'One step closer to freedom'

Eryk Bagshaw 8:58 PM   High school students from Belmore to Baghdad began their HSC exams on Monday, with the largest cohort in history taking on the English exam.


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200,000 seniors still to switch to Opal cards

Opal card

Matt O'Sullivan 5:21 PM   About 200,000 seniors are yet to shift over to Opal cards, just over two months from the end of the sale of most paper public transport tickets in NSW.

Paul Toole tells councillors to back mergers

Local Government minister Paul Toole.

Leesha McKenny 5:28 PM   Local Government Minister Paul Toole tells hundred of angry councillors to back reforms or 'deprive your communities of the benefits of change'.

'I am not a NIMBY': Luke Foley

Labor leader Luke Foley.

Jacob Saulwick, Melanie Kembrey 3:00 PM   Planning the redevelopment of the corridor from Parramatta to Olympic Park should go to a new Sydney-wide body, says Labor leader Luke Foley.

Airbnb and eDreams forced to declare mandatory fees after ACCC crackdown


Esther Han 2:07 PM   Airbnb and eDreams will have to disclose unavoidable fees upfront after the ACCC found their drip-pricing tactics broke the law.

Thiess manager admits bogus invoices to AWU

Cyclists enjoy the Eastlink Open day in June 2008.

Anna Patty, James Massola 5:53 PM   A former manager of the construction company Thiess John Holland has admitted the firm issued bogus invoices to hide payments to the Victorian branch of the AWU.

Terror laws:  14-year-olds in premier's sights

A man is arrested in Lockwood Street, Merrylands.

Sean Nicholls 10:11 PM   Malcolm Turnbull is being urged by the NSW government to significantly strengthen Australia's anti-terrorism laws following the Parramatta shooting.

The one thing that divides Sydney

Where you live in Sydney has a major bearing on your access to opportunities, especially jobs.

Matt Wade 12:15 AM   Is life in Sydney getting better? For some, sure. But for others there is one ingredient missing.

A 120-metre tower in 50-metre space? 

NSW Enviroment Minister Rob Stokes announcing a plan to ban microbeads which pollute the harbour.
20th November 2014.
Photo: Steven Siewert

James Robertson   A Sydney council says the state government is overruling its block on a developer's plans to build a 120-metre tower, despite it exceeding height restrictions by nearly 70 metres.

Bar wars: rival faction hits back at Cunneen

Margaret Cunneen

Michaela Whitbourn 6:27 PM   The factions are warring and they're working the numbers. The NSW Bar Association's annual election is making organised politics look almost bloodless.

'We need a Mufti who can speak English'

Premier Mike Baird after a meeting with Muslim community leaders to discuss countering violent extremism.

Rachel Olding, Emma Partridge 6:46 PM   NSW Premier says the government will work with the Muslim community on measures to combat violent extremism following the Parramatta terror attack.

'Proud homophobe' rejected by  community

Right-wing Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin is speaking in Sydney this week.

Saffron Howden, Timna Jacks   A visiting extremist Israeli who has condemned homosexuals and dubbed Palestinians "bandits" is not welcome at the mother congregation of Australia's Jewish community.

ACCC rejects taxi industry's counter to Uber

Uber is a major threat to the established taxi industry.

Matt O'Sullivan   The rejection is a blow to the established taxi industry in its fight against Uber.

Mr Wang will argue he acted in self-defence

Cheng Jie Wang claims he acted in self defence.

Stephanie Gardiner   Cheng Jie Wang called his former girlfriend and allegedly told her: "If anything happens to your brother, don't blame me."

UNSW issues security warning after  threat

afr 12th june 2014 photo by louise kennerley generic university UNSW graduation foreign students study

Rachel Olding and Michael Koziol   Students and staff at one of Sydney's major universities have been issued a warning after a threat was posted online.

No bail for alleged Lakemba bottle murderer 

Kelly Ventigadoo died after he was allegedly stabbed in the neck with a beer bottle in Lakemba.

Kate Aubusson and AAP   A man accused of fatally stabbing another man in the neck with a bottle at a Sydney unit block will remain behind bars.

Building sell-off costs taxpayers more in rent

The NSW Government sold Bligh House for $53 million in 2013. The new owner resold for $68 million in 2015.

Kirsty Needham   The Baird Government's great property sell off is leaving taxpayers footing the bill for higher rent costs for public servants.

A father who disappeared in the dark

Quinn Martin disappeared from Colo Heights in Sydney's north in December, 2012. His family say they have no doubt the 35-year-old was murdered.

Ava Benny-Morrison   The Putty Road property was a place where the Martin family had created many cherished memories, from swimming in dams to camping. 

Most radicalised teens attended public schools

Farhad Jabar, the 15-year-old who murdered NSW Police employee Curtis Cheng came from the public school system.

Natalie O'Brien   Almost all of the school-aged jihadists and students who have been radicalised in Australia have come from state-run public schools and not religious schools.

In love with woman who testified against him

Charlotte Lindstrom.

Rachel Olding   It was one of Australia's most infamous Bonnie and Clyde sagas. But Steven Spaliviero's romance with Swedish model Charlotte Lindstrom may not be over yet.

Worst intersections in Sydney's CBD

Buses and taxis on corner of Park and Elizabeth streets.

Matt O'Sullivan   They're the intersections you want to avoid in Sydney's CBD at all costs – or risk a long wait to get to your destination.

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Why sad songs might be music to your ears

Melancholy music strikes a chord with particular personality types, research shows.

More to urban planning than George Street

If I was the boss, the first road I would do something serious about in Sydney is King Georges Road.

Fighting companies that want to own your genes

This week saw a major victory for cancer patients and advocates who fought to regain control of their genes. But who will own the rights to future discoveries?

'Transforming something from ugly to beautiful'

Over twenty years, Wendy Whiteley turned feelings of grief and addiction into something green and beautiful.

Farming fussy butterflies by the thousand

If you thought raising young children was hard, try caring for two thousand fussy butterflies.

Storytime ballet series for children announced

The Australian Ballet announced it will be bringing the magic of the popular fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty, to life on stage in a new production that has been designed specifically for its tiniest fans.


Councils heckle minister over merger reform

NSW Local Government Minister Paul Toole faces a tough crowd in making the case for reform at a local government conference at Rosehill.

Sad sounds

Why does some music sound sad, and why do some people enjoy listening to it? David Robertson, chief conductor for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, explains why music is emotive.

Sad sounds

Why does some music sound sad, and why do some people enjoy listening to it? David Robertson, chief conductor for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, explains why music is emotive.