New Premier Gladys Berejiklian may be hedging her bets on council amalgamations, but one player in local government is doing well out of the mergers.
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James Massola Labor is preparing to fire a fresh salvo in the political fight over penalty rates, ahead of a long-awaited decision from the Fair Work Commission on whether to cut Sunday penalty rates.
Dan Proudman, Nick Bielby Police allege it is the third fire to be deliberately-lit during extreme weather conditions in Kurri Kurri bushland in less than a week.
Peter Martin The most widely cited figure in the robo-debt debate is wrong. The true number of mistakes is perhaps as high as 90 per cent.
David Wroe Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has acknowledged foreign agents may be trying to gather compromising material on individual Australian politicians through cyber attacks, while a Labor MP has said parliamentarians themselves are the "weakest link".
Lucy Cormack What suggestions does Sydney's Gen Y population have for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her challenge to tackle housing affordability?
Jessica Irvine The new premier claims to be "open minded" on the best ways to improve housing affordability, but here are 11 economist-endorsed ideas that might test her mettle.
Michael Koziol A 31-year-old man detained at Australia's offshore processing centre on Manus Island has been charged with raping a young woman in the provincial centre of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea police said.
Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed a ferocious attack on Bill Shorten, branding him "the greatest example of opposition gutlessness in generations".