Maddie's emotional visit to siege site

Daisy Dumas 12:33 PM   Few can begin to comprehend what the Sydney siege's 17 hostages went through in their hours of captivity, but Madeleine Pulver may know better than most.

Sydney siege: The Aftermath

'Don't bother revoking bail' police told

Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis.

Paul Bibby 2:42 PM   Prosecutors told police there was little point seeking to have siege gunman Man Monis's bail revoked when he appeared in court on scores of sex offence charges because they would be "met with the same outcome", Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says.

The missing seven minutes

Freed hostages run from the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place.

Megan Levy 1:18 PM   They're the unaccounted-for minutes of confusion when the Sydney siege escalated from a waiting game to a full-scale tactical assault.

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Inside the terrifying siege - a father's story

"No opportunity to look back": Joel Herat.

Deborah Snow 5:44 AM   In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis was wide awake and agitated, the father of one hostage says.

Abbott orders inquiry as police defend  bail

Incredulous: Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered an inquiry into the Martin Place siege as more details have emerged regarding the gunman's background.

David Wroe 8:27 PM   Tony Abbott has ordered an urgent inquiry into the deadly Martin Place siege as the NSW Police faced fierce scrutiny over why the gunman was free.

New bail test meant gunman got bail

Gunman Man Haron Monis sent hate mail to Australian war widows.

Michaela Whitbourn 6:02 PM   In the aftermath of the fatal siege, questions have been raised about whether gunman Man Haron Monis should have been on bail for other serious offences.

#illridewithyou critics miss the point

#illridewithyou: online users continue to tweet their support for the local Muslim community.

Daisy Dumas 6:00 PM   Campaign popularity drew inevitable backlash. But it's doing something Tony Abbott can't, experts say. 

Why we shouldn't expect simple answers

Emergency personnel respond to injured hostages shortly after the siege ended.

David Wroe 5:43 AM   The question of whether Monis was primarily a state or federal responsibility is very blurry.

Going in: police had no option, say experts

NSW Premier Mike Baird (left) speaks as NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione looks on during a press conference about the siege in Martin Place, Sydney.

Neil Mercer and Eamonn Duff   NSW Police were right to try to negotiate with the gunman, according to a former senior police officer familiar with counter terrorism training.

'I've never felt so much relief'

Sydney siege survivor John O'Brien paid tribute to the victims outside his home on Wednesday.

Nick Perry 1:03 AM   John O'Brien, one of the first hostages to escape, opens up about the stresses of being held captive inside the Lindt cafe.

Field of flowers at Martin Place

Tribute: The memorial to the victims of the Lindt cafe siege continued to grow in Martin Place on Wednesday.

Melanie Kembrey 5:49 PM   After the siege tragedy, Sydney is in bloom.

Latest NSW news

'No evidence' Eddie Obeid is a flight risk: court

Eddie Obeid at the Downing Centre Local Court where he is facing charges in relation to evidence presented at ICAC today.

Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn 12:08 PM   Eddie Obeid laughed and smiled outside court after a magistrate ruled he should not be forced to surrender his passport pending his prosecution for misconduct in public office.

State government reveals $272m surplus

Andrew Constance

Matt Wade 8:50 AM   Sydney's booming property market has lifted the NSW government's finances into the black.

Call to freeze taxi fares to curb UberX growth

Consumers have been drawn to UberX because it can be cheaper than a regular taxi trip.

Jacob Saulwick 11:44 AM   About 11 per cent of Sydney residents have used ride-sharing services like UberX in the past six months, the independent regulator says, despite the fact they are illegal.

Fire ant blitz of 600 homes

Fire ants

Josh Dye 12:15 PM   Trained red imported fire ant inspectors will search 600 Sydney homes on Saturday as the state government investigates whether the ants have spread beyond the initial outbreak into nearby residential properties.

The mysteries of ATAR: Why not 100?

The students who came first in HSC courses gather on Tuesday.

Pallavi Singhal 3:00 PM   An ongoing ATAR mystery for many people is why the maximum rank is 99.95, instead of the 100 awarded to the best in the state under the previous Universities Admission Index (UAI) system.

Boys proving they are all-rounders too

Reaping the rewards: Parramatta Marist Brother Patrick Howlett  with students Jonah Maranan, Gabriel Salonga, Peter Broschofsky, Andre Nunez, Joseph Roveto.

Amy McNeilage and Alexandra Smith 10:15 AM   Parramatta Marist High is the big mover this year among the state's top HSC schools.

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Sydney light rail  likely to open  in 2019

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says the project will create more than 10,000 jobs.

