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Shark summit calls for an end to shark nets and drum lines:

February 23rd, 2019

A shark summit in Sydney has called for an end to shark nets and lethal drum lines.


Man jailed for trying to smuggle millions of cigarettes into Australia:

February 23rd, 2019

Ring-leader of an attempt to dodge more than $4 million in duties sentenced to five years prison in Melbourne court.


Australian firefighter Troy Thornton dies after lethal injection in Swiss clinic:

February 23rd, 2019

Veteran Australian firefighter Troy Thornton has died in a Swiss euthanasia clinic, leaving a powerful message for Australian politicians and voters.


Scott Morrison in running for Best Actor:

February 22nd, 2019

Let us judge our politicians only on the quality of their acting. Let us become not just voters but theatre critics as well.


The forester and the farmer: how a bromance was born:

February 22nd, 2019

Rowan Reid and his neighbour Andrew Stewart bonded over trees. Now they work to educate farmers about the financial and environmental benefits of growing them.


The best of the world in pictures:

February 22nd, 2019

The finest images from around the world as chosen by our picture editors.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, February 23:

February 22nd, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Anxiety plus ignorance: Why Millennials are embracing socialism:

February 22nd, 2019

Mao, Stalin and Lenin are mystery to many young people even though these men were responsible for the deaths of tens of millions.


Editorial cartoon:

February 23rd, 2019

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of our cartoonists.


Bring home female jihadists? Beware the trope of women as victims:

February 22nd, 2019

The case of teenage mother Shamima Begum, now pleading to return to Britain after running away to join IS, raises some hard questions.


Push for a royal commission into disability sector: the endemic, hidden crisis facing women:

February 23rd, 2019

Julia* was 16 years old when a man more than three times her age tried to undo her bra.


More Australians aged over 80 looking to grow older away from home:

February 23rd, 2019

The opening fortnight of hearings at the aged care royal commission prompted us to ask our elders about better ways to age.


Woman on the inside: Meet our longest-serving official prison visitor:

February 22nd, 2019

Dharrawal woman Tracey Whetnall has run cultural training for the AFP, worked as a chef in the army and now goes behind the wire at least twice a week.


Tablet interactive: From Belle of the ball to Instagram ghost:

February 22nd, 2019

Jaimee Belle Kennedy vanished from social media last week: where has she gone?


Check out the car that crossed continents against the odds:

February 22nd, 2019

The Sundowner is still battered from its 1920s adventures and is now on display at the National Museum of Australia.


Coal delay a sign of our growing China dilemma:

February 22nd, 2019

Australia has a duty to speak out on such issues as China’s human rights abuses, but there is no point in artificially raising tensions.


Chau Chak Wing wins defamation case against The Sydney Morning Herald:

February 22nd, 2019

Chinese-Australian awarded $225,000 in damages after winning his first defamation case against the newspaper.


Doomed plan: Four would-be 'tinnie terrorists' jailed over sail plot:

February 22nd, 2019

Four of the six men who have pleaded guilty over a plan to sail in a small boat from Australia to the Philippines in the name of shariah law have been jailed.


Saudi sisters trying to seek asylum in Australia stuck in Hong Kong:

February 22nd, 2019

Two Saudi sisters say they were apprehended by officials from the ultra-conservative kingdom at Hong Kong airport while en-route to seek asylum in Melbourne.


The forgotten participants in Australia's wars:

February 22nd, 2019

Cats and dogs, even koalas and kangaroos found themselves on the battlefields. Their role is now being remembered.


No evidence Emma Husar engaged in 'indiscriminate sex', court told:

February 22nd, 2019

There is no evidence Labor MP Emma Husar engaged in "indiscriminate sex" and BuzzFeed cannot prove she is a "slut", her lawyer has told the Federal Court.


Spice and dry ice: This is how your in-flight meal gets to your seat:

February 22nd, 2019

When you're cooking food to serve more than 40,000 feet in the air, you tend to plan for some turbulence.


Scientists re-find thumb-sized giant bee dubbed the 'flying bulldog':

February 22nd, 2019

After carefully following the journal of a 19th century naturalist to a tiny Indonesian island, a team of researchers has rediscovered the world’s largest bee.


Target and superquiz, Friday, February 22:

February 21st, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Editorial cartoon:

February 21st, 2019

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of our cartoonists.


