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TV & Radio

Jon Stewart tells Amy Schumer she made 'right call' turning down Daily Show job

EMILY YAHR 1:25am Amy Schumer appeared on one of Jon Stewart's final episodes of the Daily Show to talk about the hosting gig, and her friendship with Jennifer Lawrence.

Health & Fitness

Young fathers have a higher chance of dying in middle age, study finds

PATRICIA REANEY 1:14am Men who become fathers by 22 have a 26 per cent higher risk of dying in middle age than older first-time dads, a major study of 30,500 men finds.

Government IT

Revealed: Australian government pays hefty price to keep outdated Windows operating systems secure

Microsoft discontinued support for the popular Windows XP operating system in April 2014.

HANNAH FRANCIS 1:11am Federal government departments pay Microsoft millions to continue to support their use of outdated operating systems.


NAPLAN 2015: Education chiefs warn students are not improving

Children at Alphington Primary school sitting the Naplan test.

ALEXANDRA SMITH 1:00am  The literacy and numeracy skills of Australian students have stagnated since the controversial NAPLAN tests were introduced in 2008.


NAPLAN: Education chief warns students not improving

Year 6 students Holly, Nobel, Andrew and Joshua from Harrisfield Primary School in Noble Park. The school has performed well in NAPLAN.

ALEXANDRA SMITH, HENRIETTA COOK 1:00am Students have failed to significantly improve their literacy and numeracy scores in NAPLAN since the controversial tests were introduced in 2008, the head of the Australian Curriculum and Reporting...


Queensland still behind, but improving in NAPLAN

The Queensland Government is pleased with the progress made by the state's students in the 2015 NAPLAN results.

AMY REMEIKIS 1:00am Queensland has won the equivalent of the encouragement award in the annual NAPLAN wash up.

Good Living

How to make a dark wall work

'I love a dark wall' post.

JANE LEDGER For most of us, painting walls in a dark hue is a big step. We prefer white walls and the lightness that comes from bright and open spaces.


ISPT sells Cranbourne land, winds up fund

SIMON JOHANSON A 47-hectare site in a burgeoning housing development pocket about 45 kilometres south-east of Melbourne is being offered by ISPT.

ACT News

ACT kids improve already top NAPLAN results

Students at the Wanniassa School junior campus. ACT Education Minister Joy Burch said the ACT had ranked first or equal first in grammar and punctuation, and numeracy across all year levels since 2009.

EMMA MACDONALD The ACT has posted its best literacy and numeracy performance of recent years – coming top or equal top in 18 of 20 domains.


Downsizers 'turning market', targeting leafy suburbs

PHILIP HOPKINS Veteran architect Tom Jordan was surprised by the response to a new project in Ivanhoe: the demand by "empty nesters" for bigger, three-bedroom apartments was overwhelming.


Dixon Group snaps up another two pubs

SIMON JOHANSON The expansive Dixon Hospitality Group has added another two venues to its growing pub business, taking control of the Middle Park and Newmarket hotels.


Demand for suburban office booms

GENERIC - office workers, business confidence, employment, eco data, queensland, brisbane, workers, property, building, realestate

MARC PALLISCO An enthusiastic investor has paid $10.6 million for an Armadale office that exchanged just a year ago for $7.9 million.

TV & Radio

What's on TV Wednesday: Bates Motel

Ben Pobjie dinkus

BEN POBJIE Bates Motel shares with the incredible Hannibal the premise of prequel to a legendary movie monster's story.


Lee Lewis wants The Bleeding Tree to spark legislation rewrite on domestic violence

ELISSA BLAKE New Australian play "The Bleeding Tree" wants to galvanise audiences to action over the punishing of domestic violence victims who kill their abuser in self-defence.  


Market Wrap: Private investor pays $5.8m for a vacant warehouse

A St Kilda Road office/studio sells for more than $300,000 above reserve.

Vacant office warehouse in 97-101 Tope Street has been snapped up with a view to refurbishing as an office in the near future.

Comment & Analysis

James Packer bets on cyber security to grow fortune

Elizabeth Knight

ELIZABETH KNIGHT At the heart of it James Packer is an entrepreneur and now he is eyeing cyber security.


Office tenants move off St Kilda Road strip

NICOLE LINDSAY Tenants who once rented space in St Kilda Road were opting for B-grade buildings off the strip.

The Economy

Lower Australian dollar buoys exporters' spirits

Exporters are expecting better business ahead.

MARK MULLIGAN The lower Australian dollar is lifting exporters' spirits while broadening their horizons, according to a survey by logistics group DHL.


Ashes to Ashes, Suncorp's Patrick Snowball sees plenty of reasons for optimism

Colin Kruger - CBD dinkus

COLIN KRUGER Former British tank commander Patrick Snowball offered Suncorp investors a note of optimism - depending on which side you support in the Ashes.

