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Baby's first breath could wait a minute if study strikes right cord

Today, newborn babies who do not breathe are rushed off for resuscitation. But a new concept being explored by Australian researchers could change all that.
05/24/2018 02:01 PM
Target and superquiz, Friday, May 25

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05/24/2018 02:01 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
05/24/2018 02:01 PM
'Where will these students go?': The push for a new public high school in Sydney's east

A new high-rise public high school near Bondi is being backed by local councils and thousands of parents.
05/24/2018 02:00 PM
'Clusters' of risky habits put high school students at risk

Australian teenagers who harbour “risk clusters” of the so-called “big six” unhealthy behaviours are at greater risk of mental health problems.
05/24/2018 02:00 PM
Lawyer 'fabricated' document in Colleen McCullough will battle: court

A lawyer who acted for the Australian author said she fabricated a document to make it appear McCullough's husband would inherit her estate.
05/24/2018 11:06 AM
John Carrick: influential Liberal Party figure

Principles, persuasion and the peaceful competition of ideas were vital to John Carrick’s conception of democracy.
05/24/2018 05:42 AM
Motor neurone disease: 'If you were to design the cruellest of diseases, this would be it'

Australian doctors are trialling a new drug they hope will help slow the progress of motor neurone disease, which is on the rise.
05/24/2018 05:30 AM
Coroner urges controls on laxatives after woman died taking 800 a day

A coroner has recommended laxatives should be sold only following consultation with a pharmacist after the death of an Adelaide woman.
05/24/2018 04:45 AM
‘A human toll’: Oversize trucks hamstrung under national permit system

Truckies are being left for days in 40C heat and businesses are taking to the sea rather than applying for road permits under a "crippling" national system.
05/23/2018 10:31 PM
Target and superquiz, Thursday, May 24

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05/23/2018 02:01 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
05/23/2018 02:01 PM
Closed minds on constitutional reforms

The most significant difference between the referendum era and the present-day ice-age of non-reform is the standing of parliamentarians in the community.
05/23/2018 02:00 PM
Bacteria have made a home in your bladder. What do they do?

New research done in Melbourne could revolutionise the way urinary tract infections are treated.
05/23/2018 01:59 PM
'Something needs to be done about this': Inspired student's award-winning robot

Building an autonomous robotic window cleaner for high-rise buildings while he was doing his HSC has won Oliver Nicholls a global science and engineering award.
05/23/2018 09:50 AM
McCullough's husband 'took a mistress' before her death, court hears

The best-selling author told a friend she had "kicked out" her husband in the months before her death, a court battle over her estate has heard.
05/23/2018 07:14 AM
No experience needed: Pass this test and runway success could be yours

Take our practice test to see if you could be an air traffic controller. You either have the brain for it, or you don’t.
05/23/2018 11:17 PM
Target and superquiz, Wednesday, May 23

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05/22/2018 02:01 PM
High commission staff illegally sold visas to Nigerian nationals

Australian High Commission staff in Pretoria illegally sold visas to Nigerian nationals.
05/23/2018 01:28 AM
Fresh twist in battle for author Colleen McCullough's estate

The battle over the estate of best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough has taken a fresh turn, with a potentially crucial document coming to light.
05/23/2018 04:39 AM
The sign that saved Jane when she had just 11 cents in her bank account

Corporations and wealthy are handed a tax cut, while most disadvantaged continue to be ignored says Salvation Army
05/22/2018 10:29 AM
Our mobile mass-dependence is making us vulnerable

Every year we become more and more reliant on the very networks that have proven to be repeatedly susceptible to disruptions and outages.
05/22/2018 08:56 AM
Farmer and wartime pilot attempted aerobatics in Wellington bomber

Perry, preparing to go solo in a Wellington, said: “I thought I'd do a stall turn, and then if that worked ok, I'd do a loop.''
05/22/2018 04:41 AM
NSW sexual consent laws require careful review

The NSW government should be commended for its willingness to review sexual consent laws following the Luke Lazarus trials.
05/21/2018 02:05 PM
Target and superquiz, Tuesday, May 22

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05/21/2018 02:01 PM
The 'aitch' or 'haitch' debate has a dark side

