Rachel Olding

Rachel Olding

Rachel Olding is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Control orders 'must be extended' to avoid Paris-style attack in Australia

Rachel Olding and David Wroe Authorities will need wider powers if Australia is to avoid a Paris-style terrorist attack.

Terror attacks: France pursues new laws similar to Australia's

Rachel Olding The French government will move to introduce new powers that mirror Australia's widely debated control orders and dual citizenship legislation in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Government to pursue Asia links in war on terror

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan will announce strengthened intelligence-sharing between Australia and Asian nations in the fight against Islamic State.

Rachel Olding The federal government will seek greater collaboration with Asian nations as Australia faces a "generational" battle to stamp out terrorism and radicalisation.

Paris Attacks: Australian authorities urged to take stock and bolster resources

Stray bullets hit buildings adjacent to the La Belle Equipe cafe in Paris.

Rachel Olding Australian police and intelligence agencies have been urged to take stock, bolster resources and undertake training exercises for mass terrorist attacks similar to the Paris tragedy.

Mafia history of Gino and Mark Stocco's alleged victim Rosario Cimone revealed

Mark and Gino Stocco

Rachel Olding, Lisa Visentin The long-awaited capture of father and son fugitives Gino and Mark Stocco has taken another bizarre twist with links emerging to the Italian mafia, long-term cannabis cultivation and a...

Stocco hideout property caretaker Rosario Cimone had links to drugs, organised crime


Rachel Olding, Ava Benny-Morrison and Nick Ralston The caretaker found dead on the property where father and son fugitives Gino and Mark Stocco were arrested was believed to have past organised crime links.

The information that led police to Gino and Mark Stocco's final hideout

Police arrested Gino and Mark Stocco at a property near Dunedoo.

Rachel Olding A sighting of an abandoned ute in dense bushland and a missing persons report in Sydney were the two key developments that led police to Gino and Mark Stocco's final hideout.

Missing man's body found after arrest of Gino and Mark Stocco near Dunedoo

Gino and Mark Stocco arrested (Thumbnail)

Ava Benny-Morrison, Rachel Olding and Nick Ralston Police have found the decomposed body of a missing man on the remote property used as Gino and Mark Stocco's final hideout.

Gino and Mark Stocco caught by police in Dunedoo

Mark and Gino Stocco

Rachel Olding Father and son fugitives Gino and Mark Stocco have been caught by police in Dunedoo in central western NSW. 

Muslim woman told to leave a Noosa RSL for wearing hijab

Tewantin-Noosa RSL denied that hijabs were banned items.

Rachel Olding After a successful start to a national badminton competition, Hijran and her teammates thought a meal out together would be a nice way to celebrate. A Noosa RSL had different ideas.

Possible sighting of father-and-son fugitives Mark and Gino Stocco

Father and son fugitives Mark and Gino Stocco

Rachel Olding A possible sighting of father-and-son fugitives Mark and Gino Stocco has sent police racing towards southern NSW.

The two calls that ASIO believe turned Omar Chandab into a terror threat

Omar Chandab, Melbourne father-of-four, who was prevented from flying to do the Hajj last week and then had his passport cancelled.

Rachel Olding Omar Chandab renewed his Australian passport just two months ago. When he arrived at the airport last week, something had changed.

Religious leaders rally against 'warped and tainted' compassion in refugee crisis

Religious leaders speak at a press conference on Syria air strikes and the refugee crisis.

Rachel Olding Muslim community leaders have sat side-by-side with Christian leaders, refugee advocates and civil libertarians to lament the "warped and tainted" compassion being offered by the government in...

Launch of audit reveals government's ignorance about school prayer groups

Abdullah Trad, 19, teaches scripture in primary schools.

Rachel Olding A counterterrorism investigation that sparked an audit of school prayer groups this week has highlighted how little the government knows about voluntary religious groups in NSW classrooms.

Principals urged to report extremist behaviour to NSW Government hotline

Premier Mike Baird in Sydney on Tuesday

Emma Partridge, Rachel Olding Public school principals are being urged to call a dedicated hotline if they suspect extremist behaviour, following the announcement of a state-wide audit of student prayer groups.

Adam Brookman: prosecution might be difficult, says security expert

Adam Brookman.

Nick McKenzie, Michael Bachelard, Rachel Olding The first Australian to return from Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria might be difficult to prosecute despite the intense political interest in seeing him arrested and charged.

The one thing missing from the government's long-term counter-terrorism strategy

Rachel Olding The Abbott government's long-term counter-terrorism strategy is missing one thing, experts say: the strategy itself.

Right-wing extremism equal to Muslim radicalisation, say academics

Anti-Islam protesters will rally at Parliament House today.

Rachel Olding Right-wing extremism is emerging as an equal, if not greater, threat than Muslim radicalisation in Australia and multiculturalism is "close to death" at a federal level, academics have told a...

Bans on smoking and poor living conditions may spark riots, bosses warned

Rachel Olding Prison bosses in NSW have been given repeated warnings that smoking bans, crammed prison cells and terrible conditions may spark a riot similar to events in Victoria.