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Australia turned back 65 people on boat, including a pregnant woman, police chief says

Generic picture of an asylum seeker boat.

Jewel Topsfield 9:45 AM   'They looked exhausted,' the Indonesian police chief said of the 65 people, who reportedly claimed to be asylum seekers.

George Pell to be called to give evidence at royal commission

Widespread speculation: Cardinal George Pell.

Jane Lee 10:38 PM   Cardinal George Pell will be asked to give evidence at the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Sydney water supply at risk if miners pay to harm swamps, critics say

Water

Nicole Hasham 10:08 PM   Coal companies could pay "a few lousy dollars" to damage sensitive swamps that provide pure drinking water to millions of Sydneysiders if mining changes proposed by the Baird government proceed, environment groups say.

Tennis star won three finals in a day

Doris Hart

Frank Litsky 6:57 PM   DORIS HART Tennis champion 20-6-1925 – 29-5-2015

For college principal, pupils were just part of the family

Dulcie Brookshaw

Su Tayler and Jeanette Joseph 6:56 PM   Dulcie Brookshaw summed up her 15 years as principal of the former Morongo Girls College in Geelong in three parts: five years settling in, five years coping with a recession, five years overseeing new projects and plans.

Sydney Uni to bump degrees to four years

Sydney University's degree programme is under review.

Alexandra Smith 12:15 AM   The University of Sydney plans to increase its undergraduate courses from three to four years and cut many of its double degrees in a radical overhaul of education that would see the number of degrees reduced by at least 100.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Steely Australians.

Report lauds "dash and daring" of Australians at Gallipoli.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   On Gallipoli, the brave Australians were trouncing the lily-livered Turks, if you believed stories like this one, written in Boy's Own prose, published 100 years ago this week in the Goulburn Evening Penny Post.

Disease hits last wild orange-bellied parrots

Threat: Evidence of beak and feather disease has been found in the breeding colony of orange-bellied parrots in South West Tasmania.

Andrew Darby 5:29 PM   An attempt is being made by the Federal Government to speed action over a fatal disease in Australia's most critically endangered wild bird, the orange-bellied parrot.

PS union cries foul over $6.50-a-month super fees

Public servants will soon pay administration fees on the super schemes.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Public servants to be slugged administration fees on super from July 1.

Work longer so we can sack your colleagues, public servants told

Labor frontbencher Doug Cameron accused the Employment Department's bosses of trying to "screw" their employees.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Revealed: the numbers behind the APS productivity drive.

Australian woman denied compensation after London bombings

The bomb destroyed this number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square in central London on July 8, 2005.

Henry Belot 4:23 PM   An Australian woman has been denied compensation despite suffering a stroke and post-traumatic stress disorder that she says are linked to the 2005 London bombings.

Drought spreads as El Nino takes hold

Another season of below-average rainfall for most of eastern Australia.

Peter Hannam 4:14 PM   May capped off another relatively dry month for Australia, extending drought conditions across eastern regions of the country just as the influence of an El Nino begins to take hold.

'No-one deserves to be executed': Peter Gardner's parents

Peter Gardner, being tried on drug smuggling charges, arrives at Guangzhou Intermediate Court.

Olivia Wannan 4:05 PM   The parents of a Kiwi man facing the death penalty in China say the price of being duped should not be their son's life.

Employers should make staff stand for 2 hours a day

Macquarie Group headquarters in Shelly Street, Sydney. Experts say all workplaces should be aiming to have at least two hours a day spent standing or moving around.

Amy Corderoy 8:30 AM   Office workers should be required to spend at least two hours each day standing or moving around in order to protect them from heart disease, diabetes and cancer, an international team of experts says.

The gateway to cigarette smoking

Vaping from an e-cigarette.

Amy Corderoy 12:01 AM   A quarter of young adults have tried electronic cigarettes, according to a disturbing survey that has found many are simply trying the devices out of curiosity or because their friends are.

The man who wants to bring Pell to justice

Accuser: Peter Saunders in a screengrab from <em> 60 Minutes</em>.

Lisa Visentin 2:20 PM   Cardinal George Pell has come under sustained criticism in recent years as daming allegations of systemic coverups by the Catholic Church have surfaced during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 

Sydney Security guard Gary Allibon murder linked to gangland shootings

Newly-released security footage of the black Mercedes.

Emma Partridge 1:16 PM   Security guard Gary Allibon, 59, had given them the money and his hands were in the air when he was shot in the back and left to die on the front steps of an office block in Sydney's CBD.

Abbott's war on (not much) terrorism

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Public Eye 11:45 PM   Yet more signs emerge that there is little evidence underpinning the growth of Australia's counterterrorism industry.

Pell seeks legal advice over claims

Controversy: Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal George Pell is seeking legal advice over what he's called false and misleading claims about his handling of child abuse cases within the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Pell damned by Pope's commissioner for child protection

Cardinal George Pell.

Kerrie Armstrong   Cardinal George Pell is "a dangerous individual" and "almost sociopathic" in his response to child sexual abuse victims, Pope Francis' specially-appointed commissioner for the protection of children, Peter Saunders says.

Word of warning as scars can linger in costly tattoo removal

A customer has a piece of art tattooed onto his head at the Great British Tattoo Show in Alexandra Palace, north London on May 23, 2015. Taking place on the 23-24 of May, the event sees designers, artisits and musicians come together in a celebration of tattoo culture. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

Alana Schetzer   Tattoos are big business in Australia. In 2012, Australians splashed $93 million on new ink at the 987 tattoo parlours registered across the country.

Another student loses degree in MyMaster cheating racket

The MyMaster essay-cheating racket has seen another student lose their degree.

Brianna Parkins and Lisa Visentin   The University of Wollongong has stripped one student of their degree and failed five others after they were caught buying essays online in a statewide plagiarism scandal.

Doctors push for government action on climate

Climate change can't be ignored, AMA says.

The powerful doctors lobby group is set to ramp up pressure on the federal government to take action on climate change.

Sydney Uni to shed 'old, white male' image

Sydney University plans to work on regaining its former preeminence and getting back to the top of the league tables.

Alexandra Smith   Sydney University will significantly reduce its undergraduate degrees and be more focused on the research it funds in an audacious bid to unseat Melbourne as the best university in the country.

British high commissioner takes diplomatic approach to motherhood

British High Commissioner Menna Rawlings at the official residence in Deakin.

Phillip Thomson   The British high commissioner has climbed the ladder in the public service with three children in tow.

Fat health premiums cast cloud over Medibank

Morgan Stanley says Medibank shares are worth less than their float price.

Tim Binsted   As Medibank Private ramps up its advertising campaign for the key winter selling period, a Morgan Stanley analyst has tipped the stock to trade well below its listing price as customers downgrade their cover and competitors muscle in.

Globetrotter ran rings around the opposition

Former Harlem Globetrotters player Marques Haynes.

Marques Haynes, who bamboozled opposing players and thrilled millions of spectators for more than 50 years with his supreme ball-handling skills as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters and other barnstorming basketball teams, has died in Plano, Texas, aged 89.

Start trying for a baby by 30: top doctor

Fertility issues place a "costly and largely unnecessary burden on the NHS" as increasing numbers of women in their 30s and 40s seek IVF treatment: Professor Geeta Nargund.

Women hoping to get pregnant should start trying for a baby before they turn 30, a top fertility doctor says.

Doctors fear Nauru refugee boy will be disabled

Nauru

Procrastination could cost 11-year-old boy living in the community on Nauru the use of his arm which was fractured almost a month ago, say doctors.

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   The invitation arrives, it is printed on shiny paper and beautifully designed with your names at the top.