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Sarah Whyte

Sarah Whyte is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau, covering immigration, customs and the High Court. Previously, Sarah was the consumer affairs reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Water, water, everywhere for senior rowers

Sarah Whyte With hearing aids, long socks and sensible shoes, there's something different about the men's eight rowing crew on the water at dawn in Drummoyne.

Chemical spill at Australia Post centre

Ambulance

Sarah Whyte At least one person has been taken to hospital and three others have been treated by paramedics after a chemical spill at the Australian Post International mail centre in Sydney.

Alcohol companies support binge education campaign

Generic beer.

Sarah Whyte Big alcohol companies will support Premier Barry O'Farrell's multimillion-dollar education campaign to address binge drinking, but will not formally commit money until they see the proposal.

Safer Sydney: more than one way to send a message

Sarah Whyte Adam Horrock was experiencing drunken violence in Sydney's roughest areas so often, it compelled him to do something about it. He created a poster.

Road safety ad shows size does matter when engaging young male egos

Pinkie speed campaign

Sarah Whyte With a brief to reduce speeding among young men who were desperate to show off their burgeoning masculinity, a Sydney advertising agency took a daring angle: mock their penis size.

Indian, Muslim communities tried to help homeless burns victim Monika Chetty

Sarah Whyte For months, members of the Indian and Muslim communities in Sydney tried to help a homeless Fijian Indian woman, Monika Chetty, who was found severely burnt on Friday night in Hoxton Park and is in...

Come the raw prawn: fishing for compliments after a festive feed

Glen Howard

Sarah Whyte As the sun rays creep across the Hawkesbury river shrouded in light mist, Gary Howard pulls in his third catch of the day on board his prawn trawler.

State Mine fire: captain would have authorised more detonations

NSW RFS Crews in Bilpin commence a back burning operation in an effort to strengthen containment lines as they fight the Lithgow State Mine fire.
21st October 2013
Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

Sarah Whyte The Defence captain who authorised the detonation of explosives that led to the massive state mine fire in October has told an inquiry he would have approved more.

Farmers offered help to combat disease threat to eggs

Sarah Whyte The peak national egg body has launched a website called "Hen Support" to help farmers reduce the risk of an outbreak of disease, after 450,000 hens that contracted bird flu were destroyed in NSW.

Drink companies intensify lobbying of NSW MPs over cash-for-cans deposit scheme

Coke can

Sarah Whyte, Hugh Robertson Alcohol and soft-drink companies have been aggressively lobbying state MPs over the cash-for-cans scheme up to twice a week, concerned NSW and Victoria are considering joining forces to introduce a...

From goats to drones: Public offers NSW's Rural Fire Service advice on fighting fires

NSW Rural Fire Service

Sarah Whyte After a major disaster, the Rural Fire Service becomes the beneficiary of unsolicited advice about how it should really fight fires, including making use of thousands of goats, unmanned...

Freecycle changes the adage: Just as good to give as to receive

Apartment

Sarah Whyte ''I only own four items in this whole apartment,'' Galina Globug said.

Police seek help to find a missing man and toddler and man

Police.

Sarah Whyte Police are urgently seeking public assistance to find a two-year-old girl and a man who have gone missing from a home in Sydney's western suburbs.

Adam Goodes named NSW Australian of the Year

Adam Goodes

Sarah Whyte Sydney Swans star recognised for his commitment to community programs and for establishing and co-chairing the Goodes-O'Loughlin (GO) Foundation, which works with indigenous communities.

Brewer offends Hindus with Ganesh, Lakshmi labels

Brookvale Union Ginger beer ganesh elephant god.

Sarah Whyte A small northern beaches brewery has found itself at the centre of a religious row after depicting Hindu deities on the labels of its alcoholic ginger beer.

Steggles: suppliers fined $400,000 for false free-range claims

Steggles

Sarah Whyte Two of Australia's largest poultry producers have been fined for supplying Steggles, a major poultry company, with "free to roam" chickens that were in fact kept in cramped sheds.

Mirrors, mirrors on the wall, who's the hippest of the mall?

Central Park

Sarah Whyte If a shopping centre could reflect a type of personality, the newest entrant, Central Park, would be a well-dressed hipster with a short attention span.

Threat flares again as bushfires remain uncontained

NEWS-NCH  Firefighters backburning near houses on Redhead Road at Redhead.
Photo by PHIL HEARNE  Thursday 24th October 2013.

Nick Ralston, Sarah Whyte and Peter Hannam The volatile nature of the bushfires still burning across NSW was again underlined on Thursday night, with two massive fires raging uncontained on the western side of the Blue Mountains flaring again...

Confirmed: army exercise started blaze in Blue Mountains

Mount Lagoon Road

David Wroe, Sarah Whyte An army training exercise caused a massive fire in the Blue Mountains that ripped through more than 47,000 hectares of bushland last week, a Rural Fire Service investigation has found.

NSW bushfires: 'Aggressive and high-risk strategies' avert catastrophe

springwood

Nick Ralston and Sarah Whyte A high-risk gamble by firefighters has paid off, with NSW escaping from one of its most threatening bushfire days on record mostly unscathed.