A long wait for help north of the harbour

Jacob Saulwick   The Prime Minister, the Premier, the federal Treasurer and the state Transport Minister all hail from north of the harbour – but what are they doing to make it easier to get out of there?

Latest NSW news

Morrison 'an embarrassment' to his school

The invitation to Sydney Boys' High School cocktail evening with Scott Morrison.

Alexandra Smith 5:45 PM   Old boys from Sydney Boys High School say they are disgusted that federal minister Scott Morrison will be a guest at a fundraising event, warning of the "embarrassment" to the school to celebrate a man who has "so flagrantly disregarded human rights".

Barangaroo public parking could face a big cut

Urban plan: Artist's impression of Crown Sydney at Barangaroo, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Leesha McKenny 9:21 AM   Most of Barangaroo's public on-street parking would be abolished and the number of spaces allocated to private development significantly increased, under proposed changes to the area's concept plan.

Baird reassures voters as Labor attacks

Whirlwind: Premier Mike Baird derided Labor's "dishonest scare campaign" over potential foreign investment in NSW's power network.

Nicole Hasham, James Robertson, Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   The Premier has been forced to reassure voters that his keystone power plan does not pose a state security threat.

NSW residents pack their bags 

NSW residents pack their bags: Statistics show interstate migration is peaking with many NSW residents heading to Queensland.

Peter Martin 8:35 PM   Australians are leaving NSW in greater numbers than they are arriving.

Faulty cable leaves 40,000 buildings at risk

Ann Savery and John Barbaric had hazardous Infinity cables installed in their renovated house, prompting them to rewire.

Esther Han 9:57 AM   Electricians are blaming the consumer watchdog for the slow industry and community response to an urgent recall of dodgy electrical cables that could start burning down homes in nine months time.

Mother charged for leaving a toddler in the car


Su-Lin Tan   Police have charged a mother for leaving her two-year-old daughter in a locked air-conditioned car in Sydney's south on Thursday. 

Stop the bus: This is democracy in action

Bruce Notley-Smith.

Rick Feneley 8:44 PM   It’s high noon in Coogee two days before the state election and Bruce-Notley Smith, the local Liberal MP, is expounding about democracy. 

Domestic violence shattering lives 

Nardia Green

Rachel Olding   After working with the police and with battered women for two decades, Nardia Green thought she'd be the last person to let domestic violence creep into her own life.

Labor's last-ditch preferencing campaign

Labor is urging voters to allocate preferences as Opposition Leader Luke Foley counts down to the state election on Saturday.

Sean Nicholls   Labor has struck a preference deal with the Greens in 23 lower house seats as well as the upper house, which it hopes will help accentuate an apparent 10 per cent swing against the government. 

ACTU calls for $27 per week wage boost 

"The annual wage review is the only chance for Australia's lowest paid workers to get a pay rise": ACTU secretary Dave Oliver.

Anna Patty 10:22 AM   The ACTU's submission to the review of minimum wages argues a greater increase is necessary to avoid creating an underclass of working poor and rising inequality.

Coca-Cola worker arrested at office

Police have arrested a senior Coca-Cola Amatil employee over allegations of fraud.

Su-Lin Tan 8:18 PM   Police have arrested a senior Coca-Cola Amatil employee over allegations of receiving corrupt commissions and money laundering.

Rapist felt power on the dance floor

Jailed: Luke Lazarus leaves the court on Thursday.

Nick Ralston 8:51 PM   By his own admission, Luke Andrew Lazarus was a young man with a very privileged life in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Liberals query Labor's rent arrangements 

Labor's candidate in Goulburn: Ursula Stephens.

Sean Nicholls 8:48 PM   The battle for the seat of Goulburn is intensifying, with the NSW Liberals asking if Labor candidate Ursula Stephens has accepted an illegal political donation via a discount on her campaign office. 

'Did you abuse my son?' mother asks priest

Andrew Nash, who died in his bedroom in 1974.

Joanne McCarthy   Andrew Michael Nash was 13 years old when he died in his bedroom.

Killer's 'affair with prison guard'

Killer moved to Supermax: Kieran Loveridge is led from court after his original sentencing in November 2013.

Rachel Olding 8:25 PM   Teenage killer Kieran Loveridge has been having an "improper relationship" with a female guard, and allegedly stomped on the head of another prisoner.

Massive population growth ignored

Bidders: Rapid population growth in Sydney is putting pressure on housing stock and property prices.

Matt Wade   NSW faces a big challenge that has hardly rated a mention in the election campaign: too many people.

Oval where kids need bike helmets to play

Child cycling.

Peter Munro   Welcome to the oval where children have been advised to wear bicycle helmets for protection during play, due to the danger of flying golf balls.

Chinese power giant in corruption probe

Premier Mike Baird: "My job is to encourage investment into NSW."

Sean Nicholls, Nicole Hasham, James Robertson   A Chinese government-owned energy company that is a potential buyer of NSW electricity assets was last year the subject of a "major" state audit aimed at rooting out alleged corruption.

Australian podiatrist killed in Bahamas

Stabbed to death: Phillip Vasyli.

Tom Decent   Authorities in the Bahamas say a well-known podiatrist from Australia has been found stabbed to death at his luxury home.

Union, welfare agencies at war over housing 

State Election. Tresurer Joe Hockey & Premier of NSW Mike Baird at a Construction begins in Westconnex press call. . Photo: Edwina Pickles. 8th March 2015.

Sean Nicholls   A union and the state's peak welfare agency are at each others throats over Premier Mike Baird's plan to make an affordable housing fund, but only if he is able to partially privatise the electricity network.


The Show's best rides

Where else can you adopt a hermit crab, purchase a sandstone wall and eat a 68cm hotdog just a few metres apart?

We are suckers for scare campaigns

The politicians' decades of bad behaviour may have caused them to lose our trust, but not our mistrust - making us suckers for scare campaigns.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015: The ultimate map

The Sydney Royal Easter Show comes alive with our interactive map showcasing the Herald's best work

Turncoats power on

Former Liberal leader John Hewson is the yin to Martin Ferguson's yang.

Son of Ray a no-go zone

Diary: Talkback radio's greatest law and order proponent, Ray Hadley, is the proud father of a NSW policeman.

Show time for creative farm families

The 193rd Sydney Royal Easter Show opens on Thursday with an Anzac tribute.

Children and a career? It's all talk, no action

It took Shey Hooper six months before she could find an employer willing to employ her on a part-time basis after she had children.


Easter Show 2015: Meet the Paviers, Easter Show Royalty

"A good show is low like a really good cake," you need all the right ingredients said Broderick Pavier.

The truth about 'poles and wires'

The big issue in the NSW election campaign is Premier Mike Baird’s plan to partially lease the state’s electricity to private owners. So how much is there for consumers and voters to worry about?

Quentin Dempster: From national broadcaster to selfie-stick

The NSW state politics guru will be bringing you smh's live video coverage of the state's election from 6pm AEST Saturday 28.