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Bar used 'emergency power' to suspend Waterstreet, court told:

June 27th, 2019

The Herald revealed last week that the barrister was suspended from practice by the Bar Association's governing body, over a complaint about his conduct.


Cancer-causing infections tumble thanks to mass vaccination of girls:

June 27th, 2019

Routine human papillomavirus vaccinations have led to a dramatic drop in infections that lead to cancer, new research has found.


The best of the world in pictures:

June 26th, 2019

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


Target and superquiz, Thursday, June 27:

June 26th, 2019

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


Editorial cartoon:

June 26th, 2019

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


Take-off aborted on one Folau plan:

June 26th, 2019

Israel Folau’s crusade against Rugby Australia’s decision to punt him has had more twists and turns than a Transylvanian goat track.


NAPLAN review calls for focus on improvement, not comparisons:

June 26th, 2019

A high-level review of NAPLAN has found the focus should shift from school comparison to student improvement.


Let Folau follow St Paul's teachings on gays, and let us find them ridiculous:

June 27th, 2019

Only in Australia could the views of a fullback matter so much. Attempting to censor Israel Folau was never the right approach.


CBD Melbourne: Folau's fight might get wings:

June 26th, 2019

Israel Folau’s crusade against Rugby Australia’s decision to punt him has had more twists and turns than a Transylvanian goat track.


Court slaps $2.3 million fine on company selling fake Aboriginal art:

June 26th, 2019

A business found guilty of selling thousands of pieces of fake Aboriginal art made in Indonesia has been slapped with a $2.3 million penalty in the Federal Court.


Uniting Church and Alan Jones back legal push to decriminalise ice use:

June 26th, 2019

NSW Bar Association joins calls for the government to adopt a public health-based approach to drug addiction.


Less distraction, better marks: calls for states to follow phone ban:

June 26th, 2019

The federal education minister wants states including NSW to follow Victoria's ban on mobile phones in primary and high schools.


Time running out for aged care sector before baby boomers descend:

June 26th, 2019

Australia's aged care system would face peak demand in the next 15 years when many boomers, who thought they would never get old, require aged care.


'Money-making exercise': other universities join UNSW trimester protest:

June 26th, 2019

Nearly 1000 UNSW students and staff protesting against the shift to trimesters have been joined by students from other universities.


Christopher Pyne lands a new job:

June 26th, 2019

Former defence minister sets a brisk pace finding things with which to fill his time.


Journalism, and our freedom, have never been so imperilled: a media chief's alarm:

June 26th, 2019

A speech by the Nine Entertainment chief executive, who joined the the heads of the ABC and News Corp Australia on Wednesday to defend media freedom.


GoFundMe's decision to shut out Folau is a moral overreach:

June 26th, 2019

We must be wary of ''hate speech'' being used as a tool to impose arbitrary standards of censorship.


Former Billabong CEO and fraudster released from jail a year early:

June 26th, 2019

Ex-Billabong boss and fraudster Matthew Perrin has been released from jail despite not being eligible for parole until next year.


Violence that leaves no visible mark is a real threat to women:

June 27th, 2019

The courts need to come to grips with domestic violence in the digital age.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, June 26:

June 25th, 2019

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


'Completely wrong': alcohol retailer BWS partners with Dry July:

June 26th, 2019

Australia's biggestalcohol retailer has formed an "unlikely partnership" with Dry July, in a move that has drawn sharp criticism.


A bizarre tale of Fairfield politics:

June 26th, 2019

A Lamborghini-driving former bodybuilder, mud-slinging over associations with one-time Labor MP turned lolly shop operator Joe Tripodi and allegations of thuggery and vindictiveness: welcome back to the bizzaro world of Fairfield City local politics.


Editorial cartoon:

June 25th, 2019

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


So much to lose with Facebook’s 'Zuckerbucks':

June 25th, 2019

Surely our coins deserve a better fate than to be consigned to the dustbin (or sofas) of history.


Push to decriminalise ice use as bar backs public health approach:

June 25th, 2019

The personal use and possession of ice and other illicit drugs would be decriminalised in NSW under a plan backed by the Bar Association.


'Dangerous and undemocratic': Reworked espionage laws criminalise dissent:

June 25th, 2019

These laws could be used to target think tanks and other NGOs whose advocacy is unflattering to the government of the day.


From the Archives: Soldiers killed by grenade:

June 25th, 2019

Outside of Saigon, a grenade goes off in a crowded truckload of Australian troops as they are returning to camp, killing three and injuring ten.


