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Comcare reform hostage to Senate


Noel Towell 7:06 AM   Coalition set to need crossbench to get its way on public service workers' compensation bill.

New war memorial 'a reminder that Australia and NZ are family': Abbott

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during the official opening of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on Saturday.

3:57 AM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a memorial for Australians in Wellington is a reminder of the ties between the two countries.

Composite classes controversial, but children can thrive in them

Mix and match: Multi-age or composite grades are used around the world but many parents are wary.

Colleen Ricci 12:15 AM   Negative perceptions about composite grades persist, despite research showing they do not affect academic performance.

A day in the life ... of a first-year primary teacher

Down to work: Hampton Primary School teacher Caitlin Shulman has been teaching for one term and loves it.

Julia Proctor 12:15 AM   The transition from student to teacher is challenging but satisfying.

Personalised learning: unique path to success or ‘edu-babble’?

Kids with iPads

Kathy Evans 12:15 AM   More schools are promoting individual learning plans for students, but sceptics are dubious about the capacity of stretched teachers to implement and oversee them.

Time to end the luxury of living in exile from HECS debts

Living in HECS exile: Graduates would not be securing jobs overseas without the qualifications earned at Australian universities.

Erica Cervini 12:15 AM   There's nothing logical or fair about Australian graduates living overseas not being expected to repay their university debt, especially when that debt tops $400 million.

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Tyrrell search painful reminder for mother of Ebony Simpson, murdered in 1992

Days after Ebony Simpson went missing in the early 1990s, her mother learned she had been murdered.

Paul Bibby 12:04 AM   It is almost impossible for most of us to imagine what the parents of toddler William Tyrrell are going through as they wait to learn the fate of their beloved son.

Terrorist tendencies posted on Twitter

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Rick Feneley 11:15 PM   Arrested teenager Sevdet Besim showed his true colours on his Instagram and Twitter posts.

One hundred years on, and still mates are never forgotten by Aussies in Turkey

Ted Beard and Paul Bennett (left to right) in Turkey before they head to Anzac cove later in the week.

Tony Wright 10:57 PM   Ted Beard has had his name picked out of two ballots in his life, both of which ended with him travelling a long way from Australia.

Royal commission has six-month break as Dyson Heydon goes to Oxford

Dyson Heydon hears opening statements at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar 12:15 AM   The former High Court judge heading the Abbott government's $61 million royal commission into union corruption spent much of this year teaching law at Oxford University, leaving the inquiry without a public hearing for nearly six months.

Call for new water regulator

Andrew Blyth is also the chairman of the Regional Development Australia committees in the ACT.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   An academic has called for a new bureaucratic arm to oversee water and energy, in the interests of keeping prices down for consumers.

'Targeted': How a psychologist says he was forced out

Psychologist David Kendall is under restrictions by the medical watchdog AHPRA.

Phillip Thomson 11:30 PM   David Kendall worked for the public service but an email brought it all undone as watchdog sends psychs for re-education.

ACT spent millions on Fluffy buyback before it had funds

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Markus Mannheim 11:30 PM   The government purchased 19 properties despite its fears the proposed loan deal would collapse.

Phone psychic in nepotism claim over Aboriginal land

Sonia Murray.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker 12:15 AM   Federal Court Justice Michelle Gordon has made a series of damning findings about the role of four former directors of the Bunurong Land Council.

ACTU boss cites national shame of refugee policy

Tensions remain high at Manus Island detention centre

Jacob Saulwick 6:12 PM   About 2000 people attended the "welcome refugees" rally in inner Sydney on Sunday, demanding the closure of offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

Arts pointers

The fast lane: Tkay Maizda.

3:10 PM   A hip hop newcomer and a chamber music veteran impressed in separate shows. See reviews of Tkay Maidza and Kathryn Selby and friends at

Kings Cross nightclub rapist to appeal conviction

Luke Lazarus leaves Downing Centre Court in Sydney after his sentencing hearing last month.

Nick Ralston   Luke Lazarus, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a young woman in an alleyway behind a Kings Cross nightclub owned by his family, is set to appeal his conviction.

Savvy shopper: Laundry hang-ups

Hung up: Laundry doesn't have to be unfashionable.

Heather Nette King   Laundries are finally coming into their own as ranges of stylish apparatus hits the shops.

Australian War Memorial director delivers reassuring words for Anzac Day spectators

Generic: The crowd departs after the Dawn Service on ANZAC day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Friday 25 April 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen (FAIRFAX MEDIA / NEWS CORP POOL ONLY)

Kimberley Granger   Security arrangements for Anzac Day services at the Australian War Memorial are appropriate for the threat risk on the day, said director Dr Brendan Nelson.

Defining the Anzac spirit: celebration or commodification?

What would Diggers make of the way Australia marks Anzac day 100 years on?

Jill Stark   The Anzac name is increasingly being co-opted, often with government approval.

Sunday Explainer: The legend and legacy of Gallipoli

A trench at Lone Pine.

Bridie Smith   Why did the Anzacs go to Gallipoli? What was the Australian navy's role in the campaign? When was the first Anzac Day? These are the things you need to know about Gallipoli.

Muslim conspiracies and the man charged with Anzac terror

Sevdet Besim, arrested on Saturday, had demanded CCTV footage of the shooting of terrorism suspect Numan Haider.

Michael Bachelard, Chris Vedelago   Two days after police shot dead 18-year-old terror suspect Numan Haider last September, another Islamic teen firebrand, Sevdet Besim, responded on Twitter, demanding CCTV footage of the event.

National Library acquires elusive battlefield music score

Some of Frederick Septimus Kelly's original diaries and manuscripts.

Sally Pryor   A violin sonata composed on the warfront during the Gallipoli campaign has arrived in Canberra.

Why the Anzacs are still worth celebrating

Filled with the flaws and failures of 'everyman', ordinary Australians still managed to achieve extraordinary things.

Peter FitzSimons   The original Anzacs were flawed and at-times scared men, but when called upon they did themselves and Australia proud.

Goon bag under fire as government ponders tax hike

Cask wine bladder.

Mark Hawthorne   The price of cask wine could double within 18 months, with major drinks companies and health experts lobbying the Abbott government to revamp a tax system that unduly favours bulk wine sales.

Holy mackerel – the rise of food as religion

Has food become a fetish?

John Elder   Food, glorious food, is the new godhead.

Magnetic beams a ray of hope for depressed teens

Dr Michael Gordon with a machine delivering magnetic therapy to a teenager's brain to try to treat depression.

Julia Medew   Melbourne doctors are leading the way trialling magnetic stimulation on depressed teens.

Cold snap, rain to wash away autumn warmth

Last chance for leaf frolics: Anneka and Lydia  at Lawson in the Blue Mountains.

Peter Hannam   Sydney's balmy mid-autumn will be a fading memory as a strong cold front moves in and a developing east coast low brings heavy rain over much of eastern NSW from early next week.

Celebrity agent demands big bucks for Walter Scott shooting video

"They found me": Max Markson.

Esther Han   Notorious celebrity agent Max Markson is demanding thousands of dollars from media outlets wanting to run a video of a US police officer shooting unarmed black man Walter Scott.

Start-up Newzulu aims to cash in on Oval Office race

Newzulu chief executive Alex Hartman.

Jared Lynch 12:00 AM   Australian-listed crowd-sourcing start-up, NewZulu, hopes to use the US presidential campaign to further bolster its live video streaming service.