'It's a crisis': ambulances told to avoid major hospital

Amy Corderoy 7:10 PM   Ambulance officers are being told to avoid one of Sydney's major hospitals because of an extreme bed shortage, putting patients at risk.

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'Sight unseen' house for sale

The home in Dulwich Hill, which is being sold over unpaid rates.

Leesha McKenny 5:01 PM   This 'bungalow beauty' could turn out to be an inner west bargain - but prospective buyers can't look inside.

Overhaul of deadly pedestrian crossings

Flowers left for a pedestrian killed after being hit by a bus at an intersection in Beecroft.

Jacob Saulwick 5:00 PM   A quarter of the state's fatalities and injuries occurred at a very specific type of intersection.

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Abolition of board 'heartless': victim families

Helen Davis and her children derived great comfort from the staff of the Dust Diseases Tribunal.

Anna Patty 9:12 PM   When Helen Davis was struggling to cope with her husband's terminal asbestos illness, the Dust Diseases Board gave untold comfort. Now the board is being abolished.

Nursing homes fail to meet standards

Jocelyn Hofman, a registered nurse from the Blue Mountains, is concerned changes to nursing laws could be dangerous for residents in nursing homes.

Amy Corderoy 1:53 PM   NSW has been accused of leading the country in quality and compliance problems in nursing homes.

Asbestos-riddled site eyed for high-rise units

Asbestos warning sign.

Melanie Kembrey 5:00 PM   Nowhere is safe from Sydney developers, it seems. Even the former James Hardie asbestos factory is being eyed for high-rise apartments.

Middle Head facility plan's quiet conclusion

The site of the proposed aged care facility at Middle Head.

Deborah Snow   Alan Jones called it Tony Abbott's "Julia Gillard moment".  The controversial plan to build an aged care facility has ended with a 'lasting legacy for the people of Sydney'.

Damning report on produces little action

Savings from the agreement were far lower than estimated.

Harriet Alexander 6:16 PM   The national auditor wrote a damning report about how the government negotiated with the powerful Pharmacy Guild, but there has been little action.

'Elders do not have the scriptural authority'

Courts generic.

Rachel Browne 2:45 PM   A senior member of the Jehovah's Witness Church has been handling about one case of alleged child sexual abuse each week for the past two years, a royal commission has heard.

NAPLAN: students are not improving

Children at Alphington Primary school sitting the Naplan test.

Alexandra Smith 1:00 AM   ┬áThe literacy and numeracy skills of Australian students have stagnated since the controversial NAPLAN tests were introduced in 2008.

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NSW Liberal president quits to take casino job

Chris Downy has a history as a gambling industry lobbyist.

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   NSW Liberal Party president Chris Downy has resigned to take up a senior executive role with The Star casino in Pyrmont.

NSW Parliament stands with Adam Goodes

Premier Mike Baird completes his wager with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk by wearing a Maroons jersey in question time on Tuesday.

Emma Partridge   'Australia's oldest parliament stands in total solidarity with Adam Goodes. All of us, whatever our party politics, today stand together united.'

Fat bias

PE teachers biased against fat kids

Did your PE teacher treat you like a loser? They may have had anti-fat bias.

Amy Corderoy   If, like me, you were a fat kid, this will probably not come as a surprise to you.

Parramatta not banking on  Commonwealth

Artist's impression of Parramatta Square, which will be completed in 2019 in the best case scenario.

Melanie Kembrey   Parramatta councillors have thrown down the gauntlet to the Commonwealth Bank: move into our revamped city centre, or someone else will.

Bishop's helicopter aide could succeed her

Bronwyn Bishop has held the seat of Mackellar since 1994.

James Robertson   Former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has not announced her retirement from federal parliament but speculation about a replacement for her blue ribbon seat reached fever pitch on Tuesday.

Opal takeover as most paper tickets axed

On the way out: TravelTen tickets won't be sold from next year.

Jacob Saulwick   No paper public transport tickets beyond single and return tickets will be sold from next year, Andrew Constance said on Tuesday.

The great credit card swindle

The major banks are being accused of gouging customers with startling high interest rates.

Esther Han   Credit card holders have been ripped off more than $2 billion dollars in nearly half a decade because of the banks' failure to pass on official interest rate cuts, research shows.

Wrongful detention: 'Enough is enough'


Paul Bibby   The NSW Police Force is facing a series of civil claims running into the millions from adults who say they have been wrongly detained as a result of errors in the police database.

'Salacious, fraught with drama and intrigue'

Died of a drug overdose: French businessman David Monlun.

Paul Bibby   The events leading up to the businessman's death featured characters including a "consummate liar" and two kidnappers whose interwoven lives were "fuelled by deception, sex and illicit drugs".

Qantas chief OK with no Badgerys rail link


Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says he is open to the likelihood that a new airport at Badgerys Creek in western Sydney will be without a rail link when it opens.

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Plan dubbed 'WorkChoices by stealth'

Bryan Kidman.

Anna Patty 4:55 PM   Bryan Kidman relies on penalty rates for up to 30 per cent of his weekly wage. But under proposed Productivity Commission changes, the 53-year-old may no longer get much of that extra cash.


Contraceptive pill cuts uterine cancer risk

Experts say widespread use of the pill in developed countries is likely to have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. 

The property perve's guide to the City2Surf

At last: a chance to laugh back at the rich and famous who have overpaid for their abodes along the running route through the salubrious eastern suburbs.

A vibe worth protecting

It must be acknowledged that the "vibe" in Newtown is changing. It's clear the law and order response that imposed lockouts on Kings Cross has had a significant impact on Sydney's nightlife.

Last drinks at the Lansdowne 

For generations of students, the Lansdowne Hotel has been a home away from home - a place to escape class in favour of cheap drinks, live music and late nights. Not any more.

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.


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.