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Hospital refuses to discharge asylum seeker toddler to prevent return to Nauru

Nicole Hasham 11:10 PM   A Brisbane hospital is refusing to discharge an asylum seeker toddler who has been recovering from burns injuries, in a bid to prevent the Turnbull government from returning her to immigration detention at Nauru.

'Unfair changes' to APS pay deal threaten stats

CPSU president Alistair Waters described the interviewers as "hard working, low paid Australians.

Phillip Thomson 7:50 PM   Most of them are grandparents with "harsh employment conditions". And they're about to vote on a new deal.

Immigration backs away from staff consolidation

Mike Pezzullo, secretary Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Phillip Thomson 7:28 PM   Split-campus option raised in new tender, after old approach to market was torn up.

Doctor fears hidden measles threat after anti-vaxer seeks covert help for her infected child

Four cases of measles have been confirmed in Brunswick and East Brunswick in the past week.

Beau Donelly 7:10 PM   Surgeon warns of dangers of unreported cases after a mother sought medical advice about infected baby on a secret anti-vaccination social media page.

School friends remember Tara Nettleton as a reckless, funny teenager

In social media posts dedicated to Tara Nettleton, friends shared photos of their early years at Chester Hill High School.

Natalie O'Brien 6:10 PM   School friends of the late Tara Nettleton, the widow of Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, who has died in Syria, have paid tribute to the 31-year-old and recalled their fun days together as the "Cheso girls".

How Nene King's life with two 'lovely' men ended in bitter court battle

Nene King says her life 'went off the rails' after her third husband's death.

Mark Russell 5:42 PM   She'd turned her back on the glamorous magazine world and was sharing her home with a couple who, she thought, 'really cared for me and looked after me'. Then her credit cards started bouncing...

The multi-million dollar deradicalisation business

Professor Anne Azza Aly, a counter-terrorism expert for more than  a decade, said the work has become "cut throat".

Rachel Olding 5:26 PM   Deradicalisation in Australia has become a "multi-million dollar business" and inexperienced academics and community groups have emerged to grab vast amounts of government money, long-standing experts say.

DHS wage offer smashed

About 23,000 Department of Human Services workers voted on the pay deal.

Noel Towell 5:16 PM   Workers in the government's biggest department have again rejected a wage deal. The electoral commission has voted no too.

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CSIRO chief Larry Marshall points his ship into a scientific storm

Nothing to see here: CSIRO plans to slash climate monitoring and modelling research.

Peter Hannam 4:32 PM   Scientists are calling for CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall to change his mind and not slash key climate researchers by half.

CSIRO climate cuts 'devastating', almost 3000 scientists tell Turnbull

Larry Marshall, CSIRO's chief executive, has resisted calls to reconsider deep cuts to climate and other programs.

Peter Hannam 4:13 PM   Almost 3000 scientists from nearly 60 nations have appealed to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other Australian leaders to halt CSIRO's plans to halve the number of researchers working on climate monitoring and modelling.

Whisky distillery sours friendships in small Tasmanian town of Bothwell

Nant founder Keith Batt, millwright Peter Bignell and master distiller Bill Lark in happier times,  toasting The Nant ...

Anne Davies 3:40 PM   At first, the Nant whisky distillery put a small Tasmanian town on the map. Now, it's souring friendships.

Samantha Armytage replaced as host of UNHCR lunch with Kristin Davis

Samantha Armytage as Carrie, Edwina Bartholomew as Samatha, Natalie Barr as Miranda and Kristin Davis, as her former ...

Megan Levy 2:16 PM   Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage is no longer appearing at a lunch honouring refugee women with US actress Kristin Davis, a day after the pair participated in an awkward Sex and the City skit on Channel 7's breakfast television show.

From outcast to hero in three years

A broken trumpet from a sunken warship holds its secrets from WWII
Found by a diver in the wreck of the USS Houston, the ...

Julie Power 2:01 PM   A retired Australian farmer has gone from outcast to hero following his discovery of an American naval treasure.

Researchers give type 1 diabetics new hope

Dr Stuart Mannering, right, with Dane Pavlovic who has type 1 diabetes.

