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Superquiz and Target, Sunday October 22:

October 20th, 2017

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


Can wannabe tennis pro turned politician Josh Frydenberg ace Australia's energy crisis?:

October 20th, 2017

Josh Frydenberg makes no secret of his ambition to one day be prime minister. But first he has to survive the tumultuous energy and environment portfolio.


Superquiz and Target, Friday, October 20:

October 19th, 2017

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


Editorial cartoon:

October 19th, 2017

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


The fog of war and politics leads to controversy over Afghan war mission:

October 20th, 2017

Questions about some Australian military operations in Afghanistan remain.


Fairfax Media picks up slew of Walkley Award nominations:

October 19th, 2017

Fairfax Media's coverage of the war against Islamic State was recognised with three Walkley Award nominations at the announcement on Thursday,


The Age dominates Walkley Award nominations:

October 20th, 2017

The Age has dominated nominations for this year's Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism.


After-hours home doctor industry should be stopped from exploiting Medicare, says taskforce:

October 19th, 2017

A taskforce has found the after-hours home doctor is wasting taxpayer money, but the industry says if the government adopts the recommendations, it will have to shut up shop.


Coal miners only a fraction of Minerals Council of Australia members: report:

October 18th, 2017

One of Australia's loudest cheerleaders for the coal industry doesn't actually represent many coal companies, a new report has found.


Welfare spending rises as home ownership declines: report:

October 18th, 2017

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare paints a mixed picture of the country's wellbeing in its latest report.


Superquiz and Target, Thursday October 19:

October 18th, 2017

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


Life expectancy plateaus for Australian boys, ABS data shows:

October 18th, 2017

Life expectancy for typical girls has reached an all-time high, but for newborn boys it has plateaued for the first time in more than 20 years.


How long have you got left? Find out with our life expectancy interactive:

October 18th, 2017

Do you expect to live for another 20, 50 or maybe even 100 years?


Master of dragons' genetic code scoops nation's top science prize:

October 20th, 2017

The colours of budgerigars spurred our top science prize winner to be a geneticist.


The Herald's Ross Gittins elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia:

October 18th, 2017

The Herald's economics editor was among 46 people, mostly academics, inducted into the academy in 2017.


17 Canberra girls just took over Parliament House - here's why:

October 18th, 2017

Almost half of Aussie young women think their gender is the biggest barrier to leadership.


Rebels boss Aaron 'AJ' Graham latest bikie to be kicked out of the country:

October 17th, 2017

Rebels gang boss Aaron "AJ" Graham is the latest Australian bikie to be kicked out the country after a new law was pushed through targeting organised crime figures.


Phone, internet complaints peak with 160 per cent rise driven by NBN woes: Ombudsman report:

October 17th, 2017

Not since 2012/13 have so many Australians been unhappy with their phone and internet service.


Australian War Memorial exhibition reveals secret lives of Special Forces:

October 17th, 2017

The new exhibition at the Australian War Memorial will run for a year.


Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, October 18:

October 17th, 2017

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


Best of the world in pictures:

October 17th, 2017

The best photos from the international wire agencies.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, October 17:

October 16th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


APS job churn sees ACT with highest rates of non-permanent employees:

October 16th, 2017

Higher turnover of governments and hiring freezes are driving up temporary, contract and casual employment.


Dark web, hacktivists: New Oxford dictionary brings whatevs to the sandwich generation:

October 16th, 2017

Ever discussed the dark web with a hacktivist? Or photobombed a kibbeh-munching paleo with a selfie stick? Maybe you're a member of the sandwich generation, in constant fear of a fiscal cliff.


Maggie Beer backs winemaker who destroyed $300,000 of rival's stock:

October 16th, 2017

Deep feelings of treachery and betrayal led a respected Barossa Valley winemaker to destroy 27,000 litres of shiraz and chardonnay at a rival company, a court has been told.


A century on, an Indigenous family rides back into its World War I history:

October 16th, 2017

Frederick Amos Lovett was one of five Lovett brothers from the Lake Condah Aboriginal Mission in western Victoria to sign up to fight in the First World War


Superquiz and Target, Monday, October 16:

October 15th, 2017

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


British e-cigarette advocate urges Australian government to lift ban and save lives:

October 15th, 2017

The debate over the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes, which are illegal in Australia, will step up a gear this week with the arrival of an outspoken, British e-cigarette advocate.


