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'Unprecedented demand': 800,000 extra flu shots secured amid shortage:

May 26th, 2018

The additional vaccinations come amid a national shortage after last year's record flu season.


'It's outrageous': Doctors slam practice of inflating patient fees:

May 26th, 2018

"Cowardly" specialists charging patients “egregious" out-of-pocket fees have been condemned by AMA delegates.


Dicey Topics: OzHarvest's Ronni Kahn talks about politics, religion and money:

May 25th, 2018

"My relationship with money is interesting," says the CEO and founder of OzHarvest.


World Cup will have 'darker meaning' for families of MH17 victims:

May 25th, 2018

Jack O'Brien had just completed a grand tour during the last World Cup, and was on his way home from Moscow when he died on the doomed MH17 flight.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, May 26:

May 25th, 2018

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


Government gets 800,000 new flu vaccine doses amid shortage:

May 25th, 2018

The federal government has secured 800,000 additional doses of influenza vaccines amid a national flu shot shortage days before winter.


Editorial cartoon:

May 26th, 2018

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


Personal responsibility, not regulation, will fix rogue banks:

May 25th, 2018

It would be a mistake to rush to the conclusion that the answer to bank misconduct is more regulation.


Randwick's richest race ready to welcome royals:

May 25th, 2018

Sydney's social climbers will have to tackle Everest itself come October if they intend to be within the rarefied orbit of the world's hottest couple.


Lawyer in Colleen McCullough will dispute breaks down in tears:

May 25th, 2018

A lawyer who claims she fabricated a document to make it appear author McCullough's husband would inherit her estate has been challenged over her evidence.


Landlords, have a heart and let your tenants have a pet:

May 25th, 2018

Cheap accommodation is about as rare as a politician without dual citizenship these days.


Shorten's poor call in Chau affair:

May 26th, 2018

Shorten's attempt to politicise the Hastie drama was misguided.


Two workers dead, one fighting for life after toxic gas leak at paper mill:

May 25th, 2018

Two men are dead and one is fighting for life after inhaling a mystery toxic gas at a paper mill near the Victorian-NSW border. 


Baby's first breath could wait a minute if study strikes right cord:

May 24th, 2018

Today, newborn babies who do not breathe are rushed off for resuscitation. But a new concept being explored by Australian researchers could change all that.


Target and superquiz, Friday, May 25:

May 24th, 2018

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


Editorial cartoon:

May 24th, 2018

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


'Where will these students go?': The push for another high-rise public high school in Sydney:

May 25th, 2018

"Do we need kids falling out the doors of these schools to know there's an issue?''


'Clusters' of risky habits put high school students at risk:

May 24th, 2018

Australian teenagers who harbour “risk clusters” of the so-called “big six” unhealthy behaviours are at greater risk of mental health problems.


Lawyer 'fabricated' document in Colleen McCullough will battle: court:

May 24th, 2018

A lawyer who acted for the Australian author said she fabricated a document to make it appear McCullough's husband would inherit her estate.


John Carrick: influential Liberal Party figure:

May 24th, 2018

Principles, persuasion and the peaceful competition of ideas were vital to John Carrick’s conception of democracy.


Motor neurone disease: 'If you were to design the cruellest of diseases, this would be it':

May 25th, 2018

Australian doctors are trialling a new drug they hope will help slow the progress of motor neurone disease, which is on the rise.


Coroner urges controls on laxatives after woman died taking 800 a day:

May 24th, 2018

A coroner has recommended laxatives should be sold only following consultation with a pharmacist after the death of an Adelaide woman.


‘A human toll’: Oversize trucks hamstrung under national permit system:

May 24th, 2018

Truckies are being left for days in 40C heat and businesses are taking to the sea rather than applying for road permits under a "crippling" national system.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, May 24:

May 23rd, 2018

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Closed minds on constitutional reforms:

May 23rd, 2018

The most significant difference between the referendum era and the present-day ice-age of non-reform is the standing of parliamentarians in the community.


Bacteria have made a home in your bladder. What do they do?:

May 23rd, 2018

New research done in Melbourne could revolutionise the way urinary tract infections are treated.


