Brock's dream shattered

Eryk Bagshaw 1:05 PM   Brock Sheehan was expelled from three different schools before he came to Lomandra. He was making the most of his second chance when he heard the news. 

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Task force to examine Uber ride-share service

Ride-sharing service Uber will be examined by a task force looking at challenges facing the NSW taxi industry.

Melanie Kembrey 1:04 PM   The government has unveiled a new task force that will consider regulating Uber as part of a wider examination into the challenges facing the taxi industry.

School pays tribute to Archie Hunt

Archie Hunt, 13, fell to his death inside the Queen Victoria Building on Sunday.

Megan Levy 10:08 AM   A 13-year-old boy who fell to his death in the Queen Victoria Building has been remembered by his school community as a polite, enthusiastic student who was a "delight to have in class".

Say goodbye to a day's free parking

Shopping centres are introducing measures to prevent the abuse of free-parking periods.

Kieran Gair 12:07 PM   Shopping centres are introducing number plate recognition technology to eliminate misuse of the free parking period.

Kids using social media to report sexual abuse

Carolyn Worth (left), the manager of the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence

Paul Bibby 12:54 PM   One in three victims who contacted a sexual assault centre have been children, says the manager of a family violence service.

$2 billion 'wasted' on private schools

The research  found that independent schools spent a lot on capital facilities, grounds and buildings.

Eryk Bagshaw 8:00 PM   A new report from academics has revealed that $2 billion in education funding would have been better allocated to the public sector.

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For Emily and Lachlan, help is on the way

Emily, Lachlan and Debbie Rolfe are looking forward to the NDIS launch.

Rachel Browne 4:53 PM   The NDIS is coming to the Blue Mountains and Nepean but what will it mean for families of children with disabilities?

Hockey awarded $200,000 in defamation case

Joe Hockey arrives at court during a hearing of his defamation case in March 2015.

Louise Hall and Michaela Whitbourn 1:06 AM   Treasurer Joe Hockey has had a partial victory in his defamation case against Fairfax Media. 

Welfare system putting us on Greek path

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Jessica Irvine 4:35 PM   Australia's bloated welfare system is not only putting us on a Greek-style debt path, but is also to blame for declining fertility, according to the NSW finance minister, Dominic Perrottet.

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'A nice, soft, feminine rose for a lovely lady'

Dame Marie Bashir with the new rose named in her honour, the Governor Marie Bashir.

Stephanie Wood 7:16 PM   A new pink rose has been named in honour of the former NSW governor, Dame Marie Bashir.

IS supporters sent Lindt to woo target: report

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Rory Callinan   IS supporters sent Lindt chocolates to a potential recruit as part of an indoctrination campaign that referenced the deadly siege at Sydney's Lindt Cafe, according to The New York Times.

Wife denies knowledge of payment to union

Nectaria Alex, wife of George Alex after giving evidence at the royal commission ... no memory of phone instructions.

Anna Patty 10:24 AM   The wife of Sydney underworld figure George Alex has claimed no knowledge of an alleged payment to a union official that she received from her husband's phone.

'If I do this it will impress Fatima'

Fatima Hammoud leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption

Michaela Whitbourn   A former senior NSW bureaucrat who gave lucrative contracts to the family of a colleague with whom he was "infatuated" has told a corruption inquiry he was unprofessional and incompetent.

Red or black? It all depends on the spin

Local Government Minister Paul Toole has warned councils against squirrelling away large cash reserves.

Sam Buckingham-Jones, James Robertson 6:05 PM   Far from crying poor, the state's councils are rich and getting richer. The money they hold has grown by $1 billion over the past two years.

'You were threatened with death'

Caroline Carroll: "There was plenty of abuse in my foster placements."

Paul Bibby   Caroline Carroll did not look forward to the rare occasions that a welfare officer visited her foster home.

Cold burst coming but little joy for snow fields

Frosty times ahead: The first of the fronts should arrive on Thursday.

Peter Hannam 5:23 PM   Time to dig out those woollen scarves and gloves if you haven't needed them so far this winter.

Kristen's 'dramatic gesture' on ship

Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder.

Stephanie Gardiner   The love between Paul Rossington and Kristen Schroder was most obvious in their final moments, before they died a lonely death in a dark ocean.

'It's not easy doing homework on the street'

Mandi Smith, Education Coordinator, at the Oasis Education Centre in Surry Hills. 26th June 2015 Photo: Janie Barrett

Eryk Bagshaw   At nine years old Oscar found himself doing his homework in the back seat of the car which doubled as his home.

The people taking power into their own hands

Solar panels on the Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club.

Kieran Gair   First, the local bowlo signed up. Then the churches. Step into the NSW town where people, not policy, are deciding on a future driven by renewables.

Department of Immigration cashes in on love

Wedding rings

Kieran Gair   The start of the new financial year brings rises in fees – and hardest hit will be anyone falling in love overseas.

'These kids, they went through hell'

Lynda Craig, pictured at Fairbridge

Rachel Browne   After decades of fighting for justice, immigrant children who were abused at Fairbridge Farm in NSW have received a $24 million compensation payment, the largest to survivors of institutional child abuse.

83 children died from DV in past decade

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Nick Ralston   Eighty-three children died from domestic violence abuse over a 10 year period in NSW with three quarters of the victims aged five years or under, the NSW Ombudsman has revealed.

University competition helping to rejuvenate Liverpool CBD

An artist's impression of the vision for the revamped Liverpool CBD in south-west Sydney.

Harvey Grennan   Liverpool may follow Parramatta with a revamp of its CBD to take advantage of its river frontage.

Highlights

Win highlights legal pitfalls of social media

Joe Hockey has become the first Australian politician to successfully sue for defamation over a tweet.

Study shows depression shrinks the brain

The region of the brain responsible for new memories and regulating emotions is smaller in the brains of people with recurrent depression, according to a global study. 

Uni production line is a road to nowhere

A culture of irresponsibility within higher education has created conditions where the job market is being flooded with graduates seeking jobs in industries which do not need them.

The great wall of Chinese capital

Anti-money laundering legislation may be the only way to discourage Chinese investment in Australian properties and moderate rising house prices.

TAFE cuts short-sighted and damaging

The fate of TAFE just doesn't fire the public imagination like other parts of the education system. But it should.

Porn leading children to abuse others: expert

Exposure to online pornography is driving an increase in the severity of sexual abuse committed by children against their peers, according to a leading expert.

Heroine nurse of WWI in unmarked grave

When the hospital ship was torpedoed, Alice Cashin grabbed her prayerbook and crucifix along with her cape. 

Voice of Egypt transmits from Kamahl's garage

For decades, Kamahl Ibram has been broadcasting his Arabic language radio program from a makeshift studio.

Labor frontbench should open its diaries to scrutiny

After news broke that former Liberal MP Chris Hartcher was working as a lobbyist for a property developer, Luke Foley used the issue to attack the government.

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TAFE cuts hit troubled students at the Lomandra school

The students at the school for troubled kids have been left in limbo since the end of term

The Dhalayi Doctor project

Dhalayi Doctor project for the Kempsey area of NSW is teaching students at St Josephs Primary School, about ear health.

Pinball wizards wrestle at NSW championships

Pinball players go head-to-head on the Wrestlemania pinball machine at the NSW championships at Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday.