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MH370 search: police tight-lipped about debris

ALEISHA ORR 4:26pm Police are remaining tight-lipped about debris found on a West Australian beach that was investigated for links to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Royal couple enjoy the best of the 'lucky country'

SARAH WHYTE 6:23pm It was a big call from the Manly man. The royals are more popular than professional surfer Kelly Slater.

National recall of Bunnings electric shock spa

The spa recalled by Bunnings

Nicole Cox 1:32pm Hardware giant Bunnings recalls M-spa Silver Cloud inflatable spa after two customers reported electric shocks while using the product.

Debris from missing MH370 could wash up on WA coast: expert

ALEISHA ORR 1:04pm The debris found on a beach in Western Australia's south-west may not have been from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 but ocean experts say it is likely that debris from the plane could wash up on the coast if it went down in the area in which searchers are looking.

Debris on beach not from missing MH370: ATSB

Shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion aircraft is seen on low cloud cover while it searches for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean.

ALEISHA ORR 12:57pm The debris found on a beach in Western Australia is not connected to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says.

Gallipoli letters add poignancy to Idris Murphy's $20,000 art prize win

Idris Murphy.

ANDREW TAYLOR When Idris Murphy travelled to Gallipoli last year with a group of artists, the landscape painter carried letters written by a man he had never met.

Gallipoli peninsula ready to greet latest Anzac pilgrims

Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.

TONY WRIGHT Sunset, when the Gallipoli Peninsula is quiet and the tour buses have gone, grants a softness to the tough hills and the deep valleys of the old Anzac battlefields.

Ian Watt and fellow public service chiefs win pay rises of up to $42,000

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NOEL TOWELL Australia's top public servant will get a $42,000 wage rise in July as industrial strife looms over pay rises for Commonwealth's 160,000 rank-and-file bureaucrats.

'What are those medals for?' ask Vietnam veteran's grandchildren

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KIM ARLINGTON George Main has commemorated Anzac Day since he was a boy.

Anzac visitors face a hail of red tape

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TONY WRIGHT Sunset, when the Gallipoli Peninsula is quiet and the tour buses have gone, grants a softness to the tough hills and valleys of the old Anzac battlefields.

Beauty of killing fields inspires vet's grandson to art prize success

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ANDREW TAYLOR When Idris Murphy travelled to Gallipoli last year with a group of artists, the landscape painter carried letters written by a man he had never met but whose name he inherited.

MH370 search: Person who found debris on WA beach may not have linked it to missing airliner

The debris found on the south Western Australian coast is being investigated by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, headed by Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston.

ALEISHA ORR 2:50am The person who came across an object, which is now being analysed to see if it is debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, may not have initially realised there was a possibility it could be a significant find.

Duntroon: The class of 1914

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Group portrait of Lieutenant Cyril Albert?Clowes?(left), his?brother?Lieutenant Norman?Clowes (right) and E.L Vowles who later became Duntroon's commandant from 1945 to 1948.

DAVID ELLERY 10:57pm They were the first class of young officers produced by Duntroon, and they had a baptism of fire in WWI, writes David Ellery.

Duntroon: The class of 2014

(L-R) Staff Cadets, Steph Costa (F89 Minimi light support weapon), Russell Brien (66mm short range anti armor weapon), Jamie-Lee Britt (F88 steyr rifle) and Lachlan Findlay (f88 with grenade launcher attachement) at the RMC Duntroon grenade training range.

DAVID ELLERY 11:20pm Lachlan, Steph, Jamie-Lee and Russell, part of the latest intake at Duntroon, are articulate, hard-working, clever and fit – qualities they share with the Royal Military College's class of 1914.

MH370 search: Debris washed up on WA coast to be investigated

Malaysia Airlines, Flight MH370

SAFFRON HOWDEN Debris has washed up on the coast of Western Australia, raising hopes it may be from the missing flight MH370.

Possible debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 found on WA beach

ALEISHA ORR West Australian Police have confirmed officers in the state's South West are in possession of "items" that could possibly be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

Gallipoli 'ghost' an open and shutter case

Gallipoli cemetery

TONY WRIGHT It may be no great stretch to imagine ghosts lurk on the Gallipoli Peninsula, but a spectral image on a camera frame proved to be no such visitation.

Managers the most accused of bullying, commission finds

Workplace bully

CLAY LUCAS Managers have emerged as the most commonly accused of bullying in Australian workplaces, in the first results released by the Fair Work Commission from its new anti-bullying jurisdiction.

Experiment

Pitch, err, this: World's longest-running experiment finally drops

The late John Mainstone with the pitch drop experiment. Photo: Facebook

BRIDIE SMITH The world's longest-running laboratory experiment has finally delivered a result - eight months after the man who patiently watched over it unrewarded for five decades died.

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Pitch, err, this: World's longest-running experiment finally drops

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BRIDIE SMITH The world's longest-running laboratory experiment has finally delivered a result – eight months after the man who patiently watched over it unrewarded for five decades died.

Navy woman overcomes personal adversity to aid the East Timorese

Tamara Harding, while serving in the navy

Belinda Lopez As a young girl, Tamara Sloper Harding was enchanted by the women who had served in the French Resistance during World War II. She could not have predicted her life would turn out just as fascinating - and challenging.

Gallipoli 'ghost' captured at soldiers' cemetery

The Gallipoli spectre...

TONY WRIGHT Dusk had settled and night was closing in on Beach Cemetery on the old Anzac battlefields of Gallipoli when Fairfax photographer Joe Armao opened the shutter on his last series of pictures for the day – and captured something inexplicable.

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Green on blue inquiry looks at top command

Official portrait of Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, who was killed on operations in Afghanistan on 29 August 2012.

RORY CALLINAN An inquest into the deaths of three Australian soldiers killed by a rogue Afghan soldier in 2012 will investigate allegations into commanders' decisions and high-level army procedures.

Inquest on Australian soldiers will examine army decisions

Robert Poate.

RORY CALLINAN Inquest on three Australian soldiers killed by a rogue Afghan soldier in 2012 will probe uncomfortable allegations about commander decisions and high-level army procedures, Fairfax Media learns.

The high cost of holding on

A nurse holds the hand of an elderly patient

Amy Corderoy, Rachel Olding, Alexandra Back Australia needs to rethink how it keeps sick, elderly people alive in hospitals and stop overtreating them at the end of their lives, the outgoing director of St Vincent's Hospital's Intensive Care Unit says.

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Soldier deaths inquest to examine role of leaders

RORY CALLINAN An inquest into the deaths of three Australian soldiers killed by a rogue Afghan soldier in 2012 will investigate allegations into commanders' decisions and high-level army procedures.

US alliance overcharges and under-delivers, says ANU's Mike McKinley

Australia's allegiance with the United States overcharges and under delivers said senior ANU academic,

DAVID ELLERY Australia's alliance with the United States overcharges and under-delivers, Australian National University academic Dr Mike McKinley says.

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Cosmetic surgery company's Anzac Day competition angers RSL

An offer to mark ANZAC Day with cosmetic surgery has caused outrage.

MEGAN LEVY The RSL has blasted as "insulting" a cosmetic surgery company's Anzac Day competition which urges women to rate their breasts for their chance to win two tickets to the AFL showdown between Collingwood and Essendon on April 25.

Bluefin-21's search for MH370 nearing completion in the Southern Indian Ocean

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ALEISHA ORR With two-thirds of the search area scoured by an underwater autonomous vehicle, the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is yet to find any sign of the plane.