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'It sucks, it's torture': Meet Sheryl, and her nightmare Sydney commute | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
Sheryl Sidery drives on one of Sydney's most notorious roads to work every day, and her commute can take up to 90 minutes. She also opposes a NSW Government plan that could fix the problem — here's why.
Grace wears a red light bucket on her head for 40 minutes a day — she says it improves her life | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
A group of Tasmanians living with Parkinson's disease claim putting red lights on their head twice a day is slowing down the progression of their symptoms and improving their quality of life.
Why men aren't wearing neckties and thrifty ways to upcycle them | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
Ties are being upcycled into bags and clothes as people look for thrifty ways to use them now men are rejecting them for reasons of practicality and fashion.
Threatened birds detected by citizen scientists | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
Birdwatchers on the New South Wales mid coast report spotting record-breaking numbers of migratory and threatened waterbirds in an annual summer survey.
Cotton growers at heart of water blame game | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
The only flood Murray-Darling northern basin irrigators have been in this year is a swell of negative sentiment, but solutions are not as simple as they might seem.
Air Force labels new space camera a 'game changer' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
The Astrosite, a cutting-edge camera developed in western Sydney, could help prevent satellites located beyond Earth's atmosphere smashing into each other.
Bancroft defends controversial interview while starting journey back to Test cricket | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
Cameron Bancroft says he was trying to share "important learnings" during his controversial tell-all interview in December, but then lets his bat do the talking on return to the Sheffield Shield.
Man hospitalised after small plane crashes into tree | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 23, 2019
A man is taken to hospital after a light plane crashed into a field north of Bungendore, in southern New South Wales.
'Higher risk' music festivals could be forced to leave NSW, Opposition says | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The NSW Government is warned more music festivals could leave the state, after 14 events are named under new licensing regulations brought in to prevent drug-related deaths and illness.
Police penetrate $17m dark web syndicate, find drugs 'disguised as candy' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Police raid a waterfront shack at Callala Beach on the NSW south coast where they allege a "sophisticated" drug syndicate was being coordinated and paid for with cryptocurrency.
Investigation into AWU in 2017 not about Bill Shorten, Michaelia Cash says | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Concerns about a breach of union rules prompted Senator Michaelia Cash to refer the AWU to an industry watchdog, she tells a Melbourne court, denying it was done because it involved Bill Shorten.
An emotional Mr Cranston outside court | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A jury took two days to find the former ATO deputy commissioner not guilty of misusing his power to aid his son Adam's business interests.
Is it time for politicians to listen and promote the planet diet? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Experts have warned about how our diets are impacting the environment, so we ask political parties in New South Wales about their plans to tackle the issue.
Fish aerators, rescue efforts raise hopes that drought-stricken rivers can be restocked | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
As warnings sound about the likelihood of more fish kills on the Barwon-Darling, a small team of researchers are hopeful their efforts will enable them to re-stock the river when the drought finally breaks.
Judge's jail warning leads teacher's aide to drop child grooming conviction appeal | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A Hunter Valley woman given a suspended jail term for grooming a boy for sex while she was a teachers aide withdraws her appeal after a judge warns she got off lightly.
Meat contaminated with potentially 'catastrophic' foot-and-mouth disease seized at airports | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A disease that could potentially wipe out Australia's multi-billion-dollar livestock industry has been detected at Australian airports.
Is it time to cut foreign aid to help our own? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Some posts and memes on social media want foreign aid cut until Australians get back on their feet after natural disasters. But is this too simplistic?
'I'd rather have a scalp on my head, but the experience has been incredibly positive' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A researcher in artificial skin technology says she can't remember walking 200 metres with her own scalp in her hand after a lab accident, but says it has given her a unique insight into her work.
Koala in same danger as orangutan, WWF warns | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
World Wildlife Fund International president calls for urgent action to better protect the nation's forests and koalas.
Tabulam fire downgraded as conditions ease | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A bushfire burning in the northern NSW town of Tabulam is downgraded to watch and act as conditions ease on the fireground.
What is Another Woman Gone? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Another Woman Gone is a song created to raise awareness of violence against women.
