Revolving doors: CSG industry snaps up advisers

Anne Davies 5:30 AM   Two former deputy prime ministers, a resources minister and a climate change minister are among ex-politicians and political staff now helping companies involved in the coal seam gas industry, a Herald investigation reveals.

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Taxpayers face $80m payout over gas ban  

 NSW government has decided not to appeal a Supreme Court decision that its suspension order to Metgasco was unlawful.

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   NSW government Metgasco drilling suspension order ruled unlawful, with taxpayers now facing $80 million payout to the company.

Warringah ignites the battle for the beaches

Council amalgamation is being hotly contested on the northern beaches.

Kathryn Wicks 12:15 AM   As Sydney's 41 councils scramble to justify their existence, one is determined to take in its neighbours, telling IPART that councils should have at least 250,000 residents.

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Barangaroo  deletes ban on apartments 

Part of the proposed Barangaroo development.

Anne Davies 12:15 AM   The Barangaroo Delivery Authority has allowed Lend Lease to lodge modifications to its plans for Barangaroo in contradiction of its own project delivery deed .

'A  beautiful boy' from loving family

Grieving father: Azzam Hrouk with a picture of his murdered son, Mahmoud.

Emma Partridge 10:23 PM   Maha Dunia had been searching for her teenage son in darkness when she spotted his abandoned silver and blue mountain bike and screamed.

Bar enlists army chief to aid silk selection

Honoured to join the NSW senior counsel selection committee: former army chief David Morrison .

Michaela Whitbourn 12:15 AM   A recently retired Lieutenant-General will take on a new role, helping to select the NSW barristers who should be appointed to the prestigious rank of silk.

How good is your doctor? You wouldn't know

Not enough data is available about surgeons' outcomes.

Harriet Alexander 6:48 PM   Patients are making decisions about their treatment in a void of information.

What does Facebook status say about you?

What you chose to put on Facebook could reveal some uncomfortable truths about your personality.

Amy Corderoy 1:22 PM   Researchers have examined how different Facebook updates are linked to personality traits... and discovered we are all basically desperate, vain jerks.

Are criminals getting away with murder?

The execution of Hells Angels member Tyrone Slemnik involved an encrypted phone.

Nick Ralston   Sydney crime and bikie gangs are using uncrackable mobile phones to arrange murders, shootings and drug deals – hampering the ability of investigators to solve the crimes.

Crackdown on school enrolments 

NSW will need an extra 386 primary school classrooms every year for the next decade to cope with enrolments.

Alexandra Smith   Some schools projected to enrol more than twice as many students as they have space for within four years.

CSIRO technologies transform our beef

The Brahman cattle of northern Australia have been the subject of work in genetics and methane gas reduction.

Esther Han   From imported dung beetles to friendship-detecting collars, Australia's beef industry is in an innovation frenzy to boost cattle welfare and the quality of what we eat.

IVF patients in the dark over clinic outcomes

Sarah and James Leury with their three-month-old son Jack.

Harriet Alexander   Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

Sydney siege inquest opening  live-streamed

Five hostages run from the Lindt Cafe  building towards Special Operations Police in Martin Place on December 16 last year.

Louise Hall and Eamonn Duff   The first two week-block begins on Monday and will focus on gunman Man Haron Monis and his background.

Private eye to investigate Hurstville Council

Hurstville mayor, Con Hindi, says trouble started with a round of poison pen emails sent to councillors.

Natalie O'Brien   Just what has been going on at Hurstville council?

The legal case that not only rests on sex

North Sydney Council has launched legal action to close an underground brothel.

Eamonn Duff   A Sydney council has launched legal action to close an underground brothel. To win, it not only has to prove that sex is being sold on the premises - but lots of it.

Let's fly a kite and learn Pythagorean theorem

With a strong southerly breeze on the coast, Maya Miller and friend Hayley learn the art of flying kites through practice at a park in Coogee, Sydney.

Melanie Kembrey   Behind the smiles and sunshine, these children are unknowingly learning Pythagorean theorem.

Over-crowded schools accept foreign students

International students

Alexandra Smith   International full-fee paying students are studying the most over-crowded schools in Sydney at the same time as the NSW Department of Education clamps down on out-of-area enrolments.

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Opal card data handed to police, immigration


Kelsey Munro   The Department of Transport has handed over the personal information of dozens of Opal card users to police and immigration authorities.

10,000 people to thank for improving rivers

Early morning light on the Nepean River, Penrith. Volunteers have been working towards improving the health of Sydney's rivers.

Lucy Cormack   When Diana Hill moved to Rhodes 40 years ago, the smell was appalling. Not any more.

'Let's face it, we've all been young some time'

Nora Pasfield 84 (left) and Annabelle McClean 23 (right) at Nora's home in Manly. Both agree with the home share proposal where the elderly and the young house share.

Peter Munro   Nora Pasfield, 84, and Annabelle McClean, 23, could become the modern-day Australian odd couple.

Labor calls for cooling-off  for bureaucrats

Dr Rohan Hammett was appointed as a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers after leaving his job as NSW Health deputy director-general.

Nicole Hasham   The opposition is pressuring government to tighten rules for public servants who move to the corporate sector.

Wran's son in court for bigger slice of estate

The estate of former NSW premier the late Neville Wran is estimated to be worth $40 million.

Louise Hall   The 68-year-old adopted son of former premier Neville Wran is taking his stepmother to court for a larger slice of the late Labor giant's estimated $40m estate.


'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

 One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.

Let the axe throwing begin

It was a long and hard-fought battle, but the team behind Australia's first urban axe throwing venue can finally don lumberjack shirts, raise hatchets and let the lobbing commence.

First Australia-grown crop of medicinal marijuana to be planted

The first Australian-grown crop of medicinal cannabis will be exported from Norfolk Island from 2016.

The five charts that show why 2015 is going to be a scorcher

The world remains on course for another record hot year with the first four months of 2015 setting a new high for temperatures and more signals indicating the emerging El Nino event will be a strong one.

Aboriginal 'fighters' dying before land claims solved as backlog grows

More than three decades ago Ernie Gordon's father made a claim over a parcel of dusty scrub land in outback New South Wales.

The Block, the violence and the feud blocking Mick Mundine's vision

Violence and intimidation, claim and counter-claim. Rick Feneley reports on the ruins of The Block and a divided Aboriginal community.

Jobs after politics need far more scrutiny

The system designed to oversee the ministerial code of conduct seems reasonable – but it comes with a loophole.


LIVE: Lindt Cafe seige inquest

Examining the circumstances surrounding, and issues arising in relation to the deaths of Tori Johnson, Katrina Dawson and Man Haron Monis at the Lindt cafe in December 2014.

Police seize guns, drugs and cash

Police arrest six people in a series of raids across Sydney overnight, seizing drugs, firearms and approximately $100,000 cash.

Labor MP slams Paramatta growth plan

Parramatta is too congested as it is, and plans for more development will only make it worse says Labor MP Ed Husic.