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Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, December 12:

December 11th, 2017

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'Impossible' to shop around: Patients struggling to get information about costs from surgeons:

December 11th, 2017

We're often told to shop around, but for private hospital patients this can be extremely difficult, stressful and time-consuming.


Superquiz and Target, Monday, December 11:

December 10th, 2017

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


Tide turns for endometriosis sufferers as federal government announces National Action Plan:

December 12th, 2017

One in 10 Australian women are believed to have endometriosis, but a lack of awareness has meant doctors are struggling to identify it, research is scarce, and thousands of women are suffering in silence.


Calls to ban 'inhumane rodeos' after bull snaps leg at Adelaide event:

December 10th, 2017

Footage captured at the event shows the bull bucking frantically before its back leg snaps.


Red Cross launches new campaign to fight loneliness this Christmas:

December 10th, 2017

When his wife of 45 years died, Ken Wilson found himself suddenly alone. For the first time in many years, the 82-year-old had to get used to living on his own.


'Existential threat': climate change risks finally grab Australia's attention:

December 9th, 2017

This year is closing with a flurry of activity on the climate front - including the release of the Turnbull government's review of climate policies.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday December 10:

December 9th, 2017

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Editorial cartoon:

December 9th, 2017

The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of the Fairfax cartoonists.


'The court is not King Solomon,' judge tells parents feuding over son's body:

December 9th, 2017

For almost two months the body of a disabled teenager has remained with the State coroner in Newcastle while his family has waged a bitter war over what to do with his remains.


Couple who planned to divorce if same-sex marriage passes back down on promise:

December 9th, 2017

Nick and Sarah Jensen caused controversy in 2015 with their promise to split if same-sex marriage passes.


'It's worth the challenges': More Australian families have both parents working:

December 9th, 2017

In the ACT, there has been a two per cent increase in one year in the number of families with both parents working.


Best of the world in pictures:

December 9th, 2017

The best photos from the international wire agencies.


Are Earthlings alone? Half of humans believe in alien life:

December 9th, 2017

Nearly half of humans believe in alien life and want to make contact, a survey in 24 countries has found.


Art for heart's sake: Australia says 'I do':

December 8th, 2017

A range of original works commemorate marriage equality becoming a reality in Australia.


Life has been getting better in 2017:

December 9th, 2017

Australia's collective wellbeing has improved but not everything is moving in the right direction


Missing DNA fragments found to be important predictors of childhood leukaemia relapse:

December 8th, 2017

Georgia Burgess was four and seemingly winning her leukaemia battle when her right eye started turning inwards. A lumbar puncture revealed the awful reason why.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday December 9:

December 8th, 2017

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'We need a #metoo moment': Self-defence class for abuse survivors launches in Canberra:

December 10th, 2017

'We need our own #metoo moment," Caitlin Figueiredo says of fellow child abuse survivors.


Photos of the week: December 9, 2017:

December 8th, 2017

A week in photos from award winning Sydney Morning Herald photographers.


'Vandalism': NSW gives way on Snowy oversight as wild rivers flow briefly again:

December 8th, 2017

Three years after abolishing an independent oversight body for the Snowy scheme, the government may finally be getting around to its replacement.


Sydney teenager allegedly left barbecue, killed grandmother court hears:

December 8th, 2017

A teenager arrested in Victoria over his grandmother's murder in Sydney is accused of stabbing her to death in a frenzied attack using several knives.


Man in wheelchair jailed for smuggling $293,000 worth of meth in adult nappy:

December 7th, 2017

James Pollock Walden claimed his offending as a drug courier was motivated by a desire to make quick money.


Man in wheelchair jailed for smuggling $293,000 worth of meth in adult nappy:

December 7th, 2017

James Pollock Walden claimed his offending as a drug courier was motivated by a desire to make quick money.


Superquiz and Target, Friday, December 8:

December 7th, 2017

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Water bills headed 'same way as energy' as population gains, climate change bite:

December 7th, 2017

Rising population and climate change could translate into much higher water bills without action being taken now.


