The drama that nearly killed Tropfest

Garry Maddox 12:03 AM   An increasingly bitter dispute forced founder John Polson to put up his own money and borrow copies of films from SBS to screen for the famous short film festival.

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Inquiry to decide on release of Cunneen tapes

Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen.

Sean Nicholls 12:21 AM   A decision on whether explosive phone taps involving crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen are made public could be taken by Monday.

NSW why won't you clean up your own waste?

The EPA recorded 37,000 tonnes of waste was transported interstate from NSW in December last year.

Lucy Cormack   The Environment Protection Authority is investigating 10 waste companies and three rail yards after they were found to be transporting tonnes of waste interstate by rail.

Booming Sydney drives the nation's growth

Sydney's economic growth rate is the country's best.

Matt Wade 6:04 AM   Sydney's contributed nearly a third of Australia's economic growth in the last financial year.

Labor will try to fix soaring preschool fees

Luke Foley has made education the centrepiece of his first state conference speech as NSW Labor leader.

Sean Nicholls 11:30 AM   Luke Foley has made education the centrepiece of his first state conference as NSW Labor leader. 

Plans for high voltage cable sparks ire

Sydney's new northwest metro line needs two independent power supplies to ensure against outages.

Matt O'Sullivan 12:15 AM   A proposal to lay a 33,000-volt cable through Chatswood to power Sydney's $8.3 billion metro rail link to the northwest has sparked the ire of residents

MP says lockout laws should be rethought

Chris Minns says Sydney's reputation as a tourist destination is under threat because of its lockout rules.

Sean Nicholls 12:29 AM   A NSW Labor MP has broken ranks with Opposition Leader Luke Foley by declaring the city's lockout laws need to be rethought.

Burney could go federal in factional deal

Linda Burney could contest the federal seat of Barton in this year's federal election.

Sean Nicholls 5:29 PM   The deputy leader of the NSW Labor party, Linda Burney, could be parachuted into the federal seat of Barton as part of a deal to secure preselection for Joel Fitzgibbon in Hunter.

Two charged after fatal stabbing in Bonnyrigg 

Crime against the person climbed 0.2 per cent in the past year, with crime against property increasing by 0.7 per cent.

Francesca Wallace 2:37 AM   Two men have been charged and two others remain in hospital following a fatal stabbing in Bonnyrigg on Friday night.

Drug push picks up medical marijuana user

ACT Policing Constable Ashley Knowles with a saliva swab used in random roadside drug tests.

Lisa Visentin   A driver who used marijuana for medical purposes four days before driving has been caught in laws that have been blasted by a magistrate as "a mystery".

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'Jet-skis should be banned'

Steve McDonald was in a collision with a jet-ski on the Georges River.

Staff reporter   Just 30 minutes after a maritime patrol vessel passes through a zone of the Georges River with an eight-knot speed limit, a jet-ski is clocked in the area at 48km/h.

Foley pledges 'real-time' donations reporting

"Disclosure delayed is disclosure denied": Luke Foley.

Kirsty Needham   NSW Labor will become the first Australian political party to disclose political donations as they come in, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley will outline on Sunday.

Inside Sydney's home drug deliveries

It's refreshing to hear the Prime Minister acknowledge we cannot arrest our way to success in the fight against ice.

Nick Ralston   Organised crime gangs are making upwards of $150,000 a fortnight from suburban drug runs that deliver cocaine, cannabis and ice to hundreds of customers' doors across Sydney.

Illegal sex racket authorities cannot stop

''Suki'' Xiao Yan Wu was served with a "cease use" notice last month by the City of Sydney after her Town Hall Massage ...

Eamonn Duff   Special investigation: Madam's Wu's $2 million Sydney sex racket.

Ladies loo coup as NSW Parliament returns

Straightened times: Legislative Assembly Speaker Shelley Hancock and Labor MP Jenny Aitchison front women MPs protesting ...

Kirsty Needham   The male change rooms at NSW Parliament will be swapped with the female facilities on Wednesday, in a significant win for the 'loo coup' staged by women MPs.

Health star ratings don't match canteen rules

Back on the menu: Under the traffic light guidelines some treats are considered "amber" or "right-light" foods and could ...

Cosima Marriner   Treats could be back on the menu if the health star food rating system was introduced in school canteens.

Food brands 'game' health star rating scheme

Brand packaging amended: The star rating system aims to make it easier for consumers to choose healthy food options.

Cosima Marriner   Is that tin of Milo rated 4.5 stars for nutrition? Or just 1.5 stars?

NSW Labor vows to clean up Sussex Street

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Kaila Murnain, first female boss of the NSW Labor Party at Town Hall in Sydney. 9th February 2016
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Kirsty Needham   NSW Labor has adopted a code of conduct that prohibits bullying and harassment, in an attempt to shake off the scandals had engulfed its party head office.

Schools turn to cashed-up P&Cs for funding

Public schools are increasingly relying on parents to boost their coffers.

Alexandra Smith   Public schools are asking their P&Cs to fund specialist programs, including gifted and talented classes, with parents stumping up hundreds of dollars in extra levies and fees.

Teen charged over road rage stabbing

A man was hospitalised after being stabbed in the attack.

Harriet Alexander   A road rage argument in Sydney's west has ended with a man hospitalised for serious stab injuries and his alleged teen attacker arrested by police.

'We've been shut down'

The stretch of the Parramatta River around Rhodes is already congested - and rowers fear the new wharf will make it too ...

Melanie Kembrey   Rowers say their sport is being capsized by a rise in ferry services and infrastructure on Sydney's waterways.

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Man dies in a water ski accident at Moama

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a man at a water skiing event in the state’s Riverina region.

Neelima Choahan and Georgina Mitchell   A 47-year-old Sydney man has died after falling off his water ski at the annual Southern 80 race at Moama in NSW on Saturday.

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'Not on my riverbank'

Debate has ramped up over where the Powerhouse Museum should make its home in western Sydney, with calls for one of the shortlisted sites to be scrapped.

Bring back the nightlife

I wouldn’t hit the Kings Cross night clubs if they were opened til 6am or shut promptly on the dot at 6pm. 

Politicians need to release ICAC tapes publicly

The NSW Parliament returns for 2016 with the shadow of the ICAC still hanging over the place.

Sydney's Prince Montesini stages low key return

Sydney's Prince Montesini Stages Low Key Return.

Why Parliament must publish the Cunneen tapes

The leaking of key parts of the transcript of a recording featuring crown prosecutor Margaret Cunneen finally starts to give the public the insight it needs to make up its own mind about her dispute with corruption watchdog chief Megan Latham.

How cities around the world minimise alcohol-related violence

'If you only act from fear, you always make the wrong decision', says Amsterdam's night mayor

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What really goes on at this massage centre?

Girls in faux lab coats and kinky heels are only the beginning at this 'massage centre' in Sydney's CBD.

Man dead after brawl in Sydney

A 26-year-old man died on Friday night after at least five men were involved in a brawl in the Sydney suburb of Bonnyrig, according to police. Vision: ABC News 24.

Partygoers challenge NSW lockout laws

Reclaim the Streets protesters rally against the NSW Government's 'draconian' lockout laws in Sydney in September.