Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny

Leesha McKenny is Urban Affairs Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Panellist collapses on Q&A

Leesha McKenny THE head of the GetUp, Simon Sheikh, collapsed on live television tonight. Its political organisation's national director was carried offstage less than halfway through the ABC's Q and A, on which he...

Detainee thought he would die

Ben Doherty, Leesha McKenny The Australian man allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint, sexually assaulted and tortured in Sri Lanka - he claims by the country's secret police - believes he would have been killed if not for Australian...

Tonga's church, built in hope, faith and pride, collapses in debt

Reverend Sione Pinome

Leesha Mckenny SPORTING a black homburg and a silver-topped cane, the newly crowned King George Tupou V of Tonga looked every bit as grand as the $10 million church he had crossed the Pacific to open.

Chief rabbi upholds role of science

Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks

Leesha McKenny IT'S NOT difficult to imagine whom Lord Sacks is referring to when he complains that ''the angry atheists had all the best lines''.

Windsor comes to PM's defence on pokies

Tony Abbott

Richard Willingham, Leesha Mckenny THE independent MP Tony Windsor has backed the government's decision to trial mandatory pre-commitment and rubbished claims made by Andrew Wilkie that Labor had failed to properly sell poker machines...

Mormon moments spurred by Romney


Leesha McKenny ELDER Quentin Cook, an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is revered by its 14 million claimed members as a ''prophet, seer and revelator''.

Priest has rite stuff for parish with divine view

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Leesha Mckenny MONSIGNOR Stephen Rossetti will conduct midnight Mass tonight with his sunglasses on.

Generosity the key in hard times, say religious leaders

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Leesha Mckenny GENEROSITY was needed in the face of economic uncertainty, changes to our environment and the misfortune of others, Christian leaders said in their Christmas messages - citing the birth of Jesus as...

Faith, hope and a whole lot of celebration going on

Hanukkah celebrations

Leesha Mckenny IF CHRISTMAS casts a long shadow, it has only made the ''festival of light'' shine a little brighter as Sydney's Jewish community began celebrating Hanukkah this week.

Australian jailed for espionage in Israel


Dylan Welch, Leesha McKenny A SYDNEY man has admitted to being a technical spy for the militant Palestinian party Hamas and attempting to gather information on missile guidance systems while on a holiday in Israel earlier this...

Bishop designate is listening to her Boss


Leesha McKenny IT IS almost 20 years since an injunction filed in Sydney prevented the Anglican diocese of Canberra and Goulburn from ordaining the Australian church's first female priests.

Poker machine company gave money to priest's charity


Leesha McKenny, Phillip Coorey FATHER CHRIS RILEY, the latest face in the clubs' campaign to block pokies reform, accepted $50,000 for a youth centre operated by his charity from Len Ainsworth, the founder of Australia's largest...

Division in the pews but most faiths say: 'I don't'

Rally for Gay Marriage Rights

Leesha Mckenny, Andrew West IN SYDNEY'S often conservative Anglican diocese, ''Fighting Father Dave'' Smith seems to stand out. He is a religious minister, a former professional boxer and he openly supports same-sex marriage.

Peace be with you - and God help you if you forget the response

Cathedral's director of music Thomas Wilson

Leesha McKenny ONE hundred million Catholics will start worshipping in sync this weekend, as the church seals the biggest changes to its English liturgy in a generation.

Cold shoulder for Hare Krishna priest who felt like 'a slave'


Leesha McKenny A COMPLAINT from a priest who says he was forced to live in a shed prompted a swift response from Australia's Hare Krishna movement - they sacked him and sought to have him deported.

Roebuck accuser denies being paid

Peter Roebuck

Leesha McKenny The man who accused the late cricket writer Peter Roebuck of sexual assault said he was not paid to tell his story, as he again spoke out at the weekend about the alleged encounter in a Cape Town...

Catholic men better paid, says new study

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Leesha McKenny CATHOLICISM, with all its attendant ceremony, piety and guilt, may well trump a good Protestant work ethic when it comes to earnings potential, according to the authors of a new study.

Archbishop backs 'moral' changes to pokie laws


Leesha McKenny, Phillip Coorey THE Anglican Archbishop of Sydney has come out in strong support of the proposed poker machine reforms, warning that the penetration of gambling culture into sport and media ''bodes ill for the...

Catholic club to join pokie campaign

Leesha Mckenny, Tim Dick ONE of Sydney's Catholic Clubs is seeking to change its constitution to aid its fight against the federal government's proposed poker machine reforms.

Burnside apologises for 'paedos in speedos'

Julian Burnside.

Leesha Mckenny THE prominent QC Julian Burnside has apologised after appearing to accuse the federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, of paedophilia.