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Second class mums? Fight over new privately run public hospital

Amy Corderoy 12:32 AM   It's a tale of two deliveries. One surrounded by plush furnishings and freshly cooked meals, the other, by a lower standard of room fixtures and food. Yet both will take place in the new Northern Beaches Hospital, a public hospital that will be run by the private sector. 

Blue Mountains blaze threatens homes

NSW Rural Fire Service crews prepare for impact on homes in Coronation

Georgina Mitchell 11:30 PM   An emergency warning was issued for parts of the Blue Mountains in Sydney's west as an out of control fire began to approach homes.

GPs and hospital doctors speaking a different language

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Julia Medew 11:00 PM   Ever wondered what all the acronyms on your medical documents actually mean? Well, it turns out your GP probably struggles with them too.

Data mix but Aussies raise more glasses

Drinking problem: A new study finds alcohol consumption is increasing, not decreasing as commonly believed.

Amy Corderoy 11:15 PM   The average amount of alcohol consumed by Australians increased between surveys undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2001 and 2012, by about 13 per cent.

Could two eggs a day keep the doctor away?

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Amy Corderoy 9:59 PM   Eggs have long had a bad rap when it comes to health. They're nothing more than tiny trojan horses, importing high levels of artery-clogging cholesterol into your body. But new research shows otherwise

Immigration spin doctors to lose special status

Media units in Commonwealth departments have been a sensitive subject,

Noel Towell 9:15 PM   Dozens of Immigration Department spin doctors are set to lose their special public service classification.

Major airport disruptions expected

Delays are likely on Monday as workers walk of the job at airports.

6:14 PM   Delays are expected on Monday at Australian airports as staff walk of the job over a pay dispute.

New building technology to overhaul council processes, expert

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Jacob Saulwick 3:18 PM   The advent of 3D printing of buildings will transform Sydney, a leading futurist says, and will have massive ramifications for local government planning processes.

Watchdog moves on failed land-bank scheme

Property spruiker Henry Kaye has been linked to a controversial land-banking scheme.

Simon Johanson, Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders 1:28 PM   Australia's corporate watchdog has declared that a Bendigo land-banking scheme linked to property spruiker Jamie McIntyre and the sister of the notorious Henry Kaye has "failed", and is seeking to dismiss administrators appointed to a company behind the project.

Mummydesking: the new hotdesking

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Lucy Battersby 9:49 AM   

Customs officer sent secret messages on a passenger's phone

Customs.  customs at Tullamarine  / Melbourne airport - travellers arriving at the  primary line  .  Melbourne Age. news.  Photo by Angela Wylie.  May 11 2005.

Natalie O'Brien   Passenger whose phone was misused said the case is embarrassing for Customs and that it is trying to hide something.

Teen girls think sexting is fun, not harmful, survey says

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Cosima Marriner   ​Teenage girls are using their mobiles to send sexual images of themselves because they think it's fun and sexy, rather than because they feel pressured by boys, according to the biggest sexting survey undertaken in Australia.

Cash for access: private school eating into public land

Waverley College plays rugby on its home ground in Queens Park.

Alexandra Smith   Waverley College teams rarely have to cancel games scheduled on three fields when rain closes all other grounds in park.

AFP missing munitions, bullet-proof vests, Tasers and handcuffs

An audit has revealed the Australian Federal Police has lost almost 30 "controlled items" in the past year.

Natalie O'Brien   The Australian Federal Police has lost almost 30 "controlled items" in the past year including munitions, body armour, bullet-proof vests, tasers, batons, handcuffs and night-vision goggles according to security incident reports. A full stocktake is now underway.

43 minutes of terror

Cooper Harrison with his mum Lauren Harrison, who waited nearly three quarters of an hour with a semi-conscious Cooper because there was no ambulance.

Amy Corderoy   It was terrifying. As the minutes ticked by little Cooper Harrison's parents felt more and more frantic.

