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University takes students to court to dissolve union and seize funds

Kate Aubusson 9:29 PM   Macquarie University will seek to forcibly close MUPRA and absorb $500,000 in its reserves, according to court documents.

Zoo keepers keep close eye on mum and baby hippo

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05:  Petre the pregnant West African pygmy hippopotamus stretches her legs and has a feed after an ultrasound at Melbourne Zoo on May 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Pat Scala/Fairfax Media)

Alana Schetzer 9:23 PM   Petre is just like any expectant mother - eating for two, taking it easy and enjoying the last few days before the birth. Except, of course, Petre is a Pygmy Hippopotamus.

Surge in flu cases in NSW prompts cruise ship warning

Seasonal warning: cruise ship passengers are being urged to get flu shots.

Amy Corderoy 1:00 AM   NSW is in the middle of an unseasonable spike in flu cases, with issuing a public warning for all cruise ship passengers to get vaccinated after a number of outbreaks of the condition on the holiday ships.

Brown coal powers up to boost emissions

Ramping up: Coal's share of the market is increasing.

Peter Hannam and Tom Arup 12:38 PM   Australia's electricity demand is picking up and, in the absence of a carbon price, pushing up the sector's emissions.

Public service defies the knockers

Terry Moran.

Noel Towell 9:40 AM   Don't believe the hype, says former top bureaucrat Terry Moran - those public service kids are alright.

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Rare Australian Holey Dollar fetches record price of $550,000

The Madrid Holey Dollar was listed for sale at $600,000.

Candice Barnes 8:36 AM   It was originally worth five shillings, but now one of Australia's rarest coins has been sold for a record-breaking price of $550,000.

Anaesthetists feel the strain of obese children

Childhood Obesity: Who's to blame?

Julia Medew 7:31 AM   An increasing number of obese children are suffering illnesses related to their weight, and posing new challenges for anaesthetists during surgery.

Migrant workers in slave-like conditions

"This is slave labour and in Australia that shouldn't happen": Federal Nationals MP Keith Pitt.

​Food supplied to Australia's biggest supermarkets and fast food chains is being processed or picked by migrant workers in slave-like conditions, it has been reported.

Higher wages for fewer public service sickies

Australian Public Service managers are failing to tackle the 'seemingly intractable' problem of sickies among their workers, internal APS documents reveal.

Noel Towell   APS bosses can now put sickie rates on the table in wage talks.

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Dr Karl campaign expands


Public Eye   Treasury more than doubled the size of its contract with the firm behind the ads.

Discounts for Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

Lightroom's advanced black and white channel conversion.

Clique members can make their photography even better with a great offer for the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

Pressure on Pat Rafter over hotel pay rates

The hospitality workers' union has called on Pat Rafter to intervene in the push to slash penalty rates.

Nick Toscano   Tennis legend Pat Rafter is facing pressure to stand up for thousands of low-paid hospitality workers, as a major hotel chain he represents calls for cuts to penalty rates.

New test significantly improves early detection of ovarian cancer

New test is more effective in early detection of ovarian cancer.

Nicky Phillips 6:00 AM   A new test can detect signs of ovarian cancer in four out of five women who have yet to show symptoms of the disease.

Sugar hit: some types leave you hungrier than others, US study shows

Different types of sugar have different effects on our bodies, a study has shown.

Amy Corderoy   Eating some types of sugar rather than others leaves you feeling hungrier and with less self-control when it comes to making decisions about food, a study out of the US indicates.

Social media giants are not the privacy monsters you think they are: Deloitte

Australians say they most distrust social media brands in relation to their private data.

Esther Han   We may distrust social media's handling of our personal data but research shows it outperforms other industries.

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Cataract surgery 'blitzes' not a long-term solution: eye experts


Nicky Phillips   Flying surgical teams into Indigenous communities for short visits to perform cataract operations, a practice pioneered by Fred Hollows, is preventing the development of long term services that would better serve those in need.

Australia's digital future not bright

The National Broadband Network is crucial to Australia's future as a modern economy, says the Ernst and Young report.

Noel Towell   Slow internet and ponderous public service are keeping Australia in the digital slow lane.

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Australia's fattest and fittest areas revealed

People need to be empowered to stop obesity, according to policy makers.

Dan Harrison   The Darling Downs region in Queensland's south-east is known for producing exquisitely marbled beef, and stats show human inhabitants are similarly far from lean.

With a clear majority unlikely, Britain braces for hung parliament

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to locals while campaigning in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, in England.

William James   Britain is heading towards a hung parliament after Thursday's national election, fuelling uncertainty about the country's future in the European Union, its economic policy, and Scotland's place in the United Kingdom.

Woman poisoned from smoking hookah

Worries: Health experts are concerned hookah use is increasing among the young.

Amy Corderoy   A 20-year-old woman has developed carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking a hookah waterpipe, leading doctors to warn that smoking the traditional pipes could be dangerous.

Carbon pledges to fall short of warming goal, Stern warns

China's emissions may peak earlier than expected.

Peter Hannam   The Paris climate summit planned for the end of the year is unlikely to result in carbon emissions cuts deep enough to avoid dangerous warming, a study by Lord Nicholas Stern argues.

Medical journal editor sacked and editorial committee resigns

MJA's editorial board have written to Australian Medical Journal president Brian Owler to review the decision to appoint Elsevier.

Anna Patty   All but one member of the editorial advisory committee for Australia's top medical journal have resigned following the sacking of its eminent editor who raised concerns about a decision to outsource its production to controversial global publisher, Elsevier.

Tyrrell's abductor remains free as police focus on Bill Spedding, says son

Vanished from his grandmother's Kendall home seven months ago: William Tyrrell.

Emma Partridge   Rodney Spedding says there is no way his father abducted toddler William Tyrrell and while police continue to focus on him, the real perpetrator remains free.

Army of Star Wars fans to raise funds for charity

Dressed as a Star Wars "sandtrooper", Scott Loxley has walked around Australia to raise money for Monash Children's Hospital.

Nicky Phillips   On May 4, International Star Wars Day, you can expect to see legions of people dressed as stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters participating in "May the fourth be with you"-themed events.

Puppy factories: Disease, cruelty, squalor

Dogs at a puppy farm in Northern NSW

Eamonn Duff   An internal RSPCA veterinarian report chronicles, in graphic detail, the cruelty being repeated in puppy factories throughout the state.

The 30-year fight for chimps' rights

Lifelong campaign: Nonhuman Rights Project president Steven Wise talks during the 2015  Animal Law Lecture Series.

Steve Jacobs   Steven Wise has spent much of his life trying to convince a sceptical world that chimpanzees should have legal rights, such as the right to be free.

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CFA holds memorial in Ballarat, but small group gathers at Fiskville

Memorial service for fallen firefighters at the CFA training facilities in Fiskville.

Allison Worrall   For the first time since the Memorial Wall was built in Fiskville in 1986, the annual service that pays tribute to fallen firefighters was not held on the site.

Preschoolers get $840m budget boost

Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Australian four-year-olds will be guaranteed 15 hours at preschool thanks to a $840 million program.

More children going to rehab for ice addictions

Crystal methamphetamine or Ice

Jane Lee   The number of children going to rehab and seeking other treatments for their ice addictions is increasing and has trebled in the last 18 months at Victoria's largest youth drug and alcohol network.