Time has come for an amnesty for those suffering on Manus and Nauru:

June 25th, 2019

It is time for us, as a nation, to resolve the issue.


Wrong Skin podcast wins gold at prestigious New York awards:

June 26th, 2019

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have won major international recognition at the New York International Festivals Radio Awards.


Key crossbencher calls for government protection for ATO whistleblower:

June 25th, 2019

Key crossbench Senator Rex Patrick has called on the government to intervene on behalf of tax office whistleblower Richard Boyle.


Strewth scribe James Jeffrey latest to join Albo office:

June 25th, 2019

The Australian's long-standing columnist heads to the Labor leader's office as speechwriter.


Australian reporter known as 'Murdoch's attack dog' dies in US:

June 25th, 2019

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said journalist Steve Dunleavy's passing, at age 81, marked 'the end of a great era'.


Helen Kenny: former literary editor of the Herald:

June 25th, 2019

in a 1977 review of Star Wars Kenny notably wrote that the film had nothing going for it except that Chewbacca reminded her of an Australian terrier dog.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, June 25:

June 24th, 2019

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


Shorten, holidaying in Bali, phones in to shadow cabinet meeting:

June 25th, 2019

With the demise of the Currawong Workers’ Holiday Camp on the Northern Beaches, where are former unionists expected to go for their well-earned breaks?


University deals will be key to Ramsay Centre's future funding:

June 24th, 2019

After months of tension, the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation has come to a peace deal with the foundation that signs its cheques.


CBD Melbourne: Shorten's Bintang there, and done that:

June 24th, 2019

With the demise of the Currawong Workers’ Holiday Camp on the Northern Beaches, where are former unionists expected to go for their well-earned breaks? If you’re ex-Labor leader and one-time Australian Workers’ Union boss Bill Shorten, that would be the sun-soaked shores of Bali.


Images allegedly part of harassment case against Setka:

June 25th, 2019

More than 20 photographs part of the case against embattled building union leader.


This judgment will chill us all:

June 24th, 2019

Australia's defamation law is already one of the most oppressive in the world. A new ruling makes the media responsible for content we can do little to control.


Why have we stopped spending? The answer is not in the bag:

June 24th, 2019

It's not the plastic bag ban that's making consumers reluctant to spend.


'I had no idea someone could do that': Hidden cameras reveal shocking secrets:

June 24th, 2019

Hidden camera footage revealed a nursing home carer attempting to suffocate a defenceless 89-year-old, Aged Care Commission has heard.


From staffer to sleuth and back: Marise Payne's new hire:

June 24th, 2019

Foreign Minister Marise Payne picks new chief-of-staff with plenty of cyber security experience, including in the Office of National Intelligence.


'More practice tests': New NAPLAN targets for tens of thousands of students:

June 24th, 2019

Teachers and academics say the new government policy will lead to more NAPLAN-style practice tests at the cost of curriculum teaching time.


Enormous lithium waste dump plan shows how shamefully backward we are:

June 24th, 2019

Our economy will transition to 100 per cent renewables. Sun and wind will bring us power, we'll store it in lithium batteries. There's just one (huge) problem.


Darwin shaken by powerful earthquake originating in Indonesia:

June 24th, 2019

Darwin CBD has been evacuated after being shaken by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake originating in the Banda Sea.


University of Wollongong launches a degree for 'the intellectually fearless':

June 24th, 2019

The University of Wollongong has used executive powers to approve its western civilisation course and nullify a court challenge by the academics' union.


Lithium giant will 'get rid of biggest headache' in controversial South West waste dump:

June 24th, 2019

National mine site rehabilitation expert voices shock at ability of global lithium giant Albemarle to dump its lithium waste in pristine South West wine region.


'Serious concerns': judge faces scrutiny over alleged unfairness:

June 23rd, 2019

The Law Council has renewed calls for a federal judicial commission to deal with complaints against judges as a Federal Circuit Court judge faces fresh scrutiny.


Target and superquiz, Monday, June 24:

June 23rd, 2019

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


Senior barristers facing private scandals:

June 23rd, 2019

A longest-standing silk in March quietly departed his chambers.


Online tool launched to help parents prevent food allergies:

June 23rd, 2019

A new national health campaign, officially launched on Monday, aims to help prevent more stories like Oscar’s.