Small towns report gives 'F' to psychologist, dentist, preschool teacher access:

December 7th, 2017

Report reveals how Australia has fared in providing basic services to people in small towns.


Superquiz and Target, Thursday December 7:

December 6th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Best of the world: December 7, 2017:

December 6th, 2017

Fairfax Media picture editors showcase the best images
from around the globe.


Neediest non-government schools being short-changed by vast sums:

December 8th, 2017

Catholic and other non-government school systems are short-changing some of their neediest schools by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, a scathing audit has found.


Little legacy lost after school wipes former archbishop's name from school building:

December 6th, 2017

Former Melbourne Archbishop Frank Little will will have his name removed from a building at his old school for his role in orchestrating a culture of secrecy that allowed scores of children to be sexually abused.


ACCC sues Voltaren makers GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis for misleading consumers:

December 6th, 2017

Two global pharma giants have been taken to court for allegedly misleading osteoarthritis sufferers into paying more for a "more effective" product that offers "targeted relief", when this was not the case.


Long Tan cross gets a home at the Australian War Memorial:

December 6th, 2017

The cross has been given to Australia permanently.


Canberra man arrested over huge drug haul bound for Fyshwick:

December 6th, 2017

A Canberra man has been arrested over a major drug haul in Sydney, police said on Wednesday morning.


Patients waiting four times longer than private patients for some operations at public hospitals:

December 5th, 2017

The situation of private patients in public hospitals is getting worse and worse. The damning numbers tell us the story.


Fair Work Commission sets February date for hearing of super union merger:

December 5th, 2017

The Fair Work Commission will conduct a hearing in early February to decide if the national construction and maritime unions can merge, giving the federal government little time to block the new super union.


Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, December 6:

December 5th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Australia's reading levels improve significantly, but only for the top readers:

December 5th, 2017

Australia's year 4 students have made significant improvements in their reading levels and have leapfrogged several countries in the latest international testing, but students with low literacy skills are not making any gains.


Fast fashion: Seventy five per cent of Australians tossing clothing in the bin:

December 5th, 2017

One in five Australian have thrown away clothing worn just once, a study into fast fashion by YouGov Omnibus shows.


Report shows 34 NSW hospital patients died or suffered harm in sentinel events in one year:

December 5th, 2017

Nine hospital patients in NSW have had to undergo further surgery after medical instruments were left inside them in 2015-16, a new report reveals.


Dozens of native plant species at 'immediate risk' from fungus import: botanist:

December 5th, 2017

Travellers could inadvertently spread a fungus that is a threat to as many as 380 native flora species.


Businesses warned against sponsoring union picnic day:

December 4th, 2017

Businesses have been warned it could be illegal for them to sponsor the donkey ride, sausage sizzle, climbing wall, children's face painting, the petting zoo or toy train at a family picnic day organised by trade unions.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, December 5:

December 4th, 2017

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Unusual hot spell for Victoria and Tasmania driven by warm seas, stable systems:

December 4th, 2017

It might be a fading memory after the weekend's rain but last month broke many records for heat.


It might be summer, but it's snowing in Tasmania:

December 3rd, 2017

Up to 40cm of snow fell in the central highlands of Tasmania overnight.


New trial aiming to repair injured spinal cords gives new hope to paralysed Australians:

December 3rd, 2017

A trial will begin in Sydney next year where scientists will use electrical currents to jump-start the broken spinal cords of quadriplegics.


Superquiz and Target, Monday, December 4:

December 3rd, 2017

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


Study to examine impact of mother's diet on children's long-term health:

December 3rd, 2017

A growing body of evidence links a mother's poor diet during pregnancy to long- term health problems in children.


Five injured as car hits pedestrians in Adelaide:

December 2nd, 2017

Four women have multiple injuries after a car hit them in Adelaide's city centre, with the driver also taken to hospital.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday December 3:

December 2nd, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


The time to strike against sexual abuse is now, says ACTU chief:

December 2nd, 2017

The wave of ugly revelations of widespread sexual harassment in the workplace in Australia and around the world is a good first step, says the ACTU president, Ged Kearney.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday December 2:

December 1st, 2017

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Despite Weinstein, Burke and more, little has changed inside the ordinary workplace:

December 2nd, 2017

High-profile cases have attracted massive public attention but not much has changed inside the average Australian office.