'Something needs to be done about this': Inspired student's award-winning robot:

May 23rd, 2018

Building an autonomous robotic window cleaner for high-rise buildings while he was doing his HSC has won Oliver Nicholls a global science and engineering award.


McCullough's husband 'took a mistress' before her death, court hears:

May 23rd, 2018

The best-selling author told a friend she had "kicked out" her husband in the months before her death, a court battle over her estate has heard.


No experience needed: Pass this test and runway success could be yours:

May 24th, 2018

Take our practice test to see if you could be an air traffic controller. You either have the brain for it, or you don’t.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, May 23:

May 22nd, 2018

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


High commission staff illegally sold visas to Nigerian nationals:

May 23rd, 2018

Australian High Commission staff in Pretoria illegally sold visas to Nigerian nationals.


Fresh twist in battle for author Colleen McCullough's estate:

May 23rd, 2018

The battle over the estate of best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough has taken a fresh turn, with a potentially crucial document coming to light.


The sign that saved Jane when she had just 11 cents in her bank account:

May 22nd, 2018

Corporations and wealthy are handed a tax cut, while most disadvantaged continue to be ignored says Salvation Army


Our mobile mass-dependence is making us vulnerable:

May 22nd, 2018

Every year we become more and more reliant on the very networks that have proven to be repeatedly susceptible to disruptions and outages.


Farmer and wartime pilot attempted aerobatics in Wellington bomber:

May 22nd, 2018

Perry, preparing to go solo in a Wellington, said: “I thought I'd do a stall turn, and then if that worked ok, I'd do a loop.''


NSW sexual consent laws require careful review:

May 21st, 2018

The NSW government should be commended for its willingness to review sexual consent laws following the Luke Lazarus trials.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, May 22:

May 21st, 2018

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The 'aitch' or 'haitch' debate has a dark side:

May 21st, 2018

Peeves about the pronunciation of 'h' may appear harmless. But they reflect a sinister tribal prejudice.


Gonski is backing proven reforms:

May 21st, 2018

There's been plenty of misinformation about the recommendations in the latest Gonski report. Here's what it


Live sheep exports may breach Islamic law, US expert says:

May 21st, 2018

Harvard University professor Kristen Stilt says the overcrowding and heat stress present in the footage do not comply with Islamic law.


Flu vaccine supply shortfall triggered by unprecedented demand:

May 21st, 2018

There's a shortage in flu vaccines as last year's horror flu season triggers an increase in demand


Aboriginal settlement in Australia was planned migration: study:

May 21st, 2018

Aboriginal settlement in Australia was result of large-scale migration by skilled maritime explorers, research shows.


Target and superquiz, Monday, May 21:

May 20th, 2018

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Wage growth a pressing issue:

May 20th, 2018

One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that stagnant wage growth is a pressing economic problem.


Family born from one great act of kindness:

May 19th, 2018

After 17 years of trying to start a family, my Dad asked my Mum to return to Greece and adopt a baby from an orphanage. What she did instead was a secret she kept for 25 years.


Superquiz and Target, Sunday May 20:

May 19th, 2018

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


Majority of Australians not prepared for end of life, study:

May 19th, 2018

Only one in four Australians told their family what to do if they were to die or fall seriously ill.


Australian monarchists expect a sugar hit from glam wedding:

May 19th, 2018

Royalists believe young people are overwhelmingly in favour of the royals, particularly Harry and William.


How bringing trampolines into schools could improve literacy results:

May 19th, 2018

When Remonda's daughter Sophia, 9, gets upset, Remonda will ask her if she "needs to go bounce it out".


A 'Fairtrade' plan for our growing artificial intelligence industry:

May 19th, 2018

We need rules to govern our growing AI sector, and help society increase its trust in technology.


Defence underwater glider may be future of ocean military surveillance:

May 19th, 2018

A Sydney inventor has produced a slick glider that has been adopted by the Australian military.