Someone serious must still be sceptical over Corporate Travel:

February 21st, 2019

We’d forgive you for forgetting, but there’s a travel agent saga that was hanging around far before the revelations about Helloworld.


Dear Scott and Bill, we've strayed from our values: a Socceroo's plea:

February 22nd, 2019

Football commentator Craig Foster, who helped save refugee Hakeem al-Araibi, has written a challenge to the PM and Labor leader: now save Australia's humanity.


'Let there be no divide and conquer': TAFE and top universities unite:

February 21st, 2019

The neglect of technical colleges has led to vast chasm in perceptions about a university or TAFE education. Today, both sectors want to end the great divide.


Survey asks students to 'name names' as violence concerns continue:

February 21st, 2019

Meanwhile, the education minister has ruled out allowing politicians into the Canberra school at the centre of complaints about serious violence.


Australian survivors of church abuse sceptical about Pope's summit:

February 21st, 2019

Victims believe the four-day confab will do little to address the culture of crime and cover up that has plagued the Catholic Church.


Children now off limits to controversial Melbourne chiropractor:

February 21st, 2019

A Melbourne chiropractor filmed manipulating a two-week-old boy must not treat children aged under 12 while he is investigated by authorities.


Information is power: Are Australian elections hack-proof?:

February 21st, 2019

It’s a reality of modern cyber warfare - governments and political parties have to assume they are always under attack from foreign powers. This week, that assumption was realised.


Scientist who published landmark climate change paper dies aged 87:

February 21st, 2019

Dr Wallace Broecker gave early warning of a planetary crisis if humans continued to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.


BuzzFeed settles Zion Graphics scandal lawsuit:

February 21st, 2019

The publisher, which recently ditched most of its local journalists, is moving to end its defamation backlog.


Are these the same people? You may have a skill that can't be taught:

February 21st, 2019

Super-recognisers are used by police and security agencies to spot targets in crowded train stations, monitor surveillance footage, and track people of interest.


WA farmers slam peak red meat body as industry reputation trashed:

February 20th, 2019

While millions of dollars are spent on marketing red meat WA farmers believe Meat and Livestock Australia isn’t doing enough to rebuild trust in the industry.


Manus Island security contractor rejects corruption claims:

February 21st, 2019

The little-known security company at the centre of a $423 million Manus Island contracting controversy has broken its silence to reject suggestions of improper payments or bad debts.


It's black, tiny and far away. How was Neptune's 'phoenix' moon found?:

February 20th, 2019

It's no easy task finding a dark, 34-kilometre wide moon orbiting in the shadow of a huge planet 4 billion-odd kilometres away. But astronomers pulled it off


Children deliberately overdosing on antidepressants and antipsychotics:

February 21st, 2019

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs prescribed and dispensed to minors.


'People think they had it coming': Stigma of second-biggest killer target of National Action Plan:

February 21st, 2019

A new strategic action plan for lung conditions will redress the discrimination that stops patients getting treatment.


The best of the world in pictures:

February 20th, 2019

The finest images from around the world as chosen by our picture editors.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, February 21:

February 20th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Drinks all round as Swan says farewell:

February 20th, 2019

There were toasts aplenty marking the end of an era, the departure of former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan.


It’s time to reconfigure our social insecurity system:

February 20th, 2019

It is hard for us to imagine that we once felt proud that we could develop a social security system designed to prevent people from living in poverty.


CBD Melbourne: Gina battles the other wild west:

February 20th, 2019

Turns out our favourite miner Gina Rinehart is having a few security issues of her own at Hancock Prospecting's Ecuadorian concessions.


NSW schools face 'unprecedented' levels of disability:

February 20th, 2019

Huge rises in students with autism, mental health needs are putting "unprecedented pressure" on the NSW public school system


Nurses need to spend set time with aged care residents, hearing told:

February 20th, 2019

Royal commission hears care home staff feel they are on on a 'conveyor belt of tasks' leaving them unable to check in on residents as often as they'd like.


Henry Phillpot: meteorologist of fire and ice:

February 21st, 2019

A rock feature at the Antarctic ears Phillpot's name.


Karl Lagerfeld, giant among fashion designers:

February 20th, 2019

Lagerfeld made a virtue of anonymity, once stating, “I have no personality or I have three, depending on how you look at it."


Roman Quaedvlieg's girlfriend pleads guilty over misleading corruption probe:

February 20th, 2019

The former Border Force head advised her on applying for a job because "I think you have great talents ... and ... I love you", but she denied getting advice.


