'We would be crazy to have them back'

Eryk Bagshaw 6:22 PM   The school that once taught the children of terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has ruled out taking them back if they return to the country. 

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Push to rewrite Liberal party constitution

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's electorate conference has backed a motion designed to pressure the party towards the voting reforms that have caused party tensions in recent years.

Sean Nicholls 6:44 PM   Tony Abbott's electorate conference has backed a push to rewrite the NSW Liberal party constitution.

Criminal charges considered against Cunneen

Margaret Cunneen: The corruption watchdog has referred evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider whether the deputy senior Crown prosecutor should face criminal charges.

Kate McClymont 8:23 PM   The corruption watchdog has referred evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider whether prominent silk Margaret Cunneen should face criminal charges.

'You're a disgrace to this place'

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham lights an e-cigarette in the NSW upper house to show how lax the laws are that govern the devices.

Nicole Hasham 5:57 PM   Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham lit up the usually staid NSW upper house, inhaling an electronic cigarette to highlight what he says are holes in laws governing the controversial devices.

World-first attempt to prevent type 1 diabetes

"It just seemed like a good insurance policy," said Rachel Weldon of the decision to store Isla's cord blood four years ago.

Amy Corderoy 5:36 PM   Isla Robinson is a very special little girl. At four years old she might not be old enough to understand it, but on Wednesday she made scientific history.

Christene plans her final days

Christene Elliott, who is dictating how her last days will be, and her daughter Jackie.

Stephanie Wood 2:04 PM   Christene Elliott wants to die in her own home. A palliative care home support program will make it possible.

Police apply to prevent release of evidence

Siege gunman Man Haron Monis.

Paul Bibby 6:52 PM   The NSW Police Force is seeking to prevent the Australian public from accessing more than half of the evidence being examined as part of the inquest into the Lindt Cafe siege, including a tranche of documents that are already in the public domain.

'A stadium for culture'

The Art Gallery of NSW is about to undergo major extensions and renovations.

Daisy Dumas 6:29 PM   The gallery that "finally befits Sydney" will celebrate the art it displays as much as the natural environment in which it will be built.

Campaign dirty tricks: Labor accuses Brookes

Cameron Murphy's election posters were defaced.

Nicole Hasham 4:30 PM   Liberal MP Glenn Brookes has been accused in Parliament of bringing the electoral process into disrepute after his rival Labor candidate was branded a "paedophile lover" during the NSW election.

Monis diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia

Man Monis in Rebels bikie garb.

Paul Bibby 3:14 PM   Sydney siege gunman Man Monis was diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia four-and-a-half years before the Lindt Cafe attack after telling a psychiatrist that he was under 24-hour surveillance from ASIO and Iranian intelligence, including in the bathroom.

Could you live on $18 a day?

Jason Pautowa was raised in public housing and is now a youth councillor with the Salvation Army.

Rachel Browne   Australia's poorest families are skipping meals and avoiding basic health care because they cannot afford it, according to the findings of the Salvation Army's Economic and Social Impact Survey.

Sydney council mergers hit a giant snag

David Shoebridge.

Anne Davies   The Baird government's plan to create larger councils  headed for a parliamentary inquiry which could delay or even derail the  ambitious plans.

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ICAC target Hartcher takes job with developer

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 15:  Chris Hartcher poses for a portrait in his office at Parliament House on October 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Dominic Lorrimer/Fairfax Media)

Sean Nicholls   Being under investigation by the state's corruption watchdog is usually a career setback – but not in the case of former NSW energy minister Chris Hartcher, it seems.

Murder accused strangled mother, court told

Scales of justice

Rick Feneley   In the hours after he strangled his 70-year-old mother to death, Dario Biljuh used his smartphone to Google the lyrics to the Eric Clapton song Motherless Child and sent anonymous extortion demands to his brother, a Sydney court has heard.

Police to seize e-cigarettes from children 

Legislative action heats up for e-cigarette devices.

Nicole Hasham   Police could seize electronic cigarettes from children in public places and adults would be banned from buying them for minors after the NSW Government responded to pressure to tighten e-cigarette laws.

A pedestrian and a bus race down George St

Pedestrians on George Street

Jacob Saulwick   The NSW government is attempting to get on the front foot in promoting its coming light rail line through central Sydney, releasing footage demonstrating the frustrations of bus use in the city.

Blackmores sponsors research 

Marcus Blackmore, of complementary medicine company Blackmores, which hopes University of Sydney research into the field will provide public health benefits.

Harriet Alexander   Natural health giant Blackmores has donated $1.3 million towards research into complementary medicine at the University of Sydney in exchange for naming rights on a professorial chair.

Siege gunman thought he was being set up

Man Haron Monis believed he was being "set up or framed by the Australian government".

Paul Bibby, Louise Hall    Man Haron Monis believed he was being "set up" by people working within the Australian government , the inquest into the siege has heard.


Not waiting for coding to be in the curriculum

The federal parliament is talking up the value of coding and it being in the national curriculum. Amanda Hogan and her class of eight isn't waiting.

Revolving doors: CSG industry snaps up advisers

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.

'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.

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.


RAW VISION: Yagoona man critical after shooting

RAW VISION: Police investigate after a 54 year-old man was shot in the head in Sydney's south-west on Monday night.

North West rail link tunnel breakthrough

RAW VISION: Cheers as tunnel machine breaks into Showground station on Tuesday morning, completing the third of ten sections making up the line.

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.