Dorothy Dixers, derision and dummy spits

Nicole Hasham 10:17 AM   Dorothy Dixers, derision and trumped-up dummy spits: NSW Parliament's first question time surely prompted new MPs to wonder what strange club they've joined.

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'We might all turn out to be friends'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06:  Rachelle Louise leaves court after her defamation case against News Limited on May 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Rachelle Louise is the girlfrind of Simon Gittany who was jailed for murder. (Photo by Jessica Hromas/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Rachelle Louise

Louise Hall 1:39 PM   Rachelle Louise has told her defamation trial she was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt as an email has emerged in which Channel Seven journalists discussed a TV boss who 'loves to party'.

Rough road as maintenance funds fall short

NSW councils face a huge backlog in road maintenance funding, the NRMA warns.

Jacob Saulwick 12:15 AM   NSW councils face a $3.2 billion backlog in road maintenance funding, according to the state's motoring lobby,

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Call to shift community attitudes to suicide 

The methods used to change attitudes towards breast cancer  should be adopted by suicide prevention bodies, the head of Suicide Prevention Australia says.

Amy Corderoy 12:15 AM   Suicide prevention experts need to learn from the success in researching and treating breast cancer if they are going to be able to lower suicide rates, the head of Suicide Prevention Australia says.

External firm to investigate leaked document

Premier Mike Baird referred a cabinet paper leak to the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Sean Nicholls 5:49 PM   The NSW Premier's department has hired external investigators to track down the source of the leak of an explosive confidential cabinet document. 

Free uni course for ex-servicemen and women

Professor Michael Biercuk in his lab at CSIRO in Sydney. He is setting up a course for returned veterans. 5th May 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

Julie Power 10:23 AM    Learning a new 'language' will be part of Australian ex-servicemen and women's new free university course.

ICAC bill rushed through state parliament

NSW Premier Mike Baird, in Sydney on Wednesday, has rushed through legislation heading off court orders that would have overturned corruption findings against mining mogul Travers Duncan and associates.

Michaela Whitbourn 7:20 PM   A bill to validate past findings of the state's corruption watchdog has been rushed into NSW Parliament in an attempt to head off legal moves by targets of high-profile inquiries.

ETU investigator denies conflict of interest

Robert Whyburn at the royal commission.

Anna Patty 4:37 PM   "I'm always conscious of potential conflict, but in this particular case I didn't think I had a conflict at all," said Robert Whyburn.

Paedophile GP practised for decades

A man sexually molested as a child by Dr John Rolleston was threatened with legal action when he tried to report it, a royal commission has heard.

Rachel Browne 5:45 PM   A Sydney doctor continued to practise for decades after allegations of sexual abuse were first made to health care authorities with victims routinely fobbed off, a royal commission has also heard.

ICAC future to be decided by landmark review

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24:  NSW Premier Mike Baird, announces an extension of two years for the incumbant Police Commissioner  with the Deputy Premier Troy Grant, and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione at a media conference on April 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Mike Baird

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn   The future of the ICAC will be decided in a landmark review following a High Court decision that threw its powers and reach into doubt.

Knifed police officer wins bravery award 

Senior Constable Kristy Milligan.

Emma Partridge 2:05 PM   Senior Constable Kristy Milligan could have gone for her gun when she was attacked by an armed mentally ill man, but something stopped her.

When the shooter met the vegetarian

Mark Pearson

Nicole Hasham   "Welcome aboard, brother." And with that, a strangely warm moment was had between two of NSW Parliament's most divergent political forces.

Uni takes students to court to dissolve union 

"Many student unions are concerned that this is the tip of the iceberg": Mia Kwok.

Kate Aubusson   Macquarie University will seek to forcibly close MUPRA and absorb $500,000 in its reserves, according to court documents.

