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Family's claim for remote oil-rich reefs fails

Louise Hall 8:29 PM   In March 1970, Australian businessman Alexander Ure erected a sign on the bridge of a wrecked cargo liner resting on a remote reef 600 kilometres east of Coffs Harbour.

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Students locked out as one of Australia's largest colleges collapses


Henrietta Cook and Sarah Danckert 8:26 PM   Thousands of students at at least four colleges have been left in limbo with huge debts following the collapse of one of the country's largest vocational education companies.

Defence Department boss says new pay deal will disappoint some

 Dennis Richardson said the new offer, which includes a six per cent pay increase over three years, would be comparable ...

Henry Belot 7:45 PM   Department of Defence secretary Dennis Richardson believes a revised pay deal will inevitably disappoint many public servants.

STEAM: How art can help maths students

Maxim and Zelda Winestock with some of the students' art pieces at the International Grammar School in Ultimo, Sydney.

Tom Joyner 6:15 PM   "Elegance and beauty" - a Sydney school is putting the art into STEM.

Female backpackers escape alleged kidnapping and murder in South Australian bush

Police were called to Coorong National Park near Salt Creek.

Kate Aubusson 6:05 PM   Two female backpackers have survived a terrifying ordeal after a man allegedly tried to kidnap and murder them in South Australian bushland on Tuesday.

Why sex matters in science

The under-representation of female mice in animal trials could have dramatic implications.

Bridie Smith 5:22 PM   Female participation in scientific research needs to increase dramatically, if discoveries are to benefit all of humanity. It's a familiar theme. But this time, there's a twist.

Leafy greens linked with salmonella exported to Asia

One of the Coles salads included in the recall.

Esther Han 4:27 PM   Australian leafy greens, linked with a growing salmonella outbreak, may have been exported to Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Schools should look after kids 'from 7am to 6pm', says Clover Moore

Kate Walsh with her children, Quinn five; Aidan, four; one-year-old Niamh at Leichhardt Town Hall after school care.

Eryk Bagshaw 4:03 PM   The NSW Government has stepped in to relieve the after school care shortage.

Living in Canberra a huge barrier, says John Fraser

Treasury head John Fraser.

Phillip Thomson 3:22 PM   Treasury secretary outlines plans to attract deputy secretaries and other top staff by making Sydney and Melbourne an option.

Whooping cough cases quadruple in NSW

A severe whooping cough season has prompted a vaccine supply shortage.

Harriet Alexander 1:09 PM   More than 12,000 notifications as vaccine stocks in the private market run dry.

Joyce moves public servants from Canberra

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says decentralisation is "a real priority for this government".

Phillip Thomson 12:48 PM   Agriculture minister moves ahead with controversial decentralisation plan for three organisations.

Potential measles outbreak in Brunswick

The measles rash on the face of a child.

Liam Mannix, Marissa Calligeros 11:51 AM   Four people living in the Brunswick area have contracted the disease.

Australian bushfires on the rise, new research finds

The number of bushfires are on the rise in Australia according to new research.

Tom Arup 11:47 AM   The number of bushfires in Australia is on the rise - up 40 per cent since 2007 - local scientists have found as part of research to try develop a system for firefighters to help them forecast where they might breakout.

Australia needs 'highly effective' climate research: chief scientist

Dr Alan Finkel made his first appearance before Senate estimates as Australia's Chief Scientist on Wednesday.

Peter Hannam 11:20 AM   Australia's new chief scientist Alan Finkel has had "significant conversations" with leading researchers to ensure planned deep cuts to climate science programs by the CSIRO would not undermine the country's ability to deal with global warming.

Job losses loom in Canberra

Katy Gallagher says cutting $3m by June is an "impossible ask"

Phillip Thomson 10:49 AM   Galleries and museums in Canberra will have another round of cuts to staff numbers as they face an "impossible ask".

'I'd be in trouble if either girl wanted to screw me': Roosh's deleted blog post

Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh, the American founder of the Return of Kings group.

9:20 AM   Daryush 'Roosh' Valizadeh has admitted to committing what "could be considered rape", by having sex with two girls he had to hold down after they repeatedly said 'no'.

Why you should think twice about Thermomix and Nutribullet


Esther Han 5:05 AM   Fifty-six major electronics companies have been graded based on their supply chains. None received an A.

Scientists uncover the brain mechanism that makes you sigh

Sighing: It's a life-saver.

Rachel Feltman 10:04 PM   You probably haven't given them much thought, but it's actually a life-saving reflex.

Melbourne school accused of 'whitewashing' black history

A scene from Hairspray 
the musical.

Beau Donelly 9:33 PM   A Melbourne student has accused her school of "whitewashing" history after its music department was given the go-ahead to adapt the American musical Hairspray for its annual show.

It's a 'crisis' in environmental science, scientists say

Environmental science at CSIRO is under attack, one scientist facing the axe says.

Peter Hannam 9:27 PM   CSIRO scientists say deep staffing cuts facing key divisions constitute "a real crisis for all environmental science" in the organisation, amid mounting international criticism.

National Museum acquires Peter Norman Olympic singlet

Peter Norman's Australian running uniform from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

Meghan Corcoran 8:58 PM   ​The world could not ignore the gloved salute of Black Power on the Podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.

Islamic School of Canberra distances itself from Sydney school funding cut

Islamic Council of Canberra chairman Mohammed Berjaoui.

Emma Macdonald   Islamic School of Canberra distances itself from the financial problems plaguing Sydney's largest Islamic school Malek Fahd.

APS bosses to try, try again on wages

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood predicts the vote will end in defeat for the wage proposal..

Noel Towell    APS departments hope persistence will pay off in wage offers.

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Malek Fahd's government funding axed

Australia's largest Islamic school has lost up to $19 million in Commonwealth funding.

Eryk Bagshaw   The Commonwealth government has cut funding to Australia's largest Islamic School after an investigation found evidence of financial mismanagement and governance failures. 

Crackdown to ensure students are "uni-ready"

Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

Eryk Bagshaw 12:01 AM   Universities will have to become more transparent on their admissions standards in the wake of an ATAR controversy.

Crown croupier charged with $100,000 fraud

The accused man was escorted from the gaming floor of Crown Casino.

Cameron Houston, Chris Vedelago   A croupier at Crown Casino has been charged with serious deception charges over allegations he rigged a dice game and paid out more than $100,000 to five friends.

Former PM&C secretary urges public servants to be frank and fearless

Professor Peter Shergold believes the Australian public service must learn from its mistakes.

Henry Belot   Former Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Peter Shergold has blamed major policy failings on the public service's inability to provide frank and fearless advice to ministers.

Chief of Australian online firm resigns amid allegations of corporate misconduct

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is expanding its investigation into Uglii.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Philip Wen   Chief executive of Australian Internet firm Uglii resigns as the corporate watchdog ramps up its investigation into allegations the firm engaged in serious corporate misconduct.

'Anti-adoption sentiment' must change: minister

Forced adoptions and the Stolen Generations have influenced sentiment, says Brad Hazzard.

Rachel Browne   As the number of children in care nears 20,000, advocates are pushing a "family for life" model.

Secretary's nasty Estimates surprise

The Communications and the Arts Department has been tardy with its QoNs.

Phillip Thomson   Frustrated senators quiz new department secretary on lateness of responses to questions on notice.