Man who leaked AWU raids had been offered job in Michaelia Cash's office, court hears | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A media advisor working for the Registered Organisations Commission — who had been offered a job in Senator Michaelia Cash's office — was the source of a leak about federal police raids on offices of the Australian Workers' Union, the Federal Court hears.
Shorter commutes by 20 minutes: Labor's $2.4 billion coastline rail plan | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The NSW Opposition has made one its biggest promises of the election campaign outlining a $2.4 billion transport plan for rail in the Illawarra.
Vandals 'desecrate legacy' by tampering with Anzac Day crosses | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Queanbeyan Legacy volunteers are left devastated after vandals attack a community war memorial, damaging crosses laid for those lost in war. One woman says it's like "desecrating a gravesite".
Tension over removal of cockles from coastal lake boils over | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A little-known mollusc called a cockle, living in shallow water on a popular lake on the NSW South Coast, is causing a big stir.
'I ain't Vladimir': Optus customers report major privacy breach | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Optus customers flood social media claiming they have been victim to "major privacy" breaches after different customer names appear when they log into their accounts.
Meet the NDIS career changers closing the support worker gap | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Career changers from Newcastle are finding fulfilling work in the disability sector that is predicted to see a labour shortfall of 75,000 by 2022.
Drought, dust storms take toll on sheep and wool production | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Merino sheep were bred to endure the extremes of the Australian climate, but the ongoing drought coupled with recent dust storms is taking a toll on wool quality and quantity.
Regional contemporary dance company mixes sweat with Israeli collaborators in new work | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A collaboration between Israeli and Australian artists that will result in a new full-length work in 2020 will be previewed at a "seed showing" this week in Newcastle.
'I feel like his prisoner': NSW health system 'failed women' over disgraced gynaecologist | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A report into NSW Health's management of complaints about gynaecologist Emil Gayed finds it failed patients, nursing staff, anaesthetists and other medical practitioners who flagged concerns.
Chinese national charged with downloading AMP customers' personal documents | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A former AMP contractor who illegally accessed 23 Sydney customers drivers licenses' and passports pleads guilty, but the company says strong cybersecurity measures quickly identified and prevented him using the material.
'Vulnerable' regional airports await basic security upgrades | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Regional airports are deemed essential gateways between the city and country, but questions have been raised about how secure they are.
More fish deaths and water shortages possible as flow to lower Darling River turned off | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Authorities prepare to stop releases of water into the lower Darling River, cutting off flows to the region for the second time in three years.
Parking fines issued by the hundreds on residential streets forces backflip | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Residents on the NSW Central Coast say common sense has prevailed after police withdrew hundreds of $263 fines on residents parking outside their own homes.
Hoofless piglet's lucky break for Lunar New Year | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Betty, the piglet born with just two hind hooves, is saved from slaughter just in time for the Lunar Year of the Pig.
Widow tells of 'freak accident' that killed her husband in waterski river race | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The wife of a man who lost his life in a high-speed waterski race has highlighted the dangers of the Murray River.
Southern Aurora crash victims remembered 50 years on | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Fifty years ago today, nine people died and more than 100 were injured in a passenger rail tragedy when the driver of the train suffered a heart attack and missed a crucial red light.
Has the NSW Government kept its key election promises? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Gladys Berejiklian is gearing up for her first campaign in the state's top job — as voters prepare to head to the polls next month this is how her Government has fared on four key pledges.
Bin raiders explain why they rummage through rubbish for cash. | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The container refund scheme in NSW, has collected more than 1.3 billion containers and handed out $130 million in the last twelve months, helping kids make pocket money, families and elderly people pay bills and charities boost their revenue. Newtown resident Simon Goldstein made $100 recently picki...
Man rummages through a suburban rubbish bin searching for containers to refund | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
In Sydney, a man rummages through suburban rubbish bins searching for containers to refund in exchange for cash.
'It's fair game': Bin chickens and waste industry clash over kerbside raids | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A stoush is brewing between self-described "bin chickens" raiding our rubbish for refundable containers and the waste industry, who are both looking to cash in on recycling.
