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Australia's scientists forced to rely on pseudo-science to be taken seriously in Canberra

Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb at the science report launch at Parliament House in Canberra on  March 25.

Gareth Hutchens 2:34 PM   It’s a shame that scientists have to stoop so low.

Abetz guilty of cynical ploy on Comcare reforms

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Leo Grey 2:15 PM   Employment Minister Eric Abetz got off to a poor start in spruiking his proposed amendments to the Commonwealth workers' compensation scheme, introduced into the federal Parliament on Wednesday.

Former director of NGA Betty Churcher dies aged 84

Betty Churcher was known as Blockbuster Betty during her time at the National Gallery of Australia.

Sally Pryor 2:06 PM   The art world is in mourning today with the news that Betty Churcher, the inimitable former director of the National Gallery of Australia, has died.

Abetz accused of lurid fantasies about injured public servant

Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in "lurid fantasies" about a public servant who claimed workers' compensation, the woman's barrister says.

Noel Towell 1:19 PM   Employment Minister Eric Abetz indulged in "lurid fantasies" about a public servant who claimed workers' compensation for injuries sustained while having sex in a motel room, the woman's barrister says.

Vail snaps up Perisher

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1:14 PM   Australia's biggest ski resort, Perisher, is poised to fall to Vail Resorts, America's largest mountain resort operator, which has lodged a $176.6 million bid to buy from James Packer and Transfield.

Craig Thomson's bid to have trial dismissed based on mental health issues rejected

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Ben Schneiders 11:50 AM   Former federal MP Craig Thomson has walked out of a civil case after telling a court that his mental health problems were too severe for him to continue.

Public servants behaving badly

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Phillip Thomson 11:21 AM   One department has had employees who used drugs intended for animals, manipulated jury duty and swapped a biosecurity clearance for tickets.

Coca-Cola accused of 'greenwashing' with sugar-reduced Coke Life

"What we'd like to see is a cutback of promotions, particularly through sport, and remove it from schools": Jane Martin of Obesity Policy Coalition.

Esther Han 9:21 AM   Coca-Cola has launched a green and lean spin-off to its best-selling drink in an attempt to claw back increasingly health-conscious consumers, dismaying health experts who say it is still sugar-laden.

Emissions 'step up' after carbon price ends

Hazy picture: Australia's greenhouse gas emissions are falling - for now.

Peter Hannam 8:19 AM   Australia’s greenhouse emissions from the electricity sector jumped in the September quarter, reversing the industry’s declines during the two carbon tax years preceding it, the latest government data shows.

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No bull: It's all about the hair

Gavin Iseppi works on the finer details of Red Ruba's pre-judging preparation.

Julie Power 5:21 AM   t is all about the hair. It takes months, and we get quite precious about it," said a cattle breeder as she paid $70 for a large container of hair volumiser.

'Impostor' gynaecologist could have been injecting patients with unknown animal blood products

Raffaele Di Paolo, a Melbourne man accused of posing as a gynaecologist and infertility expert.

Julia Medew and Adam Cooper 1:01 AM   A Melbourne man accused of posing as a gynaecologist and IVF expert may have been giving his patients animal products as an alternative treatment for infertility.

Young, gay and bullied: alarming rates of homophobia among teens

Alex Taylor is a transgender man; he was bullied at school due to his sexual identity. Beyond Blue has done some research into homophobia and young people. on March 29, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Michele Mossop/Fairfax Media)

Rachel Browne 12:15 AM   A new study from mental health charity beyondblue has revealed high levels of homophobia among teenage boys, leading to depression and anxiety among young gay people.

Homophobia rife among young men

Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School football team captain Sean Towner at Waverley Park oval.

Miki Perkins, Rachel Browne 12:15 AM   Sean Towner at eight years old was just a tall, goofy kid. Almost a head above the pack with a Bieber-blonde bob, he was a long-limbed embodiment of enthusiasm over skill with a deep hankering to play the game like both his brothers.