Immigration Department pay case reaches Fair Work after 4 years:

October 15th, 2017

Immigration Department workers haven't had a wage increase since 2013.


More North Korea tests feared but Australia not primary target, says Julie Bishop:

October 15th, 2017

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has sought to reassure Australians that the country is not a "primary target" of North Korea's aggression, despite acknowledging expectations that the rogue state will continue its nuclear testing regime.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday October 15:

October 14th, 2017

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


Federal government agencies could use facial recognition platform:

October 14th, 2017

Would you want the tax office to use facial recognition technology?


Cutting sugar in soft drinks would save 155,000 lives and $8 billion: experts:

October 15th, 2017

Sugary drinks have been targeted by health campaigners in the battle against the bulge.


Cost cutting and understaffing of aged care homes leads to rationing and neglect:

October 15th, 2017

"Sometimes they are given food and they ask me 'what is it?', and I say 'I have no idea'."


Australia's economic triumph is a triumph of cities, with Melbourne in the lead:

October 13th, 2017

Australia is spectacularly good at modern cities. It has a talent for them that is rare - with the obvious contrasts being with the United States and Britain.


Mud, death and despair at the Battle of Passchendaele:

October 13th, 2017

Thirty-five Australians died for each metre of land taken at Passchendaele during World War I.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday October 14:

October 13th, 2017

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


Manus Island detainees plead to Papua New Guinea for transfer to 'safe' nations:

October 13th, 2017

Asylum seekers held on Manus Island have urged Papua New Guinea to distance itself from Australia's refugee policy and help them relocate to "safe" countries.


From George Miller to an Egyptian mummy, Australian Museum unveils 200 treasures:

October 13th, 2017

The Mad Max director is one of 100 people living and dead selected by the museum for a new exhibition.


Why electric cars have hit a dead end in Australia:

October 13th, 2017

Australia has been labelled a "laggard" in the global move toward electric vehicles by progressive think-tank Australia Institute in a new report released on Friday.


Superquiz and Target, Friday, October 13:

October 12th, 2017

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


Apology to Peter Kimlin:

October 12th, 2017

An article published on 22 March 2017 reported that former Wallaby Peter Kimlin, together with five other Grenoble players, had been arrested in France for questioning, after an allegation of rape had been made by a 21-year-old woman.  As a subsequent article made clear, the report was incorrect.  Mr Kimlin was not arrested, nor were any charges laid against him.  He and his teammates were merely questioned by police. The Sydney Morning Herald  apologises to Mr Kimlin for the error, and for any harm or distress caused to him and his family by the article.  


First Australian pill testing trial shelved for Canberra's Spilt Milk festival:

October 12th, 2017

A planned pill testing trial at Canberra's Spilt Milk musical festival has been shelved after an apparent dispute over required authorisations.


Young Liberals' fight causes young woman to seek intervention order from police:

October 12th, 2017

The leader of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation has been accused of assaulting a fellow club member and intimidating a woman during an ugly stoush at one of the country's most prestigious universities.


Language as a battlefield: How we got from euthanasia to voluntary assisted dying:

October 12th, 2017

Right to die, euthanasia, dying with dignity, assisted suicide: the language around this debate is enormously loaded, and shapes the way we feel about it.


Sydney weather: Odds favour an end to Sydney's long dry spell:

October 12th, 2017

Those hoping for a long hot mostly sunny summer on the beaches and playing fields of Sydney may be in for some disappointment.


Ipsos global poll: Two in three Australians think religion does more harm than good in the world:

October 12th, 2017

A poll shows international opinion split on the influence of religion.


Apology to Peter Kimlin:

October 12th, 2017

An article published on March 22, 2017 reported that former Wallaby Peter Kimlin, together with five other Grenoble players, had been arrested in France for questioning, after an allegation of rape had been made by a 21-year-old woman. 


Superquiz and Target, Thursday October 12:

October 11th, 2017

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


Incident that led to death of helicopter pilot in Antarctica preventable, inquest hears:

October 11th, 2017

The man in charge at an Antarctic base when a helicopter pilot died believed the incident was preventable.


