'What a ridiculous day'

Tim Barlass 4:37 PM   Internationally recognised landscape photographer Ken Duncan was taking photos at Barangaroo when he was spotted on CCTV. Then the rangers approached. 

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Call for quotas for disabled public servants 

Craig Wallace is the President of People with Disability Australia

Kirsty Needham 12:00 AM   A plummet in the number of disabled people employed by the NSW government has sparked calls for disability targets modelled on the gender targets used by big corporates and the public service.

Court sheriffs to get power of arrest 

Ali Chahine, 33, had been on the run after escaping from custody at the Downing Centre court complex.

Kirsty Needham 12:00 AM   Court sheriffs will be given the power to arrest anyone committing violent acts in a NSW court from Monday, after a four-year delay.

Is gambling addiction a disability? 

NSW woman Kathleen Hinder says her gambling addiction should be regarded as a disability.

Patrick Begley 12:15 AM   A lawsuit against the Salvation Army will decide whether gambling addiction should count legally as a disability.

Residents 'trapped' by radioactive waste

Hazardous: Nelson Parade, the site of uranium contamination, in Hunters Hill.

Kirsty Needham 12:00 AM   The clean-up of radioactive waste from a Sydney suburb has been delayed by four years amid a cost blow-out.

'Peter Pan kid' killed in CBD hotel

Donovan Mileham was shot and bled to death in a luxury room in the Fraser Suites in Sydney's CBD.

Lisa Visentin 12:15 AM   Donovan Mileham was once a DJ on the fringes of Sydney's booming dance scene in the 1990s, when the clubs thumped until sun up and bodies gyrated to endless electronica.

Town Hall becomes childcare centre

Kate Walsh with her kids Quinn 5, Aidan 4 and Niamh 1 at Leichhardt Town Hall.

Eryk Bagshaw 12:15 AM   The shortage of available after-school child-care has become so critical that a Sydney council has been forced to open its town hall for local school children.

Surprise edition to violent venues list

Bars at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be under new restrictions.

Sean Nicholls   The Sydney Cricket Ground Trust has made the state's most violent venues list - the first time a sporting venue has been included since the scheme began in 2008.

WestConnex: Drivers to abandon M5

M5 motorway

Matt O'Sullivan and Jacob Saulwick   A new $5 billion tunnel to be built as part of the WestConnex motorway project is forecast to carry fewer vehicles when it opens than the long-troubled Cross City Tunnel.

Packer asked to tone down logos

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 31:  James Packer, Crown Resorts Chairman speaks as he launches Crown Resorts' second Reconciliation Action Plan on July 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. After achieving all targets set in the first plan, Crown aims to place Indigenous employees into leadership programs to help them move into senior management roles.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Sean Nicholls   Expert panel concerned about "impacts of branding and logos located within iconic 'Australian' views".

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Badgerys Creek report 'full of holes'

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils says a federal government report into Badgerys Creek airport does clearly show how western Sydney will be affected.

Melanie Kembrey   Western Sydney councils have slammed a federal government report into the proposed multi billion dollar airport at Badgerys Creek as a "rush job" that is "full of holes".

10 homes on a 600 square metre block

Classic terrace houses in Sydney's Surry Hills could be the future of outer-suburban living.

James Robertson   Sydney's future housing will mirror of its working-class past, in a vision outlined by the state's planning minister on Friday.

Between a rock and horse stud

The location of two stud farms close to Anglo American's Drayton operations in the Hunter Valley could stymie expansion plans.

Peter Hannam   The Baird government has been accused of ranking the health of horses above humans after a coal mine near famous studs got knocked back but another near a Hunter village won approval.

Minister spills beans on light rail route

The Carter Street industrial precinct near Sydney Olympic Park will be turned into a new community with 5500 homes.

Melanie Kembrey   Duncan Gay has dropped the strongest hint yet about a new route. 

