Gillard denies mine tax increase deal

 JULIA Gillard says her Government will not agree to increase the mining tax, despite a facing a likely post-election battle with the Greens to get it through the Senate

Stay-home fathers to face pay cut

 MEN who opt to be the primary carer of their newborn babies will have their parental leave paid at the mother's pay rate - not their own - under the Coalition's paid parental leave scheme

Robbery shoot-out with security guard

A MAN shot by a security guard while trying to rob an Armaguard van in Sydney's north is battling for life while another is in hospital after being shot in the leg

A real run for her money

TONY ABBOTT bolstered his chances at the August 21 election with a strong performance against Julia Gillard last night in a close election debate that was dominated by the cost of living, asylum seekers and immigration

John Ibrahim in dust-up at Greek nightclub in Mykonos with John Macris

As John Ibrahim, Sydney's most prominent night club identity, partied with fiancee Chelsea Mitchell and friends at a club on the Greek holiday island of Mykonos yesterday

Liberals sack anti-muslim candidate

THE Liberal Party has dumped its candidate for the western Sydney seat of Chifley after he posted anti-Islamic entries on Facebook

I will slash immigration

Australia’s immigration levels are unsustainable and will be slashed under a coalition government, opposition leader Tony Abbott says

Julia Gillard unveils a cash for clunkers policy to get dirtier old cars off the road

AUSTRALIANS who trade in older cars for more fuel-efficient vehicles will be eligible for a $2000 rebate under a new initiative unveiled by Labor

New poll shows swing to Labor

 Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard are campaigning on opposite sides of the country, as new opinion polls show an increase in support for Labor

Woman jailed over $55k Centrelink scam

A mother-of-seven has been jailed for fleecing Centrelink out of almost $55,000

Speed camera leak puts red light on fines

AN embarrassing leak revealing the location of the new controversial mobile speed cameras has forced the RTA to review its "document security"

Queensland schools file 12,000 child harm reports

MORE than 12,000 reports of suspected child abuse were made by Queensland school staff over the past year - and that number is expected to rise

Climate plan not hot air, says PM

JULIA Gillard has denied her plan to tackle climate change will descend into a talkfest

Abbott: Nauru key to boat problem

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is expectedto make a border protection policy announcement this morning as he visits the Labor-held seat of Fremantle

Fadi Ibrahim and Shayda Bastani make court cameo

KINGS Cross identity Fadi Ibrahim and his pregnant girlfriend Shayda Bastani turned up for his and hers appearances at a Sydney court this morning on conspiracy to murder charges

Kevin Rudd repeatedly breaks down during farewell speech

OUTGOING Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has struggled through his farewell speech this afternoon, regularly breaking down as he listed his government's achievements

Leadership on the line

Mr Rudd confirmed he would be a contender and said the leadership issue needed to be resolved quickly

NSW employers to get WorkCover cuts

More than half of NSW's employers will benefit from cuts to premium rates under the state's workers compensation scheme

Fred Nile's bill to ban the burqa to be debated

CHRISTIAN Democratic Party MP Fred Nile has succeeded in introducing a bill to ban the wearing of the burqa in the NSW Upper House

HIV-infected taxi driver Hassan Nagi jailed for raping three women

A SYDNEY taxi driver who raped three women and has fought for a year to keep his HIV status secret has been jailed for at least nine-and-a-half years