Sydney Morning Herald - National

    Why fixing teachers' excessive workloads will boost student results


    I know I could give my students more detailed comments and help them more. But there’s only so much you can do before your eyes get weary and you need to put the TV on and...

    I know I could give my students more detailed comments and help them more. But there’s only so much you can do before your eyes get weary and you need to put the TV on and relax.

    'Big nocturnal bees': the secret life of bats


    There's more to these mysterious creatures than meets the eye. Where do bats come from every night? Where are they going? And why do they get amorous in...

    There's more to these mysterious creatures than meets the eye. Where do bats come from every night? Where are they going? And why do they get amorous in autumn?

    Proposal for two birth certificates could help adoptees maintain a connection to their past


    In a move that's being described as "a step forward in the right direction" by advocates, the NSW government may soon allow the birth certificates of adoptees to list both their birth parents and biological...

    In a move that's being described as "a step forward in the right direction" by advocates, the NSW government may soon allow the birth certificates of adoptees to list both their birth parents and biological parents.

    James Bond licensed to thrill Lifeline book sale


    Seven first editions of Ian Fleming's spy novels have been donated to what would normally be an orderly, suburban charity fundraising...

    Seven first editions of Ian Fleming's spy novels have been donated to what would normally be an orderly, suburban charity fundraising event.

    Target and superquiz, Monday, April 22


    Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and...

    Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.

    'An army at my disposal': police probe Camp Quality sponsor over emails


    Sarraf Strata boss Norman Sarraf sent a barrage of emails to Georges River Council during a spat over the naming rights of Kogarah Oval, the St George Illawarra Dragons home...

    Sarraf Strata boss Norman Sarraf sent a barrage of emails to Georges River Council during a spat over the naming rights of Kogarah Oval, the St George Illawarra Dragons home ground.

    Let’s not overcook Cook by recreating a circumnavigation he never made


    On 249th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing, let's pay him his respect, but not by spending $12 million getting history wrong in a 250th...

    On 249th anniversary of Captain James Cook's landing, let's pay him his respect, but not by spending $12 million getting history wrong in a 250th celebration.

    New Sydney Zoo ruffles feathers of neighbouring Featherdale Wildlife Park


    A cage-free zoo set to open in Western Sydney later this year has again ruffled the feathers of a rival outdoor wildlife attraction, less than a year after its out-of-court settlement with Taronga...

    A cage-free zoo set to open in Western Sydney later this year has again ruffled the feathers of a rival outdoor wildlife attraction, less than a year after its out-of-court settlement with Taronga Zoo.

    Now for some light rail relief: how about free travel in the CBD?


    It works for Melbourne trams. Free trips on Sydney's long-delayed light rail would stimulate the city economy and serve as an apology to a frustrated...

    It works for Melbourne trams. Free trips on Sydney's long-delayed light rail would stimulate the city economy and serve as an apology to a frustrated populace.

    RSL involvement in gaming 'a terrible investment for veterans', says rebel group


    A tiny fraction of the money generated by RSL gaming clubs is spent on welfare for veterans, according to analysis by a group of young returned service...

    A tiny fraction of the money generated by RSL gaming clubs is spent on welfare for veterans, according to analysis by a group of young returned service people.

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    Wishful pool hijinx and the end of the talking...

    Wishful pool hijinx and the end of the talking clock.

    Search underway for missing kayaker in Gold Coast creek


    A search is underway for a man missing in a Gold Coast creek after going for a paddle Sunday morning and not...

    A search is underway for a man missing in a Gold Coast creek after going for a paddle Sunday morning and not returning.

    Religious leaders gather to share Easter message of sacrifice and hope


    For many, Easter Sunday offers a chance to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and this year the religious message was as strong as...

    For many, Easter Sunday offers a chance to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and this year the religious message was as strong as ever.

    Fresh evidence uncovered in Brisbane doctor murder probe


    A home in the Logan suburb of Kingston was raided on Saturday as investigations continued into the alleged murder of Dr Luping...

    A home in the Logan suburb of Kingston was raided on Saturday as investigations continued into the alleged murder of Dr Luping Zeng.

    Searching for the school readiness sweet spot


    Five-year-old Jaxon is raring to put on his "big boy pants" and start school next year. A big chunk of his classmates will already be...

    Five-year-old Jaxon is raring to put on his "big boy pants" and start school next year. A big chunk of his classmates will already be six. 

    Father and son drown trying to save tourist at Port Campbell


    Father and son Ross and Andrew Powell, life-long members of the life saving club and prominent figures in the dairy farming industry, drowned when rescuing a tourist on Sunday...

