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Children of Tara Nettleton and terrorist Khaled Sharrouf are starving

Natalie O'Brien 11:03 PM   Karen Nettleton has revealed she has sent money to her grandchildren in Syria in a desperate bid to keep them alive.

Outrage as Lone Pine ceremony at Gallipoli axed

The Lone Pine service at Gallipoli in 2014.

Julie Power 10:45 PM   The federal government's decision to axe Anzac Day ceremonies at Lone Pine in Gallipolli has been described as "sacrilege" to veterans, which would outrage all Australians.

Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle: who is up and who is down

The recently appointed Deputy Leader of the Nationals Senator Fiona Nash, now promoted to a cabinet role.

James Massola 8:43 PM   Some surprise faces make their way into ministry positions.

Turnbull's 'opportunity in disguise' can't hide failure of first ministry

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be hoping this cabinet performs better than his first.

Mark Kenny 8:14 PM   By definition, the biggest question posed by Malcolm Turnbull's emergency election-year reshuffle cannot be answered yet.

Support for hospital's stand against toddler's return to Nauru

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital refuses to release injured refugee baby to return to Nauru

Lisa Yallamas 8:13 PM   Hospital staff served late night snacks to the handful of people keeping vigil in support of the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital decision to refuse the return of an injured, asylum-seeker toddler to off-shore detention in Nauru.

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PR war over fires in Tasmania's world heritage area takes to the air

Mount Oakleigh, near the Overland Track, last week.

Adam Morton 6:34 PM   Not for the first time, a war is being fought over Tasmania's world heritage wilderness. As fire burns across the state, this time it is being fought from the air.

Spinning out of control

Shane Warne enjoys Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley racecourse in October 2014.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston 6:13 PM   Despite the constant denials about the true state of the Shane Warne Foundation, the former cricket champion was fronting a charity with big problems.

Christmas and Easter oysters shucked from the menu

Pacific oysters have been rocked by Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome.

Deborah Gough 3:22 PM   Easter and Christmas celebrations will feel the knife with confirmed reports of a virus that has locked down the Tasmania oyster industry.

Dear Sydney, drop by for a drink some night. Love, Melbourne

Enjoying the nightlife in Hosier Lane in Melbourne's CBD.

Michael Coulter 4:30 PM   Melbourne revels in the late-night delights that Sydney's lockout laws have eliminated.

Old age isn't what it used to be

Ian Mackay, 82, with his 30-year-old surfboard in the boot of his 1967 Mercedes car leaves Anglesea Beach after his ...

Peter FitzSimons 9:30 PM   You know how you meet 70-, 80- and even 90-year-olds living lives normally associated with people in their 50s and 60s?

Hospital refuses to discharge asylum seeker toddler to prevent return to Nauru

The Lady Cilento Hospital is refusing to release a baby, who was injured while in detention in Nauru.

Nicole Hasham 12:13 AM   A Brisbane hospital is refusing to discharge an asylum seeker toddler who has been recovering from burns injuries, in a bid to prevent the Turnbull government from returning her to immigration detention at Nauru.

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Trimming the fat: how we could save billions

Australia's health care system is captured by providers and their lobby groups.

Jessica Irvine   Australia's health network is cheap and effective by international standards, but powerful vested interests are rorting the system.

'Unfair changes' to APS pay deal threaten stats

CPSU president Alistair Waters described the interviewers as "hard working, low paid Australians.

Phillip Thomson   Most of them are grandparents with "harsh employment conditions". And they're about to vote on a new deal.

Immigration backs away from staff consolidation

Mike Pezzullo, secretary Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Phillip Thomson   Split-campus option raised in new tender, after old approach to market was torn up.

Doctor fears hidden measles threat after anti-vaxer seeks covert help for her infected child

Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Brunswick and East Brunswick in the past week.

Beau Donelly   Surgeon warns of dangers of unreported cases after a mother sought medical advice about infected baby on a secret anti-vaccination social media page.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man

 Ian Callinan, QC, has all the correct credentials to review the benefits and deficits of the lockdown laws.

