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'It's scary' - why rungs are disappearing on the wage ladder:

March 29th, 2017

There is more to income inequality than the famed 1 per cent versus the 99 per cent or standing chief executive officers next to average workers.


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March 29th, 2017

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Best of the world: March 30, 2017:

March 29th, 2017

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.


Bill Shorten meets federal police union to fight planned cuts to elite cops' benefits:

March 29th, 2017

Bill Shorten has met the federal police union to discuss how to fight a plan to axe top cops' benefits.


What we'll do to keep the lights on post Hazelwood: grid operator:

March 29th, 2017

As the giant Hazelwood coal plant turns off the last of its units, the national electricity grid manager has sought to reassure the public it is taking steps to ensure the lights stay on when demand soars next summer.


'Like being in the path of a train': Our Hamilton Island holiday with Cyclone Debbie:

March 29th, 2017

Cyclones named Debbie weren't part of the equation, when Michael planned the surprise trip to Hamilton Island for his wife.


Solomon Lew buys 11% stake in Myer:

March 29th, 2017

Premier Investments, the owner of Smiggle, Peter Alexander and Just Jeans retailers, has been confirmed as the buyer of a large stake in Myer.


'$1 Buy' rent deals spark class action:

March 29th, 2017

Thorn Group says it will vigorously defend any proceedings involving Radio Rentals after a class action was launched against the appliance rental giant.


Leading investor targets Dreamworld owner:

March 29th, 2017

An investment group with high profile businessman Gary Weiss on its board has amassed a 5.73 per cent stake in Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure.


Hundreds of pharmacies suspend controversial stroke screening service:

March 29th, 2017

Hundreds of Amcal pharmacies have stopped offering a controversial stroke screening service after the Chief Medical Officer warned it could do people more harm than good.


Royal Commission hears how sex predators groom and abuse:

March 29th, 2017

The royal commission has heard disturbing evidence about how sexual predators infiltrate organisations and target their victims.


Stocks to watch:

March 29th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Shares rally towards two-year high:

March 29th, 2017

The share market's good run has continued for a second day as investors snapped up banking, energy and resource companies.


Retail workers face another wage blow on back of penalty rates decision:

March 28th, 2017

Retailers are asking for the minimum wage to be increased by less than the inflation rate a month after winning a reduction in Sunday penalty rates.


‘He’s innocent’: Call to pardon Kevin Henry after 25 years behind bars:

March 28th, 2017

A year of investigation by a human rights advocate and a Brisbane journalist may lead to the freedom of a man who has spent over a quarter of a century behind bars.


Telstra loses ACCC price ruling appeal:

March 28th, 2017

Telstra has lost its appeal against an ACCC ruling that it cut what it charges competitors for access to its copper network.


Cyclone could hit coking coal supply:

March 28th, 2017

The central Queensland region that supplies 60 per cent of the world's coking coal exports is at risk of significant flooding from Cyclone Debbie.


Fallen football star Ben Cousins jailed for one year:

March 28th, 2017

Troubled AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has been jailed for one year and fined $2400 for stalking and drug offences.


Banks reject action on credit card limits:

March 28th, 2017

The banking industry has rejected a call for lenders to only raise credit card spending limits when it is requested by the customer.


Adelaide gravedigger 'took photos of remains', allegedly shared them with others:

March 28th, 2017

A gravedigger allegedly took photos of human remains and shared them with others while working at an Adelaide cemetery.


Cars no more a symbol of freedom for young:

March 28th, 2017

Young people no longer equate driving with freedom, and around one third of Aussies aged 18 to 34 don't drive, a new survey shows.


Quintis MD quits to bid for company:

March 28th, 2017

Indian sandalwood producer Quintis says its managing director Frank Wilson has quit to join a bid to take over the company.


No bid received after share surge: Myer:

March 27th, 2017

Myer says it has not received an approach from any prospective buyer following the huge buy-up that sent the department store operator's shares surging


No dividend from Oroton as profit plunges:

March 28th, 2017

Oroton is boosting its online presence to help lift flagging sales, but shareholders will not get a dividend because of its latest purchase.


Qld mines, ports brace as cyclone nears:

March 28th, 2017

A number of central Queensland mines have suspended operations and are helping local towns prepare for Cyclone Debbie, while ports wait to assess any damage.