$52 million tax avoidance 'fraud' lands high-profile barrister a four-year ban:

June 23rd, 2019

A bankrupt Melbourne barrister who ran a complex $52m tax avoidance scheme has had his four year ban from the legal profession upheld.


What mandate does an elected government really have?:

June 23rd, 2019

I sometimes wonder whether a mandate means nothing more than the capacity to do whatever it is the people give you the power to do.


What loss of men's rights, exactly, are we talking about?:

June 23rd, 2019

Men's "rights" are not human rights. Men’s "rights" are about maintaining a regimen of male dominance or control, usually over a woman.


Back to nature: Children reap benefits of braving the cold:

June 25th, 2019

Despite extensive research highlighting the benefits of outdoor play, many parents and kinder and school educators are still reluctant to let children outside during winter.


'Gives us a chance to help fix this': the year 9 students working on heat stress:

June 23rd, 2019

Instead of testing whether objects are magnetic in their high school science lab, students are visiting local hospitals, learning about radiology and attending courses to eventually find a solution to real problems.


'When two tribes go to war': the reading debate explained:

June 23rd, 2019

After the NSW announced a trial of the year one phonics test, Kevin Wheldall puts the case for more emphasis on phonics in schools


Private school fees under microscope after bank probe:

June 23rd, 2019

Families are having to choose between paying private school fees and upgrading their home as banks ramp up scrutiny of education costs in loan applications, mortgage brokers say.


Let's not end another Matildas campaign wondering what might have been:

June 23rd, 2019

The competition for our women will be fierce and the window for overdue expansion and investment in women's football will be brief.


Irish Australians told to fight for right to vote in elections at home:

June 24th, 2019

Historic changes could be ahead for the Irish in Australia, but they won't come without a struggle, says the government in Dublin.


'Soft skills' are essential. Just ask Google.:

June 23rd, 2019

Interpersonal skills underpin academic success - you can't have one without the other.


Trump's Iran crisis at a treacherous juncture:

June 23rd, 2019

Once the hawks begin Iago-whispering that if you don't go forward, you'll be unmanned, it's awfully hard to reverse course.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday, June 23:

June 22nd, 2019

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


Early surge in flu cases, but experts hope for early end to season:

June 22nd, 2019

There has been more than 1.5-times the number of flu cases so far this year than in the whole of 2018.


Families rush for spots at Sydney's newest public schools:

June 22nd, 2019

No out-of-zone students were among the 180 students accepted to start in year 7 at Inner Sydney High next year.


Entertaining the rage: Gough resurrected in The Dismissal, The Musical:

June 22nd, 2019

It's time. Australia is celebrating its political history, at long last, with a show that deserves to become a blockbuster.


So you're a frequent flyer, buyer or partisan voter? It's about tribal loyalties:

June 22nd, 2019

Our reasons for choosing one brand over another can say much about us.


'Great help': $20,000 brain cancer drug set to be listed on PBS:

June 22nd, 2019

Advocates say it is an "exceptional win" for people with brain cancer and their families.


Sydney's independent bookstores defy the doom and gloom:

June 22nd, 2019

Booksellers, who are meeting for their annual conference in Melbourne, say the closure of Pages & Pages in Mosman is a "one-off".


Move over smashed avo, Millennials are driving boom in fake meat:

June 25th, 2019

For the 2 million Australians who have given up eating animals, the rise of "alternative meat" means it's never been harder to make a decision at a restaurant.


Shops full of vitamins, miracle pills 'trashing pharmacists' reputation':

June 22nd, 2019

In pharmacy chains such as Chemist Warehouse, a pharmacist dispensing highly-regulated, evidence-based drugs is surrounded by shelves and shelves of lightly regulated, non-evidence-based remedies.


Alcohol causes most overall harm of any drug, says study:

June 22nd, 2019

Harm from alcohol in Australia surpasses that caused by crystal meth and heroin, a new national study suggests.


'Could he hurt me?': The difficult world of dating after sex assault:

June 22nd, 2019

Entering new relationships can be extremely difficult for women after a rape or sexual assault.


Funeral photos: an intimate portrait of one family's grief:

June 24th, 2019

Cherine Fahd is searching for the photographer of her grandfather's funeral at Rookwood Cemetery 44 years after his death.


Conditions at Olympic Park clean-up 'unbearable' before worker death:

June 21st, 2019

It took workers three days to clean up the sewage surcharge, sources have revealed.


Tablet interactive: Aussie invasion complete in Tinsel Town:

June 21st, 2019

The number of successful Australian actors in Hollywood has hit plague proportions.


