Julie Power Before the first Australian exhibition by artist Wangechi Mutu could open at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Thursday, the works had to be cleared for biosecurity threats such as anthrax.
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SEAN NICHOLLS Eddie Obeid is trying to head off expulsion from the Labor Party by threatening legal action if it moves against him over ICAC inquiry.
Peter Martin, Henrietta Cook Labor managed to have a tax review without talking about it. The Coalition has promised not to touch it in its first term. But NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says lifting the rate of the goods and services tax beyond 10 per cent should be considered.
Kate Hagan More than 50 per cent of parents are worried about the safety of childhood vaccines, Australia's first national survey of attitudes to vaccination has revealed, prompting concerns of childhood outbreaks of disease.
Nicole Hasham The classic 1950s fibro is getting a thoroughly modern makeover - and it could virtually eliminate power bills for thousands of homes.
Nicole Hasham The state government has backflipped on a ''secret deal'' to move the NSW mounted police to a popular public estate, caving in to mounting community pressure.
BIANCA HALL Schools in NSW would lose, on average, $1.7 million in funding over six years if other states and territories do not sign up for the Gonski reforms, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Sunday.
LINDA MORRIS On the morning Angelina Jolie announced she had a preventive double mastectomy, Imogen Kelly had three lumps removed from her right breast.
Nick Ralston, Melanie Kembrey, Tim Barlass, Megan Gorrey For almost a decade thousands of parents trusted prominent Sydney dance teacher Grant Davies as he told them he could make their children famous.
KATE MCCLYMONT The boss of the Cross cops was as colourful as the area's criminal characters, writes Kate McClymont.
Kirsty Needham Taxpayers in NSW are losing money to subsidise the logging of native forests, at an average cost of $671 a hectare, undermining a parliamentary report calling for a massive increase in such logging.
TOBY JOHNSTONE Sydneysiders' love affair with waterfront properties is no longer just about eyeing pricey beach suburbs - rivers are now attracting interest.
Tim Barlass A barrister, a former Labor deputy leader and the assistant deputy commissioner of the Tax Office
Jackie Dent The water polo team has left for the night and the lights at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre have been turned off. But in the darkness of the diving pool is a shimmering figure, blonde hair flowing, arms floating and body twisting.
Natalie O'Brien A Sydney judge has taken more than two years to make a decision in a case against the founder of the Clean Up Israel environmental campaign.
Natalie O'Brien The alleged death threats that have rocked a south Sydney council have ended up in court, with a Rockdale councillor obtaining an interim apprehended violence order against the brother of a fellow councillor.
Kirsty Needham Camping, a permanent music bowl, even allowing the harbour to flow right through the gardens, are among the ideas under consideration as the NSW government commissions the first master plan for the centuries-old Royal Botanic Gardens.
Kirsty Needham A shooting accident in South Australia has resulted in the shutdown of all amateur hunting in that state's national parks, prompting calls for tougher safety measures before hunting of feral animals begins in NSW parks later this year.
PAULA JOYE Designer Collette Dinnigan is helping give the historic Watsons Bay Hotel a makeover of the bridal variety. Ms Dinnigan has joined forces with celebrity chef Peter Evans and the pub's new owner Fraser Short to attract Sydney's booming wedding market.
STEPHANIE GARDINER The unknown man came into Haberfield Public School, assaulted four girls in an external stairwell in an attack that lasted less than a minute, and left.
Megan Gorrey A man who allegedly ran a woman down in his car following a domestic dispute in north-west Sydney on Friday night has been charged.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Teacher Tim Creighton had a simple goal: raise a few hundred dollars to buy some camera equipment for his students.
Megan Gorrey Four people were taken to hospital after a car crashed into a house in Northmead, in Sydney's west, this afternoon.
Peter Munro The World Anti-Doping Agency wants every Australian school student to be taught about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs.
PAUL BIBBY The teenager casually wheels a large black suitcase out to a waiting taxi. He lies to explain the bag’s surprising weight and bulging contents, telling the driver it’s ‘‘full of laptops and electrical gear’’.
One by one, former and serving police officers have rejected Detective Inspector Peter Fox’s claims at the Special Commission of Inquiry. One even described his allegations as ‘‘disgusting’’ and ‘‘crazy’’.
