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Organised crime rorting visas

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton addresses the media after a visit to the Australian Maritime Security Operations Centre in Canberra.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago, Steve Lillebuen 12:15 AM   Organised crime syndicates are suspected of exploiting Australia's 457 worker visa scheme to recruit members for their global drug trafficking networks.

Unwrapping the wedding present mystery

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28:  Bride-to-be Pia Sabbadini poses for a photo in Prahran on May 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Pia has asked her invited guests to contribute towards art and renovations for her wedding present.  (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media)

Lucy Battersby 12:15 AM   The invitation arrives, it is printed on shiny paper and beautifully designed with your names at the top.

Investigation launched into US shipment of anthrax to Australia

US authorities have discovered part of a batch of anthrax was sent to Australia in 2008.

Lisa Visentin 7:49 PM   The federal government has confirmed an investigation is underway to determine whether a sample of live anthrax bacteria was mistakenly shipped to Australia from an American military lab in 2008.

Legal challenge to Coles wage deal

SDA National Secretary Joe de Bruyn.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar 12:15 AM   Legal challenge launched to tear up cosy deal between Coles and the shop assistants union that is alleged to leave thousands worse off

Tasmanian wilderness is more than a name

Styx Valley: How the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is described has stirred up debate.

Andrew Darby 7:31 PM   The World Heritage Committee is set to slap down an attempt by the Tasmanian Government to ditch wilderness zoning from most of the island's remote south-west.

Complementary medicines: which work and which don't

Complementary medicines: which work and which don't

Harriet Alexander and Nicky Phillips 12:15 AM   Which complementary medicines work and which ones are a waste of money?

Doctors say 'junk' insurance needs to go

AMA President Associate Professor Brian Owler.

3:21 PM   Doctors have called for reform of the private health insurance industry, claiming "junk" policies are clogging the hospital system.

'Seeing their grief was more than I could cope with'

Stephen and Sue Neville are part of the new trial.

Harriet Alexander 2:13 PM   Sue Neville accepted her cancer, endured the treatment and stared down the prospect of imminent death, but she could not cope with the sympathy of friends.

Anthrax was sent to Australia, says US

US authorities have discovered part of a batch of anthrax was sent to Australia in 2008.

2:11 PM   US authorities have discovered a batch of the lethal bacteria anthrax, dating back to 2008, some of which was sent to Australia.

'I got so big I couldn't do anything. I didn't want to live'

Lynne Weston at Bendigo Hospital believes if she hadn't gone to the hospital when she did, she probably wouldn't be alive.

Jill Stark 12:15 AM   Shoes are a new luxury for Lynne Weston.

Australian women joining Islamic State not just 'jihadi brides': study

Hayat Boumeddiene, ex-wife of of Paris attack terrorist Amedy Coulibaly. She reportedly fled to Syria after the attack.

Patrick Hatch 1:03 PM   Australian women joining Islamic State are motivated by more than just the prospect of becoming a "jihadi bride", a new study suggests.

There is power in a (gay) union

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John Birmingham    You'd think a bloke like the PM, so fond of getting about in his Speedos, would be all over gay marriage, but while he hasn't shut down the debate with an emphatic "Nope, nope, nope", he hasn't offered the gay community much.

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Bourke's legacy of a life in the law

Brian Bourke

Steve Butcher   After 62 years a lawyer - including more than five unbroken decades as a barrister - Brian Bourke chuckles that his life faces testing for possible traces of mould and pest activity.

Controversial fence plan given green light despite architect's opposition

An AFP officer stands guard at the front of Parliament House in Canberra.

Ross Peake   The National Capital Authority has given the go-ahead to a controversial plan to build a fence around the ministerial wing at Parliament House.

The biggest scandal in the history of the most popular sport on Earth

FIFA president Sepp Blatter remains defiant.

Rick Feneley   Bribery, racketeering, money-laundering … It's not the mafia but football, and Australia will not escape the scandal that taints two generations of the world's most popular game. Rick Feneley reports.

Same-sex marriage: the case for and against

Rory O'Neill, known by the drag persona Panti, celebrates Ireland's decision to back gay marriage in the world's first national referendum on the issue.

Beau Donelly   Shawn Callahan, 50, has always been supportive of legalising gay marriage. This view was galvanized two years ago when his eldest daughter, Alex, told him she was gay.

Tribal Mind: Game of Thrones set to song

Jon Snow: 'Wildlings, you make my heart sing, you pull your bowstrings...'

David Dale   David Dale The Tribal Mind 

Soccer fans demand refunds after long wait for Chelsea tickets

Sydney FC player of the year Milos Dimitrijevic, whose  side is due to play Chelsea on Tuesday.

Beau Donelly   Ticketek customers have demanded refunds after being left in limbo for weeks because the company failed to send out pre-ordered tickets in time for a major soccer match.   

New tools tune up the brain

Guinea pig: Amy Corderoy gets hooked up to the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machine.

Amy Corderoy   Stevan Nikolin once participated in a scientific experiment that involved him spending eight hours with needles in the base of his tongue.

One in five migrant workers on 457 visas could be underpaid or incorrectly employed

The Fair Work Ombudsman has uncovered suspected exploitation in the cases of 20 per cent of 560 migrant workers examined in a recent report.

Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter   One in five migrant workers in Australia on 457 visas are being underpaid or employed in jobs they are not qualified for, a workplace audits has revealed.

'It was the best moment of my life'

Frances Zammit is waiting for a second kidney transplant after her first transplant was rejected.

Michael Koziol   Frances Zammit remembers the phone call. After eight years of waiting, she would be getting a new kidney – and with it, a new life.

Driverless cars: Gen Y motoring ignorance puts lives at risk

Deborah Dickson-Smith and her family were set for a celebratory trip but a breakdown left them stranded.

Tracey Spicer 12:00 AM   Nearly 800,000 Gen Y drivers don't know what a dipstick is. But the amusing lack of maintenance knowledge is dangerous on the roads.

How a crash unearthed a multimillion-dollar fraud

Denis Angeleri was ordered to pay $4.8 million in damages for his role in the AMF fraud.

Marc Moncrief 12:15 AM   Just before Christmas 2008, a woman we will call Stephanie got into a prang on the way to work.

Pill-popping nation polluting environment

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Natalie O'Brien 12:15 AM   According to a new study, drugs are being thrown away and ending up in water and soil, which is producing a toxic time-bomb.

Herald photographers share magical moments at Photos 1440 exhibition

Sword swallower Heather Holliday photographed at the Higher Ground festival.

Ella Rubeli   There are 1440 minutes in a day. In each of those minutes, a magical image has the potential to be captured and kept forever.

Hiring licence is yours to lose, APS bosses warned

"Redeployees" must be given hiring priority, even above other internal applicants.

Noel Towell   Hopes of a public service jobs bonanza have been dashed.

Dead joey stuffed in senior public servant's letterbox

Vision of the dead joey.

Phillip Thomson   CCTV cameras captured a dead joey being stuffed in the letter box of a highly-paid bureaucrat.

Sorry, John, John and John. This time the award goes to a woman

Cathy Foley ... winner of the Clunies Ross award.

Nicky Phillips   Physicist Cathy Foley and colleague Keith Leslie have been awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation.

Kids in the firing line of climate change

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Lucy Cormack 12:15 AM   Global warming will challenge all creatures great and small, but society's smallest will be among those worst affected by climate change, a new report says.

Katy Gallagher grills Jane Halton over Immigration move

ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher has grilled the Finance Department.

Primrose Riordan   Senator Katy Gallagher demands an end to uncertainty over department's future.