Federal Court upholds penalty rates cut for retail and hospitality workers:

October 11th, 2017

The Fair Work Commission's controversial decision to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates has survived a Federal Court challenge in which unions argued the people most affected could least afford a pay cut.


Unsent text message with a smiley face counted as a will, court rules:

October 11th, 2017

An unsent text message with the words "my will" and a smiley face was a valid will cutting out a dead man's wife and son, a court has ruled.


Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, October 11:

October 10th, 2017

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


Girls just wanna have ... fundamental equality:

October 10th, 2017

When Australian girls are asked what change they want to see in the world, 50 per cent - unprompted - say gender equality.


Anglican Diocese of Sydney donates $1 million to oppose same-sex marriage:

October 9th, 2017

The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has donated $1 million to the "no" campaign which is lobbying Australians to oppose legalising same-sex marriage.


Former Hockeyroo Kate Hubble feigned cancer to cheat charity in elaborate scam:

October 10th, 2017

Former Hockeyroo Kate Hubble has pleaded guilty to defrauding a cancer charity after she pretended to be terminally ill with cancer.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, October 10:

October 9th, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


Cats, Suns edge closer to Ablett AFL deal:

October 9th, 2017

Gary Ablett's move back to Geelong took a step forward on Monday when the Cats and Gold Coast ramped up negotiations.


Whose off-leash dog beach is it, anyway? Answer: not your dog's:

October 9th, 2017

I copped a hefty fine for failing to maintain "effective control" of my dog in an off-leash area.


Brisbane man glassed during argument at hotel:

October 8th, 2017

A man has been glassed during an argument at a Brisbane hotel.


Superquiz and Target, Monday, October 9:

October 8th, 2017

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


Jaguar Land Rover recalls 17,000 vehicles over airbag fears:

October 8th, 2017

The company insists it is just a precaution and there have been no reports of faulty airbags.


Jaguar Land Rover recalls 17,000 vehicles over airbag fears:

October 8th, 2017

The company insists it is just a precaution and there have been no reports of faulty airbags.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday October 8:

October 7th, 2017

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


Cyber security company chief Dr Tony Castagna facing criminal charges:

October 6th, 2017

Anthony Castagna's company helps protect the cyber secrets and detect financial crimes within the world's most powerful institutions, including the Serious Fraud Office in Britain, US Homeland Security, the Australian defence force, ASIC, even the Office of the President of the US.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday October 7:

October 6th, 2017

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


Photos of the week: October 7, 2017:

October 6th, 2017

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


The end of Lateline: Kerry O'Brien and Maxine McKew reflect on a television institution:

October 7th, 2017

In 1990 the debut season of The Simpsons screened on American TV and Mr Bean first appeared on British tellies. In Australia, however, the new decade ushered in something much more serious and profound.


Pressure drops as empty seats greet Cardinal George Pell's latest day in court:

October 6th, 2017

The international press pack was conspicuous by its absence on Friday morning.


Census 2016: Sydney's Bible belt is losing the faith:

October 6th, 2017

Sydney's south-west has emerged as the city's believer belt - and the north shore is losing its religion.


Up to 50 witnesses could be called for Cardinal George Pell's committal hearing:

October 6th, 2017

Cardinal George Pell is due to face court for a second time as the highest-ranking Catholic official to be charged with sexual abuse.


Student missed formal due to illegal suspension period: Ombudsman:

October 5th, 2017

Her case was one of hundreds investigated by the Queensland Ombudsman in 2016-17, including an erroneous death certificate and a council seeking to destroy a barking dog.


Superquiz and Target, Friday, October 6:

October 5th, 2017

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


From Manus to London: how two strangers made a landmark movie together:

October 5th, 2017

This is a tale about a friendship and a creative partnership, formed across oceans, between two people who are yet to meet.


How twin bursts of 'unprecedented' early-season heat scorched eastern Australia:

October 5th, 2017

Last month's early-season bursts of heat sent temperatures of some parts of eastern Australia a full 16 degrees above average, new analysis by the Bureau of Meteorology shows.