ESTHER HAN Savour that cup of coffee and start collecting loyalty cards. The average price for coffee could hit $4 in three years, industry groups and economists say.
Linton Besser The disgraced former minister Ian Macdonald has signalled that he will appeal against any adverse findings by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
LEESHA MCKENNY A Sydney councillor renting out units in an apartment block where half the flats are not approved for occupation is facing legal action by his own council.
STEPHANIE GARDINER Born in Hungary, she survived the Holocaust and made a life for herself in Sydney. But she died at 90 without seeing the man who assaulted her face justice.
GARRY MADDOX Kirsten Molloy says the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon will be as much fun as opening gifts on Christmas Day.
CATHERINE ARMITAGE Nearly half of people likely to have a serious mental health disorder in rural NSW are not seeking professional help, a large-scale study has revealed.
STEPHEN NICHOLLS Experts are divided about the effect of a new government strategy to encourage retirees to move to smaller homes.
LUCY MACKEN Recent ''trophy home'' sales in the east are creating a ripple effect across Sydney with record highs in the inner west and bumper auction results on the lower north shore.
Lance Richardson A storage facility filled with cardboard boxes hardly seems like a thrilling prospect for art aficionados, but one such store in Tweed Valley is proving so attractive there is now a waiting list to visit it.
ANDREW TAYLOR City streets could become even noisier if the City of Sydney takes up the public's ideas for a speakers' corner, pop-up concerts and Sunday afternoon karaoke sessions.
Nicole Hasham The state government is resisting calls to reveal details of its new train timetables after a leaked draft of the drastic changes sent commuters into a spin.
Jacob Saulwick, Nicole Hasham Sydney's biggest train timetable change in almost a decade will include an extra 700 services a week - but some commuters will miss out when trains skip certain stations.
Sean Nicholls, Stephen Nicholls James Packer has taken the next step in his public campaign to win government approval for a tower at Barangaroo, unveiling a design that would deliver him hundreds of millions of dollars.
SEAN NICHOLLS It is likely to be some months before the NSW government decides whether to back James Packer's plan for a 60-storey tower at Barangaroo. That has not slowed the billionaire's public relations juggernaut.
Tim Barlass A police officer who was awarded the highest decoration for civilian bravery after rescuing a boy from a stormwater drain planned to end his own life after a psychological breakdown.
HEATH ASTON The daughter of a teetotaller former government minister who banned the sale of a beer named Shag has been asked to stand for Labor in the seat of Dobell.
Linton Besser Ian Macdonald has denied allegations at the state's corruption watchdog that he "gifted... hot property to a mate", when he directly issued a coal licence to former union boss John Maitland.
MEGAN LEVY A paramedic who was killed during a cliff rescue on the NSW south coast was inadvertently dragged off a cliff ledge by a rescue helicopter that was meant to winch him and his patient to safety.
PETER HANNAM Sydney's Indian summer is fast becoming an Indian autumn with the mild conditions on Thursday setting a record for late-season warmth in the city.
Damien Murphy Australia has long been the land of the giants. Coffs Harbour's Big Banana, Hexham's Ozzie the Mossie, Goulburn's Big Merino. Now tiny Lightning Ridge has taken its own giant step.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Teachers and principals should take advantage of parliamentary privilege and speak honestly about the effects of the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy testing, a senator has urged.
ANNA PATTY The wife of a paramedic who died rescuing an injured canyoner on Christmas Eve in 2011 is campaigning to make it easier for people in her husband's job to get income protection and life insurance.
HEATH ASTON Radioactive waste and parts of Australia's oldest nuclear reactor will be trucked out of Sydney under plans to clean up the Lucas Heights nuclear facility.
Josephine Tovey, Daniel Hurst The federal opposition has refused to commit to allowing NSW to keep funding agreed to under the Gonski deal, a centrepiece of Tuesday's budget, if elected.
PAUL BIBBY A south-west Sydney woman is suing the NSW police after she was charged with intent to murder and jailed for six months pending a trial, only for the matter to be dropped due to a lack of evidence.
