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Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, September 26

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09/25/2017 02:01 PM
How breast cancer changed the life of Renee Marsicano

The simple everyday task that changed the life of Renee Marsicano
09/25/2017 02:00 PM
Is this how it ends?: How we can make aged care better

There are plenty of challenges confronting policymakers and ageing Australians.
09/25/2017 10:30 AM
Chinese police to play by Australian rules under new deal

Beijing: Chinese police who want to question suspects in Australia will need to obey a new set of formal rules which include having an Australian Federal Police officer present for any interaction.
09/25/2017 10:00 AM
From the outback to outer space: A brief history of Australia's space program

The milestone announcement was made 50 years after Australia entered the space race.
09/25/2017 08:10 AM
Government announces creation of national space agency

The federal government has announced the creation of a National Space Agency.
09/25/2017 02:00 PM
International students urged to check pay packets

An open letter to more than half a million international students in Australia will urge them to check their pay packets to ensure they are being paid enough.
09/24/2017 02:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, September 25

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09/24/2017 02:47 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
09/24/2017 02:01 PM
First asylum seekers taken from Manus offshore detention under US refugee swap deal

Refugees have left one of Australia's offshore detention centres on Sunday for the United States
09/24/2017 10:48 AM
Nursing home accused of being like Guantanamo Bay

Margaret Daly still remembers the days she would visit her husband John at his nursing home, only to find him restrained in a chair with the straps so tight they almost cut into his genitals.
09/24/2017 03:13 PM
Same-sex marriage campaigners hit streets of Leichhardt to urge 'yes' vote

Thousands of same-sex marriage supporters have door-knocked around the country, encouraging Australians to post their votes.
09/24/2017 09:29 AM
Ten-year-old children should not be locked up, leading criminologist says

The minimum age of criminal responsibility for children should be lifted from 10 to 14, given mounting evidence of the lifelong harm the justice system does to children, and the huge risk of kids becoming "entrenched" in the jail system if locked up young, says one of Australia's leading criminologists.
09/24/2017 05:27 AM
Sydney duo slapped with biggest ever fine for tobacco offences

Two Sydney tobacconist owners have been slapped with a record $72,000 fine for selling cigarettes in packages without health warnings.
09/23/2017 02:15 PM
Today's cartoons: The illustrated news

The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.
09/23/2017 02:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday September 24

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09/23/2017 02:01 PM
'How did you get my number?' Unease at controversial text messaging for 'yes' vote

Tens of thousands of marriage equality supporters kicked off a doorknocking and SMS campaign this weekend.
09/25/2017 11:50 AM
'Villagers' bid cancer campaigner Connie Johnson farewell at public memorial

Connie Johnson's supporters have bid her farewell in a public service at Melbourne's St Paul's Cathedral.
09/23/2017 08:15 AM
Bali volcano could affect 20,000 Australian travellers

More than 20,000 Australians expected to fly to Bali in the next two weeks could be left stranded on the island if the Mount Agung volcano, which is on high alert, erupts.
09/23/2017 11:26 AM
'Very nasty': Bushfire conditions as bad as 2013 blazes but three weeks earlier

As temperatures climb on another early-season total fire ban day for much of NSW, the latest fuel moisture maps show the region around Sydney is at least as dry as during big bushfires in 2013 - but three weeks earlier in the year.
09/23/2017 03:24 AM
Jyl's journey to aged care: 'I feel like part of me is lost'

When David Stephens' elderly mother Jyl fell in December, it seemed to be the start of a new family tradition.
09/25/2017 07:42 AM
Lunch with… Marco Pierre White

The celebrity chef, a terror to his employees and customers alike, has a softer, philosophical side.
09/22/2017 02:15 PM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday September 23

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09/22/2017 02:01 PM
Explore these favourites

Sydney Open 2017 ambassadors nominate their Top 5 awe-inspiring places on the program over the weekend.
09/22/2017 02:00 PM
City to open key buildings for one fascinating weekend

Sydney's hidden architectural gems and most loved spaces will open to the public in November.
09/22/2017 12:00 PM
Terror in our midst: How NSW and Victoria have jailed convicted terrorists

A terrorist plot will be uncovered tomorrow morning. Two young Muslim men - one in Sydney and one in Melbourne - will be charged. Then their paths will diverge.
09/22/2017 11:38 AM
The 'Bute' loophole that is making organised crime millions

