Apartments don't equate to a better city: study

Leesha McKenny 12:15 AM   Sydney's "misplaced" fixation on apartments risks squeezing out other types of housing that might make for a better city, according to the author of new study into density.

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'Hundreds like her ... with nowhere to go'

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26:  Paul poses for a portrait on March 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media)

NSW courts are repeatedly ordering ice users into treatment programs that do not exist, as funding cuts and staff shortages leave a generation of addicts stranded. 

Skydiver dies in hospital after accident

Skydiver Michael Vaughan has died in hospital, a day after a parachuting accident.

Su-Lin Tan 10:40 PM   Experienced skydiver Michael Vaughan has died in hospital after being involved in a fatal parachuting accident near Byron Bay on Friday.

Tennis court serves up $11 million deal

Former owner: John O'Brien on <i>Inside the Siege: The Untold Story</i>.

Eamonn Duff 12:15 AM   On paper, it was just another bumper sale of prime coastal real estate, soon to make way for a block of luxury units boasting ocean views.  

Baird in command as Liberals party on

NSW Premier Mike Baird celebrated victory at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel in Sydney with his wife Kerryn and children Cate, Laura and Luke on election night.

Damien Murphy 9:32 AM   Mike Baird declares his love for the state of NSW and vows to take back the seats taken by Labor.

Luke Foley concedes defeat

Luke Foley and his wife Edel at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club. "We have a two-party system again in NSW. The next election, friends, is now winnable for Labor," Mr Foley told supporters.

Nicole Hasham 3:05 PM   Labor leader Luke Foley has praised the "honourable" Premier Mike Baird and conceded defeat in the NSW election, but says his party can now form a credible alternative government.

'Worst dirty tricks campaign in NSW history'

Cameron Murphy President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties who is now running for Lord Mayor of Sydney.
SMH NEWS PIC BY LEE BESFORD. Thursday 3rd May 2012.

Kirsty Needham   Senior NSW Labor sources have said they will lose the state's most marginal seat, East Hills, after a smear campaign alleged its star candidate was a supporter of paedophiles.

Animal shelter to be made homeless

Given up for adoption: Ken and Ella.

Eamonn Duff 12:15 AM   The Sydney Dogs and Cats Home is in need of saving after it was told to leave its home of 70 years.

Childcare pricing plan lags behind real fees

Childcare generic.

Judith Ireland 12:15 AM   The Abbott government is considering how to limit extra spending on childcare while minimising the number of families left worse off.

Greens pull ahead of Labor in Balmain

Tanya and Verity

Anna Patty 1:57 AM   Incumbent Greens candidate Jamie Parker has secured the seat of Balmain after a tight two-way contest with the Labor Party's Verity Firth.

Sydneysiders flock to MCG for final

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28:  Grant Whatley and wife Sheree Hardy with children L-R Ben 9, Thomas 6 and Charlotte 5 months at Alan Border Oval, Mosman on March 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Fiona Morris/Fairfax Media)

Grant Whatley from Mosman and his sons will be among tens of thousands of cricket fanatics charging through the gates of the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground to cheer Australia on to World Cup victory.

Search called off after body reportedly seen

NSW police

Su-Lin Tan, Jorge Branco   Gold Coast police have called off a search for a body spotted off Palm Beach on the Gold Coast.

Man remanded over alleged stabbing

Camperdown, Sydney. Generic. An ambulance rushing to an emergency with lights and sirens.. Photo: Quentin Jones. 24 Jan 2012.

Georgina Mitchell   A man who allegedly ran into his neighbour's yard and stabbed him in the back with a kitchen knife in an unprovoked attack faces up to 25 years behind bars.

Mike Baird poised for re-election

NSW Premier Mike Baird with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian at the North West Rail Link construction site.

Sean Nicholls, Nicole Hasham, James Robertson   Mike Baird is poised lead the NSW Coalition into a second term of government after a bruising final week of the election campaign.

