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Business leaders to face parliamentary inquiry on tax avoidance

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Heath Aston and Georgia Wilkins The heads of Australia's biggest companies and foreign multinationals, including Apple, Google and coal miner Glencore, are expected to be hauled in front of a parliamentary inquiry into tax...

Mount Everest 'coup of the century' remembered 30 years on

 Tim Macartney-Snape during the first Australian expedition to reach the summit of Mt Everest on October 3,  1984.

Mark Sawa Thirty years ago the first team of Australians conquered the world’s highest peak, a climb that had its genesis in the mountains near Canberra.

Scientists to use electricity to stun and survey dying Murray cod

Val Starr with one of the dead cod.

John Thistleton ACT environmental staff will be electrofishing Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin to investigate why large cod have been dying over the past fortnight.

Funding cuts for War Memorial

Ross Peake Documents released under Freedom of Information confirm the Australian War Memorial was given only brief notice that funding would be cut for its travelling exhibitions, the Labor Party says.

How dating scams target older people

Joan, who was a victim of an internet dating scam.

Julia May Older people are especially vulnerable to online dating scams yet in Australia there is little support for victims, reports Julia May.

Peep Tempel channel lost male world in Tales

Craig Mathieson Melbourne rock trio the Peep Tempel delve into a disappearing vernacular in their new album.

Sticky carpet

Mary Mihelakos Laneway Festival in February line-up boasts exclusive international acts as well as a stellar bill of other entertainers. Pre-sale tickets are available from October 8

Air strikes in Iraq tipped to start at weekend

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David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott is tipped to announce on Friday that Australia will begin combat operations against the Islamic State group, and air strikes are expected to begin at the weekend.

Complacency, amateur rules contributed to fatal glider collision, coroner finds

A host of factors: Andrew Ahern, who died in a glider collision last year.

Paul Bibby The mid-air collision between two gliders that claimed the life of a Sydney father occurred at a flying club whose members were "complacent", "overconfident" and seemingly confused by their own...

Young Australians arrive to deliver aid message to politicians

Jakob Glenn More than 350 passionate young people from around Australia rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday, condemning mooted cuts to foreign aid spending.

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

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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.

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

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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.

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.