The 'hillybilly heroin' hotspots of NSW

Peter Panagiotopoulos

Harriet Alexander   Parts of western NSW and the mid-North Coast are dispensing opioids at a rate 10 times higher than places such as Epping and Pennant Hills.

Australia's colonoscopy capital


Harriet Alexander and Jane Lee   One area of Sydney has the nation's highest rate for the procedure, a study has found.

Central Barangaroo buildings increase again

Former prime minister Paul Keating at Barangaroo's headland park.

Leesha McKenny and Jacob Saulwick   The latest increase to development at Barangaroo "could be squeezing the lemon too hard," according to Paul Keating.

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Shorten helps to defuse preselection challenge

Australia Workers Union official Misha Zelinsky is standing aside from challenging Sharon Bird for preselection.

Sean Nicholls   A potentially embarrassing situation of a long-serving senior female Labor MP being rolled for preselection by a male newcomer has been avoided. 

Massive cost blowout for intercity trains

Commuters on a train.

Matt O'Sullivan   They are rolling off the shelf but won't be ready to roll without the state government forking out an extra $1.1 billion.

Mehajer 'betrayal' sparks expulsion 

Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer

Sean Nicholls   An Auburn councillor has been sensationally expelled from the Labor Party after his failure to vote for his ALP colleague saw embattled deputy mayor Salim Mehajer re-elected.

'Classic Ponzi scheme': Sydney housing

The dream of home ownership is further out of reach for many young Australians.

Jessica Irvine   When Gough Whitlam was dismissed, Sydney houses cost four times the annual income. It's now 12 times. 

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Obeid objects to coal mine next to family farm

Eddie Obeid's family owns Cherrydale Farm in the Bylong Valley.

Anne Davies   A company linked to Eddie Obeid has lodged a formal objection to plans by Korean power company KEPCO to develop a coal mine directly to the east of the family's cattle property in the Bylong Valley.


What price to keep public holiday shopping ban?

At what price would the Baird Government sell out its "ironclad" commitment to the churches that a ban on retail trading on Easter Sunday will stay?

The price of being a global city

 "We were just at the mercy of the landlord," says Michael. "We felt powerless."

Baird's gambling figures don't add up

The government says it is focusing on problem gamblers. But is it?

The pitch battle for Sydney's green space

From Parramatta to Petersham, the fight is on to save every blade of Sydney's grass.

Magic Mike's 'stunning' political move

By delivering the 99-year lease of Transgrid, Baird has trumped the unfulfilled ambitions of premiers and treasurers before him.

Could council mergers prove Baird's sinkhole?

They were from Liberal Party heartland. They were Baby Boomers. And they were mad.

Powerhouse visitor boom makes mockery of claims

The Powerhouse Museum saw a 12 per cent leap in visitors this year, contradicting Troy Grant's claim the museum must be moved west because fewer Sydney residents are using it.

Time to fix question time

The final question time of the NSW Parliament rolled around on Thursday. But anyone who fears that the quality of our democracy will suffer by its absence until the resumption of hostilities next February should relax. 

'I don't think it really captured the whole essence of Christmas'

The David Jones city Christmas window display usually pulls large, excited crowds but this year has only attracted a dribble of frowning and disappointed shoppers.

Who wants clothes when Sydney sweats?

Clothes came off, sunscreen slapped on – it was only 9am and Sydney was starting to sweat.

Blowing hot or cool? Depends where you're at

If you really want to know how hot you are, try getting around the city with an expert in urban microclimates with an infrared camera and a hand held weather station.


Stereosonic: Woman dies, another in coma

Police charge almost 70 people with drug offences at a music festival in Sydney where a 25-year-old woman was taken to hospital and later died. Courtesy ABC News 24.

Nasty brawl at Stereosonic festival

A large group of mainly shirtless men joined in a mass fight at the Stereosonic music festival last year, leaving one man unconscious.

Botanic Gardens reveals 'The Calyx'

Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens Executive Director Kim Ellis introduces The Calyx, a 'cathedral of plants' opening in 2016.