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Midas touch Texan billionaire had friends in high places

Late Texan billionaire Richard Rainwater.

Clifford Krauss 1:50 AM   RICHARD RAINWATER

Broken Hill health district defends handling of bullying claims

CEO for the Far West Local Health District, Stuart Riley.

Kate Aubusson 1:38 AM   The health district that oversees the Broken Hill Base Hospital has defended its handling of bullying and harassment claims made by healthcare workers against management, blaming a recent "culture change" for "disrupting" staff.

Hottest early October weather in 73 years as sea breezes wilt

Kids cool off on the rope swing at Tench Reserve, Penrith, as the mercury nears 38 degrees.

Peter Hannam 12:25 AM   Sydney faces another scorching day in the west on Tuesday as a big high pressure system steers unusually warm winds over the city.

Bureaucrats' hidden gifts


Public Eye 12:15 AM   No government agency makes its staff gift registry public. Why on earth not?

What do government agencies ask public servants to do with gifts?


Markus Mannheim 10:58 PM   We asked the 20 largest APS workplaces about their staff gift policies. Here are their responses.

What did the Vernon report say?

Former CSR chairman managing director Sir James Vernon (left) in 1983, receiving an honour from the Japanese ambassador.

J. R. Nethercote 12:15 AM   A summary of the 1965 report of the committee of economic enquiry, led by Sir James Vernon.

The Vernon report's hits and misses, 50 years on

Prime minister Sir Robert Menzies in 1966.

J. R. Nethercote 12:15 AM   Like many 'forward-looking' reports, it seemed more about an improved handling of the past than preparation for the future.

Frogs face 'mass extinction'

Mass extinction: The global frog population is under threat.

Rachel Browne 6:00 AM   Frogs face "mass extinction" in the next century, according to research by Macquarie University expert Dr John Alroy.

Minister hatches bid to unscramble labelling laws for free-range eggs

The federal government has released a consultation paper as a step towards developing a national free-range egg standard.

Esther Han 2:45 PM   Forcing producers to declare the number of hens per square meter on cartons of free range egg is among the options being considered by the federal government to end the confusion over labelling claims.

Foreshores Beach still Sydney's dirtiest beach

The orange shore at Botany Bay.

Esther Han 11:29 AM   A Botany Bay beach with a new car park, toilet facility and boat launch has been declared as Sydney's most polluted swimming spot for the fourth year running.

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Neighbours hardly knew boy who turned killer

High school student Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar aims his gun at a police officer.

Saffron Howden   In the ordinary suburban Sydney street where Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar lived with his family, the 15-year-old boy hardly existed at all.

Phil Patton: Razzle-dazzler had inquisitive mind and eye for significance of design

Phil Patton.

William Grimes   Phil Patton was curious about everything, and could spin anything into a yarn.

Armoured vehicles to be replaced

Malcolm Turnbull is expected to announce today that the Australian army's ASLAVs are to be replaced.

Mark Kenny   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is set to announce a key piece of Australia's future defence force capability: up to 1000 armoured vehicles.

Human trafficking of workers a growing problem in Victoria

Fairfax Media has been flooded with emails of examples of illegal pay and conditions from across the country.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar   Human trafficking of workers by unscrupulous, sometimes criminal, middlemen is a growing problem in Victoria.

Penalty rates exist for a reason: Leigh

Ryan Schoenmakers celebrates with the premiership cup.

Colin Brinsden   By Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent

Telstra ACT Business Women's Awards nominee's success secrets

Telstra Businesswoman of the Year finalist, Felicity McNeill.

Clare Sibthorpe   Public service leader Felicity McNeill reflects on her Telstra ACT Business Women's Awards nomination.

Mother given referral three years after visiting ED

A woman has been contacted regarding a neurologist referral three years after visiting the emergency department.

Henry Belot   Elizabeth Sisley went to Calvary Hospital in 2012 after having seizures and was told to see a neurologist.

Canberra national war cemetery plan scuttled

Arlington National Cemetery.

Tom McIlroy   The latest proposal for a national war cemetery has been scuttled by the demise of Tony Abbott's prime ministership. 

A year on, deported Nauru detention centre staff demand an explanation

Former Save the Children worker Natasha Blucher. "The whole thing has been surreal – and symptomatic of a complete lack of justice in the system."

Adam Morton   Humanitarian workers deported from Nauru last year following unsubstantiated claims they encouraged asylum seekers to self-harm and fabricate stories of abuse are yet to receive an explanation – despite being promised one by the Australian government.

Liberals to release China FTA attack ads branding unions 'racist'

Bill Shorten.

Heath Aston   The Liberal Party is set to raise the temperature in the fight over the China Free Trade Agreement, with attack ads that accuse "ratbag unions" of stoking racism against the Chinese.

Industry to regulate underpaid 'black jobs'


Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders   The Turnbull government has rejected the need for federal laws to clamp down on unscrupulous middlemen at the heart of a network of foreign worker scams, with new employment minister Michaelia Cash opting instead for industry self-regulation.

Child dies after drinking coconut milk as importer admits label charges

Greentime Natural Coconut Drink imported by a Sydney firm was recalled just over a month after the death of a 10-year-old in Melbourne.

Tim Barlass   A 10-year-old child died from an allergic reaction after drinking a "natural" coconut drink imported by a Sydney firm.

Measuring how government performs

ELECTION 2010 The House of Representatives Chamber remains empty as votes are still being counted to decide the Australian government at Parliament House in Canberra today Tuesday 31st of August 2010 photograph Glen McCurtayne FAIRFAX MEDIA

Gai Brodtmann 12:15 AM   Accountability starts with getting the key performance indicators right.

How football's grand game consumes a city

Quick, check the fuel economy!

Mark Hawthorne   The millions of dollars are in the detail at the AFL grand final.

Seselja says few Canberra jobs part of Gosford move

ACT Senator Zed Seselja says he expects far fewer than half of all jobs to be moved to Gosford will involve Canberra workers.

Matthew Raggatt   Liberal senator says Canberra will be spared the major brunt of the move of 600 federal jobs to the Central Coast. 

The new storytellers: Josh Robenstone

From the BASTA! series, Italy.

Ella Rubeli   In Josh Robenstone's latest street photography series he delves behind the archetypal "postcard" images of Italy, using his sharp eye for colour and form to reveal a more multi-dimensional story of the streets.

Anti-abortion campaigner deported

Troy Newman, via his Facebook page.

Bianca Hall, Nicole Hasham   Controversial American anti-abortion campaigner Troy Newman has been deported from Australia, authorities confirmed on Saturday.

Sports betting agencies investigated over advertising campaigns

The lead-up to grand final weekend has seen a flurry of betting promotions.

Natalie O'Brien   Bonus bets are under scrutiny again by the gambling watchdog.