While the government has been determined to stop the boats, it seems it is not so keen to stop an illicit product responsible for thousands of overdoses.
09/22/2017 11:38 AM
Same-sex marriage survey envelopes found in bin of Mona Vale apartment block

One "pissed off" intended recipient of the dumped mail said he'd enrolled especially to vote 'yes'.
09/24/2017 02:34 AM
NSW to move away from hard-line approach to jailed extremists, but will not adopt Victorian model

NSW will revise its hardline approach to extremists in prison, moving away from mandatory segregation and closer to a Victorian model, as it becomes clear inmates are becoming further radicalised and discouraged to rehabilitate in the notorious Supermax
09/22/2017 07:19 AM
Dawn's final days reveal aged care horror

In her final days, Dawn Weston kept rubbing her left leg and crying.
09/22/2017 08:55 AM
Sam Newman slams 'sycophantic' AFL over logo change in support of same-sex marriage

Football identity Sam Newman has slammed the AFL following the organisation's controversial decision to change its logo to 'Yes' in support of same-sex marriage.
09/21/2017 08:04 PM
George Brandis considers new laws cracking down on Chinese spying in Australia

Attorney General George Brandis is planning a once in a generation shake-up of the legal framework governing who can lawfully influence Australian politicians, amid fears of clandestine Chinese Communist Party influence over politics in this country.
09/21/2017 08:48 PM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, September 22

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09/21/2017 02:01 PM
Australia ranked as one of the world's major small arm importers and exporters

As an importer Australia came in behind the United States, Canada, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Germany, but ahead of Iraq, France, the Netherlands and Britain.
09/20/2017 02:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday September 21

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09/20/2017 02:01 PM
Mysterious flesh-eating ulcer cases soar on Mornington Peninsula

When Ella Crofts noticed a dull ache in right knee she never could have imagined it was a flesh-eating ulcer chewing through her skin.
09/20/2017 09:41 PM
Crevasse risk identified weeks before Captain David Wood's death in Antarctica

The owner of the company Captain David Wood worked for has given evidence at the inquest into the pilot's death.
09/21/2017 03:22 AM
Teen who lost job over 'No' vote has grounds for legal discrimination claim

A Christian teenager who was sacked for saying on Facebook she would vote "no" for same-sex marriage is entitled to make a legal claim under discrimination law, legal experts say.
09/20/2017 10:24 AM
Abbot Point spill further proof Adani can't be trusted on coal, green groups say

Pollution of wetlands adjacent to Adani's main coal export port in Queensland is proof the Indian-owned company can't be trusted to operate a much larger operation should the Galilee Basin ever be opened up to mines, environmental groups said.
09/20/2017 09:48 AM
Australia blessed with more than 22,000 possible pump storage sites, ANU finds

Australia has more than 22,000 sites around the country that could be suitable for pumped hydro storage, according to a study by the Australian National University.
09/20/2017 10:02 PM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, September 20

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09/19/2017 02:01 PM
Coles case has made fast food pay deals 'unworkable'

The Fair Work Commission's application of the better off overall test following its decision in the Coles case has led to failures in enterprise agreement-making in the fast food industry.
09/19/2017 08:00 AM
Second pile of same-sex marriage surveys found dumped in Melbourne laneway

A pile of rain-damaged envelopes destined for East Brunswick have been discovered in the CBD.
09/19/2017 07:38 AM
Why it doesn't make much sense to make AGL's 'old lady Liddell' run a marathon

If Matt Canavan visits Liddell power station next month, there's a good chance staff will show the corroded pipes and fatigued metal that serve as signs its use-by date of 2022 is closing in.
09/19/2017 10:35 AM
Drowned Melbourne woman was swimming between danger flags at Phuket beach

Police say Barbara Fistrovic was swimming between red flags which, in Thailand, indicate dangerous conditions.
09/19/2017 02:02 PM
Today's cartoons: The illustrated news

The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.
09/18/2017 02:01 PM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, September 19

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09/18/2017 02:01 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of Fairfax's cartoonists.
09/18/2017 10:00 AM
Brunswick mum upset by dumped postal vote envelopes discovery

When prep teacher Kerry Ford returned to her Brunswick home from a holiday on Monday, what she found behind her carport made her angry and upset.
09/19/2017 01:42 AM
Lady (Mary) Fairfax dies, aged 95

Lady Fairfax was the wife of Sir Warwick Oswald Fairfax, an influential figure in Fairfax Media.
09/18/2017 03:50 AM
PwC makes parental leave more flexible for dads, mums and foster carers