A few bank scalps won't help unless they change their rotten culture:

February 20th, 2019

There's not much in the Hayne royal commission’s recommendations that directly addresses the central weakness of the banking system: the culture.


Calls grow to ban a chiro treatment on babies after 'horrifying' video:

February 20th, 2019

Melbourne chiropractor referred to regulators over his controversial treatment of an infant as medical experts raise serious concerns.


'I deserved to go to jail': Bank robber John Killick on a life of crime:

February 20th, 2019

In his latest book, former bank robber and escapee John Killick speaks frankly about the more than 30 years he's spent in jail. 


Drug lord Tony Mokbel discharged from hospital after being stabbed in prison:

February 20th, 2019

Notorious drug lord Tony Mokbel has been discharged from hospital after being stabbed at Victoria's maximum security Barwon Prison.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, February 20:

February 19th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Coalition’s dodgy deals on refugees:

February 19th, 2019

There is a clear scare campaign, based on the Coalition’s dangerous and disingenuous claim the medical evacuation bill weakens border security.


Descendants of (mostly) convicts - and they're proud of it:

February 19th, 2019

Welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Botany Bay Chapter of the Fellowship of the First Fleet. It's an elite group.


Are we prepared to pay Beijing's high price for prosperity?:

February 19th, 2019

Australia should understand the values of the rising new superpower are very different from the old.


Cocaine the drug of choice in Sydney, according to Australia's sewers:

February 19th, 2019

Cocaine is still popular in NSW, where residents are consuming more than twice as much of the white illicit substance than other areas in the country.


The one man flourishing post ICAC appearance:

February 19th, 2019

Where ICAC has been a poisoned chalice for some — from Eddie Obeid to its former commissioner Megan Latham — one man is doing fine.


As its dramatic debt is revealed, can White Ribbon survive?:

February 20th, 2019

The charity, which aims to highlight the role men can play to stop violence against women, is in the red to the tune of $840,000.


'Budget for death': experts call for immediate action on road safety:

February 20th, 2019

About 191,555 people have died on Australian roads since record keeping began in 1935.


How posting a photo of your child's first day of school is putting them at risk:

February 20th, 2019

When you take to social media to celebrate your family's moments - who is taking note of these milestones?


'It's a bit silly': Universities re-name O-Week, dump term 'fresher':

February 19th, 2019

In a bid to change the boozy, sleazy reputation of O-Week and Fresher Fest, universities are changing their names.


Catholic Archbishop calls for change ahead of Vatican summit on abuse:

February 19th, 2019

Ahead of major Vatican summit, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge says the Catholic Church in Australia must enact 'cultural change' to stamp out sexual abuse.


Most nursing home staff never trained in how to deal with dementia, royal commission hears:

February 19th, 2019

The standard training for aged care workers does not include any education on dementia, even though the majority of elderly nursing home residents have the condition.


What are cyber attacks and how do they happen?:

February 19th, 2019

A major hack of political parties has come less than a fortnight after another hack of MPs databases in Parliament. What is a cyber attack and how does it happen?


Uber drivers gaming the app to get cancellation fees from riders:

February 19th, 2019

Uber drivers can game the app to get cancellation fees from riders, but the company says that behaviour is rare.


Best place to see tonight's supermoon? Williamstown beach, 8pm:

February 19th, 2019

This evening, head west to get a good view of the best full moon of the year: the supermoon.


What if the political hack was part of an influence campaign?:

February 19th, 2019

If hacked information was used against Australia, how would the country react? Thinking about it now could be useful for challenges.


Ancient hunting genes mean flies and humans are split into two tribes:

February 18th, 2019

Searching for a better option, rather than acting on impulse, may be controlled by a gene humans share with fruit flies, bees and worms, a new study has found.


Universal flu vaccine a big step closer - but it will only help half of us:

February 18th, 2019

The scientists leading a huge taskforce that includes a suite of Melbourne research institutions believe they have taken major steps towards the development of a universal flu vaccine, one that could last for up to 10 years.


Judge blasted for jailing father for 12 months in family law dispute:

February 19th, 2019

Judge's decision was labelled a "gross miscarriage of justice" by a full judicial review of the Family Court.


