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'Balmain boys don't cry'

RICK FENELEY 11:01pm There was one thing about politics that Neville Wran liked over everything else.

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Owners will be forced to sell under new laws


ANNA PATTY A majority of apartment owners will be able to force their neighbours to sell their homes to developers under proposed laws to be taken to the NSW cabinet for approval next month.

Randwick Council proposes $68m changes

The first day of the Light Rail extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill...morning commuters.Barry O'Farrell at Hawthorne station, Leichardt
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March 27 2014

LEESHA MCKENNY Randwick City Council has put forward a $68 million funding package in its bid to force significant changes to the state government's tram line from Circular Quay to the eastern suburbs.

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Doll Hospital staff mend broken dreams


LUCY CARROLL Among shelves of spare eyes, wigs and disembodied limbs, surgeon Geoff Chapman has been mending antique dolls, teddy bears and toys for more than 40 years.

Chinese spies at Sydney University


JOHN GARNAUT China is building large covert informant networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities.

Twice done over by one-armed bandits

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TIM ELLIOTT Millions of dollars in poker machine taxes taken from some of Sydney's poorest suburbs to fund "disadvantaged communities" have been used to pay for the state government's election promises.

Baird backflips on staying on as treasurer


SEAN NICHOLLS With the NSW budget just seven weeks away, Mike Baird declared at his first news conference as Premier on Thursday that to suddenly hand over responsibility to a new treasurer would be ''a difficult affair''.

P&C feud goes all the way to Supreme Court

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TIM ELLIOTT Before Wednesday's Watergate-style break-in and the Supreme Court injunction and all the talk of nepotism and bullying, the NSW P&C was mostly about school fete insurance and the Leftovers-to-Lunchbox program.

AMA gives cautious support to crackdown

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An Abbott government proposal to have disability support pensioners independently reviewed has won the cautious backing of the Australian Medical Association.

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Brothels muscle in on residential tower


The Pink Lady, Pretty Baby and Suite 221 massage parlours mirror 33 other illegal brothels dotted across North Sydney - with one major difference.

New premier shares his private views


KIRSTY NEEDHAM Premier Mike Baird wants to push ahead with the privatisation of public hospitals, saying Sydney's dilapidated health facilities are in need of upgrading.

Easter egg hunt the height of popularity


Wearing bunny ears and clutching baskets, hundreds of children with a taste for adventure scrambled through Centennial Park on Saturday taking part in what has become the city's biggest Easter egg hunt.

Elites open wallets in education 'arms race'


Sydney's top independent schools are outspending public schools by three to one as they invest in libraries, lecture theatres and gyms in a multimillion-dollar ''arms race'' to attract lucrative enrolments.

Strangers stop dog attack with six-pack of beer


NICK RALSTON Two strangers armed only with a six-pack of beer have been hailed as heroes for stopping a dog that was savaging an elderly woman outside a home in Sydney's south.

E-cigarettes' case goes up in smoke


EAMONN DUFF NSW tobacco laws could be amended to specifically outlaw electronic cigarettes after a landmark legal test case in WA led to the criminal prosecution of an online stockist.

Croydon murder continues to baffle police


RACHEL OLDING The torture and murder of a kind, generous woman continues to baffle police.

Friends push picture of magic Mike


JACQUELINE MALEY Mike Baird is relatively unknown to many of the state's voters but, in his neighbourhood and electorate, he is a familiar face with long-standing links to his surf club, his church and his local Liberal Party branch.

'Business as usual' says fake engine inventor


Natalie O'Brien Bankrupt con man Micheal (also Michael) Peter Nugent says it is ''business as usual'', claiming he has repaid almost $300,000 in outstanding legal fees owed to the corporate regulator.

No honeymoon for new leader

Acting NSW Opposition Leader Linda Burney

KIRSTY NEEDHAM Labor has been quick to attack the Premier Mike Baird over his conservative Christian social values, seeking to exploit any chink in the armour of the new Liberal leader.

Greyhound traders defy exports ban to Macau


Natalie O'Brien Dozens of young greyhounds are still being exported to Macau's Canidrome racetrack where they face mistreatment and death, despite the racing industry's peak body banning the export of the dogs.

When the commute doesn't compute


TOBY JOHNSTONE An apartment boom is taking shape in Sydney's inner city.

Cyclist dies after colliding with car in Mosman

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NICK RALSTON A cyclist has died after being hit by a car in Mosman taking the state’s road toll to two over the Easter holiday period.

Newington College spends big to celebrate


AMY MCNEILAGE Newington College celebrated its 150th birthday last year.

It's the 'burbs against the bush


RACHEL BROWNE There may be only few kilometres separating the residents of northern Sydney from the central coast but their lifespans are strikingly different.

For a new club and country


KIM ARLINGTON They were a group of players without a home. Now they are a team carrying the premiership hopes of their new football club.

Bid to increase student cap backfires

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LEESHA MCKENNY Scots College is seeking to boost the number of students approved for its Bellevue Hill campus, which nearby residents have seized on as an admission the school has been concealing its true size for years.

A vision not so splendid

The Sydney Botanic Gardens and Domain, while a gift from governors Phillip and Macquarie to the people of Sydney, is of its essence, a gift of nature.

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WestConnex's numbers issue: What are they?

Government documents on the business case for WestConnex show there are still no usage estimates for the $11.5 billion project.

Why Parramatta is NSW's best suburb

As Parramatta is showing, good people are located in good places, creating the competitive edge for Sydney’s regional economy.

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South-West rail link on track

Leppington station is finished one year early but the new south-west line won't take passengers until 2015. NINE NEWS.

Leaders pay tribute to Neville Wran

Politicians from both sides offer their praise and share their experiences of working with former NSW premier Neville Wran.

Baird: 'New cabinet to fight for NSW'

Premier Mike Baird says the cabinet will have a mix of experience and youth. NINE NEWS.

Former NSW premier Neville Wran dies

Neville Wran, one of the most significant figures in NSW Labor politics, has died in a Sydney nursing home at the age of 87.

Teen girl victim of hit and run

April-Lee Gillen is fighting for her life after a suspected hit and run near Port Kembla on Sunday morning.

Nathan Abela charged over shooting at his home

Anti-Islamic extremist Nathan Abela has been charged with hindering the police investigation into the shooting of his Greystanes house on 3 April.

'Rich harvest of material before ICAC'

Lawyer, publisher and Fairfax columnist Richard Ackland looks back at the beginnings of ICAC and explains why there is 'such a rich harvest' of material before the commision.

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