Judith Ireland, Rachel Browne Parents would be able to sublet their precious childcare places while they are on holiday or on maternity leave under a Productivity Commission idea that has been backed by the federal government.
Alexandra Smith, Rachel Browne A record number of NSW children sat for the selective schools placement test on Thursday: 13,930 children are in contention for 4188 spots.
Rachel Browne Families in parts of Sydney and Melbourne are still struggling to find childcare vacancies despite a surge in new providers and a record number of children in centres.
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Rachel Wells The Gillard government has announced it will increase the number of subsidised in-home childcare places by 17 per cent, but says providing rebates for nannies is a long way off.
Natalie O'Brien Sultan Aytacli is suddenly worried. ''My girls have been playing on artificial turf all their lives,'' says the mother of Suki, 9, and Claudia, 5. ''But we will be avoiding them now.''
John Garnaut In Guangzhou LATE on Thursday night Matthew Ng dropped his head to his hands and sobbed uncontrollably as defence lawyer Chen Youxi's closing submission reached its climax.
Mark Metherell AGED-CARE residents are paying bonds of more than $2 million to ensure places in sought-after nursing homes - relinquishing tens of thousands of dollars a year more than the amount needed to cover...
Kate McClymont Maria Goritsas's employers were horrified when she told them her tale of woe - that she had been falsely accused of shoplifting, held against her will and brutally manhandled by a Best & Less shop...
The gambling hub is turning itself inside out, writes David Humphries.
Setting out to recreate Charles Perkins' legendary Freedom Ride, the group was full of hope.
Bianca Hall, Dan Harrison Embattled Speaker Peter Slipper regularly spent more than $300 on limousine rides between his Sunshine Coast home and Brisbane airport, once making the trip three times in a single day, documents...
Chris Johnson Cabinet minister Bill Shorten secured an audience with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem because the Israelis were convinced he could one day be Australia's leader.
Bronwyn Thompson From the retro appeal of Baby Animals to the divine Clare Bowditch, we have your night out covered.
Craig Mathieson A time-travel movie shot on a straightened budget shot here in Australia is well worth seeing, reports Craig Mathieson.
New research shows divorces are more costly for Australian women than for men, and for longer periods, too.
Michael Shmith PRECEDE: The 100th birthday of the late great Melbourne photographer Athol Shmith falls in August. Michael Shmith revisits his father’s memorable body of work.
Lindsay Murdoch Gammy, a six-month-old baby abandoned by his Australian parents, could die because his impoverished Thai surrogate mother cannot pay for medical treatment for his congenital heart condition.
Brian Robins When is a contract not a contract? When it is with a power company, it seems.
Julia Medew Customs officers are looking out for sick people in Australian airports who could be carrying Ebola as fear mounts about the world’s largest outbreak of the deadly disease.