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International student sacked for asking for legal hours and rates of pay

The first time international student Amy (not her real name) was sacked from a job was when she was too busy with her studies to work more than 20 hours per week as required by her boss late last year.
11/20/2017 07:00 PM
Wage theft endemic across Australia

A landmark study has found wage theft is endemic across Australia with a quarter of international students and a third of backpackers earning $12 or less per hour, around half the legal minimum wage.
11/20/2017 08:23 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
11/20/2017 01:01 PM
'If she can be shot, anybody can be shot': family of Justine Damond Ruszczyk want action on US shooting

The family of Justine Damond Ruszczyk, the Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police fear nobody will ever be held accountable for her death.
11/20/2017 11:29 AM
Shopping made easier for people with autism as Coles introduces ‘Quiet Hour’

To help shoppers who find the heightened sensory environment of a supermarket - the constant music, beeping scanners, bright lights and all - to be challenging, a low-sensory shopping experience designed to be easy on the eyes and ears will be offered from Tuesday.
11/20/2017 11:10 AM
Victorian cyclist, 67, found dead on road while riding from Sydney to Melbourne

Police are investigating the death of a cyclist in the Southern Tablelands near Goulburn on Sunday.
11/20/2017 11:33 AM
Housing supply alone won't fix the affordability crisis, modelling shows

Inner Sydney has a "significant surplus" of housing.
11/19/2017 11:21 PM
Australia urged to sue Big Tobacco for past healthcare costs

Health researchers have called on the government to consider suing tobacco companies to recover healthcare costs related to smoking - but it could be an expensive and lengthy legal move.
11/19/2017 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, November 20

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11/19/2017 01:01 PM
Australia's reputation faces 'serious' risks if Adani loan goes ahead: Figueres

Providing a $1 billion loan to underwrite Adani's proposed mega coal mine would "unpick the progress" of the Paris climate agreement.
11/19/2017 01:15 AM
'Desultory': Wind farm complaints aren't keeping up with surging industry

The surge in new wind farm developments has failed to produce a concurrent upswing in complaints.
11/18/2017 10:14 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday November 19

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11/18/2017 01:01 PM
Best of the world in pictures

The best photos from the international wire agencies.
11/18/2017 01:01 PM
Visa holder unable to return to Australia if she leaves to farewell dying father

Cristina Cristea faces an agonising decision: say goodbye to her dying father, or keep her life in Australia
11/18/2017 01:00 PM
Emergency workers pay high price for being first on the scene

Peter Kirwan thought he was "bulletproof" when he started as a firefighter, unaware that first responders are on average three times more likely to suffer a serious work-related injury or mental illness than other professions.
11/18/2017 11:02 AM
Australian Medical Association wants access to Manus Island asylum seekers

Australia has shut access to the centre, leaving the men without sufficient food, clean water, power or medical care.
11/18/2017 06:39 AM
Coalition aims to help ADF veterans move from military into civilian careers

The Australian Veterans Employment Coalition aims to establish a close working relationship with the ADF and support programs to help veterans moving from military careers to the civilian workforce.
11/17/2017 01:15 PM
Australia’s workforce still highly segregated by gender: WGEA report

Sally Snow had dreams of becoming a ballerina, but her love of maths and father's influence led to her becoming a racetrack bookie.
11/19/2017 10:19 PM
First charges laid in Unaoil bribery scandal

The charges against two former managers of Unaoil come 18 months after Fairfax Media exposed Unaoil's role as a facilitator running a global network of middlemen fronting for Western companies.
11/17/2017 09:19 PM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, November 17

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11/16/2017 01:01 PM
Geelong Cats champion footballer Gary Ablett Senior at centre of Victoria Police sexual assault probe

Geelong Cats former champion footballer Gary Ablett Senior is being investigated by police over historic sexual assault allegations.
11/16/2017 10:19 AM
Marriage equality: How the yes vote prompted one man to get down on his knee

James Brechney had more reason than most to feel anxious as he joined the crowd gathered at Sydney's Prince Alfred Park on Wednesday.
11/16/2017 08:36 AM
New mum wakes from coma months after being struck down by the flu

A Victorian mother, struck down the flu and unaware she had given birth has woken from an induced coma months later.
11/16/2017 09:13 AM
Father of four fights for life after being struck down by flesh-eating bug

