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Forecasts point to dangerous bushfire season

EMMA PARTRIDGE 5:16pm If you thought last year's bushfires were bad, get ready – things are expected to get a whole lot worse as the RFS gears up for an "above normal" season.

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CSG will have 'unintended consequences'

NSW Chief Scientist Mary O'Kane.

NICOLE HASHAM 10:56pm The risk to human health and the environment posed by coal seam gas can be managed but “unintended consequences” due to accidents, human error and natural disasters are inevitable, the state’s top scientist says.

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Bridge garden project withers on the vine

An artist's impression of the garden.

LEESHA MCKENNY 7:18am Plans for a fruit and vegetable garden in the centre of Pyrmont Bridge appear to be withering on the vine.

Cash-transfer business to be closed

Hassan El Sabsabi, 23, is led away after the raid in Seabrook, Melbourne.

RACHEL OLDING 8:15am A Lakemba money transfer business has failed to convince authorities that millions of dollars sent to the Middle East concerns were not being used to fund terrorism.

Schools to put students on cheating register

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ALEXANDRA SMITH 5:29am Any NSW school that catches an HSC student cheating must now record the offence on a new register.

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Fax changes the facts on petrol theft

The petrol retail industry says petrol theft or non-payment is up 30 per cent on last year.

ESTHER HAN 10:45pm Petrol theft data was now next to useless because of a decision start using fax machines, says the state's crime research body.

Bondi residents fear towering development

Oxford Street.

Anne Davies and Lucy Macken 12:15am A major redevelopment along the western end of Oxford street at Bondi is moving closer to reality.

Coeliac test brings risk of false diagnosis

Doctors are concerned about a new test for coeliac disease being offered at chemists.

AMY CORDEROY 12:15am Doctors fear people could be put at risk by a new test for coeliac disease being offered at chemists around the country.

The most frustrating roads in NSW

Chockers: Parramatta Road near Flemington Markets.

LISA VISENTIN 2:06pm The Pacific Highway, Pennant Hills Road and Parramatta Road have once again topped a list of the state's most diabolical stretches of road.

Friend of cliff fall survivor thanks strangers

Blake Hayes, who survived after falling off a cliff at Warriewood Beach.

MEGAN LEVY 12:02pm The friend of a teenager who plunged from a cliff on Sydney's northern beaches and remarkably survived has thanked the strangers who rushed to his aid, saying: "They're heroes".

Man charged over alleged upskirting at station

Police patrol at Central Station.

MEGAN LEVY A woman who was the victim of an alleged upskirting incident at Central Station immediately confronted the man and demanded that he delete the photos from his mobile phone, police say.

One dead, two serious after stabbings

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MEGAN LEVY One man has died and two are in hospital with stab wounds after an incident in Liverpool on Monday night.

Public funding begets 'hopeless' candidates

NSW Premier Mike Baird.

NICOLE HASHAM A menagerie of “hopeless” political candidates would flood NSW elections if campaigns were fully taxpayer funded, a panel has heard.

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Australia needs to trust its values in education

Is there too much importance placed on education rankings?

AMY MCNEILAGE Australia needs to stop obsessing over international education rankings and be confident in its own values and vision, one of the world's most influential educators has warned.

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Goward urged to address corrupt rezonings

Urging changes in the local planning controls for the former Balmain Leagues Club site: Planning Minister Pru Goward.

LEESHA MCKENNY The power to revoke planning decisions tainted by corruption does not extend to land rezonings, warn the Greens in a letter calling for an urgent amendment to the planning act.

Souths fans mad and have the tatts to prove it

Mark Hayes with his 1971 tattoo of the Rabbitohs win over St George.

RICK FENELEY Mark Hayes raises his forearm to show off his tattoo. It lists every winning premiership year for the Rabbitohs, all 20 of them, starting with their triumph in NSW rugby league's first grand final in 1908.

Duncan and co take on ICAC - again

Mining magnate Travers Duncan outside the New South Wales Supreme Court.

MICHAELA WHITBOURN Mining mogul Travers Duncan has launched a fresh bid to overturn corruption findings made against him over his involvement in a coal venture linked to the Obeid family.

Companies paid $1m for 'industrial peace'

Keeping the peace on the waterfront.

ANNA PATTY A gas field operator and engineering firm were among companies who made payments of up to $1 million to a Maritime Union of Australia training fund to help broker industrial peace after it hired foreign tug-boat workers, the royal commission into trade unions has heard.