Jacob Saulwick 11:02 PM   The light rail line from Circular Quay to Sydney's eastern suburbs is likely to open for services in early 2019, after the $2.1 billion contract for the project was signed on Wednesday night.

Obeid hires  barrister Stratton to fight charges

Eddie Obeid wrote a letter of support for Barbara Perry when she was campaigning in the 2001 byelection which saw her elected to the NSW Parliament.

Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn 12:15 AM   His former clients include a woman who skinned her partner before boiling his head and a notorious gang rapist . John Stratton, SC, can now add Eddie Obeid to his client list.

Field jailed for one-punch killing

Former NRL star Craig Field has been jailed.

5:57 PM   Former NRL player Craig Field has been sentenced to at least seven and a half years for the one-punch killing of a farmer at a pub in 2012.

Mr Fluffy fix could cost state billions

Moving on: Chris and Charmaine Sims with their son Zac and daughter Alma. They are leaving Mr Fluffy behind after buying a new home in Kambah in the ACT.

Nicole Hasham 4:15 PM   More than 5300 NSW homes may be riddled with deadly Mr Fluffy asbestos insulation and the state government should demolish and buy affected properties, a parliamentary report has found.

ICAC calls for tough rules on donations

Former Newcastle mayor Jeff McCloy.

Michaela Whitbourn 5:06 PM   The Independent Commission Against Corruption has recommended an overhaul of political donations laws in NSW, including criminal charges for party chiefs who fail to ensure compliance with the rules.

'Divorced' council looks for a reunion

"Better value for rate payers and better ability to plan": Warringah mayor Michael Regan's council supports the idea of merging with Pittwater and Manly.

Kathryn Wicks 6:05 PM   In 1992, Pittwater seceded from Warringah and formed its own council. Now, Warringah wants its northern neighbour back - and Manly as well.

HSC students take to Twitter 

Even the state's best students, at schools such as James Ruse, will have greater expectations placed on them.

Pallavi Singhal   More than 76,000 students across the state have been able to access their HSC marks from 6am, with many taking to Twitter to discuss their results.

Nurse arrested over aged-care deaths

The nurse arrives with a detective at Newcastle Police station on Wednesday.

Dan Proudman   A male nurse has been arrested over the alleged murders of two elderly nursing home patients and the attempted murder of a third at a Wallsend nursing home.

Eddie Obeid stripped of Order of Australia

Eddie Obeid.

Kate McClymont   Corrupt former Labor kingpin Eddie Obeid has been stripped of his Order of Australia.

Public schoolboy tops five HSC subjects

Sydney Grammar School student Grant Kynaston (left) who came first in four subjects and Fort Street High School student Janek Drevikovsky who came first in five subjects.

Alexandra Smith   Janek Drevikovsky and Grant Kynaston have been sparring in the classical languages for years but in the end, the HSC proved a dead heat.

Taser death: three police not guilty

CCTV footage of Roberto Curti on the night he died.

Three police officers, involved in the fatal arrest of Brazilian student Roberto Curti in Sydney's CBD, have been found not guilty of his assault.

Highlights

'We have to do something'

Anne Davies: A reporter's creepy encounter with Man Haron Monis.

Driven by personal crises

Was the Sydney siege gunman a politically motivated Islamist terrorist or a disturbed individual consumed by personal crises looking to end his life in a blaze of publicity?

Siege a 'nightmare' for hostage's father

The Sunshine Coast father of Sydney siege survivor Harriette Denny endured a "horrible" day before seeing his daughter flee the Lindt Cafe.

Sydney siege: Martin Place fills with flowers

An outpouring of sympathy draws hundreds, including Governor-General Peter Cosgrove to an impromptu memorial at the site of the Sydney siege on Tuesday.

Sunday Assembly: a congregation without God

They may have lost their religion, but not their faith in traditional religious rituals. As Peter Munro finds, members of atheist churches are gathering for "all the best bits" of Sunday services - but no worship.

Schoolies: rite of passage or reckless booze-fest?

Bleary eyes, sunburnt shoulders and sleazy selfies will be the lingering evidence of schoolies for the thousands of weary Australian teenagers dragging themselves home this weekend.

How we're driving the obesity pandemic

New research finds that obesity has become a major pandemic and looks set to get worse - in animals as well as humans.

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Sydney seige: Why police didn't act sooner

A sniper perched metres away from the Lindt Cafe had a clear shot of the gunman, so why didn't he shoot?

New vision: Siege gunman's last moments

Man Haron Monis can be seen standing just inside the doors of the Lindt Cafe preparing to make a move just moments before his death.

Sydney siege hostage speaks of his 'relief'

Although still feeling very stressed, John O'Brien has spoken to reporters outside his home and paid tribute to the victims of the siege.