    Father and son Ross and Andrew Powell, life-long members of the life saving club and prominent figures in the dairy farming industry, drowned when rescuing a tourist on Sunday morning.

    'Don't feel seen': Call to understand poor bisexual mental health


    The largest study of bisexual people in the world has examined why bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological...

    The largest study of bisexual people in the world has examined why bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological distress.

    Three dead on Queensland roads over Easter break


    Three people have died on Queensland roads since the Easter weekend began while the number of people caught drink-driving has risen since last...

    Three people have died on Queensland roads since the Easter weekend began while the number of people caught drink-driving has risen since last year.

    WA's Easter long weekend road toll rises to four in as many days


    The Easter long weekend road toll has grown to four after a man tragically died on Sunday morning following a hit and run in Perth’s...

    The Easter long weekend road toll has grown to four after a man tragically died on Sunday morning following a hit and run in Perth’s south.

    Brisbane now being recognised as a filmmaker's paradise


    Brisbane is being recognised as a film-friendly city with an increase in filming each year, according to a a Lifestyle and Community Services Committee...

    Brisbane is being recognised as a film-friendly city with an increase in filming each year, according to a a Lifestyle and Community Services Committee report.

    Man arrested after woman's body found in garage in Minto


    A man has been arrested after a woman's body was found in a garage in Sydney's south-west, while two children slept in the...

    A man has been arrested after a woman's body was found in a garage in Sydney's south-west, while two children slept in the house.

    Collins Street reopened after hunt for 'crane climbers'


    All trams along Collins St have been stopped between Exhibition and Russell Streets until further...

    All trams along Collins St have been stopped between Exhibition and Russell Streets until further notice.

    Margaret River's most expensive wine (and why it's still a bargain)


    Margaret River's wine region has been long renowned for producing Australia's best chardonnay and cabernet, and at prices that represent excellent value, and some of the oldest wineries in the region are now releasing icon wines that truly reflect the...

    Margaret River's wine region has been long renowned for producing Australia's best chardonnay and cabernet, and at prices that represent excellent value, and some of the oldest wineries in the region are now releasing icon wines that truly reflect the brilliance of the region.

    Case of WA jockey who can no longer ride after 'catastrophic' fall finally settled


    A settlement has been reached in the case of a former WA jockey who was locked in a long running legal battle with insurers over a catastrophic race fall in Esperance seven years...

    A settlement has been reached in the case of a former WA jockey who was locked in a long running legal battle with insurers over a catastrophic race fall in Esperance seven years ago.

    Urgent review after dingo drags baby from Fraser Island campervan


    The third dingo attack on Fraser Island has led to an increase of rangers and a plan to increase face-to-face contact with visitors on Fraser...

    The third dingo attack on Fraser Island has led to an increase of rangers and a plan to increase face-to-face contact with visitors on Fraser Island.

    Release of damning emails will hopefully help public tenants


    After waiting more than year I finally received information about the maintenance of public housing in South Melbourne. What I read made it clear why the government had delayed so...

    After waiting more than year I finally received information about the maintenance of public housing in South Melbourne. What I read made it clear why the government had delayed so long.

    'Profession in crisis': warning about teacher shortage risk


    University deans say a fall in students starting teaching degrees has come at the same time as a projected boom in school...

    University deans say a fall in students starting teaching degrees has come at the same time as a projected boom in school enrolments.

    Superquiz and Target, Sunday, April 21


    Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and...

    Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.

    Lucrative public housing cleaning contracts extended despite fines


    A company paid tens of millions of dollars to clean Victoria's most trouble-plagued public housing estates was repeatedly awarded government contracts despite being fined multiple times for “negligent”...

    A company paid tens of millions of dollars to clean Victoria's most trouble-plagued public housing estates was repeatedly awarded government contracts despite being fined multiple times for “negligent” service.

    Dutton bashes heroine, to his eventual cost


    Your writer described Ali France as having lost a leg "after a car accident", which is an inadequate...

    Your writer described Ali France as having lost a leg "after a car accident", which is an inadequate abbreviation.

    Easter's inspirational message: building bridges in time of division


    Across the Western world we are entering dangerous waters, as public disdain for others becomes the norm rather than the exception. Easter can inspire us to think...

    Across the Western world we are entering dangerous waters, as public disdain for others becomes the norm rather than the exception. Easter can inspire us to think differently.

    Cash-strapped councils blame NSW government for proposed rate hikes


    Councils across NSW are struggling to pay for infrastructure such as roads and bridges because of cost shifting and a cap on rate...

    Councils across NSW are struggling to pay for infrastructure such as roads and bridges because of cost shifting and a cap on rate increases.