Ratepayers should pay for defamation claims

Leesha McKenny   What if councillors could rely on public funding every time they sued to defend a wounded reputation?

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Networks plan: Power bills to rise by $560

Network costs make up about half of what electricity retailers charge consumers.

Jessica Irvine 8:41 PM   Sydney households could be charged an extra $560 a year if electricity networks are successful in their legal bid to charge consumers more.

Jobs warning over mining assessment change

Rob Stokes.

Sean Nicholls 12:15 AM   A proposal to dump laws which make the economic benefit of a mining application the "principal consideration" when it is assessed has been met with overwhelming community support.

Time's up for Sydney's parking nightmare

This boat trailer was parked long term at a bus stop in Nicholson Parade, Cronulla.

Emma Partridge 12:15 AM   Boat trailers clogging up valuable parking spaces are on notice under changes being introduced this week. 

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Would you live in a flat built by a 3D printer?

China 3D villa

Jacob Saulwick   The advent of 3D printing of buildings will transform Sydney, a leading futurist says, and will have massive ramifications for local government planning┬áprocesses.

It looks like a gun, and scares like a gun ...

Replica handgun found at Roy Hill mine site.

Emma Partridge   Replica firearms were used in 42 armed robberies across the state in the past five years and continue to be sold without any restrictions.

'A fox in charge of the hen house'

Damien Tudehope, the member for Epping, who is to chair  the ICAC oversight committee of the NSW Parliament.

Sean Nicholls   Appointing a member of the Liberal Party's hard right faction as chair of a parliamentary committee overseeing the ICAC is "like putting a fox in charge of the hen house", says Labor.

'Stand up for the rights of families'

Bernie Smith: "Stand up for the rights of families."

Anna Patty   The mist over the future of penalty rates and deregulation of trading hours on Boxing Day and Easter Sunday will clear on Tuesday. 

Local govt chief forced to withdraw evidence

Greens MP David Shoebridge with residents and councillors, holding up rally signs on Bondi beach after the Keep it Local Forum at Bondi Pavilion on June 14.

Leesha McKenny   The head of the Office of Local Government was forced into an embarrassing backdown when conceding she did not know what impact council mergers would have on rates.

Prisoner flees one day after jail reopens

Kyle Ashley Dale Baker escaped from the Kirkconnell Correctional Facility.

Nadine Morton   The NSW prison had extensive security and communications upgrades during a four-year closure. 

Second class service for public patient mums

Artist's impression of the new Northern Beaches Hospital, which is due to be completed by 2018.

Amy Corderoy   It's a tale of two deliveries: one plush, one plain. Yet both will take place in the new Northern Beaches Hospital, a public hospital that will be run by the private sector.

One gun for every nine people

In 1997, the federal government bought back 4000 guns and destroyed them.

Emma Partridge and Conrad Walters   Gun ownership has surged 10 per cent in NSW in the past five years, with one gun now registered for every nine residents.

Community toasts Alexandria Hotel

Swans fans soak up the atmosphere at the Alexandria Hotel in Sydney.

James Robertson   A strong community response has halted plans to demolish the Alexandria Hotel.

Public power companies spending millions 

State's publicly owned electricity companies spent nearly $5 million on private investigators and external law firms to have workers investigated.

Paul Bibby   The state's publicly owned electricity companies spent nearly $5 million in four years on private investigators and external law firms to investigate their own workers over alleged disciplinary and industrial indiscretions, new figures reveal.

Data mix but Aussies raise more glasses

Drinking problem: A new study finds alcohol consumption is increasing, not decreasing as commonly believed.

Amy Corderoy   The average amount of alcohol consumed by Australians increased between surveys undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2001 and 2012, by about 13 per cent.

43 minutes of terror

Cooper Harrison with his mum Lauren Harrison, who waited nearly three quarters of an hour with a semi-conscious Cooper because there was no ambulance.

Amy Corderoy   It was terrifying. As the minutes ticked by little Cooper Harrison's parents felt more and more frantic.

'We've done our fair share of helping people'

This Wayback client, who is battling his drug addiction, was offended by comments that  "criminal activity" was happening at the rehab centre.

Melanie Kembrey   Drug rehabilitation charity shut down on weekends after councillor says "we've done our fair share of helping people".

Junior refs blow whistle on unruly parents

Video footage from shoulder-mounted cameras used by referees in junior league games could be used as evidence for follow up in code of conduct disciplinary action.

Tim Barlass   Younger referees at junior league games will be equipped with small, shoulder-mounted video cameras to combat abuse from aggressive touchline parents, trainers and coaches in a trial to take place next season.

You've seen the abuse now get the T-shirt

Newtown Junior Jets Rugby League players  Kaylib Savage and Michael Sassine wearing 'Respect our Refs' shirts, with Junior Referee Luke Prokopiou.

Tim Barlass   You've witnessed the abusive behaviour. Now get the T-shirt.

Rape victim told to reapply for compensation

Gang rape victim Katrina Keshishian.

Tim Barlass   Rape victim Katrina Keshishian is pleased Victim Compensation Scheme reform inequities are finally being addressed but she's disappointed it has been such a difficult and long battle.

Newtown bars to trial 3am lockouts

Newtown hotels have struck an accord to tackle problem drinking at weekends.

Michael Koziol   Patrons will be locked out of Newtown bars from 3am on weekends after publicans agreed to trial a suite of self-imposed restrictions designed to ward off late-night revellers and improve safety in the precinct.

Why Abbott must listen to Baird 

Sean Nicholls dinkus Dinkus

Sean Nicholls   A couple of important issues lie at the heart of the Bronwyn Bishop helicopter saga - and politicians' entitlements isn't the more critical one.


Ghosts of Gallipoli formed on wall at Australian War Memorial

A photograph from the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial shows what could be seen as three servicemen with rifles or their kit by their sides.

Gender pay gap is worse than you think

It has become popular to dismiss the gender pay gap as a "myth". But you know what they say about lies, damn lies and statistics.

Hefty cost if electric cars not given a boost: report 

Electric cars have much going for them, but restricted model choice and incoherent government policies are limiting their take-up by Australians, a study has found.

Photographer gives parents a right to delight

When Sam and Rachel Callander lost their baby girl to a rare condition, it proved to be the beginning of a wonderful project. 

"It's terrible. We're horrified": Destruction of Margaret Olley's garden

Sydney's out-of-control housing market has claimed another victim, with the destruction of a property once owned by one of the city's best loved artistic figures.

School Report 2015

The Herald's School Report allows parents, students and teachers to compare schools by suburb, postcode or school, side by side.


Man fights off shark at Evans Head

Police say a 52-year-old man surfing on the NSW north coast is lucky to be alive after suffering serious injuries in a shark attack. Vision courtesy of ABC News 24.

Surfer attacked by shark at Evans Head

In the third shark attack in the area this year, a man has been taken to Lismore Base Hospital with puncture wounds to his hands and leg.

Police arrest Family Law Court bombing suspect

The NSW homicide squad arrest a man in relation to seven incidents targeting judges of the Family Court of Australia during the 1980s, including four murders and numerous attempted murders. Courtesy ABC News 24.