Meet the Buddhists celebrating Tibetan New Year 'in exile' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Tibetans across the globe are celebrating Losar (New Year). In Northern Sydney, three generations of the Dhongdue family gather for dumplings and deity offerings.
Salim Mehajer told mental health treatment behind bars is adequate | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The former deputy mayor of Auburn withdraws an appeal to shorten the length of his non-parole period after a judge says she thinks his original term was only "moderate".
First outback flying lesson | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Rural reporter Cherie von Hӧrchner turns aviatrix in outback New South Wales, as she explores the importance of aircraft to rural and remote Australia.
Steve Irwin honoured in Google doodle | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Australian conservationist and documentary star Steve Irwin was the subject of a moving Google doodle on February 22, 2019. It would have been Irwin's 57th birthday.
Cyclone Oma weakens to a sub-tropical low as it turns from Queensland coast | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Tropical Cyclone Oma has weakened to a sub-tropical low but is still whipping up damaging winds and dangerous surf, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
'We have many questions': Opal Tower residents face long wait for building repairs | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The owners corporation behind the Opal Tower says it has "many questions" to be answered before it approves repair work for the damaged building, meaning residents could be in temporary accommodation for months.
Company fined $300k after window washers plummet 12 storeys down Sydney skyscraper | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A court finds the Sydney company failed to properly inspect a skyscraper's window-cleaning platform that plummeted 12 storeys to the ground after crucial bolts sheared.
The struggle for women in STEMM to have babies but also get to the top | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Holding a baby in one hand while finishing a paper with the other or being criticised for returning to work too early — these are common occurrences for new mothers in science and medicine. But the juggle continues, and so does the push for equality.
Milk wars: What's at the heart of the dairy industry's battles? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
When the chief of Australia's largest dairy processor this week said $1 milk "doesn't make any f**king sense", years of lobbying by farmers was thrust back into view.
Supermax 2.0: Why Australia's strictest prison is about to change | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A new wing inside Goulburn's Supermax prison will give some prisoners slightly more chance to socialise, in the hope they may be rehabilitated.
The end of an era: Private saleyards overtake public with new high-tech facilities | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Rural councils are moving away from owning and running livestock exchanges, opening the door for private investors to develop multi-million dollar facilities.
The 'magical, otherworldly' solution to sustainable clean drinking water | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
One town's ground-breaking new technology is harvesting sun and air to create water.
The true story of the 1971 Qantas bomb hoax — one of Australia's most audacious heists | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
It's the larger-than-life tale of one of Australia's greatest crime capers: a bomb is planted onboard a Qantas flight from Sydney to Hong Kong — and if it travels below 20,000 feet, it will explode.
The internet's favourite author may have never existed. One fan fell down a rabbit hole to find him | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
Todd Noy was said to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a towering figure in the online fan-fiction community. His books were delivered around the world. But he may have never existed.
Black market for medicinal cannabis booms despite spike in legal prescriptions | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
A father says the day he watched his infant daughter suffer a violent two-and-a-half-hour seizure was when he decided breaking the law was a small price to pay for her life.
Impromptu family portrait takes out major photography prize | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 22, 2019
The National Photographic Portrait Prize is awarded to Melbourne photographer Alana Holmberg for a portrait of her pregnant sister taken in a break during a planned shoot.
High schools not prepared for coming 'tsunami' of children with autism: support group | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Advocates are concerned that with primary school enrolments of children with autism growing rapidly, high schools are not adequately prepared to accommodate children with specialist education needs.
Mass fish kill due to 'exceptional climate conditions', Government's interim report finds | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
The lower Darling River remains in a critical condition and without significant inflows and more fish deaths are expected, says the Government' preliminary report.
Tweet storm erupts over NSW Premier's 'Trump-like response' to journalist | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Gladys Berejiklian is being called upon to apologise after being accused of treating a journalist with "contempt" during a terse exchange in Newcastle.
Dead toddler's 'catastrophic' injuries likened to someone falling off a building, court hears | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
The two-year-old boy, who police suspect was murdered by his mother, died after being brought unconscious to a western Sydney hospital with reported fractures, as well as bruising to his lung and diaphragm.
