Taxpayers lose over Tony Stewart's dumping

LABOR Party infighting between the Premier's office and dumped Bankstown MP Tony Stewart cost taxpayers at least $200,000

Police call for Australia Day grog ban

THE tradition of a few beers or wine at Australia Day barbecues is under threat, with police trying to stop the sale of full-strength alcohol

Gun thefts on the rise in NSW

weapons in unlocked cars and under their pillows has contributed to an 11 per cent jump in the national gun theft rate

Government meets with Indian community over attacks

New South Wales Government representatives have met with members of the state's Indian community to discuss concerns about recent attacks in Victoria

Patients to foot extra Medicare fee hike

THOUSANDS of patients will be slugged extra fees as negotiations between the state's largest private hospital and healthcare insurers broke down

Inside Schapelle Corby's jail cell hell By Cindy Wockner and Komang Suriadi

FULL coverage of the lives of convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and sister Mercedes Corby. Photo galleries, video and supporter forums

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy admits he tried to sign unwanted Rooster Willie Mason

PREMIER coach Craig Bellamy has revealed he desperately tried to sign unwanted Rooster Willie Mason - but was overruled by the Melbourne Storm board

Local councils living it up at our expense

COUNCILS have frittered away millions of ratepayer dollars on themselves - spending up on junkets, Blackberries and souvenirs

Anthony Mundine beats Rob Medley in WBA middleweight boxing bout

ANTHONY Mundine continued his five-year unbeaten run with a comfortable victory over Rob Medley in their non-world title fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last night

Free drugs guide offer to children

THOUSANDS of copies of a government brochure controversially suggesting drug users should find an illegal substance that "suits them" are freely available to children

Alarm at Triple-0 hoax threats

TRIPLE-0 hoax calls are putting lives at risk and wasting taxpayers' money with pranksters making more than 400 bogus calls for help every day

Code red fire alert for second day

A CODE red catastrophic fire alert has been declared for much of northern Victoria with dangerous bushfire weather conditions to intensify this morning.

 Code Red and 43 degreesParks closed as authorities prepare for first Code Red rating

HOLIDAYMAKERS and residents have been warned to leave the Wimmera today, as the region braces for a Code Red day - the first catastrophic fire danger day in Victoria

More taxi drivers 'are not licensed'

A GROWING number of drivers with no taxi licence are behind the wheels of Melbourne's cabs

Doctor struck off for prescribing drugs without seeing man

A DOCTOR has been struck off the medical register for giving a woman 22 prescriptions for mood-altering drugs, knowing she was secretly spiking her husband's coffee with the tablets for four years

Plastic bottles can make babies sick

HEALTH authorities will come under increasing pressure to ban baby bottles made with a certain chemical after evidence showed they can be harmful and are being withdrawn elsewhere in the world

Terror threatens our athletes in India

AUSTRALIAN athletes will be at risk of terror attacks at this year's Commonwealth Games in India, a leading security consultant has warned

Body scans for Australia's gateway, Sydney Aiport

PASSENGERS leaving Sydney Airport may face full-body scanning as part of increased security measures, the Federal Government said yesterday

Two questioned over burnt body of Indian worker in Griffith

TWO men attempting to leave Australia have had their passports seized by detectives investigating the stabbing murder of an Indian-born seasonal work contractor in the Riverina town of Griffith

Expensive schools put to test

PRIVATE schools may be forced to rebrand themselves to explain lower-than-expected academic results when the federal Government's My School website launches this month