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State's biggest water-bomber to take to skies

WA firefighters have been sent to British Columbia, where wildfires are a constant problem.

Pallavi Singhal 3:04 PM   The biggest plane ever used in NSW to water-bomb fires will be in action next bushfire season, the NSW Rural Fire Service has announced.

Boycott knighthoods and damehoods: Bob Carr

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Allison Worrall 1:08 PM   Australians should boycott knighthoods and damehoods by refusing to refer to knights and dames by their title, says former Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Judicial review into Bali Nine pair 'would not stop executions'

Holding out hope: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Jewel Topsfield 9:20 PM   A judicial review into the condemned Bali Nine members filed on Friday would not stop executions proceeding, according to a spokesman for Indonesian Attorney-General H.M Prasetyo.

Artist Colin Lanceley: 1938 - 2015

Artist Colin Lanceley at his Surry Hills studio in 2010.

John McDonald 5:49 PM   Colin Lanceley may have been disappointed but never deterred, as he was making art for all time, not for a season, says John McDonald.

Car registration costs to rise as refinery capacity disappears: inquiry hears

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Heath Aston 5:34 PM   Car owners could be forced to pay more for vehicle registration as a direct result of Australia's rapidly-vanishing capacity to refine crude oil.

Veterans Affairs public servants offered 0.6 per cent

Public servants demonstrating in Canberra in November last year.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   2000 department officials asked to take an effective pay cut, unions says.

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Just redress scheme for abuse victims may top $4.3b estimate

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Paul Bibby 4:58 PM   Providing just redress to victims of child sexual abuse could cost more than the $4.3 billion estimated by the Royal Commission, victims advocates say.

Success: MH17 crash site sunflower seeds germinate

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Paul McGeough 12:15 AM   Australian quarantine officials are 'cautiously optimistic' their trial planting of sunflower seeds taken from the MH17 crash site will produce enough seeds to distribute as mementos to families and friends of those who died in the crash.

New Crystal Hall entry for Australian Museum

Museum head Kim McKay, Deputy Premier Troy Grant and architect Rachel Neeson at the unveiling of the new design.

James Robertson   The face of the Australian Museum will be remade with a new glass entrance hall, a major contemporary addition to the country's first museum.

What now for Apple?

The mysterious Apple Watch will be available in April 2015.

Though iPhone and iPad sales may be plateauing life involving these devices as an all-purpose tool make Apple's future look rosy.

India has outlawed homosexuality. But it's better to be transgender there than in the US

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Rajesh Sampath 10:26 AM   In their quest for acceptance, transgender people have found it in an unexpected place – socially conservative South Asia.

'This is just insanity': four Nobel laureates let fly over Australian science funding

Four of Australia's most renowned scientists - Nobel Prize winners Elizabeth Blackburn, Brian Schmidt, Peter Doherty and Barry Marshall - spoke to The Australian Financial Review about their fears and concerns for Australian science.

PS compo battle over $19,956 breast surgery

Expensive option: Surgery.

Phillip Thomson   A public servant complained that a computer work injury sent bust size from DD to EE. A tribunal suggested Jenny Craig.

Martin Place siege inquest pulls back veil on what happened

Police on high alert during the Martin Place siege.

Paul Bibby, Louise Hall   Man Haron Monis's presence alongside the office workers, school kids and tourists in Martin Place on the morning of December 15 would barely have raised an eye-brow

US politician racked up $64,000 bill on an eight-day trip to Australia

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Peter Mitchell   An Australian defence industry association has the dubious honour of helping a US politician rack up the biggest travel bill for a US congressman in 2014.

Canberrans avoid "messy" bowel cancer tests

Ella Wallace's bowel cancer was treated successfully after early detection.

Emma Kelly   It's Australia's second biggest cancer killer. But many people are too embarrassed to test for it.

Pleas for compassion at Martin Place vigil

People gather in Martin Place for the Music for Mercy concert.

Michael Koziol   Of all the heartfelt pleas for compassion voiced in Martin Place on Thursday night, none was more moving than the words of Edith Visvanathan. 

Murdoch proves master graffitist

Prolific twitter user Rupert Murdoch.

Anne Davies 12:00 AM   Octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch's commanding of the Twittersphere this week shows the increasing influence of this social medium, in politics and other serious public forums.

DHS pay offer due within days

DHS employees are awaiting their pay offer.

Noel Towell   The Community and Public Sector Union has told its members that any deal will likely keep entitlement cuts.

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Duntroon workers win in redundancy payments

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Noel Towell   Dumped defence contractor Serco will have to pay hundreds of thousands in redundancies to up to 300 Canberra workers it sacked after losing the facilities contract for Defence sites around the capital.

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Apology to Sashini Senadeera

An article published on January 21 titled "Party animal and ladies' man, but still hungry for violence" referred to the IS fighter Mahmoud Abdullatif.

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

Department of Human Services associate secretary Ben Rimmer.

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

Six degrees of separation

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Michael Koziol 12:15 AM   Six degrees of separation of the week's news.

New Australian border force bootcamp ordered

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Noel Towell   Thousands of public servants at the Immigration Department and Customs a service will have to get physical if they want a job at the new "Australian Border Force".

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"I get overwhelmed very easily, and kind of anxious."

Melbourne singer Courtney Barnett plays the Laneway Music Festival on Sunday.

Peter Vincent 11:45 PM   When Courtney Barnett performs, she projects a kind of dorky-chick-with-a-guitar schtick. This is not some hipster affectation; she really is awkward off stage.

Lara Bingle and Kate Middleton are both six months pregnant

Lara Bingle.

Jenna Clarke   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.

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   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   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   The importance of goal-setting and keeping employees on track.