JACOB SAULWICK The federal government's promise of money for Sydney's WestConnex motorway in Tuesday's budget has been dismissed by the state government as essentially meaningless.
ANNA PATTY A NSW parliamentary committee has recommended the medical use of cannabis for people with terminal illness and AIDS.
Linton Besser Former resources minister Ian Macdonald has insisted to a corruption inquiry that he had "total authority" to issue exploration licences without a tender.
NICK RALSTON Restaurateurs Marc and Cher Thomson thrived on the challenge of running their French-style eatery in the competitive Sydney food scene. It was a challenge they had successfully tackled together for eight years.
JACOB SAULWICK Sydney's train operator has failed to use $100 million rail facilities built five years ago that would make city train services more reliable.
Nicole Hasham An extra 800 live-in students would replace office workers at Broadway's Central Park project and hundreds of new apartments have been flagged because the developer cannot find commercial tenants.
Lisa Davies, Kate McClymont Tom Waterhouse should ''embrace'' a plan by authorities to tighten controls around his business' links to his mother Gai's horse training operation, as it would protect his reputation, too, Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys said on Tuesday.
Stephen Ryan Senior police were concerned that confidential details about the investigation into alleged cover-ups of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church were being divulged and detective Peter Fox was the suspected source of the leaks.
JACOB SAULWICK The management group appointed by Barry O'Farrell to tackle bike paths and bus congestion in Sydney's CBD has met just once in more than a year.
Bernard Zuel Hope they weren't relying on exclusivity up in Wee Waa on Friday because they've been gazumped. That would be Wee Waa, home for the so-called release party for the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories.
Harriet Alexander Roseanne Beckett can't put a price on the decade she spent in jail on wrongful convictions, but she is confident it won't come close to the amount the NSW government has spent frustrating her attempts to gain a single cent in compensation.
Linton Besser A key financial backer of a training mine spruiked by Labor party figure John Maitland has told a corruption inquiry he ''never had any intention'' of running a training mine and planned instead to sell the asset at a profit.
NICK RALSTON A former senior detective has become the second person charged with lying to the Police Integrity Commission during its investigation into drug use and supply within the NSW force.
Lisa Davies, Kate McClymont Tom Waterhouse may be formally prevented from linking his business to the activities of his renowned trainer mother Gai, despite the bookmaker being cleared at the More Joyous inquiry.
Kate McClymont, Lisa Davies ''Everyone knew the horse couldn't win except poor Singo,'' said controversial brothel-owner and punter Eddie Hayson about John Singleton's horse More Joyous.
Anthony Dennis, Esther Han An upgrade of Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay will help satisfy the booming cruise industry but not everyone is on board with the idea.
STEPHANIE GARDINER An actress, her musician husband, fashion moguls, millions of dollars and a mansion.
Linton Besser Former Labor kingmaker Eddie Obeid has said his family would be vindicated, as he denied meeting a Chinese businessman who wanted to buy the family's farm to mine coal.
LEESHA MCKENNY It would cost about three to 17 times as much to retain Garden Island's "hammerhead crane" as demolishing it, says a report that shows the public divided over what to do with the Sydney landmark.
SEAN NICHOLLS Logging would be allowed in NSW national parks and a freeze imposed on the declaration of new conservation areas under recommendations of a state parliamentary inquiry.
ANNA PATTY Former resources minister Ian Macdonald introduced legislation that overruled the highest court in NSW and resulted in a $1 billion windfall to two mining executives.
Sarah-Jane Collins A controversial mining proposal slated for prime agricultural land on the Liverpool Plains in northern NSW fails to meet basic environmental standards, an independent assessment of the project has found.
Sarah-Jane Collins The family of a young woman presumed dead after falling from a cruise ship last week say Kristen Schroder and her boyfriend Paul Rossington had not been drinking before the incident, and the fall was not deliberate.
Emma Partridge A gunman who tried to rob a southern Sydney pub ended up in hospital after staff at the Engadine Tavern overpowered him early on Sunday.
CHRIS ROOTS Racing NSW will further investigate overseas betting on last month's All Aged Stakes as part of the inquiry into the performance of More Joyous in the race.
