Sydney's new First Fleet set to sail

Jacob Saulwick 11:45 PM   The NSW government has issued tenders for the construction of six ferries.

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Lower bills as energy regulator clamps down 

Customers could have lower bills as the energy regulator clamps down on network charges.

Esther Han 4:15 PM   More than $210 could be shaved off the annual electricity bill for NSW households, and $360 for small businesses, if the national energy regulator’s proposed price restrictions are implemented next year.

Call for review after paedophile gets bail

Bail: Former chief executive of Bega Cheese Maurice van Ryn.

Emma Partridge, Ben Smyth 6:49 PM   The NSW Attorney-General has called for an urgent review after the former head of Bega Cheese was granted bail after admitting he sexually abused six underage boys.

'Mum, I've just seen on Facebook ...'

Family anguish: Karmah Jayne Hall.

Rachel Browne 11:28 AM   A schoolgirl's grieving mother is appalled that she learnt of her child's death on social media.

Mother avoids jail after killing boy

Killed: Akshaaye Revin.

Emma Partridge 12:12 PM   A Sydney mother has avoided going to jail after she hit and killed a six-year-old boy outside Carlingford Public School last December.

Killer carer almost certain to die in jail 


Paul Bibby 3:12 PM   A carer and gambling addict who murdered the elderly man she was looking after will almost certainly die in custody after being sentenced to at least 19 years in jail.

Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime 

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Sean Nicholls   Large scale seizures of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines by police do not reduce the number of overdoses or arrests for possession and use of the drugs, a major Australian study has found.

Countdown timers welcomed by pedestrians

A trial will test the benefits of crossing timers in NSW.

Pallavi Singhal 5:48 PM   Pedestrians have welcomed the trial of countdown timers at six busy intersections in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood.

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New contender for Sydney's tallest home

An artist's impression of Sydney's proposed tallest residential tower.

Leesha McKenny   Sydney has a new contender for the mantle of the city's tallest residential tower.

NSW Ambulance under fire over Hughes

Paramedics treat Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Scott Parker 8:14 AM   Paramedics took 15 minutes to reach Phillip Hughes at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday as he lay critically injured on the field, and it took two calls to triple-0 to get them there.

Junior cricket clubs call for extra regulations

On their guard: Young players Aroon Patha and Akash Yousuf practise at Centennial Park.

Julie Power   Junior cricket clubs have called for the introduction of a compulsory time out after any hit to the head, and warned parents and members of the need for young players to wear a helmet.

Tree-clearing rules tightened amid abuse

Trees felled in Gladesville under the 10/50 law. The state government has now tightened the vegetation-clearing rules.

Peter Hannam   The Baird government has tightened vegetation clearing rules in fire-prone areas less than four months after their introduction after being flooded with calls of unnecessary tree culling in Sydney's suburbs.

Self-parking cars - a vision of the future

Borrowed time: parking demand will decrease, says Morris Miselowski.

Michael Koziol   The great Sydney tradition of searching for a place to park your car may soon come to an end, futurist Morris Miselowski will tell a Parking Australia business lunch on Thursday.

Gillard questions 'questionable'  comment

Former prime minister Julia Gillard,

Anna Patty   Counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions has agreed that Julia Gillard's conduct as a lawyer may not have prevented her former boyfriend's misuse of a slush fund linked to the AWU.

Bali 'poisoning': mother tells of ordeal

Jason Tuckwell got sick in Bali after drinking what was believed to be methanol.

Sam Rigney   The mother of a Stockton teenager who suffered suspected methanol poisoning while celebrating schoolies in Bali has warned of the dangers of drink-spiking on the popular tourist island.

CSIRO maps the earth beneath our feet

Red: The distance until soil reaches bedrock varies from 0 to 67.5 metres. Darker colours show greater depth.

Conrad Walters 5:32 AM   A gargantuan effort by the CSIRO to map the condition of Australia's soil is unique in the world.

Australians unite in 'Band Aid' for refugees

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Josh Dye   Prominent Australian artists have united to release a song calling on children to be released from detention. 

ICAC bids to re-instate corruption findings

Cleared: RAMS Home Loans founder John Kinghorn.

Michaela Whitbourn   The ICAC has launched a court bid to reinstate corruption findings against former RAMS Home Loans founder John Kinghorn.

Three hospitals flagged, more private input


Nicole Hasham   New hospitals mooted for western Sydney and the government wants to replicate private sector involvement in the Northern Beaches hospital to ease the burden of health services on state coffers.

Rate of disconnections in NSW doubles 

Expensive service: Irregular billing by power providers is one factor contributing to consumer hardship.

Esther Han   Twice as many NSW families have had their power disconnected in the past financial year compared with five years ago, the Australian Energy Regulator has revealed.

Baird's ultimatum to NSW voters

Sean Nicholls, Jacob Saulwick   Premier Mike Baird has launched a major plank of his re-election platform with a promise to build billions of dollars worth of road, rail and other infrastructure in the next decade - with one catch.


Summits won't solve city's Jumbo problem

Last week's Bays Precinct summit seemed to echo the G20 in delivering stern international wisdom to the home team. Sadly, there's some doubt whether the home team was, well, home.

More roads for Sydney not a solution for this century

Premier Mike Baird is going to the March election with an enormous, albeit hypothetical, treasure chest.

The Baird Ultimatum: Vote for me or the infrastructure gets it

Mike Baird's pitch on Tuesday can be summed up as: "Vote for me and my electricity privatisation plan or the infrastructure gets it".

Sydney's cycleways: delays, changes and inferior outcomes

The popular College Street bike lane is expected to be replaced by an inferior - and possibly more dangerous - alternative.

Auburn branch stacking scandal a test case for 'new' NSW ALP

Cut-price memberships seemed a good way to boost Labor membership in NSW. But at what cost?

As the cost of education grows, so does the cheating

Financial pressure has compromised the standards, governance and ethics of Australia's universities.

A revolution under the bedcovers

A more open society has allowed the sexual repertoire of Australians to expand.


Tributes for Phillip Hughes

Tributes from prime ministers past and present, team mates, cricket legends and more poured in for Test cricketer Phillip Hughes who passed away on Thursday from head injury.

Pedestrian countdown: will it work?

New pedestrian countdown timers being trialled at six busy intersections in the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Chatswood are a welcome addition says many city walkers.

Confusion over 000 calls

There's been growing confusion over the timing of the emergency calls made in the moments after Phillip Hughes was tragically struck by a ball at the Sydney Cricket Ground.