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Why I would have let my daughter get a fake ID for schoolies week

Angie Kelly 4:27 AM   From schoolies to moolies... time for all.

'Once they hit that stage they become the diva they've got to be'

More than 10,000 cheerleaders competed at the national championships.

Jill Stark 12:32 AM   It would be easy to be cynical. All the glitter and spray tan, and faces made up like china dolls.  And the bows: so many bows.

Shane Warne Foundation sought to block release of records by regulator

Shane Warne at the races in Melbourne last year.

Chris Vedelago, Cameron Houston 12:30 AM   Shane Warne's personal charity donated just 11¢ of every dollar raised to sick and needy children in 2014 despite last week claiming it passed on nearly three times that amount.

The Hawk: Pretty in pink

'Experimental': the pink ball.

Mark Hawthorne 12:15 AM   Pretty in pink.

Town Hall becomes after school childcare centre

Kate Walsh with her kids Quinn 5, Aidan 4 and Niamh 1 at Leichhardt Town Hall.

Eryk Bagshaw 12:15 AM   The shortage of available after-school child-care has become so critical that a Sydney council has been forced to open its town hall for local school children.

Let's talk about the secret to love

Lindsay Jones-Evans and wife Shengnan Ren.

Cosima Marriner 12:15 AM   One in three Australian marriages are now intercultural. Researchers have found out a key ingredient for success.

Man questioned over alleged rape of Australian schoolie in Bali

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Jewel Topsfield 4:52 PM   A British man is being questioned by police over the alleged rape of an 18-year-old Australian girl in Bali for schoolies.

Japan gives green light to its whalers

Minke whales aboard the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru in 2014. Japan is to resume whaling this summer.

Andrew Darby 4:51 PM   Japan has finally confirmed it will commence whaling in the Antarctic this summer, despite the weight of court decisions and scientific opinion against it.

A quarter of high school kids 'sexting' images or videos of themselves

Sexting is extremely widespread among high school students, a study finds.

Amy Corderoy 12:15 AM   Sexting is "just part of the broader sexual repertoire" of young people today, experts say.

Working mums hire coaches to keep their careers on track

SUN HERALD School teacher Amy Payten and her baby son James meeting her year 12  students Lachy Day, Olivia Whiting, and Jeremy  How women are increasingly hiring 'maternity coaches' to help them transition out of and back into the workforce when they have a baby 27th November 2015 Photo by Louise Kennerley sh

Cosima Marriner 12:15 AM   Amy Payten didn't want to give up teaching when she had a baby, but she didn't want to go back to work full-time either.

Buying online before they're out of nappies - meet the tablet generation

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Cosima Marriner 12:15 AM   Toddlers are making online purchases by themselves before they're even out of nappies, as the widespread use of tablets by preschoolers spurs their developmental of digital skills ahead of traditional milestones like cutting or tying their shoelaces.

The seat where Labor needs to stand up

Battleground: Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders 8:49 AM   Katerina Angelopoulos is torn. Like the federal seat of Wills in which she lives, the Greek-born former Brunswick councillor is quintessential Melbourne Labor.

Samsung's fix slammed as 'deficient'

Joel and Angela Hudson of New Lambton with their children.

Esther Han 7:16 AM   The "plastic bag and tape" fix applied to at least 63,300 faulty Samsung washing machines has been slammed by an expert as "deficient".

Former priest not fit to be around children, commission told

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Beau Donelly   Various Catholic Church officials and and staff at the Holy Family Primary School in Doveton suspected paedophile priest Peter Searson but he was not removed from his duties, the child abuse royal commission in Melbourne has heard.

Between a rock and horse stud: coalmine verdicts divide communities

The location of two stud farms close to Anglo American's Drayton operations in the Hunter Valley could stymie expansion plans.

Peter Hannam   The Baird government has been accused of ranking the health of horses above humans after a coal mine near famous studs got knocked back but another near a Hunter village won approval.

12,000 disappointed students as Vocation collapses

Vocation is widely expected to be liquidated and its financial affairs examined thoroughly.

Sarah Danckert and Eryk Bagshaw   The push for reform of the vocational education sector has ramped up in the wake of the collapse of Vocation.

Pokies lobby drops action against Wilkie

Federal MP Andrew Wilkie.

Royce Millar   Australia's most powerful poker machine lobby has dropped defamation action against independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie over comments he made about an alleged industry donation made to former Labor minister Peter Garrett.

The lands that democracy forgot

The Commonwealth recently closed down Norfolk Island's elected Legislative Assembly.

Roger Wettenhall   The Commonwealth is smothering the distinctive cultures and societies of these communities.

Virgin cancels all Bali flights due to returning ash cloud

Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights between Bali and Australia on Friday.

Chloe Booker   Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights between Bali and Australia on Friday due to ash cloud from an erupting volcano.

Religious leaders push for release of asylum seeker children before Christmas

Australia continues to hold in closed detention about 2044 people, including 113 children.

Michael Gordon   A cross-section of Australia's most prominent Christian leaders is imploring the nation's politicians to "do the right thing" and release asylum seeker children from detention before Christmas.

Nitschke sets medical licence alight

Stoush with Medical Board: Dr Philip Nitschke.

Euthanasia campaigner Philip Nitschke has set fire to his medical practising certificate, and vowed to continue to advise terminally ill patients about how to take their own lives.

Fairfax journalist wins education media award

Anna Patty

Anna Patty has won the Australian College of Educators Victoria 2015 media award.

Dentists 'first responders' for domestic violence victims

The Fair Work Commission found the alleged victim of domestic violence was further victimised.

Jill Stark 12:15 AM   Women trying to escape a violent partner often wanted to be asked if they needed help and dentists should not fear they would offend their patients.

ACCC clears Australia Post's $1 stamp

Australia Post wants to raise prices from January to help offset the huge losses in its mail business.

The competition watchdog approves price rise of a basic stamp by more than 40 per cent.

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We need an ombudsman to protect free state education

The long-held principle of free state education available to all is under threat

Lea Campbell   The education industry is one of our biggest and most important exports and is not protected by solid governance.

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APS devoid of policy? 'Crap'

Human Services and Veterans Affairs Minister Stuart Robert rubbished claims the federal public service lacked serious policy making ability.

Phillip Thomson   Minister slams comment that federal bureaucracy is a policy-free zone and calls for shared services revolution.

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Victorian Liberal MP Graham Watt explains Rosie Batty snub

Rosie Batty addressing the joint sitting of  the Victorian Parliament on Thursday.

AAP, Timna Jacks, Tom Cowie   A Victorian MP who refused to join a standing ovation for Rosie Batty says family violence has "incredible sensitivity" for him.

The 'hillybilly heroin' hotspots of NSW

Peter Panagiotopoulos

Harriet Alexander   Parts of western NSW and the mid-North Coast are dispensing opioids at a rate 10 times higher than places such as Epping and Pennant Hills.

Discount for upfront uni fees faces axe

Discounts for students who pay fees upfront face the axe.

Matthew Knott   University students would no longer be eligible for a 10 per cent discount on their university fees if they pay upfront under legislation introduced into Parliament by the Turnbull government.

Dramatic vision shows man's drive through deadly South Australian fire

A scene from outside George Hooker's window as he approached the blaze.

Dramatic vision has emerged of a man driving through the fire ground during a blaze in South Australia that has claimed two lives.