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Overhauling universities should be a never-ending process

David Penington 9:47 PM   That Sydney University is embarking on reform aimed at revamping some of the institution's activities is to be applauded but the challenges cannot be under-estimated

This FIFA story stinks, and you don't need to be a lawyer to know that

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner: Why did the FFA deem a stadium on Warner's turf so deserving of Australian funds?

Nick McKenzie 9:46 PM   $500,000 payment by Australia to allegedly corrupt Jack Warner raises many questions.

Learn how to save a life in a heartbeat

Age journalist Martin Boulton gave CPR to cardiac arrest survivor Ananth Ganesh.

Martin Boulton 9:28 PM   It is surprising how unexpectedly you can find yourself in an emergency situation.

ATO identifies high risk property advisers

Point Piper's Altona.



John Garnaut and Lucy Macken 8:53 PM   A preliminary audit of dodgy foreign investment in Australian real estate has identified a network of "high risk" investment advisers, sources say.

Ratgate: DHS boss says controversial icon was a cute mouse

Were rats innocent of spreading the bubonic plague - which killed more than 10 million people - all along?

Noel Towell 8:40 PM   The Department of Human Services' boss has weighed into the rodent debate that gripped her workforce in May and declared that an icon depicting striking public servants was a mouse, not a rat.

Mixed message from same-sex marriage debate


Paul Sheehan 9:00 PM   You probably thought, as I did, that last week's same sex marriage referendum in Ireland was carried by an overwhelming 62 per cent vote majority in support of changing the constitution.

'A textbook could never do that'

Saint Joan of Arc Primary School in Haberfield has the country's first app-led kindergarten class.

Eryk Bagshaw 8:00 PM   One inner-west teacher is revolutionising the classroom.

Coroner's report finds high suicide rates among emergency services

Mapping will capture data from paramedics relating to male mental health incidents, but won't include personal details.

Craig Butt 6:29 PM   A total of 110 emergency services workers nationwide have taken their own lives over the past 12 years, the equivalent of about one death every 40 days.

APRA says everything is fine in housing market, but look at credit cards

Overly indebted property buyers could be in for a nasty shock.

Gareth Hutchens 6:22 PM   Australia's financial regulator says it is not too worried about Sydney and Melbourne's property markets, despite serious concerns from Treasury and the Reserve Bank about a housing bubble.

FIFA fallout: Australian soccer deal faces probe

The FFA payment to former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner is likely to be probed.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 6:08 PM   The police want to talk to Federal bureaucrats over alleged FIFA corruption, and a new senate inquiry is likely to call Australian soccer chiefs.

DFAT boss to reassess overseas postings after shedding 550 jobs

Peter Varghese, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, during an estimates hearing this week.

Henry Belot 4:23 PM   The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will reassess the number of diplomats posted overseas after shedding almost 550 jobs to meet budget requirements.

'Blackbirding' shame yet to be acknowledged

Emelda Davis.

Emelda Davis 3:40 PM   We have a long way to go for the successful establishment of the Islander people within that of the great nation of Australia.

Ring of despair over Centrelink call wait time


Noel Towell 3:27 PM   Greens senator Rachel Siewert has calculated that average wait times across the system are out to more than 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

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DFAT April Fools prank: 'The man is obviously not Benny Hill'™

The hoax ''announcement'' at the Canberra DFAT office on April 1, 2015 telling public servants their jobs were to be sent interstate.

Henry Belot 2:19 PM   A DFAT staffer was ordered to undergo formal counselling after telling a group of junior public servants they would be sacked in a cruel April Fools joke.

Foreign affairs chief dodges questions over ambassador's Paris tarmac snub

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Peter Varghese.

James Massola 11:54 AM   Foreign Affairs and Trade departmental secretary Peter Varghese spoke to Australia's ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, twice in the days immediately after an incident that occurred while Prime Minister Tony Abbott was greeted on arrival in Paris on Anzac Day.

Australia out of line in locking up children, says Amnesty global head


Dan Harrison 11:30 AM   Australia is out of line with international standards in holding children as young as 10 criminally responsible for their actions, the global head of Amnesty International has said.

Pharmaceutical companies called on to explain tiny tax contribution

Drugs, and other treatments, which are tailored exactly for you are on the way.

Heath Aston 10:45 AM   The five biggest suppliers of publicly subsidised medicines in Australia recorded sales of nearly $5 billion last year but paid an average of just $10 million each in company tax.

Islamic schools to undergo audit

Malek Fahd Islamic school in Greenacre is under investigation

Eryk Bagshaw 8:18 AM   Islamic schools across the country will be investigated by the federal Department of Education after a string of sackings among senior staff members and principals, allegations of financial mismanagement and concerns over the delivery of the curriculum.

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Langton blasts Frank Brennan's recognition plan

Indigenous academic Professor Marcia  Langton has branded Frank Brennan's recognition proposal as "dismissive and disrespectful".

Michael Gordon 8:10 AM   Prominent Indigenous academic, Marcia Langton, has denounced the latest proposal for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution as setting the bar too low and predicted it will be opposed by Indigenous Australians.

Julie Bishop says Iraqi PM did not ask for more help to fight Islamic State

Julie Bishop was in Paris for a top-level meeting of the 22-nation coalition to counter Islamic State.

Nick Miller 4:53 AM   Australia's Foreign Minister says Australia would consider any request for further military help, but the Iraqi PM did not asked for it in their meeting.

'Paradigm change' could mean faster access to more effective cancer drugs

The project has been called "the largest and most rigorous precision oncology trial that's ever been attempted."

Brady Dennis and Lenny Bernstein 12:34 AM   The 'largest and most rigorous precision oncology trial ever attempted' will test treatments based on tumours’ genetic mutations.

ACT senators fight over gay marriage

Senator Zed Seselja and Katy Gallagher are at loggerheads over gay marriage.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   The ACT's senators are involved in a personal stoush as tension mounts in federal parliament over gay marriage.

Public Service Commission scores best pay offer

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd.

Noel Towell 10:30 PM   Public Service Commission staff are being offered pay rises of 1.5 per cent per year – three times what their counterparts at some other agencies have been asked to accept.

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Showing-up bonus for public servants on the table

Sickie in the sun

Noel Towell 11:30 PM    Public servants could be paid $225 for improving their agency's sickies record.

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Australia's lowest paid workers receive 'modest' wage increase

Cleaner Gamal Babiker, 61 says the extra $16 a week will do nothing to ease financial pressure.

Nick Toscano   Australia's 1.8 million lowest paid workers will receive the smallest minimum wage increase in years, rising by 2.5 per cent or $16 a week.

Elite private schools track parents' and donors' wealth

Private schools are tracking parents to assess them as potential donors

Timna Jacks   The country's most elite schools are using software to track information about potential donors to individually tailor their fundraising pitches.

Timing gives Abbott no excuse to avoid Paris climate talks

Tony Abbott at the last CHOGM meeting in November 2013 in Sri Lanka.

Peter Hannam   Pressure on the Prime Minister to attend the crucial Paris Climate Summit is likely to rise if he opts to attend the CHOGM gathering that will be held just prior to the French event.

Since when has NAPLAN been a house price guide?

Parents consider many factors when choosing a school for their child, and NAPLAN results are by no means the most important.

Michelle Green 12:00 AM   National tests should not be the only basis for selecting the best school for your child.

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Australia turned back 65 people on boat, including a pregnant woman, police chief says

Generic picture of an asylum seeker boat.

Jewel Topsfield   'They looked exhausted,' the Indonesian police chief said of the 65 people, who reportedly claimed to be asylum seekers.