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Hospital chaos: 'They couldn't handle the patients'

Harriet Alexander 1:24 PM   An acutely ill woman was forced to wait more than 24 hours in an emergency department and had morphine administered in a hallway because no beds were available.

Energy emissions rebound, led by power sector

Coal-fired power plants contributed to a 3.3 per cent jump in emissions in the first year after the carbon price ended.

Peter Hannam 1:23 PM   Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from energy use jumped by almost 10 million tonnes in the first year after the end of the carbon price, making it harder for the Abbott government to meet its goals of reducing carbon pollution.

Education for disabled 'like winning the lottery'

 Alex Baltins and her son Sebastian,5, who has autism, is high functioning and requires support at school.

Rachel Browne 1:16 PM   Like most parents, Alex Baltins​ wanted to find the best school for her son before he started kindergarten.

'Please try again later': DHS poll crashes

A screenshot of the electronic polling booth on Friday morning.

Noel Towell 11:30 AM   Electronic polling for the DHS wage offer opened on Friday. Then people got this message.

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Fels to lead 7-Eleven pay inquiry

The former competition watchdog says 7-Eleven's model sets franchisees up to fail.

Adele Ferguson and Sarah Danckert 10:33 AM   One of 7-Eleven's most savage critics, former ACCC tsar Allan Fels, will spearhead a company-funded investigation into the widespread exploitation of thousands of workers in the convenience store giant's franchise network.

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Bad bosses ending public service careers

When bosses are bad, they are often bad enough to drive their workers to make career decisions and it is a problem that needs to be tackled, according to the Public Service Commission.

Noel Towell 11:20 PM   Why having a bad boss is not a good career move in the public service.

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Sex sites off limits, public service love rats warned

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd has laid down the law on the use of Commonwealth government email addresses to create accounts on the cheating site.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Marriage vows are one thing, but the public service Code of Conduct, that's serious.

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Auditor-General review of football federation payment 'begs questions'

Former FIFA president Jack Warner.

Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie 10:44 PM   Football Federation Australia used an account containing Commonwealth funds to pay a $500,000 "stadium re-development" payment to a Caribbean bank account controlled by allegedly corrupt former FIFA boss Jack Warner, according to a review by the Auditor-General.

The picture that moved a world: why it took little Aylan to make us notice

Aylan Kurdi, left, with his brother Galip. Both drowned in their family's attempt to reach Greece.

Rick Feneley 8:58 PM   Confronting images have helped change history before. Now an image of a drowned boy is opening the world's eyes to the global refugee crisis.

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A trip to the hospital quad ward ensured Victorians got seatbelts

Professor Peter Joubert.

Glen Kile 7:04 PM   Peter Joubert was a brilliant engineer whose passion for safety helped make seatbelts compulsory.

Shear-shy sheep sets unofficial world record

Chris the sheep lugged around more than 40 kilograms of wool before undergoing a major shearing operation on Thursday.

Phillip Thomson, Emma Kelly, Alexandra Back and Katie Burgess 6:51 PM   The world's media have been clamouring to hear more of the merino from Mulligan's Flat that was found carrying a massive 40.45-kilogram fleece on its back.

Khmer Rouge 'first lady' cursed accusers to hell

Ieng Thirith

Thomas Fuller 6:04 PM   Ieng Thirith was the sister-in-law and close collaborator of the genocidal Cambodian leader Pol Pot.

A career in colour: photographer Harry Gruyaert

Boom, Belgium, 1988.

Ella Rubeli 5:42 PM   Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert was one of the first of the European street photographers to take colour film seriously. In the early 1970s, when colour photography was associated with advertising, Gruyaert disregarded the convention and captured scenes of the Parisienne streets around him in vibrant, explosive colour.

Anti-abortion protesters claim victory at closure

Right-to-life demonstrators block the doorway of the Preterm Clinic in Cooper Street, Surry Hills on May 28, 1985.

Harriet Alexander 4:31 PM   When Preterm first opened in 1974, its first opponents were illegal abortionists.