Isolating sexually abusive children can be harmful, royal commission hears:

March 28th, 2017

The vexed issue of treating children who sexually abuse their peers is under the spotlight at the royal commission.


Consumer confidence decline halted:

March 28th, 2017

The ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence Survey shows that consumer confidence rose last week after three weeks of declines.


Vocus sells 16% stake in Macquarie Telecom:

March 27th, 2017

Vocus Group has sold its 16 per cent stake in corporate telco Macquarie Telecom to a broad range of new institutional and retail shareholders for $41 million.


Ramsay Healthcares name new CEO:

March 27th, 2017

Ramsay Health Care has named long-time company executive Craig McNally to take over from retiring chief executive Chris Rex in July.


Stocks to watch:

March 28th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Share market hits a new 2017 high:

March 28th, 2017

The share market has closed at its highest level for 2017 as investors appear less anxious about US President Donald Trump.


Canberra company Aspen Medical at the forefront of Mosul mercy bid:

March 27th, 2017

Australian health professionals are on the ground in northern Iraq as part of a global humanitarian relief effort to assist civilians in the war-ravaged region around Mosul.


Best of the world: March 28, 2017:

March 27th, 2017

The Herald's picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.


Backpackers and Bowen residents take shelter as Cyclone Debbie approaches:

March 27th, 2017

A group of European backpackers who came to Bowen to do farm work are among those taking shelter at the town's high school as Cyclone Debbie barrels towards the Queensland coast.


Share raid raises Myer speculation:

March 27th, 2017

A late plunge on Myer shares on Monday afternoon has raised speculation the department store is a takeover target.


Mines, ports wait for Cyclone Debbie:

March 27th, 2017

Central Queensland mines aren't expecting too much impact on production from Cyclone Debbie, but shipping and rail transport will be impacted.


Visioneering takes favourable view of Aust:

March 27th, 2017

US-based contact lens supplier Visioneering Technologies makes its trading debut on the Australian share market on Tuesday.


Consumer groups want payday loan crackdown:

March 27th, 2017

The federal government has yet to act on its promise to introduce laws to protect vulnerable people from being trapped into exorbitant payday loans.


Top US studies centre rocked by 'war of independence':

March 27th, 2017

US Studies Centre riven by personality clashes, sudden resignations and the complaint that academic freedom has been crimped.


Qantas postpones launch of in-flight wi-fi:

March 27th, 2017

Qantas has postponed the launch of its in-flight wi-fi because of what it calls "stability issues" and now expects it to go live in mid-2017.


Home prices jump 3.7% since start of year:

March 27th, 2017

Home prices and auction clearances rates are rising, led by Sydney and Melbourne, but the number of properties listed for sale has fallen.


RCR wins another solar energy deal:

March 27th, 2017

RCR Tomlinson has won its second solar energy farm contract this month: an $85 million deal to build a solar facility at Manildra in NSW.


Sydney academic Chongyi Feng, barred from leaving China, refuses lie test: friend:

March 27th, 2017

Dr Feng was stopped from returning to Australia while trying to board a flight in Guangzhou on Friday and Saturday.


Funtastic wants to be removed from ASX:

March 27th, 2017

Confectionery and toy distributor Funtastic wants to be removed from the Australian Securities Exchange, saying listing is no longer in the company's interest.


AusNet to trim investor franking credits:

March 26th, 2017

Energy firm AusNet Services says it will cut the ratio of its franked dividend due to a forecast reduction in its company tax payable.


'Survivors have waited too long': 4000 institutions named in sex abuse royal commission:

March 27th, 2017

After more than four years and 400 days of public hearings, statistics detailing the immense scale of paedophilia allegations have been released.


South32 launches $US500 million buyback:

March 26th, 2017

Diversified miner South32 is launching a $US500 million ($A655 million) share buyback equivalent to 4.5 per cent of its market capitalisation.


Cyclone Debbie: Biggest threat may come from 'storm tide' as tempest builds:

March 27th, 2017

It's the storm surge not the wind that poses the main risk for residents living in Debbie's path.


Suncorp to raise $250m in notes offer:

March 26th, 2017

Suncorp will offer capital notes to raise $250 million to fund its general insurance, banking, life insurance and wealth management businesses.