Another round of neighbourhood dressage:

February 20th, 2019

With the Parsley Bay summer lull well and truly over, the residents of Sydney’s eastern suburbs are back doing what they do best.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, February 19:

February 18th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


In my dreams: the model of a perfect Aussie prime minister:

February 18th, 2019

We need a slice of Menzies, a pinch of Curtin, a touch of Whitlam and more.


From the Archives: Two big air raids on Darwin:

February 18th, 2019

On February 19, 1942, Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin in two separate raids, leaving 243 people dead and massive damage to buildings and infrastructure.


'Public schools should be free': parent outrage at invoices for voluntary fees:

February 18th, 2019

Cash-strapped schools are sending parents invoices for voluntary contributions of $2517 in a practice that the peak parent body says is exploiting vulnerable families.


Farewell tech utopia: how governments are readying the web for war:

February 19th, 2019

The web is a frontier in a hardening confrontation between the autocratic world and the democratic one.


Physical restraints bad, medical restraints OK in aged care:

February 18th, 2019

The top health bureaucrat told the aged care inquiry she would not want to intervene between doctors and patients when it came to chemical restraints.


Adult literacy lessons transforming Aboriginal communities:

February 18th, 2019

For the first time in his life, Michael Moloney, 42, is excited to go to school.


What women hear walking alone at night:

February 20th, 2019

A new campaign is asking men to put themselves in the shoes of a woman walking alone at night.


The age of the drone has dawned, but government is still in the dark:

February 18th, 2019

The downing of a $500,000 drone is a reminder that even industry is calling for greater regulation of this emerging technology.


Facebook fightback: ACCC has not made the case for its most striking plan:

February 17th, 2019

Where's the evidence that monitoring how digital platforms rank and display news content will save journalism?


Target and superquiz, Monday, February 18:

February 17th, 2019

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.


Honest Jim gives back $4500 in travel expenses:

February 17th, 2019

Unfortunately for Jim Molan, his party got to him before any travel expenses questions were raised, punting him to an unwinnable spot on the Coalition’s Senate ticket come the May election.


Can Canberra move from timid and tepid to courageous?:

February 17th, 2019

Over recent years the budget for 46 outlets, four television channels, iView and News 24 has been slashed.


Why 5 million Australians can’t get to work, home or school on time:

February 17th, 2019

Federal governments are responsible for the decisions that have led to our population boom. Yet they have failed to seize the opportunities for economic growth and social cohesion in our fastest growing suburbs.


Morrison is modelling John Howard, but it's a risky move:

February 18th, 2019

The politics around boats and refugees remains potent. But voters have changed.


There’s a little Prince Leonard of Hutt in all of us:

February 17th, 2019

Every time you speed or text while driving you don't just break the law, you become a law maker in your own mind.


To fight dementia, government takes a moonshot ... on a pill:

February 17th, 2019

Until a couple of weeks ago, Tony Hughes hadn’t really noticed any differences, despite what the scans said.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, February 17:

February 16th, 2019

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


League star in court bid to repossess home of former Obeid associate:

February 16th, 2019

The Forest Lodge property is at the centre of a bitter NSW Supreme Court stoush between Benny Elias and consultant Kym Lennox.


'An increasing threat': deadly Mexican cartels moving on Australia:

February 16th, 2019

More than 1.8 tonnes of ice from the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels destined for Australia was seized in 2018 – six times the amount seized in 2016.


Private schools to reap hundreds of thousands in extra payments:

February 16th, 2019

Dozens of Sydney independent schools in line to have their funding reduced will instead receive bonus payments.


The authenticity factor: voters know PM is fair dinkum about boats:

February 16th, 2019

Whether people agree with Scott Morrison, they don't doubt his sincerity on border protection. It may bring back some drifting Coalition voters.


Will heathens see Scomo’s missionary zeal?:

February 16th, 2019

We can be sure such a dynamic, go-getting, pentecostal self-starter like ScoMo won’t hang about to haunt parliament in the Hell of Opposition.


Ripple effect slows us all:

February 16th, 2019

In heavy traffic, drivers moderate their speed, causing those behind to slow slightly. That generates a ripple effect down the line of traffic.


Qld chief scientist backs Great Barrier Reef Foundation's 'resilience' projects:

February 16th, 2019

Professor Paul Bertsch argues "business as usual" projects aren't working and the controversial foundation's "risky" research is what's needed.


Shorten calls for royal commission into disability abuse:

February 16th, 2019

Families join Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in urging the government to expose and prevent the abuse of disabled people in care.


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