The businesswoman, the politician and questions of influence

Rachel Browne Education Minister Adrian Piccoli was not the first politician to enjoy the largesse of Maureen Houssein-Mustafa, owner of the private college which is under police investigation over alleged rorting...

Boat on fire at Birkenhead Point

A boat is on fire near Birkenhead Point at Iron Cove Bay.

Rose Powell People have been evacuated off a flaming boat in Sydney Harbour.

NRMA warns on removing traffic lanes on Parramatta Rd as part of WestConnex project

Inside the Laerdal tunnel, Norway

Jacob Saulwick The state motoring lobby is warning against permanently removing traffic lanes from Parramatta Road for a public transport corridor if a motorway is built underneath.

Councils ramp up parking fines to boost revenue

15 October 2012. News Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. Parking ticket on car towing Liberal Party election sign along Parkes Way.

James Robertson A Sun-Herald analysis of figures released under freedom-of-information laws shows a massive rate of growth in the number of fines issued by some Sydney councils in the last five years, growth that...

North Sydney cautious about plans to fix Military Road traffic

The Military-Spit-Pittwater bus corridor is one of Sydney's busiest.

Nicole Hasham, Leesha McKenny Moves to quicken the bus commute from the northern beaches risk impeding other motorists and punishing residents further south, critics have warned.

Rapid expansion: bus stops cut in plan for quicker system


Jacob Saulwick More buses on major routes across Sydney will stop at fewer places, in an attempt to improve travel times.

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Relief for friends of Mary Louise Wallace as Robert Adams charged with her murder

Mary Louise Wallace  disappeared in the early hours of September 24, 1983 at the age of 33.

Emma Partridge The best friend of missing Sydney nurse Mary Louise Wallace did not realise the pair would never speak again when she hung up the phone on a September afternoon in 1983.

Water, water, everywhere for senior rowers

Members of the Ancient Mariners rowing club

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.

Sydney stripper faces multiple ecstasy charges

stripper dan

Manuel Mitternacht When stripper Daniel Murphy was broadcast on Saturday he was not wearing the police uniform or firefighters' outfit he customarily uses as props for his steamy performances.

Missing man likely to have been killed in drug deal: police

To his family, he was a personable man who would give anyone the shirt off his back. Yet police believe he met his demise in a drug deal gone wrong.

Cruise operator linked to double disappointment


Nick Ralston A SYDNEY Harbour cruise operator that failed to pick up its paying passengers on New Year's Eve had left staff from a special needs school stranded on the night of their work Christmas party only a...

Parking ban for weekend gridlock


Jacob Saulwick Major Sydney roads will be cleared of parking at weekends in a bid to free up chronic traffic congestion that now rivals weekday travel.

Union draws map of public-sector job cuts


Anna Patty Legal Aid services, art galleries and museums in the city, prisons in regional areas and education and housing in the central west will be affected by job cuts in the public service, calculations by...

Build WestConnex, no strings attached - NRMA


Jacob Saulwick The state's peak motoring body wants the Prime Minister to drop Labor's multibillion-dollar conditions on a new motorway in western Sydney that would improve some of the city's least popular and...

Rise and fall of The Godfather

ICAC report handed down (Thumbnail)

Anne Davies, Sean Nicholls, Linton Besser 'There are two types of people in the Labor Party,'' one senior state MP says. They were ''those who bent the knee and kissed Eddie's ring, and those who kept their distance because they thought him...

Tainted evidence: science in the dock

Gordon Wood.

When a sledgehammer-wielding robber broke through the front doors of the Willoughby Hotel early one January morning in 2008, his balaclava-clad image was captured by a security camera.

Dumped MP takes legal action

Angela D'Amore...charged recommended.

Alexandra Smith THE disgraced former Labor MP Angela D'Amore has asked for extra financial help after she was reimbursed only a portion of the amount she was seeking to cover the legal bills she incurred during her...

Corruption cloud hangs over mayor of Burwood

John Faker

Kate Mcclymont DESPITE the prospect of being named adversely in a forthcoming corruption report, Labor's John Faker was elected mayor of Burwood on Thursday night.

Electoral tsunami set to sweep ministers away

Brian Robins THE latest Herald/Nielsen opinion poll indicates the swing against the Labor Party will be so great that its plans to renew and rebuild its parliamentary party will be in tatters after next month's...

Sidelined MP to appeal against graft finding and seek legal costs

Alexandra Smith THE disgraced Drummoyne MP Angela D'Amore is appealing against the corruption finding against her handed down by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in an effort to clear her name over the...