Jack Bell was relaxed about taking more than three months off work on parental leave but knows some other men would not feel as comfortable taking that much time away.
09/17/2017 02:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, September 18

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09/17/2017 02:01 PM
'This wasn't a political campaign': Ireland's same-sex marriage vote, and ours

Just two years ago, senator Jerry Buttimer was his party's only openly gay MP. He hopes that Australians "will have the generosity that we had".
09/16/2017 02:15 PM
Politics and sex: Why Donald Trump and Tony Abbott are a turn-off for online daters

Max originally stated he was right-wing in his dating profile but soon learned just how quickly some women can react if men step over the political line.
09/16/2017 02:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday September 17

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09/16/2017 02:01 PM
Almost 100 ABS staff pulled off projects to work on same-sex marriage postal survey

There are fears work on the bureau's transformation program and the 2021 census could be delayed.
09/16/2017 02:00 PM
What's on at the movies these school holidays

Check out our guide to the major releases, and check your local cinema for discounts.
09/16/2017 02:00 PM
Essential Kids Holiday Guide

From free events to festivals to workshops, there’s plenty going on these holidays.
09/16/2017 02:00 PM
Kelly the koala makes daring 16km trip clinging onto a car's wheel arch

A koala has been released back into the wild after miraculously surviving a 16 kilometre trip clinging onto the underside of a car wheel arch.
09/16/2017 09:32 AM
Lou Lewis apologises for criticising doctor John O'Neill in Green v Mundine boxing match

Sydney GP who criticised the official doctor at the Danny Green and Anthony Mundine boxing contest has apologised.
09/16/2017 07:14 AM
Australian expats shaken by latest London terror attack

Australian expats in London have been left horrifed by the most recent terrorist attack to strike the city
09/16/2017 07:36 AM
Young Archie 2017 winners announced at Art Gallery of NSW

The future leading lights of Australia's art scene have been recognised at the Young Archie awards.
09/16/2017 05:19 AM
Asian Australian communities targeted by both sides of same-sex marriage debate

Chinese-, Vietnamese- and Filipino-Australians are three of the nation's biggest Asian ethnic groups. Their views could help sway the vote on marriage equality.
09/16/2017 05:10 AM
How one in five people will end up in aged care against their wishes

Lizzi Holt, 59, is renting in Elwood. She's energetic, gregarious and loves the vibrancy of inner-city living. She knows, however, that she must make plans for her future.
09/16/2017 02:44 AM
What happens when Big Brother lurks in every smartphone user?

09/16/2017 11:17 AM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday September 16

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09/15/2017 02:01 PM
Revealing the dark side of Liddell, from power failures to distorted debate

Brain-eating amoeba might be the only way to explain the government's energy policy.
09/15/2017 11:06 PM
CSIRO cuts 57 jobs from minerals research and wi-fi lab

Staff at the CSIRO are bracing for another round of job cuts, as unions warn of nearly 60 planned redundancies.
09/15/2017 04:39 AM
Fears new low-skilled visa will be open to abuse

Just months after announcing changes to the skilled migration visa system to "put Australian jobs first", the federal government faces criticism for creating a new three-year pathway to low-skilled migration.
09/15/2017 01:38 AM
Australia must get ready for the next Asian Financial Crisis, says top official

Australia must stand ready to provide financial support and loan guarantees to regional neighbours in the event of economic crisis in Asia, one of Australia's top economic officials has warned.
09/14/2017 02:15 PM
Today's cartoons: The illustrated news

The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.
09/14/2017 02:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, September 15

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09/14/2017 02:01 PM
Best of the world: September 15, 2017

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.
09/14/2017 02:05 PM
Businesses failing to train managers in how to detect domestic violence

Most Australian workplaces are failing to train managers in how to detect and help domestic violence victims, despite saying they are committed to dealing with the issue, new research has found.
09/14/2017 04:23 AM
New memorial to honour Australia's international peacekeeping efforts

A newly constructed Australian peacekeeping memorial was unveiled on Canberra's Anzac Parade.
09/14/2017 04:32 AM
Today's cartoons: The illustrated news

The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.
09/13/2017 02:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday September 14

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09/13/2017 02:01 PM
Fair Work Ombudsman puts fuel industry on notice about underpayment of vulnerable workers

