Unions will be fined for ignoring non-strike orders

UNIONS who ignore orders not to strike will face fines of up to $110,000 under tough new reforms sneaked in by Premier Barry O'Farrell

Bikie gang colours, jewellery banned from Kings Cross

BIKIES are being banned from wearing colours and jewellery bearing the "1 per cent" symbol from all pubs, clubs and restaurants in Kings Cross and the eastern suburbs

Brush with death as mum saved at bowser

A WOMAN had to be saved after she doused her vehicle and tried to ignite petrol at a suburban service station last night

 International Human Rights Agreements in Syria’s Future

 The popular uprising witnessed by the Arab world at large and by Syria in particular will come to have the greatest effect on political and legal affairs in this region

Probe into exploding smart meters

ENERGY Safe Victoria is investigating claims that exploding smart meters are endangering householders and workers

PM says Kevin Rudd never raised issues with her before resigning

JULIA Gillard says she is "disappointed" Kevin Rudd did not personally raise issues he had with her before his shock resignation as Foreign Minister this evening

Home insulation overhaul insists on upgraded electrical standards

THE first changes to national guidelines for installing ceiling insulation since the bungled federal government home insulation scheme will be introduced next month

Gillard urged by supporters to call leadership spill

Senior ministers in the Gillard government have urged the Prime Minister to declare the leadership open on Tuesday in a bloodletting that they are confident will see Kevin Rudd banished to the backbench

Massacres Continue as Entire Neighbourhoods are Levelled

 the regime continued to shell the neighbourhoods of the city of Homs while sweeping for survivors to finish them off. The Red Cross is still not allowed to enter the city

'Raw deal' for Aussie consumers

ONE of the world's largest finance houses says Australian banks' justification of their rate rises is "very dubious" because funding costs haven't risen - they've fallen

Wife's sheikdown for property share

 United Arab Emirates, has been sued by his de facto wife of 30 years, Majeda Aslan

Outdoor smoking bans for NSW

ANTI-tobacco laws just got tougher in NSW with bans to be put in place at playgrounds, public transport stops, entrances to public buildings and sports grounds, with outdoor dining to follow

UAE Plans to Deport 300 Syrian Citizens to Syria

The decision has been made despite the known fact that those deported will likely be arrested and tortured upon landing in Syria

13 Civilians, 2 Troops Dead as Syrian Forces Mass around Homs

Violence killed 15 people across Syria on Monday as regime troops massed around Homs, sparking calls for women and children to flee the besieged flashpoint city


Miqati Maintains Firm Decision on Transportation Crisis, Refuses Parliament’s Interference

Prime Minister Najib Miqati maintained a steady position regarding the suspension of the cabinet sessions if Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas doesn’t add his signature to the transportation allowance decree approved by the government

Face-off to end Rudd's revenge

SUPPORTERS of Julia Gillard have urged the Prime Minister to haul Kevin Rudd in for a face-to-face showdown next week, demanding he "put up or shut up" to end the leadership crisis

Julia Gillard urged to strike first and sack Kevin Rudd

JULIA Gillard is being urged by senior Labor figures to sack Kevin Rudd as some Labor MPs believe a leadership ballot could happen as early as next week

DOUBLE DIPPING DIPLOMACY: Lebanese consular official in Melbourne accused of theft

A Lebanese diplomat operating in Melbourne has been accused of misappropriating funds relating to a community event commemorating Lebanese Independence Day late last year that was subsidised by Victorian taxpayers

Stranded pay to get home

THE first of 4000 passengers stranded by the collapse of budget airline Air Australia arrived back in the country yesterday, but they had to pay up to an extra $500 to get home

Venus transit heralds Endeavour enterprise

MAKE a note in your diary. On June 6, something will happen that will not be repeated in your lifetime - unless you plan on living for another 105 years