'We're losing the plot on homework'

Kieran Gair 12:15 AM   Australian children have the fifth highest amount of homework in the world, research from an OECD report into the performance of students has revealed, leading to a backlash from parents and academics about homework destroying school holidays.


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'I could smell something burning'

Erin Dee.

Anna Patty 12:00 AM   After wrapping a new set of Christmas lights around the tree and settling back for a quiet night, Erin Dee was startled by a sudden loud crack and smoulder of smoke.

'It is clear to me I was set up'

Mayor of Hurstville Con Hindi says he was framed by a third party.

Natalie O'Brien 12:15 AM   Corruption, cronyism and sexual impropriety, poison pen letters, private investigators, asbestos contamination and allegations of a witch-hunt. Welcome to Hurstville Council.

Healthy star ratings proposed for fast food

Subway has more stores than McDonald's in the US.

Harriet Alexander   The healthy food star-rating system should be extended to fast food to give consumers more information about their nutritional value, according to a leading research institute on public health.

'We're losing the plot on homework'

Ruby Stephenson is tutored during the school holidays by Vanessa Romero at Presbyterian Ladies' College, Croyden.

Kieran Gair 12:15 AM   Australian children have the fifth highest amount of homework in the world, research from an OECD report into the performance of students has revealed, leading to a backlash from parents and academics about homework destroying school holidays.

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Domestic violence centres full

Leila Alavi was allegedly murdered by her husband after she had repeatedly been turned away from refuges.

Lisa Visentin 6:16 AM   Women fleeing domestic violence in NSW are being turned away from refuges in droves as frontline workers say a culture of silence has blanketed the sector more than a year after the government overhauled crisis accommodation services.

Chopper spots shark near surfers at Byron Bay

A shark spotted by a news helicopter at Watego's Beach in Byron Bay.

Georgina Mitchell 4:27 PM   A shark has been spotted metres from a group of surfers at a beach in Byron Bay days after two shark attacks in the area, one serious.

Boat owner 'frustrated' after  marina fire

Firefighters at the Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo at about 4am on Saturday as flames engulf two yachts.

Tim Barlass 9:08 PM   The owner of one of two boats destroyed by fire at Woolloomooloo together worth $2 million says 'it is extremely frustrating'.

Couple who lost family on   MH370 and MH17

John and Kaylene Mann, who lost a total of four relatives on Malaysia Airlines flights MH17 and MH370.

Tim Barlass 12:15 AM   Couple devastated but determined to find answers to what happened to cause loved ones' deaths.

Lizards and swamps v jobs and electricity

Springvale mine workers from left, Adam Powell and Darrin Francis, in the lamp room at the completion of their shift. Springvale mine in Lithgow is seeking an extension to its' existing coal mine operations which will take the underground mine below sensitive swamps in the Newnes State Forest.

Anne Davies   What price the habitat of the endangered Blue Mountains skink, the giant dragonfly, rare swamp plants and an increase in salinity in rivers that feed Sydney's water drinking supply?

Ecologist says warnings on mine led to sacking

Lithgow Environment Group's Chris Jonkers at East Wolgan swamp, which has been extensively damaged by polluted mine water being pumped into it and ground cracking causing the swamp to drain and dry out.

Anne Davies   An environmental consultant says he was sacked by a coal company after he warned that mining was harming endangered swamps near Lithgow.

Patients could sue dentists over HIV scare

The Gentle Dentist surgery at Campsie, Sydney, is one of four clinics that may have infected patients with HIV and hepatitis.

Kate Aubusson   Patients who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis are considering legal action against the Sydney dentist who performed invasive dental surgery with poorly sterilised equipment.

Anger over deletion of ethics classes option

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli

Anna Patty   Providers of ethics classes in NSW primary schools have responded with outrage to a change to the school enrolment form which removes a clear choice between ethics and scripture.

The dean brought down by lavish dinner

Dr Karl Kramer, the new Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of music

James Robertson   Karl Kramer became the second American to run Australia's most important and prestigious music academy. He also became the second to leave with his tenure under a cloud of controversy. 

River clean-up to take 'many weeks', EPA says

Polluted gully downstream of the Clarence Colliery.

Peter Hannam   The collapse of a wall of coal waste at the Clarence Colliery into part of the Wollangambe River is expected to take "many weeks" to clean up, the NSW Environment Protection Agency said.

Primary teacher arrested for sex offences


Eryk Bagshaw   A primary school teacher has become the latest man to be charged with child sex offences after a year-long investigation into historical child sex offences at a school in northern NSW.

Frosty nights but some joy for snow bunnies

Front Valley at Perisher has received a welcome dusting.

Peter Hannam   Sydney's run of unusually cold mornings will extend well into next week as mostly clear skies combine with light winds and a frigid air mass to sink the mercury.

The problem with a $6m Sydney park

Ryde mayor Bill Pickering receives a cheque for the Macquarie Park site from Liberal MP Victor Dominello during the election campaign.

Melanie Kembrey   It was supposed to be a green oasis in one of Sydney's booming business hubs.

$1000 dinner that brought down a dean

Dr Karl Kramer, the new Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of music 
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James Robertson and Eryk Bagshaw   The Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been forced to resign after an investigation uncovered the misuse of thousands of dollars on his corporate credit card.

Packaging industry missing recycling goal

Plastics not so fantastic: recycling falls short, internal report finds

Peter Hannam   The packaging industry is considering cutting its recycling target after an internal review found imports of plastics were far higher than thought, leaving waste reuse falling further shy of targets.

A ticket off the electricity grid

Tesla's Powerwall battery has turned the focus on lithium.

Lucy Cormack   The energy sector is undergoing an identity crisis and there is one thing that will determine where it goes from here: the humble battery.


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.