KATE MCCLYMONT Just when you thought the cast of colourful racing identities starring in Sydney's equine scandal could not get any more garish, enter stage right - Suzee Fenech, wife of boxer Jeff ''I Love Youse All'' Fenech.
Raphaela Rosella has been highly commended for her photographic essay about teen mothers in The Sydney Morning Herald competition for emerging documentary photographers.
Nicole Hasham One is painted as a despotic dictator, the other an over-cautious bore. But Vladimir Putin and Barry O'Farrell may soon be in the same company.
LEESHA MCKENNY A warm burst of autumn emerged from the fog to bask Mother's Day in above-average temperatures. It was the 22nd day in a row that the mercury passed 20.
Nicole Hasham A temporary exhibition centre will be built at Glebe Island, despite limited public access and potential disruption to roads and residents.
AMANDA HOH Mother-of-four Sharron Rooney tries not to let the disappearance of her third youngest child rule her life. ''To go through it is a really harrowing experience but you get to the point where it doesn't rule your life,'' she said.
A couple who went overboard from a cruise ship off the NSW coast had been fighting the night of the incident.
Heath Aston The state clubs industry took advice from the influential US National Rifle Association before orchestrating the ''grassroots'' campaign that derailed Labor's poker machine reforms.
Kirsty Needham Two-for-one wine offers and free beer deals being aggressively promoted on grocery receipts by the big supermarket chains may be encouraging the abuse of liquor, according to the NSW liquor regulator.
Kirsty Needham Electronic casino games including blackjack and roulette that allow high cash bids will be rolled out across suburban NSW under an O'Farrell government move to widen access to the gaming machines.
Damien Murphy These women may be the new faces of Australia's rural workforce.
RACHEL BROWNE Thousands of people using Anglican emergency relief services in NSW are cutting their children's meal sizes to make food go further, and many children are going without for more than an entire day.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY Private schools are asking for students' NAPLAN test results as part of their enrolment applications and selection process, a move some education experts warn could fuel pressure on children to perform.
Vince Chadwick Raoul Wallenberg walked into a cell and told Ervin Forrester ''I'm going to save your life''.
Natalie O'Brien She is one of the most famous belly dancers in the world and as the headline act in an Australian tour being advertised for this month, is an assured crowd puller.
COSIMA MARRINER Mothers feed their child fresh fruit and vegetables, send them to private schools, enrol them in lots of extra-curricular activities and limit their television watching to the ABC.
ANDREW TAYLOR Gabrielle Tomlin is too young to applaud Kirsten Williams at the end of her recital.
MELISSA DAVEY It was surprise enough for Arlene Gorey when, just seven weeks pregnant, she found out she was having twins. But it was an even bigger shock when they entered the world at just 27 weeks gestation.
Peter Vincent The amount Australians spend on Mother's Day has grown to $1.4 billion - nearly three times more than is forked out on Father's Day.
Tim Barlass It was uncharted orthodontic territory. Not much is routine about major surgery on a Tasmanian devil with toothache - in fact Taronga Zoo believes it is a first.
GARRY MADDOX Echoes of two real-life killings surround the new Australian film Mystery Road.
EAMONN DUFF A grandfather was reported to police after letting his six-year-old granddaughter swim naked at Balmoral Beach. After The Sun-Herald reported the story last week, we were inundated with similar tales.
ILYA GRIDNEFF Business is bad for former Telopea Street boy Bashar Ibrahim, who is selling his $4 million Vaucluse home.
Little has been seen of Nicole Kidman over the past rain-swept week in Cannes but that changed over the weekend.
Transport reporter Jacob Saulwick gives his verdict on the draft rail timetable.
Vincent Fantauzzo wins the Archibald People's Choice award for his painting of partner.
UK firm Wilkinson Eyre Architects has been chosen to design James Packer's proposed one billion dollar Barangaroo casino and hotel.
When helicopter paramedic Michael Wilson died at work, he did not have personal life insurance.
John Singleton has admitted his his actions before the All Aged Stakes was "inappropriate and regretful".
Gai Waterhouse fights for her reputation while John Singleton seems happy to let his take a hit after a surprising day in the Singo/Gai Waterhouse inquiry.
Brothel owner Eddie Hayson has revealed that two sources, other than Andrew Johns, told him More Joyous could not win.