Australian cricketer charged with rape in the UK:

November 30th, 2017

A young Australian cricketer has been charged with two counts of rape in England's west.


Superquiz and Target, Friday, December 1:

November 30th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Review of alleged water theft in NSW warns reforms could be 'watered down':

November 30th, 2017

Water management reforms in NSW could be undermined by pressure from "certain important stakeholders" and insufficient funds and staff, according to a former official tasked with investigating water mismanagement in the state.


'At great risk': $13 billion Murray-Darling plan headed for failure, report says:

November 30th, 2017

The $13 billion reform to restore the health of the Murray-Darling Basin is "at great risk", an independent report has found.


Fairfax Media wins 11 Walkley Awards, including the top prize for excellence in journalism:

November 29th, 2017

The Age has claimed the top prize for excellence in journalism at the prestigious annual Walkley Awards.


Son of slain Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh seeks release for MS treatment:

November 29th, 2017

The son of slain Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh has multiple sclerosis and has asked for limited release from psychiatric detention for treatment.


Bank workers want a royal commission to clean up 'toxic' culture:

November 29th, 2017

Bank employees have called for a royal commission to restore the public's confidence in the sector.


Superquiz and Target, Thursday November 30:

November 29th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Worse than worst case: Keen pollies, poor planning blow billions on infrastructure:

November 29th, 2017

The sad reality of our major road infrastructure projects is that most of them run wildly over budget. A sadder reality is that governments appear unable to learn from past mistakes.


Teens charged in South Australia for allegedly planning 'catastrophic' school massacre:

November 29th, 2017

Two teenage boys have been charged by South Australia police after allegedly planning an attack at a school in the Riverland region.


50 years ago today, Australia entered the space club:

November 29th, 2017

First published in The Sydney Morning Herald on November 30, 1967


Bali's Mount Agung volcano: Major eruption possible, 120,000 stranded:

November 29th, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers remain stranded in Indonesia as Bali's Mount Agung threatens to erupt.


Robust coral sites offer 'life-support' for the wider Great Barrier Reef: paper:

November 28th, 2017

Some 100 coral reefs within the Great Barrier Reef have been identified as having particular resilience that could help corals recover from bleaching and other threats.


Sydney renters continue to feel the pain of property market:

November 28th, 2017

Sydney remains the least affordable region in Australia for renters.


Don Burke campaigned against domestic violence in 1993 despite complaints from women:

November 28th, 2017

When the federal government launched its "Real men don't bash or rape women" in 1993, four iconic Australian men were featured as "ambassadors" during the campaign.


'Basis for divorce' - super union won't pay CFMEU's fines:

November 28th, 2017

The prenuptial agreement governing the marriage of the nation's militant construction and maritime unions will preclude the sharing of legacy multimillion dollar legal fines that may eventuate from the building union's court battles.


Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, November 29:

November 28th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


New class action for underpaid workers aims to recover more than $100 million:

November 28th, 2017

A national class action will be launched on behalf of thousands of Australians who have been allegedly paid well below the legal minimum wage for door-to-door sales and charity fundraising.


Federal police didn't 'fully appreciate' the law when accessing journalist's phone records:

November 28th, 2017

Federal police who accessed a journalist's phone records to find a story's source did not "fully appreciate" their legal responsibilities, a report has found.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, November 28:

November 27th, 2017

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Superquiz and Target, Monday, November 27:

November 26th, 2017

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


Parents kept in the dark on school funding under government changes:

November 26th, 2017

Australians will be kept in the dark about taxpayer funds earmarked for individual Catholic school.


More women getting lung cancer surgery as effects of smoking show up in new data:

November 27th, 2017

The number of women undergoing lung cancer surgery in Australia is escalating fast, reflecting the tobacco industry's aggressive marketing of feminised products in the 80s and 90s.


