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Government proposes childcare sector shake-up

Lucy Battersby 10:08 PM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to outline proposed childcare changes in a speech at the National Press Club on Monday, including potentially scrapping his signature paid parental leave policy.

Seniors recreate the glitz and glamour of the silver screen

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert "stars" are (from left) Marie Ralston, Lyn Peel, Elaine Walls, Frances Crosby, Pam Michell  and Elaine Charker.

Harvey Grennan 9:28 PM   A group of Illawarra seniors – many in their 80s and 90s – have donned their glad rags to recreate iconic scenes from the silver screen in a positive ageing project by Wollongong Council, Local Government NSW and the Office for Ageing.

Criminals discovered police plan to quiz Williams before he died

Carl Williams outside the Supreme Court in 2008.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester 12:15 AM   A police plan to "download" Carl Williams about his knowledge of unsolved gangland murders was discovered by criminals, including a gangland figure who was able to easily breach jail security to encourage Williams' murder.

Queensland poll result still in the balance

Robbie Katter, pictured, and Shane Knuth, the two Katter's Australian Party MPs, along with independent Sunshine Coast MP Peter Wellington, may be crucial in determining the government of Queensland.

Amy Remeikis 8:15 PM   Queensland still faces days of political uncertainty following the weekend's state election with neither major party looking like picking up enough seats to win government outright.

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Harvey Grennan 7:41 PM   Headline

Australian economy envied: departing diplomat

Outgoing British High Commissioner Paul Madden. 

The Canberra Times

Photo Jamila Toderas

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   British High Commissioner Paul Madden, soon to return home, talks about how British visitors to Australia perceive our economy compared with their own.

Legalise it: top professor

Emeritus Professor David Penington says Australia is behind the times on the medical use of cannabis.

James Robertson 12:15 AM   The NSW government’s clinical trial of medicinal cannabis is inappropriate for patients suffering extreme pain and the drug should be legally approved, a paper in a top medical journal argues.

Tertiary students tap on with Opal

An Opal public transport card reader.

Jessica Sier 7:01 PM   University students are today welcoming the opportunity to apply for a discount travel rate, as the the rollout of the Concession Opal card continues.

Birdman sweeps LA AACTA Awards as Chris Hemsworth named G'Day LA honouree

Michael Keaton has won best actor at the AACTA awards.

Michael Idato 5:20 PM   The Oscar campaign for the critically acclaimed film Birdman has accelerated, with the film taking out four of the seven awards at the 4th annual AACTA Awards.

Hidden crisis of long term joblessness worsens

Job seekers would have had to double the number of jobs they apply for each month under the dumped plan.

Ben Schneiders 2:51 PM   Australia’s welfare rolls continue to swell with the number of people on the main payment for more than a year reaching its highest level on record.

Top cop refused to take statement from gangland witness because of reprisal fears

Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles has  called for reforms to the way the force protects informers and witnesses.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester 12:15 AM   One of Victoria's top detectives has revealed how he refused an order from former police chief commissioner Simon Overland to take a statement from a key gangland witness because it may have exposed the witness to underworld reprisals or even death.

Wild child turns in a 'best-ever' gig

Gap-toothed charm: Mac DeMarco's version of slacker rock lit a fire under the crowd at the Metro.

Rachel Olding 1:18 PM   Mac DeMarco

Toddler found in Brisbane car park

Nobody has come forward to claim a toddler found wandering around the car park of a Brisbane shopping centre.

Radford College to spend $2 million on new entry

Earthworks for Radford College's new entry at the intersection of Haydon Drive and Battye Street in Bruce. 
31 Jan 2015
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra TImes

Matthew Raggatt   More than 30 trees were removed in earthworks for the first stage of the $2 million revamp creating a new road entry for Radford College. Matthew Raggatt reports.

Australia a new growth market for medicinal cannabis

A Chinese man will be deported after pleading guilty to cultivating 371 cannabis plants for sale.

Christopher Harris   Two Australian companies are leading the charge to introduce medical cannabis, hoping to launch a local industry estimated to be worth $100 billion globally.

