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HSC rankings don’t show how effective schools are. We shouldn't obsess about them | Josephine Tovey

HSC rankings don’t show how effective schools are. We shouldn't obsess about them | Josephine Tovey

League tables don’t tell us which schools are the ‘worst’ or ‘best’. They are a hugely simplistic exerciseAfter Jihad Dib became principal of Punchbowl Boys High in Sydney’s south-west, he was widely
Synthethic cannabis makers face life in jail amid New Zealand crackdown

Synthethic cannabis makers face life in jail amid New Zealand crackdown

Drug will be classified as class A as government tackles scourge of country’s most deadly narcoticManufacturers and distributors of synthetic cannabis could face life in prison after the New Zealand
'The saddest image': courtroom sketch captures Michael Cohen's bad day

'The saddest image': courtroom sketch captures Michael Cohen's bad day

Artist known for images of Tom Brady and Harvey Weinstein portrays moment of former Trump fixer’s downfall Michael Cohen did not have a good day yesterday. But no headline captured the discontent of
New gangs 'Uberise' Europe's cocaine supply and bring more violence

New gangs 'Uberise' Europe's cocaine supply and bring more violence

Rising production from Latin America has led groups from North Africa and the Balkans to change the drug trade, EU agency saysA surge in the supply of pure cocaine to Europe has led to a rise in
Antarctica deaths: no foul play suspected in deaths at McMurdo station

Antarctica deaths: no foul play suspected in deaths at McMurdo station

Two fire-safety technicians died on Wednesday at the US-managed station, but investigators are still piecing together what happenedNo criminal activity is suspected in the deaths of two subcontractors
Palestinians call on Muslim states to target Australian exports over Jerusalem embassy

Palestinians call on Muslim states to target Australian exports over Jerusalem embassy

Leaders increase pressure as PM Scott Morrison set to reveal if Australia will move Israel embassy from Tel AvivPalestinian leaders are lobbying Arab and other Muslim states to drop Australian exports
Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for 'political' Brexit tweets

Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for 'political' Brexit tweets

BBC’s cricket correspondent says he would be sacked if he copied Match of the Day hostBBC Sport host Gary Lineker has been criticised by his colleague Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views
US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly – report

US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly – report

Legal woes mount as NBC also reports Trump was present for talks over National Enquirer payments Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the
£495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find

£495m contract led to army recruitment shortfalls, auditors find

Officials ‘did not understand project’s complexity’ before signing outsourcing dealThe British army authorised a £495m contract with the outsourcing giant Capita to bring in new recruits without
Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'

Keith Richards gives up drinking (almost), saying 'I got fed up with it'

Hard-living Rolling Stones guitarist says he hasn’t been on the hard booze for about a yearKeith Richards, the legendarily hard-living guitarist of the Rolling Stones, has quit drinking – almost –
EU leaders reject May's idea to salvage her Brexit deal

EU leaders reject May's idea to salvage her Brexit deal

Juncker tells PM to tell Europe what she wants in ‘nebulous and imprecise’ debateFriday’s political developments - live updatesEU leaders delivered a devastating knockback to Theresa May after she
Reforesting the world: the Australian farmer with 240m trees to his name

Reforesting the world: the Australian farmer with 240m trees to his name

Tony Rinaudo’s regeneration technique, developed in west Africa 30 years ago, has helped bring back forest over 6m hectaresThrough the cacophony of the UN’s global climate talks, an Australian farmer
Main suspect in Strasbourg attack has been killed by French police - video report

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack has been killed by French police - video report

The alleged shooter in Strasbourg, Chérif Chekatt, has been killed by police, it has been confirmed. In a brief statement released on Thursday night, French police said the man had been 'neutralised'.
Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plantsPacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power
Billy Connolly’s Ultimate World Tour review – a reflective reminder of his brilliance

Billy Connolly’s Ultimate World Tour review – a reflective reminder of his brilliance

The comedian makes his way through Florida in this thoughtful travelogue that also revisits past adventuresThe television programmes Billy Connolly has made have become increasingly meditative since
Bitcoin bomb threats across Canada and US appear to be hoax, authorities say

Bitcoin bomb threats across Canada and US appear to be hoax, authorities say

Emails demanding a bitcoin ransom and warning of an ‘explosive device’ were sent to a variety of businesses and organizationsBomb threats were reported across the US and Canada on Thursday, forcing
Mother charged over baby girl found dead on Gold Coast beach

Mother charged over baby girl found dead on Gold Coast beach

Woman, 23, faces charges in NSW after nine-month-old girl discovered at Surfers ParadiseThe mother of a nine-month-old baby girl who was found dead on a Surfers Paradise beach last month has been
Cardinal denies claims he covered up abuse allegation against Tolkien's son

Cardinal denies claims he covered up abuse allegation against Tolkien's son

Note recording complaint about Father John Tolkien was given to police, cardinal arguesThe country’s most senior Catholic clergyman has denied allegations he covered up a complaint of child abuse
Wimbledon to expand after golf club members vote to sell for £65m

Wimbledon to expand after golf club members vote to sell for £65m

Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly are among those who will receive an £85,000 windfall from the salePiers Morgan, Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly, former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, and the 754
Spacewatch: China's moon lander enters lunar orbit

Spacewatch: China's moon lander enters lunar orbit

Chang’e-4 is second spacecraft in Chinese mission to land on far side of the moonChina’s lunar lander Chang’e-4 has successfully entered orbit around the moon.After a voyage of 385,000km that lasted