Handing the baton from one generation to the next

James Bullen 5:33 PM   Forty years ago, Mervyn Bishop captured the birth of the Aboriginal land rights movement. Today his son Tim carried the legacy.

Latest NSW news

Baird pumps up pay for top public servants

NSW State Premier Mike Baird and Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian have kept the cap on annual wage increases for public servants.

Sean Nicholls 12:15 AM   Premier Mike Baird is intervening to boost the pay packets of some of the state's newest top public servants, despite his government's determination to cap pay rises for the sector at 2.5 per cent.

The death of revenge porn

The state is examining ways to enact laws preventing revenge porn.

Fergus Hunter 6:41 PM   One morning in October 2012, Tania* sat down in her open-plan workplace and clicked on an email. It contained a photo of her lying on a lounge in her lingerie and had been sent to everyone in the business.

$2.2m in Mafia bribes to NSW judges alleged 

The Mafia poses as "extreme" organised crime risk to the nation, police reports warn.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard 6:38 PM   An Australian Mafia boss allegedly paid $2.2 million in bribes to NSW judges to get lighter jail sentences,  top-secret police intelligence reports reveal.

'A pattern that you can see in the Bible'

John McClean: "There are a lot of Christian people who see the same-sex marriage issue as the big issue."

Amy Corderoy 9:37 PM   The Presbyterian Church in NSW is considering refusing to participate in marriage laws if gay marriage is allowed to go ahead.

Electoral roll issue hits close to home for Hay

Wollongong MP Noreen Hay has stood down as Opposition Whip.

Heath Aston 12:15 AM   Noreen Hay has waxed lyrical about being an empty nester – but all three adult children still list their home address as Ms Hay's Dapto house on the electoral roll, an investigation has found.

Weeks of chill ahead as polar air moves in

This will be the dress code for the next couple of weeks.

Peter Hannam 6:44 PM   Sydney's coldest stint since 1983 in the offing, and the cool conditions may linger for quite some time yet, meteorologists say.

Killer pleads guilty to attack while on parole

Vanessa Hoson, who was murdered by Terrence John Leary in 1990.

Stephanie Gardiner 4:47 PM   In 1990, Terrence John Leary broke into a teenager's room and beat her to death with a hammer when she refused to have sex with him. Now he's admitted a violent attack on another woman.

Emissions accelerate after carbon tax's demise

Power plants fired by brown coal have increased their emissions, a report has shown.

Peter Hannam 5:05 PM   Emissions from Australia's main power sector are rising at an increasing rate one year after the end of the carbon price, an energy consultancy says.

AGL ditches Sydney CSG permit

AGL sticks with plans to develop its coal seam gas project near Gloucester.

Peter Hannam 12:15 PM   AGL will surrender three of its coal seam gas exploration permits including one covering much of the Sydney basin but will press ahead with its controversial Gloucester Gas Project. 

Mining boss loses $2m legal costs bid

Former Doyles Creek Mining director Craig Ransley has lost a bid to be indemnified for up to $2 million in legal costs.

Kate McClymont   One of the Newcastle mining entrepreneurs adversely named in a corruption inquiry has lost his bid to be indemnified for up to $2 million in legal costs.

School breaks century-old tradition 

The Armidale School will the first GPS school to go co-ed.

Eryk Bagshaw 9:30 AM   After 123 years being a single-sex school, The Armidale School will enrol female students from next year.

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New homes saved $25m on power, water bills

Houses built in NSW in the past 10 years have saved on electricity and water bills.

Andrew Brown   New homes built in NSW over the last decade have saved $25 million on electricity and water bills during the last financial year, according to new state government figures.

'We're losing the plot on homework'

Ruby Stephenson is tutored during the school holidays by Vanessa Romero at Presbyterian Ladies' College, Croyden.

Kieran Gair   Australian children have the fifth highest amount of homework in the world, study shows, leading to a backlash from parents and academics.

'I could smell something burning'

Erin Dee.

Anna Patty   After wrapping a new set of Christmas lights around the tree and settling back for a quiet night, Erin Dee was startled by a sudden loud crack and smoulder of smoke.

'It is clear to me I was set up'

Mayor of Hurstville Con Hindi says he was framed by a third party.

Natalie O'Brien   Corruption, cronyism and sexual impropriety, poison pen letters, private investigators, asbestos contamination and allegations of a witch-hunt. Welcome to Hurstville Council.

Healthy star ratings proposed for fast food

Subway has more stores than McDonald's in the US.

Harriet Alexander   The healthy food star-rating system should be extended to fast food to give consumers more information about their nutritional value, according to a leading research institute on public health.

Domestic violence centres full

Leila Alavi was allegedly murdered by her husband after she had repeatedly been turned away from refuges.

Lisa Visentin   Women fleeing domestic violence in NSW are being turned away from refuges in droves as frontline workers say a culture of silence has blanketed the sector more than a year after the government overhauled crisis accommodation services.

Chopper spots shark near surfers at Byron Bay

A shark spotted by a news helicopter at Watego's Beach in Byron Bay.

Georgina Mitchell   A shark has been spotted metres from a group of surfers at a beach in Byron Bay days after two shark attacks in the area, one serious.

Highlights

Presbyterian church could stop weddings if same-sex marriage passes

A long and happy partnership may be coming to an end over irreconcilable differences. We've been drifting apart for years and it might be time to face the facts.

Breathing easier thanks to e-cigarettes

Hopefully there won't be a repeat of last week's prison riot in Melbourne, but there will be many disgruntled smokers in the pubs and cafes of NSW on Monday. 

Dodgy dentists expose flawed health safeguards

Corners are cut due to costs or incompetence, skills are lacking and practitioners get away with it until they are caught.

Where thousands flock for spiritual enlightenment

Olympic Park is an unlikely place to seek spiritual enlightenment, but more than 30,000 found their way to Hillsong's annual conference in a week of controversy, conversion and commerce.

The crushed of Fairbridge get their day in court

This week's record $24 million payout to the former child migrants abused at Fairbridge Farm School offers the victims some hope. 

Was there really a Rudd coup over the mining tax?

Sarah Ferguson's ABC series left one crucial question unanswered.

Politicians too quick to milk motorists

Politicians of every stripe look at the motor vehicle owner as a sure and steady stream of income, especially in a city as vast as Sydney.

Win highlights legal pitfalls of social media

Joe Hockey has become the first Australian politician to successfully sue for defamation over a tweet.

VIDEO

Attack shark spotted

Vision of the great white shark believed to have attacked 32-year-old bodyboarder Matt Lee off the northern NSW coast. Courtesy Network Seven News. NO SOUND

The moment Christopher Cullen confessed

In video recorded by NSW Police just moments after his arrest, Christopher Cullen describes stabbing his wife to death. For help, call Lifeline, 131 114.

Shark attack at Lighthouse Beach

A 32-year-old man is in a critical condition after being bitten by a shark while body boarding at Lighthouse Beach, East Ballina just after 10am.