No admission: Inside story on Salvation Army sex abuse settlement:

November 25th, 2017

Merrin Wake is perhaps the only Salvation Army "officers' kids" in Australia to speak publicly about sexual abuse


Superquiz and Target, Sunday November 26:

November 25th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Best of the world in pictures:

November 26th, 2017

The best photos from the international wire agencies.


Queensland election: One Nation sags as Labor starts to party:

November 25th, 2017

When Malcolm Roberts was told on live TV he would not be a Queensland MP, the word "denial" got a whole new meaning.


Snake tank sparks Adelaide house fire:

November 25th, 2017

A house fire that started in a snake tank has left a man in hospital in Adelaide.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday November 25:

November 24th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


More Australians fear nuclear attacks and health epidemics than average: Ipsos:

November 24th, 2017

International poll finds even the proportion of South Koreans fearing a nuclear attack was 15 percentage points lower than Australia.


David Rowe named 2017 political cartoonist of the year at Behind the Lines:

November 24th, 2017

Donald Trump provided a constant source of inspiration this year for the award-winning cartoonist.


Dead at 61, former senator Steve Hutchins was 'a stalwart of the Labor movement':

November 24th, 2017

Former Labor senator Steve Hutchins, husband of Victorian minister Natalie Hutchins, has died.


Could Pauline Hanson's One Nation hold the balance of power in Queensland?:

November 24th, 2017

Behind all the public stances in this campaign lie deep shadows and the knowledge that none of the parties have much reason to boast of being saviours.


Matt made a lot of stupid decisions, but there was no going back from this one:

November 25th, 2017

Men are at much greater risk of drowning than women, and alcohol and risk-taking play a big role.


Domestic violence victims to be given national protection from Saturday:

November 23rd, 2017

Victims of domestic violence who have taken out a restraining order against an abusive partner will no longer be unprotected when they cross state lines from Saturday.


Complaints about health care in NSW surge, with one practitioner triggering 16 investigations:

November 24th, 2017

The number of complaints about NSW's health care providers has doubled in the past 10 years, in what some have described a "system at breaking point".


Superquiz and Target, Friday, November 24:

November 23rd, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Men told to resist 'outrageous' claims of illegal sex pills for sale online:

November 23rd, 2017

Australian men are being warned not to take an illegal pill which online retailers claim increases orgasm intensity.


Josh Frydenberg to seek NEG nod by April, final design settled by end of 2018:

November 23rd, 2017

Respected energy group says Turnbull government's energy plan has a weak emissions goal that would all but halt large-scale renewable investment.


Cardinal George Pell's defence team seeks documents from ABC journalist:

November 23rd, 2017

Cardinal George Pell's legal defence team has requested documents from an ABC journalist who wrote a book about the historical sex offences allegedly committed by the former Archbishop.


Thousands of stroke patients suffering avoidable deaths or disabilities, audit reveals:

November 23rd, 2017

A damning audit shows thousands of stroke patients have suffered avoidable deaths or been left with disabilities because of inadequate stroke care, particularly in regional and rural areas.


Superquiz and Target, Thursday November 23:

November 22nd, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.


Streets factory workers vote to end public ice-cream boycott:

November 22nd, 2017

Streets factory workers have voted to end to a public boycott of the brand's ice creams after employees forged an agreement for better working conditions with its multinational owners.


Woolworths workers win big wage rises, farm supply chain gets overhauled:

November 22nd, 2017

Thousands of Woolworths warehouse workers have won substantial wage increases, defying the recent trend of sickly wages growth, by using the old-fashioned method of threatening a pre-Christmas strike.


Push for ban on sex between university lecturers and students:

November 22nd, 2017

Australian academics and students are calling for a ban on sexual relationships between university staff and students.


'Worst fears': States prepare to highlight the negatives in Turnbull's energy plan:

November 22nd, 2017

The Turnbull government's National Energy Guarantee is set for a rocky reception when energy ministers meet in Hobart, with one state declaring new modelling confirmed its 'worst fears', and another saying it was 'deeply disappointing'.


Flaying a NEG: modelling points to an emissions intensity scheme after all:

November 22nd, 2017

Why Frydenberg's modelling is unlikely to win over critics from both ends of the political spectrum.


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