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Australia's computer spies get down and dirty


Philip Dorling 12:09 AM   Australia's electronic espionage agency has been directly linked to some of the most sophisticated malware discovered so far on the internet.  

Greek Finance Minister playing a high-stakes game

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis smiles during the civil oath ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Tuesday.

Tom Allard 9:22 PM   As a young man lecturing in Sydney, the economist's area of expertise was game theory. Now he gets to put it into practice.

New report: Australia needs to radically rethink housing policy for ageing population

Some growth in wages might help bring workers to the services sectors that need them, says the RBA's Christoper Kent.

Gareth Hutchens 12:15 AM   Australia has it wrong when it comes to housing policy for an ageing society, a new report has found.

Indonesian Attorney-General deals blow to Bali nine's Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Andrew Chan, left, and Myuran Sukumaran together in 2011.

Jewel Topsfield 8:15 PM   The condemned Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could be executed as early as next month after the Indonesian Attorney-General said there could not be a second judicial review of their case.

Mayor may have acted illegally

Canterbury Council general manager Jim Montague.

kate mcclymont 11:00 PM   Canterbury council is in chaos after a majority of councillors voted to sack the general manager Jim Montague.

New treatment may provide allergy cure

Lifesaving research: At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

Kate Hagan, Health Reporter 6:45 PM   More than 80 per cent of children with peanut allergies were able to tolerate peanuts after being given a new treatment by Melbourne researchers, providing hope for a cure.

The $400,000 jobs the Australian Public Service can't fill

Department of Human Services associate secretary Ben Rimmer.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Dozens of top public service jobs at the giant Department of Human Services are sitting vacant.

Malaysian murderer in Sydney limbo

Held at Villawood detention centre: Sirul Azhar Umar.

Eryk Bagshaw and Lindsay Murdoch 5:46 PM   The police commando at the centre of a Malaysian murder scandal could be held in a Sydney detention centre indefinitely according to leading international law experts.

Prison not rehabilitating radical inmates

Retired Supreme Court judge Anthony Whealy says consideration should be given to keeping radicalised inmates in prison after their sentences have finished.

Rachel Olding 12:15 AM   The state's worst terrorists are not being deradicalised in prison, prompting calls to keep radical inmates behind bars even after their sentences expire.

Anti-vaccination group prompts parents to join fake church

Measles vaccination

Julia Medew 4:28 PM   A controversial anti-vaccination group is encouraging people to sign up to a fake church because it may help them bypass Australia's emerging "no jab, no play" childcare laws.

League club mourns 'natural leader'

Hayden Butler during his time with the Burleigh Bears.

Beth Newman 1:00 PM   Mackay Cutters chief says club in shock after death.

Dead man in Bali was a 'get-rich-quick' speaker

Warren Borsje

Alana Schetzer 12:01 PM   The Australian man found dead in Bali was a self-styled motivational speaker who gave presentations on how to "get rich quick" across the world.

Mandarins grounded to cut $400m bill

air travel

Phillip Thomson 11:45 AM   Public service bosses feel the pinch.

Jewish sex abuse victims pressured not to assist police, secret tapes and emails reveal

Prominent criminal barrister Alex Lewenberg allegedly told a victim of a sex offender he should not have co-operated with police.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   Members of Australia's Orthodox Jewish community who assist police investigating alleged child sexual abuse have been pressured to stay silent, secret tape recordings and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal.

Energy retailers letting down customers in financial hardship, says regulator


Esther Han   Some power companies are failing to promptly identify and offer help to struggling customers who, in a growing number of cases, have amassed debts worth thousands of dollars, the energy regulator says.

Customs officers' allowances in firing line

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector.

Noel Towell   Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.

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APS outsourcing: no-one is safe, says 1990s outsourcing guru

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell   No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.

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Is Ebola silently immunising some while killing their neighbours?

If some are immunised, it could help end outbreaks quicker by giving secret protection to those lucky enough to be able to bat the infection away.

Kate Kelland and Emma Farge   Cases in which someone is exposed to Ebola but doesn't get sick are hotly disputed among scientists.

Most asylum seekers 'economic opportunists' says PNG Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Nick Toscano   Papua New Guinea's government believes most asylum seekers being held on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose protection claims will be rejected.

Junk food ads saturate cricket

KFC has taken over cricket advertising.

Kate Hagan Health Reporter   Junk food branding is being shown thousands of times during cricket broadcasts, a study has shown, prompting calls for Cricket Australia to phase out sponsorships with unhealthy brands.

'Bags these days aren't terribly well made'

Owen (7) and Toby (5) Street with mother Jane, with their new backpacks at Broadway Shopping Centre

Hannah Paine   As school starts, the Australian Physiotherapy Association has warned against buying discounted bags that are bad for young backs.

Striking and dark, Maleficent keeps sleep at bay

"Maleficent" is a modern take on the story of Sleeping Beauty, starring Angelina Jolie.

Ron Cerabona   Following in the vein of the book and musical "Wicked", this Disney film takes a classic tale - "Sleeping Beauty" - and retells it from a different perspective.

Mystery utility seen tailing body-in-boot car

Image from CCTV footage of two cars on Mickleham Road. Related to the murder of Kenan Balikel.

Rania Spooner   Detectives have discovered footage of an unidentified utility vehicle tailing a Peugeot 307 inside which the charred remains of Kenan Balikel would later be discovered.

Microburst snapped as Sydney endures soggy start to school year

Microburst photographed near Roma in outback Queensland.

Peter Hannam   Images of a rare microburst storm have been captured by a photographer near Roma in outback Queensland.

Mega glacier melting at critical rate

The 120km-long Totten Glacier is showing signs of melting from below.

Andrew Darby   Warming ocean water is said to be melting the largest glacier in East Antarctica, underscoring climate change's assault on the continent’s ice cover.

Are these the best EL2 jobs in the public service?

Fancy managing 20,000 square kilometres of Kakadu National Park?

Phillip Thomson   Just back from holiday? Dreaming of a job away from the hunting ground? Here are the top 3 options.

Warmer, mostly drier future predicted with climate change

Rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns are likely to hit Australian farming hard.

Peter Hannam   Sydney’s climate can be expected to warm across all seasons, with less rainfall in winter but more intense rain events, according to the latest projections by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Extreme El Nino events to increase in a warming world, researchers say

Flooding in Bangladesh in 1998 during an extreme La Nina event.

Peter Hannam   The global climate is likely to become increasingly prone to extremes with super La Nina and El Nino events in the Pacific to almost double in frequency this century, according to Australian-led research.

'Irrational and cruel' to criminalise patients using medicinal cannabis

The study found nearly 13 per cent of 1500 chronic pain patients had used cannabis in the past year despite being prescribed opioids.

Amy Corderoy   Australians suffering from chronic pain may get more relief from their symptoms using cannabis than they do from some conventional medications, a study indicates.