The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs has angrily rejected Tony Abbott's assertion that the organisation should be ashamed of itself for politicising the welfare of vulnerable children. Abbott hoses down royal commission talk but sex abuse royal commission may examine the sexual assaults in Australian centres.
Noel Towell Bureau of Meteorology is battling to do its job after years of government-imposed funding cuts
Nicole Hasham Low water pressure in parts of Sydney is hindering fire crews trying to fight blazes, increasing the chance of deaths, injuries or property damage, fire authorities warn.
Sean Nicholls Labor Senator Sam Dastyari is being called upon to make a personal explanation to the Parliament about his knowledge and involvement in irregularities in the ballot that installed Bill Shorten as Opposition Leader.
Nicole Hasham The amount of coal seam gas thought to have gushed from a well near homes at Camden last year was up to 10 times more than the figure energy company AGL later made public, government documents show, prompting claims the public was kept in the dark.
Hannah Paine It was a damp day last April, and Steve O'Neill described himself as "on a mission" to clean the gutters around his Balgowlah home. "I had my hand reached up high, cleaning the leaves and I didn’t have gloves on. I felt something bite one of fingers on my right hand," he said.
Peter Hannam Rising sea temperatures have been found by scientists to improve the survival rate of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish in findings that are likely to stoke fears about the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
Lisa Visentin Three months after a gunman forced its doors closed in a 16-hour siege that left two hostages dead, the Lindt cafe in Sydney's Martin Place will reopen to the public.
Anne Davies The state's political parties have been told to take down their political placards or being fined.
Michaela Whitbourn Who is "even less popular" than a politician? The High Court has been offered some suggestions.