Wild Wild Country: Australian tells of life on Rajneesh 'sex cult' commune:

May 19th, 2018

A new Netflix documentary sheds light on the Rajneesh "sex cult", also known as the Orange People, which was a popular movement in Australia.


Hundreds rally in Melbourne over Gaza deaths:

May 20th, 2018

Hundreds gathered in Melbourne's CBD on Saturday to protest the US decision to move their Israeli embassy.


Major fire could delay Parramatta's two new schools:

May 19th, 2018

There has been a major fire at the Parramatta Public School building that students were moved out of this year to make room for two new schools.


Malcolm Turnbull is merely minding the store:

May 19th, 2018

In between managing the remains of the Abbott agenda, and the day-to-day exigencies of survival, Turnbull hasn't emerged as a reforming leader.


Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, May 19:

May 18th, 2018

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


Warning as dozens hospitalised with mushroom poisoning:

May 18th, 2018

Health authorities are urging people not to eat potentially deadly wild mushrooms, with 27 people hospitalised for mushroom poisoning so far this autumn.


Fire commissioner targets bullying, sexism in the workplace:

May 18th, 2018

The NSW Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner has put the organisation's dirty linen on public display.


Pizza and cigarettes fuel fashion week:

May 18th, 2018

Chaos behind the scenes at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is a far cry from the carefully orchestrated glamour on the catwalk.


Science relies on light. What about people who can't see?:

May 18th, 2018

A new artistic collaboration that is trying to make some of science’s most significant advances tangible for those with limited vision.


Breaking vicious cycle of falls with computer games and booby-trapped walks:

May 18th, 2018

A booby-trapped walkway is one way researchers are trying to reduce the incidence of falls in Australia.


Discovery of new cat virus could shed light on hepatitis B:

May 18th, 2018

When Jasper died, he was carrying a hepatitis-like virus previously unknown in cats.


Scammers target Chinese community with threatening phone calls:

May 18th, 2018

Calls even appear to come from the Chinese embassy, in a case authorities are powerless to stop.


In Margaret River, police investigation turns from who did this, to why:

May 18th, 2018

The small hobby farm that should have been a haven now bears the blood stains of an entire family.


How I finally confronted a long-buried secret of sexual abuse:

May 18th, 2018

Exposure to details of horrifying cases of sexual abuse in her work as a judge’s associate forced Bri Lee to confront a crime deep in her past.


Gastro forces Brisbane school to close as teachers, students fall ill:

May 18th, 2018

Queensland Health is trying to track down the source of the outbreak, with students and teachers sick after an excursion to Parliament and the law courts.


Target and superquiz, Friday, May 18:

May 17th, 2018

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


Editorial cartoon:

May 17th, 2018

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


Five missing Commonwealth Games athletes found in Canberra:

May 18th, 2018

The migration agent assisting the athletes said their claims “fall within the eligibility criteria for Australia to grant them protection”.


Why some young people fare better than others in the job market:

May 17th, 2018

Success should be every young person being on a positive pathway at age 24, not a high score at the end of Year 12.


'Illogical': Surgeons back push to extend point-to-point speed cameras to all cars:

May 17th, 2018

Trauma surgeons say point-to-point cameras have been proven to save lives so why aren't they used for cars in NSW?


'Definitely getting harder': Relief at the end of NAPLAN:

May 17th, 2018

Year 9 students at Meriden School in Sydney's west said they are relieved a policy linking NAPLAN scores to HSC eligibility has been scrapped.


Life lessons for your kids from Australia's most successful people:

May 17th, 2018

Ten highly successful Australians share the secrets that drove them to achieve greatness.


Meet the Joker: the Australian who is the biggest gambler in the world:

May 17th, 2018

Zeljko Ranogajec is reputedly the biggest gambler in the world. But it's not from successful punting but from kickbacks from gaming companies like Tabcorp.


Sports training academy offering 'rip-off' courses collapses owing $5 million:

May 17th, 2018

The failed academy, with links to some of the nation's biggest sporting clubs, faces claims it traded while insolvent for up to two years.


