National News

Uncle jailed for savagely murdering niece

Derek Barrett has begun serving an almost 35-year jail term for brutally murdering his niece, whose naked body was found floating in the blowhole at Snapper Point on the NSW Central Coast.

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.