Moe labourer barely noticed the scratch. Now he's in a coma as doctors remove kilos of black dead flesh. But he's a fighter and his family have been told he's improving.
11/17/2017 12:23 AM
'Ringing alarm bells': Australia near the bottom of the heap for climate action

Australia ranks as one of the world's worst performing nations when it comes to climate action, with only South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia faring worse among 56 countries scrutinised by 300 international analysts.
11/15/2017 09:00 AM
'Diversity is a wonderful thing': Carrie Graf celebrates marriage survey result

The champion player and acclaimed basketball coach says she felt more emotional at the result than she'd expected.
11/15/2017 06:55 AM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday November 16

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11/15/2017 05:54 AM
The school that backed the yes vote

Indigo Rule wore a veil to school, hoping to witness an historic moment.
11/15/2017 05:57 AM
'We will not be scapegoats': Stoush erupts between independent, Catholic schools

An ugly stoush has erupted between Victoria's private and Catholic schools over the contentious issue of funding.
11/15/2017 03:59 AM
Same-sex marriage survey: 'No' campaign calls for respect in wake of defeat

"No" campaigners have vowed to continue defending what they say are the rights of parents and children.
11/15/2017 12:39 AM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, November 15

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11/14/2017 01:01 PM
Million-dollar visa scam leaves migrants $50,000 out of pocket, boss drives Porsche

A million-dollar jobs and visa scam that promised to help find work for hopeful migrants in regional areas has left dozens up to $50,000 out of pocket while the plan's architect lives in a $3 million mansion and drives a brand-new Porsche.
11/13/2017 09:54 PM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, November 21

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11/20/2017 01:05 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of Fairfax's cartoonists.
11/13/2017 01:01 PM
World-leading scientist and teenage inventor among Australians of the Year

Scientists dominate the 2018 NSW Australian of the Year Awards.
11/13/2017 08:56 AM
Child car restraints instructions too hard to follow: Neuroscience Research Aus

So many child car restraints are wrongly installed because parents can't follow the instructions.
11/13/2017 05:24 AM
Chinese ice is flooding the Australian market: AFP

Australians are the world's biggest consumers of ice on a per capita basis, inquiry told.
11/13/2017 03:19 AM
Indigenous Australians travelling 1000 kilometres for kidney dialysis: report

Aboriginal Australians with kidney disease are in need of equitable access to life-saving treatments.
11/12/2017 04:33 PM
One in two Australians fear young people are not equipped for jobs of the future

Kiara Salmon has adapted her skills in property development to a virtual environment which allows her to take clients on tours through buildings before they are even built.
11/12/2017 01:15 PM
Free speech fears after book critical of China is pulled from publication

Allen & Unwin has ditched a book on Chinese Communist Party influence in Australian politics and academia.
11/12/2017 01:00 PM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, November 13

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11/12/2017 01:00 PM
The changing face of trade unions

Union leaders are spending more time campaigning in favour of marriage equality and paid domestic violence leave than bargaining with employers on wages and conditions.
11/13/2017 12:52 AM
Farmers rush to cash in on booming prices for wool

Wool prices are rising faster than Sydney house prices and farmers are rushing to cash in.
11/12/2017 07:51 PM
Best of the world in pictures

The best photos from the international wire agencies.
11/11/2017 01:18 PM
Push for veterans to join the job ranks

A coalition of high-profile Australian companies is helping veterans make the transition from the Defence Force to a civilian career.
11/11/2017 01:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday November 12

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11/11/2017 01:01 PM
Just be more real: Backlash against social media

When a follower criticised an Instagram post by model Georgia Gibbs, posing with her best friend, she fired back.
11/11/2017 06:32 AM
At APEC Canada is AWOL while America 'stays home playing with its guns'

The no-show of Canada's Prime Minister to a critical meeting on the Trans Pacific Partnership was indicative of something far more significant than poor diplomacy.
11/11/2017 07:44 AM
The human touch: Australian eyes that 'can't look away' from Manus

"Our role," says Janet Galbraith, "is to echo their resistance through our acts in Australia, and urge them to take care. What we've done is reach out and listen."
11/10/2017 01:30 PM
Future warfare: when robots join the battle, who decides who lives and dies?