Assumptions about victims colour judges' decisions

Disappointed: Justice Peter McClellan.

Jane Lee 11:00 PM   Australian judges are using their assumptions about human behaviour, rather than scientific research, to help them decide criminal cases, the chairman of the royal commission into child sexual abuse says.

Fluffy won't halt cuts to stamp duty and insurance tax

Chief Minister Andrew Barr says there is no chance of the states and territories reaching agreement on the GST.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has dismissed discussion of changing the GST.

Child sex abuse widespread in remote communities

Family abuse is a widespread problem in remote indigenous communities

Nino Bucci 5:14 PM   Family violence is widely tolerated in remote indigenous communities, an Australian Crime Commission taskforce has found.

Internet outrage about vaccination risks making the problem worse

About 3 per cent of children are not up-to-date with vaccines  because parents have safety concerns.

Amy Corderoy 5:12 PM   Online debates about whether vaccinations are safe are unlikely to convince doubters to vaccinate - so why do they stir such emotional responses in people?

Ed Sheeran sells out Melbourne arena on his own terms

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Reviewed by Thomas Hounslow   Ed Sheeran leaves thousands of female fans in tears and awe.

Public servants in special unit 'overpaid, overstaffed'

Migration agents say a section of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection regulating them is overpaid and overstaffed.

Phillip Thomson   Complaints about lack of transparency and $5m used for 'featherbedding' public servants.

Anzac records launched online

Dawn Dudkowski with a photo her grandfather Thomas Brian.

Chloe Booker   Discovering the Anzac records on the Ancestry website will be fascinating reading.

Big delays forecast as Medicare and Centrelink staff strike

There will be lengthy delays at Medicare over the next few weeks because of work bans.

Anna Patty   Community and Public Sector Union members are protesting against new staff agreements they say threaten to cut their rights and conditions in return for annual pay rises of up to 1 per cent.

Katy Gallagher to campaign for changes to asylum seekers policy

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Ross Peake   Newly-minted ACT Senator Katy Gallagher will campaign for the Labor Party to soften its harsh policy on asylum seekers, at its national conference this year.

Crime groups plotting to steal from Indigenous communities, probe reveals

"The priority should be Indigenous children's future."

Nino Bucci   Organised crime groups are plotting to steal from Indigenous communities that survive on multi-million dollar mining royalties and land use agreements, an eight-year Australian Crime Commission investigation into isolated and trouble-plagued regions has revealed.

Public service boss' pep talk

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Phillip Thomson   "Looking after kids actually counts for something," says department boss who was a stay-at-home mum for eight years.

Family day-care numbers explode

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Alana Schetzer   The number of childcare educators operating out of family homes across the country has skyrocketed in the past year, as more parents struggle to find a placement for their child in a traditional centre.

Jamie Oliver whips up support for food education for every child

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Daisy Dumas   Jamie Oliver has launched possibly his most daring project to date with a global petition that calls on governments far and wide to provide food education for every child in every school and a push for strident taxes on those who make and promote junk food.

Green group intensifies calls for ban on nano-materials in food and packaging

Professor Michael Cortie: "A blanket ban on the use of human-made 'nanoparticles' or 'nanomaterials' is nonsensical."

Esther Han   Health campaigners have intensified their calls for Australia to regulate the use of nano-sized silver in everyday products, following the United States peak environmental agency's decision to start doing so.

Will you get paid your penalty rates on Easter Sunday?

Some employers may try to avoid paying their workers penalty rates this Easter Sunday.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter   With Easter Sunday being a public holiday, Victoria's largest union is urging the workplace watchdog to ensure employers pay their workers penalty rates.

Union call to expel Labor minister-turned-lobbyist

Calls to expel minister: Former ALP frontbencher Martin Ferguson.

Nick Toscano   Victoria's union chiefs have unanimously called on Labor to expel Rudd-Gillard frontbencher Martin Ferguson from the party as anger rises over recent comments savaging the ALP and the trade union movement.