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Minister holds no records of meetings on exploited workers

A key member of a high-level federal government ministerial committee established to protect vulnerable overseas workers from exploitation has no records of any of its three meetings.

Investors say Nant slow to respond when asked to redeem barrels

Several hundred barrels have been sold under the Nant whisky barrel scheme.

A number of owners of Nant whisky barrels have described their frustration in trying to redeem their barrels, including Mr Batt's own brother, lawyer, Gerard Batt.

Olympic hopefuls among the thousands who completed 2016 Cole Classic

Competitors hit the water at the start of the swimming races at Shelly Beach before crossing the finish line on Manly's ...

More than 3500 swimmers took part in the prestigious Cole Classic ocean swim at Manly on Sunday, raising more than $125,000 for charity.

Heat to stay on CSIRO climate cuts amid claims PM was 'blindsided'

There are claims Malcolm Turnbull was blindsided by the news.

Peter Hannam 7:24 PM   Leading scientists will use a national conference to appeal to the Turnbull government to intervene to reverse plans by the CSIRO to eliminate most of its climate roles amid claims the Prime Minister was "blindsided" by the move.

'It will only make them sicker': the people health groups can't ignore

Samuel is one of 37 babies born in Australia who is now destined to be sent back to Nauru.

Churches have offered them sanctuary. Now healthcare groups offer medical support.

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Top public servants' pay bonanza

Former Treasury head Martin Parkinson warned that Australia could sacrifice as much as 5 per cent of the economy in ...

Noel Towell 12:00 AM    Haven't had a pay rise since 2013? Your boss just got 60 grand.

Disregard for UN ruling on Assange a blow to human rights

Julian Assange, pictured on the balcony of Ecuador's London embassy, with the UN report that says he is being ...

In September 2014, Julian Assange filed a complaint against Sweden and Britain before the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD).

New toll road financial data kept secret

An artist's impression of the Western Distributor tollway as it crosses the Maribyrnong River.

The Andrews government has refused to release independent assessments of a controversial new toll road scheme

Islamic State's foreign fighter numbers fall

Islamic State recruiter Neil Prakash.

IS is suffering a moral defeat which is as important as a military defeat and it is affecting its ability to attract fighters.

DFAT destroys one tonne of classified documents each week

The DFAT building in Barton, Canberra.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade shreds one tonne of classified and top secret documents in Canberra each week.

Bureaucrats' 'unethical' redundo job swap

Money. Generic.

Phillip Thomson 12:00 AM   Six-figure sums for those quickly moving into vacant jobs about to be abolished.

Why is Tasmania's world heritage area burning?

A cushion plant after the fire.

A rising frequency of fires in Tasmania's wilderness threatens to destroy irreplaceable ancient ecosystems.

Wife crashes her own funeral, surprising husband who had paid to have her killed

Noela Rukundo surprised her husband at her own funeral after he ordered hit men kill her.

Sarah Kaplan   ​Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral - her funeral.

'It's blatant discrimination based on religious grounds'

Ben Gray, Xavier Bustos, Alex Gray and Charlie Tsaltas of Wilkins Public School would like to enrol in ethics classes.

Eryk Bagshaw   First they took it off the enrolment form, now it is a five step process before parents are even told about ethics as an option

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Child returning from Samoa becomes Queensland's second Zika victim

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil.

Stephanie Wood   Queensland has confirmed two cases of Zika as the globe deals with the threat posed by the virus.

Australian woman Jocelyn Elliott to be released by al-Qaeda in Burkina Faso

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott.

A militant group says it will release an Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso in January.

Child returning from Samoa becomes Queensland's second Zika victim

The Aedes aegypti mosquito that can carry dengue and Zika virus. Queensland's chief health officer, Dr Jeanette Young, ...

Stephanie Wood   Queensland has confirmed two cases of Zika as the globe deals with the threat posed by the virus.

Salmonella outbreak spreads as numbers of infected increase

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Up to a 100 people nationwide may be affected by the salmonella outbreak linked to pre-packaged salad sold at Coles and Woolworths and supplied by Tripod Farmers in Bacchus March.

What Mariah's engagement ring did to a Sydney jewellery business

A diamond ring on display at Fairfax & Roberts Jewellers in Sydney.

Esther Han   Gus Hashem thought he had enough emerald-cut diamonds to last him several months. Then James Packer proposed to Mariah Carey.

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AFL's Dustin Martin said sorry, so why does the victim feel betrayed?

John Silvester Naked City

An investigation into an incident involving the Richmond ace went awry, with media magnifying the pain.

CityLink users to be slugged billions under plan

Vehicles travel along Transurban Group's CityLink toll highway outside of Melbourne, Australia, on Thursday, Nov. 5, ...

Road giant Transurban is set to reap tens of billions of dollars tolling CityLink users for up to 12 additional years under its proposal to build a second crossing linking western and central Melbourne

Woolworths ordered to pay $3 million penalty for selling unsafe products

Woolworths will have to pay the price for selling faulty, hazardous home-brand products to consumers.

Esther Han   Woolworths has been hit with a $3 million penalty for selling faulty home-brand goods that injured consumers and for failing to meet recall requirements.

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CSIRO cuts under fire

Senior CSIRO scientist John Church: cuts will make it difficult for Australia to uphold its part of the Paris deal.

​Australia will break a commitment made at the Paris climate summit less than two months ago if CSIRO goes ahead with its plan to axe its research programs, one of the agency's leading scientists has warned.

Defence white paper will reboot relationship with industry Minister Payne says

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David Ellery   Defence white paper will reset relationship with industry

Public service needs 'Hollywood model' of work

Former Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Peter Shergold.

Former PM&C boss says hiring public servants should follow the mantra - 'Bring them in, let them work, let them go'.

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Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets by The Star

<I>The Sydney Morning Herald's</i> Lunar Markets in Pyrmont are celebrating Lunar New Year every night until February 14th.

A lush bamboo garden has sprung up on the footsteps of the city, brimming with the smells of Sydney's favourite eateries.

Using GST hike to cut company tax unpopular in blue-ribbon coalition seats

Support for Mike Baird's proposed increase in GST is low.

 There is little support in blue-ribbon Coalition electorates for using any extra revenue raised from a 15 per cent GST to cut company taxes, new polling shows.

Lite n' Easy warns customers not to eat salad in its meals over salmonella scare

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Esther Han   Lite n' Easy has warned its customers to not eat the salad component of meals delivered this week because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Defence white paper will reboot relationship with industry, Minister Payne says

CEA's Ground-Based Multi-Mission Radar.

David Ellery   Defence white paper will reset relationship with industry.

Emerging food tribes test Melbourne's kitchens

Maha chef Shane Delia has embraced the challenge of cooking for diners with dietary restrictions.

Increasing dietary restrictions among Australians mean increasing complexity in the kitchen to meet their requirements.