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Jessica Ashwood makes record-breaking return, setting Australian record in 1500 metres

11:03pm London Olympian Jessica Ashwood has made a record-breaking return home, setting an Australian and Australian all-comers record in the 1500 metres on the opening night of the Australian Short Course...

Union News

Sunwolves locked in, says SANZAR boss

Feelgood story: Japan players wave to the crowd after the Rugby World Cup Pool B match between USA and Japan at Kingsholm, Gloucester.

10:52pm New SANZAR chief executive Andy Marinos says he is 100 per cent certain new Japanese team the Sunwolves will be ready to go when they enter the Super Rugby competition next year.


Majak Daw's accuser claims he raped second girl

Former North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw outside the County Court on Monday with his sister, Sarah Daw.

TIMNA JACKS, RANIA SPOONER 10:19pm Former AFL footballer Majak Daw has been accused of raping a second girl while he was in high school.


Sydney Kings' season goes from bad to worse after Illawarra Hawks loss

Poor record: Sydney coach Damian Cotter has not enjoyed much success this season.

MITCH JENNINGS 10:06pm The return of star import Josh Childress wasn't enough to earn Sydney their first road win of the season with a 24-point performance from Kirk Penney sealing a 96-90 victory for Illawarra on their...


BG Group takes official control of Queensland LNG plant

ANGELA MACDONALD-SMITH 10:02pm BG Group has officially taken over the keys for its $US20.4 billion Queensland Curtis liquefied natural gas project, formally declaring the start of commercial operations.


Tireless voice for women with disabilities wins lifetime gong

MIKI PERKINS, SOCIAL AFFAIRS 10:00pm An car accident at age 19 left Keran Howe with spinal cord injuries, and she has been advocating for women with disabilities ever since.

Video National News

SA bushfires: 2 dead

9:52pm Two people are dead and three being treated for injuries as fires burn out of control in South Australia. Vision courtesy ABC 24.

Video Domain

The Block 2015 winners: auction final

ALISTAIR WALSH 9:49pm There were tears and tension at the five emotionally charged auctions in the Blocktagon final. Video by Alistair Walsh.

Media & Marketing

News Corp salvages NRL rights

Fox Sports to set to have Saturday exclusivity for the NRL.

MAX MASON AND DOMINIC WHITE 9:43pm The National Rugby League is poised to announce a historic rights agreement with Fox Sports, with the News Corp-owned pay-television broadcaster believed to have acquired the rights to the crucial...

AFL News

Adelaide's Kyle Cheney warned, ex-Dog Talia cleared by AFL over leaking game information

Formal warning: Kyle Cheney.

JAKE NIALL 9:38pm  An AFL investigation has cleared ex-Bulldog Michael Talia of any rule breaches for allegedly leaking game-sensitive information before a final but has issued a formal warning to Adelaide's Kyle...


Brussels schools, metro reopen as police hunt Paris attacks suspect

A woman and child pass by police officers as they arrive for school in the centre of Brussels.

THOMAS ESCRITT, PHILIP BLENKINSOP 9:34pm The lockdown has been lifted but troops on the street were a reminder Brussels remains on the highest alert.


Australia vs New Zealand: Cricketer escapes serious injury after head blow at pink-ball training

Australia players and staff surround an Adelaide club cricketer after he was struck on the head by a ball hit by all-rounder Mitch Marsh during a training session under floodlights at Adelaide Oval, in preparation for the pink-ball Test.

JESSE HOGAN An Adelaide club cricketer was examined by Cricket Australia medical staff and team officials after he was struck in the back of the head while bowling to the Australian team in their training...


SA fires: South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill confirms deaths

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

Two people have been confirmed killed in a bushfire burning out of control north of Adelaide.

League News

Super League stars deserve more respect in NRL circles

Steve Mascord

STEVE MASCORD Willie Mason is to join Glenn Stewart, Todd Carney and Frank Pritchard in Super League next year. Is it time the European competition tried to get a slice of the Australian market?

Video Domain

The Block 2015: Dean and Shay win

The Block 2015: Dean and Shay win (Thumbnail)

ALISTAIR WALSH Every couple on The Blocktagon won hundreds of thousands of dollars. Video by Alistair Walsh.

Climate Change

'Bad news for the planet' amid fresh temperature records

PETER HANNAM The past five years have been the hottest on record.


Domestic violence victims shouldn't need to leave their homes

There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to family violence.

TRACY HOWE We should not expect women to pack up and leave instead of the perpetrators of the violence against them.

SMH Editorial

Get a competition policy tune-up when the opportunity is there

We haven't had one for 22 years - when the benefit was an economy 2.5 per cent bigger and support for decades of prosperity.