Peeves about the pronunciation of 'h' may appear harmless. But they reflect a sinister tribal prejudice.
05/21/2018 07:20 AM
Gonski is backing proven reforms

There's been plenty of misinformation about the recommendations in the latest Gonski report. Here's what it
05/21/2018 06:00 AM
Live sheep exports may breach Islamic law, US expert says

Harvard University professor Kristen Stilt says the overcrowding and heat stress present in the footage do not comply with Islamic law.
05/21/2018 03:31 AM
Flu vaccine supply shortfall triggered by unprecedented demand

There's a shortage in flu vaccines as last year's horror flu season triggers an increase in demand
05/20/2018 11:39 PM
Aboriginal settlement in Australia was planned migration: study

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was result of large-scale migration by skilled maritime explorers, research shows.
05/21/2018 09:21 AM
Target and superquiz, Monday, May 21

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05/20/2018 02:01 PM
Wage growth a pressing issue

One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that stagnant wage growth is a pressing economic problem.
05/20/2018 08:57 AM
Family born from one great act of kindness

After 17 years of trying to start a family, my Dad asked my Mum to return to Greece and adopt a baby from an orphanage. What she did instead was a secret she kept for 25 years.
05/19/2018 02:01 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday May 20

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05/19/2018 02:01 PM
Majority of Australians not prepared for end of life, study

Only one in four Australians told their family what to do if they were to die or fall seriously ill.
05/19/2018 02:00 PM
Australian monarchists expect a sugar hit from glam wedding

Royalists believe young people are overwhelmingly in favour of the royals, particularly Harry and William.
05/19/2018 02:00 PM
How bringing trampolines into schools could improve literacy results

When Remonda's daughter Sophia, 9, gets upset, Remonda will ask her if she "needs to go bounce it out".
05/19/2018 02:00 PM
A 'Fairtrade' plan for our growing artificial intelligence industry

We need rules to govern our growing AI sector, and help society increase its trust in technology.
05/19/2018 01:09 PM
Defence underwater glider may be future of ocean military surveillance

A Sydney inventor has produced a slick glider that has been adopted by the Australian military.
05/19/2018 02:20 PM
Wild Wild Country: Australian tells of life on Rajneesh 'sex cult' commune

A new Netflix documentary sheds light on the Rajneesh "sex cult", also known as the Orange People, which was a popular movement in Australia.
05/19/2018 11:27 AM
Hundreds rally in Melbourne over Gaza deaths

Hundreds gathered in Melbourne's CBD on Saturday to protest the US decision to move their Israeli embassy.
05/20/2018 02:35 AM
Major fire could delay Parramatta's two new schools

There has been a major fire at the Parramatta Public School building that students were moved out of this year to make room for two new schools.
05/19/2018 01:41 AM
Malcolm Turnbull is merely minding the store

In between managing the remains of the Abbott agenda, and the day-to-day exigencies of survival, Turnbull hasn't emerged as a reforming leader.
05/18/2018 11:17 PM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, May 19

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05/18/2018 02:01 PM
Warning as dozens hospitalised with mushroom poisoning

Health authorities are urging people not to eat potentially deadly wild mushrooms, with 27 people hospitalised for mushroom poisoning so far this autumn.
05/18/2018 02:00 PM
Fire commissioner targets bullying, sexism in the workplace

The NSW Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner has put the organisation's dirty linen on public display.
05/18/2018 02:00 PM
Pizza and cigarettes fuel fashion week

Chaos behind the scenes at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a far cry from the carefully orchestrated glamour on the catwalk.
05/18/2018 01:48 PM
Science relies on light. What about people who can't see?

A new artistic collaboration that is trying to make some of science’s most significant advances tangible for those with limited vision.
05/18/2018 01:45 PM
Breaking vicious cycle of falls with computer games and booby-trapped walks

A booby-trapped walkway is one way researchers are trying to reduce the incidence of falls in Australia.
05/18/2018 02:05 PM
Discovery of new cat virus could shed light on hepatitis B

When Jasper died, he was carrying a hepatitis-like virus previously unknown in cats.
05/18/2018 11:40 AM
Scammers target Chinese community with threatening phone calls

Calls even appear to come from the Chinese embassy, in a case authorities are powerless to stop.
05/18/2018 07:00 AM
In Margaret River, police investigation turns from who did this, to why