Park fee hikes threaten school sports

Not happy: Bondi Beach Public School students Douglas Richards, Harrison Stein, Olivia Stein, Jack Chapman and Malcolm Richards.

Leesha McKenny   Students could miss out on competitions after schools were presented with a bill of almost $23,000 to use Centennial Parklands.

Baird and Foley wrap up campaigns

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has lunch while campaigning in Granville for the NSW State Election campaign on Friday 27 March 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Nicole Hasham, James Robertson   Nothing says "infrastructure" like a fluoro vest and a hard hat, and NSW Premier Mike Baird closed his election campaign on Friday kitted up as as Mr Build-It.

Morrison 'an embarrassment' to his school

The invitation to Sydney Boys' High School cocktail evening with Scott Morrison.

Alexandra Smith   Old boys from Sydney Boys high say they are outraged and disgusted that federal minister Scott Morrison will be a special guest at a fundraising event, warning it would be "an embarrassment" to the school.

Convicted rapist jailed for at least three years

Jailed: Luke Lazarus leaves the court on Thursday.

Louise Hall   The son of a Kings Cross nightclub owner has been sentenced to at least three years jail for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl in a laneway in May 2013.

Macdonald settles defamation action 

Ian Macdonald has settled out of court with the ABC.

Michaela Whitbourn   A Supreme Court jury has been spared the task of deciding if corrupt former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald's reputation was "gravely injured" by an ABC TV broadcast.

Toad plague fear in Sydney

Asian black-spined Toad. The colder climate version of the cane toad.

Luke Malpass   Northern Sydney is facing the possibility of a toad infestation, as one Asian black-spined toad has been found in the Warringah area and residents are being alerted to look out for another.

Switch to dumb phones a smart move for some

Nick Fuentes with his beloved Nokia 208 after breaking so many smartphones.

Peter Munro   Abandoning your smartphone for an older-style mobile phone frees you to pay more attention to the world around you.

Sunroof ride ends fatally for NSW teacher

Alex Ryder (right), who was killed in an accident in Byron Bay, with her sister, Adriana Ryder.

Alex Ryder was living her dream in Byron Bay. But after almost two years, her rich life ended abruptly on Wednesday.


Interactive: election results, seat by seat

Follow all the results across NSW using our election interactive.

NSW Election pendulum - lower and upper house

Pendulum graphics showing the NSW state election results in the lower and upper houses.

Sydney Royal Easter Show 2015: The ultimate map

The Sydney Royal Easter Show comes alive with our interactive map showcasing the Herald's best work

There be pirates ... in Sydney Cove

A historian has discovered the untold history of pirates who operated from Sydney Cove in the early days of the colony.

Running for home in the wake of Haiyan

A year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her home town in the Philippines, Michelle Baltazar is still working to aid recovery in the region.

The Show's best rides

Where else can you adopt a hermit crab, purchase a sandstone wall and eat a 68cm hotdog just a few metres apart?

We are suckers for scare campaigns

The politicians' decades of bad behaviour may have caused them to lose our trust, but not our mistrust - making us suckers for scare campaigns.

Turncoats power on

Former Liberal leader John Hewson is the yin to Martin Ferguson's yang.

Son of Ray a no-go zone

Diary: Talkback radio's greatest law and order proponent, Ray Hadley, is the proud father of a NSW policeman.

Show time for creative farm families

The 193rd Sydney Royal Easter Show opens on Thursday with an Anzac tribute.

Children and a career? It's all talk, no action

It took Shey Hooper six months before she could find an employer willing to employ her on a part-time basis after she had children.


Premier Mike Baird: I love this state

The NSW Premier says hope has won over fear while Opposition Leader Luke Foley maintains new life has been breathed into NSW Labor.

Jenny Leong claims Greens victory in Newtown

"WestConnex is not going to happen if the people of Newtown have anything to do with it" pledges new Greens MP Jenny Leong.

Luke Foley defiant in defeat

RAW VISION: NSW Labor leader proclaims the next election "winnable for Labor" after phoning Mike Baird to congratulate him on his win.