Revealed - 12 more Aussies face death penalty

Sentenced to death: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Tom Allard   As 12 more Australians face execution, the Australian Federal Police accelerates its involvement in investigations that could lead to a death penalty.

Torn hearts of atonement

Jeanne Kiem reunited with her son Ryan.

John Elder   Stories are being told of the good works of Andrew Chan and his fellow Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran.

New debate over Lyme disease as 16-yr-old seeks radical treatment in Germany

Lyme disease sufferer Francesca Wallis at her home in Lindfield. She loved playing her bassoon but hasn't the energy anymore.
28th January 2015
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Tim Barlass   The controversy over whether Lyme disease exists in Australia is set to be inflamed by very recent research that has found no evidence of the specific bacteria responsible on ticks from around Sydney.

Pandemonium in the court: big waits after new bail laws

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Pallavi Singhal and Georgina Mitchell   Tough new bail laws may already be taking a toll in the courts as delays see applicants wait in longer queues.

Bullying damage can be overcome

BABYMOON TIME: The Duchess of Cambridge will be treated to a "babymoon" ahead of baby number two's arrival in April.

Christopher Harris   Childhood bullying can have long-term effects, but a supportive relationship with family and finding other ways to feel good about yourself means the traumatic experiences won't spill over into adulthood.

Private schools divert government funds to luxury pools: Greens

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Kirsty Needham   NSW private schools are using government funding that could have allowed lower fees to build "extravagant" facilities, a Greens MP says.

State's biggest water-bomber to take to skies

Bigger is better: Bigger water bombers will be used in NSW, replacing retired Erickson Aircranes, such as the one pictured.

Pallavi Singhal   The biggest plane ever used in NSW to water-bomb fires will be in action next bushfire season, the NSW Rural Fire Service has announced.

Neil Gaiman: The day I was strung up by my school tie

Portrait of English author Neil Gaiman. Saturday 31st January 2015. Photograph by James Brickwood. SHD NEWS 150131

Linda Morris   Taunted, teased and throttled until unconscious, author Neil Gaiman says victims of schoolyard bullying need to name their tormentors.

Home invasion in Watsons Bay leaves family in fear

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Georgina Mitchell   A Watsons Bay family was threatened by a knife-wielding robber during a home invasion carried out in broad daylight, a court heard on Saturday, leaving a family in "significant fear" as the home invaders allegedly sought to settle a $600 debt.

Boycott knighthoods and damehoods: Bob Carr

Bob Carr.

Allison Worrall   Australians should boycott knighthoods and damehoods by refusing to refer to knights and dames by their title, says former Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

CSIRO supercomputer enables cardiac arrest breakthrough

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31:  Jamie and Kylie Donaldson and their children Coby in stripey sleaved top (7), Callum (5), Summer (2), on January 31, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Jamie suffers from a heart rhythm disorder, known as Long QT Syndrome.  (Photo by Fiona Morris/Fairfax Media)

Rose Powell   In a world first, doctors at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have used computer gaming technology to help better diagnose patients suffering from a heart rhythm disease.

Judicial review into Bali Nine pair 'would not stop executions'

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield   A judicial review into the condemned Bali Nine members filed on Friday would not stop executions proceeding, according to a spokesman for Indonesian Attorney-General H.M Prasetyo.

High rise kids in their parents' hearts

Marton Sadler with his wife Agata and child Olivia in their Southbank high-rise apartment.

Aisha Dow   As Melbourne’s population soars, more people will have to consider apartment living. New York’s high-rise community could have a few valuable lessons for those contemplating high-rise living.

Schoolyard bullying: are boys meaner than girls?

Challenge: New research says boys don't only push and shove.

Amy McNeilage   In tales of schoolyard bullying, young girls spread rumours and alienate their victims, while boys push and shove.

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Artist Colin Lanceley: 1938 - 2015

Artist Colin Lanceley at his Surry Hills studio in 2010.

John McDonald   Colin Lanceley may have been disappointed but never deterred, as he was making art for all time, not for a season, says John McDonald.