Murder puts Rees under the gun

NSW Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Owens would not comment today on any aspect of the investigation into Mr McGurk's shooting murder in Cremorne, on Sydney's north shore

McGurk died owing millions

SLAIN loan shark and standover man Michael McGurk was involved in supplying prostitutes to high-profile people, including leading sports figures

Slippery surprise in the S-bend

AN Aussie got the fright of his life - and learnt he should keep the toilet seat down - when he found a huge python in his dunny

Tape recording 'could destroy NSW Govt'

 MURDERED Sydney businessman Michael McGurk feared for his life because he had a tape recording of a conversation capable of bringing down the NSW Government

First salvo launched in fight for Packer TV

THE last remnants of Kerry Packer's once great media empire look set to be swallowed up by old foe Kerry Stokes

Student pilot crash lands in paddock in Prospect

A TRAINEE pilot crash landed into a paddock in Sydney's west this morning after running into difficulties just minutes after he took off

Kevin Rudd and Labor expected to increase majority at next election

YOUNG women and middle-aged men are turning Australian politics on its head by giving Kevin Rudd a super-majority that no previous Labor prime minister has enjoyed.

$44,000 boost to fight Ravensthorpe wild dog problem

AN environmental group has been given $44,000 to kill wild dogs in Ravensthorpe, in WA's Great Southern region.

PM urges a harder line on pub, club hours

KEVIN Rudd says he wants state governments to limit opening hours of pubs and clubs, saying it is time to take "a harder line" against venues being able to sell alcohol until 7am

Kim Beazley could be next US ambassador

FORMER federal Labor leader Kim Beazley could be Australia's next ambassador to the US, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has hinted

Wayne Swan warns of bank rate rises independent of RBA

FEDERAL Treasurer Wayne Swan has warned retail banks may be forced to raise rates independent of any action by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Rudd fires up oil and gas producers on Gorgon project

KEVIN Rudd lavished incentives on the firms behind WA's proposed $50 billion Gorgon LNG project yesterday, hoping to shore up investor support.

Second emergency landing for Qantas jet

A QANTAS jumbo jet - the same plane involved in a frightening mid-air explosion last July - has made an emergency landing in Perth because of a fuel leak

Dog in Northern Territory given parking ticket

The blue heeler was tied to a fence outside Darwin's Rapid Creek market  when it was approached by two city council traffic wardens

Asthma major cause of disease burden

CHILDREN bear the brunt of asthma's impact on the nation's health, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report

UN reports slams Australian gang laws

THE author of a United Nations report on criminal gangs in the Pacific Rim said Australian state legislation

John Della Bosca in sex scandal

NEW South Wales Health Minister John Della Bosca has "taken his medicine" but will stay on in Parliament despite resigning the ministry last night

Rudd health system shake-up calls for 'pay per cure'

DOCTORS should be paid on the basis of making their patients healthier rather than just the number they see because the current system is failing.

Brother, sister and father killed in 'suspicious' car crash

A BROTHER and sister killed in a car crash with their father could have been the victims of a murder-suicide, police believe

Missing minister Tim Holding found alive on mountain

VICTORIAN Government minister Tim Holding has been found alive by searchers on Mt Feathertop in the state's northeast, police say