Electricity privatisation bills pass NSW parliament

Sean Nicholls 1:35 AM   The NSW government has received the green light to partially privatisate the NSW electricity network after the upper house passed legislation on Wednesday night.

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'A textbook could never do that'

Saint Joan of Arc Primary School in Haberfield has the country's first app-led kindergarten class.

Eryk Bagshaw 8:00 PM   One inner-west teacher is revolutionising the classroom.

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'The minister is not in a position to meet you'

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli was "not in a position" to meet ethics providers.

Sean Nicholls 1:29 AM   Education Minister Adrian Piccoli refused to meet the chairman of the charity that provides ethics classes to NSW schools about a proposal to erase mention of the classes from the official enrolment form.

Monis 'no threat' according to hotline

Man Haron Monis made extensive use of social media and emails in a bid to spread his opinions and beliefs.

Paul Bibby 4:47 PM   It was Man Haron Monis's refusal to have his picture taken or answer basic personal questions that first raised the suspicions of his girlfriend's relatives.

Potential criminal charges over police bugging 

NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour's office has advertised for a principal legal officer to assist with Operation Prospect.

Sean Nicholls 12:00 AM   NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour has raised the possibility of seeking criminal charges against participants in the NSW police bugging scandal as part of his two-year investigation.

Greater Sydney's new harbourside city

An artist's impression of Parramatta Quay.

Melanie Kembrey 2:30 PM   A multi-million dollar quay, a beach and a major public space are all part of an ambitious 20-year plan to create a new harbourside city in Sydney's west

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Why Labor backflipped on George St light rail

An artist's impression of the George Street light rail.

Jacob Saulwick 1:34 AM   The Labor Party abandoned its support for light rail in the centre of Sydney "in recent weeks" after its new transport spokesman read old reports and talked to people.

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Cullen's confession moments after murder 

Christopher Cullen

Kate Aubusson 8:28 PM   Incredible footage of police interviewing convicted murderer Christopher Cullen metres form where his wife lay dead in the grass.

Rich and famous oppose amalgamation

Anthony Minichiello, one of the most stylish men in Australian sport, believes areas "a little further out" such as Watsons Bay or Vaucluse "could get forgotten about and get left behind" if the amalgamation goes ahead.

Leesha McKenny 8:01 AM   The rich and the famous of one of Sydney's most well-heeled local government areas have been enlisted to help its council maintain a comfortable distance from its neighbours.

El Niño's perverse effect on sea levels

Look closely and you may see changes under way at your local beach as the El Nino gets going.

Peter Hannam 10:41 AM   El Niños are well known for unleashing droughts, hotter-than-usual weather and paradoxically worse frosts but they also drive remarkable changes to global sea levels.

Let's have a 'smaller, CBD-oriented council'

 City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster.

Anne Davies 1:28 PM   The Prime Minister's sister and City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster has contradicted Premier Mike Baird's call for larger councils - she's advocating the city be reduced to a council covering only the CBD.

Would you bow to the Governor?

Labor MP and long-time republican Paul Lynch says curtsies and court bows have no place in NSW politics

Nicole Hasham 3:01 PM   Female MPs who refuse to curtsy before NSW Governor David Hurley have 'bad manners', Christian Democratic MP Fred Nile says, reigniting a long-running battle between royalists and republicans in the nation's oldest parliament.

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Ex-Kings player charged over Lindt  attack

Luke Martin of the Kings (left) drives past Tyson Demos of the Wollongong Hawks in a match in 2012.

Patrick Begley 4:01 PM   A former National Basketball League player who allegedly vandalised the Lindt cafe and broke a policeman's jaw has been called a "threat to safety".

Parliament labels McGuire a 'boofhead'

Eddie McGuire.

Sean Nicholls 2:37 PM   Fans of Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes no doubt already hold the opinion, but the NSW parliament has just placed it on the official record: TV personality and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire is a "boofhead".

Baird denies deal over ethics class changes

NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Sean Nicholls   Premier Mike Baird's office is backing a push to remove any reference to ethics classes as an alternative to scripture on school enrolment forms after being lobbied by religious groups.

Why a suburban gym is gathering dust

Gym owner  Onar Serrano, right, with business partners  Orathine Siharath, left, and Scott Whitfield, centre.

Esther Han 10:59 AM   A freshly fitted-out 24-hour gym sits on King Georges Road has long been ready to open. But a Hurstville councillor is being accused of standing in the way.

Mayor's daughter makes $330,000 in 12 days

Mayor of Hurstville Con Hindi.

Kate McClymont   The children of mayor Con Hindi and his real estate agent wife Miray appear to have done well in the property developing stakes.

Review raises hopes of triple-murder retrial

Police and legal experts say they know who murdered three Aboriginal children in Bowraville in the 1990s.

Nicole Hasham   A single word in the NSW Crimes Act that was said to be preventing the retrial of a suspected serial murderer will be reviewed.

Council reform debate dumbed down

graham sansom

Anne Davies   The architect of the state government's merger proposals, Dr Graham Sansom, has accused the government and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority of dumbing down its recommendations to improve local government performance and of trying to rush mergers of city councils.

Inquiry wants power claim tested by experts

The Reverend  Fred Nile is convinced the proposal to privatise NSW's electricity assets is economically sound.

Nicole Hasham   Official claims that NSW would be $300 billion better off if the state's electricity assets are privatised should be independently tested, amid "some disconnect" between statements the government has provided the public, a parliamentary inquiry says.

Islamic schools to undergo audit

Malek Fahd Islamic school in Greenacre is under investigation

Eryk Bagshaw   Islamic schools across the country will be investigated by the federal Department of Education after a string of sackings among senior staff members and principals, allegations of financial mismanagement and concerns over the delivery of the curriculum.

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Rail link blows out by $50 million

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian inspect
the sky train works.

Jacob Saulwick   The cost of Sydney's North West Rail Link has blown out by $50 million as Italian contractor Salini-Impreglio is awarded extra payments.

Highlights

Why we need the George St tram 

Renovating is hell, Sydney. But just think of the shiny new city you get when it's all done. 

Sydney weather: Wettest autumn in 12 years to make way for drier times

Three days of heavy rain in mid-April were enough to make it Sydney's wettest autumn in 12 years but conditions have largely dried up since.

Social media honeymoon over for Wedding Cake Rock

An Instagram craze for posing on Wedding Cake Rock is putting visitors in danger and threatening the structure itself.

'Fashion is for all women, no matter where you're from'

"The hijab is beautiful and Muslim women are entitled to be passionate about fashion.''

Super Sydney's dark side: the threat to open spaces

For all the great events and buzz, the community must be on guard to defend our green space.

Not waiting for coding to be in the curriculum

The federal parliament is talking up the value of coding and it being in the national curriculum. Amanda Hogan and her class of eight isn't waiting.

Revolving doors: CSG industry snaps up advisers

Two former deputy prime ministers, a resources minister and a climate change minister are among ex-politicians and political staff now helping companies involved in the coal seam gas industry, a Herald investigation reveals.

'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

 One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.

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School teacher takes app into her own hands

The school's harshest critics, kindy kids, review a learning app designed by their very own teacher.

Photos 1440 exhibition

The most startling moments captured by Fairfax photojournalists during the past year are on display the annual Photos 1440 exhibition.

George street light rail fly through

The NSW government have announced that the George street light rail will extend to Sydney's south east and will begin construction in October.