Affected workers say the cut will see their families' incomes slashed by thousands of dollars each year.
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Lisa Visentin "Visitors will be blown away by ICC Sydney," says Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance ahead of its first public open day.
James Robertson The state government has held confidential talks with commercial operators and organisations that have Christian mission statements as part of a controversial outsourcing proposal for Sport and Recreation Centres used for thousands of school camps every year.
Nick Miller The call is a big blow to Australia, which is about to start trying to negotiate a free trade agreement.
Tom McIlroy A loophole is allowing the Liberal Party elder to pocket his entire $200,000 a year pension on top of full pay for new envoy role.
Fairfax Media has been nominated in 11 categories at this year's Walkley Awards for excellence in Australian journalism.
Eryk Bagshaw NSW education leaders have savaged the Board of Studies for "sabotaging its own syllabuses" by issuing "insanely difficult to read" documents to the state's teachers for changes to the mathematics curriculum.
Anna Patty A Sydney labour-hire company owner who says she hired young Asian workers because they are 'younger, cheaper and faster than locals who are old and slow'.
Leep Festival at The Memorial Hall, St Marys to connect young and old to digital world
Penrith City Council is "sitting on its hands" over the proposed Western Sydney Airport, according to opponents.