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Hillsong Church to come under scrutiny at royal commission into child sex abuse

RACHEL BROWNE 3:09pm The popular Hillsong Church will come under the scrutiny of the child sexual abuse royal commission when it examines Australia's pentecostal institutions at its next public hearing in October.

AGNSW volunteers vital, but technology means roles must change

Chris Aronsten.

Chris Aronsten 10:33am The arrival of complex software for ticketing, meant those using it had to do so on a daily basis writes Chris Aronsten.


Live: Anti-terrorism raids across Sydney and Brisbane


Amy McNeilage, Megan Levy 11:29am Hundreds of police have carried out pre-dawn raids across Sydney in the nation's biggest counter-terrorism operation. Fairfax Media understands police will allege planning had begun to kidnap a random person from the streets of Sydney's CBD, behead them and drape them in the Islamic State flag. Follow all the latest news as it develops.

Terrorism raids carried out across Sydney, Brisbane


Nick Ralston, Megan Levy 2:18pm Police are carrying out counter-terrorism raids across western Sydney and Brisbane's south, the largest of their kind in Australian history.

Ceasefire talks offer chance of lasting peace in Gaza

Colin Rubenstein.

Colin Rubenstein 12:47pm While the use of Australian military personnel to help destroy the Islamic State has grabbed attention, another critical battleground in the quest for Middle East peace has slipped from view.

Man committed suicide six days after brother's unsuccessful plea for help


CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 11:30pm Peter Zovak's brother begged ACT mental health to get help for his severely depressed, hallucinating, despondent sibling six days before he eventually took his life.

Struggle to rein in Japan's plans for a new 'scientific' whaling program

Three minke whales dead on deck the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean on January 6, 2014.

ANDREW DARBY 11:06pm International dispute developing at International Whaling Commission meeting to mesh landmark court ruling with future permits.

Explosive allegations in baby Gammy saga

Gammy, the baby born to a Thai surrogate mother to a West Australian couple.

TAMMY MILLS 10:56pm There was a frenzied scramble to offload baby Gammy when he was born, including offering him to a Victorian couple to suggesting he should be abandoned on the steps of a temple.

Harmonie German Club boots out rebels

Harmonie Club.

John Thistleton and Emma Kelly 2:14pm Harmonie German Club committee members resign amid uproar at meeting.

Sharrouf family firm shut over terror funding fears

Suspended: The Bisotel Rieh headquarters in Lakemba.

Nick Ralston, Emma Partridge and David Wroe 10:09pm A Lakemba money transfer business owned by the sister and brother-in-law of convicted Sydney terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been suspended amid concerns it was sending millions of dollars to the Middle East to finance terrorism.

Union fears job losses as Telstra takes over Medicare, Centrelink call centres

Telstra will

NOEL TOWELL Telstra will start taking over Centrelink and Medicare call centre services from the federal government in six weeks as the CPSU warns of job cuts.

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Police seek witnesses over death of 'little angel' girl, 8, on ride at Royal Adelaide Show

Adelene Leong

A girl flung to her death from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show was the "little angel" of her mother's heart.

'Breast cancer gene' lawyers launch appeal to High court

Yvonne D'Arcy, who is appealing the decision to allow the patenting of the

ERYK BAGSHAW Cancer advocates are taking "the breast cancer gene" case to the High Court in a last-ditch effort to overturn a controversial decision by the Federal Court.

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Australian climber Michael Taylor dies after 300m fall from Canada's Sky Pilot Mountain

Canadian glacier.

Peter Mitchell The 'inexperienced' mountaineer from Melbourne fell from the glacier as his friend watched in horror.

Risky business: China dumps our dirty coal


Brian Robins, Peter Ker Hunger for Australian coal helped power the nation through the global financial crisis. That appetite ended on Tuesday. Brian Robins and Peter Ker report

Fears grow missing boy William Tyrell may have been abducted from Kendall

William Tyrell vanished from the front yard of his grandparent's house in Kendall and was last seen wearing a Spider-Man suit.

Rachel Olding and Megan Levy Police have widened their search for a three-year-old boy missing on the NSW mid-north coast to any unknown people who may have come into the tiny town of Kendall.

Community councils not ready to commit to light rail


JOHN THISTLETON Community Councils want to see details on light rail plan.

Jakarta Embassy death: Australia cleared of liability for compensation


Noel Towell and Michael Bachelard Security guard crushed by motorised security gate not Commonwealth's responsibility.

Secret Victorian search powers extended to fight terrorism


TAMMY MILLS Victorian police could be able to remotely add, delete and copy data in a computer if they think it could prevent a terrorist act.

One in five say drunk women partly to blame for rape, survey finds

About 80 per cent of people agreed that it was hard to understand why women stayed in violent relationships.

MIKI PERKINS A VicHealth survey of violence against women has produced some alarming findings.

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Tightening of parole leads to drop in crime figures


RANIA SPOONER The Victorian Adult Parole Board has conceded that 60 criminals released on parole were convicted for 97 serious violent or sexual offences in the year to June 2014.

MP Cesar Melhem's future unclear after royal commission slush fund revelations

Victorian Labor MP Cesar Melhem.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Victorian Labor MP faces an uncertain political future with Labor leader refusing to fully back the embattled MP over his handling of union slush fund.

The recognition movement must unify or it will fail

SMH editorial dinkus

This week the Australian government is being run from a make-shift bush camp on the Gove Peninsula in Arnhem Land, a region known as Yolngu.

MH17 families denied full compensation by Malaysia Airlines, lawyers say

News: 24th July 2014.Memorial for Liliane Delfina Derden. Daughter Chelsea Gibson. The Canberra Times. Photo by: Jamila Toderas

NICK MILLER Exclusive: Bereaved families grieving from the loss of their loved ones on flight MH17 are being denied the compensation they are owed by Malaysia Airlines.

Bikies using legal substances in thriving steroid trade

NINO BUCCI A thriving bikie steroid trade has been uncovered during a national investigation into links between legal chemical businesses and the manufacture of illicit drugs.

Assistant Minister David Kempton's luxury junket provided by wind farmer

Image from the website of remote luxury retreat Crystalbrook.

RORY CALLINAN A Queensland assistant minister did not declare hospitality at a proposed luxury resort site owned by a wind farm developer despite spruiking the wind farm, defending its developers and officiating at the resort’s opening.

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Restaurant review: Acclaimed Greek family returns to serve patrons

Dolmathes: Vine leaves are stuffed to bursting with nicely seasoned warm rice and mince, and served with a fresh creamy sauce that really adds to the dish.

Catriona Jackson Catriona Jackson has a Greek feast at Plaka restaurant in Dickson and finds well-made, authentic food in a friendly family atmosphere.

Al Pacino nearly missed standout Godfather role

Al Pacino, as Micheal Corleone, in The Godfather: Part II

Joanna Di Mattia Al Pacino was not Paramount studios' first choice to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy.

Australian flag-change champions aflutter ahead of Scottish independence vote

Outdated? The Australian flag.

PATRICK BEGLEY Flag change campaigner Fred Rieben is hoping a break-away Scotland could alter not only the Union Jack but Australians' attitudes towards their own banner.

Coles, Woolworths in cereal recall over glass fears


BEAU DONELLY Australia's two biggest supermarkets have issued an urgent recall of their homebrand cereals because they may contain pieces of glass.