Superquiz and Target, Thursday October 5:

October 4th, 2017

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


'No one can put the puzzles together. No one except Marilou': Family of Las Vegas gunman's girlfriend break silence:

October 5th, 2017

The sisters of Stephen Paddock's girlfriend say she holds the key to shedding light on the motive behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.


'Yes' letterbox defaced, dog faeces left on doorstep, Sydney couple claim:

October 4th, 2017

The couple say others in the area have become too afraid to show support for same-sex marriage.


Today's cartoons: The illustrated news:

October 3rd, 2017

The news of the day as interpreted in the work of our award-winning cartoonists.


Superquiz and Target, Wednesday, October 4:

October 3rd, 2017

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


Editorial cartoon:

October 3rd, 2017

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


Cheating 'hot spots': the crackdown on contract cheating in universities:

October 3rd, 2017

Universities are being urged to block websites that sell essays, identify cheating "hot spots" and consider publishing data on breaches of academic integrity.


'Really awful': 50-degree days possible for Sydney, Melbourne, as warming worsens:

October 3rd, 2017

Unprecedented severe heat is becoming more common in our cities, but the mercury could top 50-degrees on our worst days in the future.


Unions sign landmark submarine building agreement:

October 3rd, 2017

Australian unions have signed a landmark agreement with Naval Group Australia to build 12 new submarines on-time and on-budget and to protect Australian workers.


Gas agreement struck, but transparency still a concern:

October 3rd, 2017

The signing of a gas agreement has secured Australia's energy future, but pricing concerns remain.


Fitbits in schools a step in wrong direction, make kids less active, study finds:

October 5th, 2017

Far from motivating teens to become active, the use of Fitbits in schools has been linked to poor self-esteem and a sense of alienation.


Las Vegas shooting: Canberra couple spent night in lockdown:

October 3rd, 2017

A Canberra couple spent the night in lockdown in a Las Vegas hotel as the shooting unfolded.


Superquiz and Target: Tuesday, October 3:

October 2nd, 2017

Trivia and word buffs: try today's superquiz interactive graphic and Target.


'Scariest night of our life': Australian family escapes Las Vegas shooting:

October 2nd, 2017

A NSW family have told of the "scariest night of our life" and how they were forced to walk with their hands up across an empty casino after a mass shooting in Las Vegas.


'Hardcore': Las Vegas shooter 'in hotel room next door', says Australian man Brian Hodge:

October 3rd, 2017

An Australian man believes the gunman responsible for a mass shooting in Las Vegas was staying in the room next door to him at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.


Single-sex schools will disappear by 2035, warns education body:

October 2nd, 2017

Research from the Australian Council for Educational Research reveals that children at co-ed schools learn at the same speed as, and sometimes even faster than, their peers at single-sex schools.


Canberra Australia Postman's secret to stop magpies from swooping:

October 2nd, 2017

Could this be the answer to taming magpies?


Superquiz and Target, Monday, October 2:

October 1st, 2017

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


The rise of the tinkerers: how DIY activists are making their own way:

October 10th, 2017

When Brisbane City Council removed bus shelters to 'clean up' the city, Michael Candy decided it was time to take a stand - by building a very unusual seat.


Inside Sydney and Melbourne's illegal tobacco hotspots that are costing the economy millions:

September 30th, 2017

There are Spoonbills and Manchesters, cigarettes you have never heard of, and loose-leaf from the Victorian Riverina for the first time in a decade.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday October 1:

September 30th, 2017

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


Australian government agencies' use of phone-hacking technology grows:

September 30th, 2017

The marine watchdog is using the tool to protect the Great Barrier Reef.


Child abuse activist Cathy Kezelman hits back over 'false memory' claims:

September 30th, 2017

A leading child abuse activist linked to the $500 million child abuse royal commission has hit back at claims by her family that her psychological treatment triggered "false memories" of abuse at the hands of her father as she comes under fire over her role advising on a compensation scheme for victims.


Australian navy joins Vanuatu rescue efforts:

September 30th, 2017

The Royal Australian Navy will join efforts to rescue residents amid a volcanic eruption threat on Vanuatu's Ambae Island.


My grandmother's horrible, lingering death could have been so different:

September 30th, 2017

The truth is, I still think about the way my grandmother died. Every day. It did not have to be like this. And it doesn't have to be like this for others, either.


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