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NSW

Union instructed staff to delete emails

ANNA PATTY 7:29pm The construction workers union directed all staff and officials to clean out their emails despite being issued with an order to produce electronic documents to a royal commission.

NSW news

'I didn't see a problem with it'

Former NSW treasurer Eric Roozendaal arrives at the ICAC hearing on Tuesday.

Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn 6:40pm Eric Roozendaal has admitted he knew Joe Tripodi was feeding information to a company linked to Nathan Tinkler and did nothing to stop it.

Evacuation after fire breaks out on CBD roof

Witnesses said an external pipe on the building looked to have caught fire.

Alexandra Back 7:15pm Around 100 people were evacuated from a seven-storey building on George Street after a fire broke out in its basement on Tuesday.

Women, children hurt as car hits dance studio

The 83-year-old driver had to be freed from the car after the collision.

3:26pm Two women and two children were injured when a car crashed into a building in Wollongong on Tuesday morning.

Body found near nude beach

Police sign

NICK RALSTON 2:15pm Police responded after reports of a fight near a well-known nude beach south of Sydney. Four hours later they made a chilling discovery.

Policeman refused bail over robbery attempt

Scores of specialist police and undercover detectives crash-tackled the alleged robbers.

EMMA PARTRIDGE 6:02pm A police officer suspended for steroid use has been refused bail after he was charged over a foiled robbery in Sydney’s west on Monday.

Wife-killer Des Campbell loses appeal

Behind bars: Des Campbell has lost the appeal against his conviction for the murder of his wife.

PAUL BIBBY 12:01pm Four years ago a jury found Des Campbell guilty of murdering his wife Janet by pushing her off a 50-metre cliff in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, in 2005.

Actor's home destroyed in suspicious fire

Alex Haddad pictured outside the house earlier this year.

MEGAN LEVY 11:30am A home belonging to Fat Pizza actor Alex Haddad has been destroyed in a fire that police and firefighters believe was deliberately lit.

Explosive evidence: union graft exposed

CFMEU

ANNA PATTY Explosive revelations of union kickbacks from businesses linked to crime figures, terrorists and standover men emerged from the royal commission into union corruption on Monday.

Despite rain, active fire season threatens

Slip and slide: Samuel, 2, and Gideon, 4, celebrate the first day of spring.

PETER HANNAM 8:06am Above-average temperatures and rain deficits mean Australia’s main population centres can expect a more active bushfire season this summer than usual.

Witnesses at inquiry fear for safety

Jim Kendrovski.

Anna Patty and Nick Ralston Witnesses admit to holding back evidence to the royal commission into union corruption, fearing for the safety of family members.

Secret casino agreement kept from public

Documents relating to the casino licence awarded to James Packer have been stamped secret by the NSW gambling regulator.

SEAN NICHOLLS Key documents relating to the lucrative casino licence awarded to billionaire James Packer at Barangaroo have been stamped secret by the NSW gambling regulator.

Alcohol lockout zone gets mixed report

Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars since the introduction of the lockout.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries in Kings Cross has declined since the lockout was introduced.

Keneally delivers broadside against Tripodi

Former NSW premier Kristina Keneally talks to the media as she leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday.

Michaela Whitbourn, Kate McClymont "It is the ultimate act of betrayal," former premier Kristina Keneally told a corruption inquiry when asked about dirty tricks campaign.

Opal passes test but students feel left behind

Lack of concession Opal cards was one complaint made by public transport users on Monday – a day in which the card appeared to pass its first major test with flying colours.

Jacob Saulwick and Eryk Bagshaw The state government hopes to issue Opal cards for pensioners by year's end, but university students and concession card holders will probably have to wait until next year.

Values

Housing market red hot in winter's chill

The property market has surged, new figures show.

TOBY JOHNSTONE Buyers braving the cooler weather have pushed the city's home values up by a further 5 per cent, new figures show.

Santos ordered to release data about bores

An AGL CSG well near the Nepean River.

PETER HANNAM The state’s coal seam gas industry is under a cloud after separate matters involving the safety of operations at Narrabri and near Sydney.

'Dreadful case': mother faces fresh charges

Betty Colt arrives at court.

Anne Davies Her children were placed in permanent foster care amid claims of neglect and incest. But police say she wanted them back.

Refugees' stories an eye-opener for students

Simon and Simona Ochana fled Syria last year after their cousin was killed in an air strike.

AMY MCNEILAGE While Simon and Simona Ochana were building up their English at school in Sydney, Islamic State terrorists were closing in on their family's village.

'Home invaders held gun to my head'

Accused murderer Tony Halloun claims three armed intruders killed Sydney grandmother Shahnaz Qidwai.

PAUL BIBBY An accused murderer claims three armed intruders killed a Sydney grandmother after taking them both hostage, and that he had "feared for his life".

City kids determined to help country cousins

Helping out: Logan Aldridge,13, is donating his boots.

LUCY CORMACK To the future owner of his old footy boots, Logan Aldridge has just one request: win a grand final in them.

Community circles the new frontier for giving

Across the kitchen tables and community halls of Sydney, a grassroots movement of giving is slowly growing.

A neighbourhood under the hammer

One of Australia's oldest neighbourhoods is being evicted. We examine the people, the history and the fight to keep a community together.

VIDEO

Fire races up 'air vent' in Sydney

A witness captures video of a fire racing up the side of a building on the corner of George and Jamieson Streets in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday.

Ryan Corr 'pleased' heroin charges dismissed

RAW VISION: Australian actor Ryan Corr leaves court after being given a 12-month good behaviour bond for possessing a small amount of heroin.

The fighter fearing for his safety

In the ring Jim Kendrovski is tough as nails but at the Royal Commission into trade union corruption he was too scared to talk.

Policeman arrested over Cabramatta robbery

A Sydney police officer is accused of being involved in a dramatic daylight robbery in Cabramatta on Monday that was foiled by heavily armed police.

ICAC: Joe Tripodi in the hot seat

Corrupt former Labor minister Joe Tripodi reappears in the corruption inquiry witness box but can't "recall" anything helpful. Michaela Whitbourn reports.

Surfing 'most dangerous wave in the world''

Some of the world's best surfers take part in the inaugural Red Bull Cape Fear event in Sydney's Botany Bay at what organisers call the "most dangerous wave in the world".

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