China detains teen bound for Melbourne

PHOTO Bao Zhuoxuan was a bundle of nerves and excitement as he and his father prepared to board their flight en route to Australia from Beijing.
It was the beginning of a new adventure in a new country: the 16-year-old was due to start Year 10 as an international student at Strathmore Secondary College, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. IMAGE SUPPLIED by Philip Wen.

Philip Wen   Bao Zhuoxuan was a bundle of nerves and excitement as he and his father prepared to board their flight en route to Australia from Beijing.

Oh humanity, you are so terminated

An Arnold Schwarzenegger-style Terminator destroying humanity is an extreme scenario.

Peter Munro   Doomsday scenarios might seem science fiction. But super-intelligent technology has gone mainstream. And despite the positive potential of AI, fear of a future featuring self-aware machines looms large.

A father's rollercoaster ride on China's stock market

A Chinese investor walks past displays of stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing.

John Garnaut, Philip Wen   Gao Bei'er never set out to be a gambler. To the contrary, he is a university-trained salary man, a rational thinker, who does everything he can to provide opportunities that he never had to his piano-playing son. The reason he's been punting on the Shanghai Stock Exchange is because the world's richest and most powerful political party, the Chinese Communist Party, has all-but promised that he cannot lose.

In a dark place: Adam Goodes, the nation and the race question

Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has taken leave from the game.

Rick Feneley   A crescendo of boos for a footy legend becomes a pivotal moment for race relations in this country, writes Rick Feneley.

Support and opposition reach fever pitch in Goodes saga

Adam Goodes will not play this weekend after relentless booing from crowds.

Alana Schetzer   As the saga engulfing the future of AFL great Adam Goodes continues, hundreds of supporters from Goode's spiritual home traveled to the home of the game to show their support for him on Friday.

'Stain on our nation': Packer and 150 groups unite to stop racism

James Packer came out in support of Adam Goodes on Friday.

Kate Aubusson, Steve Lillebuen and Latika Bourke   James Packer has declared his shame "as an Australian" at the booing of Adam Goodes while 150 business, community and sporting groups have united to defeat "the great stain on our nation".

Thousands of dodgy public servants dobbed-in

The government is a prime target for various types of fraud and scams.

Noel Towell   New report shows public servants are the unsung heroes in the battle against corruption. But there's an emerging risk.

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One hundred and fifty Australian organisations condemn racist attacks on Adam Goodes

At the opening of the 17th annual Garma in north-east Arnhem Land  members of the Gumatj clan added a red V and the no.37 to their traditional paint in support of Adam Goodes.

Kate Aubusson   One hundred and fifty Australian companies, community groups and sports organisations have banded together to condemn the relentless racist attacks on Aboriginal AFL star Adam Goodes.

Protesters and police clash at Pyne book launch

Demonstrators clash with police outside NAB headquarters in Melbourne's Docklands.

Chloe Booker    Violent scenes have erupted between protesters and police at Christopher Pyne's book launch in Melbourne's Docklands.

Papers back #istandwithadam campaign

AFR MAG.  Portrait of Adam Goodes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  For the Power Isseue.  Pic by Nic Walker.  NOT TO BE PUBLISHED UNTIL THE 2013 POWER ISSUE COMES OUT.  Pic by Nic Walker.  Date 19th September 2013.

In an unprecedented show of support for Adam Goodes and his stand against racism, two leading newspapers, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald will wrap their Saturday editions with a poster calling for readers to stand beside Goodes and join the campaign #istandwithadam.

Horses celebrate their birthday like kids in a candy store

Running of the Horses at Glenworth Valley.

Caitlin Wheeler   To celebrate the August 1 birthday of southern hemisphere thoroughbreds, Australia's largest herd formed a spectacular muster this week.

Anti-Islamic party guns for 20 per cent of vote

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Michael Bachelard   Australia officially now has a political party modelled on the far-right wing movements in Europe and dedicated to the idea that Islam is a "totalitarian ideology with global aspirations".