Tributes pour in for 'our beautiful Alana'

Eamonn Duff and Luke Malpass 10:45 PM   Experienced skydiver Michael Vaughan is still in critical condition in hospital after being involved in a fatal skydiving accident at Tyagarah near Byron Bay on Friday.

Latest NSW news

'Hundreds like her ... with nowhere to go'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26:  Paul poses for a portrait on March 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media)

NSW courts are repeatedly ordering ice users into treatment programs that do not exist, as funding cuts and staff shortages leave a generation of addicts stranded. 

Sydneysiders flock to MCG for final

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Grant Whatley and wife Sheree Hardy with children L-R Ben 9, Thomas 6 and Charlotte 5 months at Alan Border Oval, Mosman on March 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Fiona Morris/Fairfax Media)

Grant Whatley from Mosman and his sons will be among tens of thousands of cricket fanatics charging through the gates of the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground to cheer Australia on to World Cup victory.

Search called off after body reportedly seen

NSW police

Su-Lin Tan, Jorge Branco 5:53 PM   Gold Coast police have called off a search for a body spotted off Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.

Man remanded over alleged stabbing

Camperdown, Sydney. Generic. An ambulance rushing to an emergency with lights and sirens.. Photo: Quentin Jones. 24 Jan 2012.

Georgina Mitchell 5:11 PM   A man who allegedly ran into his neighbour's yard and stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife in an unprovoked attack faces up to 25 years behind bars.

'Worst dirty tricks campaign in NSW history'

Cameron Murphy President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties who is now running for Lord Mayor of Sydney.
SMH NEWS PIC BY LEE BESFORD. Thursday 3rd May 2012.

Kirsty Needham 12:33 PM   Senior NSW Labor sources have said they will lose the state's most marginal seat, East Hills, after a smear campaign alleged its star candidate was a supporter of paedophiles.

Mike Baird poised for re-election

NSW Premier Mike Baird with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian at the North West Rail Link construction site.

Sean Nicholls, Nicole Hasham, James Robertson 2:21 AM   Mike Baird is poised lead the NSW Coalition into a second term of government after a bruising final week of the election campaign.

Park fee hikes threaten school sports

Not happy: Bondi Beach Public School students Douglas Richards, Harrison Stein, Olivia Stein, Jack Chapman and Malcolm Richards.

Leesha McKenny   Students could miss out on competitions after schools were presented with a bill of almost $23,000 to use Centennial Parklands.

Baird and Foley wrap up campaigns

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has lunch while campaigning in Granville for the NSW State Election campaign on Friday 27 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Nicole Hasham, James Robertson 8:33 AM   Nothing says "infrastructure" like a fluoro vest and a hard hat, and NSW Premier Mike Baird closed his election campaign on Friday kitted up as as Mr Build-It.

Morrison 'an embarrassment' to his school

The invitation to Sydney Boys' High School cocktail evening with Scott Morrison.

Alexandra Smith 8:50 AM   Old boys from Sydney Boys high say they are outraged and disgusted that federal minister Scott Morrison will be a special guest at a fundraising event, warning it would be "an embarrassment" to the school.

Convicted rapist jailed for at least three years

Jailed: Luke Lazarus leaves the court on Thursday.

Louise Hall   The son of a Kings Cross nightclub owner has been sentenced to at least three years jail for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl in a laneway in May 2013.

Macdonald settles defamation action 

Ian Macdonald has settled out of court with the ABC.

Michaela Whitbourn   A Supreme Court jury has been spared the task of deciding if corrupt former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald's reputation was "gravely injured" by an ABC TV broadcast.

Toad plague fear in Sydney

Asian black-spined Toad. The colder climate version of the cane toad.

Luke Malpass 2:06 AM   Northern Sydney is facing the possibility of a toad infestation, as one Asian black-spined toad has been found in the Warringah area and residents are being alerted to look out for another.

Switch to dumb phones a smart move for some

Nick Fuentes with his beloved Nokia 208 after breaking so many smartphones.

Peter Munro   Abandoning your smartphone for an older-style mobile phone frees you to pay more attention to the world around you.