A 'modern day Joan of Arc'

Sydney. John Maddison Courts. Rachelle Louise partner of Simon Gittany who was found guilty of murdering his fiance,  Lisa Harnum. Louise is pictured with one of Gittany sisters. Photo: Peter Rae Monday 4 May 2015.

Stephanie Gardiner   Rachelle Louise says she's been deemed a bimbo and a prostitute. The ex-girlfriend of killer Simon Gittany has had enough.

Employer group calls for minimum wage rise

The Australian Industry Group's submission recommends a 1.6 per cent wage increase, which would raise the national minimum wage, which is currently $640.90 a week, by $10.25

Anna Patty   The Fair Work Commission is being asked to look various claims relating to increasing the national minimum wage, with one claim being double the amount major employer groups have argued for.

Surge in flu cases prompts cruise ship warning

Seasonal warning: cruise ship passengers are being urged to get flu shots.

Amy Corderoy   NSW is suffering an unseasonable surge in flu cases, with authorities issuing a public warning for all cruise ship passengers to get vaccinated.

Sink holes keep residents away for fourth day

Two sink holes were pumped with concrete on Monday night in a bid to prevent them expanding.

Melanie Kembrey   Dozens of residents remain in the dark about when they will be able to return to their homes after sink holes threatening to engulf two unit blocks in Sydney's west were pumped with concrete. 

Critics reject stadium proposal 'land grab'

The new pedestrian bridge over Anzac Parade.

Leesha McKenny   A document being prepared for the state government is expected to recommend building a new rectangular venue in Moore Park as part of an upgrade of Sydney's major sporting venues.

'I didn't want to play the man': former official

Bernie Riordan.

Anna Patty   Before his appointment, Fair Work Commissioner Bernie Riordan was subject to a Federal Court case over $1.8m in directors' fees he had been accused of receiving.

Apartment buildings at risk after heavy rain

Three apartment buildings have been evacuated in Harris Park due to sink holes.

Melanie Kembrey   Concrete was pumped into two sink holes overnight amid fears they could bring down unit blocks near the centre of Parramatta.

'Replace petrol taxes with pay-as-you-go'

Traffic congestion in Melbourne.

Jacob Saulwick   The rise of fuel efficient cars will force governments to look for alternatives to petrol taxes, a roads conference heard on Monday. 

Newly-arrived Palestinian shot dead 

Saif Jouda fought for two years to get a visa to come to Australia.

Nick Ralston   Who shot Saif Jouda? Police are still hunting for the killer of the young man who waited two years to join his fiancee in Australia . 


The many ways to (try) to cheat in the HSC

Last year a student wired herself up with an earpiece and a sleeve microphone to get answers from a friend outside the exam room.

Sydney's toll road criticism: 'I apologise'

The chief executive of business lobby group the Committee for Sydney has apologised for his candid criticism of Sydney's toll-road agenda.

Plastic surgeons say: 'Think it over'

The nation's plastic surgeons are calling for a mandatory two-week cooling-off period before a person can get cosmetic surgery. 

Free university course for ex-servicemen and women

 Learning a new 'language' will be part of Australian ex-servicemen and women's new free university course.

ICAC decision politically sound - and fair

Mike Baird's decision to shore up ICAC's powers reflects the strong public support for the anti-corruption body.

Calls for crackdown on school scripture classes

The course material for scripture classes in NSW public schools that has a parent-run lobby group worried.


Garbage trucks protest SBS show 'Struggle Street'

Before the show's launch on Wednesday, garbage workers from Mt Druitt opposed to 'Struggle Street' blocked the entrance to SBS headquarters in Artarmon, Sydney.

SBS' 'Struggle St' faces Garbo's wrath

Garbage workers from Mt Druitt opposed to SBS' new documentary 'Struggle St' stage a protest by blocking the entrance into the SBS headquarters in Artamon.

University of Sydney slammed for 'restricting free speech' after protest

Heated protests have seen 13 people handed show cause notices after students were dragged out of a lecture hall