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Internet outrage about vaccination risks making the problem worse

Amy Corderoy 5:12 PM   Online debates about whether vaccinations are safe are unlikely to convince doubters to vaccinate - so why do they stir such emotional responses in people?

No bull: It's all about the hair

Gavin Iseppi works on the finer details of Red Ruba's pre-judging preparation.

Julie Power 4:44 PM   t is all about the hair. It takes months, and we get quite precious about it," said a cattle breeder as she paid $70 for a large container of hair volumiser.

Ed Sheeran sells out Melbourne arena on his own terms

Ed Sheeran

Reviewed by Thomas Hounslow 1:30 PM   Ed Sheeran leaves thousands of female fans in tears and awe.

'Fake' gynaecologist expected to face more accusers

A Melbourne homeopath accused of posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert is expected to face more charges in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

Julia Medew and Adam Cooper 1:12 PM   A Melbourne homeopath accused of fraudulently posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert is expected to face more charges as more of his clients come forward.

Public servants in special unit 'overpaid, overstaffed'

Migration agents say a section of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regulating them is overpaid and overstaffed.

Phillip Thomson 1:01 PM   Complaints about lack of transparency and $5m used for 'featherbedding' public servants.

Anzac records launched online

Dawn Dudkowski with a photo her grandfather Thomas Brian.

Chloe Booker 12:18 PM   Discovering the Anzac records on the Ancestry website will be fascinating reading.

Big delays forecast as Medicare and Centrelink staff strike

There will be lengthy delays at Medicare over the next few weeks because of work bans.

Anna Patty 11:48 AM   Community and Public Sector Union members are protesting against new staff agreements they say threaten to cut their rights and conditions in return for annual pay rises of up to 1 per cent.

Katy Gallagher to campaign for changes to asylum seekers policy

Crowds at the event.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   Newly-minted ACT Senator Katy Gallagher will campaign for the Labor Party to soften its harsh policy on asylum seekers, at its national conference this year.

Crime groups plotting to steal from Indigenous communities, probe reveals

"The priority should be Indigenous children's future."

Nino Bucci 10:34 PM   Organised crime groups are plotting to steal from Indigenous communities that survive on multi-million dollar mining royalties and land use agreements, an eight-year Australian Crime Commission investigation into isolated and trouble-plagued regions has revealed.

Public service boss' pep talk

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Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   "Looking after kids actually counts for something," says department boss who was a stay-at-home mum for eight years.

Family day-care numbers explode


Alana Schetzer 6:40 PM   The number of childcare educators operating out of family homes across the country has skyrocketed in the past year, as more parents struggle to find a placement for their child in a traditional centre.

Jamie Oliver whips up support for food education for every child

Jamie Oliver.

Daisy Dumas   Jamie Oliver has launched possibly his most daring project to date with a global petition that calls on governments far and wide to provide food education for every child in every school and a push for strident taxes on those who make and promote junk food.

Green group intensifies calls for ban on nano-materials in food and packaging

Professor Michael Cortie: "A blanket ban on the use of human-made 'nanoparticles' or 'nanomaterials' is nonsensical."

Esther Han 12:15 AM   Health campaigners have intensified their calls for Australia to regulate the use of nano-sized silver in everyday products, following the United States peak environmental agency's decision to start doing so.

Will you get paid your penalty rates on Easter Sunday?

Some employers may try to avoid paying their workers penalty rates this Easter Sunday.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter   With Easter Sunday being a public holiday, Victoria's largest union is urging the workplace watchdog to ensure employers pay their workers penalty rates.

Union call to expel Labor minister-turned-lobbyist

Calls to expel minister: Former ALP frontbencher Martin Ferguson.

Nick Toscano   Victoria's union chiefs have unanimously called on Labor to expel Rudd-Gillard frontbencher Martin Ferguson from the party as anger rises over recent comments savaging the ALP and the trade union movement.

Relief for Abbott but still a sting in Baird win

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent   The embattled Abbott government is breathing a collective sigh of relief after voters in New South Wales bucked the trend of ditching first-term governments, opting to stay with the popular Liberal Premier, Mike Baird.

Courts order ice addicts into oversubscribed support programs


Eamonn Duff and Rachel Browne   NSW courts are repeatedly ordering ice users into treatment programs that do not exist, as funding cuts and staff shortages leave a generation of addicts alone and stranded without support.

Can new approaches save women's lives?

Illustration: Michael Mucci.

Melissa Fyfe   Victorians wanting to stop perpetrators from committing domestic assaults are considering how to rein in violent men.

New exhibition looks at the Turkish Australian perspective on Gallipoli

Serpil Senelmis and Nilgun Guven at the No Vacancy Gallery, home to an exhibition focusing on the Turkish perspective of Gallipoli.

Konrad Marshall   One century on, notes Nilgun Guven, and war is still happening. Lives are still being lost. And we are still wrestling with how to talk about what happened 100 years ago.

New Homes small: Apartment conversion with sole

85 Lambeth St, Kensington

Lorna Edwards   A factory conversion of new apartments at Kensington retains the sawtooth roofline of its industrial past.

Melbourne woman killed, man critical after Byron Bay skydiving accident

Alana Clarke.

Benjamin Millar   A Melbourne woman has died and a man remains in a critical condition following a skydiving accident near Byron Bay in NSW.

The long, hard road to empowering Indigenous Australia

Rumbalara Football and Netball Club's Lesha McGee and Nathan Kerr.

Michael Gordon   It is one word that has proved hard to define and impossible to deliver, but it has underpinned almost every substantial discussion about closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and achieving reconciliation.

'Tell us if Immigration is leaving Belconnen'

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh says moving Immigration Department from Belconnen will have a devastating impact on the town centre's small businesses.

Phillip Thomson   Andrew Leigh concerned department could slip announcement into May federal budget.

Union boss tells how Centrelink worker was violently assaulted

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood.

Phillip Thomson   Community and Public Sector Union national secretary Nadine Flood says a Centrelink worker suffered received spinal damage after being assaulted by a customer.

ATO retreats from pay vote

The ATO has been under the spotlight recently for the way it treats individuals and small business taxpayers.

Noel Towell   The Australian Taxation Office's bosses have moved to avoid a crushing defeat on a proposed new pay deal.

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Nomanslanding – new ANZAC art installation commemorates WWI centenary

<i>Nomanslanding</i>: Artwork to commemorate Anzac centenary.

Tim Barlass   Two domes on extending arms slowly stretch from opposing sides and finally join together as one.

Masters of the dark arts

Comedians Lawrence Mooney and Hannah Gadsby will talk at the Wheeler Centre on how comics use humour to deal with the dark side of life.

Jill Stark   Embrace the darkness. This is the key to good comedy.

Kissinger's $5m advice – dump jailed Australian

Henry Kissinger.

John Garnaut   American statesman Henry Kissinger pocketed close to US$5 million for guiding mining giant Rio Tinto to wash its hands of its jailed China chief, Australian citizen Stern Hu, and build relations with Bejing. 

Gone with a text. The demise and possible rise of unions

Tim Kennedy, national secretary of the National Union of Workers, is attempting a revival of the historic union mission.

Ben Schneiders   Some days Sam Prouting would only know he had work when a text message flashed on his phone after 6am, just 15 minutes before his shift was due to start

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