James Robertson

James Robertson is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

'Ignorant people are very dangerous things'

James Robertson The Sumer brothers are not so much close as a single organism. Ask one a question and two others answer on his behalf. Jokes are told in relays that end in harmonised guffaws.

Gaza clashes intensify, Australians evacuating

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant Mohammed Sweilem, whom medics said was killed at an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Photo by Reuters

James Robertson Israel’s military offensive in Gaza entered a new and bloody phase, with ground troops deployed for the first time since military operations began last week and Australians preparing for...

Schapelle Corby is out of prison, but as the circus rolls on she is far from free

Schapelle Corby

Michael Bachelard, James Robertson If the saturation media interest in the fate of Schapelle Corby seems absurd, consider this: on Monday morning she was a prisoner in a walled compound in a tourist suburb of Bali.

Schapelle Corby's first night of freedom spent in resort

Schapelle Corby

Michael Bachelard, James Robertson Schapelle Corby has spent her first night of freedom about three kilometres from the jail she spent nine years in - but it would have felt a world away.

Indonesia bans Schapelle Corby from doing TV interview

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Michael Bachelard and James Robertson Local authorities threaten to revoke Schapelle Corby's parole and send her back to Kerobokan prison if she goes ahead with TV interview.

Rare public holiday line-up could mean a 10 day break

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James Robertson This month offers us an opportunity for work-avoidance on a scale not seen in more than a decade.

For Holden's workers, closure is a shock - but not a surprise

Daniel McDonald

James Robertson It was overcast in Elizabeth on Wednesday but it had been gloomy for months.

Football club affected if main sponsor Holden leaves

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James Robertson, Bianca Hall The Central District Bulldogs are the pride of a part of Adelaide that is tight-knit, poor and indivisible from car making.

Holden: poor part of Adelaide faces becoming even poorer

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James Robertson The Central District Bulldogs are the pride of a part of Adelaide that is tight-knit, poor and indivisible from car making.

Surge in charities prompts warning over donations

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James Robertson Australians registered more than 2000 tax-exempt charities last year, growth that some philanthropists warn is becoming counterproductive.

PNG policy working despite more boats: Burke

The sinking of the SIEV 358 asylum seeker boat last year.

James Robertson, Judith Ireland Immigration Minister Tony Burke says the government's PNG resettlement policy is working, despite recent boat arrivals including one in which five people are believed to have drowned on Tuesday.

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Car technology leads drivers to distraction

Car distractions

James Robertson As cars come packaged with more electronic devices, distracted drivers are contributing to more crashes across the state.

Stopping work early does not mean you die sooner: report

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Peter Martin, James Robertson It's known as ''quit and die'' - the belief that men who retire early die sooner. And it is said to be backed by evidence.

Release from detention provides small comfort to some asylum seekers

Portrait of Hasan Sahib a refugee from Iraq. He fills in his time by playing with his niece Maryam Hassain 5 as he does not have a job.

Daniel Flitton, James Robertson THOUSANDS of asylum seekers are struggling to live on as little as $31 a day, less money than the dole, camped in hostels and boarding houses across Australia with no access to government language...

Public holiday law an Almighty headache for taxpayers

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James Robertson Godly South Australians always thought Sunday was too far away and helped themselves to 50 more public holidays than the people of NSW. Now it's going to cost Australian taxpayers plenty.

Degrees of difficulty make it easier in long run

Stephen Summerhayes

James Robertson STEPHEN SUMMERHAYES has had a circuitous educational career. The 43-year-old came to his job in environmental science after a period of training that spanned four degrees.

'Time stood still, I just knew we had to do something'

Lauren Munro Bali bombing survivor

James Robertson A decade after the Bali bombings, he still needs to escape. Flying has been his therapy as well as his livelihood.

'Time stood still, I just knew we had to do something'

Lauren Munro

James Robertson IT'S perfectly still at the Forbes Aerodrome, but for the flies.

Spirit endures on Bali's sacred ground

'You get chills up your spine' ...Andrew Dobson's children, Natasha and Mathew, at the makeshift shrine in a Kuta car park.

Michael Bachelard, James Robertson For two siblings, visiting Kuta brings them closer to the father who never came home.

Holidaying medics called to the frontline in Kuta

James Robertson A COUPLE of hours before dawn on the first morning of her Bali holiday, Linda Hogg was woken by a phone call from her daughter.