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Sydney locked in a time warp as Bondi cluster and areas swell

Sydney locked in a time warp as Bondi cluster and areas swell

In a significant escalation of her rhetoric, Gladys Berejiklian told Parliament on Wednesday the government “will not hesitate to go further and harder if we have to”.


Senator ‘maggoted’ in late-night sitting draws criticism from colleagues

Nationals senator Sam McMahon during a division in the Senate on Wednesday morning.

Several senators said the apparent intoxication of a Northern Territory senator during an evening session of Federal Parliament was “totally inappropriate”.

Australia’s top diplomat warns China is insecure and brittle

Frances Adamson has warned China’s insecurity and power can be a volatile combination, saying its “siege mentality” and resistance to scrutiny is in no one’s interests.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Almost one in 10 Aussies already are

The number of people joining the millionaires club here is so high, it’s almost taken the cache out of what was once a financial status symbol.

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‘Ghost town’: Shoppers desert Westfield Bondi Junction as cluster grows

Westfield Bondi Junction is virtually empty.

Retailers at the busy shopping centre in Sydney’s eastern suburbs have reported a drastic drop in foot traffic and plunge in sales in recent days.

Home of Roberts-Smith ‘enemy’ raided by police, court told

Ben Roberts-Smith arriving at the Federal Court in Sydney on Wednesday.

Ex-soldier denied that a private investigator he hired helped to “set up” a police raid on the home of one of his enemies.

Russia says it fired warning shots at British warship in Black Sea

In this Tuesday, April 12, 2016 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. U.S. officials said the guided-missile destroyer was operating in international waters 70 nautical miles off the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Wedged between NATO members Poland and Lithuanian and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad is vital to Russia’s strategic position. It was Russian jets from Kaliningrad that buzzed a U.S. warship in the Baltic Sea and barrel-rolled a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane earlier this year, incidents which Washington denounced as dangerous and provocative. (U.S. Navy via AP, File)

Russia said it fired “warning shots” to force a British Navy destroyer to leave waters it claims in the Black Sea, but the UK rejected the account.

White ruled out of France series as RA pushes ahead with SCG Test

Wallabies halfback Nic White.

Halfback Nic White has been ruled out of the series with a knee injury, while two other veteran Wallabies are under injury clouds.


Hate romcoms? You’ll find it very hard to dislike this one

Nikesh Patel and Rose Matafeo in <i>Starstruck</i>.

Award-winning New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo’s six-part romantic comedy updates the genre for a modern audience.

Tom Hiddleston in Marvel Studios’ Loki, which has been renewed for a second season.

The lesson of Loki is that spinning blockbuster films into TV can work

The Disney+ streaming service is banking on its ability to spin big-movie franchises into TV shows; the results so far are promising.



composite - amora hotel Mark Kilian is trying to see his dying father in Queensland but he remains stuck in hotel quarantine in Sydney. Pictured with his father Frans and mother Dolores Kilian. 

Qld gives man permission to visit dying dad, second family now seeks exemption

Stephanie Bryan was granted a federal government exemption but is stuck in Sydney in a battle with Queensland Health.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth, who features in one of the government vaccine ads.

Vaccine hesitancy horse has bolted - we need a powerful new campaign

When it comes to government ads to promote vaccination, informing is not enough. We need high emotion, designed to trigger action.

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Russel Howcroft

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Mourners carry the coffin of Bilal Hamze into the Lakemba Mosque during his funeral service on Wednesday.

Gangster Bilal Hamze laid to rest following CBD death

Police were a highly visible presence at the funeral at Lakemba Mosque amid concerns about gangland conflict and family members’ safety.

Damp winter and spring likely to lift flood risk for country’s east

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Eastern Australia, already soaked by big rain events and storms this year, could be in for more flooding.

Man allegedly involved in kidnap plot seeks freedom over poor teeth

One of the men allegedly involved in Stuart MacGill’s kidnap has been denied bail after a court heard he had a “history of violence”.

Frederick Schaaf’s barrister Ian McLachlan said his client’s back teeth were already missing and he needed “urgent ... treatment” which Justice Health would not be able to provide.


Boys asked to use rating system on girls, female students taught to keep virginity

St Luke’s Grammar, an Anglican school in Dee Why

The year 10 male students at co-ed St Luke’s Grammar School were separated from the female students for the Christian studies exercise.


Teacher shortage hampers schools as enrolments collapse

The state’s teacher shortage is worsening as supply dwindles

NSW schools are struggling with a major teacher shortage as enrolment numbers for education degrees fall by a third and half of trainees fail to finish their degrees.

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