The war on drugs is a war against our own children, friends and families

People use psychoactive drugs for many reasons from pleasure to masking psychological and physical pain.

GINO VUMBACA Our current drug laws largely penalise the young and poor, not the drug kingpins you'd expect.

SMH Letters

Culture should rate second to open space

I agree with Paul Keating's comments, that expansion of the Art Gallery of NSW into the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain should be resisted ("Gallery plan shows a harbour snobbery", November...


Paul Keating is wrong: the Art Gallery of NSW’s expansion keeps art at its core

Michael Brand dinkus

MICHAEL BRAND The Sydney Modern Project is a significant infrastructure project that provides an opportunity for the cultural transformation of this city and it should rightly be the subject of community...


Tax reform debate is full of rent seekers

BRIAN ANDREW There is too much attention being given to taxation reform in the current environment, likely at the expense of more appropriate ways to improve the productivity, resilience, levels of employment and...

ACT News

Canberra's Jessica May receives National Disability Award

Enabled Employment owner Jessica May has won a National Disability Award.

ALEXANDRA BACK A Canberra businesswoman has been honoured for her work connecting people with a disability with well-paid jobs.


Instead of yelling at us, ask Muslim women to join the discussion

MEHREEN FARUQI Women across the world are disproportionately affected by wars, armed conflicts and terrorism.

Column 8

Column 8

Richard Mackay's business card title ("Director of Possibilities", Column, since Monday), has been outdone.


Domestic violence is at plague proportions in the Pacific region

STEVEN CIOBO Just a few hours from our doorstep women in the Pacific face some of the highest levels of violence in the world.

WA News

Botanica bathroom trasher says video has 'destroyed her life'

Woman claims viral video has destroyed her life.

HEATHER MCNEILL AND JON SOLMUNDSON The woman at the centre of the infamous Botanica Bar and Bistro video says she's now living a nightmare after footage of her and a group of friends trashing a pub bathroom went viral on Tuesday.

ACT News

CIT end of year photographic exhibition

Members of the CIT community converge for the annual end of year photographic exhibition.

Video Football

Wanderers want to continue winning streak

Wanderers want to continue winning streak (Thumbnail)

Western Sydney will go in search of a fifth straight win at Central Coast this Sunday.


Cycling World Cup attracts stellar field

New Zealand's first track cycling World Cup event has attracted an impressive array of Olympic and world champions.


Lakemba White Ribbon march

Residents come out to watch Canterbury Bulldogs players and supporters take part in the White Ribbon Day March, through the streets of Lakemba. Visit -

AFL News

The Josh Dunkley dilemma: why Sydney opted out

Josh Dunkley was one of the most intriguing stories in Tuesday night's draft.

EMMA QUAYLE Why Josh Dunkley was passed up by Sydney at Tuesday's AFL draft.

WA News

WA couples abandoning church weddings, getting married older

More WA couples are turning to civil celebrants to officiate their weddings.

HEATHER MCNEILL The 2014 figures, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, showed church weddings made up about 20 per cent of Perth weddings compared to more than half of Australian weddings in...


Russian jet shot down: Second pilot picked up by Syrian army

The second Russian pilot who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey has been picked up by the Syrian army, Russia's ambassador to France says.


Third arrest over Dufty murder in Qld

Police are questioning a third person over the suspected murder of missing man Greg Dufty.


Video emerges of thousands of dying starfish on Moreton Island

KRISTIAN SILVA Thousands of starfish have died after being washed ashore on Moreton Island.

Video World News

Phuc Dat faked dat

Phuc Dat faked dat (Thumbnail)

The man known on the web as Phuc Dat Bich revealed on Wednesday that his name is indeed a hoax.

Latest News

The Block 2015: live coverage of the auctions

Caro Tahana at The Block auctions.

The Block live blog.


Qld man faces more child sex charges

A man who went missing after he was charged with child pornography offences is facing a dozen more charges.


Neil D'Costa and Chris Rogers question whether more could be done to honour memory of Phillip Hughes

Devastating loss: Phillip Hughes died two days after being hit on the head by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game last year.

TOM DECENT Phillip Hughes' long-time coach and mentor has questioned whether cricket administrators are doing "everything humanly possible" to ensure player safety and honour the memory of the late opener,...


Harper review competition law changes: what they mean for you

ANNA PATTY As a Myer retail worker of 35 years, Sue Barros has always found the days leading to Christmas particularly hectic.

Canberra Raiders

Canberra and the AIS could host multiple teams for Rugby League World Cup

DAVID POLKINGHORNE Chief executive backs Canberra as ideal venue for teams to prepare for World Cup.

