Arrest rate rises but so too does drug use

Amy Corderoy, Emma Partridge 3:46 PM   NSW has reached a new milestone for the number of people using illicit drugs.

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Electoral roll allegations rock Hay's hopes

Labor MP Noreen Hay

Heath Aston, Michael Koziol 4:20 PM   The re-election hopes of veteran state Labor MP Noreen Hay have been rocked by evidence of branch stacking and apparent electoral roll fraud among her supporters in Wollongong.

Dempster slams 'brutal' ABC job cuts

Dismayed: The host of <i>7.30 NSW</i>, Quentin Dempster, an ABC employee of more than 30 years, was sad about the loss of his program.

Anna Patty 8:00 PM   When veteran broadcaster Quentin Dempster says "bye-bye" in his Queensland, boy-from-the-bush way next Friday, it will be for the last time.

New police not ready for patrols, say insiders

Teachers at the Police Academy say recruits are being left dangerously unprepared for crime-fighting duties.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Lives are being put at risk on NSW streets because of a dumbing-down of teaching programs at the state's Police Academy, according to insiders at the training college.

Hearse stolen from Blue Mountains funeral

It was an odd farewell for Seth Richardson on Thursday.

Nick Ralston 5:11 PM   It was a dramatic farewell for Sydney human rights lawyer Seth Richardson that his family says would have appealed to his wicked sense of humour.

Keating wants Barangaroo tower destroyed

Harbour maritime control tower.

Sean Nicholls 7:30 PM   Former prime minister Paul Keating has waded into the debate over the future of a harbour control tower on the new headland at Barangaroo, slamming it as a piece of "rancid reactionism".

Hughes' ambulance given lowest priority

Phillip Hughes.

James Robertson 6:02 PM   The first call for an ambulance for cricketer Phillip Hughes was given the lowest level of emergency priority by the Ambulance service, a source has revealed.

Hometown hero Phillip Hughes mourned

Macksville newsagent Tracey Spear with a tribute book where locals can leave a message for the Hughes family.

Damien Murphy 6:07 PM   Australia has but two mythical heroes; Victoria Cross winners and opening batsmen.

Sydney's new First Fleet set to sail

Sydney Harbour ferries.

Jacob Saulwick   The NSW government has issued tenders for the construction of six ferries.

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Jail 'an injustice' for airport killer

Freedom bid: Mahmoud "Mick" Hawi.

Paul Bibby 3:12 PM   Former bikie boss at the centre of Sydney airport brawl should not spend another day in prison, court told.

Summer-like end to spring predicted

Maddy, 2, and Casey Matthews-James, 4, from England enjoy an outing to Batemans Bay this week. The temperatures will start to climb from Saturday, reaching the mid-30s in western Sydney.

Peter Hannam 4:44 PM   Time to start planning that picnic or an early-season dip into the ocean as spring draws to a near-perfect close.

Churches 'blocking gay law reform'

Gay rights

Michael Koziol 5:19 PM   Gay students, teachers and hospital staff should be granted the same legal protections as aged care recipients,  the age discrimination commissioner says. 

Public schools rush for funding for chaplains

Appealing program: Hundreds of NSW public schools have applied for funding for a chaplain next year.

Alexandra Smith 2:39 PM   More than 500 public schools in NSW have applied for funding for a chaplain for next year, but many are likely to miss out.

Grandmother shot dead at front door

Helen Dawson Key was shot dead through her screen door.

Megan Levy 8:47 AM   She lived in same house for 30 years and loved lawn bowls. Police are stumped as to why Helen Dawson Key was killed.

Lower bills as energy regulator clamps down 

Customers could have lower bills as the energy regulator clamps down on network charges.

Esther Han   More than $210 could be shaved off the annual electricity bill for NSW households, and $360 for small businesses, if the national energy regulator’s proposed price restrictions are implemented next year.

Countdown timers welcomed by pedestrians

A trial will test the benefits of crossing timers in NSW.

Pallavi Singhal   Pedestrians have welcomed the trial of countdown timers at six busy intersections in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood.

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Call for review after paedophile gets bail

Bail: Former chief executive of Bega Cheese Maurice van Ryn.

Emma Partridge, Ben Smyth   The NSW Attorney-General has called for an urgent review after the former head of Bega Cheese was granted bail after admitting he sexually abused six underage boys.

Booming Sydney carries national economy

Lead role: Sydney is driving the national economy.

Matt Wade 6:02 AM   The economy of greater Sydney expanded 4.3 per cent in 2013-14 – its fastest growth rate in 14 years.

'Mum, I've just seen on Facebook ...'

Family anguish: Karmah Jayne Hall.

Rachel Browne   A schoolgirl's grieving mother is appalled that she learnt of her child's death on social media.


Why our children should play cricket this weekend

"Mum, you have to yell out when I am on 63 so I can retire."

The cabin man on Pyrmont Bridge

Josip Culig: Everybody loved the job and everybody was committed. It was almost like a family

More roads for Sydney not a solution for this century

Premier Mike Baird is going to the March election with an enormous, albeit hypothetical, treasure chest.

The Baird Ultimatum: Vote for me or the infrastructure gets it

Mike Baird's pitch on Tuesday can be summed up as: "Vote for me and my electricity privatisation plan or the infrastructure gets it".

Sydney's cycleways: delays, changes and inferior outcomes

The popular College Street bike lane is expected to be replaced by an inferior - and possibly more dangerous - alternative.


Man 'ecstatic' over Facebook defamation win

Online comments can spread within minutes says plaintiff Nick Polias who was awarded $340,000 after suing his former poker playing friends for defamatory comments made on Facebook.

Tributes for Phillip Hughes

Tributes from prime ministers past and present, team mates, cricket legends and more poured in for Test cricketer Phillip Hughes who passed away on Thursday from head injury.

Pedestrian countdown: will it work?

New pedestrian countdown timers being trialled at six busy intersections in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood are a welcome addition says many city walkers.