In a head-on crash at 56km/h, only one child car seat got top marks:

May 21st, 2018

Child car seats were put to the test in high-speed crashes in the Crashlab. Only one scored five stars for protection.


Indigenous rangers: good for culture, conservation and wellbeing:

May 16th, 2018

Women rangers tackle environmental threats like feral animals, invasive weeds and arrange controlled burns.


Target and superquiz, Thursday, May 17:

May 16th, 2018

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


Editorial cartoon:

May 16th, 2018

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


At least 20 AWOL Commonwealth Games athletes want to stay:

May 16th, 2018

Potentially dozens of Commonwealth Games athletes and team staff who went missing during the Gold Coast event are now seeking asylum in Australia, refugee advocates say.


Religious leaders and health practitioners could face prosecution for gay "conversion":

May 16th, 2018

Rogue religious leaders and health practitioners who claim that homosexuality can be “fixed” will face scrutiny as part of a broad-ranging inquiry.


'Lots of practice': Sydney students sail through second day of NAPLAN:

May 16th, 2018

As students around Australia faced their second day of NAPLAN testing on Wednesday, Elijah Butterfield, 14, said he found the reading exam "quite relaxing".


High costs, big gaps driving Australians away from health insurance:

May 16th, 2018

A quarter of a million Australians have decided not to renew their private health insurance, a new survey shows.


When hospitals are making people sick: Health sector's role in saving the planet:

May 16th, 2018

If you knew how many people were admitted to hospital as a result of your car’s emissions, would you act?


Linguist who changed the way languages are taught:

May 17th, 2018

Halliday’s ground-breaking work was recognised by the University of Sydney.


Company behind Sirius building one of first to employ women labourers:

May 16th, 2018

Company won contracts with NSW housing Commission constructed Sirius building, the Waterloo and Redfern towers and the Wooloomooloo redevelopment.


Cardinal George Pell has appeared in court. That's all we can say:

May 16th, 2018

For legal reasons, nothing else can be reported.


Target and superquiz, Wednesday, May 16:

May 15th, 2018

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


Demise of Gallagher from the Senate a sad loss for constituents:

May 15th, 2018

The demise of the motivated, intelligent and gutsy Katy Gallagher from the Senate to my mind is a travesty of justice.


First NAPLAN online test brings nerves and some technical glitches:

May 16th, 2018

Their first NAPLAN online test wasn't free of glitches but students at Annandale North Public School said they preferred it to the pen and paper test.


Say goodbye to sickies - scientists claim they've a cure for the cold:

May 15th, 2018

Excited British researchers say they have discovered a potential drug treatment for the common cold.


You can be a republican and welcome a royal wedding:

May 15th, 2018

It will be romantic, it will be fun, and the higher the hype the more the Republican cause is helped.


Target and superquiz, Tuesday, May 15:

May 14th, 2018

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


The real problem with royal commissions:

May 14th, 2018

Regulators have become more like risk managers, minimising short-term institutional risks rather than the systemic risks that matter most.


Beer wars come to head: Independent brewers tackle multinationals over 'faux craft' brews:

May 14th, 2018

Independent brewers have stepped up their battle against multinationals over "craft washing". 


Literacy and numeracy push sidelining play in early years:

May 14th, 2018

A Sydney principal says ensuring students have core literacy and numeracy skills by the age of eight is the opposite of what leading school systems are doing.


Opt-out period for My Health Records announced:

May 15th, 2018

Australians who do not want a personal electronic health record will have from July 16 to October 15 to opt-out of the scheme.


Innovator behind ZIP Industries had passion for cultural heritage:

May 14th, 2018

Michael Crouch's Zip instant boiling water appliances quickly won acceptance in the UK and Asia.


Publisher of The Satanic Verses and Freddy the Pig:

May 14th, 2018

Peter Mayer: "If you haven’t read the book and it’s an old book, it’s actually a new book. It’s a new book to anyone who hasn’t read it.”


Three years after fracturing his neck, Australian breaks seven summits record:

May 14th, 2018

A simple text message indicated Steve Plain had climbed the seven highest mountains on every continent quicker than anyone else. 


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