Appeal bench to decide on Gordon Wood's future

Gordon Wood.

Louise Hall THE Court of Appeal will decide whether Gordon Wood should walk free from prison, face a retrial or remain behind bars after the hearing of his appeal against his conviction for the murder in 1995 of...

Farewell to the $60 welcome letter: Keddies taken over by Slater & Gordon

Kate McClymont THE law firm made famous for charging clients $60 for a welcome letter and $49 for reading a thank-you card will soon be no more.

Judges to hand down Gordon Wood appeal decision

Louise Hall and Lisa Davies THREE appeal judges will reveal on Friday whether Gordon Wood's appeal against his conviction for the 1995 murder of his model girlfriend, Caroline Byrne, is successful.

Gordon Wood acquitted of murdering Caroline Byrne


Lisa Davies, Louise Hall and Paul Bibby Gordon Wood's murder conviction has been quashed, an appeal court today acquitting him of killing his girlfriend Caroline Byrne 16 years ago.

Construction boss Anthony O'Meley charged with drug trafficking

Anthony O'Meley and his wife Ellie.

Rachel Olding Just five years ago, Cessnock MP Kerry Hickey was singing the praises of local construction magnate Anthony O'Meley.

'Honour killings' speech prompts boycott of Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Uthman Badar

Michael Koziol A speaker at the upcoming Festival of Dangerous Ideas will seek to defend so-called honour killings - the murder of women deemed to have brought shame or dishonour on their family.

First same-sex couple marry in Australia under British law

Mr Stevenson and Mr Fraser embrace after exchanging rings at their wedding at the British consulate in Sydney on Friday.

Kim Arlington Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson were not trying to make history when they wed on Friday. The first same-sex couple to marry in Australia under British law, they simply wanted to celebrate their...

Sydney Trains 'refresh' 28 stations for $33 million

Jacob Saulwick Sydney Trains will embark on a pre-election blitz to spruce up another 28 train stations, including some that have only recently been the subject of multi-million dollar upgrades.

Up to 40 women alleged being assaulted by Rolf Harris


Damien Murphy Scores of women in Australia, the UK and New Zealand alleged the day after Rolf Harris was convicted in a London court of sexually assaulting four girls in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s that they also...

Festival of Dangerous Ideas: 'Honour killings' talk cancelled

uthman badar

Alexandra Back, Michael Koziol The Sydney Opera House has cancelled a controversial talk by Muslim writer and activist Uthman Badar titled "Honour killings are morally justified" after widespread condemnation of its inclusion in...

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Calls for fairer compensation for home owners above tunnels


James Robertson The government pays you compensation if it demolishes your home to make way for a new road. But what if it tunnels underneath it?

Home truth: compulsory acquisition by council leaves family in distress

Sheryll and Will Parker with their daughter Ele.

James Robertson Sheryll Young discovered the council was planning to seize her home only when she tried to put it up for sale, and she is not the only one affected by the compulsory acquisition rules.

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Third wave of asbestos sufferers

The discovery of asbestos on the Barangaroo site has meant workers have to wear respitory devices.Photograph by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.News.Taken Monday 11th March 2013

Anna Patty An increasing number of younger women are part of a new third wave of asbestos disease emerging in Australia, new research has found.

NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst relaxed about filming and tweeting in court

NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst, AC,  in his chambers above the Supreme Court.

Michaela Whitbourn The state's top judge, Tom Bathurst, says he has "no difficulty" with allowing television cameras into the Supreme Court for verdicts and sentences in criminal trials but he doubts it will radically...

Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen says he will not contest the next election: ICAC

Jason Gordon, Matt Carr Newcastle MP Tim Owen has become the latest state Liberal to fall on his sword over revelations that donations from developers were illegally channelled into his 2011 election campaign.

Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen says he will not contest next election

Tim Owen

Jason Gordon, Matt Carr Member for Newcastle Tim Owen will not contest his seat at the election next March after admitting prohibited donors "probably" contributed to his 2011 campaign.

Special Commission of Inquiry: 'Hero' officer Peter Fox branded a liar


Rachel Browne, Jason Gordon The ''hero cop'' whose explosive claims about NSW Police handling of Catholic Church child abuse helped spark a royal commission, has been branded a liar in a report handed to the state government on...

Victim of paedophile 'hurt' by Fox findings

Joanne McCarthy, Jason Gordon A paedophile priest victim, whose evidence at the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry reduced people to tears, is ''hurt'' and ''disappointed'' by findings he says lack balance about Detective Chief...

Strange but true - bipolar has advantages

SMH . NEWS. Pic taken at UOW of David Spindler who was Australian Amateur Golf Champion in the early 1990s - and he was also bipolar 2. Ground breaking research is now showing how this particular mental illness may actually have helped Spindler achieve what he did, through hypersensitivity to sight, sound, hearing.
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Tim Elliott Smells are smellier. Colours are brighter. Hearing is sharper. And, if you're lucky, your golf game will go through the roof.

Two Keddies partners get practising certificates reinstated

Keddies Lawyer Tony Barakat.

Louise Hall Two partners of the defunct personal-injuries law firm Keddies have won an appeal against a decision to deny them practising certificates.