Comment & Analysis

Reserve Bank's rate cut cycle may be over

Malcolm Maiden

MALCOLM MAIDEN The Reserve Bank is still on hold, but its latest statement hints that the cycle of rate cuts it initiated almost four years ago might be over.


Mullum Music Festival's line-up revealed – it's coming from everywhere

BERNARD ZUEL Small but perfectly formed festival returns.


Best of the world - August 5, 2015

A little red panda  takes a rest on a hot summer day with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit)  at the  zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images from around the globe.

Art & Design

Victorian arts organisations take fears of collapse to Senate inquiry

SONIA HARFORD Excellence may be in the eye of the beholder, according to key Victorian arts figures.


Doncaster sale sets suburb record

400 GEORGE ST .  AFR .  980618 .  PIC BY VIRGINIA STAR .  Saved In Property .  980619 .  Generic Pic Of 400 George St Sydney .  Building .

NICOLE LINDSAY An off-shore developer has paid $7.2 million for a 1612 square metre site in Doncaster, setting a new land record for the suburb.

The Hermit

If Winter comes, can the Ekka be far behind?

A day at the Ekka is full of surprises.

BILL O'CHEE The chill winds of late July and August have us diving into the cupboards, looking for that extra pullover.


NSW Liberal president quits to take Star casino job

SEAN NICHOLLS NSW Liberal Party president Chris Downy has resigned to take up a senior executive role with The Star casino in Pyrmont.


Best of the world

A little red panda  takes a rest on a hot summer day with temperatures up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit)  at the  zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The best pictures from the international wire services as chosen by the Picture Editors at the Sydney Morning Herald. Follow us at


Edith Macefield's famous 'Up' house is to be preserved, but at a different location

The iconic house in Seattle, which Edith Macefield lived in for more than 60 years up to her death.

PAULINE MORRISSEY The late Edith Macefield's Seattle home, known to many as the '"Up" house, is to be moved and preserved.


Editorial cartoon

editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of The Sydney Morning Herald's editorial cartoonists.


Low-rise St Kilda Road apartment owners ready to sell out

NICOLE LINDSAY The 19 owners of a 1940s apartment complex on St Kilda Road have banded together to put their major land holding to market.

Political News

Cut negative gearing, trim capital gains tax concession and save $9 billion, Parliamentary Budget Office says

PETER MARTIN Limiting negative gearing to new properties and cutting the discount on capital gains tax would save the budget $9 billion over four years, the Parliamentary Budget Office has found.


Royal commission can shine a light on ‘forgotten’ people

Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age.  Brian McNair uses the services of Open Place. Brian was abused as a chld at a childrens home. Open House provides support services to Forgotten Australians (people who were neglected or abused as children while in out-of-home care). 11TH DECEMBER 2014

SIMON GARDINER Many Australians still bear the scars of abuse, growing up as wards of the state.


It's LinkedIn, not Tinder: Brisbane woman sheds light on sleazy messages

Tayor Henderson's profile picture on LinkedIn.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Margate property manager Taylor Henderson joined social network LinkedIn to make business contacts and promote her work. She did not expect to fend off unwanted advances from men.


Investors sell down Federation Centres

The Glen shopping centre, Melbourne, is one of Federation's main assets.

CAROLYN CUMMINS Federation Centres has seen more than 6 per cent wiped off its share price since the board ousted the incumbent chief executive Steven Sewell on Monday morning.


The politics of racism are flourishing in Australia

Reclaim Australia rally in Sydney.

SUSIE LATHAM Racist groups have always existed on the fringes of Australian society but lack of national political leadership could propel bigotry into the mainstream.


Federation: A billionaire's dummy spit?

Carolyn Cummins - dink - dinkus - thumbnail

CAROLYN CUMMINS No matter who you talk to, they all have the same verdict: the Federation Centre's board knew Steven Sewell's management style for three years, so why now?


Kings Cross Centre sold for $37 million

Kings Cross Centre sold to a private trust for $37.3m through LJ Hooker Commercial Sydney.

CAROLYN CUMMINS Investors are using the low and unchanged interests rates to start to the new financial year on a busy note with the sale of the Kings Cross Centre, Potts Point for $37.3 million.


In the Herald: August 5, 1912

HARRY HOLLINSWORTH We delve back into our news files.


Editorial cartoon

editorial cartoon

A collection of sketches from The Sydney Morning Herald's editorial cartoonist.


Can you make $1m from $1?


CAROLINE JAMES Dirt-cheap start-ups make some lucky entrepreneurs filthy rich.


Ever claimed a chopper ride?

Having a clear expenses policy in place can make it easier to justify a decision to disallow a claim or discipline a staffer who's tried it on.

