'We thought it was her illness'

Emma Partridge 9:00 PM   Edna Pearson's family thought she died hating them but on Friday a woman was charged with conspiring to cheat and defraud the $1.7 million estate of the 82-year-old dementia sufferer.

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Facing sentencing after nine trials

John Dennis Maguire, former dorm master at St Joseph's College,
Hunters Hill, departs Downing Centre Court on pedophilia charges.
27th February 2015
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald


Paul Bibby 6:17 PM   Brother John Dennis Maguire was used to being in a courtroom. But when the 71-year-old sat in the dock on Friday it was the first time he had faced the prospect of being sentenced for a crime.

Baird's asset do-or-die: 'There is no plan B'

Mike Baird.

Nicole Hasham 6:28 PM   Mike Baird has "no plan B" if he fails to push his electricity privatisation plan through Parliament, an admission Labor has leaped on to question how the government will fund its infrastructure promises.

Ice addict's bid for leniency fails

Killer: Colin Maxwell Farrow

Shannon Tonkin 1:09 PM   An ice addict who stabbed his drug dealer to death, then dumped her body in a car boot, has been found guilty of her murder after a judge rejected claims he was mentally ill at the time.

Ten in hospital after eating mushrooms

Death cap mushrooms are one of several toxic wild species.

4:14 PM   Health officials have urged the public to avoid eating wild mushrooms after 10 people were treated in emergency rooms, with some admitted to hospital.

'I wish the files could be found'

Knox headmaster John Weeks: 'unconscionable that documents would be destroyed'.

Rachel Browne 5:02 PM   The headmaster of Knox Grammar School has told a royal commission that it is "unconscionable" anyone at the school would destroy documents relating to child sexual abuse.

Baird concedes there is no 'plan B'

Duelling views: Luke Foley and Mike Baird debate the future.

Nicole Hasham and Michaela Whitbourn 5:47 PM   If the poles and wires can't be sold, "all the promises mean nothing", Labor warns.  

Please call home, mother tells fugitive teacher

Former Knox old boy and teacher Chris Fotis.

Rick Feneley 4:46 PM   The mother of fugitive teacher Chris Fotis wants him to call home and assure her that he is safe following his failure to appear before the royal commission into the responses to child abuse.

Baird video pulled from YouTube

A video posted by Mike Baird has been pulled off YouTube due to a copyright claim.

Su-Lin Tan 2:25 PM   A US music label has forced a YouTube video of NSW Premier Mike Baird reading his Twitter hate mail to be taken offline, citing "copyright claims" .

Hawkes defends response to alleged assault

Tim Hawkes

Rachel Browne   The headmaster of the prestigious Kings School said he was not sorry about the way he handled the alleged sexual assault of a year 8 boy at Knox Grammar School in the 1980s.

'Preparing the ground for privatisation'

Workers paint an electricity pylon near Lymm, northern England February 18, 2015. Most British energy consumers who have not switched supplier and/or tariff have missed out on saving up to ?234 (US$360) a year a watchdog's report on competition in the industry showed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENERGY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   The government has been accused of trying to disguise the financial success of state-owned power companies to avoid the impression taxpayers will be losing profitable businesses if they are privatised.

Former Knox teacher believed to have fled 

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Knox teacher Chris Fotis.

Rick Feneley   Chris Fotis was supposed to give evidence at the royal commission into child abuse but no one has seen him for days.

Powerhouse site to be sold to developers

For sale: the Powerhouse Museum will be relocated in western Sydney.

Rose Powell   The state government will sell the Powerhouse Museum in Pyrmont to raise up to $200 million for the museum's relocation to Sydney's western suburbs.

'Stronger standalone national parks defender'

Protesters near Leard State Forest.

Peter Hannam   The Greens would immediately halt clearing of the Leard State Forest and restore Environment as a standalone department, according the party‚Äôs state election platform.

Our seafood labelling is 'embarrassing'

An orange roughy.

Esther Han   Australia has fallen further behind world's best practice in seafood labelling, environmental campaigners say, with the European Union introducing tougher laws to provide more accurate information.


Did Baird just hand Labor its campaign line?

The first leaders' debate of the 2015 state election campaign has put the Premier in a tight spot.

The Accidental Leaders play their first gig

It must be tough playing a gig after the Foo Fighters but that's what happened to Accidental Leaders Luke Foley and Mike Baird.

Privatisation fears go from Baird to worse

Concerns are rising among voters about Premier Mike Baird's grand plan to partially privatise NSW electricity distribution and transmission businesses.

Easter Show: The good, the bag and the ugly

The good, the bad and the weird of this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show showbags.

Red Centre clansman joins battle for Redfern

Christopher Tomlins is a Yambah man from the vast arid lands north of Alice Springs, but for now he is camping on The Block. 

Boats battle for bragging rights at big end of town

They are rivals in the boardrooms, on the stockmarket and at the courthouse - but it's on the water where scores are really settled.

The scandal that happened at Knox

My alma mater Knox Grammar School, is this week the subject of a Royal Commission hearing into an alleged paedophile ring? Knox?

'The other' Todd Carney ready for politics

Labor's candidate for Mulgoa sees the benefits of his name as a conversation starter.

'An extraordinary humanitarian'

Faith Bandler - the feminist, social activist and Aboriginal rights campaigner who died aged 96 this month - was honoured with a state funeral on Tuesday.

Baird, Foley in first election debate

The NSW Premier and Opposition leader can expect to face tough questions on power, transport, schools and hospitals in the debate, which will be carried live on smh.com.au.

Mysterious case of the stray cabinet documents

There is an intriguing question that has been occupying the mind of quite a few government members and their staff: who is number 71?

Parliament seat is  on     Dai Le's bucket list

"I just thought, 'I'm not hearing this'." But Dai Le was hearing it, and her doctor's words were clear.

Orderly ants like an ensuite loo

If you've ever wondered what ants do when nature calls - wonder no more.


Hawkes calls Knox question 'offensive'

Headmaster of the prestigious King's School Tim Hawkes is forced to explain his actions while at Knox Grammar, during a royal commission in Sydney.

Sydney siege: Abbott says system let community down

At the release of the first report into the Sydney siege, the Prime Minister says the community was put at risk by a system which allowed Man Haron Monis to remain free.

Australia's bid to conquer Eurovision

Eurovision tragic Nikki Britton talks to punters about possible song and artist choices like John Farnham and Chet Faker for Australia's tilt at Europe's kitsch fest.