The new storytellers: Morganna Magee

Cam and Daisyanna, both 16, Ballarat, 2015.

3:00 PM   Morganna Magee, 32, is drawn to photographing quiet stories of strength and struggle from within her own community. The social documentary photographer from Melbourne has a very intimate approach with her subjects, from young single mothers to people living with severe illness or disability.

Beyond the jokes: Author delves into brutality of North Korean regime

Korean-American writer Suki Kim hid the notes for her book on North Korea.

Rachel Browne 2:42 PM   American-Korean author Suki Kim posed as a teacher to visit North Korea and write about the hermit kingdom, the topic of her talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

Want to join the SAS? You'll need this

A still from the documentary by Bruce Horsfield <i>The Australian SAS - The Untold Story</i>.

Inga Ting   It doesn't matter if you're Superman or Batman ... if you don't have this they won't take you, says doco maker.

City shines under a Radiant Pavilion

<i>Portrait No.22</i>, 2014, brooch made by Noon Passama from fur, leather, white rhodium plated silver, rose gold plated brass and remanium.

Dewi Cooke   A walk along the Radiant Pavilion trail reveals a city beaming with creativity.

Primo among pork brands making false 'free range' claims, says ACCC

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Esther Han   If you buy "free range" pork believing it's from pigs that can move about in a paddock, the ACCC says you have most likely been misled.

Samsung relents on faulty washing machines

Six Samsung top loader washing machine models are subject to a mandatory recall.

Esther Han   Samsung has relented to consumer anger over its plastic bag-and-tape fix for recalled washing machines, explicitly offering a replacement or refund to tens of thousands of customers unhappy with the controversial repair.

Victim has "no memory" of repeated abuse at Geelong Grammar

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Timna Jacks   A Geelong Grammar School student who was abused up to 40 times by a school tutor he considered a "father figure" has no memory of the abuse, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has heard.

DHS pay offer 'better than nothing'

Government Senate leader and employment minister Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell   The APS's largest department is battling to win hearts and minds. With very simple mathematics.

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Bali police are interested in one thing: cash

From left:  Nick Russian, Dan Beckwith and Simon Phan holidaying in Bali for Mark Ipaviz's buck's celebrations.

Michael Bachelard   To corrupt police, foreigners are "fantastic, low risk targets".

Chancellor and husband donate $1 million to Sydney Uni

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Roger Massey-Greene and Chancellor Belinda Hutchins pose for a photo in their Double Bay home, on September 2, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. They have just donated 1 million dollars to Sydney University to stop the drought of teachers in Science and Maths fields.  (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Roger Massey-Greene; Belinda Hutchins

Eryk Bagshaw   Sydney University gets $1 million private donation to encourage students to teach STEM subjects to curb teacher drought.

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Pregnant Australian woman says she was bitten by a shark in Thailand

Brisbane woman Jane Neame, 37, was attacked by a shark while holidaying in Phuket.

Ron Corben   'I felt it tear at me. It felt like a shark. I'm from Queensland, so we have sharks there, but I wouldn't have expected sharks to be here.'

Revamp planned for APS

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Noel Towell   Commission to make profound changes to the Australian Public Service

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Centrelink complaints soar 26 per cent

Centrelink's online and telephone services came in for particular criticism.

Noel Towell   Real change - which depends on a new computer system - could be years away, the Ombudsman says.

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Anna Kashfi: Brando's ex had no fond memories of marriage to Hollywood star

Anna Kashfi as she appeared in the 1957 film <i>Battle Hymn</i>.

Anna Kashfi, an actress who appeared as an exotic beauty in several Hollywood films, became better known for her role in a real-life soap opera as Marlon Brando's first wife

WEL pioneer’s name lives on in Coburg kinder she championed

Shirley Roberston.

Jan Thomas   Shirly Robertson trailblazed a path into community politics, paving the way for future women.

Andrews wants water money back

Daniel Andrews

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders   The Andrews government wants back the half million dollars the former Coalition government's water agency tipped into a land development linked to the family of notorious property spruiker Henry Kaye.