Baird denies deal over proposed ethics class changes

Sean Nicholls 10:20 PM   Premier Mike Baird's office is backing a push to remove any reference to ethics classes as an alternative to scripture on school enrolment forms after being lobbied by religious groups.


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Greater Sydney's new harbourside city

An artist's impression of Parramatta Quay.

Melanie Kembrey 2:30 PM   A multi-million dollar quay, a beach and a major public space are all part of an ambitious 20-year plan to create a new harbourside city in Sydney's west

El Niño's perverse effect on sea levels

Look closely and you may see changes under way at your local beach as the El Nino gets going.

Peter Hannam 10:41 AM   El Niños are well known for unleashing droughts, hotter-than-usual weather and paradoxically worse frosts but they also drive remarkable changes to global sea levels.

Let's have a 'smaller, CBD-oriented council'

 City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster.

Anne Davies 1:28 PM   The Prime Minister's sister and City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster has contradicted Premier Mike Baird's call for larger councils - she's advocating the city be reduced to a council covering only the CBD.

Why a suburban gym is gathering dust

Gym owner  Onar Serrano, right, with business partners  Orathine Siharath, left, and Scott Whitfield, centre.

Esther Han 10:59 AM   A freshly fitted-out 24-hour gym sits on King Georges Road has long been ready to open. But a Hurstville councillor is being accused of standing in the way.

Mayor's daughter makes $330,000 in 12 days

Mayor of Hurstville Con Hindi.

Kate McClymont 12:20 AM   The children of mayor Con Hindi and his real estate agent wife Miray appear to have done well in the property developing stakes.

Review raises hopes of triple-murder retrial

Police and legal experts say they know who murdered three Aboriginal children in Bowraville in the 1990s.

Nicole Hasham 7:22 PM   A single word in the NSW Crimes Act that was said to be preventing the retrial of a suspected serial murderer will be reviewed.

Council reform debate dumbed down

graham sansom

Anne Davies   The architect of the state government's merger proposals, Dr Graham Sansom, has accused the government and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority of dumbing down its recommendations to improve local government performance and of trying to rush mergers of city councils.

Inquiry wants power claim tested by experts

The Reverend  Fred Nile is convinced the proposal to privatise NSW's electricity assets is economically sound.

Nicole Hasham 5:46 PM   Official claims that NSW would be $300 billion better off if the state's electricity assets are privatised should be independently tested, amid "some disconnect" between statements the government has provided the public, a parliamentary inquiry says.

Islamic schools to undergo audit

Malek Fahd Islamic school in Greenacre is under investigation

Eryk Bagshaw 8:18 AM   Islamic schools across the country will be investigated by the federal Department of Education after a string of sackings among senior staff members and principals, allegations of financial mismanagement and concerns over the delivery of the curriculum.

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Rail link blows out by $50 million

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian inspect
the sky train works.

Jacob Saulwick   The cost of Sydney's North West Rail Link has blown out by $50 million as Italian contractor Salini-Impreglio is awarded extra payments.

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I didn't say yes because he was odd, court told

Man Haron Monis, pictured in Rebels bikie gear, was known to Amanda Morsy as Michael Hayson - a luxury car driving accountant from Romania.

Louise Hall   A young woman courted by Man Haron Monis more than a decade before the deadly Lindt cafe siege said she declined his offer of marriage because he was secretive and odd.

'You failed': grandmother to dead boy's mum

Scales of justice

Stephanie Gardiner   The grandmother of a seven-year-old boy who died after months of neglect and abuse has told the mother of the grief felt by his siblings and that she has failed as a parent.

Sydney's 'pyramid' to be dismantled

The iconic glass pyramid in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens is soon be dismantled.

Melanie Kembrey   The iconic glass pyramid in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens is being torn down to make way for a new multi million dollar exhibition centre.

Water at risk if changes proceed, critics say


Nicole Hasham   Coal companies could pay "a few lousy dollars" to damage sensitive swamps that provide pure drinking water to millions of Sydneysiders if mining changes proposed by the Baird government proceed, environment groups say.

Credit card interest rates 'inexplicably high'

Credit cards

Rachel Browne   Quick and convenient, Australians love their credit cards - except when it comes to paying the bill.

Murder accused used Find My Phone app

Stabbed to death: Amin Sthapit.

Patrick Begley   Call-centre operator Roy Tabalbag long suspected his girlfriend Gee Rebacus before he tried to track her and her lover down using the Find My Phone app, a court has been told. 

Sydney Uni to bump degrees to four years

Sydney University's degree programme is under review.

Alexandra Smith   The University of Sydney plans to increase its undergraduate courses from three to four years and cut many of its double degrees in a radical overhaul of education that would see the number of degrees reduced by at least 100.

'We want a level playing field'

Uber drivers have been slapped with more charges for alleged breaches of the Taxi Act

Jacob Saulwick   The NSW government will continue to keep fining UberX drivers, Transport Minister Andrew Constance says.

Green group suggests conflict of interest 

The NSW Environmental Defenders Office says some members of the Planning Assessment Commission are too closely involved in mining to make decisions about planning applications from the industry.

Anne Davies   The NSW Ombudsman has been asked to examine the issue of conflicts of interest among members of the Planning Assessment Commission who are involved in assessing and approving coal projects in NSW.

Siege gunman 'a hero in his own story'

'Capable of narcissism and manipulation': Siege gunman Man Haron Monis.

Paul Bibby   Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was 'a hero in his own story' and allegedly told his former wife he wanted to be 'a martyr', a social worker has told the NSW Coroner's Court.

Rio's mine expansion threatens Bulga again

Coal mines in the Upper Hunter Valley near Bulga, where Rio wants to extend the open-cut mine.

Anne Davies   The residents of Bulga in the Upper Hunter Valley are incensed at the proposal for an open cast coal mine to expand to the very edge of their historic settlement.


'A textbook could never do that'

An inner-west teacher is revolutionising the classroom.

Why we need the George St tram 

Renovating is hell, Sydney. But just think of the shiny new city you get when it's all done. 

Sydney weather: Wettest autumn in 12 years to make way for drier times

Three days of heavy rain in mid-April were enough to make it Sydney's wettest autumn in 12 years but conditions have largely dried up since.

Social media honeymoon over for Wedding Cake Rock

An Instagram craze for posing on Wedding Cake Rock is putting visitors in danger and threatening the structure itself.

'Fashion is for all women, no matter where you're from'

"The hijab is beautiful and Muslim women are entitled to be passionate about fashion.''

Super Sydney's dark side: the threat to open spaces

For all the great events and buzz, the community must be on guard to defend our green space.

Not waiting for coding to be in the curriculum

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.

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.


School teacher takes app into her own hands

The school's harshest critics, kindy kids, review a learning app designed by their very own teacher.

Photos 1440 exhibition

The most startling moments captured by Fairfax photojournalists during the past year are on display the annual Photos 1440 exhibition.

George street light rail fly through

The NSW government have announced that the George street light rail will extend to Sydney's south east and will begin construction in October.