Despite big bills, homebuyer confidence is on the rise

 CONFIDENCE in buying a house is surging for the first time since 2009 despite home owners and house hunters saying big household bills are a major stress on the budget

Study burns claims plain packaging would cost tobacco retailers $460m

Claims backed by the tobacco industry that plain-packaging laws would cost up to $460 million in lost efficiency for small business was based on the guesses of just six business owners, Australian research has found

Family home burgled as they kept watch for son missing in river

As Peter Reinhardt's family were by the Nepean River, almost two days after he went missing, jewellery, cash, firearms and ammunition were stolen from their home, police said

Heavily armed guard to escort Malcolm Naden to Goulburn Supermax, home of Ivan Milat and Phuong Ngo

THE State's prison boss Commissioner Ron Woodham has ordered four heavily armed corrective services officers to Taree where they will escort Naden to Goulburn's Supermax

New toll roads to fill motorway black hole

NEW tolls could be rolled out on untolled motorways such as the M5 East and the M4 under a government masterplan to modernise Sydney's transport network

Police investigate possible murder after man's body found in Birchgrove park

 POLICE are investigating a possible homicide after the body of a man was found in a park in Sydney's inner west

Gillard and Abbott both love Murray

IN parliament they're fierce enemies, but outside it was a mighty river that brought all sides of parliament together this morning

Ten minutes of terror as storm tears apart Townsville

TOWNSVILLE faces a huge clean-up after a storm lasting just 10 minutes ripped through the city, destroying homes and injuring nine people

Police officer seriously injured after two serious accidents on the F3

A POLICE officer has been seriously injured in one of two accidents on the F3 at Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge this afternoon

Simple test for peanut allergy

A NEW way of testing children for peanut allergies has been developed by Australian researchers, providing for a less invasive and more accurate diagnosis

Elderly woman dies after being hit by police car in Bankstown

AN elderly woman has died after a police slammed into her hatchback in south west Sydney this afternoon

Two arrested after two men shot outside Miller TAFE in south west Sydney

TWO men have been arrested after two other men were shot outside Miller TAFE in Sydney's south west this afternoon

Eighty hours and you're licensed

L-PLATERS would only have to clock up 80 hours behind the wheel to get their licence if they complete a safe driving course and take lessons with an instructor, under a proposal being considered by the state government

RBA finalising plan to control credit card charges

BUSINESSES will be banned from imposing excessive credit card charges on customers under plans being developed by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

Bones found in western Sydney bushland could belong to teen girl

BONES found in western Sydney bushland are believed to belong to a teenage girl or a petite woman who may have been buried there more than a year ago

Wayne Swan kicked out of Parliament

WAYNE Swan has become the first Treasurer and Deputy PM to be thrown out of Federal Parliament in 111 years

PM Julia Gillard offers a state funeral for Margaret Whitlam

THE family of Margaret Whitlam has knocked back an offer for a state funeral and will instead farewell her with a private service

Lawyers call for judicial inquiry into Tasers

The death of a man after police used a Taser in Sydney proves that stun guns are not a safe alternative to firearms, lawyers say

Lawyer to sue NSW Police for $5m

A SYDNEY criminal lawyer, Adam Houda, will lodge a claim for up to $5 million in damages from NSW Police over unlawful arrests

Man dies after police use Taser in confrontation in Sydney's CBD

ONE MAN is dead after police shot him with a Taser stun gun in Sydney's CBD this morning, following a suspected robbery