The Tempest is a new, fearsome-looking drone that can carry 80 rocket-propelled grenades – but who will make the ultimate "kill" decision?
11/10/2017 01:15 PM
History should be a brutal warning to today's politicians: '60,000 dead'

In a year with plenty of sabre-rattling, the endless Australian war cemeteries should stand as a warning to politicians, says Ken Corke.
11/10/2017 01:15 PM
Hoddle Street killer Julian Knight's school cartoons show his deadly fantasies

In the final drawing the once skinny hero has bulked up and is pictured with a machine gun surrounded by blood-soaked corpses. Two years later, Knight lived out this fantasy.
11/11/2017 04:48 AM
Iranian regime's censorship of films is easing, says director Hamid Nematollah

Iranian director Hamid Nematollah has navigated the tricky censorship terrain in Iran for more than 30 years, but says restrictions are loosening.
11/10/2017 01:15 PM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday November 18

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11/17/2017 01:00 PM
Sacked driver takes Iraqi Embassy to Fair Work Commission

Iraq's Ambassador to Australia is tangled-up in an unfair dismissal stoush with his former driver.
11/10/2017 01:00 PM
How they saved Dave: Worker sacked over undies protest wins back his job

Dave McLachlan was sacked for organising a protest where workers stripped down to their underpants. Now he's got his job back.
11/10/2017 07:58 AM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, November 10

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11/09/2017 01:01 PM
Activists try to unfurl 'Evacuate Manus #BringThemHere' banner on Sydney Opera House

Five activists climbed the Sydney Opera House on Thursday morning and attempted to unfurl a banner displaying the words "Evacuate Manus #BringThemHere".
11/09/2017 12:53 PM
Federal government was preparing to sell Lobby Restaurant before occupation

Police are attempting to remove Aboriginal Tent Embassy activists from the Lobby Restaurant.
11/09/2017 07:00 AM
Supervision lacking or faulty in every single case of backyard drownings, says Royal Life Saving Society

Those supervising swimming children can't be sitting there on their phones - a child can drown in as little as 10 to 20 seconds.
11/08/2017 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Thursday November 9

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11/08/2017 01:01 PM
Best of the world in pictures, November 9

The best photos from the international wire agencies.
11/08/2017 01:01 PM
'Talking is not enough': Indigenous exhibition reveals the legal power of art

For Indigenous painter and clan leader Djambawa Marawili, art carries a lot more meaning than aesthetics alone.
11/08/2017 06:51 AM
Negotiations fail over Aboriginal Tent Embassy occupation of Lobby Restaurant

The federal government requested the building to be vacated during tense negotiations with Ngunnawal elders and the AFP.
11/08/2017 06:25 AM
High Court tears up prenuptial agreement between property developer and online bride

"It is the worst contract I have ever seen. Don't sign," a lawyer told the bride before she signed the agreement.
11/08/2017 05:23 AM
Survey reveals how widespread sexual harassment is in Australia

The ABS survey of 21,000 men and women is considered a more complete picture of violence than police data.
11/15/2017 04:45 AM
Abandoned by his father, Sir Ninian Stephen remembered as 'a great Australian'

'This was a man who made everyone with whom he engaged feel better for the experience.'
11/08/2017 07:31 AM
Right of entry permit stripped from swearing CFMEU official

A construction union official who called non-union workers "f---ing dog c---s" at the Gorgon Gas LNG project has been stripped of his right of entry permit.
11/09/2017 12:52 AM
Why are flags flying at half-mast today in Canberra?

If you found yourself double checking the date at the sight of Canberra's flags flying at half-mast this morning, you're not alone.
11/08/2017 02:27 AM
The ten things companies can do to promote women to the top

Australian companies that lead the way in promoting women's leadership do 10 things in common a new study has found.
11/07/2017 11:06 PM
Unions raise fears about security of community sector jobs

Social Services Minister Christian Porter has criticised community sector employers for hiring staff in permanent positions knowing that their government contract had an end date.
11/07/2017 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, November 8

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11/07/2017 01:01 PM
Hobart Airport closed after fatal helicopter crash

One person is dead and another critically injured in a helicopter crash at Hobart Airport.
11/07/2017 10:18 AM
Best of the world in pictures, November 8

The best photos from the international wire agencies.
11/07/2017 08:30 AM
Melbourne Cup: The race that stops a nation now stops the world

