Another year of above-average fire risk is on the way as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with a strengthening El Nino.
Nicole Hasham Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has slammed as "extremely troubling" the prospect that the firm running the Abbot government's offshore detention centres will have its contract renewed after a Senate report revealed systemic abuse and human misery prevailing under its watch.
Ray Sparvell and Simon White As the tributes flowed for legendary racehorse trainer Bart Cummings, the 12-time Melbourne Cup-winner's "best" jockey, former Perth rider JJ Miller reflected on quiet moments of recent years spent well away from the limelight.
Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Fairfax Media of trying to "bring the government down" for publishing stories about division in its most senior ranks.
Peter Hartcher The new law enforcement agency that came controversially to public attention on Friday, the Australian Border Force, is building a 5000 to 6000 strong body of officers, most trained for use-of-force operations.
Mark Kenny and Anna Patty Labor is planning a new parliamentary vote in the Senate against Tony Abbott's hand-picked trade unions royal commissioner Dyson Heydon in the wake of his decision to remain in the post.
Michaela Whitbourn The corruption watchdog has been told there is "insufficient evidence" for criminal charges to be laid against one of the businessmen embroiled in an inquiry into a Hunter Valley coal licence.
Dan Proudman Christopher Daunt was a well respected young builder with close and loving ties to his family and friends when he disappeared halfway through a job five months ago.
Gareth Hutchens Superannuation tax concessions are benefiting the rich and are being used as tax mitigation measures, rather than to encourage retirement savings, one of Australia's most respected think-tanks has warned.
Sean Nicholls, State Political Editor A group of NSW MPs is pushing for a review of the parliamentary pension scheme after their previous generous entitlements were wound back by former Premier Bob Carr.
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For many children, owning books is a privilege.
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Police Transport Command officers have arrested a man and a woman following an alleged murder in Hebersham overnight.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott said one million trees would be planted in the Cumberland Plains Conservation Corridor when ...