Fair Work could jost 3000 jobs - retailers

THE new Fair Work regulations could cause the loss of more than 3000 retail jobs in New South Wales, Queensland, the ACT and South Australia, The Retailers Association says

Threat easing for flood evacuees

RESIDENTS facing a nervous wait to see if the Castlereagh River in Coonamble in northern NSW will burst its banks have been told the flooding may have reached its peak

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley blames motorists for the road toll

THE majority of deaths on NSW roads during the Christmas holiday period could have been avoided, police say, putting the blame on risk-taking drivers

Railcorp staff armed with weapons, batons, golf clubs, pick axe handles

RAILCORP employees are so scared of working on remote train stations at night they are arming themselves with batons and golf clubs

Power cuts as bosses get bonuses

THOUSANDS of struggling families are being disconnected from power at the same time as the State's energy bosses pocket thousands of dollars in performance bonuses

PM is eager to get Abbott

THE Prime Minister has declared 2010 will be a year of nation-building and warned Opposition leader Tony Abbott he must formulate "substantial and consistent" policies ahead of a federal election this year

Kevin Rudd writes book for kids

Described by his staff as "more secretive than the Budget", the kiddies' adventure story about the PM's cat and dog will be published this month

Outraged Brits say keep ex-criminals

TWO hundred years ago its worst citizens were transported to the other side of the world, creating Australia in the process - now cash-strapped Britain wants its former colony to again keep its criminals

Move for another statewide ban on plastic bags

PLASTIC shopping bags look likely to be banned in at least one state under a plan to be tabled when parliament resumes next month

Residents on evacuation alert as river rises

RESIDENTS have been put on evacuation alert with major flooding forecast, the State Emergency Service (SES) says

Government urges Aussies to delay Bali travel

AUSTRALIANS are being urged to reconsider travel to Bali after the Government's "very high threat" warning over the New Year period

Kevin Rudd losing the fight on homeless

THE Rudd government has conceded the homeless crisis has worsened since the Prime Minister declared war on a problem he described as being a "national obscenity"

Top cop defends death chase

POLICE acted properly in a chase after two alleged armed robbers that left a toddler dead in a Sydney highway crash, Assistant Commissioner Dave Owens says

Storms usher in 2010

A SPECTACULAR fireworks show soaring from the tops of Melbourne skyscrapers made it all worthwhile for those who braved soaking rain, lightning and thunder to usher in 2010

Rudd: It wasn't all bad

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has defended his government's 2009 record in a New Year's Eve address to the nation.
He focused on climate change, saying the outcome of the United Nations meeting in Copenhagen could have been worse

Fireworks bring blue skies to Sydney Harbour

WITH an explosion of colour, Sydney led the world into the new decade with the promise of blue skies ahead

Creepy crawlies hit Sydney

THEY are heavily armed and efficient predators - and they're on the move

Cowboy cabbies face loss of licence on New Year's Eve if they hike up fares or refuse fares

TAXI drivers face losing their licences if they try to rip off tonight's revellers by hiking up their fares or touting for business

Set for wet and stormy start to 2010

Showers are tipped for Sydney on New Year's Eve and more rain will develop over inland NSW as a second low pressure trough promises a wet and stormy start to 2010

$1b in deadbeat parents debt

DEADBEAT parents owe their children more than $1 billion, despite a crackdown on mums and dads who don't pay child support