For Emily and Lachlan, help is on the way

Rachel Browne 4:53 PM   The NDIS is coming to the Blue Mountains and Nepean but what will it mean for families of children with disabilities?

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Welfare system putting us on Greek path

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Jessica Irvine 4:35 PM   Australia's bloated welfare system is not only putting us on a Greek-style debt path, but is also to blame for declining fertility, according to the NSW finance minister, Dominic Perrottet.

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Wife denies knowledge of payment to union

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30:  Nectaria Alex, wife of George Alex after giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on June 30, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media)

Anna Patty 5:06 PM   The wife of Sydney underworld figure George Alex has claimed no knowledge of an alleged payment to a union official that she received from her husband's phone.

'If I do this it will impress Fatima'

Fatima Hammoud leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption

Michaela Whitbourn 12:55 PM   A former senior NSW bureaucrat who gave lucrative contracts to the family of a colleague with whom he was "infatuated" has told a corruption inquiry he was unprofessional and incompetent.

Red or black? It all depends on the spin

Local Government Minister Paul Toole has warned councils against squirrelling away large cash reserves.

Sam Buckingham-Jones, James Robertson 6:05 PM   Far from crying poor, the state's councils are rich and getting richer. The money they hold has grown by $1 billion over the past two years.

'You were threatened with death'

Caroline Carroll: "There was plenty of abuse in my foster placements."

Paul Bibby 1:44 PM   Caroline Carroll did not look forward to the rare occasions that a welfare officer visited her foster home.

Cold burst coming but little joy for snow fields

Frosty times ahead: The first of the fronts should arrive on Thursday.

Peter Hannam 5:23 PM   Time to dig out those woollen scarves and gloves if you haven't needed them so far this winter.

Kristen's 'dramatic gesture' on ship

Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder.

Stephanie Gardiner 11:30 AM   The love between Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder was most obvious in their final moments, before they died a lonely death in a dark ocean.

'It's not easy doing homework on the street'

Mandi Smith, Education Coordinator, at the Oasis Education Centre in Surry Hills. 26th June 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

Eryk Bagshaw   At nine years old Oscar found himself doing his homework in the back seat of the car which doubled as his home.

The people taking power into their own hands

Solar panels on the Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club.

Kieran Gair   First, the local bowlo signed up. Then the churches. Step into the NSW town where people, not policy, are deciding on a future driven by renewables.

Department of Immigration cashes in on love

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Kieran Gair 12:12 PM   The start of the new financial year brings rises in fees – and hardest hit will be anyone falling in love overseas.

'These kids, they went through hell'

Lynda Craig, pictured at Fairbridge

Rachel Browne   After decades of fighting for justice, immigrant children who were abused at Fairbridge Farm in NSW have received a $24 million compensation payment, the largest to survivors of institutional child abuse.

83 children died from DV in past decade

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Nick Ralston   Eighty-three children died from domestic violence abuse over a 10 year period in NSW with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

University competition helping to rejuvenate Liverpool CBD

An artist's impression of the vision for the revamped Liverpool CBD in south-west Sydney.

Harvey Grennan   Liverpool may follow Parramatta with a revamp of its CBD to take advantage of its river frontage.

'I have the body of an Adonis'

Anthony Andjic (right) talks with his lawyer as they arrive at the
ICAC hearing.

Michaela Whitbourn   A former NSW bureaucrat being investigated by the ICAC over allegations he improperly awarded $1.3 million in contracts has had his ardent, flirtatious emails to a colleague revealed. 

I had to say which part of life I wanted to see

Kate Finn, India Spicer, Tash Dale and Jonathan Eyles at the Royal Commission into Institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

Paul Bibby   Young people who spend their childhoods in Out of Home Care are finding it virtually impossible to access their own files because the process is choked in red tape, the Royal Commission has heard.

'I went from Mr Popular to Mr Non-Person'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25:  Portrait of Erik Denison from the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club (centre), still smiling despite retiring from his beloved game due to injuries with fellow retired player Iain Shepherd (right) and current player Brendan Bstyovansky (left) during team training on June 25, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media)

Stephanie Wood   A ground-breaking campaign to end homophobia in sport has won two international awards.

A win for Sydney bus commuters

Hillsbus operators will be busy on Monday.

Pallavi Singhal   Nabbing a seat on the bus might be a little bit easier on Monday morning for many in Sydney's west, with 315 extra Hillsbus services and a new route from Blacktown to Parramatta to begin this week.

'Hiding ethics classes is wrong'

Conservative Christian: Fred Nile.

James Robertson   Educators  have co-signed a letter warning that the enrolment change will discourage children from studying ethics.

Baird government accused of compo delay

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  Sexual assualt victim, Katrina Keshishian on the right stands with Luke Foley MP leader the NSW Labor Party and Linda Burney MP for a photograph at The Domain on March 7, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Fairfax Media)

Kirsty Needham   Up to 24,000 victims of crime may have to wait another three years to have compensation claims reassessed, as Mike Baird stalls on election pledge to fix "serious inequities" in the law.

Last drinks at the Alexandria

Alexandria Hotel, Alexandria.

James Robertson   A hotel has stood on the corner of Henderson Road and Garden Street in Alexandria since the late 1870s.

Man charged after three deaths in Hermidale

Darling River Local Area Command Inspector Brenton Lee at the entrance to the property where three people were found dead.

Pallavi Singhal   A 61-year-old man has been charged with two counts of murder after the deaths of three people in western NSW, which were discovered after someone found a body in the driveway of a rural property.

Highlights

Uni production line is a road to nowhere

A culture of irresponsibility within higher education has created conditions where the job market is being flooded with graduates seeking jobs in industries which do not need them.

The great wall of Chinese capital

Anti-money laundering legislation may be the only way to discourage Chinese investment in Australian properties and moderate rising house prices.

TAFE cuts short-sighted and damaging

The fate of TAFE just doesn't fire the public imagination like other parts of the education system. But it should.

Porn leading children to abuse others: expert

Exposure to online pornography is driving an increase in the severity of sexual abuse committed by children against their peers, according to a leading expert.

Heroine nurse of WWI in unmarked grave

When the hospital ship was torpedoed, Alice Cashin grabbed her prayerbook and crucifix along with her cape. 

Voice of Egypt transmits from Kamahl's garage

For decades, Kamahl Ibram has been broadcasting his Arabic language radio program from a makeshift studio.

Labor frontbench should open its diaries to scrutiny

After news broke that former Liberal MP Chris Hartcher was working as a lobbyist for a property developer, Luke Foley used the issue to attack the government.

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The Dhalayi Doctor project

Dhalayi Doctor project for the Kempsey area of NSW is teaching students at St Josephs Primary School, about ear health.

Pinball wizards wrestle at NSW championships

Pinball players go head-to-head on the Wrestlemania pinball machine at the NSW championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday.

NSW Budget: what can we expect?

The state government is under pressure to do more with less as major commonwealth funding cuts begin to take effect. Sean Nicholls reports.