Hundreds still homeless as report finds Opal Tower beams 'burst' under pressure | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
With 259 units of the 392-unit apartment complex still empty following its evacuation, the NSW Government releases its final report into the Opal Tower cracks, finding that more work needs to be done.
Anita Cobby killer Michael Murphy dies in prison | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
One of the five men convicted over the torture and murder of Sydney nurse Anita Cobby dies in jail.
Jean has found love at 90 for the first time: 'It's the happiest time in my life' | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Ninety-year-old Jean Whittle is celebrating her first ever experience of falling in love. She is enjoying the romance and happiness of her first relationship — from her retirement village.
Australia's daily bread obsession sending loads of loaves to charity | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Our fondness for freshly baked bread means it's one of the most wasted food products in the country, but people in need are reaping the benefits.
'I'd prefer to give my milk away': Dairy farmer takes stance against Coles over $1 milk | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Dairy farmer and Norco-Coles supplier Paul Weir refuses to continue supplying the supermarket giant that has not followed Woolworths' decision to dump $1 milk.
'This was a battle': Cracks appear between Nationals, Liberals ahead of NSW election | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
A policy from the NSW Nationals offering $250 to seniors in regional areas for travel expenses triggers accusations of bribery and is referred to the electoral commission ahead of the state election.
Shooters vow to inject millions into greyhound racing after the NSW election | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party says there is still anger at the NSW Government over how it treated the greyhound industry and it will use the balance of power to inject millions into the code.
Violent, impulsive prison inmates set to be given fish oil in medical trial | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Prisoners in NSW and SA with tendencies towards aggression, impulsivity and attention disorders will be given Omega-3 supplements to see if it positively effects their behaviour.
'A great idea': Drownings spark call for permanent rescue chopper in northern NSW | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
A spate of drownings along the northern NSW coastline prompts the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to ask the State Government for $2.5 million for a dedicated rescue helicopter.
'What an insult': Deputy NSW Labor leader's witch tweet sparks outrage | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
NSW deputy Labor leader Penny Sharpe deletes a tweet showing a protest placard depicting Premier Gladys Berejiklian as a witch during a rally over music festival regulation, admitting it was inappropriate.
Cyclone Oma to lash Queensland coast with damaging winds, huge swells | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
A cyclone watch for southern Queensland and northern New South Wales is cancelled as Tropical Cyclone Oma weakens to a category one system, but damaging winds and abnormally high tides are still expected to wreak havoc along the coast.
Parramatta Council boss fired after dispute over resume | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
The chief executive of one of Sydney's largest municipalities — Parramatta City Council — is sacked, after months of infighting and questioning about the accuracy of some references on his resume.
All the Lower Darling's fish 'could be dead by the end of summer', with flows from lakes now cut | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Locals are warning that all the fish in the Lower Darling could be dead within weeks after WaterNSW closed a weir supplying water into the Lower Darling River.
Chris Dawson appears at Sydney court | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Dawson is charged with the murder of his first wife Lynette Dawson 37 years ago.
'He suffered horrific injuries': Man charged with murder of baby | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Police are describing a deceased baby boy's injuries as 'horrific' and 'horrendous' following his death on Sunday. A 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and reckless grievous bodily harm.
Flying Doug has no plans of landing a job on the ground | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Floods, droughts and a life in the skies — Doug Harrison says flying is keeping him healthy and he has no plans to slow down.
Diary 'critical' to helping Chris Dawson beat murder charge, says lawyer | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Chris Dawson's lawyer says a hand-written diary kept by the mother of his first wife Lynette Dawson could hold "critical" evidence that will help clear the accused murderer's name.
Every day is Valentine's Day for the fast-breeding endangered bilby | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
A two-week pregnancy is handy when you are an endangered species, and the bilby has that ace up its sleeve.
The country guy who converted to Islam for the girl of his dreams | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
When Bogart Lamprey told his family that he converted to Islam, they were not impressed; in fact, they feared he was joining ISIS. But the real reason behind his conversion was love, and he and now-wife Noora couldn't be happier
Properties destroyed as fire bears down on Tingha | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Properties have been destroyed by a bushfire burning in the NSW northern tablelands, near the town of Tingha. The town itself could be affected.
