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Girls forge a path of their own

Tara Anglican School for Girls.

Susan Middlebrook 4:38 PM  

Skydiver rescued during mid-air seizure

Unconscious: Christopher Jones.

Rebecca Leaver 4:37 PM   An Australian man who had a seizure during a skydiving jump has uploaded the incredible footage of his rescue.

Besieged Vocation crashes to $273m loss

Vocation chief executive Mark Hutchinson is still at the company which has made a $273m loss, but is going soon.

Simon Evans 4:20 PM   Embattled education company Vocation crashed to a $273 million loss for the first half of 2014-15.

We were guinea pigs say victims, as hip replacement class action begins

Hip implant recipient Sandy Chen outside the Federal Court.

Paul Bibby 3:53 PM   Recipients of a controversial metal-on-metal hip replacement say they were "guinea pigs" for a faulty device that has left many in constant pain and others with heavy metal poisoning.

Professional learning the key

Teacher quality quality is the most important factor in student learning.

Robert J. Phipps 3:46 PM  

Some women are working for 2004 wages, and the pay gap is getting worse

The gender pay gap has widened over the past decade.

Inga Ting 3:41 PM   The gender pay gap has hit a 20-year high, with women in one industry earning the same amount their male colleagues were earning 10 years ago.

Abbott's 'absolutely crystal clear' claim shattered

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Phillip Thomson 2:38 PM   Payslips unravel PM's pledge to the men and women vacuuming public service buildings.

The role of principals

Barker College students.

Phillip Heath 2:21 PM   The proper concern of any school, and therefore of those who lead the school, is the life of its students.

Single-sex education enhances learning styles

Girls are more likely to enter a STEM-related field if they attend a single-sex school.

Julie Greenhaigh 2:19 PM   Generally, boys learn differently from girls.

Resilience vital to curriculum

Co-curricular activities including music develop vital skill sets.

David Mulford 2:00 PM   Effective, challenging and enjoyable learning is the core of a good school.

NSW organised crime syndicate behind Les Samba death, police believe

 Les Samba released by police media.

Tammy Mills, Megan Levy 12:50 PM   More than 20 people will be interviewed on Monday over the killing of horse trainer Les Samba as police reveal he owed $200,000 in drug debts to a criminal syndicate.

Defence public servants to go on the attack

Senator Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell 12:31 PM   Thousands of public servants at the Department of Defence are preparing to walk off the job as the wage dispute between the federal government and its workforce escalates further.

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Canberra Business Chamber calls for wider changes to Comcare

News. Chris Faulks, CEO of Canberra Business Chamber, is stepping down from her position. Pictured at her office in Braddon. January 16th 2015
The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Tom McIlroy 12:20 PM   Leaders of Canberra's business community have called for a complete reivew of workers compensation schemes, days after the ACT Government announced it would withdraw from the troubled federal insurer Comcare. 

Identity of 'poison-pen' emailer set to be revealed

You can write a book in a month.

Kate McClymont 6:05 AM   The identity of the person or persons responsible for sending extremely defamatory poison-pen emails about senior staff and councillors at Hurstville may be revealed this week.

Boris Nemtsov's 'ghastly' murder could hurt Putin: Alexander Downer

Nemtsov's murder creates an atmosphere of instability in Russia: Alexander Downer.

Nick Miller 10:56 PM   Two of Australia’s senior diplomats, including former foreign minister Alexander Downer, have expressed their admiration and respect for murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Seeking divine inspiration as leadership tensions dog the PM

SMH/MERCURY.   NEWS. Nan Tien Institute Official Opening Event with special Guest Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo shows Tony Abbott with Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bradbury.  pic by sylvia Liber.  March 1, 2015

Emma Partridge 12:00 AM   Tony Abbott's days as PM may be numbered, but he adopted a beatific demeanour as he attended the opening of a Buddhist college in Wollongong.

ATO's $14 million private health stuff-up

Slow off the mark: The Australian Tax Office wrongly assessed 24.700 taxpayers.

Noel Towell 9:15 PM   Thousands of taxpayers have been allowed to keep hundreds of dollars they over-claimed.

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Move to give CSG whistleblower air

Gas tangle: senators clash over gag on whistleblower.

Peter Hannam 7:07 PM   Efforts will resume this week to make public documents and comments by a Queensland whistleblower about the controversial approval process involving two giant coal seam gas projects worth almost $50 billion.

Digital inventory in wills allows online access after death

computer generic

Chris Johnston 5:36 PM   There is a booming trend towards making a written plan of what happens to your social media pages and other digital assets after you die.

Jetstar flight returns to Melbourne due to unruly passenger

Dan Bray, Alistair Walsh and Chloe Booker   A Melbourne to Perth Jetstar flight returned to Melbourne after about an hour in the air, due to a disruptive passenger.

Prince Harry - which regiment will he join?

Reports say Prince Harry, 30, who is to leave the armed forces this year,   will move to Australia and later spend time in New Zealand before his active military duties end.

Tim Barlass   He has already been dubbed 'The Digger Prince' and likely deployment for Captain Harry Wales, reportedly soon to be seconded to Australian units for 'several weeks', could be to Darwin or Melbourne.

Public servants shell out $3.6 million for paid parking

Malcolm Snow.

Matthew Raggatt   Motorists pay $1.2 million a month as drives to the the heart of the capital decline.

Australian killed in Thailand identified as Independent Reserve CEO

Died while holidaying in Thailand: Adam Tepper.

Australian businessman Adam Tepper has been named as the person who died in a motorcycle crash in Thailand last week.

'I can't apologise for who I am'

Dorothy McDonald

Jill Stark   In the struggle to be who she was, Dorothy McDonald lost everything. At times, it felt as if she had  fallen into a "waking coma".

Analysis shows two-tiered system for aged care

Boyd Fraser and his mother Valerie Fraser at the non-profit Darvall Lodge Nursing Home in Noble Park.

Timna Jacks   Australia is facing the emergence of a two-tiered system in residential aged care, with the commercial sector dominating major cities.

Who's responsible for detainees?

Manus Island.

Chris Vedelago   The Abbott government's offshore refugee policy is facing a new legal challenge that seeks to hold the Commonwealth legally responsible for conditions in its overseas detention camps because the decisions to open and operate them were made in Australia.

Food label revamp will tell consumers where products originated, were processed and packed

Consumer advocates want more certainty in food labeling.

Darren Gray   Amid concern over an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen berries, Australia's food packaging laws are set for a long-mooted overhaul. What has driven the change, and what might it mean for consumers? Darren Gray explains.