Experts tip more rate cuts to come

HOMEOWNERS are in line for a wave of interest rate cuts this year after the Reserve Bank dramatically downgraded its growth forecast

CBA's partial rate cut fires call for more competition

THE Commonwealth Bank has become the latest lender to deny its customers this week's interest rate cut in full, sparking calls for more government effort to boost banking competition

Military faces cuts to defend surplus

AUSTRALIA would be able to defend itself and its regional interests despite planning to slash defence spending by almost $5 billion in next week's budget, Julia Gillard said last night

ACCC investigators put petrol prices back under the microscope

THE competition authority will open a formal investigation of price-signalling among petrol stations, amid fears the practice could be ripping off motorists

Children were at risk in stolen car

POLICE say three young children without seat belts were in a stolen car which crashed after an aborted high-speed police chase in northern NSW

CBA cuts standard rate but not in full

MAJOR lender Commonwealth Bank has cut its standard variable rate by 0.4per cent today, becoming the second lender to fail to pass on the Reserve Bank's interest rate cut in full

Shock as family of four found dead

A YOUNG family of four has died in a suspected murder-suicide just months after being rescued from a fiery car crash

Fifty reasons banks must pass on cut

 THE nation's business leaders called on the Big Four banks to 'do the right thing" and pass on the full rate cut. We give 50 reasons as to why

Teenager had gun at food outlet in Merrylands

Police said the 17-year-old was allegedly spotted with the gun in his hand as he was being served at the outlet in Woodville Road, Merrylands, in Sydney's

Truckie trapped after smash with street sweeper on James Ruse Dr, North Parramatta

A PROVISIONAL truck driver was trapped for about two hours and is feared to have spinal injuries following a crash in western Sydney

Just another girls' fright out

Four women were hurt in separate incidents in another violent weekend in Sydney, with hospital workers saying they are seeing a marked rise in female assault victims

Saudi Recalls Ambassador to Egypt in Lawyer Row

Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador to Cairo and close diplomatic missions in Egypt after protests outside its embassy over an arrested Egyptian, state news agency SPA said on Saturday

Scrapping rent grant 'may hurt the poor'

SOME of the state's poorest renters could be put under further financial strain by an O'Farrell government decision to cut a key rental assistance grant next week, housing advocates warn

Families don't half need big rate cut

Mortgage holders will save hundreds of dollars a year on their repayments when the Reserve Bank cuts interest rates by at least 0.25 percentage points on Tuesday

Family may lose home in body search

THE Merrylands house at the centre of a dig for bones will be demolished if remains found prove to be human

Tony Abbott to reintroduce protection visas for asylum seekers

TONY Abbott has pledged that if elected prime minister he would call a double dissolution election if the parliament blocks a move to reintroduce temporary protection visas for asylum seekers

Mysterious message about missing girl Rahma El-Dennaoui

A RELIGIOUS teacher in a small Lebanese village might have predicted the abduction of toddler Rahma El-Dennaoui a day before she vanished from her bedroom, a coroner was told yesterday

Inquest told of cafe talk that father killed toddler Rahma El-Dennaoui

AFTER seven years and numerous theories, the most explosive claim about the disappearance of Rahma El-Dennaoui was detailed in court yesterday - her father killed her in a fit of rage

Ignorant city drivers putting kids in peril in school zones

MORE than one in 10 NSW drivers admits to ignoring speed limits in school zones and other urban areas despite police crackdowns and the threat of hefty fines

Nine kids in car: drunk mum to plead guilty

Prosecutor Hew Roberts told Melbourne Magistrates Court the woman, would admit to being over the limit and unlicensed when she crashed her car, injuring several of the children