Stocks to watch:

March 27th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Three men arrested in Australia over $100 million ice drug bust in China:

March 27th, 2017

More than $100 million worth of the drug ice that was allegedly destined for Australia has been seized in China in a major drug operation between Australian and Chinese authorities, police say.


Miners drag market as Myer soars:

March 27th, 2017

A drop in iron ore futures have pulled miners and the broader Australian market lower but retailer Myer has soared after a late share raid.


Underemployment of young people is the highest it has been in 40 years:

March 26th, 2017

Almost one in five young people have fewer hours of work than they want, with underemployment in the youth labour force at its highest level in 40 years.


Sydney drivers pay twice as much for parking fines as New York:

March 25th, 2017

Sydney drivers face some of the highest parking fines in the world, while Melbourne charges less for parking offences but collects millions of dollars more in fines.


Owned by FFA: How half a million footballers and soccer coaches signed away their rights to privacy:

March 26th, 2017

Football's national body has issued an ultimatum to a Sydney father who devotes his free time to coach his son's team at weekends: Sign away your name and image rights to us or walk away from the sport.


New global atlas of clouds released to please geeks:

March 25th, 2017

Clouds have fascinated and frightened shepherds and seafarers alike and now modern-day weather geeks have a new event to celebrate – the first updated international cloud atlas in six decades.


Greens push for electricity crisis to be taken out of politicians' hands:

March 25th, 2017

The Greens are pushing for a new public authority to take responsibility for Australia's beleaguered electricity system out of politicians' hands.


Salt Creek attacker found guilty of 'harrowing' SA assault, kidnapping:

March 25th, 2017

A man has been found guilty of several charges over an attack on two female backpackers on the sand dunes of a remote South Australian beach.


The fight to be heard: taking on 'boys' clubs' in Australian universities:

March 25th, 2017

As she sat alongside hundreds of academics in a conference hall, Mindy Blaise felt herself growing angry.


Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims:

March 24th, 2017

The Turnbull government has reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the slaughter of babies.


DJs owner restructures Aust operations:

March 24th, 2017

Woolworths Holdings is creating a single regional corporate structure combining the David Jones and Country Road businesses.


Test your knowledge with our superquiz:

March 24th, 2017

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz.


Nudes 'reimagined': Blackman by Bromley reader offer:

March 24th, 2017

Key works by celebrated Australian artist Charles Blackman have been 'reimagined' in a stunning new collection.


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March 24th, 2017

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz.


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March 24th, 2017

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz.


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March 24th, 2017

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March 24th, 2017

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz.


Warning on tax-funded transport future:

March 24th, 2017

Australia should adopt a user-pays model and privatise some public transport to fund infrastructure projects, according to Infrastructure Australia's CEO.


Man accused of murdering Wollongong toddler Cheryl Grimmer 47 years ago refused bail:

March 24th, 2017

The man did not front Wollongong Local Court on Friday, choosing to remain in the cells while his matter was mentioned.


ANZ, CBA follow rivals with mortgage hikes:

March 24th, 2017

ANZ and CBA have both raised their variable rates for mortgages, largely focusing on those for investors and those that are interest-only.


Uranium miner loses CEO to Rio Tinto:

March 24th, 2017

Energy Resources of Australia CEO Andrea Sutton is resigning from the ASX-listed uranium miner after three-and-a-half years in the role, to join Rio Tinto.


Harvey Norman up after review disclosure:

March 24th, 2017

Harvey Norman shares have closed slightly higher after the retailer revealed that the corporate regulator is conducting a routine review of its accounts.


No ASIC action against Slater and Gordon:

March 24th, 2017

Slater and Gordon says ASIC will not take action after the corporate watchdog's review of its accounts found no evidence the law firm had breached the law.


Downer EDI shares go down, down, down:

March 24th, 2017

Downer EDI shares have plunged after a capital raising among institutional shareholders to fund the proposed Spotless takeover met with limited enthusiasm.


Hillsong founder Brian Houston declares his church 'as safe as it can possibly be' at royal commission:

March 24th, 2017

The Hillsong Church does not have a policy of offering financial compensation to people who have allegedly suffered child sexual abuse within the organisation, a royal commission has heard.


Fortescue to repay another $US1bn off debt:

March 24th, 2017

Iron ore miner Fortescue has reaffirmed its commitment to focus on debt repayments, paying off another $US1 billion of its 2019 term loan next week.