Fuel giant Caltex is likely to face "enforcement action" from the workplace watchdog as the entire industry was put on notice to clean up persistent issues of underpayment for vulnerable workers.
09/13/2017 02:00 PM
Australia's urban growth requires plan: University of Canberra's Barbara Norman

Can Hurricane Irma and other overseas weather disasters teach Australia about good development?
09/13/2017 01:30 PM
Caesareans linked to slower start at school: research

Children born via c-section appear to lag behind their peers – who were delivered naturally – in school tests.
09/13/2017 02:21 PM
Far-right and hard-left groups to face off at Melbourne 'crime wave' rally

Same-sex marriage, racism and hate-speech will be centre stage as far-right activists march on the streets of Melbourne on Sunday under the guise of a Victorian crime wave.
09/15/2017 02:54 AM
Meet Maratus sapphirus, a new species of spider in Australia

New species of spider named after the Sapphire Coast.
09/14/2017 12:03 AM
Australian Catholic Church falls short on keeping children safe, study finds

Study by Melbourne academics finds Australia's Catholic Church has done less than counterparts overseas to stamp out sexual abuse by priests.
09/13/2017 03:49 AM
The act from an Australian peacekeeper that changed Theogene Ngamije's life

Today marks 70 years since Australia's first involvement in international peacekeeping efforts.
09/13/2017 03:44 PM
The reason you need to know how and where to change a tyre

Is there anybody left who knows how to change a tyre? Survey finds women leave it to the men in their lives, and others leave it to the mechanics.
09/13/2017 12:51 AM
Growing inequality puts Australians on same path as America: ACTU

Australians face growing wage inequality and the threat of an American work culture of longer hours, low wages and poor job security, the peak labour organisation has warned.
09/12/2017 08:22 PM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, September 13

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09/12/2017 02:01 PM
Senator Derryn Hinch uses parliamentary privilege to name 'monster' cop who raped children

Crossbench senator used the legal protection of the Senate to name a paedophile policeman.
09/13/2017 03:26 AM
Vietnam soldier ignored official procedures to help mate shot in battle

An Australian soldier fighting in the Vietnam War ignored standing procedures to save an injured friend.
09/12/2017 08:46 AM
Royal Life Saving Society reveals fatal and non fatal drownings total 976

Tui Gallaher was a normal teenager, going for a swim with his cousin on a hot summer's evening at Maroubra.  Geoffrey Blackadder, 60, went into the surf to rescue young relatives from a rip at Wooli Beach. Two-year-old Henry Tran tumbled into a garden pond. Robbi and Charli Manago were 23 months old when they entered their backyard swimming pool in Kellyville Ridge. Vera Peacock was two when she did the same. Sujan Adhikari was a 29-year-old masters student from Nepal who went for a dip at Wattamolla Lagoon on Christmas Day.
09/12/2017 02:30 AM
New meningococcal combination vaccine approved for infants as young as two months old

A new combination meningococcal vaccine that protects against four strains of the potentially life-threatening disease can now be given to babies as young as two months.
09/12/2017 05:42 AM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, September 12

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09/11/2017 02:01 PM
Gonski 2.0: Education Department figures reveal ACT Catholic school over-funding

New data shows ACT Catholic schools will receive 116.3 per cent of the school resourcing standard from the Commonwealth government.
09/11/2017 02:00 PM
'Systemic fix' needed for NSW water management, damning report finds

A scathing independent investigation into water theft has found the state's enforcement ineffectual and unprofessional.
09/11/2017 05:43 AM
Family and friends mourn Melbourne man who drowned trying to rescue child

Melbourne father who drowned while rescuing a child at a NSW beach, has been hailed as a hero.
09/11/2017 09:01 AM
Australian researchers find two ways to stop melanoma from spreading and killing patients

'Extremely important' findings by Australian researchers give melanoma patients a new lease on life.
09/10/2017 11:17 PM
'Lock down and hope for the best': Australian expats riding out Hurricane Irma

Having moved to Florida only five months ago, Evan Foster has never known what it is like to be caught up in a hurricane.
09/15/2017 02:03 AM
Doctors and researchers collaborate to beat childhood cancers and side effects of treatments

Many survivors of childhood cancers have to live with horrible side effects of the treatments that cured them, including infertility and heart disease.
09/10/2017 02:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, September 11

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09/10/2017 02:01 PM
Nearly 50 years after Vietnam heroism, veteran Ian Reid considered for Victoria Cross

An act of heroism from the Vietnam War will be considered by a Defence honours panel this week.
09/10/2017 12:30 PM