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Strange bedfellows: Unions, business unite on parental leave

Nick Toscano 10:17 AM   Trade unions and the nation's business lobby will unite to fight down the Abbott government's contentious plans to slash paid parental leave for tens of thousands of families.

Attempted carjacking broadcast live on ABC radio

Cut off the call: Broadcaster David Curnow.

10:15 AM   She had phoned in to her local radio station in Brisbane to discuss the finer details of her hair pin collection when she was abruptly interrupted by a man in the background swearing and shouting.

Abetz defiant in the face of half-day strikes

John Lloyd had dismissed the industrial action that had taken place so far, saying it had little effect.

Noel Towell 10:01 AM   Union is escalating its campaign, minister defiant.

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The cruellest minutes spent hanging on Centrelink's telephones

Duncan Bayly can only communicate via his computer.

Noel Towell 9:13 AM   Motor Neurone Disease sufferer Duncan Bayly, and his government assistant, must wait and wait like millions of others.

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China moves weapons on to artificial islands

Reclamation: A satellite image taken in April shows a Chinese airstrip under construction on Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.

John Garnaut, David Wroe 7:09 AM   China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea, adding to the risks of a confrontation with the United States and its regional security partners including Australia.

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, in this file still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft and provided by the United States Navy on May 21, 2015. Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/Files

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John Garnaut, David Wroe 7:08 AM   Australia's top defence official has directly challenged China over its construction of artificial islands across hotly-contested areas of the South China Sea.

Q: How many bureaucrats does it take to buy a Thermomix? A: An entire panel of them

New model: Thermomix appliance demonstrator Trudy Frolich at her home in Roseville Chase

Heath Aston 12:38 AM   It was more than three months ago that Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove impressed foodies everywhere with an intention to buy a Thermomix for the kitchen at Yarralumla.

America, and now Australia, muscle up to China

BEIJING, CHINA - JANUARY 30:  Chinese President Xi Jinping waits to welcome French Prime Minister Manuel Valls at the Great Hall of the People on January 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. Valls is in China during the three-day trip. (Photo by Fred Dufour - Pool/Getty Images)

John Garnaut 12:15 AM   The problem for China's President Xi Jinping is that the harder he pushes at his borders, and the more muscle he devotes to the cause, the more the world pushes back.

China adds weapons to artificial island network

China dredges for land reclamation on the Spratly islands.

John Garnaut and David Wroe 12:15 AM   China has moved weaponry onto artificial islands that it is building in contested areas of the South China Sea.

New wave of refugees set sail from Immigration

There are more high-level departures on the way at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Another wave of high level departures is underway at the Immigration Department as the agency's boss reveals that yet more of his executives have been placed on "performance notice".

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'Love at first sight': same sex couple hopes to marry

Alan Zurvas with his partner Matt Blewitt from Waterloo. Wednesday 27th May 2015. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 150527

Michael Koziol 7:44 PM   Alan Zurvas and Matt Blewitt never thought they'd make it to the altar - not in this country, at least.

Cunneen case needs established evidence

Sophia Tilley.

Quentin Dempster 12:15 AM   Exactly what have they got on Margaret Cunneen, her son, Stephen Wyllie and his girlfriend Sophia Tilley?

Act of rebellion produces award-winning photograph of storm-swept Bondi

Clique May Challenge "Open"  finalist Emma McPherson.

Inga Ting 6:59 PM   It was a storm so furious the state's premier urged residents to head home as soon as possible. Angela Miall did the exact opposite.

Four-year-old girl in world-first attempt to prevent type 1 diabetes

"It just seemed like a good insurance policy," said Rachel Weldon of the decision to store Isla's cord blood four years ago.

Amy Corderoy 5:36 PM   Isla Robinson is a very special little girl. At four years old she might not be old enough to understand it, but on Wednesday she made scientific history.

Is the St John's wort you take the one that works...or the other one?

St John's wort in bloom...not all of its products are created equal.

Harriet Alexander 6:26 PM   Complementary medicine maker Nigel Pollard has invested millions gathering evidence to show his products work, so he was surprised to learn how little this effort was worth to the government regulator.

