Aside from the Gayby Baby furore, Adrian Piccoli has proved himself the most likely of all the NSW government ministers to stand up to vested interests – often at personal cost.
Michael Gordon An impassioned plea from a Coalition MP appears to have prompted the Abbott government to consider taking more refugees from Syria as a response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Europe.
Julie Power Award-winning landscape architecture firm McGregor Coxall has been selected to redesign the gardens surrounding the Art Gallery of NSW.
Nicole Hasham The New York Times has launched a blistering attack on the Abbott government's asylum seeker policies, urging European leaders not to follow suit.
Michael Harry You might not expect to find a corsetiere squeezed between a tattoo parlour and an Indian takeaway opposite Ormond station.
Rachel Browne NSW has the lowest unemployment of any state or territory, driven by a boom in sectors such as hospitality where demand for workers is strong.
Michael Koziol How did a non-profit horticultural organisation unknowingly bankroll a major Sydney theatre production? It is a drama worthy of a Helpmann Award and this week the messy details played out in the Supreme Court.
Scott Hannaford The chief executive of the Australian Federal Police Association has called for a complete review of the union's operations after a botched election process saw some members sent incorrect ballot papers.
Mark Kenny A referendum on same-sex marriage could lead to a weakened Federal Parliament and even more ambiguity over the legal regulation of marriage, and a plebiscite would leave the matter in Parliament's court anyway, according to top-level legal advice.
Kate Aubusson An accidental internet filter if buffering the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton against a large chunk of his online naysayers. Its name is Peter Dutton.