Places

CBR 100 Challenge invites all comers to get fit and see Canberra

Sarah Connor Canberrans of all fitness levels are being encouraged to explore the Centenary Trail in the new CBR 100 event.

Proposal backs short-term sublet of childcare places

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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.

Selective high schools: record number compete for places

School

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.

Australian man reportedly charged with sexual abuse of twins born to Thai surrogate

Child abuse

An Australian father of twins born to a surrogate mother in Thailand has reportedly been charged with allegedly sexually abusing them, in the latest scandal to hit the controversial industry.

Trade union inquiry witnesses fear for safety, hearing told

CFMEU

Anna Patty and Nick Ralston Witnesses have admitted to holding back evidence to the royal commission into union corruption, fearing for the safety of family members.

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

Childcare.

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.

Russia may retaliate over fresh sanctions

Russia considering trade retaliation after fresh Australian sanctions over its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

David Wroe Russia says it will consider launching a trade retaliation after Australia slapped fresh sanctions on the Kremlin for its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.

Government to boost in-home childcare places

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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.

'This is supposed to be one of the safest places for children'

Claudia (pink) Reid play in Whites Creek valley park, Annandale on the artificial turf surface on Saturday 21st January 2012.

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.''

Ng's defiance places China on defensive

Chief defence lawyer Chen Youxi with Mr Ng's wife, Niki.

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.

Up to $2.6m demanded for nursing home places

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...

She worked in high places, but video kills cleaner's compo claim

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...

Star City places $760m bet on its future

The gambling hub is turning itself inside out, writes David Humphries.

Freedom Ride II a bit hurtful in places

Freedom Ride II a bit hurtful in places

Setting out to recreate Charles Perkins' legendary Freedom Ride, the group was full of hope.

One MP really going places

Opposition fires at PM over Slipper scandal (Thumbnail)

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...

Doors opened in Israel for Labor minister 'going places'

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.

Australian arrested in Sea Shepherd whale hunt protest

Sea Shepherd activists being arrested for obstructing a whale hunt in the Faroe Islands.

Andrew Darby An Australian filmmaker arrested in a Faroe Islands protest has described as horrendous a pilot whale hunt she was trying to prevent.

Black Dog Institute rejects dollars for chaplains proposal

One in five students is developing depression by the time they are 18.

Primrose Riordan Psychologists say the federal government's school chaplain proposal lacks the evidence compared to existing programs.

Bomber's buried treasure in dispute

Glenn Sanders

Cameron Houston and Jared Lynch Controversy haunts Glenn Sanders, even after his fiery death on a remote farm west of Geelong