Luke Foley at odds with union over electricity cuts

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   Opposition leader Luke Foley has put himself at odds with the union representing NSW electricity workers by backing deep cuts to state-owned power company revenues over the next four years which could mean the loss of up to 4,600 jobs.

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Vaccine failure: new mums and babies at risk

Hundreds of new mothers may be at risk after hospital failure.

Leesha McKenny 12:51 PM   Almost 600 women and nine babies may have received ineffective vaccines after a faulty thermostat at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital went undetected for more than a yea

Slug on Sydney's wealthiest residents

Balmoral Beach in Mosman Council - home of Sydney's wealthiest residents.

Rose Powell 4:50 PM   The council of one of Sydney's richest neighbourhoods is crying poor and seeking to raise rates more than any other across NSW.

Elomar faces committal for alleged IS support 

Suspected Islamic State fighter Mohamed Elomar.

Paul Bibby 11:07 AM   A Sydney woman accused of providing support to the terror group Islamic State has been ordered to face a committal hearing next week, with a magistrate rejecting her request for more time to brief new lawyers.

'Epidemic' of domestic violence

Rosie Batty in August 2014.

Esther Han   Rosie Batty's elevation to Australian of the Year has intensified pressure on state and federal governments to transform their approach to tackling the "serious epidemic" of domestic violence.

Cannabis 'better than conventional meds'

The study found nearly 13 per cent of 1500 chronic pain patients had used cannabis in the past year despite being prescribed opioids.

Amy Corderoy 11:54 PM   Australians suffering from chronic pain may get more relief from their symptoms using cannabis than they do from some conventional medications, a study indicates.

New flower discovered in Blue Mountains

The fairy lantern is smaller than a five cent piece.

Nicky Phillips 12:15 AM   Not all flowers smell like roses, but a new plant discovered in the Blue Mountain's sprouts blooms that smell like rotting fish.

Warmer, mostly drier future for Sydney

Rising temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns are likely to hit Australian farming hard.

Peter Hannam 10:00 AM   Sydney's climate can be expected to warm across all seasons, with less rainfall in winter but more intense rain events, according to the latest projections by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Uren, giant of the Labor left, dies aged 93

Tom Uren in July, 2014.

Anne Davies   Former Whitlam government minister Tom Uren has died. He was 93.

Liberal heartland revolt against mergers

Professor Percy Allan has researched efficiency ratings for each NSW council.

Harvey Grennan   The revolution against the state government's Fit for the Future push for council mergers has flared in Liberal heartland.

Forever young: 2UE celebrates 90th birthday

Gary O'Callaghan on air at 2UE in 1978.

Hannah Paine   After decades of covering the events that shaped Sydney, 2UE will be the centre of attention on Monday when the radio station celebrates its 90th birthday.

Baird pledge: Shark detectors for beaches

Shark activity has marred the summer beach season, with Newcastle beaches closed for a record 10 days this month as a 5 metre great white shark swam close to shore.

Kirsty Needham State Political Editor   Premier Mike Baird has pledged to boost public protection against shark attacks with a trial of cutting-edge sonar detecting technology at NSW beaches.

Labor would return Goat Island to Aborigines

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.

Kirsty Needham State Political Editor   Luke Foley wants to return Goat Island to the Aboriginal people in recognition of the "fierce connection" that Bennelong and his wife Barangaroo had to the island.

Sausage sizzles help send kids to space

Science obsessed siblings Teddy, 17, and  Ivy,13, have been to space camp in the US organised by their teacher Jackie Slaviero. Youngest sibling Emily, 9, pictured at Sydney Observatory, will soon join them.

Alexandra Smith   Primary school teacher Jackie Slaverio has big plans to charter a plane and take 300 students to Space Camp

Labor candidate admits colourful past

Solicitor and reformed drug user, Edwina Lloyd, the Labor candidate for the state seat of Sydney, at her Potts Point home with her son, Ryder, 20 months.

Natalie O'Brien   The best thing that ever happened to criminal lawyer Edwina Lloyd was being arrested on a drug charge, she says.

On yer bike: Cycling party's NSW election bid

Omar Khalifa: "We have a heartland of people now who are avid cyclists."

Nicole Hasham   Politics, much like cycling, takes a good dose of stamina and a new party is hoping pedal power will propel it into the NSW Parliament.

Cash for containers support surges

Waste not want not: NSW residents want container deposit recycling and are prepared to cop the 10¢ levy.

Kirsty Needham   Consumer support for the Baird government's decision to introduce cash for containers recycling has hit 90 per cent, a poll shows.

Parents take bullying to the car park

Parents taking school matters into their own hands can make pick-up time fraught.

Amy McNeilage   There is a growing problem of bullying, intimidation and violence in Sydney's schools. But it's not the students at fault - it's the parents. 

Enrolments in chaos after computer crash

TAFE student, Jake Keighran, has been unable to get into university because of an IT error at TAFE, in Sydney.

Kirsty Needham   The NSW TAFE system has been thrown into chaos by the failure of a new computer system that is preventing thousands of students from enrolling state-wide.

Sydney visit is a dream for tsunami orphans


Natalie O'brien   For the five young Indonesian orphans, seeing Sydney for the first time was like a dream.

Parents play key role in stamping out bullying


Simone Ziaziaris   Parents have a huge influence on how their children socialise in the schoolyard whether they like it or not.

Martial arts plan to beat the cycle of bullying

Life skills: St Scholastica's students, who learn jujitsu for self-defence, as well as personal development, structure and control.

Rachel Browne   A leading jujitsu instructor has called for martial arts to be taught in schools to reduce the incidence of bullying.


How can wild rabbits be stopped?

They're back in big numbers and the solution is uncomfortable.

Yes, sometimes it rains on our parade

Well, at least it didn't bother the contestants in the Great Sydney Swim.

UNSW course enlightens parents about their gifted children

For the first time, parents of the academically gifted joined their children in a summer program at the University of New South Wales.

Who's leaking? Richo wants to know

To say that the scandal-plagued former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson is hot under the collar is an understatement.

Branch stacking battle lurks in the background 

It's largely been lost in the rush of publicity surrounding the relatively bloodless ascension of Luke Foley to the leadership but a related contest of arguably equal importance is still being fought deep within the NSW ALP.

Sydney Festival 2015 wrap - plenty of highlights and some misses

Despite a rainy opening weekend that caused saw numbers at the Parramatta opening concert and Summer Sounds in the Domain concert fall below expectations, the Sydney Festival looks set to match last year's total audience across its program of 179 free and ticketed events.

Sale and lease ban on units with pools

Owners of apartments in blocks with swimming pools and spas could be banned from selling or letting their properties under new regulations due to come in this autumn.


Australia Day Spirits undampened by rain

Wet weather fails to deter Australia Day crowds from having a good time in Sydney on Monday.

Coral trout found off Sydney

The discovery of a coral trout off Sydney could be a sign of things to come as oceans warm and tropical fish move south.

Properties raided in search for William Tyrell

A mattress and computer gear were removed from a property raided by police in the search for the toddler who went missing four months ago.