The passengers who don't like Opal

Matt O'Sullivan 6:37 PM   There are about 200,000 of them resisting the shift to Opal cards, just over two months from the end of the sale of most paper public transport tickets in NSW.


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Only the most disadvantaged opt for 'ice'

Ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is a highly addictive drug.

Amy Corderoy 12:00 AM   Use of the drug 'ice' is becoming more common among the most hard-core, disadvantaged drug users but is decreasing among more casual drug users, data shows.

Frequent trains and taller apartments 

Artist's impression of Bankstown, post-development

Jacob Saulwick, Leesha McKenny 11:45 PM   Another 36,000 apartments will be built near train stations on a key Sydney rail line in the next 20 years.

Hart considers run for Hockey's seat

"It's something I've had to think seriously about": John Hart.

Sean Nicholls 5:59 PM   A Liberal Party fund-raiser has told colleagues he is contemplating running for preselection in the seat of North Sydney amid expectations that Joe Hockey is about to step down.

NSW lifts energy savings goals

The Baird government is expanding the Energy Savings Scheme.

Peter Hannam 6:41 PM   The Baird government has raised its energy savings goal 70 per cent by 2020 in a bid to limit rising electricity and gas bills.

Paul Toole tells councillors to back mergers

Local Government minister Paul Toole.

Leesha McKenny 5:28 PM   Local Government Minister Paul Toole tells hundred of angry councillors to back reforms or 'deprive your communities of the benefits of change'.

'I am not a NIMBY': Luke Foley

Labor leader Luke Foley.

Jacob Saulwick, Melanie Kembrey 6:47 PM   Planning the redevelopment of the corridor from Parramatta to Olympic Park should go to a new Sydney-wide body, says Labor leader Luke Foley.

'One step closer to freedom'

One down: Students at Wyndham College exit the exam.

Eryk Bagshaw   Students from Belmore to Baghdad began their HSC exams on Monday, with the largest cohort in history taking on the English exam.

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Airbnb forced to declare mandatory fees 


Esther Han 2:07 PM   Airbnb and eDreams will have to disclose unavoidable fees upfront after the ACCC found their drip-pricing tactics broke the law.

Thiess manager admits bogus invoices to AWU

Cyclists enjoy the Eastlink Open day in June 2008.

Anna Patty, James Massola 5:53 PM   A former manager of the construction company Thiess John Holland has admitted the firm issued bogus invoices to hide payments to the Victorian branch of the AWU.

Terror laws:  14-year-olds in premier's sights

A man is arrested in Lockwood Street, Merrylands.

Sean Nicholls   Malcolm Turnbull is being urged by the NSW government to significantly strengthen Australia's anti-terrorism laws following the Parramatta shooting.

The one thing that divides Sydney

Where you live in Sydney has a major bearing on your access to opportunities, especially jobs.

Matt Wade 12:15 AM   Is life in Sydney getting better? For some, sure. But for others there is one ingredient missing.

A 120-metre tower in 50-metre space? 

NSW Enviroment Minister Rob Stokes announcing a plan to ban microbeads which pollute the harbour.
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Photo: Steven Siewert

James Robertson   A Sydney council says the state government is overruling its block on a developer's plans to build a 120-metre tower, despite it exceeding height restrictions by nearly 70 metres.

Bar wars: rival faction hits back at Cunneen

Margaret Cunneen

Michaela Whitbourn   The factions are warring and they're working the numbers. The NSW Bar Association's annual election is making organised politics look almost bloodless.

'We need a Mufti who can speak English'

Premier Mike Baird after a meeting with Muslim community leaders to discuss countering violent extremism.

Rachel Olding, Emma Partridge   NSW Premier says the government will work with the Muslim community on measures to combat violent extremism following the Parramatta terror attack.

'Proud homophobe' rejected by  community

Right-wing Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin is speaking in Sydney this week.

Saffron Howden, Timna Jacks   A visiting extremist Israeli who has condemned homosexuals and dubbed Palestinians "bandits" is not welcome at the mother congregation of Australia's Jewish community.

ACCC rejects taxi industry's counter to Uber

Uber is a major threat to the established taxi industry.

Matt O'Sullivan   The rejection is a blow to the established taxi industry in its fight against Uber.

Mr Wang will argue he acted in self-defence

Cheng Jie Wang claims he acted in self defence.

Stephanie Gardiner   Cheng Jie Wang called his former girlfriend and allegedly told her: "If anything happens to your brother, don't blame me."

UNSW issues security warning after  threat

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Rachel Olding and Michael Koziol   Students and staff at one of Sydney's major universities have been issued a warning after a threat was posted online.

No bail for alleged Lakemba bottle murderer 

Kelly Ventigadoo died after he was allegedly stabbed in the neck with a beer bottle in Lakemba.

Kate Aubusson and AAP   A man accused of fatally stabbing another man in the neck with a bottle at a Sydney unit block will remain behind bars.

Building sell-off costs taxpayers more in rent

The NSW Government sold Bligh House for $53 million in 2013. The new owner resold for $68 million in 2015.

Kirsty Needham   The Baird Government's great property sell off is leaving taxpayers footing the bill for higher rent costs for public servants.

A father who disappeared in the dark

Quinn Martin disappeared from Colo Heights in Sydney's north in December, 2012. His family say they have no doubt the 35-year-old was murdered.

Ava Benny-Morrison   The Putty Road property was a place where the Martin family had created many cherished memories, from swimming in dams to camping. 


Why sad songs might be music to your ears

Melancholy music strikes a chord with particular personality types, research shows.

More to urban planning than George Street

If I was the boss, the first road I would do something serious about in Sydney is King Georges Road.

Fighting companies that want to own your genes

This week saw a major victory for cancer patients and advocates who fought to regain control of their genes. But who will own the rights to future discoveries?

'Transforming something from ugly to beautiful'

Over twenty years, Wendy Whiteley turned feelings of grief and addiction into something green and beautiful.

Farming fussy butterflies by the thousand

If you thought raising young children was hard, try caring for two thousand fussy butterflies.

Storytime ballet series for children announced

The Australian Ballet announced it will be bringing the magic of the popular fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, to life on stage in a new production that has been designed specifically for its tiniest fans.


Muesli bar taste test

School kids try the new-formula Uncle Tobys museli bars which have less fat, sugar and salt than before - and the results are mixed.

Councils heckle minister over merger reform

NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole faces a tough crowd in making the case for reform at a local government conference at Rosehill.

Sad sounds

Why does some music sound sad, and why do some people enjoy listening to it? David Robertson, chief conductor for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, explains why music is emotive.