Fire threat reduced after almost 20 homes destroyed in NSW blazes | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Bushfires across northern NSW are all downgraded after blazes destroyed homes in the towns of Tingha, Tabulam and Wallangarra.
Bore drillers strike water on a drought-hit property | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Drought-hit farmers are risking tens of thousands of dollars in the hope of finding alternative water sources underground by calling in water diviners and drillers.
Infamous train station at centre of viral outrage to get $20m upgrade | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Years after footage of a double amputee hauling himself up the stairs at a NSW train station sparked widespread fury, the NSW Government has promised the long-awaited fix with the election just weeks away.
Pokies players plied with free drinks to keep them gambling, whistleblower says | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
More than 50 Woolworths pubs are being investigated over claims staff illegally gave free drinks to pokie players to keep them gambling longer, with a whistleblower telling the ABC staff were instructed how to to cover up the practice.
The cotton grower, the water minister and the broken meter | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Facing close to $750,000 in fines for taking 381 megalitres of water during an embargo, irrigator Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to water offences, but maintains the former water minister told him he could pump water "unless told otherwise".
'Last year we opened it': Becoming polyamorous after six committed years | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Searching for a soulmate in a city the size of Sydney can be daunting — on Valentine's Day, five couples swap stories about how they met, and their secrets of staying together.
What's it like living in the driest town in NSW? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Three minute showers, 10cm baths, and two loads of washing a week. Life is tough for the parched residents of Mendooran, and, with their only water supply steadily shrinking, time is running out.
Fire, floods, dust and snow: How is this all happening at the same time? | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Fires in NSW, floods in north Queensland, dust in Canberra, and snow in Tasmania — it's been a wild few days of weather in Australia.
Waterbomber defends homes against Tabulam blaze | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
A waterbomber drops its load on the Tabulam bushfire as it defends properties against the blaze.
More homes in northern NSW lost as woman charged over starting blaze | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Three fires are at emergency level in northern NSW, with homes wiped out in the town of Tingha, properties under threat near the Queensland border and a fast-moving blaze near Tabulam.
Residents ordered to take shelter from Tingha fire | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
An evacuation centre has been established in Tingha as a bushfire threatens the town in the NSW northern tablelands. Parts of the town have been told to seek shelter.
'I have nothing left to give': Yumiko had her dream job, this is why she resigned | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Yumiko Kadota, a talented young doctor who aspired to become a reconstructive surgeon, is recovering after spending six weeks in hospital with insomnia. Now she wants to call out the untenable hours, stress and health problems that come with the job.
'More noise and emissions': Report calls for Sydney Airport curfew rethink | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Sydney Airport's curfew is inefficient, exacerbates unexpected delays, and actually leads to more noise as planes are forced into holding patterns above the Harbour City, according to a report released today.
Tenant forced out of home after rental property tested positive for ice | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Landlords are again being urged to test rentals for traces of ice after a NSW tenant fell ill and had to have her belongings buried at a tip.
Revellers celebrate Chinese New Year on Harbour Bridge | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Revellers celebrate an early Chinese New Year on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, treated to a fireworks display signifying the start of Sydney's Lunar Festival.
Revellers pig out on dumplings to mark the Chinese New Year | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
It's the official start of the Chinese Lunar Festival and Sydney is bursting with mesmerising lanterns, pig-themed anything and many empty plates after a record-breaking number of dumplings are eaten.
Shooters Party rolls its longest-serving MP weeks out from NSW election | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has ditched 65-year-old MP Robert Brown, but is hosing down claims that the parliamentary veteran has been "shafted" in a generational shift.
The drastic reason why the NSW–Qld border was once closed | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
It has only been closed to people once throughout its history, but for a number of months at the beginning of 1919 the New South Wales and Queensland border was shut, creating chaos for the people of the border towns.
Emergency caesarean delays putting babies' lives at risk, doctors say | Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | February 21, 2019
Babies' lives are being put at risk at a popular Sydney hospital, with one in two emergency caesareans not being done within the recommended time, doctors say.