The small hobby farm that should have been a haven now bears the blood stains of an entire family.
05/18/2018 07:43 AM
How I finally confronted a long-buried secret of sexual abuse

Exposure to details of horrifying cases of sexual abuse in her work as a judge’s associate forced Bri Lee to confront a crime deep in her past.
05/18/2018 03:59 AM
Gastro forces Brisbane school to close as teachers, students fall ill

Queensland Health is trying to track down the source of the outbreak, with students and teachers sick after an excursion to Parliament and the law courts.
05/17/2018 10:42 PM
Target and superquiz, Friday, May 18

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05/17/2018 02:01 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
05/17/2018 02:01 PM
Five missing Commonwealth Games athletes found in Canberra

The migration agent assisting the athletes said their claims “fall within the eligibility criteria for Australia to grant them protection”.
05/17/2018 11:28 PM
Why some young people fare better than others in the job market

Success should be every young person being on a positive pathway at age 24, not a high score at the end of Year 12.
05/17/2018 01:10 PM
'Illogical': Surgeons back push to extend point-to-point speed cameras to all cars

Trauma surgeons say point-to-point cameras have been proven to save lives so why aren't they used for cars in NSW?
05/17/2018 11:01 AM
'Definitely getting harder': Relief at the end of NAPLAN

Year 9 students at Meriden School in Sydney's west said they are relieved a policy linking NAPLAN scores to HSC eligibility has been scrapped.
05/17/2018 06:08 AM
Life lessons for your kids from Australia's most successful people

Ten highly successful Australians share the secrets that drove them to achieve greatness.
05/17/2018 05:02 AM
Meet the Joker: the Australian who is the biggest gambler in the world

Zeljko Ranogajec is reputedly the biggest gambler in the world. But it's not from successful punting but from kickbacks from gaming companies like Tabcorp.
05/17/2018 08:04 AM
Sports training academy offering 'rip-off' courses collapses owing $5 million

The failed academy, with links to some of the nation's biggest sporting clubs, faces claims it traded while insolvent for up to two years.
05/17/2018 07:13 AM
In a head-on crash at 56km/h, only one child car seat got top marks

Child car seats were put to the test in high-speed crashes in the Crashlab. Only one scored five stars for protection.
05/21/2018 01:58 AM
Indigenous rangers: good for culture, conservation and wellbeing

Women rangers tackle environmental threats like feral animals, invasive weeds and arrange controlled burns.
05/16/2018 02:05 PM
Target and superquiz, Thursday, May 17

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05/16/2018 02:01 PM
Editorial cartoon

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.
05/16/2018 02:01 PM
At least 20 AWOL Commonwealth Games athletes want to stay

Potentially dozens of Commonwealth Games athletes and team staff who went missing during the Gold Coast event are now seeking asylum in Australia, refugee advocates say.
05/16/2018 08:25 AM
Religious leaders and health practitioners could face prosecution for gay "conversion"

Rogue religious leaders and health practitioners who claim that homosexuality can be “fixed” will face scrutiny as part of a broad-ranging inquiry.
05/16/2018 10:44 AM
'Lots of practice': Sydney students sail through second day of NAPLAN

As students around Australia faced their second day of NAPLAN testing on Wednesday, Elijah Butterfield, 14, said he found the reading exam "quite relaxing".
05/16/2018 05:21 AM
High costs, big gaps driving Australians away from health insurance

A quarter of a million Australians have decided not to renew their private health insurance, a new survey shows.
05/16/2018 03:48 AM
When hospitals are making people sick: Health sector's role in saving the planet

If you knew how many people were admitted to hospital as a result of your car’s emissions, would you act?
05/16/2018 02:38 AM
Linguist who changed the way languages are taught

Halliday’s ground-breaking work was recognised by the University of Sydney.
05/17/2018 05:51 AM
Company behind Sirius building one of first to employ women labourers

Company won contracts with NSW housing Commission constructed Sirius building, the Waterloo and Redfern towers and the Wooloomooloo redevelopment.
05/16/2018 02:00 AM
Cardinal George Pell has appeared in court. That's all we can say

