NSW mulls ban on international students 

Eryk Bagshaw 11:41 AM   The government may ban international students to address a shortage of places in at least one inner-city primary school.


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New charges laid against terror suspect

Police search a car near the home of Omarjan Azari in September 2014.

Paul Bibby 11:35 AM   Withdrawal of charge of conspiring to commit a terrorist act prompts lawyer to demand immediate release of accused plotter.

Homeowners in for a 4am awakening


James Bullen 3:25 PM   Some Sydney residents will be in for a rude awakening next Monday morning. So will the flying foxes that haunt them.

Scots' wings clipped in parking row

 Scots College

Leesha McKenny 4:37 PM   College loses legal bid to boost numbers as residents claim it has been hiding its true size for years.

'I saw it as an invitation from God'

Hamdi Alqudsi leaves court last week after a change in his bail conditions.

Natalie O'Brien 4:56 PM   When Hamdi Alqudsi was granted a bail variance allowing him to stay overnight at the Minto mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan he was shocked.

A rare astronomical threesome

The International Space Station will pass close to Venus and Jupiter on Wednesday night.

Nicky Phillips   Sydney in the box seat to watch an interaction that will last just seven minutes.

ICAC reports on hold as review delayed

Murray Gleeson, who is reviewing ICAC's powers.

Sean Nicholls 4:30 PM   The reporting date of a review of the powers of the ICAC ordered by Premier Mike Baird has been pushed back due to allow for "comprehensive consideration of the issues".

Baird pumps up pay for top public servants

NSW State Premier Mike Baird and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian have kept the cap on annual wage increases for public servants.

Sean Nicholls   Premier Mike Baird is intervening to boost the pay packets of some of the state's newest top public servants, despite his government's determination to cap pay rises for the sector at 2.5 per cent.

'Blue tape' costs consumers billions: report 

Unplugged: electricity savings momentum is running out, new report finds.

Peter Hannam 7:02 AM   A drop in energy use by Australians has slashed billions of dollars from energy bills since 2010, but those savings are threatened by government policies, a report has found. 

Handing the baton to the next generation

naidoc week

James Bullen   Forty years ago, Mervyn Bishop captured the birth of the Aboriginal land rights movement. Today his son Tim carried the legacy.

The death of revenge porn

The state is examining ways to enact laws preventing revenge porn.

Fergus Hunter   One morning in October 2012, Tania* sat down in her open-plan workplace and clicked on an email. It contained a photo of her lying on a lounge in her lingerie and had been sent to everyone in the business.

$2.2m in Mafia bribes to NSW judges alleged 

The Mafia poses an "extreme" organised crime risk to the nation, police reports warn.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard   An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to NSW judges to get lighter jail sentences,  top-secret police intelligence reports reveal.

The deadliest day of the week to have surgery

Could the day you end up in hospital be the difference between life or death?

Amy Corderoy   New research shows people are more likely to die after surgery performed on some days of the week than others.

'A pattern that you can see in the Bible'

John McClean: "There are a lot of Christian people who see the same-sex marriage issue as the big issue."

Amy Corderoy   The Presbyterian Church in NSW is considering refusing to participate in marriage laws if gay marriage is allowed to go ahead.

Electoral roll issue hits close to home for Hay

Wollongong MP Noreen Hay has stood down as Opposition Whip.

Heath Aston   Noreen Hay has waxed lyrical about being an empty nester – but all three adult children still list their home address as Ms Hay's Dapto house on the electoral roll, an investigation has found.

Weeks of chill ahead as polar air moves in

This will be the dress code for the next couple of weeks.

Peter Hannam   Sydney's run of exceptionally chilly mornings will take a break for a few days but a return to sustained milder conditions may be weeks away.

Killer pleads guilty to attack while on parole

Vanessa Hoson, who was murdered by Terrence John Leary in 1990.

Stephanie Gardiner   In 1990, Terrence John Leary broke into a teenager's room and beat her to death with a hammer when she refused to have sex with him. Now he's admitted a violent attack on another woman.

Emissions accelerate after carbon tax's demise

Power plants fired by brown coal have increased their emissions, a report has shown.

Peter Hannam   Emissions from Australia's main power sector are rising at an increasing rate one year after the end of the carbon price, an energy consultancy says.

AGL ditches Sydney CSG permit

AGL sticks with plans to develop its coal seam gas project near Gloucester.

Peter Hannam   AGL will surrender three of its coal seam gas exploration permits including one covering much of the Sydney basin but will press ahead with its controversial Gloucester Gas Project. 

Mining boss loses $2m legal costs bid

Former Doyles Creek Mining director Craig Ransley has lost a bid to be indemnified for up to $2 million in legal costs.

Kate McClymont   One of the Newcastle mining entrepreneurs adversely named in a corruption inquiry has lost his bid to be indemnified for up to $2 million in legal costs.

School breaks century-old tradition 

The Armidale School will the first GPS school to go co-ed.

Eryk Bagshaw   After 123 years being a single-sex school, The Armidale School will enrol female students from next year.


Is the new Sydney Metro privatisation by stealth?

Thousands of Sydneysiders have received a pamphlet that informed them of the wonders of the new "Sydney Metro" train line that will apparently transform our city.

'Kids like me don't really know what Aboriginal is'

Ten-year-old Shonelle Clarke lowers her head in thought before she replies: "Aboriginals were here first, but now kids like me don't really know what Aboriginal is."

Presbyterian church could stop weddings if same-sex marriage passes

A long and happy partnership may be coming to an end over irreconcilable differences. We've been drifting apart for years and it might be time to face the facts.

Breathing easier thanks to e-cigarettes

Hopefully there won't be a repeat of last week's prison riot in Melbourne, but there will be many disgruntled smokers in the pubs and cafes of NSW on Monday. 

Dodgy dentists expose flawed health safeguards

Corners are cut due to costs or incompetence, skills are lacking and practitioners get away with it until they are caught.

Where thousands flock for spiritual enlightenment

Olympic Park is an unlikely place to seek spiritual enlightenment, but more than 30,000 found their way to Hillsong's annual conference in a week of controversy, conversion and commerce.

The crushed of Fairbridge get their day in court

This week's record $24 million payout to the former child migrants abused at Fairbridge Farm School offers the victims some hope. 

Was there really a Rudd coup over the mining tax?

Sarah Ferguson's ABC series left one crucial question unanswered.

Politicians too quick to milk motorists

Politicians of every stripe look at the motor vehicle owner as a sure and steady stream of income, especially in a city as vast as Sydney.

Win highlights legal pitfalls of social media

Joe Hockey has become the first Australian politician to successfully sue for defamation over a tweet.


Attack shark spotted

Vision of the great white shark believed to have attacked 32-year-old bodyboarder Matt Lee off the northern NSW coast. Courtesy Network Seven News. NO SOUND

The moment Christopher Cullen confessed

In video recorded by NSW Police just moments after his arrest, Christopher Cullen describes stabbing his wife to death. For help, call Lifeline, 131 114.

Shark attack at Lighthouse Beach

A 32-year-old man is in a critical condition after being bitten by a shark while body boarding at Lighthouse Beach, East Ballina just after 10am.