Bondi Beach camera technology to save lives

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ERYK BAGSHAW Anthony "Harries" Carroll knows how technology can save lives. The Bondi lifeguard has pulled in a few dead bodies over the years. He hopes that the latest camera technology installed at Bondi Beach will help save many more in future.

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Campaign to fight for lower gas prices

Headed overseas.. Australian gas prices are expected to skyrocket with no protection for domestic consumers.

ESTHER HAN The Reserve Our Gas campaign has been launched to demand the federal government pass laws to ensure a percentage of gas is kept for domestic use at domestic prices rather than being exported.

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Doctor 'held pillow on man's face'

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STEPHANIE GARDINER A doctor accused of angrily holding a pillow over a 94-year-old patient's face, and "bullying and belittling" a colleague should be allowed to keep his job, the Industrial Relations Commission has ruled.

Bill raises fears of cuts to hospital funding

AMY CORDEROY Health officials will no longer be able to prevent private hospitals from opening up in areas that are already well-serviced by the public system, under a bill before state Parliament.

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Investment in science reaches 30-year low

Australia's investment in research and development is below the OECD average.

Inga Ting and Nicky Phillips The Australian government's investment in research and development has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years, an analysis of government figures shows.

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Just another fight for old Rabbitohs

People power: More than 50,000 people marched from the South Sydney Rugby League Club to the Town Hall to protest their exclusion from the NRL competition in 2000.

MELANIE KEMBREY They might have a little less hair and a few more wrinkles, but their passion for the South Sydney Rabbitohs has not faded since they fought to save the side from the boot.

Special needs student sues school

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LOUISE HALL A Sydney student has sued his high school, claiming he was bullied by teachers and forced to do tasks not modified for his learning difficulties and special needs.

Blessing of the fleet at the Sydney Fish Market

Safe passage: Sydney fisherman at the blessing of the fleet at Sydney Fish Markets on Sunday.

INGA TING Although neither pulls in the nets on the Francesca anymore, fishermen Sam Bagnita, 68, and his cousin Nicola de Salvo, 69, never miss the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Sydney Fish Markets. 

Harbour to become marine park under Labor

State opposition leader John Robertson has said recreational fishing and boating would continue in the area.

NICKY PHILLIPS Sydney Harbour would become a marine park that extends from Pittwater to Port Hacking under a Labor election promise announced on Sunday.

'We're doing a good job': North Sydney council

Local Government Minister Paul Toole: Plans to suspend council not taken lightly.

JAMES ROBERTSON North Sydney council has pleaded for the state government to reconsider plans to suspend the council, arguing that a string of sensational workplace disputes have not stopped it governing.

Son John Agius sentenced for armed robbery

Suspended sentence: Felim Agius with his father John.

LOUISE HALL The son of top Sydney silk John Agius has escaped a jail sentence for the armed robbery of a Mosman jewellery store because he was in the grip of mental illness.

Police pop pen-gun syndicate

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EMMA PARTRIDGE Police have smashed a Sydney pen-gun syndicate accused of supplying miniature weapons to bikies and organised criminals.

Brothel operates on site shut by court

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EAMONN DUFF Three years after a corruption inquiry uncovered criminal links between an illegal brothel and a Sydney council, a parlour is again operating from the premises.

Mike Baird inspired by youths' spirits amid the red earth

Mike Baird trek

Kirsty Needham The 100 kilometre trek through red dust was supposed to be about inspiring disadvantaged youth.

Swans family Sweeps into Melbourne for grand final

The Sweep family at the MCG for the 2014 AFL grand final.

ERYK BAGSHAW Before dawn broke on Friday the Sweep family had packed their bags, wrapped their car in flags and settled a baby and two toddlers into their car.

Dumplings, buns to rake in the dough

The Night Noodle Markets are happening again in Hyde Park this October and organisers estimate that 700,000 dumplings will be sold over the market's two-week stint.

Freeing up our traffic jams

A broader system of road pricing would be a useful measure to introduce in Sydney. Not because it is too cheap to drive on our roads. But because it is too expensive to drive on many of them.

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'Pick me!' Nabbing your dream rental

Flirt with the real estate agent? Offer to up the rent? Six tips to score a great rental this Saturday.

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Marie Bashir's final week as NSW Governor

On the grounds of Government House is a pine tree Marie Bashir planted from a seed, now grown many metres tall.

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What do locals think of Centenary Square?

Parramatta's Church Street Mall has undergone a $5 million transformation.

Marie Bashir: a wonderful journey

Dame Marie Bashir contemplates her lengthy term as Governor and looks optimistically to the future.

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