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One father's story: as we, too, remember them

Tobruk.

He was quick to anger, hard to talk to. The war changed him, his family said. Yet as he neared death, Marele Day's father finally found peace.

Greyhound traders defy ban on exports to Macau Canidrome

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Natalie O'Brien Dozens of young greyhounds are still being exported to Macau's Canidrome racetrack where they face mistreatment and death, despite the racing industry's peak body banning the export of the dogs.

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Australian Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott claims victory in the 2013 Australian Election on September 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Liberal-National Coalition leader Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in a landslide victory over Labor leader Kevin Rudd, bringing the conservative party to power for the first time in six years.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

JONATHAN SWAN Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

Dementia, it's all in the mind

Migraine.

John Elder Everyone forgets things - even premiers. But those middle-aged memory lapses do not necessarily presage the onset of dementia.

Mystery of the lost boy of Gallipoli's first wave

North Beach, Gallipoli Peninsular, Turkey.

Tim Barlass Almost 100 years after Gallipoli, mystery still shrouds the identity of one of the soldiers killed on the first day of the landings.

Collectors alerted to online art ripoff

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ANDREW TAYLOR Consumers risk being ripped off by a website selling artwork at more than 10 times its value.

Splint ends in sight for researcher Phillip Newman and work on shin splints

Phillip Newman

LARISSA NICHOLSON A Canberra researcher believes an effective treatment for shin splints - the painful condition that plagues runners - may be within reach.

Tasmania's forests now a defining national issue

Tasmania's Tarkine Forest.

ANDREW DARBY Is this game on for Tassie's forests? Andrew Darby clears the wood from the trees.

Pharmacists warned off homeopathy

Ian Carr

JULIA MEDEW Pressure is mounting on Australian pharmacists to stop selling homeopathic products.

Technically, the kids are all right

Eliza Gregurke.

Andrew Masterson Fears about Facebook stem from stories far older than the internet.

The Lodge wall-crash driver had medical issue

A Hyundai hatchback crashed into the rear wall of the Prime Ministerial Lodge.

MATTHEW RAGGATT A medical problem was behind the car crash that into the The Lodge's perimeter wall in April.

Science

The truth about memory

The overworked, overcrowded middle-aged mind can be forgiven a few memory lapses.

John Elder 12:00am Ever walked into a room and forgotten why? You are not alone. Many middle-aged people are convinced they are showing signs of early dementia when in fact they are just showing signs of, well, middle age.

Aussie teen not fazed by Mount Everest avalanche

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Sue Williams 1:58pm Australian teenager Alyssa Azar is determined to continue her climb of Everest despite the massive avalanche that has killed 12 people on the world's highest peak.

Easter road toll stands at four lives lost

Australia's Easter road toll now stands at four after a tragic opening to the holiday long weekend in both Western Australia and Tasmania.

On the trail of a ... serial killer

Ivan Milat
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Clive Small Clive Small, who led the investigation, recalls the painstaking work that led police to Ivan Milat.

Age pensions: Later, and less, plans the government

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

GARETH HUTCHENS Joe Hockey wants Australians to work until they're 70.

Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh on how we can stop domestic violence

Anna Bligh

JOSEPHINE TOVEY Anna Bligh has a challenge for Australian men: if you think your mates might be hitting their wives or girlfriends, tell them: ''I don't want to be your friend if you're doing this kind of stuff.''

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The Anzac evolution

crowds sleeping in the early hours of the morning, still hours before the commencement of the 93rd Anzac Day commemorative service at Anzac Cove.

TONY WRIGHT Hanifi Araz, a big man from the city of Canakkale across the Dardanelles from the Gallipoli Peninsula, saw the future in the early 1980s, and he wanted to be part of it.

Grange affair a hard act to swallow

Barry O'Farrell.

Deborah Snow, Sean Nicholls A throw-back to old-fashioned courtesies helps bring down a premier.

Rat of Tobruk remembers those who lost chance of life

Jack Caple

Peter Barrett It's a story Jack tells often. There they are, standing at a tram stop in Albert Park, when the well-dressed young man next to him notices his Rats of Tobruk badge. ''Who are they? A pop group?'' he asks.

Laid-back royals hit the beach, but barefoot stroll proves a step too far for duchess

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Damien Murphy Locals have long believed Manly the centre of the universe. Suspicions were confirmed on Thursday when Manly boy Mike Baird landed the second leg of the leadership double with the other local hero, Tony Abbott. On Friday, Manly received Royal Assent.

Royal couple show animal attraction at Royal Easter Show

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visit the Royal Easter Show to view exhibits, sheep shearing and wool handling and to officially open a new pavilion.

DAISY DUMAS When the country came to town, it met the royals. And the royals met plenty of sheep. In keeping with a long tradition of royal tours to Australia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the Royal Easter Show on Good Friday morning.

ICAC under threat of being silenced

Hand Covering Mouth

MICHAELA WHITBOURN The political attack on ICAC has begun.

Monitoring anklets under fire after rapist does runner

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Rachel Olding, Saffron Howden A rapist, who easily removed his electronic monitoring anklet on Wednesday, was able to go undetected for 45 minutes until police were notified.

Riding high on royal waves between flags

Royal visit

Damien Murphy While many in our nation solemnly marked Good Friday, residents of Manly in NSW (and quite a few thousand tourists) were doing what they do best - hanging out on the beach - when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wandered on to the sand opposite the Manly Pacific Hotel.

Budget draws closer but audit reports still shrouded in mystery

Treasurer Joe Hockey is not saying much.

Colin Brinsden The build-up to the federal budget is beginning to look like an Agatha Christie whodunit.

A dark view of Easter chocolate-mania

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BEN WESTCOTT As Canberrans stocked up on chocolate for Easter, ACT nutritionists encouraged them to eat small, eat quality and eat happy.

Chris Judd in Carlton's finalised AFL team

Rob Forsaith The AFL teams for Sunday's three matches have been finalised, with Chris Judd, Jarrad Waite, Luke Dahlhaus and Tom Lynch heading the inclusions.

Public servants to work longer for more pay

Senator Eric Abetz.

NOEL TOWELL Australia's 160,000 federal public servants are facing an assault on their traditional 7.5-hour working day as the Coalition pursues its tough policies on pay and conditions.

AFL clubs jostle for Good Friday football

Rob Forsaith, Roje Adaimy and Greg Buckle Andrew Demetriou says it's inevitable there will be AFL on Good Friday, and North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw says his club deserves to take part.