'We would be crazy to have them back'

Khaled Sharrouf, whose family wants to return to Australia.

Eryk Bagshaw 6:22 PM   The school that once taught the children of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has ruled out taking them back if they return to the country. 

$100,000 to catch killer 37 years later, but family say they knew all along

Neville Jelfs consoles his daughter Lynette Price. Their son and brother Stephen Jelfs disappeared in 1978 at the age of 21.

Rick Feneley 6:02 PM   Did crooked police act as standover men for a drug supplier who disposed of a young florist in 1978? Rick Feneley reports.

Vote in the Nikon People's Choice Award for the Clique May challenge

Clique May Challenge: Open. Finalist. Congratulations Dean Harris. To vote for the Nikon People's Choice Award, please visit www.cliquephotos.com.au

5:00 PM   Each month we ask Clique members to vote for their favourite image from a selection of entries from the Clique Challenge in the Nikon People's Choice Award. Voting for the May Challenge closes on Tuesday 2nd June at 10am AEST. The winner will be announced on the Clique Photos Facebook page, and will receive a $500 Nikon Store voucher.

Trawler loses support, fishes on


Super trawler Geelong Star.

Andrew Darby 3:48 PM   The troubled freezer trawler Geelong Star has lost all support from recreational fishers, as the ship begins its third attempt to fish without killing dolphins.

$474m deal and no better service

Gary Sterrenberg was bullish about the prospects for improvement under the $474 million Telstra deal in 2012

Noel Towell 2:11 PM   Three years ago, senior public servants promised a half-billion-dollar deal with Telstra would deliver shorter waiting times for Centrelink's phone lines.

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Singapore's coffee revolution


Common Man Roasters.

Tim Richards 12:58 PM   Singapore's coffee revolution

Public servant's noisy office compo victory

Money

Phillip Thomson 12:33 PM   Woman involved in two car accidents wins compensation for aggravations caused by noisy office, phone headset.

Family tricked IS recruit into returning home

Asher Abid Khan

Peter Mitchell 10:47 AM   Asher Abid Khan was restless and living in Sydney when he began researching ways to travel to Syria or Iraq to join terror group Islamic State, according to US prosecutors.

Announcing the June Clique Challenge: your brief and video tutorial

The Clique June Challenge theme is "Emotion". The deadline for this Challenge is Monday 22nd June at 12 noon AEST. To enter visit www.cliquephotos.com.au. Prize include a Nikon 1 J5 camera, $500 Nikon equipment voucher and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.

Joy, happiness, sorrow, sympathy, fear, pride, rage, affection, excitement, empathy, ... your brief for the June Clique Challenge is to create an entry with a heightened sense of emotion.

IS fighter's wife and children seek return to Australia

Khaled Sharrouf, whose family wants to return to Australia.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Nick Ralston   Notorious Australian Islamic State fighter Khaled Sharrouf's wife and children, including his son who was photographed holding a severed head, are seeking to return to Australia.

The kids not waiting for coding to be in the curriculum

Students (from left) Sarah Vandebberg, Georgia Grasso, Angie Liu, Erika Dudkin and Alice Shang at Tara Anglican girls school learn to code.

Eryk Bagshaw   The federal parliament is talking up the value of coding and it being in the national curriculum. Amanda Hogan and her class of eight isn't waiting.

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'Project Tetris' and the Department of Finance

Most Influential - Tetris

Phillip Thomson   Department looks to 1980s Soviet-made video game for inspiration. Or does it?

Sometimes we need to get tough on terror: Fontana

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana.

Michael Bachelard   Police know they might strain relations with the Muslim community by bashing down doors, but sometimes options are limited, says counter-terror chief.

Lloyd's probe can't locate source of leak

Public Service Commisioner John Lloyd

Phillip Thomson   Investigation hits brick wall: "The inquiry concluded that there was no evidence available that would support a finding that any commission employee leaked the relevant information to the journalist."

Australia's outlook turns drier as Indian Ocean set to reinforce El Nino

Dry times loom for southern Australia if the weather models prove correct.

Peter Hannam   Prospects are firming that the El Nino event taking hold will mean a drier Australia, with conditions in the Indian Ocean likely to reinforce those in the Pacific, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

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