Charles Waterstreet 9:30 PM   There was a time when I could walk down Darlinghurst Road when it was back-to-back strip joints with mandatory bald Lebanese greeters and Samoan tattooed-blimps at every doorway, and not one would invite me in for a drink.

The challenges for a growing and ageing Australia

Australia's population is about to hit 24 million.

Matt Wade 9:30 PM   There's much to celebrate in Australia's demographic data but it foreshadows challenges as well.

School friends remember Tara Nettleton as a reckless, funny teenager

In social media posts dedicated to Tara Nettleton, friends shared photos of their early years at Chester Hill High School.

Natalie O'Brien   School friends of the late Tara Nettleton, the widow of Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who has died in Syria, have paid tribute to the 31-year-old and recalled their fun days together as the "Cheso girls".

How Nene King's life with two 'lovely' men ended in bitter court battle

Nene King says her life 'went off the rails' after her third husband's death.

Mark Russell   She'd turned her back on the glamorous magazine world and was sharing her home with a couple who, she thought, 'really cared for me and looked after me'. Then her credit cards started bouncing...

The multi-million dollar deradicalisation business

Professor Anne Azza Aly, a counter-terrorism expert for more than  a decade, said the work has become "cut throat".

Rachel Olding   Deradicalisation in Australia has become a "multi-million dollar business" and inexperienced academics and community groups have emerged to grab vast amounts of government money, long-standing experts say.

Toddler at risk of genital mutilation to be flown to Australia

Fatoumata Binta Conteh, who has fled from relatives with her mother, Fatoumata Diarriou Bah.

Beau Donelly 12:00 PM   An African woman and her Australian daughter who is at risk of being brutally mutilated overseas will be flown to Melbourne after the mother was granted a permanent humanitarian visa.

DHS wage offer smashed

About 23,000 Department of Human Services workers voted on the pay deal.

Noel Towell   Workers in the government's biggest department have again rejected a wage deal. The electoral commission has voted no too.

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Those takedowns we love, even if we hate to admit it

Annabel Crabb dinkus

Annabel Crabb 9:30 PM   Of all the furtive pleasures available to the modern human being, surely the spectacle of another person being mown down in viciously perfect prose is the most shameful.

CSIRO chief Larry Marshall points his ship into a scientific storm

Nothing to see here: CSIRO plans to slash climate monitoring and modelling research.

Peter Hannam   Scientists are calling for CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall to change his mind and not slash key climate researchers by half.

CSIRO climate cuts 'devastating', almost 3000 scientists tell Turnbull

Larry Marshall, CSIRO's chief executive, has resisted calls to reconsider deep cuts to climate and other programs.

Peter Hannam   Almost 3000 scientists from nearly 60 nations have appealed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders to halt CSIRO's plans to halve the number of researchers working on climate monitoring and modelling.

Whisky distillery sours friendships in small Tasmanian town of Bothwell

Nant founder Keith Batt, millwright Peter Bignell and master distiller Bill Lark in happier times,  toasting The Nant ...

Anne Davies   At first, the Nant whisky distillery put a small Tasmanian town on the map. Now, it's souring friendships.

Samantha Armytage replaced as host of UNHCR lunch with Kristin Davis

Samantha Armytage as Carrie, Edwina Bartholomew as Samatha, Natalie Barr as Miranda and Kristin Davis, as her former ...

Megan Levy   Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage is no longer appearing at a lunch honouring refugee women with US actress Kristin Davis, a day after the pair participated in an awkward Sex and the City skit on Channel 7's breakfast television show.

From outcast to hero in three years

A broken trumpet from a sunken warship holds its secrets from WWII
Found by a diver in the wreck of the USS Houston, the ...

Julie Power   A retired Australian farmer has gone from outcast to hero following his discovery of an American naval treasure.

Researchers give type 1 diabetics new hope

Dr Stuart Mannering, right, with Dane Pavlovic who has type 1 diabetes.

Bridie Smith   Researchers have worked out what makes the body attack its insulin-producing cells, causing type 1 diabetes.

DFAT culture worries aid community

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has been praised for her aid engagements, but DFAT faces its own problems.

Henry Belot   Report criticises DFAT for cultural problems and lack of appreciation for aid within the department after merger with AusAid.