Porn from teacher just a 'silly mistake'

Rachel Browne and Melanie Kembrey 6:26 PM   Former Knox headmaster Ian Paterson dismissed a claim that a former teacher watched porn with a student as just a "silly mistake", a royal commission has heard.

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'Regrets, I have thousands': headmaster

Tim Hawkes

Rick Feneley 7:12 PM   King's headmaster Tim Hawkes has admitted he was stupidly insensitive to say he had “no regrets” about his failure to report the sexual abuse of a Year 8 boarder almost 30 years ago.

'This has killed his business'

Person of interest: William Spedding.

Emma Partridge 6:52 PM   A tradesman named as a person of interest in the case of missing three-year-old is a generous man, his son says, and he's been unfairly harrassed.

Maker 'knew for years implants were faulty'

Joseph Pereira outside Sydney Supreme Court fighting against Johnson and Johnson who manufactured the fault hip replacement that he received.
2nd March 2015.
Photo: Steven Siewert

Paul Bibby 5:20 PM   The corporation that made faulty hip replacement implants was aware the poor design of the device was causing serious medical complications, years before it took any action to recall them, a court was told.

'I've got a gun and I'll shoot ya'

NSW police

Bree Fuller 9:49 AM   It was a brazen act that could have easily cost him his life. Corey Blackmore found himself staring down the barrel of a police officer's gun after abusing two senior constables.

Corey, the date from hell, jailed for 17 months

Sydney man Corey Draper has been jailed for at least 17 months.

Louise Hall 4:56 PM   A man who pretended to be gay lured his victims using the social networking app Grindr before robbing them at knifepoint.

Family energy rebate underspent by $22m

Professionals Australia has weighed in on the Australian Energy Regulator's draft decision to slash operating and expenditure costs.

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   Despite record high electricity prices and disconnection rates the state government has underspent by more than $22 million its key rebate aimed at shielding low income families in NSW.

The faces of Knox's dark era

5:24 PM   Five of the seven key figures in Knox Grammar's appearance at the royal commission into child sex abuse have been convicted for multiple sex offences and one is wanted by police.

Premier announces law-and-order crackdown

Proceeds of crime.

Nicole Hasham 5:34 PM   Criminals who buy flashy cars, jet-skis and homes with the proceeds of crime will have their assets taken away under a state government law-and-order crackdown.

Wilkinson 'appalled' by removal of ribbons

Appalled: Lisa Wilkinson.

2:12 PM   Today show host Lisa Wilkinson says she is appalled by the removal of purple ribbons tied to the gates of Knox Grammar School to show solidarity with sexual abuse victims.

Hip replacement patients in class action

Hip implant recipients are seeking justice.

Paul Bibby 12:28 AM   Surgery was supposed to give Joseph Pereira a better quality of life. Instead, it forced him out of employment and left him in constant pain.

Hackers may try disrupt poll, report warns

Cyber attack: The report was commissioned by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Nicole Hasham 9:10 PM   If you thought Chinese intelligence agencies had more on their minds than the NSW election, you should think again, according to a security analysis.

Paedophile teacher blamed for lost files

Former Knox Grammar School Headmaster Dr Ian Paterson, who is due to appear at he Royal Commission on Tuesday.

Rachel Browne   A senior Uniting Church figure has denied destroying documents relating to sexual abuse at Knox, instead blaming a former teacher at the school, a royal commission has heard.

Scammers using speeding fines to rip you off

Police officers regularly estimate drivers' speeds, according to Commissioner Ian Stewart.

Esther Han 9:58 AM   Scammers are masquerading as the NSW Office of State Revenue and sending bogus speeding fines to consumers globally, as well as the revenue agency's own employees.

Organised crime behind Samba death: police 

 Les Samba released by police media.

Tammy Mills, Megan Levy   More than 20 people will be interviewed on Monday over the killing of horse trainer Les Samba as police reveal he owed $200,000 in drug debts to a criminal syndicate.

Tributes for Merivale patriarch John Hemmes 

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Michaela Whitbourn   The patriarch behind the Merivale hospitality empire has been celebrated for his contribution to Sydney after he died on Sunday following a long battle with cancer.

Man allegedly killed by lover's ex-husband

Police officers surround a man after a fatal stabbing at Cessnock on Sunday morning.

Michael McGowan   A man planning a romantic getaway with his new girlfriend has been stabbed to death in his Cessnock home, allegedly by the woman's former husband.

Wealthy Frenchman's fatal attraction

Sarah Manning at the Coroner's Court.in 2013.

Patrick Begley   It was 'highly volatile and highly sexual'. Even after his girlfriend was convicted over his kidnap, David came back for more. 

Mystery of union boss' missing millions

Michael Williamson.

Kate McClymont   Jailed former union boss Michael Williamson will be quizzed in the Federal Court next month about his bankrupt estate. 

I'm a Labor celebrity, let me in there

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01:  STATE ELECTION: NSW Opposition Leader and Premier election hopeful, Luke Foley greets the party faithful and assmebled Labor luminaries including Bob Hawke at the Catholic Club in Campbelltown at the State Labor Campaign Launch on March 1, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by James Alcock/Fairfax Media)

Damien Murphy   Comment: Suddenly, NSW Labor seems less ashamed of its past. Well, the distant past, anyway.

Highlights

Study determines 'normal' range for penis size

There is now a scientific guide as to what constitutes an average penis size - and hopefully it will put some men at ease.

Betting opens on a hung parliament

As major parties arm-wrestle over privatisation of the power industry, the power industry has stepped in and said "hands off our poles".

Labor needs a big swing: Queensland shows how

Baird enjoys a majority in Parliament, a commanding margin as preferred premier, but a narrow lead on voting intentions.

'I get to be here every day. I get to hug my wife'

It is almost 15 years since Kevin Hines responded to the hateful voices in his head by leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Progressive heartland ponders issues of trust

In a leafy lane a block back from King Street, Colin Walker's home proclaims his politics loud and clear. "Save Our ABC", the signage reads - a common plea in inner-city Newtown.

Second hottest February as warm run continues

Australia’s run of abnormally warm weather has continued with the country recording its second-hottest February in data going back to 1910, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Foley banks on history to give Baird a shock

It took Luke Foley only a couple of minutes to underline what will be energising him over the four weeks before the election.

Mardi Gras veterans float back in a swirl of sequins

Will it be sequins and feather boas with short shorts and footy boots for one of Australia's biggest NRL players at next Saturday's Mardi Gras Parade? 

Sound of Music singalong a crowd pleaser

Fans are flocking to the State Theatre to enjoy singing along and dressing up as characters in The Sound of Music.

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.

Victims of sex abuse say cries for help ignored

Knox Grammar School was more worried about its reputation than its pupils' plights when sexual abuse was alleged, a royal commission has been told.

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.

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NSW election: Prospect the new Smithfield

Prospect will replace the seat of Smithfield and university professor Hugh McDermott hopes to claw back the traditionally safe Labor area from the Liberal's Andrew Rohan.

'Homosexuality to blame for budget woes'

Candidates from the Christian Democrats and the Outdoor Recreation Party make contentious claims at a forum at the Goulburn Soldiers' Club ahead of the March 28 state election.

Police search bushland for William Tyrell

New South Wales police begin a new search for three-year-old William Tyrell who disappeared on the mid-north coast in September last year.