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Lucy Cormack

Lucy Cormack is a Herald reporter.

Graduation day for former Christmas Island refugee Hadi Hosseini

Lucy Cormack Hadi Hosseini remembers the experience of living in detention like living in “a factory for making people crazy.”

NSW election 2015: Mike Baird's government dumps renewable energy parliamentary secretary position

NSW Greens MP John Kaye fears the decision to dump the position of parliamentary secretary leaves the Baird government with no unique voice for renewable energy.

Lucy Cormack The position of parliamentary secretary for renewable energy has been dissolved, prompting concerns.

Fossil fuel-free super funds pay off for investors

Keeping it super green: Nic Nelson has made the switch to a fossil fuel-free super fund and hasn't looked back.

Lucy Cormack Nic Nelson was wandering through a market one morning when he was made an offer to shift his life savings to a fossil fuel free super fund.

Fred Nile's call to raise the drinking age to 21 unrealistic, say 19-year-olds

Clockwise from left:  Lachy Borg, 19, Carly Boscheinen, 19, Jayme-Lee Fechner, 19, Dom Caillard, 20, Oliver Champion, 20, and Nicoletta Mancuso, 19, enjoying a drink at The Cottage in Balmain, Sydney.

Lucy Cormack Pubs across Sydney are starting to fill with bodies, bars and clubs are preparing for another night hosting the city's thirstiest.

Candidates to resit Graduate Medical School Admissions Test due to printing error

Lucy Cormack Student who received misprinted section feels the error disadvantaged him but is loath to prepare to sit the whole exam again.

NSW State Election 2015: CSG gives birth to a new Green life in Northern Rivers

Opposition to coal seam gas mining became a game-changing issue in some seats.

Lucy Cormack When two out of three safe Nationals seats go Green, there must be something in the air. How CSG touched the safe Nationals seats of the Northern Rivers region.

NSW State Election 2015: Greens take Ballina after 27-year Nationals reign

Tamara Smith has claimed the seat of Ballina

Lucy Cormack Ballina woke up under a green glow on Sunday, as Greens candidate Tamara Smith claimed victory over the long-held safe Nationals seat.

Sydneysiders flock to MCG for Cricket World Cup final - supporters start young

Pilgrimage to the MCG: Grant Whatley and wife Sheree Hardy with children Ben 9, Thomas 6 and Charlotte 5 months.

Lucy Cormack and Esther Han  Under the red-hot midday sun, Grant Whatley from Mosman and his sons nine-year-old Ben and six-year-old Thomas will be among tens of thousands of cricket fanatics charging through the gates of...

NSW State Election 2015: Ballina candidates say coal seam gas means it will be too close for a result on election day

The issue of coal seam gas has changed the political landscape in Ballina.

Lucy Cormack The Nationals enjoyed an unassailable margin in this northern rivers seat, but one issue has made it the Greens game.

Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon: Contagious passion to help after Haiyan

Portrait of Michelle Baltazar who is running the SMH half marathon for a charity she started after Typhoon Haiyan.
25th March 2015
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Lucy Cormack A year after Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her home town in the Philippines, Michelle Baltazar is still working to aid recovery in the region.

Medicare branch closures and digital push makes it hard for seniors

Closed: 170 Medicare branches around Australia have been closed for alternative Medicare Centrelink one-stop shops.

Lucy Cormack Pensioners and those with limited internet access must be able to access government services without using mobile phones or computers, advocates say.

Mysterious $52 million bid for Marrickville old hospital site rejected

The Ward's building of the old Marrickville hospital in the 1920s.

Lucy Cormack It may have been Marrickville's only chance to share the limelight with Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. But a mysterious proposal from a developer who has built two museums in honour of the martial arts...

NSW State election 2015: Liberal candidate Michael Sharpe skirts simple poles and wires question

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Lucy Cormack It wasn’t quite the Jaymes Diaz blunder, but when a Sydney Morning Herald reporter asked a Liberal candidate about the party’s hallmark policy, he was quickly shuffled off the podium.

What could Sydney look like in 2043?

Aquaculture farms in Sydney Harbour and green vertical gardens could be among the answers in the face of climate change resource depletion.

Lucy Cormack Professor Brendan Gleeson has imagined a future Sydney full of vertical gardens and scoops hanging on the Harbour Bridge to capture rainwater.

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Book Bank program sparks a new love of reading for kids at NSW schools

Bookworms: Students at Blaxcell Street Public School relishing reading time with books they chose through the Book Bank reading initiative.

Lucy Cormack The Book Bank pilot program is now running in nine NSW schools and has been well received by kids - to one, reading is a voyage of discovery; to another, for whom English is a second language, it's...

Blue Datto road safety program honours teenage crash victim Philip Vassallo

Lucy Cormack Philip Vassallo's family hope their new road safety program for teenagers will help prevent deaths like Philip's.

Man drowns in Pyrmont

Police and ambulance workers at the scene in Pyrmont.

Lucy Cormack A man has died after being pulled unconscious from Pyrmont Bay on Wednesday evening.

Red liquid splattered at Indonesian consulate in Sydney in apparent protest

Lucy Cormack An air of “insecurity” lingers at the Indonesian consulate in Sydney, after an incident in which red liquid was splattered at the gates of the premises, the Indonesian Consul General to...

Instagram account @themurdermall targets homeless and disadvantaged near Surry Hills Shopping Village

One of the photos posted on the Instagram account.

Lucy Cormack An Instagram account making light of homeless and disadvantaged people in Surry Hills has been described by Mission Australia as “heartless”.

If electricity privatisation is troubling you, you can always get off the grid

The Kelk family of Murrumbateman: Brad and Fiona with their children Jack ,8, and Aimee, 6, with the new house they are building

Lucy Cormack When Brad Kelk and his family started building their new home last year they were faced with a decision.