Bridie Smith 1:33 PM   Researchers have worked out what makes the body attack its insulin-producing cells, causing type 1 diabetes.

DFAT culture worries aid community

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has been praised for her aid engagements, but DFAT faces its own problems.

Henry Belot 1:07 PM   Report criticises DFAT for cultural problems and lack of appreciation for aid within the department after merger with AusAid.

Mural signals push to raise St Kilda street art credentials

Street artists Paul Round (left) and Frank Maiorana with their mural at Peanut Farm Reserve in St Kilda.

Peter Barrett 4:00 PM    Tennis players at St Kilda's Peanut Farm Reserve now have more than their backhand to contemplate, thanks to a new mural.

'Vital' climate work not for chop: CSIRO chief

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall, grilled over large-scale staff cuts.

Peter Hannam 10:01 AM   The Senate has grilled CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall for two hours over the number and process of scientist job cuts.

23.99 million and counting

Australia's population is about to hit 24 million.

Matt Wade 8:55 AM   Australia's population will hit 24 million much sooner than expected. And soon enough Sydney won't be our biggest city.

Father of Salt Creek accused: 'If he is guilty, he never has my support'

The man accused of abducting and attempting to murder two backpackers in South Australia. He cannot be identified for ...

Megan Levy 8:46 AM   The elderly father of a man charged with the attempted murder and rape of two backpackers in South Australia says his son should face the full force of the law if he is guilty of the crime.

Devastated, all alone and in debt

Jan Marshall fell in love and sent $260,000 to a scammer.

Esther Han 8:27 AM   Jan Marshall lost $260,000 to a romance scam artist. And that was only the start of her troubles.

Teen Islamic State supporter just a 'terrified teen': lawyer

Ms Namoa was granted strict conditional bail.

Louise Hall   The teenage wife of Sydney terror suspect Sameh Bayda is a supporter of the extremist group Islamic State and may be willing to assist in carrying out terrorist offences, a court has heard.

Mission impossible to rescue kids of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf

Neil Fergus of Intelligent Risks warns it is too risky to go into Raqqa to rescue orphaned children of terrorist Khaled ...

Natalie O'Brien   They didn't ask to be taken there. The children are victims just like many others.

Catholic bishops not compelled to report sex abuse: Vatican

Pope Francis has described child sex abuse as a scourge.

Rachel Browne   A training manual for new Catholic bishops has advised that they are "not necessarily" required to report suspected clerical child abuse to the police.

Patient DFAT officials defend ping-pong diplomacy, yet again

Members of the Bondi Icebergs swimming club play table tennis in their club house on 20 April 1947. 
SUN SPORT Picture ...

Henry Belot   It wouldn't be senate estimates without senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials having to justify the presence of a $6300 ping-pong table.

Public servants top the superannuation pile

Commonwealth public servants and military personnel scored the best returns on their retirement savings in the past ...

Noel Towell   Public sector super funds smash the opposition for returns.

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Barnaby accused of pork-barrel politics

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Phillip Thomson   But the minister is on the front foot – 'As marvellous as Lake Burley Griffin is, there are not many fishing grounds in it'.

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Nurse who survived alleged kidnapping out of hospital

Police were called to Coorong National Park near Salt Creek following reports two foreign backpackers had allegedly been ...

Kate Aubusson   One of the female backpackers who survived a terrifying alleged abduction in South Australia has been released from hospital.

University of Canberra starts company to develop new cancer treatment

Professor Sudha Rao.

Alexandra Back   University of Canberra researchers hope to develop a new treatment aimed at preventing the spread of cancer within the body with the launch of a new company.

Contract torn up after conflict of interest claims

Joe Kelly, of Canberra business DAMsmart, said the NFSA and his business had nothing to apologise for.

Phillip Thomson   Confidential ombudsman report rebukes agency about contract for ex-staff member.

'Just disgraceful': lawyer raises concerns over school loans

Students play at the Malek Fahd Islamic School

Eryk Bagshaw   The lawyer for a Sydney school that has been stripped of $19 million in government funding has raised concerns about the school's own governance practices.

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