For a few brief minutes on Tuesday, the world turned its attention to Melbourne.
11/07/2017 08:04 AM
Millennial men can help women break through the glass ceiling: new study

Daniel Selikowitz is among the Millennial men who are turning into great allies for women wanting to break through the glass ceiling.
11/06/2017 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, November 7

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11/06/2017 01:01 PM
Best of the world in pictures, November 7

The best photos from the international wire agencies.
11/06/2017 08:20 AM
Cyber armies, info wars and fake news add to Syria's suffering

In Syria's info wars even aid convoys are "broadcast live" via social media
11/06/2017 07:36 AM
Notorious 'bushranger' Mark Stocco to appeal 40-year sentence for murder, shootings

Mark Stocco and his father Gino are notorious for spending years on the run. Now, Mark is making another dash for freedom.
11/06/2017 05:28 AM
Less is more when it comes to productive hours at work, says BHP CEO

Younger employees often put in long hours, cutting back on sleep to get ahead, and chief executives usually lead the charge with a ferocious attitude to red-eyed invincibility.
11/06/2017 01:33 AM
Superquiz and Target, Monday, November 6

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11/05/2017 01:01 PM
Australia's health watchdog accused of 'too close' relationship with industry

Australia's drug and medical device watchdog, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, needs a complete overhaul to distance it from the health industry and allow consumers to sue it for negligence, say academics and consumer advocates.
11/05/2017 04:40 AM
'Smoke money' offers an unexpected way forward for Indigenous communities

Funding to give greater independence for struggling Indigenous communities is coming from a surprising source.
11/05/2017 04:06 AM
Confusion about child car restraints raises risk of injury

Moving a child into an adult car seat too soon can increase the risk of a serious injury in a crash by 30 per cent, yet more than half of all parents are confused about when to do so.
11/04/2017 01:15 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday November 5

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11/04/2017 01:01 PM
Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct one of its largest surveys outside of census

Particpants have been randomly selected out of 9 million households to take part in the survey.
11/04/2017 01:00 PM
Vote to allow ACT to make own euthanasia laws could happen in 2018: Leyonhjelm

NSW senator David Leyonhjelm is calling for the controversial "Andrews Bill" to be overturned.
11/05/2017 10:43 PM
New hope for families affected by spinal muscular atrophy, with TGA approving drug

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved a drug which can extend the life of sufferers of spinal muscular atrophy.
11/04/2017 03:56 AM
Murky business: Australia's defence industry is growing, but at what cost?

Australia's defence sector has hugely expanded in recent years with barely any public discussion, let alone debate in federal parliament.
11/07/2017 03:59 AM
Should we really hear the truth about our war in Afghanistan?

Celebrated Australian investigative journalist Chris Masters' book on the Special Forces in Afghanistan has sparked controversy. Now Masters responds in print.
11/06/2017 12:55 AM
Photos of the week

A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.
11/03/2017 01:35 PM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday November 4

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11/03/2017 01:00 PM
Australian teenager arrested in Lebanon, suspected of trying to join Islamic State in Syria

The 18-year-old from Sydney was caught by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces two days before his planned departure to Syria.
11/04/2017 06:00 AM
Sophie Monk’s stalker jailed in Tasmania over assault on police officer

Sophie Monk's stalker is the first person jailed under Tasmania's mandatory sentencing laws for assaults on police.
11/03/2017 02:29 AM
Five Australians arrested over $200 million ice and cocaine bust

During the raids, police allegedly seized more than $50,000 in cash, designer watches and gold and silver bullion.
11/03/2017 05:00 AM
Melbourne Cup's Birdcage: exclusive or just excessive?

On Melbourne Cup day, there's only one place to be seen: Flemington Racecourse's famous birdcage enclosure. Just don't bet on everyone being classy.
11/03/2017 11:48 PM
Superquiz and Target, Friday, November 3

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11/02/2017 01:01 PM
Four men arrested in Sydney, Adelaide after more than 100kg of ‘ice’ seized in Mexico

An investigation into the importation of drugs to Sydney has led to four arrests.
11/02/2017 09:50 AM
Lockout of Taubmans paint workers enters fourth month

Workers who make Taubmans, Bristol and White Knight paints have accused the company of "starving them out" as its lockout of staff now stretches into a fourth month.  
11/02/2017 10:19 AM