Malcolm Turnbull rejects Tony Abbott's call for subsidy to keep Hazelwood open:

March 24th, 2017

Calls for an extraordinary government intervention to keep the ailing Hazelwood coal power plant open have been rejected by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who said its closure would not affect electricity security.


Cheryl Grimmer murder accused to face court as an adult, police say:

March 23rd, 2017

The toddler's disappearance from Fairy Meadow Beach sparked a manhunt across the Illawarra and has remained a mystery for 47 years.


CBA promotes from within to replace CFO:

March 23rd, 2017

Commonwealth Bank chief financial officer David Craig will retire in June after 11 years in the role.


Stocks to watch:

March 24th, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Trump tax cut hopes lift Aust share market:

March 24th, 2017

The Australian share market has lifted as investors hope that US President Donald Trump will soon address the issue of tax cuts in the US.


Israeli teen arrested over bomb threats against Jewish centres in Australia, US:

March 23rd, 2017

A man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centres in Australia, the United States and New Zealand.


Australian Industry Group calls for 'emergency intervention' to keep Hazelwood open:

March 24th, 2017

A leading national business group has called on Canberra and Victoria to consider an unprecedented "emergency intervention" to keep the Hazelwood coal power plant running.


ASIC reviewing Harvey Norman's accounts:

March 23rd, 2017

Harvey Norman has confirmed the corporate regulator is conducting a routine review of its 2016 financial year accounts.


Shareholders want clearer CEO pay reports:

March 23rd, 2017

A leading shareholder group says it its maintaining its focus on improving disclosure of executive salaries and fairness in capital raisings.


Rising domestic fares a boost for airlines:

March 23rd, 2017

Ratings agency Moody's says domestic airfares have hit a five-year high, which should deliver financial benefits for Qantas and Virgin Australia.


Victorian teachers win pay rise after 'long and difficult' negotiations:

March 23rd, 2017

The lengthy industrial dispute between teachers and the Andrews government is over.


'Just crazy': Twin blasts for Turnbull government over energy and climate policy:

March 23rd, 2017

Two resignations from the board of the Climate Change Authority come with criticism of the Turnbull government.


Collins buys into second Euro KFC chain:

March 23rd, 2017

Collins Foods is buying 16 KFC restaurants in the Netherlands, adding to the 12 it owns in Germany and 192 in Australia.


Cheryl Grimmer died from horrific injuries an hour after being taken: police:

March 23rd, 2017

Her disappearance sparked a manhunt across the Illawarra and has remained a mystery for 47 years, but police now believe three-year-old Cheryl Grimmer died within an hour of being taken from Fairy Meadow Beach.


China under the Herald spotlight:

March 23rd, 2017

The Herald has a long and proud history of foreign affairs coverage and has always encouraged fearless and independent reporting from the corners of the world that our readers are the most engaged with.


Woman dies on flight from Los Angeles to Sydney:

March 23rd, 2017

A passenger has died on an inbound international flight that arrived at Sydney Airport.


ASIC's examination of CommInsure scandal:

March 22nd, 2017

ASIC says CommInsure used outdated medical definitions to assess trauma claims - concerns first expressed by the insurer's former chief medical officer.


Sigma considers online Asian expansion:

March 23rd, 2017

The success of its online pharmacy website in China has Sigma Pharmaceuticals considering expansion of the business.


Sydney Rabbi Pinchus Feldman tells royal commission he is 'not familiar' with child protection policies:

March 23rd, 2017

A Jewish leader has admitted to a royal commission he was not across the detail of his organisation's child protection principals.


CommInsure 'out of step with expectations':

March 23rd, 2017

An almost year-long ASIC investigation found no evidence CommInsure pressured doctors to change medical opinions but says it fell short of community standards.


Building boom to lift Brickworks earnings:

March 23rd, 2017

Building products group Brickworks expects the building boom on Australia's east coast to continue for another two to three years.


Catch Group buys Pumpkin Patch brand:

March 22nd, 2017

Failed kids fashion chain Pumpkin Patch will be relaunched online in July by the parent company of online clothing and homewares site CatchOfTheDay.


Stocks to watch:

March 23rd, 2017

Stocks of interest on the Australian share market


Share market stages a modest recovery:

March 23rd, 2017

The share market has made a modest recovery from Wednesday's sharp fall, a sell-off now viewed as over-done.


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