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The $400,000 jobs the public service can't fill

Noel Towell 5:03 PM   Dozens of top public service jobs at the giant Department of Human Services are sitting vacant.

Lara Bingle and Kate Middleton are both six months pregnant

Lara Bingle.

Jenna Clarke 2:15 PM   Baby Bingle could overshadow Baby Cambridge II.

Heat, dry to linger in most of Australia until the autumn, bureau says

Coonamble farmer Neil Kennedy on his drought hit "Kuma" station property late last year.

1:23 PM   Warmer and drier weather is expected well into autumn across most of Australia.

Finance Dept 'not selling islands'

The department's island inventory includes 1.65 hectare Snapper Island in Sydney.

Phillip Thomson 12:27 PM   Balancing the budget might be tough, but the Finance department has stopped short of selling three government islands.

'Anti-free-speech terrorists': controversial anti-vaccination advocate cancels Australian tour

Sherri Tenpenny has cancelled her Australian tour.

Julia Medew 10:40 AM   A controversial US anti-vaccination campaigner has cancelled her Australian tour, saying she feels threatened by "pro vaccine extremists" and "anti-free-speech terrorists".

Keep the goal posts in place

Nicholas Barnett.

Nicholas S. Barnett 9:41 AM   The importance of goal-setting and keeping employees on track.

Gold Coast cyclones could become regular events, insurance forecaster says

Cyclones are likely to track further south more often in the future, one forecaster says.

8:10 AM   More cyclones will hit the Gold Coast in coming decades as a result of climate change, an insurance forecaster says.

Australia's computer spies get down and dirty


Philip Dorling 12:09 AM   Australia's electronic espionage agency has been directly linked to some of the most sophisticated malware discovered so far on the internet.  

Greek Finance Minister playing a high-stakes game

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis smiles during the civil oath ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Athens on Tuesday.

Tom Allard 9:22 PM   As a young man lecturing in Sydney, the economist's area of expertise was game theory. Now he gets to put it into practice.

New report: Australia needs to radically rethink housing policy for ageing population

Some growth in wages might help bring workers to the services sectors that need them, says the RBA's Christoper Kent.

Gareth Hutchens 12:15 AM   Australia has it wrong when it comes to housing policy for an ageing society, a new report has found.

Indonesian Attorney-General deals blow to Bali nine's Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Andrew Chan, left, and Myuran Sukumaran together in 2011.

Jewel Topsfield 8:15 PM   The condemned Bali Nine members Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could be executed as early as next month after the Indonesian Attorney-General said there could not be a second judicial review of their case.

New treatment may provide allergy cure

Lifesaving research: At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.

Kate Hagan, Health Reporter 6:45 PM   More than 80 per cent of children with peanut allergies were able to tolerate peanuts after being given a new treatment by Melbourne researchers, providing hope for a cure.

Malaysian murderer in Sydney limbo

Held at Villawood detention centre: Sirul Azhar Umar.

Eryk Bagshaw and Lindsay Murdoch   The police commando at the centre of a Malaysian murder scandal could be held in a Sydney detention centre indefinitely according to leading international law experts.

Prison not rehabilitating radical inmates

Retired Supreme Court judge Anthony Whealy says consideration should be given to keeping radicalised inmates in prison after their sentences have finished.

Rachel Olding 12:15 AM   The state's worst terrorists are not being deradicalised in prison, prompting calls to keep radical inmates behind bars even after their sentences expire.

Anti-vaccination group prompts parents to join fake church

Measles vaccination

Julia Medew   A controversial anti-vaccination group is encouraging people to sign up to a fake church because it may help them bypass Australia's emerging "no jab, no play" childcare laws.

League club mourns 'natural leader'

Hayden Butler during his time with the Burleigh Bears.

Beth Newman   Mackay Cutters chief says club in shock after death.

Dead man in Bali was a 'get-rich-quick' speaker

Warren Borsje

Alana Schetzer   The Australian man found dead in Bali was a self-styled motivational speaker who gave presentations on how to "get rich quick" across the world.

Mandarins grounded to cut $400m bill

air travel

Phillip Thomson   Public service bosses feel the pinch.

Jewish sex abuse victims pressured not to assist police, secret tapes and emails reveal

Prominent criminal barrister Alex Lewenberg allegedly told a victim of a sex offender he should not have co-operated with police.

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie   Members of Australia's Orthodox Jewish community who assist police investigating alleged child sexual abuse have been pressured to stay silent, secret tape recordings and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal.

Energy retailers letting down customers in financial hardship, says regulator


Esther Han   Some power companies are failing to promptly identify and offer help to struggling customers who, in a growing number of cases, have amassed debts worth thousands of dollars, the energy regulator says.

Customs officers' allowances in firing line

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector.

Noel Towell   Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.

APS outsourcing: no-one is safe, says 1990s outsourcing guru

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell   No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.

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Is Ebola silently immunising some while killing their neighbours?

If some are immunised, it could help end outbreaks quicker by giving secret protection to those lucky enough to be able to bat the infection away.

Kate Kelland and Emma Farge   Cases in which someone is exposed to Ebola but doesn't get sick are hotly disputed among scientists.

Most asylum seekers 'economic opportunists' says PNG Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Nick Toscano   Papua New Guinea's government believes most asylum seekers being held on Manus Island are economic opportunists whose protection claims will be rejected.

Junk food ads saturate cricket

KFC has taken over cricket advertising.

Kate Hagan Health Reporter   Junk food branding is being shown thousands of times during cricket broadcasts, a study has shown, prompting calls for Cricket Australia to phase out sponsorships with unhealthy brands.

'Bags these days aren't terribly well made'

Owen (7) and Toby (5) Street with mother Jane, with their new backpacks at Broadway Shopping Centre

Hannah Paine   As school starts, the Australian Physiotherapy Association has warned against buying discounted bags that are bad for young backs.

Striking and dark, Maleficent keeps sleep at bay

"Maleficent" is a modern take on the story of Sleeping Beauty, starring Angelina Jolie.

Ron Cerabona   Following in the vein of the book and musical "Wicked", this Disney film takes a classic tale - "Sleeping Beauty" - and retells it from a different perspective.

Mystery utility seen tailing body-in-boot car

Image from CCTV footage of two cars on Mickleham Road. Related to the murder of Kenan Balikel.

Rania Spooner   Detectives have discovered footage of an unidentified utility vehicle tailing a Peugeot 307 inside which the charred remains of Kenan Balikel would later be discovered.

Microburst snapped as Sydney endures soggy start to school year

Microburst photographed near Roma in outback Queensland.

Peter Hannam   Images of a rare microburst storm have been captured by a photographer near Roma in outback Queensland.