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Dentist dreams of cloning John Lennon

Andrew Masterson 12:15am Cloning could have its uses in the beef cattle industry, but why recreate a deceased Beatle or woolly mammoth?

Booming Sydney carries struggling national economy

Lead role: Sydney is driving the national economy.

MATT WADE The economy of greater Sydney expanded 4.3 per cent in 2013-14 – its fastest growth rate in 14 years.

Timbercorp liquidators seek to remove Andrew Wily as bankruptcy trustee for Peter Holt

Adele Ferguson dinkus Dinkus

ADELE FERGUSON 12:15am Timbercorp’s liquidators have applied to the court to remove Sydney insolvency specialist Andrew Wily as bankruptcy trustee of banned financial adviser Peter Holt. It is the latest twist in the already-complex saga of Timbercorp, post-collapse.

Editorial cartoon


The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of The Herald's editorial cartoonist.

Sticky Carpet


11:45pm Sticky Carpet

Water consumption in the ACT continues to rise

Running taps, tap, tapwater, water, supply, drip, drink, plumbing, thirst, generic, stock

11:45pm Household water consumption remains among the highest in the country even though total water consumption per capita was the lowest of all states.

Australian teen cleared of methanol poisoning in Bali

Experience stands as a warning: Jason Tuckwell of Stockton became sick while on schoolies in Bali after drinking what was believed to be methanol.

AMY MCNEILAGE 9:22pm Jackson Tuckwell, the Australian teenager thought to have suffered methanol poisoning in Bali, was jubilant on Wednesday night as he celebrated his 18th birthday out on the town.

Call for airlines to follow Virgin in granting domestic violence leave

Virgin Australia

ANNA PATTY 5:41pm Airlines are being urged to follow the example of Virgin Australia in its introduction of domestic violence leave for staff.

GP-tax: a study in chaos management

Mark Kenny dinkus

MARK KENNY 9:39pm Opinion For the fourth time this week, the Abbott government has resorted to sophistry as it muddles around trying to disguise what many are now calling policy chaos.Liberals and Nationals that is.You would think their leadership would know better, given the low rate of success to date.

ABC workers consider industrial action over failure to fairly consult

Fair go: MEAA federal secretary Christopher Warren says ABC's management approach is causing distress to workers.

NICK TOSCANO 5:42pm ABC workers in Melbourne and Sydney are prepared to launch industrial action unless management backs down from redundancy plans.

Mixed views of Woolworths among analysts

Meals to go: Woolworths is eyeing a possible hot food delivery service.

STEPHEN CAUCHI 5:42pm Woolworths' stock has very mixed appeal among analysts despite the positive news that came out of the company's AGM.

Dr Martin Parkinson slams big business for calling for cut to the corporate tax rate

Dr Martin Parkinson

GARETH HUTCHENS 7:30pm Australians need to start talking more about the trade-offs we have to make to achieve important economic objectives, Dr Parkinson says.

GP tax confusion highlights split in Coalition

Treasurer Joe Hockey insists the government still intends to bring the GP co-payment proposal before Parliament.

MARK KENNY 9:15pm Differences within federal Cabinet over budget policy versus political strategy have raised speculation of tensions between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday November 27

Canberra Mornings Live blog.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN 7:00am Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

SISTER2sister: Teen mentoring program needs money to expand

Kathy Madell (left) was a big sister for Lyndsey-Fay Macnaught in the SISTER2sister program in 2010.

NICKY PHILLIPS Lyndsey-Fay Macnaught was on the verge of quitting school at 15 when she met highly successful corporate banker Kathy Madell as part of a mentoring program for vulnerable teenage girls.

ACCC warns on cartel law changes


GEORGIA WILKINS The consumer watchdog has warned Australia's cartel laws would be significantly weakened under proposed changes to competition rules. 

Banksia Securities shareholders' lawyers restrained over conflicts of interest


GEORGIA WILKINS The Supreme Court has moved to restrain two lawyers representing Banksia Securities victims due to conflicts of interest.

James Hardie asbestos compensation fund's bid to pay victims in instalments faces ACTU legal action

Asbestos-related disease support groups fear for the future.

NICK TOSCANO Unions will launch legal action against a bid by James Hardie's asbestos compensation fund to start paying victims in instalments rather than lump sums.

Best of the world - November 27, 2014

A paramilitary policeman performs martial arts at a training base in Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous region, November 20, 2014. Picture taken November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.

Rob Galea, the pop star priest

Father Rob Galea outside his church in Shepparton.

JULIA MAY Rob Galea has an international audience for his songs and often gets mobbed on the street. But mostly he spends his time being a Catholic priest in Shepparton. Julia May meets the cleric with cool.

Call for Royal Commission into Defence abuse


DAVID WROE Alleged rapists and sexual abusers are likely to still be serving in the Defence Force.

Fact check November 27

Fact Checker: Mostly False

AISHA DOW Planning Minister Matthew Guy's claim the Coalition's 2011 wind farm planning laws were not preventing wind farms from being constructed is mostly false.  

Veteran ABC producer Sue Spencer calls it a day at Four Corners

Resigned: ABC's <i>Four Corners</i> executive producer Sue Spencer will end her tenure.

Anne Davies Veteran Four Corners executive producer Sue Spencer has announced to staff she will retire in March, as the impact of the latest cuts continues to ricochet through the national broadcaster.

All aboard HMAS Canberra, the Royal Australian Navy's biggest ship

The HMAS Canberra is the largest ship  built for the Royal Australian Navy

PETER MUNRO So it's big: weighing 27,500 tonnes and stretching 230 metres long and 32 metres wide. Bigger than four Olympic-sized swimming pools. Bigger than eight standard-sized blue whales, if they happened to be lined up on the flight deck head to fluke.

Abbott government plans to scrap the National Water Commission as drought looms

The Productivity Commission will conduct five-yearly audits of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

PETER HANNAM The Abbott government has been accused of “complacency gone mad” over plans to abolish the National Water Commission.

Global Drug Survey 2015: pros and cons of internet drug trade

The Global Drug Survey will seek to find out the pros and cons of the internet drug trade.

HARRIET ALEXANDER Does the internet drug marketplace encourage people to try drugs who otherwise would not?

Bali 'methanol poisoning': Jackson Tuckwell's mother tells of ordeal

Jason Tuckwell got sick in Bali after drinking what was believed to be methanol.

Sam Rigney The mother of a Stockton teenager who suffered suspected methanol poisoning while celebrating schoolies in Bali has warned of the dangers of drink-spiking on the popular tourist island.

Julia Gillard's royal commission submission: Counsel assisting responds

Former prime minister Julia Gillard,

ANNA PATTY The counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions has agreed that former prime minister Julia Gillard's conduct as a lawyer may not have prevented her former boyfriend's misuse of a slush fund linked to the Australian Workers Union.

Coal not the cure for developing world's energy needs, Citi group says


STEPHEN CAUCHI Despite industry optimism about the role of coal in developing regions, United States financial services group Citi has a bearish outlook on the commodity.

Freya Newman avoids conviction for leaking Frances Abbott scholarship details

Freya Newman

PAUL BIBBY No conviction recorded against Freya Newman, as magistrate accepts she was motivated by a sense of injustice, although that did not excuse her conduct.