Two of Us: outsiders at school, these two doctors remain friends four decades later:

June 21st, 2019

John Rasko and David Celermajer became mates in high school, united by a sense they didn't fit in. Their lives and careers as doctors have been entwined since.


Spotlight: Red alerts over reading:

June 21st, 2019

National reading standards for boys are slipping badly. Should we be worried?


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, June 22:

June 21st, 2019

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


'I promised you dollars. You promised me internet': A tale of NBN woe:

June 21st, 2019

It’s outrageous that we’ve all been forced onto an NBN which is often worse than what it replaced.


How academics are taking steps to be open to uncomfortable ideas:

June 21st, 2019

That left-wing academics block their ears to right-wing views is a common criticism from conservatives, and has driven culture wars for decades.


The lunch of champions with Essential Media's Peter Lewis:

June 21st, 2019

Lewis has been trying to kill reporters with his lunch of champions for a couple of decades.


'Moral authority': The academics signing their own free speech pledge:

June 22nd, 2019

As universities debate adopting a free speech code, dozens of academics are signing their own personal pledge.


University vice-chancellor salaries soaring past $1.5 million - and set to keep going:

June 21st, 2019

"They have more than 50,000 people in their precinct every week, they have to provide services, parking and at the same time, attract funds and maintain a research presence."


Man sets himself on fire on Manus Island after being 'denied medical treatment':

June 21st, 2019

A man has set his room and himself on fire on Manus Island after being denied medical care, according to other refugees on the island.


I don't hate my parents' killers, but at last the MH17 truth may be told:

June 21st, 2019

The son of Australian MH17 victims Jill and Roger Guard writes on life after the tragedy, and the significance of the charges laid this week.


From the Archives: Julia Gillard becomes Australia's first female PM:

June 24th, 2019

On June 24, 2010 Julia Gillard defeated Kevin Rudd in a challenge for the leadership of the Labor party. She became Australia's first female prime minister.


Women workers on building sites are divided on John Setka:

June 21st, 2019

'If you work in construction as a woman, you are expected to suck up the sexist comments and behaviour and just get on with it,' one female worker said.


Reg Grundy did not father man at centre of estate battle, DNA test reveals:

June 21st, 2019

A Melbourne cafe owner who suspected he may have been the love child of Reg Grundy has dropped a legal claim against the late media mogul's estate after DNA tests revealed the men are not related.


Organist could fill a church with thunderous crescendo or quiet solo:

June 24th, 2019

Organist who spread musical brilliance beyond ecclesiastical climes.


The young medical student showing Australia's north a brighter future:

June 21st, 2019

Imagine a tiny remote community where only one resident has a high school certificate; and now imagine him with a freshly minted medical degree, coming home to build a brighter future.


Target and superquiz, Friday, June 21:

June 20th, 2019

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


Car industry to use decades old legal precedent to fight luxury tax:

June 20th, 2019

In that case the court ruled the state could not impose an excise duty on goods sold in Australia and the Commonwealth then asserted its powers to impose an additional tax on tobacco.


Blunt advice for unlikely upper house pair:

June 20th, 2019

Lost among the back-and-forth over Treasurer Dominic Perrottet’s third budget on Tuesday was the escalation of a long-running debate over a promised disability commissioner.


Of all the uncouth drivers, it's the honkers who drive me bonkers:

June 20th, 2019

Australian drivers can be cocky and rude, and none more so than the ones overly attached to their horns.


CBD Melbourne: A less than amicable union:

June 20th, 2019

Controversial union boss John Setka is due to face court next Wednesday on harassment charges while his deputy and former best mate Shaun Reardon chose to resign yesterday.


Horns are growing on young people's skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests:

June 20th, 2019

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live. What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons


Sydney barrister Charles Waterstreet suspended from practice:

June 21st, 2019

The NSW Bar Association has suspended Charles Waterstreet from practice, triggering a legal battle with the controversial barrister in the Supreme Court.


MH17 families on the verge of a final deal with Malaysia Airlines:

June 20th, 2019

News of a payout comes after Dutch investigators revealed on Wednesday night that four men will be charged with murder for their alleged involvement in the July 17, 2014 attack. 


Shortest day means sun will rise earlier, right? Well no. Not yet anyway:

June 20th, 2019

It might be winter solstice on Saturday but the sun is going to come up later, not earlier, on Sunday, and for a few more weeks yet. Confusing? Let us explain.



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