Judges inevitably and necessarily bring personal prejudices to their decisions and those who claim to be above such behaviour are probably most likely to do so, a former president of the NSW Court of Appeal has said.
Council rates would be slashed for house owners but apartment dwellers could pay hundreds of dollars more under changes being considered in a local government review.
One of NSW's most senior female indigenous officials is set to lose her job.
Job seekers would be allowed to earn more from casual or part-time work before losing Newstart benefits under budget changes designed to help lift them out of poverty without increasing the dole.
Deep concern about the high Australian dollar drove the Reserve Bank to cut its cash rate to the lowest level on record on Tuesday, a cut quickly passed on by all but one of the big banks.
The federal public service shed nearly 3000 jobs last year, the first time in a decade the Commonwealth bureaucracy has shrunk.
It's not a complaint often heard but Philip Haynes believes interest rates have dropped too far.
This year's extreme weather is continuing as Sydney enjoys its longest late-season hot spell in decades, inland records tumble and regions around Perth prepare for a cyclonic-strength storm.
Agents and analysts have welcomed Tuesday's interest rate cut, with LJ Hooker describing the move as "historic".
Humans did not hunt megafauna to extinction, scientists say.
OKLAHOMA: Death toll from massive tornado revised down to 24 but dozens are still missing.