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Top vocational college may be shut down

Michael Bachelard, Eryk Bagshaw 5:48 PM   One of Australia's largest private colleges allegedly signed up new students without their knowledge or consent, a government regulator has found.

Mexican state of Sinaloa: bountiful in soybeans, drugs, violence

Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, from Golden Bay in Perth, were surfing in Mexico.

Michael Koziol 5:43 PM   When Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman ventured into the Mexican state of Sinaloa, they must have known they were entering one of the world's most dangerous territories.

State of the Service report

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Phillip Thomson 5:39 PM   The rundown of the problems and good points for 150,000 federal public servants.

Surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman 'drove through Mexico drug cartel area'

Adam Coleman and his girlfriend Andrea Gomez.

Megan Levy 5:36 PM   On the night of November 20, two men matching the descriptions of Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman were seen entering an all-night convenience store in the coastal Mexican city of Los Michos.

Dept votes yes to 'substandard' pay offer

Michaelia Cash is winning the bargaining war after DFAT's 'yes' vote.

Phillip Thomson 4:11 PM   Government victory after elite department voted 'yes' to an offer union advised its members to reject.

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Sex abuse commission: School warned about predator priest

The Sabbath is on the move.

Beau Donelly 3:28 PM   Senior Catholic Church officials warned a Melbourne principal that children were not safe to be left alone with the school's incoming priest, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

More women to be promoted in surgery to overhaul toxic sex-for-training culture

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has vowed to crack down on bullying, discrimination and sexual harassment.

Julia Medew 3:03 PM   More female surgeons will be promoted and bullies in the profession will be "called out" as the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons tries to overhaul its reputation for being an "Anglo saxon boys club" where sex can be traded for training.

Striking bureaucrats ask Aussies for donations

Workers at Melbourne Airport stop work amid an industrial campaign for better pay earlier this year.

Phillip Thomson 2:18 PM   "Unusual": Union to crowdfund donations so public servants can still be paid when they strike.

Privacy watchdogs to investigate soccer fans' details leak

Protest: a thousand Wanderers fans left Central Coast Stadium in protest.

Markus Mannheim 11:21 AM   Soccer's governing body, police and a government agency to receive 'please explain' letters.

Fears for Aussie surfers missing in Mexico after 'bodies found'


Kate Hedley 1:33 AM   The families and partners of two Golden Bay men missing in Mexico fear "a tragic event has occurred" after the van they were travelling in was found.

Police prey on victims of domestic violence

  Victoria Police

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker 1:19 AM   Victorian police officers have been sexually preying on victims of domestic violence in a dramatic widening of the sexual harassment scandal facing the force.

Car-free housing encouraged in London

Richard de Cani rides a city tram.

Lucy Battersby 9:47 PM   Car-park free apartments should be actively encouraged in big cities to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, as long as there is other transportation available, according to the man who plans London's transportation system. 

Claims costly MH370 search leaves Australia blind to illegal fishing

Civilian contractor Chris Langton, right, says the hunt for missing MH370 and operations relating to the shot down MH17 aircraft have soaked up funding earmarked for monitoring the Pacific.

Rory Callinan 6:06 PM    Funding has been scrapped for civilian surveillance operations in the Pacific leading to claims Australia is blind to the movement of foreign ships and illegal fishing.

Defence should heed calls for public inquiry into drug


The Canberra Times 11:45 PM   If Defence intends to continue supplying mefloquine to its personnel it has a duty of care to address the concerns being raised.

Sydney IT firm linked to ASIO operations

A Sydney IT company found its address (pictured) and phone number listed as ASIO's headquarters in Google search results, but denies any link to the spy agency.

Steve Lillebuen   A Sydney IT company found itself listed on Google as ASIO's headquarters. The company's director fears it could have led to him receiving confidential tip-offs meant for the intelligence agency. But what really happened?

'I jumped in and said, I'm a qualified lifesaver'

Toni Wren who recently tried to save someone using her CPR training.

Harriet Alexander 12:00 AM   Toni Wren has called on her lifesaver training to save the lives of others twice in the past six months.

Education Letters - open-plan classrooms, remarking exams and school drift in country towns

They promised to revolutionise learning and were all the rage a few years ago. But it appears that many schools' love affair with open-plan classrooms has come to an end.

Open-plan classrooms need modern thinking; remarking exams when students misread paper is wrong and country towns ruined by school drift to private schools.

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'There is pressure to get the right score'

Catherine Yeomans is the chief executive of Mission Australia.

Rachel Browne 12:15 AM   Australian teens worry that the cost of study and lack of jobs means a bleak future.

Australian girl withdraws rape complaint at schoolies in Bali

Bali police

Jewel Topsfield and Amilia Rosa   An Australian woman who claimed she was raped while at schoolies in Bali has withdrawn her complaint according to police.

Man questioned over alleged rape of Australian schoolie in Bali

Bali police

Jewel Topsfield   A British man is being questioned by police over the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman from New South Wales in Bali for schoolies.

Shane Warne Foundation sought to block release of records by regulator

Shane Warne at the races in Melbourne last year.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston   Shane Warne's personal charity donated just 11¢ of every dollar raised to sick and needy children in 2014 despite last week claiming it passed on nearly three times that amount.

Why I would have let my daughter get a fake ID for schoolies week

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Angie Kelly   From schoolies to moolies... time for all.

'Once they hit that stage they become the diva they've got to be'

More than 10,000 cheerleaders competed at the national championships.

Jill Stark   It would be easy to be cynical. All the glitter and spray tan, and faces made up like china dolls.  And the bows: so many bows.

The Hawk: Pretty in pink

'Experimental': the pink ball.

Mark Hawthorne   Pretty in pink.

Town Hall becomes after school childcare centre

Kate Walsh with her kids Quinn 5, Aidan 4 and Niamh 1 at Leichhardt Town Hall.

Eryk Bagshaw   The shortage of available after-school child-care has become so critical that a Sydney council has been forced to open its town hall for local school children.

Let's talk about the secret to love

Lindsay Jones-Evans and wife Shengnan Ren.

Cosima Marriner   One in three Australian marriages are now intercultural. Researchers have found out a key ingredient for success.

Japan gives green light to its whalers

Minke whales aboard the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru in 2014. Japan is to resume whaling this summer.

Andrew Darby   Japan has finally confirmed it will commence whaling in the Antarctic this summer, despite the weight of court decisions and scientific opinion against it.

Consultant costs cancel out salary savings

Have public servants made redundant just been replaced by more expensive consultants?

Adam Gartrell   EXCLUSIVE: The money federal government departments are saving through job cuts is being cancelled out by a massive increase in expenditure on high-paid consultants and contractors.

A quarter of high school kids 'sexting' images or videos of themselves

Sexting is extremely widespread among high school students, a study finds.

Amy Corderoy   Sexting is "just part of the broader sexual repertoire" of young people today, experts say.

Working mums hire coaches to keep their careers on track

SUN HERALD School teacher Amy Payten and her baby son James meeting her year 12  students Lachy Day, Olivia Whiting, and Jeremy  How women are increasingly hiring 'maternity coaches' to help them transition out of and back into the workforce when they have a baby 27th November 2015 Photo by Louise Kennerley sh

Cosima Marriner   Amy Payten didn't want to give up teaching when she had a baby, but she didn't want to go back to work full-time either.