The king is everywhere. On street posters and water bottles and archways lit up like Christmas trees across Tonga. Bright balloons, flags and bunting line homes from the airport to the capital of Nuku'alofa. King Tupou VI's face – looking a little bored and bemused by the fuss – is on every crisp banknote.
Anne Davies An environmental consultant says he was sacked by a coal company after he warned that longwall mining was harming endangered swamps near Lithgow.
Judith Ireland When Rabbitohs star Thomas Burgess was growing up, his parents were close friends with a lesbian couple whom he saw so often he and his brothers called them "aunties".
Emma Partridge When the state's worst sex and violent offenders finish doing time for their crimes, they are not completely free.
Emma Partridge High-risk offenders who have been released back into the community are being monitored constantly by various agencies.
Heath Aston, political correspondent The federal government will pour $300 million into new dams and other water infrastructure as part of its farm sector competitiveness package to be released on Saturday.
Mark Dapin "Terrorism expert" Greg Barton might well be the most interviewed person in the Australian media this year, and is almost certainly the most cited academic in the press.
Anne Davies What price the habitat of the endangered Blue Mountains skink, the giant dragonfly, rare swamp plants and an increase in salinity in rivers that feed Sydney's water drinking supply?
Michaela Whitbourn Fatima Hammoud broke down in tears at a corruption inquiry when she recalled how rumours about her relationship with a senior colleague had spread throughout the justice department.
Matthew Knott Government MPs have publicly urged Tony Abbott to reconsider his opposition to changing media ownership laws, saying the Prime Minister should put audience interests ahead of those of media moguls.