SYLVIA PENNINGTON Plenty of people claim dodgy expenses. What's your best example?


Will the Olympics be a boon or burden for Beijing and Tokyo?

Performers in Beijing cheering ahead of the announcement of the winner city for the 2022 Winter Olympics bid.

WILLIAM PESEK There is a good chance Tokyo and Beijing will soon wish they had followed Boston in abandoning their bids to play Olympics host.

Canberra Life

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Young actress's collectible garters

IAN WARDEN In Melbourne on 30 July 1915 there was an enormous fund-raising support-the-troops Australia Day

Canberra Life

In the mood

The Royal Military College Band perform at Canberra Theatre

IAN WARDEN The Royal Military College Big Band made a witty and topical reference to the Bronwyn Bishop imbroglio in the choice of one of its numbers for Tuesday's Music At Midday concerts at the Canberra...


New Speaker, and new approach, needed

ROBIN FITZSIMONS There is to be a change of Speaker. There is to be an inquiry into parliamentary entitlements. But surely an inquiry we must have now is on how to entrench the independence and impartiality of the...


National Capital Plan changes are a travesty

JULIET RAMSAY The National Capital Authority's proposed changes to the National Capital Plan as it pertains to City Hill and West Basin is a travesty being forced on Canberra.


Movies: In Hollywood, reboots are now revisits, remakes, resets or reimaginings

ADAM W. KEPLER What's the difference between a remake, a reboot, a reimagining and all the other terms filmmakers use? Here's a guide.


World Swimming Championships: Rachelle Simpson wins gold in 20m high dive final

The United States won gold and silver in women's high diving at the world championships on Tuesday as Rachelle Simpson beat defending champion Cesilie Carlton to the top spot.

ACT News

Assembly Speaker warned against husband's overseas travel

TOM MCILROY Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne received advice warning her not to take her husband on an overseas trip.

Public Service

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd says 'people stuck in system for years'

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd.

PHILLIP THOMSON Public service reforms: more irregular workers, speeding up sackings and giving dodgy staff less time to play with.

ACT News

Travel dispute centres on whether ACT Speaker travel governed by ACT Assembly rules

ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne: Serious security concerns for the London Circuit building.

KIRSTEN LAWSON The dispute between ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne and ACT Legislative Assembly clerk Tom Duncan centres around whether Mrs Dunne's trip to Malaysia in April falls under ACT Assembly travel rules.

ACT News

Estimates report calls for certainty on whether stamp duty is staying or going

KIRSTEN LAWSON An Assembly inquiry has called for more certainty about the future of stamp duty on house sales in Canberra, inquiry chairman Brendan Smyth describing it as "a very strange tax that's been...

ACT News

Canberra small businesses welcome flexibility, lower penalty rates on Sundays

ANU student Alan Babaei says reducing penalty rates takes away the incentive of putting weekends aside to work.

JOHN THISTLETON, KIRSTEN LAWSON AND LIN YIN Winners and losers in workplace overhaul.

ACT News

Private schools to report critical incidents

Over the long term, public schools have lifted standards of educational attainment.

EMMA MACDONALD From next year, all critical incidents at private schools in Canberra will need to be reported to the ACT Education Directorate.

Public Service

Homework deadline looms for department bosses: Digital reform plans due by September

Digital Transformation Office chief executive Paul Shetler.

PHILLIP THOMSON Are departments rushing their online revolution? One expert says 'yes'.

Public Service

Longer APS hours a waste of time: Productivity Commission

Canberra mandarins would do better to look to technology for genuine productivity gains delivered through better performance of departments'

NOEL TOWELL Departments need to get hard-headed on public service slackers, says commission

ACT News

Six ACT Health services receive accreditation despite earlier concerns

HENRY BELOT Six ACT Health services have been granted three-year accreditation despite the loss and curtailing of some services at the Canberra Hospital.

Public Service

Canberra's 18,000 empty desks cost the taxpayer $5000 a pop

Canberra already has one of the highest office vacancy rates in the country.

PHILLIP THOMSON It's a time of austerity. But here are the phantom work stations Aussie taxpayers are footing the bill for.

Canberra Life

The Short+Sweet festival's 36 tiny plays will show in Canberra over the next two weeks

BELINDA MCKEON All plays submitted for judging in the Short+Sweet festival will be produced locally, and 20 of them were penned by Canberrans.

ACT News

Giulia Jones makes history breastfeeding in ACT Chamber

KIRSTEN LAWSON Giulia Jones made history on Tuesday by breastfeeding her baby during Question Time, with not a murmur of dissent nor evidently a raised eyebrow among the other ACT politicians.

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Dashboard cam captures machete thieves

Police have released footage from a camera mounted in a car of an armed robbery in Bonnyrigg last month. Crimestoppers: 1800 333 000.