ACT News

Paul Walshe takes out ACT Heart Foundation's Celebrity Challenge -

KATIE BURGESS Fourteen of Canberra's busiest people lost the combined weight of an industrial truck tyre to prove anyone can make time to improve their health.

Political News

Time to get real on reform plans: Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday.

MARK KENNY Malcolm Turnbull has called on business and the states for a "new dialogue on economic reform" in pursuit of meaningful change based on a "full and genuine buy-in".

AFL News

Charlie Dixon finds Port in a storm

CAROLINE WILSON For Charlie Dixon, the cultural and geographical distance from the Gold Coast to Port Adelaide was just one part of the long journey he has travelled from those dark days earlier this year.


Joel Elkes obituary: Founding figure of modern psychiatry

Joel Elkes.

BENEDICT CAREY Dr Joel Elkes helped doctors understand how brain chemistry shapes behaviour and published the first scientific trial of a medication for schizophrenia.

Public Service

Public service money makers: Defence has handed redundancy payments to people they have re-employed as contractors

PHILLIP THOMSON Inquiry told federal public servants walking out one door with package, and waltzing straight back in as contractors. On Australia's most expensive contracts.


Chris Cairns trial: Nervous wait begins for Cairns, Fitch-Holland as jury retires

KEVIN NORQUAY When water goes out ahead of a tsunami there is trepidation about it coming back in.

WA News

PayPass thefts: WA Police need to train more 'cybercops'


JON SOLMUNDSON PayPass theft leaves 'a trail a mile wide', but police don't have the resources to follow up each individual case, according to a WA cybercrime expert.

Political News

Australia becoming increasingly isolated on human rights: Gillian Triggs

Professor Gillian Triggs on Wednesday.

MICHAEL GORDON  The erosion of fundamental freedoms and overreach of ministerial discretion is leaving Australia increasingly isolated from international community standards, the president of the Human Rights...


Nine years for man who brought cocaine to Qld

A Spanish man who says he thought he was carrying money when he was stopped with 2.3kg of cocaine at Cairns Airport has been sentenced to nine years jail.

ACT News

Site for Molonglo Valley's first petrol station sells for $5.75m at auction

Auctioneer Andrew Cooley at Telstra Tower for an auction for a service station site at Weston Creek that sold for $5.75 million.

ALEXANDRA BACK A first petrol station for the Molonglo Valley is one step closer after its site was sold at auction on Wednesday for $5.75 million, well over the reserve.

WA News

Kimberley cops remove Facebook post bragging of 'granny' pot bust

Halls Creek cops faced heat on social media over a post celebrating a marijuana bust

JON SOLMUNDSON Kimberley police have pulled down a Facebook post boasting of a 50-gram cannabis bust on a 57-year-old woman in Halls Creek, after a heated online backlash.


The Age Cartoons, 26th November, 2015

Illustration Andrew Dyson

Fairfax Media's talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day.


Kicking Singapore out of Malaysian football helps nobody, shades of Wellington Phoenix situation

Jason Dasey dinkus

JASON DASEY Tuesday night's Malaysia Cup quarter-final underlined all that was good about Singapore's involvement, with a big crowd in Kuantan watching regional superstars such as Safuwan Baharudin and Faris...

AFL News

Eastlake coach Ben Waite says there's more Harrison Himmelbergs in pipeline for AFL draft

DAVID POLKINGHORNE  Demons' tough 2015 could reap rewards at next year's AFL draft.

ACT News

National Trust slams Northbourne Avenue heritage "call-in" moves

TOM MCILROY The National Trust has slammed fast tracked demolition plans for the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct, calling Planning Minister Mick Gentleman's decision...


Bids made for Windsor Hotel as planning dispute deepens

The Windsor is known as the Duchess of Spring Street.

AISHA DOW The owners of the Windsor Hotel say they have received a flood of offers of up to $130 million from those wanting to buy the heritage building.


Australia vs New Zealand: Players to share $1m in pink-ball prizemoney

New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan bowls with the pink ball in the nets at Adelaide Oval.

JESSE HOGAN Most of Australia's players will be in line for a bonus of at least $60,000 if they can avoid defeat in the inaugural day-night Test.

Banking & Finance

Super industry in the dark on 'fit and proper' guidance

ASFA chief executive Pauline Vamos said it was up to individual funds and their boards to interpret who is fit and proper to manage super funds.

SALLY ROSE AND SARAH THOMPSON The prudential regulator has refused to confirm or deny whether being an undisclosed and undischarged bankrupt should exclude an individual from being considered "fit and proper" to hold a senior...

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Brussels remains a ghost town

RAW VISION: Brussels was kept at its highest threat level for a second day on Sunday, with soldiers and armed police patrolling the streets.