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Child abuse inquiry wants lasting changes

The child abuse royal commission wants quick and lasting action from governments and institutions to protect children but its most controversial calls for changes to centuries-old church laws appear destined for failure.

Paulini slapped with suspended sentence

Former Australian Idol contestant Paulini Curuenavuli has avoided jail and instead been handed a six-month suspended sentence for bribing a NSW government employee to obtain an unrestricted driver's licence.

Race against time for first gay wedding

A terminally ill Melbourne woman and her long-term partner will make history when they become Australia's first same-sex couple to legally marry on home soil.

NSW schools opening playgrounds in summer

STATE SCHOOLS OPENING THEIR PLAYGROUND GATES THIS SUMMERHUNTER CENTRAL COAST* Cessnock East Public School* Hunter School of Performing Arts* Kurri Kurri Public School* Maitland Public School* Muswellbrook High School* Redhead Public School* Wangi Wangi Public...