'This will take cars off the road'

Jacob Saulwick 12:17 PM   If Mike Baird has his way, he'll be standing in front of a lot more broken sandstone in the next few years.

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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 5:11 PM   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.

'You would do the same thing'

Constable Antonio Saffioti has pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Patrick Begley 5:55 PM   A policeman who pushed a 'frail' 73-year-old man to the ground in a supermarket was frustrated, a court has heard. The man died six days later from a heart attack not related to the alleged assault.

 Department's top official on Walgett

SMH News. Story Julie Power. Walgett NSW. Story on problems at Walgetts only  public High School. Photo shows, Walgett  Year 10 HS student,Teliyah Hickey-Tuhura, 15 pictured with her brother, Aatamai Hickey-Tuhura,9, who is a year 4 student at Walgett Primary School.  Photo: Peter Rae Tuesday 26 May, 2015.

Julie Power 5:37 PM   In a first for the NSW Department of Education, an external head hunter has been asked to go to scout for two new principals to head Walgett's troubled high school and the local primary school.

Myopia fears for Australian students


Eryk Bagshaw 4:53 PM   One of Australia's leading eye specialists has called for action to stop spiralling levels of short-sightedness.

The kids not waiting for coding  in  curriculum

Students(L-R) Sarah Vandebberg, Georgia Grasso, Angie Liu, Erika Dudkin and Alice Shang, at Tara Anglican School in North Parramatta learn to code

Eryk Bagshaw 5:43 PM   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.

'An attack on vulnerable workers'

Nurses were hoping to negotiate a new three-year agreement to begin in July.

Anna Patty 4:32 PM   Aged care providers have refused to negotiate with nurses on a new salary agreement until the Productivity Commission reviews the modern award, including the future of penalty rates.

'Get out of my life': Allira to boyfriend

Allira Green was five months' pregnant when she died.

Lisa Visentin 2:39 PM   A heavily pregnant woman stabbed to death in a Maroubra unit told her partner to get out of her life in the months before her death, her mother has told a court.

A pedestrian and a bus race down George St

Pedestrians on George Street

Jacob Saulwick 1:59 PM   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.

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Known paedophile priest sent to Sydney

Gerald Ridsdale,  outside the County Court in Warrnambool in 1994.

Rory Callinan 12:33 PM   The Catholic Church's most notorious child-abusing priest was discretely shifted to Sydney where he attacked children in Maroubra and Yarra Bay despite his superiors knowing he was a self-confessed paedophile.


The best way to kill a cane toad

It was once thought the brain of a cane toad remained warm enough to feel pain while the rest of their body froze.

Nicky Phillips 12:46 PM   A team of Sydney researchers has discovered a two-step process that is the most humane way to kill cane toads. And it was a practice banned 20 years ago by animal ethics committees.

Siege gunman 'wanted to be someone'

Man Monis claimed he was sacked in Perth for his political and religious beliefs.

Louise Hall 1:32 PM   Man Haron Monis' former solicitor has told a coronial inquest he thought the Lindt café gunman "wanted to be someone" and tried to keep his identity secret at times, but didn't consider he was "insane".

Nats want ban on CSG in the Northern Rivers

NSW National MPs want the party to change its policy and support a ban on coal seam gas extraction in the Northern Rivers region.

Anne Davies 8:51 AM   Several NSW National MPs want the Baird Government to change its policy and support a ban on coal seam gas for the Northern Rivers region to reflect strong opposition in their communities.

Nirvana? More like a highway to hell

Traffic on King St, Newtown, which Roads Minister Duncan Gay said would be transformed into a 'Nirvana' after the WestConnex was built.

Jacob Saulwick 12:15 AM   It was a simple promise: inner city roads would become a 'nirvana' after the $15 billion WestConnex was built. But secret documents show the toll road will worsen congestion.

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Barangaroo needs to be 'balanced'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25:  A view over Barangaroo on May 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media)

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   A former NSW government architect has slammed proposed changes to Barangaroo to accommodate James Packer's $1.5 billion casino resort, declaring there is a lack of balance between private gain and public benefit.

Obeid sons, businessmen in 'cartel conduct'

Moses Obeid, Eddie Obeid's middle son.

Kate McClymont   Moses Obeid and his brother Paul - with prominent businessman John McGuigan, his son James and investment banker Richard Poole - are being prosecuted for allegedly rigging the bid for a tender of coal exploration licences near Mudgee.

Heritage site to become new primary school

Sources say work could begin this year on turning one of the buildings on the Old Kings School site into a new primary school.

Melanie Kembrey 9:01 PM   The state government plans to turn the Old King's School into a new primary school despite the site being earmarked to become part of an arts and cultural precinct.

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Too 'weird' for Rebels bikies

Man Monis claimed he was sacked in Perth for his political and religious beliefs.

Nick Ralston 6:12 PM   Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis tried to join two Sydney chapters of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang but was rejected on the grounds that  "no one liked him" and they found him "weird".

Inner-west councils jostle to choose bedfellows

Leichhardt Council is beginning to consider a small amalgamation to avoid a megacouncil.

Anne Davies 6:59 PM    Leichhardt Council will consider a merger proposal with Canada Bay and part of Ashfield when it meets this week as the deadlines for Sydney councils to make their final submissions nears.

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New university for Liverpool

The University of Western Sydney is expanding and has unveiled plans for a new building in Parramatta.

Melanie Kembrey   The University of Western Sydney will make its first forays into Liverpool, unveiling plans for a new campus in the city's centre on Monday.

Monis' clairvoyancy business 'a front'

Man Monis, outside Downing Centre Local Court in November 2009, was before the courts when he took 18 people hostage in Martin Place in December last year.

Nick Ralston   Siege gunman Man Haron Monis was a clairvoyant making $125,000 a year and using his business to sexually abuse vulnerable women, an inquest has heard.

Public housing 'crap': Greiner

This house at 119 Kent Street, Millers Point, had a price guide of more than $1.3 million. It sold for $1,911,000.

Nicole Hasham 11:10 PM   Public housing stock in NSW is "crap", new stock is non-existent and "something bloody well ought to be done", former Premier Nick Greiner told a ministerial forum on Monday.


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.

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.


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.