Challenge winner

Performers from Australian circus company Circa do some last minute stretching backstage at the Opera House Theatre in Wellington, in preparation for their production of <i>Carnival of the Animals</i>.

Rose Powell   When Jessica Connell learned the Clique photography theme for this month was "performance and stage", the circus performer knew she was in with a shot.

Indigenous students encouraged to join public service

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion.

Phillip Thomson   Numbers dwindle in the ranks above trainee level.

Look out Abetz: Unrest reaches minister's doorstep

The minister responsible for the public service, Eric Abetz.

Phillip Thomson   The Fair Work Commission green lights industrial action.

Threat to kill, assaults leads AFL star to door of jail term

Former Port Adelaide and Carlton football player Nick Stevens has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

Adam Cooper   Former Port Adelaide and Carlton midfielder Nick Stevens has appealed his conviction and sentence on violence charges and is to appear at the County Court on April 15. Adam Cooper reports.