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Child sexual abuse: women make up 10 per cent of perpetrators reported to royal commission

Joanne McCarthy 12:15am A blind Vietnamese orphan who was five when she came to Australia, 11 when she was sexually abused by a Catholic nun, and 35 when she received $15,000 compensation for her "personal trauma", has spoken out for the 10 per cent of people reporting female perpetrators to the child sexual abuse royal commission.

Army chief predicts a long war as US and Arab states hit IS in Syria

Chief of Army General David Morrison at the Officer's Mess Duntroon Royal Military College in Canberra on 9 October 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares for Boss

David Wroe, Tom Allard and Heath Aston 1:39am Australia's most senior soldier, Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison, has warned the fight against the Islamic State may be part of one "long war" that lasts for decades into the future.

ACT road casualties drop for first time since 2008: new report

Traffic Operations acting superintendent Rod Anderson.

BEN WESTCOTT 11:30pm Road casualties in the ACT have dropped for the first time in five years, a result government and police have hailed as very encouraging.

Serious injuries on ACT construction sites continue to rise


BEN WESTCOTT 11:30pm Serious injuries on ACT construction sites have risen for the second year in a row on a per capita basis, two years after a major report into site safety called for a reduction of 35 per cent.

Gillard accuses Rudd of sabotage, offers regret on Beazley

Julia Gillard at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

MICHAEL GORDON 10:41pm Julia Gillard has directly accused Kevin Rudd of sabotage and blackmail, but expressed anguish over her own role in toppling Kim Beazley.

Coalition splits on Muslim relations as National MP George Christensen adds voice to calls for burqa ban

George Christensen.

Heath Aston and Latika Bourke 6:17pm The Coalition is divided over engagement with the Islamic community as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned attacks on Australian Muslims play into the hands of terrorists, while a second government MP joined the push to ban the burqa and sharia law.

Cheer cheer the red and the white, but no luck for last-minute ticket hopefuls

Sydney Swans fans Peter Thomas, his wife Maree Thomas and their grand daughter Elena Tulloch at the Sydney Swans training session at the SCG. Tuesday 23rd September 2014. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 140923

LUCY CORMACK 5:45pm When Peter and Maree Thomas came to Sydney 43 years ago the only thing missing was the AFL, and then the Swans came.

Buddy bantering with old AFL mates

Sydney Swans player Lance Franklin

Adrian Warren 3:08pm Sydney forward Lance Franklin has exchanged text banter with some of his old Hawthorn teammates heading into Saturday's AFL grand final.

Government has 'contempt' for Christmas Islanders: Stanhope

Outgoing administrator of Christmas Island Jon Stanhope at Dolly Beach.

NOEL TOWELL "You don't deserve to be treated like this," administrator tells Indian Ocean Territories.

Three fans 'humiliated' by police treatment at Roosters-Cowboys match

Three rugby fans of Middle Eastern appearance were singled out by a spectator for allegedly using their mobile phones in a suspicious manner during the game.

RACHEL OLDING Three football fans say they were "furious and humiliated" after being detained at a rugby league match for using their mobile telephones in a manner an onlooker deemed suspicious.

Canberra Costco to open petrol station


Fleta Page and Noel Towell Canberra petrol could soon get considerably cheaper with Costco to open a petrol station next to its Majura Park store.


Building firm Lis-Con says anti-Irish 'racism' and harassment by CFMEU caused business closure

A file photo of John Agius, CFMEU counsel at the royal commission.

ANNA PATTY Construction company Lis-Con has blamed union harassment for its decision to close business in Queensland but the royal commission into trade unions has heard suggestions a $4 million payroll tax liability may have influenced the decision.

A knight’s strength helped Sim’s journey to gender change

Sim Kennedy.

MIKI PERKINS Sim's journey from female to male has been long and difficult. Anew report says young people in his position are particularly prone to depression.

Sailor screamed 'stop' at raping by rubber chicken on HMAS Newcastle, court told

HMAS Newcastle.

PAUL BIBBY An Australian navy technician has described screaming at his crewmates to stop as they allegedly bound his wrists and ankles and raped him with a rubber chicken during a "farewell ritual" on a navy frigate off the coast of Western Australia.

Jamie is a bit too cheesy for comfort


BEN POBJIE What really interests me about Jamie's Comfort Food (Ten, 7.30pm) is the title.

The National Library looks to public for clues to Sunday School banner

Curator Nat Williams with the Parramatta Sunday Schools 1815 banner at the National Library of Australia, in Canberra on Friday 5 September 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

LINDA MORRIS The National Library of Australia wants the public's help to establish the provenance of a hand-embroidered cloth marking the first Sunday School in Parramatta.


Qantas accused of sending more call-centre jobs overseas

Australian-based customer service will soon be the preserve of Qantas' premium passengers.

MATT O'SULLIVAN Unions have accused Qantas of sending more work offshore after the airline revealed it intends to boost the size of its call centre in Auckland by another 50 jobs.

Two able seamen plead guilty over hog-tying sailor at navy 'farewell ceremony'

The alleged offences took place aboard HMAS Newcastle.

PAUL BIBBY Two Australian navy technicians have pleaded guilty to hog-tying one of their colleagues and smearing a mix of Deep Heat and Vegemite on his buttocks during a "farewell ceremony" to mark the victim's last night aboard a Royal Australian Navy frigate in 2011.

Toilet anxiety: fear of the unmentionable

Up to 32 per cent of Australians suffer from

CAROLINE ZIELINSKI Anxiety about toilet use is more pervasive than most of us think, and a Victorian researcher has set out to prove it.  

Fourth person dies after PNG plane crash

The death toll from a charter plane crash in Papua New Guinea has risen to four.


Canberra's wedge-tailed eagles thriving on degustation menu

Well bred: Copulating Wedge-tailed Eagles.

IAN WARDEN Rabbit scourge perpetuates the myth that our beloved wedge-tailed eagles rely on the pest for survival.

Police Mafia link: John Hatton recalls ordeal of Winchester corruption case

Murdered AFP assistant commissioner Colin Winchester.

JOHN THISTLETON Winchester Mafia link led to calls for Royal Commission in 1990, and ruined careers for whistleblower police.

Climate activists rope in Three Sisters to make their point

Human intervention: a banner hangs off the Three Sisters on Sunday.

PATRICK BEGLEY Australian climate change activists were keen to make their mark on Sunday, even 918 metres above sea level.

This is Not a Love Song review: Bittersweet tale of musical passion

Greg Fleet stars in This is Not a Love Song.

TIM RICHARDS Greg Fleet may be best known for his comedy work but shows solid dramatic skills with loads of presence in This is Not a Love Song.

Melbourne Fringe review: Flash/Girl

Neither work in this double bill develops its ideas quite far enough.

Jordan Beth Vincent Taken as a pair, Flash/Girl offers an interesting take on what performance can be.

Tweet and destroy: Australian spies track terror threats on social media

Social media platforms have proven to be effective channels for supporters of the Islamic State (ISIL) to disseminate propaganda, attract recruits and raise funds.

Philip Dorling Australia’s peak intelligence agency is stepping up its analysis of terrorist threats including scouring social media to track extremist propaganda and recruitment efforts.

Melbourne Fringe review: Steve Nieve Plays Elvis Costello

Pianist extraordinaire Steve Nieve.

MICHAEL DWYER Steve Nieve's conversational pitch and virtuosic technique drew laughs, gasps and a standing ovation.

Qantas passenger faces jail after plane forced to divert


PATRICK BEGLEY A Qantas passenger who allegedly tried to steal whisky bottles and broke through four sets of plastic handicuffs faces up to two years' jail.