Home-schooled kids perform better in NAPLAN

Home-schooled students perform much better in NAPLAN tests than students in mainstream schools and they do as well as their peers in the HSC. School Certificate.

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Dyldam directors embroiled in family feud

Carol Khattar with her late husband, George Khattar.

Kate McClymont 8:41 PM   One of the nation's largest privately owned development companies, Dyldam, is claiming it is too cash-strapped to pay money to the widow of one of its four owners.

Heat to stay on CSIRO climate cuts

There are claims Malcolm Turnbull was blindsided by the news.

Peter Hannam 7:24 PM   Leading scientists will use a national conference to appeal to the Turnbull government to intervene to reverse plans by the CSIRO to eliminate most of its climate roles amid claims the Prime Minister was "blindsided" by the move.

Hospital guards want power to restrain violent patients

Hospital security guards have called for dedicated "ice" rooms or seclusion rooms in emergency departments, such is the ...

Hospital security guards have outlined overwhelming concerns about staff numbers, job training and hospital safety ahead of a roundtable meeting with the government on Monday.

Chinese New Year: Get ready to party

Lunar New Year celebrations in Cabramatta's Freedom Plaza.

Phoebe Moloney   It's the Year of the Monkey and Sydney's celebrations could be our most creative yet.

Police question restaurant over wine list

Diners at the 10 William St restaurant.

Eryk Bagshaw 8:55 PM   Police question Paddington restaurant over its wine list

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Urban sprawl crushing Sydney's food bowl

Dairy Farmer Tony Biffin in the paddocks at the family run 'Biffin Dairy' in Cawdor near Camden, Sydney. Biffin Dairy ...

The share of vegetables grown in the city's food basin is heading for a crash.

Years of ADVOs failed to protect allegedly murdered mum

Apprehended domestic violence orders failed to protect Sharon Michelutti when her partner allegedly stabbed her at their ...

A mother of five who was allegedly stabbed by her fiance had been the subject of countless apprehended domestic violence orders dating back to the 1990s, including one that was taken out two weeks before her death.

The changing face of Sydney's Chinatown

Jacky gets ready to tackle the New Year rush. He's run the Shun Fai Modern AV Co in Sussex Street for the past 25 years.

As Haymarket wakes up to the Year of the Monkey, the change that has crept over the inner-city suburb is developing into a brisk march.

'It will only make them sicker': the people health groups can't ignore

Samuel is one of 37 babies born in Australia who is now destined to be sent back to Nauru.

Churches have offered them sanctuary. Now healthcare groups offer medical support.

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'Heavy handed nanny state'

Aaron Manahan claims police harassed him.

Eamonn Duff   When police nabbed a Sydney drag queen for urinating in a public place, it sparked an eight-month 'harassment' case unlike any other.

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Olympic hopefuls among the thousands who completed 2016 Cole Classic

Competitors hit the water at the start of the swimming races at Shelly Beach before crossing the finish line on Manly's ...

More than 3500 swimmers took part in the prestigious Cole Classic ocean swim at Manly on Sunday, raising more than $125,000 for charity.

Rubbish dump that could cost $400 million

Dial a Dump is taking action against the Baird Government

Natalie O'Brien   He built up his waste empire from scratch only to have two of his properties forcibly resumed. Now the waste entrepreneur is pursuing the government for more than $400 million compensation

Gonski a voter issue in marginal seats

School funding will continue to be a hot political issue.

Heath Aston   Twice as many voters in Liberal-held marginals seats would support the Turnbull Government fully funding the Gonski schools package as those who oppose spending the extra $4.5 billion.

'Blatant discrimination on religious grounds'

Ben Gray, Xavier Bustos, Alex Gray and Charlie Tsaltas of Wilkins Public School would like to enrol in ethics classes.

Eryk Bagshaw   First they took it off the enrolment form, now it is a long process before parents are even told about ethics as an option.

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Greens select lawyer for Plibersek's seat

Tanya Plibersek's stance on a binding vote for Labor MPs on same-sex marriage did her untold damage.

Heath Aston   The Greens have chosen a female native title lawyer to contest Tanya Plibersek's federal electorate of Sydney as the party prepares to target what it believes are five winnable lower house seats in NSW and Victoria this year.   

Complaints of electric shocks on new rail link

Londonderry MP Bart Bassett.

Kirsty Needham   Two Sydney Trains staff say they have suffered electric shocks, prompting accusations the Baird Government is failing to ensure quality standards in its huge infrastructure construction program.

Baird in a bind over SCG Trust land plan

"I recognise the humanitarian impulse behind [Mr Andrews'] letter to the Prime Minister," Premier Mike Baird said in a ...

Jacob Saulwick   Plans for a land-grab to house a new 55,000 seat stadium are putting the SCG Trust on a collision course with Malcolm Turnbull.

Labor left pushes for GST alternative

Tim Ayres, secretary of the AMWU, says a new state land tax would be better for the people he represents than a rise in ...

Labor's left faction will recommend an "inherently progressive" tax that won't "disproportionately punish low- and middle-income earners".

Sydney's freeze on new bars, clubs extended

Questions have been raised about how alcohol ads meet the industry code.

The state government has decided to extend a ban on all new pub and club licences in Kings Cross and Sydney's centre.

'Agricultural branding is at huge risk'

Josh Gilbert, pictured here with fellow farmer Anika Molesworth, has warned land clearing laws may damage the ...

Sean Nicholls   A former farming lobby head has warned the agriculture industry risks reputational damage akin to that suffered after the live cattle exports scandal if the state government proceeds with radical new laws.

Salim Mehajer's unusual defence 

Salim Mehajer. Photo: Peter Rae, Fairfax

James Robertson   Auburn councillor Salim Mehajer was not in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday as his attorney argued for against his suspension from duties. 

Highlights

The Year of the Monkey do's and don'ts

Gong xi fa cai! Welcome, year of the fire monkey.

Objecting to timing of training takeover

The Turnbull government's leaked plan to take over control of vocational training should come as no surprise to the Baird government.

Confessions of a window cleaner 

What window cleaners see: You could virtually make it up and it would all be true.

Back room strategy no longer working for Packer

James Packer's natural game is the backroom deal but it's no longer going all his way over his proposed casino development at Barangaroo.

Sydney's deadliest road?

There was once a warning sign at the beginning of Appin Road with the death toll emblazoned under the words "Accident Zone, Drive Carefully."

AGL's belated exit from coal seam gas leaves Santos exposed in Pilliga

The company executives with most to worry about after AGL's ditching of CSG belong to Santos.

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Nice weather ahead

Fairfax's environment editor, Peter Hannam shares what's ahead for this week in weather.

Lake Macquarie restaurant collapses

Emergency services are called to the scene of a marina collapse at Pelican Marina on Lake Macquarie on Monday. Vision: Seven News

How to avoid dodgy builders

NSW Fair Trading offers some tips and things to look out for to avoid being scammed by shonky builders.