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Tom Cowie is a journalist at The Age covering general news.

'We weren't dodging Australia Day': NSW councils feel the heat over citizenship ceremonies

'We weren't dodging Australia Day': NSW councils feel the heat over citizenship ceremonies

The mayor of a Sydney council said they didn't move its citizenship ceremony from January 26 "for political reasons", but to escape the heat.

  • by Megan Gorrey & Tom Cowie

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Victorian man charged with sending 38 packages containing asbestos to consulates

Victorian man charged with sending 38 packages containing asbestos to consulates

The Victorian man charged with sending 38 packages containing asbestos to international consulates and embassies across Australia has fronted court wearing a Minions T-shirt with the slogan "more than meets the eye".

  • by Melissa Cunningham, Tom Cowie & Simone Fox Koob
Alleged murderer accused of stabbing elderly woman in throat in separate case

Alleged murderer accused of stabbing elderly woman in throat in separate case

An elderly woman who had her throat cut by an intruder thought the man was from an insurance company when he barged through her front door in broad daylight demanding money, a court has heard.

  • by Tom Cowie & Adam Cooper
Labor candidate who quit for 'family reasons' allegedly covered up preselection rort

Labor candidate who quit for 'family reasons' allegedly covered up preselection rort

A former Labor candidate who was dumped from the ballot a month before November's state election and three other party staffers allegedly planned a cover-up to conceal the use of electorate office resources for a successful preselection campaign. 

  • by Tom Cowie
New spicy tomato could be produced with gene tweak, say researchers

New spicy tomato could be produced with gene tweak, say researchers

Fancy a spicy tomato in your salad? New research suggests that the humble red fruit could be genetically modified to produce hotter chilli varieties.

  • by Tom Cowie
Father wins $1.4m payout after falling at kids' play centre

Father wins $1.4m payout after falling at kids' play centre

A father has won a $1.4 million payout for spinal injuries he suffered while trying to rescue his daughter from equipment at a Melbourne play centre.

  • by Tom Cowie
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'I made a promise': Ex-con accused of being killers' jailhouse lawyer
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'I made a promise': Ex-con accused of being killers' jailhouse lawyer

Convicted drug trafficker who spent years in Victoria's toughest prison has faced court accused of acting as an unqualified lawyer for serious criminals.

  • by Tom Cowie
Victims sue retired doctor who worked for jailed fake gynaecologist

Victims sue retired doctor who worked for jailed fake gynaecologist

A well-known obstetrician who allegedly worked alongside a notorious fake gynaecologist is being sued by more than a dozen former patients.

  • by Tom Cowie & Adam Cooper
'I almost drowned': African lifeguard wants community to get in the swim

'I almost drowned': African lifeguard wants community to get in the swim

The first time Abdullahi Mohamed swam at the beach he had to be rescued. Now he's a lifeguard trying to get people from his community to learn how to swim.

  • by Tom Cowie
Snapchat child porn sleaze gets four years for 'web of blackmail'

Snapchat child porn sleaze gets four years for 'web of blackmail'

A child porn extortionist has been jailed after he coerced teenage girls into sending him explicit images and videos.

  • by Tom Cowie
Mattress rehearsal stabbing basis of lawsuit for homestay terror victim

Mattress rehearsal stabbing basis of lawsuit for homestay terror victim

The company that placed an IS-inspired terrorist with a Melbourne family is being sued for failing to warn them their guest had practised a stabbing attack before she stabbed their family member.

  • by Tom Cowie