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Relics found in Prospect Reservoir

Image of Prospect Reservoir around the time of completion in 1888

Relics dating back to the early 19th century have been discovered when draining the Prospect Reservoir for an upgrade. Photos by Kate Geraghty. Follow us at http://twitter.com/photosSMH

Margaret Cunneen defends comments on child sex abuse allegations

Paul Bibby The highly regarded NSW prosecutor who told Queensland authorities that a child sex abuse allegation against Scott Volkers was relatively “trivial” has staunchly defended the comments,...

Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen defends comments on child sex abuse decision

Paul Bibby Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen, SC, has led countless scathing courtroom examinations over a career spanning more than 30 years.

Scott Volkers: Swimming coach accused of child abuse 'too good to sack'

Rick Feneley and Paul Bibby Swimming officials were determined to keep a masterful coach on the payroll, even after the risk of child abuse was deemed too great. Rick Feneley and Paul Bibby report.

Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has been drawn into the Rinehart family feud

Louise Hall Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has been drawn into the Rinehart family feud with a court hearing the chairman of a corporate trustee company hoping to manage the family's $5 billion fund asked...

Outdoor enthusiasts chuffed as rail trail funding gathers pace

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Nicole Hasham The state's abandoned rail lines have lain silent since the last services departed decades ago. But they could soon be filled with walkers and cyclists as support for ''rail trails'' continues to...

Rolf Harris the mild colonial boy who went bad

Entertainer Rolf Harris leaves Southwark Crown Court in London June 30, 2014. Harris, a mainstay of family entertainment in Britain and Australia for more than 50 years, was found guilty on Monday of 12 charges of indecently assaulting young girls over a period of nearly 20 years.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CRIME LAW)

Damien Murphy Rolf Harris was every 20th century Englishman’s idea of an Australian: bright, breezy, cheeky, anxious to please, obsequious, yet something of the above his station in life hovered disturbingly.

Bulli rapist Terry Williamson's supervision order extended

Terry Williamson leaves Silverwater jail in 2012.

Angela Thompson Convicted rapist Terry John Williamson will spend another five years under the supervision of parole authorities after the NSW Supreme Court accepted he was a high-risk sex offender whose release...

Decision to block heritage listing for future car park raises ire of experts

Winner: the Majestic Theatre in Petersham.

Leesha McKenny London or New York might salivate at the prospect of reviving an inner-city heritage landmark, but in Sydney it seems we’d rather swap it for a car park.

Parramatta light rail moves step closer with $400m allocation

Nicole Hasham The Baird government has announced $400 million to be reserved for a light rail system in Parramatta, allowing construction to start when a feasibility study is complete.

NSW government must fund more light rail

Pressure on government to include Carlingford in light rail plan: Parramatta mayor John Chedid.

Nicole Hasham The cost of a light rail line through Parramatta would climb if it included the transport-starved suburb of Carlingford, putting pressure on the state government to fork out more funds for the...

Airport brawl bikie boss seeks bail ahead of murder retrial

Former bikie boss Mahmoud 'Mick' Hawi arriving at Central Local Court in 2012.

Paul Bibby The former bikie boss who allegedly played a key role in the infamous 2009 Sydney airport bikie brawl in which a young rival was stabbed and bludgeoned to death, is applying for bail in the Supreme...

Christopher Estephan jailed for five years over McGurk murder

Father , mother and brother of Christopher Estephan leave court after his sentencing in his part of the McGurk murder
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Paul Bibby The young Sydney man who drove the getaway car after the murder of businessman Michael McGurk and then concealed the crime from police has been sentenced to at least five years in jail.

Budget 2014: 'A kick in the guts' for NSW, says Premier Mike Baird

'We haven't got the financial capacity to meet the demand': Premier Mike Baird.

Sean Nicholls NSW Premier Mike Baird says the prospect of deep cuts to federal funding of health and education services in NSW has "brought forward" the debate about whether the GST should be increased to cover...

John Killick's bail extended as judge considers Queensland extradition request

John Reginald Killick

Paul Bibby An attempt by police to put 72-year-old prison escapee John Killick back in jail has been stymied again, with a NSW Supreme Court judge continuing his bail and raising the prospect of extending it...

Supreme Court rejects parents' $100m claim against Scots College

George and Rita Chaina, parents of Nathan Chaina.

Paul Bibby The decision by the parents of Sydney teenager Nathan Chaina to sue Scots College was entirely understandable.

Catherine Cusack's call: focus on women MPs

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Anna Patty The focus on the size of their rear ends and style of their hair is not an inviting prospect for women entering a career in politics.

Why celebrated males think they are licensed to offend

Robert Hughes guilty of exposing himself (Thumbnail)

Michael Salter A sense of entitlement to sexual validation lies behind many acts of rape and sexual abuse, and some men's fame gives them a sense of impunity, writes Michael Salter.

After 18 months, a secret inquiry into alleged illegal bugging still to interview key witnesses

Neil Mercer More than 18 months after the NSW Ombudsman started a $3 million inquiry into allegations of illegal bugging by NSW Police and the NSW Crime Commission, at least three crucial witnesses are still...

Power sell-off proposal may not include bush operator

Sean Nicholls The state-owned electricity network operator Essential Energy could be excluded from the government's privatisation plans in a bid to win the support of Nationals MPs opposed to a sale.