Sunroof ride ends fatally for NSW teacher

Alex Ryder (right), who was killed in an accident in Byron Bay, with her sister, Adriana Ryder.

Alex Ryder was living her dream in Byron Bay. But after almost two years, her rich life ended abruptly on Wednesday.

Skydiver killed, another injured on north coast

Ambulance

Nick Ralston   One woman has died and a man is in a critical condition after a skydiving incident on the NSW north coast.

CSG doubts fan fears in Barwon

Santos's CSG storage ponds in the Pilliga State Forest.

Peter Hannam 11:19 AM   Santos Energy is seeking approval for a new waste treatment plant without identifying how it will dispose of the potentially toxic end product.

Man charged with assaulting girl on bus 

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Su-Lin Tan   Police have charged a 65-year-old man for allegedly assaulting and making sexual remarks to a 12-year-old girl on a bus in Sydney's east on Thursday. 

Barangaroo public parking could face a big cut

Urban plan: Artist's impression of Crown Sydney at Barangaroo, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Leesha McKenny   Most of Barangaroo's public on-street parking would be abolished and the number of spaces allocated to private development significantly increased, under proposed changes. 

Researchers find clue to stubborn cancers

Angelina Jolie carries the BRCA1 mutation. Women with this have a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

Nicky Phillips 2:15 AM   Australian researchers have made a significant discovery that may lead to a new form of aggressive breast cancer treatment.

A long wait for help north of the harbour

The Spit Bridge looking back towards Mosman during peak hour on Wednesday 2, May, 2007 after the State Government announced that no extra lanes would be added    SMH News Spit Bridge   photo by Peter Morris

Jacob Saulwick   Many powerful politicians hail from north of the harbour – but what are they doing to make it easier to get out of there?

Baird reassures voters as Labor attacks

Whirlwind: Premier Mike Baird derided Labor's "dishonest scare campaign" over potential foreign investment in NSW's power network.

Nicole Hasham, James Robertson, Sean Nicholls   The Premier has been forced to reassure voters that his keystone power plan does not pose a state security threat.

Highlights

Baird's 'no Plan B' leaves all eyes on upper house 

Voters will be given a reminder of some of the most notorious MPs to have graced the NSW Parliament in the recent past as they prepare to vote this polling day.

Your guide to voting

The NSW state election is this Saturday, so time to plan a visit down to the local polling booths and get up to speed on how to cast your vote.

Poles and wires drive undermines trust

The economic record is impressive, but the electrical storm has clouded it.

There be pirates ... in Sydney Cove

A historian has discovered the untold history of pirates who operated from Sydney Cove in the early days of the colony.

Running for home in the wake of Haiyan

A year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her home town in the Philippines, Michelle Baltazar is still working to aid recovery in the region.

The Show's best rides

Where else can you adopt a hermit crab, purchase a sandstone wall and eat a 68cm hotdog just a few metres apart?

We are suckers for scare campaigns

The politicians' decades of bad behaviour may have caused them to lose our trust, but not our mistrust - making us suckers for scare campaigns.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015: The ultimate map

The Sydney Royal Easter Show comes alive with our interactive map showcasing the Herald's best work

Turncoats power on

Former Liberal leader John Hewson is the yin to Martin Ferguson's yang.

Son of Ray a no-go zone

Diary: Talkback radio's greatest law and order proponent, Ray Hadley, is the proud father of a NSW policeman.

Show time for creative farm families

The 193rd Sydney Royal Easter Show opens on Thursday with an Anzac tribute.

Children and a career? It's all talk, no action

It took Shey Hooper six months before she could find an employer willing to employ her on a part-time basis after she had children.

VIDEO

Jenny Leong claims Greens victory in Newtown

"WestConnex is not going to happen if the people of Newtown have anything to do with it" pledges new Greens MP Jenny Leong.

Luke Foley defiant in defeat

RAW VISION: NSW Labor leader proclaims the next election "winnable for Labor" after phoning Mike Baird to congratulate him on his win.

NSW state election: LIVE

Quentin Dempster and Sydney Morning Herald journalists report on voting in key seats around Sydney and New South Wales via livestream.