For legal reasons, nothing else can be reported.
05/16/2018 01:58 AM
Target and superquiz, Wednesday, May 16

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05/15/2018 02:01 PM
Demise of Gallagher from the Senate a sad loss for constituents

The demise of the motivated, intelligent and gutsy Katy Gallagher from the Senate to my mind is a travesty of justice.
05/15/2018 02:00 PM
First NAPLAN online test brings nerves and some technical glitches

Their first NAPLAN online test wasn't free of glitches but students at Annandale North Public School said they preferred it to the pen and paper test.
05/16/2018 06:17 AM
Say goodbye to sickies - scientists claim they've a cure for the cold

Excited British researchers say they have discovered a potential drug treatment for the common cold.
05/15/2018 03:54 AM
You can be a republican and welcome a royal wedding

It will be romantic, it will be fun, and the higher the hype the more the Republican cause is helped.
05/14/2018 10:34 PM
Target and superquiz, Tuesday, May 15

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05/14/2018 02:01 PM
The real problem with royal commissions

Regulators have become more like risk managers, minimising short-term institutional risks rather than the systemic risks that matter most.
05/14/2018 01:00 PM
Beer wars come to head: Independent brewers tackle multinationals over 'faux craft' brews

Independent brewers have stepped up their battle against multinationals over "craft washing". 
05/14/2018 11:40 AM
Literacy and numeracy push sidelining play in early years

A Sydney principal says ensuring students have core literacy and numeracy skills by the age of eight is the opposite of what leading school systems are doing.
05/14/2018 09:45 AM
Opt-out period for My Health Records announced

Australians who do not want a personal electronic health record will have from July 16 to October 15 to opt-out of the scheme.
05/15/2018 12:00 AM
Innovator behind ZIP Industries had passion for cultural heritage

Michael Crouch's Zip instant boiling water appliances quickly won acceptance in the UK and Asia.
05/14/2018 06:12 AM
Publisher of The Satanic Verses and Freddy the Pig

Peter Mayer: "If you haven’t read the book and it’s an old book, it’s actually a new book. It’s a new book to anyone who hasn’t read it.”
05/14/2018 06:05 AM
Three years after fracturing his neck, Australian breaks seven summits record

A simple text message indicated Steve Plain had climbed the seven highest mountains on every continent quicker than anyone else. 
05/14/2018 12:30 PM
Bad news for the multiverse: it's still not likely

Comic book writers love multiverses. It’s such an easy way to explain continuity problems; just say it happened in a different universe and move on.
05/14/2018 12:01 AM
Farms to inner city Melbourne: suicide prevention trial extended

The Turnbull government has identified 12 places in Australia where residents face a higher risk of suicide and will extend a trial aimed at preventing deaths.
05/13/2018 02:15 PM
'People have never heard of the word': Plan to tackle endometriosis

The government has vowed to lift the lid on the “silent epidemic” of endometriosis, the painful condition affecting 700,000 Australian women like Tara Smith.
05/15/2018 12:02 AM
It pays well, but many FIFO workers wear 'golden handcuffs'

Workers in fly-in, fly-out jobs have high rates of mental health problems, new studies show.
05/14/2018 01:46 AM
Target and superquiz, Monday, May 14

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05/14/2018 07:45 AM
Australian mathematician becomes Royal Society's youngest Fellow

Geordie Williamson was 13 when he solved one of his father's conundrums and realised he had a special knack for numbers.
05/12/2018 02:15 PM
Family dogs responsible for most attacks, new research shows

Charlie Stirton was three years old when he was bitten by the family dog. It crushed his skull.
05/12/2018 07:30 PM
Superquiz and Target, Sunday May 13

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05/13/2018 11:08 PM
Don't just celebrate mums today - make their lives easier every day

Modern Australian mothers are facing many pressures.
05/12/2018 02:00 PM
Why George Pell dined with under-fire EPA's Scott Pruitt in secret

Revelations about the extraordinary dinner pit Pell squarely against the Pope and add to the cloud hanging over Pruitt.
05/12/2018 01:38 AM
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, May 12

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05/14/2018 08:37 AM
Countess who kept it real loved her links to home

She had one of the grandest titles of all, but to her friends there was nothing grand about "Bambi".
05/11/2018 02:09 PM